The Chicago Based Photographers


Having a support team in our Chicago office means that our photographers are freed up to focus on doing the 2 things they are most passionate about – getting to know you and creating amazing images. When you reserve your wedding date with us, you (of course) are booking your specific photographer of choice. We believe feeling comfortable with your photographer is paramount to the success of our photos for you! You can meet your photographer at any point in the process. Some couples like to meet the photographer before booking. Others opt for a phone call, and plan to meet in-person at the engagement session.

Vanessa


My favorite part of a wedding is the reception! After all the anticipation of the ceremony and seeing all your family in one place, you finally get to kick off your shoes and let loose. Plus, the speeches from your friends and family always tug at my heart strings!
I’m a huge Doctor Who and Harry Potter fan! I also collect vintage hats and knick-knacks.
I’ve been shooting since I was seventeen, but my creativity and love of art has been with me since I can remember. I enjoy creating other forms of art, like painting, singing, and theatre, to keep inspiring my photography; this allows me to bring something unique to the table when I photograph your wedding. I grew up in the suburbs but currently reside in Lakeview. Everything this beautiful city has to offer I try to take advantage of! Every wedding is unique because every couple is unique. I want to find out more about you so that I can capture your love and personalities and have that saved in photographs you’ll cherish forever.

Alissa


My favorite moments to capture during wedding celebrations are the ones that aren’t planned: ­a giant belly laugh from an elder relative, a moment of giggles between a group of close friends, when the light does magical things and lands on the ceremony just right during the vows, candid moments that will be the memories framed and handed down through generations.

I own two pairs of rollerskates and love to skate to 90s jams.

I’ve been a shutterbug since grade school, inheriting my mother’s film camera and taking darkroom classes throughout high school. Fun fact, I come from a line of at least 5 photographers on my mom’s side! I love looking at photos dating all the way back to the 1920s. Those snapshots of my grandma as a child are priceless! I’m glad she took the time to take photos that I could hold in my hand so many years later. It makes me feel like I can relive her favorite moments with her. I live in Humboldt Park with my partner Bethany and our furbaby Weezy the rabbit. I love exploring the food and music scene in Chicago, forever searching for the next best gluten­free delicacies.

Nick


The getting ready moments. There is so much energy during this time. Moments filled with excitement, nerves, and countless other feelings. Best friends sharing (sometimes) quiet moments before the wedding day begins in earnest.
In my spare time, I love to cook and eat. I’m currently tied in a gourmet grilled cheese competition with my girlfriend Erica.
I’ve been shooting professionally for 5 years. I began my career as a photojournalist in Portland, Oregon. I developed a visual vocabulary rooted in documentary photography and love being able to use that background to tell the stories of the amazing couples we have the opportunity to work with. Without a doubt, the best part about being a wedding photographer is the continual reminder that these genuine stories of love are happening all around us. Your wedding day is one of the most anticipated and pivotal days of your life. As a documentary photographer, there is no environment more exciting or rewarding to work in than that.


Long Story Short:
Your Gold Grid photographer takes gorgeous photos. Your Gold Grid team takes care of everything else.


The Behind-the-Scenes Team


The perk with Gold Grid is that when we photograph your wedding, you’re also booking our in-studio team. There is someone in the studio to answer your questions and offer suggestions even when your photographer is out doing what they do best – creating photos. You’ll also get an expert for each step of the process. No more singular photographer trying to do everything for everyone. The person designing your wedding album? BA in graphic design. Our amazing studio manager in charge of all communications? A professional writer. Essentially, and perhaps most importantly, we’ve got your back.

 

Derek


Studio Manager

I really look forward to the moments that are couple-specific. Whether it’s an addition to the ceremony or a surprise at the reception, I love the personal touches that make everyone at the wedding say “That is SO them!”
I grew up in Mississippi, and am a southern gentleman at heart. I also own over 1000 movies (including several that have never been opened).
I started working in the wedding industry three years ago, and I love learning about each couple’s story. In addition to being a part of the Gold Grid team, I am a theatre director and choreographer. I’ve found that my experience as a director and as an improviser are great skills for coordinating a wedding. I received a Jeff-nomination for my work on the musical Songs from an Unmade Bed, and was named one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30, honoring 30 individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQ+ communities. I am the Artistic Director of The Ruckus, as well as an Artistic Associate with Pride Films & Plays. I also teach drama Emerald City Theatre, and improvise at iO Chicago with the team Baby Wine. I’ve been in Chicago for 8 years, living with my fella, Kevin.

Rebecca


Founder

The First Look! I know it’s sometimes controversial to see each other before the ceremony, but a First Look is the one opportunity to help slow the day down and really soak in each little moment. No matter what the earlier part of the day has been like, you can always see a physical relaxation when two people so madly in love see each other in such a calm setting (we make sure it’s calm!) for the first time on their wedding day. It’s extremely powerful to give our couples this opportunity for quality time together on such a busy day.
I used to live in England and worked with at risk 8-12 year olds in an after school arts center. Combining the pursuit of a creative life with bringing change to a community in need by running a ceramics room and going home with clay under all of my fingernails every single day will always be one of the most amazing opportunities of my life.
After owning my own personal photography company for 5 years, Gold Grid Studios was born out of the desire to create a team environment – a way to provide our amazing couples with better support for their big day while furthering the creative life of the great photographers in Chicago. Gone are the days of the one-woman-show who miraculously completed everything alone. Gone are the days of worrying about what you’ll do if your photographer gets sick on your wedding day. Say hello to the team approach that gives photographers the time to become better artists, while brides and grooms benefit from that amazing talent.

I consider our approach to photography a study of people more than a study of light as the traditional definition would state. It is my firm belief that wedding photography is only successful if the couple and families whose day it is feel something when they see the photos. We can create the most unique image possible – we can win all sorts of rewards from professional organizations and national committees – but none of that means anything if you don’t look at your wedding day photos and feel something.

 

Gold Grid Studios is committed to documenting stories as diverse as the world we live in. We believe love is love and every person’s story is important to be documented and shared forever.