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Willow Lane Photography

Springfield , IL
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ABOUT US

I believe that the photographs from your wedding should bring back the feelings and emotions you felt and experienced on that day. The excitement of beginning your adventure as a pair... Read more
I believe that the photographs from your wedding should bring back the feelings and emotions you felt and experienced on that day. The excitement of beginning your adventure as a pair will be remembered through the moments captured.

My goal for any situation is to capture the moments that are often the most cherished memories for any couple on their wedding day. Moments like the embrace a father gives to his daughter, the tear mom sheds, the reaction of the groom when he first sets eyes on his bride walking down the aisle are moments you want to remember from your wedding day.

I am a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA).
I call myself a wedding photojournalist because the moments I capture are real. The foundation of my work comes from a journalistic eye. 


In the past I have been awarded top honors in the international College Photographer of the Year competition as well as in the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism competition. This is known as one of the most prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world. I was also an award winner in the Pictures of the Year International and the William Randolph Hearst Photojournalism Competition.



My photographs have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, New York Times, State Journal-Register in Springfield, IL, Peoria Journal Star in Peoria, IL, The Herald in Jasper, IN and Jane Magazine



I am available for weddings and engagements in any location including destination weddings.


In addition to documenting weddings, I also do documentary work within the family life and portraits. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
digital
How many photographers do you work with?
1
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
yes
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
sometimes more than one in a weekend
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
yes
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Canon professional equipment
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
yes
Do you charge for travel?
My mileage rate is $0.40/mile
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
one to two weeks
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
High-resolution JPG digital files
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Couple retains a license to print as many photos as they would like for their personal use
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Digital files
Will images be available for viewing online?
yes

REVIEWS

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Samantha
Wedding:
9/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply put, Lane is amazing. One of my favorite wedding vendors by far! We loved the quality of her work (it really speaks for itself) but also how easy she is to work with. The idea of being followed around by someone with a camera on potentially one of the most stressful days of your life always made me a bit nervous. But Lane made me feel like I had an extra bridesmaid there, she really was like an old friend that was able to decrease my stress, not increase it. I have recommended Lane to all of my friends, we really could not have asked to work with a better photographer.
Simply put, Lane is amazing. One of my favorite wedding vendors by far! We loved the quality of her work (it really speaks Read more...
Simply put, Lane is amazing. One of my favorite wedding vendors by far! We loved the quality of her work (it really speaks for itself) but also how easy she is to work with. The idea of being followed around by someone with a camera on potentially one of the most stressful days of your life always made me a bit nervous. But Lane made me feel like I had an extra bridesmaid there, she really was like an old friend that was able to decrease my stress, not increase it. I have recommended Lane to all of my friends, we really could not have asked to work with a better photographer. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Lane takes the most beautiful pictures, hands down. I could not imagine my wedding with out her! Aside from being one of the best photographers in the state, she is a truly caring, fun person. She made everyone feel at ease, and made me look like a model -she is hands down the BEST!
Lane takes the most beautiful pictures, hands down. I could not imagine my wedding with out her! Aside from being one of Read more...
Lane takes the most beautiful pictures, hands down. I could not imagine my wedding with out her! Aside from being one of the best photographers in the state, she is a truly caring, fun person. She made everyone feel at ease, and made me look like a model -she is hands down the BEST! Read less
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Maura
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Lane did an amazing job. She's great to work with and makes beautiful photos. My only regret was not doing an engagement session with her - if you're on the fence about that, just go for it. You won't regret spending a little extra money for more gorgeous photos.
Lane did an amazing job. She's great to work with and makes beautiful photos. My only regret was not doing an engagement Read more...
Lane did an amazing job. She's great to work with and makes beautiful photos. My only regret was not doing an engagement session with her - if you're on the fence about that, just go for it. You won't regret spending a little extra money for more gorgeous photos. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Never been more pleased with our photos!! She was wonderful in every step! The best is when she helped our grandmother from the church pew to the alter to take a family photo. She does well with lighting and composition. She was willing to even travel for the the wedding and engagement photos!
Never been more pleased with our photos!! She was wonderful in every step! The best is when she helped our grandmother Read more...
Never been more pleased with our photos!! She was wonderful in every step! The best is when she helped our grandmother from the church pew to the alter to take a family photo. She does well with lighting and composition. She was willing to even travel for the the wedding and engagement photos! Read less
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
5/5/2013
4.4/5.0
Lane's photography is absolutely beautiful, and I'm happy with the experience. A local bridal magazine actually wanted to feature some of the photos, they were so lovely. I felt beautiful that day working with Lane, and she was very friendly to work with.

