Michael Allen Photography

Servicing Northern Illinois, and far beyond

Beautiful Wedding Photography

Capturing Moments. Framing Memories.

Investment


Investment
We have several package options to choose from, starting at $3,000. The first step as you're trying to find the perfect fit for your perfect day is to fill out our inquiry form so we can start that conversation.

Here's what you can expect from us throughout the process -

Before
  • We make it a point to have a personal conversation to establish if we are the right fit for you
  • Open communication about all the details of your day and how we fit into that picture
Wedding Day
  • A minimum of six hours of coverage
  • At least two photographers for the entire event
After
  • Maximum of 2 weeks for image delivery
  • Beautiful prints from the day, both gift prints (8 X 12 and smaller) and wall prints (11 X 14 and larger)
  • Some packages include credits toward anniversary shoots and additional prints
Fill out this form for more information about our packages.

About Us


Michael Allen Photography takes pride in capturing beautiful photographs.

Who are we really, though?

We are married (to each other), and we have two rescue dogs. We rescued little Elsa the first year we were married, and we call her the cutest puppy ever, because she still looks like a puppy, and has the energy level to match. We finally had to get Elsa a friend, so along came Penny, a darling pit heeler, and she's our 40-pound lap dog.

We also love music, coffee, game nights, Marvel movies, and all things Star Wars. Oh, and we rarely take a serious photo together.
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Team


Michael Allen


Michael brings passion and energy to everything he does whether that's directing a photo shoot, meeting with a client, or eating a box of pasta by himself.

Naomi Allen


Naomi is Michael's assistant in every way imaginable. She is the yin to his yang. Naomi brings levelheadedness to our process, and vegetables to Michael's diet.

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  • Rockford, Illinois, United States

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Family Photos


Don't let them derail your day...

In almost wedding we photograph, if we have a schedule go awry, it is almost always during the family photos. There are few things to keep in mind with family photographs, to help keep your guests excited, and YOU stress free.

Talk to the photographer about how long to schedule

Your photographer should have an active role in planning your schedule, whether that's through consultations with you or with your wedding planner, if you have one. Family photos can generally be captured in around 2 minutes per grouping, but there are a couple of exceptions to this, talked about later on.

Try to keep the groups to immediate family

You don't need an image with every cousin, nephew, uncle, 3rd aunt once removed and their kids. At least not during the family photos. I always encourage brides to stick to immediate family (parents, grandparents, and siblings). With some mixed and larger families, these simple groupings alone can take a really long time. The extended family can have photos taken during the reception, just let your photographer know that you want to get some images with those groups, and talk about when they will be best accomplished.

Some couples may balk at the idea of not having the extended family in the photographs. That's okay! Especially for really close families, they can be an integral part of your family support structure. Just be prepared for the next issue to crop up.

The larger the group, the larger the delays

This is an exponential trait that I honestly can't really explain. But if you do decide to have extended family, or even if you have a large group of immediate family, the more individuals that are involved in those groupings, the greater the delays will become. Uncle Joe will go and use the restroom at the most inconvenient time; Cousin Shaina will disappear and not answer her phone right before she needs to go up; the delays will stack and increase stress.

Again, this might still be worth it for you, just consider the necessity of the family members for the family shoot.

Plan to have the kids in the first groups

If you've been around kids for zero point three seconds, you know their attention span (especially after what, to them, probably seems like a boring ceremony) is zero point one seconds. As such, make sure your photographer knows who the kids in the group are (if there are any) and plan the groupings accordingly. Get them in early when they're more likely to be well behaved, or risk getting crying faces, silly faces, or angry faces. Of course, those can be pretty cute images, too.

Finally, consider any mobility issues

If you have family members with mobility needs or limitations, make sure your photographer is aware of them and can plan for a family photos spot that will allow everyone you want to partake in them to be accommodated and able to fully enjoy being included in this part of your day - forever commemorated in the family images. This could, depending on the ceremony venue and whether a change of location is required (or even just desired), add more time to your day. As with all things, open communication with your photographer will help mitigate or eliminate these concerns from your day, allowing you to keep your stress levels low!