Danielle & Chris

Danielle & Chris

"Ernst is not only incredibly talented and professional, but also warm and genuine. And the resulting photos – WOW."


1.) Where do you live

I live in Central Illinois with my family and travel far and wide to photograph unique wedding day stories.

Very briefly, I was born in Hong Kong and spent my early years attending a British school before moving to the Philippines and Vancouver.  After graduating from Vancouver’s University of British Columbia, I moved back to Hong Kong and had the opportunity to travel for work throughout Asia, Europe and North America.  

I met and married my wife, Barbara, in Washington, D.C. where we lived for a few years before spending time in San Luis Obispo, California.  Eventually, with a baby on the way, we moved to Illinois “for a year” to be closer to Barb’s parents.  That was 17 years ago ;)

Wedding photographer in bloomington il

 With my wife, Barbara, and our two children Isabelle and Annalise

2.) What’s your photography background

I was developing film in a darkroom at 13 so my passion goes quite a ways back.  Later, I photographed products for our business in a studio setting.  
It wasn’t until I discovered a U.K. photographer whose documentary, photojournalistic approach really resonated with me that I considered photographing weddings.  I started assisting/second shooting in 2008 before I began photographing my own weddings in 2010.
– Where you’ll probably find me at some point on your wedding day –

3.) Have you seen our venue before?

I travel far and wide and very often photograph at venues I have never seen before.  However, I always make a scouting trip to get the lay of the land before coverage starts – either a week or two before the wedding day if it’s a nearby venue, or the day before.  I can do this on my own or we can schedule a time to meet at the venue, if you prefer.

4.) Will I receive the high resolution images?

Yes!  You will receive a custom designed wood USB drive containing your wedding photos, a few complimentary 8×10 prints and a presentation keepsake box.

The photos will also be available via a beautiful online gallery that you can conveniently share with family and friends. 

Holly and Andrew’s Custom-designed Wood USB drive

The USB drive is inserted into the Keepsake Box (below) along with a few complimentary prints


5.) How many photos will we receive?

You will typically receive between 900-1200 photos (approximately 100 per hour of coverage). 

6.) When will we see our photos?

You will be able to download the high resolution, edited images within 4 weeks, sometimes sooner.

7.) Can you hold a date for us or let us know if someone else inquires about the same date?

The dates are booked on a first come, first serve basis.  

Due to the amount of inquiries I receive, I cannot hold a date or let you know if someone else inquires about the same date.


How do we reserve the date?

To book the date, a small, non-refundable retainer and an agreement signed by the both of us reserves the date. This can all be done online – it’s simple and only takes a few minutes.

Once the date is booked, I will provide you with a “things to think about” questionnaire and sample timelines to get the ball rolling planning wise.

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