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  • Hello! My name is Mandy. I am a Photographer serving mostly Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, but willing to travel anywhere! Photographs are important to me, and if you are considering me as Your Photographer, they are important to you as well. I am very fortunate to have clients who trust me to document their lives, and I take that job very seriously. My work has been featured in Memory Makers Magazine, and Northwest Quarterly. In 2009, I was one of FotoDC's top 100 FOTOBAMA finalists in which I had my photograph of the President prominently displayed in Washington DC's Newseum, as well as published in a book. To Learn a little more about me and my photography philosophy and style, click on the link below.

Valerie + Brandon= Love, Orchard Ridge Farms Wedding, Rockton IL

It’s quite flattering (and a bit intimidating) when a fellow photographer asks you to shoot their children’s wedding, especially when it is someone who is so experienced and respected in your area. When Kristen Simpson of Photography by Kristen asked me if I was available for her step daughter Valerie’s wedding, I was really honored. I knew everything was going to be beautiful. I was familiar with the venue location, The Copperstone Inn and Orchard Ridge Farms Pavilion, and was very excited to be shooting there. Another plus was that the couple, Valerie and Brandon, are as sweet as they are gorgeous. They were so easy to work with and photograph!

Here are some pre-wedding details from The Inn.

Copperstone Inn Bridal Details

The Inn’s Bridal Suite is just beautiful and was the perfect backdrop for getting ready photos.



Bride Gets Ready At Copperstone Inn


Bride Getting Ready At Copperstone Inn


Valerie’s Little Sister was one of her flower girls.

Flower Girl With Wedding Dress


Copperstone Inn Bridal Suite

This might be my favorite photo from the day. Such sweet girls!

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Valerie was stunning!

Bridal Portrait

Valerie and Brandon decided to do a First Look. It’s always touching to witness a couple during this moment, and it’s an honor to be there to capture it for them. The look took place in the cellar part of the Inn (which is more like a really fancy brick entry way.) It was the perfect intimate setting.

See what I mean about them being so easy to photograph. I feel like they should be modeling for Bridal Magazines.

The ceremony and reception then took place at The Pavilion. It’s such a great space, and Kristen did an AMAZING job with all of the decor. She really needs to add Wedding Planner to her list of services now because it was top notch!

The ceremony was short, but sweet, and afterward we all headed out for some photos in the snow. It was super cold, but all were good sports!



Just a few details from all of Kristen’s hard work.

Orchard Ridge Farm Pavilion Wedding Reception

 I’ll end with some dancing photos. Earlier in the night as I was changing cards (or batteries), I heard the dance floor erupt as one of the groomsmen

decided to bust a move. I was so sad I missed it, but he agreed to do an encore later on. When he did, I was ready and the Groom joined in as well.

Who doesn’t love a few Break Dance Moves now and then?

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 And one last sweet one of Valerie and Brandon’s first dance.

Orchard Ridge Farms Pavilion Wedding Reception


Thank you Valerie and Brandon (and Kristen) for choosing me to document your beautiful day! It was amazing.

February 4, 2015 - 12:44 am

Mary Anne DeMichele Bice - I adore these pictures! Thanks for sharing :)

February 4, 2015 - 1:13 am

Gyda Ollis Hooker - Absolutely stunning!

February 4, 2015 - 1:17 am

Joshua C Walton - This last picture with my lighting like exploding in the background is PHENOMINAL!!!! I would love to borrow it for my portfolio…. 😉

February 4, 2015 - 1:22 am

Lisa Moreland - Gorgeous!

February 4, 2015 - 1:50 am

mandyhenry - Absolutely Josh! I actually have a ton more (can’t show the couple EVERYTHING in the sneak peek, lol) I’ll send you a copy of this one, but will also put up a vendor gallery with a link for you to download the others once they are up.

February 4, 2015 - 3:50 am

Gail Lewin - Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

February 4, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Sue Ball Markunas - Beautiful!

February 4, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Tamara Anderson-Rand - Beautiful!!!

Madison, WI Maternity Photographer || Tamsie and Holland ||Throwback Thursday


It’s Throwback Thursday, so I thought I’d share a session from, say, oh about 7 months ago. I just recently had a Maternity Session, which reminded me of how much I LOVE them. This session in particular was special because it was for my niece Tamsie, who also  happens to be my assistant photographer at weddings. I loved everything about this session and even though it was so cold out (that seemed to be a running theme last fall with all of my sessions) we had so much fun. I had forgotten how much I loved so many of these images and I’m kind of excited to finally be sharing them. I hope you enjoy them! Be sure to read through the whole post for a sweet photo of the baby at the end. And, if you are an expectant mama who is interested in a Maternity Session, I would love to hear from you!!


