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Ernst Jacobsen *Award Winning* Wedding Photography

Normal , IL
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1209 N. School Street
Normal, IL 61761 US (map)

PHONE

309-287-0848

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ABOUT US

* Artful Storytelling Wedding Coverage *



“Ernst, you have an amazing gift of capturing feeling in photographs. They are colorful, fun, sweet and definitely capture... Read more
* Artful Storytelling Wedding Coverage *



“Ernst, you have an amazing gift of capturing feeling in photographs. They are colorful, fun, sweet and definitely capture the essence of our relationship. I am addicted to your photos and cannot wait to see more!” Alyssa B.



My Approach

Our shared goal will be that the viewer of the photographs feels the emotions of the day as if they were actually there, and for you to re-live your day with your family and friends, and perhaps one day, with children of your own.

My approach will appeal to those couples who tend to veer away from the more traditional, cliched poses and the constant intervention of their wedding photographer. Instead, they truly appreciate creatively composed and elegantly lit photos that captures the natural beauty and emotions of their wedding day in an artful way.

Next Step?

Get in touch and I will let you know if I still have the date available.

Visit the website www.ernstjacobsen.com, call/text 309.287.0848 or email me at ernst@ernstjacobsen.com

Cheers

Ernst



309.287.0848 ernst@ernstjacobsen.com www.ernstjacobsen.com

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2016 Couple's Choice Award * 2015 Couple’s Choice Award * 2014 Couple’s Choice Award

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Slideshow/Montage, Toning
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints

REVIEWS

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Jessica
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Words cannot begin to express how pleased we were with choosing Ernst as our photographer. His style was a perfect fit for what we were looking for - a focus on capturing the candid moments and real emotions and doing so in a beautiful manner. We were blown away with how wonderful our photos looked and how many little moments he captured. He met up with my bridesmaids and me at the hair salon at noon and stayed up until the end of our reception at 10 pm and worked like crazy the entire time. We were a very energetic bunch on the dance floor and he didn't miss a beat. We were pleased to see a nice mix of pictures of all of our wedding guests enjoying themselves - we are very excited to share the wonderful couples and group photos he took of everyone! You know you had a phenomenal photographer when the details of your wedding dress look better in the pictures than you remember them being in person! I would highly recommend Ernst to anyone!
Words cannot begin to express how pleased we were with choosing Ernst as our photographer. His style was a perfect fit for Read more...
Words cannot begin to express how pleased we were with choosing Ernst as our photographer. His style was a perfect fit for what we were looking for - a focus on capturing the candid moments and real emotions and doing so in a beautiful manner. We were blown away with how wonderful our photos looked and how many little moments he captured. He met up with my bridesmaids and me at the hair salon at noon and stayed up until the end of our reception at 10 pm and worked like crazy the entire time. We were a very energetic bunch on the dance floor and he didn't miss a beat. We were pleased to see a nice mix of pictures of all of our wedding guests enjoying themselves - we are very excited to share the wonderful couples and group photos he took of everyone! You know you had a phenomenal photographer when the details of your wedding dress look better in the pictures than you remember them being in person! I would highly recommend Ernst to anyone! Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Looking back, I cannot imagine our wedding day without Ernst being a part of it. He's so incredibly professional, all the while having a comforting calm about him. He's the type of person you'd want to have a cup of coffee with on a rainy Sunday morning to talk about life and photography.

Ernst came to the club before our rehearsal to scope out the grounds, venue, and meet everyone (within 24 hours he knew all by their first name). He's a very quiet force, always hiding in nooks, bushes, trees, hallways, and corners... capturing the moments you didn't even know happened until you see them on film. He also has a really hearty laugh if you get him going on a good joke, which I loved.

Words cannot describe all emotions felt when looking at the sneak peek blog post, the full gallery, and now receiving the USB drive - which, I may add, came in its own custom photo box keepsake. We laughed hysterically, cried, smiled, and reminisced from start to finish, thoroughly absorbing they day for what it was through his eyes and everyone around us.

