Hello.  I am a wedding photographer based Bloomington Normal, Illinois traveling far and wide photographing unique wedding day stories.  Although the towns and venues differ, what stays the same is our shared desire for heartfelt wedding photos that tell the authentic story of the wedding day, and to have it told in a creative way.  


But you know why I REALLY do what I do?

“As I think back on the hundred-plus weddings I’ve photographed, I want to emphasize this:

Every wedding is perfect.

I love a good party.

I love a bride in the most elaborate, fancy, princess-y dress you’ve ever dreamed of.

I love custom chuppahs and embroidered aisle runners and matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses.

I love to photograph flowers and shoes.

But you know why I REALLY do what I do?

To photograph your parents, who will hold hands and cry on the first row of the chapel. To photograph your sister dancing with that boy she will marry in three years. To photograph those kids who will grow up so, so quickly. To photograph your grandfather, who will pass away next spring. To photograph your first kiss as a married couple, your best friend busting out her signature dance moves, and the flower girl asleep under a table.”

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Client Raves

“Ernst is, simply stated, the very best photographer you can hire.  He is so friendly and comfortable to be around, but above all else he KNOWS how to capture a moment. 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.

As far as photo quality 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, just crystal clear perfectly lit and captured shots.

Ernst is the absolute best choice for capturing your big day.”   5.0 / 5.0   Margaret and Ben


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