We started off at the forest preserve which is so beautiful in the fall.





Tamsie and Holland had this awesome blanket that was to cover the Baby’s Changing Table. I love the series that follows.



I love this photo so much. I feel like every mama to be should  have a photo like this because it just screams, “I’m Happy In My Preggers Body!”:)

Daddy  playing for mama and the babe.







Had to add in a little bit of book nerdery. 😉


The baby was due in Dec., so they wanted some Christmasy images.

And……this is the beauty that Tamsie and Holland made. Isn’t she the prettiest baby you ever did see? We love her so much and can’t get enough of her cuteness!!



Miss Grace | Rockton, IL Senior Photographer | Honnonegah High School

Meet Grace Krienke who is graduating in a few weeks from Honnonegah High School.   She happens to belong to one of the most talented and amazing families I know and has the voice of an angel! I did her sister’s Senior Session last year (which you can see here) and I was so excited to be able to photograph another gorgeous Krienke Girl. Seriously, she is just stunning inside and out.

While she did not ask to include any props in her shoot, I had to include something with music for her.  I knew her mom would really love it.:)Grace was in her school’s production of Oklahoma! last year, so I thought this was appropriate.




After a few photos in my little studio, we headed out for a full evening of shooting. It was crazy windy out, but Grace was a trooper and we were patient. I think we got some amazing images. Really though, I could not have asked for a more beautiful subject!!


We ended the evening at one of my favorite forest preserves to catch some beautiful sunset light…


…and to get another shot that I knew her mom would love. Both Grace and her sisters lead worship at our church. Like her sister’s shoot last year, I thought she needed a nice silhouette as well.

Thanks for choosing me for your Senior Session Grace!!

May 14, 2014 - 12:31 am

Trish Jones - Beautiful pictures Grace:)

May 14, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Ashleigh Jane - Beautiful!! Love the sunset pictures – amazing!

May 25, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Nancy Bromhead - Beautiful girl and pictures…

Rockford Illinois Wedding Photographer-Carolyn+Jonathon

Once again, as I look through these photos, I am overwhelmed by the fact that I have such AMAZING clients. Carolyn and Jonathon have been just incredible through the entire process of booking me as their wedding photographer. I was so excited about their day and was really happy that we FINALLY had a gorgeous day of weather (after days of cold and rain.) Of course,  I knew that Carolyn was going to look absolutely stunning! Her outer beauty was just part of it though as she just exuded grace and joy all day. Her smile literally never left her face and what more could a photographer have asked for?

She and Jonathon got ready at The Radisson in Rockford, where the reception was later held that evening.


Her dress was so gorgeous!


Her nieces were a little camera shy at first. By the end of the evening they warmed up to me though.


Their ceremony took place at First Covenant Church in Rockford.


Lovely Details. Her Bouquet was beautiful and I loved her grey and yellow accents.

We ended up at Sinnissippi Gardens for their portraits. When we arrived my heart dropped into my stomach as there were literally HUNDREDS of Highschoolers there for Prom! So, we couldn’t use all of the places that I wanted to take them. We did manage to find some space away from the crowds though and I think we got some beautiful portraits!

Her bridesmaids were just the sweetest. It was evident that they really cherish their friendship with Carolyn and they were so attentive to her needs.

More of her gorgeous flowers provided by Broadway Florist.

Jonathon was pretty much calm and collected all day. And, looking quite handsome.



I love that they rented a trolley for the day. It was so nice to not have to worry about driving around, people getting lost between locations, etc… Of course I had to get some some shots of them in it.


I’ll end with a few fun reception dancing shots, cause you know that it’s one of my favorite things to photograph. Thanks to Jeti Entertainment for great music and lighting.

And then there is this sweet one of her nieces. They were pretty enamored with her. I love the looks on their faces. So sweet!

Thank You Carolyn and Jonathon for choosing me! It was an honor.

May 2, 2014 - 4:06 am

Judith Gruszeczki Brown - Add a comment…wow! Just perfect !

May 2, 2014 - 10:24 am

Nancy Decker - Absolutely gorgeous!

May 2, 2014 - 11:37 am

Karen Williams - WOW!!! So beautiful!

May 2, 2014 - 11:48 am

Madelyn D'Andrea Petrella Musso - These are beyond beautiful.

May 2, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Angela Comella Crivolio - Just beautiful

May 2, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Patricia Schmidt - Gorgeous pictures! You were a very beautiful bride!

May 2, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Mandy Henry - Thank you all so much for the compliments. It was an amazing day and I felt so lucky to be photographing such a beautiful couple!

May 2, 2014 - 11:41 pm

Robbin Masters - Beautiful pics. Beautiful couple.