Every bride is different in what they chose to invest in on their wedding day. I am unbelievably grateful that we chose Ernst to tell our story. The man with the camera is pure magic.
Looking back, I cannot imagine our wedding day without Ernst being a part of it. He's so incredibly professional, all the Read more...
Looking back, I cannot imagine our wedding day without Ernst being a part of it. He's so incredibly professional, all the while having a comforting calm about him. He's the type of person you'd want to have a cup of coffee with on a rainy Sunday morning to talk about life and photography.

Ernst came to the club before our rehearsal to scope out the grounds, venue, and meet everyone (within 24 hours he knew all by their first name). He's a very quiet force, always hiding in nooks, bushes, trees, hallways, and corners... capturing the moments you didn't even know happened until you see them on film. He also has a really hearty laugh if you get him going on a good joke, which I loved.

Words cannot describe all emotions felt when looking at the sneak peek blog post, the full gallery, and now receiving the USB drive - which, I may add, came in its own custom photo box keepsake. We laughed hysterically, cried, smiled, and reminisced from start to finish, thoroughly absorbing they day for what it was through his eyes and everyone around us.

Every bride is different in what they chose to invest in on their wedding day. I am unbelievably grateful that we chose Ernst to tell our story. The man with the camera is pure magic. Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
For those engaged couples looking for a photographer for the big day, look no further than Ernst Jacobson. Through the entire wedding experience, Ernst was timely, organized and professional. It may seem simple, but something I noticed about Ernst from the start is he remembered everyone’s name the first time from parents and grandparents to the entire wedding party. It really made the group photos a seamless process. Some of our favorite photos were the action ones that really bring us back to the fun we had in the moment during our bar crawl and reception. Additionally, Ernst does a great job getting photos of all of the guests at the wedding. Even after the wedding, the exceptional service doesn’t stop. Within a month the photos were ready digitally and soon after that we received a personalized USB giving us the rights to all of the photographs. Speaking for our families, we could not recommend Ernst more!
For those engaged couples looking for a photographer for the big day, look no further than Ernst Jacobson. Through the Read more...
For those engaged couples looking for a photographer for the big day, look no further than Ernst Jacobson. Through the entire wedding experience, Ernst was timely, organized and professional. It may seem simple, but something I noticed about Ernst from the start is he remembered everyone’s name the first time from parents and grandparents to the entire wedding party. It really made the group photos a seamless process. Some of our favorite photos were the action ones that really bring us back to the fun we had in the moment during our bar crawl and reception. Additionally, Ernst does a great job getting photos of all of the guests at the wedding. Even after the wedding, the exceptional service doesn’t stop. Within a month the photos were ready digitally and soon after that we received a personalized USB giving us the rights to all of the photographs. Speaking for our families, we could not recommend Ernst more! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Having Ernst as my wedding photographer was a blessing. Ernst kept the entire day running smoothly, and was excellent in time management and scheduling even before the big day. It definitely helped keep the day going along smoothly, I didn't have to worry about anything as Ernst was prompt and efficient with organized photographs and timing of events. He was extremely prompt on editing and returning photos following my wedding. The best of all is he was wonderful to work with, easy to contact and very thorough in capturing the moment during my wedding! The photos were beautiful and many memorable moments were captured, looking through the photos brings back vivid memories of the celebration with friends and family. :) Ernst was very tactful to catch all the moments and keep everyone organized while not feeling as though the photography was intruding at all with the events. I would highly recommend Ernst as a photographer for any occasion; his work is beautiful and he is very professional, a true blessing during my wedding to work with!
Having Ernst as my wedding photographer was a blessing. Ernst kept the entire day running smoothly, and was excellent in Read more...
