My fascination with photography began at a very early age with an old Polaroid my grandfather bought me. And a camera has been by my side ever since. Photography was always part of my life, but never my life’s work. After a long career in business and advertising, I decided to change my life course-drastically. I quit my advertising job and embarked on an art degree at the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduation, I worked at several commercial food and catalog studios around the city, but yearned to photograph outdoors and experience people more. A close friend asked me to second shoot for a wedding he was photographing, and after that, I was hooked! Changing light, beautiful moments and telling stories all became part of my work, and it was something I never experienced before. Now, I feel pretty lucky documenting one of the most important days in your lifetime and becoming your storyteller.
Honesty, authenticity and spontaneity are elements that I strive for in narrating weddings, events and stories. My love for art is also a major driving force in my personal photography style. During each and every shoot, I love to have fun and create images that showcase personality, style, and quintessential moments. With my photography influences and background, my goal is provide all of my clients with modern images, with some artistic, spontaneous fun!
Experience and Mindset
I have photographed over 330 weddings, and I am now into my 16th season under my own company. Couple relationships are incredibly important to me! When you book me, we stay in touch throughout your entire wedding planning process. We work together on scheduling, locations, and important family pictures so your day is stress-free and easy. I also send you planning emails and offer monthly newsletters to get us ready for your big day. I work with you closely to so we can create some amazing memories that communicate the essence of who you are.
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52 Reviews for Dawn E. Roscoe Photography
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Sara · Married on 10/20/2018
Dawn is wonderful
Dawn is great and easy to work with. I have see her work for many of my friends weddings as well as my own. Everyone I speak to is always very pleased with the final product. She is very kind and has a great eye. Thank you again for your wonderful services Dawn!Sent on 03/13/2019
Erin Gschwind Romo · Married on 08/17/2018
Dawn was highly recommended to us from a friend because they worked with her as a photographer for their wedding and the bride’s sister’s wedding as well. We reached out to Dawn and met with her at her studio in Bridgeport. Steven and I continued to feel impressed by the quality of her photos, her interest in getting to know us as a couple, her communication and recommendations, and her vast experience photographing weddings throughout Chicago.Sent on 01/01/2019
It didn’t take us long to realize that Dawn was the one we wanted to photograph our big day.
We decided to do an engagement photoshoot and we had the best time. I was originally very nervous but Dawn was so complementary and helped make us both feel more comfortable. She has a keen eye for different backdrops, colors, and creative lighting. She also helped coach us through new poses or how to get natural shots. We absolutely loved our photos and it made us so excited about working with Dawn on our wedding day.
Throughout the planning process, Dawn was so helpful and kept all lines of communication open. She chatted with us a few weeks before the wedding to talk out details and help us make important decisions. She offered an alternate rain plan, helped us schedule large family photos, and gave us some recommendations.
On our wedding day in August 2018, Dawn started with myself and the ladies at the Ambassador hotel while Sonce, the second photographer, started with the men at our apartment. We were all reunited for the first look and the photo fun kicked off. Seeing that our wedding was the same weekend as the Air & Water Show, there were additional traffic limitations but they helped create a backup plan when needed. They helped crank out all of our photos, they were a great team, and we all had great time along the way.
After receiving our photos, we are so pleased! We feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Dawn and would highly recommend her to any friends/ family.
Kristina · Married on 12/31/2017
Dawn Roscoe is amazing
I have been meaning to write this review for some time, and as we're approaching the one year anniversary of working with Dawn, I think the time is now! My husband and I hired Dawn for our 12/31/17 wedding, and it was one of the key decisions to our wedding's success! (You can find my previous review for her after our engagement session somewhere on this Yelp! page, too - it is also a very resounding endorsement.)
In short, I will tell you what I told her when she delivered our wedding photos: "I am so amazed. The angles, the lighting, the expressions you caught are incredible. I am so thrilled and humbled."
In long, Dawn is an expert professional who will take care of you emotionally and photographically for whatever big day you hire her. If she's available, hire her. Hire her right now. If you have to, change the date just so you can work with her.
From the first minute, Dawn's expertise came forward as we - on the first phone call interview - plotted out what our schedule would look like. She even referenced the sunset time, just so she could be sure her estimates were good ones. That amount of detail and care lasted throughout our process, and created for us a sense of ease on what can be a stressful day. She is everywhere, but unobtrusive; she is creative, yet asks for direction and input; she is careful, yet spontaneous. And she is so skilled. Whenever I get compliments on the wedding, the photos are always one of the top two things that people gawk over (we had a live band that rocked, that's hard to compete with...or else Dawn would be #1 every time). I hopefully will never have to plan another wedding, but if I do, Dawn will be the first call I make.
In our interactions with her post-wedding, she has continued to provide excellent information and service. I never felt pressured to purchase prints or books through her, and she has been consistently active and willing to help when I had questions. Very recently, she re-uploaded my entire gallery when my mother-in-law could not find that "perfect" image.
She addressed a need in very little time and, again, helped to assuage anxiety.
I highly recommend Dawn Roscoe Photography to any/everyone. And if you're still pondering after reading this (and all the other stellar) review, just call go look at her website or her FB page again. That is mastery right there.Sent on 12/28/2018
Dawn is a joy to work with as a wedding vendor - she is positive, timely, professional, and talented!
I have had the pleasure of working with Dawn at a few weddings and she is always fantastic! She gets to know the couple and has the ability to capture their personalities on film. She is always wonderful to work with - friendly, unobtrusive, and happy to accommodate requests. The couples I've seen her work with always sing her praises - before and after the wedding! And the best part is that the final photos are just gorgeous! The only problem you'll have is narrowing down your favorites!