I had two small issues that I think could have been a little better:

* Each time I contacted her, I did not receive a comment back until I waited a week and emailed her a second time.

* I was a nervous bride, and when I get nervous, I laugh like a crazy person. I would have liked a little more guidance from her to try and get a "regular" bridal portrait of my husband and I simply smiling at the camera. I truly love and prefer the journalistic style of photography that Lane uses, but I don't have a single "traditional" wedding portrait from the day, and I very much wish I did.
Lane's photography is absolutely beautiful, and I'm happy with the experience. A local bridal magazine actually wanted to Read more...
Lane's photography is absolutely beautiful, and I'm happy with the experience. A local bridal magazine actually wanted to feature some of the photos, they were so lovely. I felt beautiful that day working with Lane, and she was very friendly to work with.

I had two small issues that I think could have been a little better:

* Each time I contacted her, I did not receive a comment back until I waited a week and emailed her a second time.

* I was a nervous bride, and when I get nervous, I laugh like a crazy person. I would have liked a little more guidance from her to try and get a "regular" bridal portrait of my husband and I simply smiling at the camera. I truly love and prefer the journalistic style of photography that Lane uses, but I don't have a single "traditional" wedding portrait from the day, and I very much wish I did. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We can not say enough great things about Willow Lane Photography. We, along with our guests, were very impressed by her professionalism, organization, and creativity. Our photographs turned out amazing!
From the start of the day, Lane was early to each location and had many locations to go to for just one photographer. We had a time crunch to get our outdoor pictures before the sunset and she got through 4 larger family pictures in about 5 min. We were amazed at our reception photos and how she captured all the hilarious moments, because we barely noticed our pictures getting taken.
Not only were we impressed by Lane the day of the wedding, she also helped me through tough questions and the wedding process. She never made me feel like she did not have the time to talk or email. After the wedding, she sent us the best package in the mail! She is so creative.
Also, if you are contemplating the Willow Booth, do it! Our guests loved it and the picture quality was great!
We can not say enough great things about Willow Lane Photography. We, along with our guests, were very impressed by her Read more...
We can not say enough great things about Willow Lane Photography. We, along with our guests, were very impressed by her professionalism, organization, and creativity. Our photographs turned out amazing!
From the start of the day, Lane was early to each location and had many locations to go to for just one photographer. We had a time crunch to get our outdoor pictures before the sunset and she got through 4 larger family pictures in about 5 min. We were amazed at our reception photos and how she captured all the hilarious moments, because we barely noticed our pictures getting taken.
Not only were we impressed by Lane the day of the wedding, she also helped me through tough questions and the wedding process. She never made me feel like she did not have the time to talk or email. After the wedding, she sent us the best package in the mail! She is so creative.
Also, if you are contemplating the Willow Booth, do it! Our guests loved it and the picture quality was great! Read less
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April
Wedding:
9/23/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are considering Lane to be your photographer, stop considering and just hire her! She is absolutely amazing, and has the talent for the business along with the great personality to work with you on your most important day of your life. From the get-go, we were blown away with her promptness, replying to some of our questions even while she was on vacation. All those questions those wedding magazines tell you to ask your photographer, she's got the answers, rest assured :) We did an engagement session with her as well, which I highly recommend (you're building a connection with your photographer, which will help with your wedding day). We asked her if she could drive to our college town, which wasn't close for her, but with a reasonable transportation rate, it all worked out. And on St. Patrick's Day, no less! <3 It was amazing being back on the campus we fell in love at. We were able to incorporate the places that were special to us, along with spots that caught her eye as a photographer. She's a photographer that wants to document your love for each other, and does it in a way where she isn't in your face. My one tip for you: practice how you want to be pictured, look at photos with your fiance', Lane will help you but she also isn't a mind reader. As for the day of our wedding, Lane was soo easy going and incredibly flexible with our plans. Some things we didn't think our thoroughly, and she helped give us suggestions and solutions. She somewhat played a middle man for the guys and gals before we got our first look, which went perfectly. It was great feeling that our photographer felt like our friend more than anything, as it helped us relax and just really enjoy the day coming together as Mr and Mrs. Did I mention that she has a photo-booth? And not one of those you'd see if you were going to the fair, I mean an open style, you stand in and can fit a group, gorgeous backdrop, photo-booth that works with a touch of a button and a countdown. <3<3