Having Ernst as my wedding photographer was a blessing. Ernst kept the entire day running smoothly, and was excellent in time management and scheduling even before the big day. It definitely helped keep the day going along smoothly, I didn't have to worry about anything as Ernst was prompt and efficient with organized photographs and timing of events. He was extremely prompt on editing and returning photos following my wedding. The best of all is he was wonderful to work with, easy to contact and very thorough in capturing the moment during my wedding! The photos were beautiful and many memorable moments were captured, looking through the photos brings back vivid memories of the celebration with friends and family. :) Ernst was very tactful to catch all the moments and keep everyone organized while not feeling as though the photography was intruding at all with the events. I would highly recommend Ernst as a photographer for any occasion; his work is beautiful and he is very professional, a true blessing during my wedding to work with! Read less
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Kannika
Wedding:
3/28/2015
5.0/5.0
My wedding photos turned out so beautiful and professional, Ernst will make sure all your memories are capured beautifully! He provided us with many options in the creation of our wedding album, and worked very hard to meet our every request. We made a great decision in chosing Ernst, he is easy to work with, flexible and produced photos with a magical quality to them I can't really describe.
My wedding photos turned out so beautiful and professional, Ernst will make sure all your memories are capured Read more...
My wedding photos turned out so beautiful and professional, Ernst will make sure all your memories are capured beautifully! He provided us with many options in the creation of our wedding album, and worked very hard to meet our every request. We made a great decision in chosing Ernst, he is easy to work with, flexible and produced photos with a magical quality to them I can't really describe. Read less
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Patricia
Wedding:
12/28/2014
5.0/5.0
We highly recommend Ernst Jacobsen's services. We were extremely impressed with his skills and professionalism. The images he and Barbara captured were outstanding! Not a moment was missed and each image can stand alone as a work of art. Since our wedding was in the winter, having a photographer who could manage location lighting and was a priority. We were very impressed with his vision and technical skills for scenarios with difficult lighting. Ernst had scouted out our locations for post-ceremony pictures prior to the event, so he was well prepared and had a good feel for the lighting. The resulting images we will cherish for a lifetime, they are just stunning. Ernst and Barbara captured our wedding day with a unique visual storytelling style combined with beautifully composed posed images. Many of our family members, friends and colleagues were very impressed with their work. Ernst and Barbara helped our wedding run very smoothly from start to finish. We are very grateful they were able to capture our special day and we highly recommend them! Patricia & Luis
We highly recommend Ernst Jacobsen's services. We were extremely impressed with his skills and professionalism. The images Read more...
We highly recommend Ernst Jacobsen's services. We were extremely impressed with his skills and professionalism. The images he and Barbara captured were outstanding! Not a moment was missed and each image can stand alone as a work of art. Since our wedding was in the winter, having a photographer who could manage location lighting and was a priority. We were very impressed with his vision and technical skills for scenarios with difficult lighting. Ernst had scouted out our locations for post-ceremony pictures prior to the event, so he was well prepared and had a good feel for the lighting. The resulting images we will cherish for a lifetime, they are just stunning. Ernst and Barbara captured our wedding day with a unique visual storytelling style combined with beautifully composed posed images. Many of our family members, friends and colleagues were very impressed with their work. Ernst and Barbara helped our wedding run very smoothly from start to finish. We are very grateful they were able to capture our special day and we highly recommend them! Patricia & Luis Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't think there are enough words to say how amazing of a photographer Ernst is. We reached out to him in an emergency situation- we were one month away from our big day and had to find a new photographer. Ernst had recently captured a wedding I was at, and the bride had nothing but rave reviews about him. His response time was amazing- he ALWAYS responded promptly, professionally, and politely. He met with my husband and I that same week and went over everything with us, signed a contract and we started counting down the days.

He asked if he could attend our rehearsal, he wanted to scope out the venue and get to know our wedding party. Our rehearsal was on Halloween, he was so dedicated that he took a few hours away from his kids on a fun holiday to come make sure he was prepared for our wedding.

Ernst quickly realized how loud, silly, and obnoxious we all were- and he couldn't have captured that any better. He came to the hotel room around 9:30am and stayed at the reception until 10:30pm. During those 13 hours he captured every moment I could have ever asked for. He captured the raw emotion of our guests, from laughing to crying to everything in between. We wanted our photographs to remind us of the events, the people, the feelings of that day- and that's EXACTLY what Ernst's talent delivered.

