The way I do things

Let's be honest... If you've gotten this far you more than likely have looked at a few photographer websites or Instagram accounts, maybe even done a search on TikTok and chances are, you're a little overwhelmed. I get it. There's all kinds of trendy buzzwords like "authentic weddings" and being "intentional" and having "candid moments" captured and if you've never done this wedding or elopement thing before, you're probably like scratching your head going, "huh???". That's where I come in. 

I'm the kind of photographer that's going to be with you through this process, no matter what kind of day you're envisioning. I'm going to provide warm and timeless photos that you'll be ecstatic to pass on for generations to come, and prioritizing how YOU feel on your day. I'll do the small things like fluffing your dress and pinning a boutonniere to pulling out tissues during the ceremony and even putting florals on your cake (a story for a different day).

I'm going to be the photographer to empower you with resources, communication + conversations, prompting, and lots of support to be yourselves on your day. You don't have to have a perfectly aesthetic wedding for your day to be the best day ever. 


a little bit about


Just a small-town girl living in the Windy City, I'm a capturer of happy tears, bear hugs, spilled drinks, and booty-grabs. Much to the surprise of everyone I meet, wedding photographer was never one of the jobs I saw myself having, but this life has given me so much more than I could have ever asked for. Being a 2w3 ENFP, naturally I'm drawn to people and place the highest value on genuine connection with everyone I meet. I have the insane ability of making the most camera-shy humans feel like absolute rockstars in front of my lens, and you'll actually enjoy the experience of getting yourself captured. In between bouts of smiling way too big and squealing at how amazing you + your boo thing look, you'll find me checking out the latest coffee shop, rewatching a Netflix series, booking my next trip, or on a 3-way Facetime with my sisters. I'm a pretty simple gal to make happy and I credit my deep Midwestern roots for that. I cannot wait to get to know you. 

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a few of j's favorite things 

1. TRAVEL! This world is big and beautiful and I want to see as much of it as I can. 
2. My family and friends.
3. Taylor Swift. #swiftieforlife
4. A good pineapple + coconut cocktail. 
5. The way the sun feels on my face when I watch it set on the horizon. 
6. Nick Miller's panic moonwalk on New Girl. 
7. Tearing it up on the dance floor to "Yeah!" by Usher weekend after weekend. 
8. Documenting love stories for the most rad people. 
9. All of the Marvel movies! 
10. A good classic red lip when the leaves fall to the ground in the fall.

"I cannot recommend Jayde enough! A friend hired her for her wedding and after seeing her work, I knew I wanted to work with her instantly! She made my husband and I feel comfortable both in our engagement shoot and the day of the wedding, making the whole process so fun and easy. She helped us plan out a timeline for the day of with photo location recommendations based on our style, and then helped to keep the day running smoothly according to that schedule. I felt so at ease knowing she was on it! She was so professional and knowledgable throughout. On top of that, the end results are absolutely incredible!! We love love love every single one of the pictures and cannot wait to continue using her in the future!"

-Maureen jones