If you are considering Lane to be your photographer, stop considering and just hire her! She is absolutely amazing, and Read more...
If you are considering Lane to be your photographer, stop considering and just hire her! She is absolutely amazing, and has the talent for the business along with the great personality to work with you on your most important day of your life. From the get-go, we were blown away with her promptness, replying to some of our questions even while she was on vacation. All those questions those wedding magazines tell you to ask your photographer, she's got the answers, rest assured :) We did an engagement session with her as well, which I highly recommend (you're building a connection with your photographer, which will help with your wedding day). We asked her if she could drive to our college town, which wasn't close for her, but with a reasonable transportation rate, it all worked out. And on St. Patrick's Day, no less! <3 It was amazing being back on the campus we fell in love at. We were able to incorporate the places that were special to us, along with spots that caught her eye as a photographer. She's a photographer that wants to document your love for each other, and does it in a way where she isn't in your face. My one tip for you: practice how you want to be pictured, look at photos with your fiance', Lane will help you but she also isn't a mind reader. As for the day of our wedding, Lane was soo easy going and incredibly flexible with our plans. Some things we didn't think our thoroughly, and she helped give us suggestions and solutions. She somewhat played a middle man for the guys and gals before we got our first look, which went perfectly. It was great feeling that our photographer felt like our friend more than anything, as it helped us relax and just really enjoy the day coming together as Mr and Mrs. Did I mention that she has a photo-booth? And not one of those you'd see if you were going to the fair, I mean an open style, you stand in and can fit a group, gorgeous backdrop, photo-booth that works with a touch of a button and a countdown. <3<3 Read less
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Marin
Wedding:
9/7/2012
5.0/5.0
From the very first email we received from Lane to the conclusion of our wedding day, Lane was nothing short of wonderful. The communication between us and Lane was always friendly and easy. During our first meeting at our engagement session, Lane let us take our time to get comfortable in our surroundings. She was so laid back and easy to work with. We couldn't be happier with how our engagement photos turned out. On our wedding day Lane just blended right in. There were times we didn't even notice she was there. She made it a point to just go with the flow of the day. Upon arriving at our venue, it started to rain and I was nervous to get my dress wet, and Lane ran back to her car to get an umbrella for me. Little things like that made Lane such a pleasure to work with. She made sure our day was about us. Our family and friends are just as fond of Lane as we are. They all kept telling us how friendly, yet very professional Lane was. Our wedding photos far exceeded our expectations. They turned out even more beautiful than we hoped for. We really can't say enough about Lane. She is a true professional. If you are considering booking with Willow Lane Photography, go ahead and book. You will not regret it. Thank you Lane!!!
From the very first email we received from Lane to the conclusion of our wedding day, Lane was nothing short of wonderful. Read more...
From the very first email we received from Lane to the conclusion of our wedding day, Lane was nothing short of wonderful. The communication between us and Lane was always friendly and easy. During our first meeting at our engagement session, Lane let us take our time to get comfortable in our surroundings. She was so laid back and easy to work with. We couldn't be happier with how our engagement photos turned out. On our wedding day Lane just blended right in. There were times we didn't even notice she was there. She made it a point to just go with the flow of the day. Upon arriving at our venue, it started to rain and I was nervous to get my dress wet, and Lane ran back to her car to get an umbrella for me. Little things like that made Lane such a pleasure to work with. She made sure our day was about us. Our family and friends are just as fond of Lane as we are. They all kept telling us how friendly, yet very professional Lane was. Our wedding photos far exceeded our expectations. They turned out even more beautiful than we hoped for. We really can't say enough about Lane. She is a true professional. If you are considering booking with Willow Lane Photography, go ahead and book. You will not regret it. Thank you Lane!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My Family loved the pictures. I loved them so much im hiring Willow Lane Photography to do my sisters wedding.
My Family loved the pictures. I loved them so much im hiring Willow Lane Photography to do my sisters wedding.
My Family loved the pictures. I loved them so much im hiring Willow Lane Photography to do my sisters wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were 100% thrilled with our experience from the start to finish. Exceeded all our expectations and couldn't think of anything negative. We I've our full recommendation. Thanks Lane!
We were 100% thrilled with our experience from the start to finish. Exceeded all our expectations and couldn't think of Read more...
We were 100% thrilled with our experience from the start to finish. Exceeded all our expectations and couldn't think of anything negative. We I've our full recommendation. Thanks Lane! Read less
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