Not to mention he turned the photographs around in two weeks....865 or so photos all edited and gorgeous, in two weeks. Amazing! I even had a little wardrobe malfunction and Ernst gladly went back and touched up the photos for me. Plus he sent us a customized USB drive in a cute little box, both of which had a photo from our wedding on them.

Please, if you are considering Ernst as a photographer- DO IT! He was so fun and easy to work with! Thank you Ernst!!
I don't think there are enough words to say how amazing of a photographer Ernst is. We reached out to him in an emergency Read more...
I don't think there are enough words to say how amazing of a photographer Ernst is. We reached out to him in an emergency situation- we were one month away from our big day and had to find a new photographer. Ernst had recently captured a wedding I was at, and the bride had nothing but rave reviews about him. His response time was amazing- he ALWAYS responded promptly, professionally, and politely. He met with my husband and I that same week and went over everything with us, signed a contract and we started counting down the days.

He asked if he could attend our rehearsal, he wanted to scope out the venue and get to know our wedding party. Our rehearsal was on Halloween, he was so dedicated that he took a few hours away from his kids on a fun holiday to come make sure he was prepared for our wedding.

Ernst quickly realized how loud, silly, and obnoxious we all were- and he couldn't have captured that any better. He came to the hotel room around 9:30am and stayed at the reception until 10:30pm. During those 13 hours he captured every moment I could have ever asked for. He captured the raw emotion of our guests, from laughing to crying to everything in between. We wanted our photographs to remind us of the events, the people, the feelings of that day- and that's EXACTLY what Ernst's talent delivered.

Not to mention he turned the photographs around in two weeks....865 or so photos all edited and gorgeous, in two weeks. Amazing! I even had a little wardrobe malfunction and Ernst gladly went back and touched up the photos for me. Plus he sent us a customized USB drive in a cute little box, both of which had a photo from our wedding on them.

Please, if you are considering Ernst as a photographer- DO IT! He was so fun and easy to work with! Thank you Ernst!! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst photographed our wedding in October and I must say, my husband and I are more than thrilled with his work! We were in awe when we got the photos back. We received many compliments about him at our wedding and after about the photos. The pricing is perfect, the pictures are perfect and he is an extremely nice man! My husband and I highly recommend Ernst for any occasion you are wanting photographed. He does excellent work.
Ernst photographed our wedding in October and I must say, my husband and I are more than thrilled with his work! We were Read more...
Ernst photographed our wedding in October and I must say, my husband and I are more than thrilled with his work! We were in awe when we got the photos back. We received many compliments about him at our wedding and after about the photos. The pricing is perfect, the pictures are perfect and he is an extremely nice man! My husband and I highly recommend Ernst for any occasion you are wanting photographed. He does excellent work. Read less
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Margaret
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire. He goes above and beyond to give you amazing memories of your big day.

We hired him first for engagement pictures, and knew immediately we had made the right choice. He is so friendly and comfortable to be around, but above all else he KNOWS how to capture a moment. He was all over the place, even climbed a tree, and the results were perfection.

When it came time for the wedding, he blew us and our wedding party away. He came for the rehearsal to get a good feel for the venue and by the actual event, he knew the wedding party by name. He arrived per our request at the hotel to get the getting dressed pictures at Noon, and didn't leave the reception until around 10. (the reception ended at 10:30) He captures every moment, big or small. Our pictures aren't just your typical staged shots (which he also does REALLY well), but actual moments with joy and love, and not just of the bridal party, but of all the guests.

Today we received our package with the drive with our pictures on them, and were again blown away. Ernst had a custom box made with our picture on it (that we are now using as a canvas on the wall) Inside was a custom flash drive with another of our pictures printed on it. He puts so much thought into every aspect of the process.

