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welcome

 

 

Wedding photos to show you the small moments you missed,
and remind you of the big moments you never want to forget.


I . Weddings


II . Engagements


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The Tangible


Pricing, Packages, Products

The Tangible


Pricing, Packages, Products


The Photography

wedding day coverage from $2,600

Each wedding is unique, so there are many options available for wedding day coverage.
Please inquire for a full investment guide.

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The Albums

wedding albums from $300

Your wedding photos deserve to be looked at, held, and felt.
These are professionally designed and printed albums that will last a lifetime.

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The Photographer


The Photographer


Who am i?


my approach to photography... 

My goal is very simple; document what's happening. All of it. The little smiles, small embraces, big laughs, quiet tears, fingers intertwined, subtle glances, and first steps. None of these things will ever happen the way they happened at this time. I believe there should be proof that you laughed at that joke, said those vows, kissed that cheek, and cried those tears. And it should be captured in a way that is beautiful and full of feeling. 

a little about me...

I did not become a photographer with the intent of creating something new. But rather, with the desire to capture what was already there. In 2012 I graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the Illinois Institute of Art with a focus in documentary photography. I have found a real passion in documenting weddings. Documenting the emotions of a day this big is such a joy for me. There is something magical that happens when you put the posing second. When you set aside the expectations of grand mountains and staged scenes, something real happens. Emotions happen. And then we realize that the mountains fail in comparison to the moments.  

I grew up in a small town in Central Illinois in the 90's. Growing up I always thought "anywhere but here". When I was 21 I moved to Chicago where I lived for seven years. I loved everything about it. Now I find myself amidst the cornfields and rolling prairies again thinking "nowhere but here". I will always find myself torn between the energy of the city and the calm of the country. 

I think it's important to acknowledge where we came from, because I believe it has everything to do with the people we become. I grew up without the internet, without texting, without tablets, without social media. I remember the small things most of all... the sound of my dad cutting wood in the garage, the shallow sound of my mom playing piano, peddling my bike until my legs went numb, the smell of the dryer exhaust on a chilly summer night. All my life I just wanted to keep these small moments, in some form, so that I could reach back for them whenever I wanted. Photography became that form. 

Life is messy. It's more complicated than we intended and offers more love than we ever imagined. There are so many small moments that catch us off guard that we want to hold onto. I'd like to capture those little moments for you. 

If you're looking for honest photos of life and love, you've come to the right place. 


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Inquire


Inquire


Let's Talk About It

I would love to hear from you.
Fill out the form below, or send me an email and we can start a conversation.


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(217) 553-9368
          sara@saragardnerphotography.com.com

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