As far as photo quality, I'm sure I'm biased, but ours are the most crystal clear I've seen. There are no showy filters or flashy effect editing to hide an overall lack of quality like I see so often anymore, just crystal clear perfectly lit and captured shots.

Ernst is the absolute best choice for capturing your big day
Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire. He goes above and beyond to give you amazing memories of Read more...
Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire. He goes above and beyond to give you amazing memories of your big day.

We hired him first for engagement pictures, and knew immediately we had made the right choice. He is so friendly and comfortable to be around, but above all else he KNOWS how to capture a moment. He was all over the place, even climbed a tree, and the results were perfection.

When it came time for the wedding, he blew us and our wedding party away. He came for the rehearsal to get a good feel for the venue and by the actual event, he knew the wedding party by name. He arrived per our request at the hotel to get the getting dressed pictures at Noon, and didn't leave the reception until around 10. (the reception ended at 10:30) He captures every moment, big or small. Our pictures aren't just your typical staged shots (which he also does REALLY well), but actual moments with joy and love, and not just of the bridal party, but of all the guests.

Today we received our package with the drive with our pictures on them, and were again blown away. Ernst had a custom box made with our picture on it (that we are now using as a canvas on the wall) Inside was a custom flash drive with another of our pictures printed on it. He puts so much thought into every aspect of the process.

As far as photo quality, I'm sure I'm biased, but ours are the most crystal clear I've seen. There are no showy filters or flashy effect editing to hide an overall lack of quality like I see so often anymore, just crystal clear perfectly lit and captured shots.

Ernst is the absolute best choice for capturing your big day Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I cannot thank Ernst enough for the beautiful photos of our wedding! We
were overwhelmed with the quality of the photos we received in such a
quick turnaround from our wedding day. My husband and I live in DC and
were married in Illinois so had to coordinate the entire wedding over
email and phone calls. Ernst was recommended to us by a close family
friend and after seeing his work, we were convinced he was the
photographer for us. His professionalism is top-notch and he responded
quickly to all of our emails and made our transactions online run as
smoothly as possible. This was a huge weight off our minds because we
were planning from so far away.

As for the wedding day, Ernst was
extremely laid back and made us both feel comfortable and relaxed. For
two people that hate taking "staged" photos, I was delighted that Ernst
captured dozens of photos that looked so natural and really captured
the couple that we are. In addition to keeping us relaxed and natural,
Ernst also handled interactions with both of our families extremely well
and we received a lot of compliments on his professionalism and the
quality of the photos afterwards.

I could go on and on about the
quality of our photos, but one of the main reasons we chose Ernst is
because he does wonderful candids of friends and family that come to
wedding as well. We have so many amazing pictures of all of the people
in attendance and it's such a treasure to have. He really captured all
of the best parts of the day!
I cannot thank Ernst enough for the beautiful photos of our wedding! We
were overwhelmed with the quality of the Read more...
I cannot thank Ernst enough for the beautiful photos of our wedding! We
were overwhelmed with the quality of the photos we received in such a
quick turnaround from our wedding day. My husband and I live in DC and
were married in Illinois so had to coordinate the entire wedding over
email and phone calls. Ernst was recommended to us by a close family
friend and after seeing his work, we were convinced he was the
photographer for us. His professionalism is top-notch and he responded
quickly to all of our emails and made our transactions online run as
smoothly as possible. This was a huge weight off our minds because we
were planning from so far away.

As for the wedding day, Ernst was
extremely laid back and made us both feel comfortable and relaxed. For
two people that hate taking "staged" photos, I was delighted that Ernst
captured dozens of photos that looked so natural and really captured
the couple that we are. In addition to keeping us relaxed and natural,
Ernst also handled interactions with both of our families extremely well
and we received a lot of compliments on his professionalism and the
quality of the photos afterwards.

I could go on and on about the
quality of our photos, but one of the main reasons we chose Ernst is
because he does wonderful candids of friends and family that come to
wedding as well. We have so many amazing pictures of all of the people
in attendance and it's such a treasure to have. He really captured all
of the best parts of the day! Read less
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