Chicago Wedding Photographer

Jesse James Photography

Chicago Elopement and Family Photographer

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Chicago Elopement Photographer

Who I am

I have been photographing weddings, elopements, family portraits, maternity and proposals for over 13 years now. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, I moved to Chicago at the end of 2020. I love working with couples and families from all over the area, and those visiting Chicago as well! There are so many beautiful backdrops around the Chicago area for your photography needs. Please take a look at the gallery below. If you want to see additional photos from recent shoots, give my Instagram or Facebook a follow!

*Click here to check out a full wedding I shot last year at Cherry Avenue Farms that was featured on Vineyard Bride!*

***Over the past few years I have shifted my focus to smaller weddings & elopements, which due to Covid-19 that looks to be the future of weddings for the forseeable future. Please contact me to discuss your wedding photography needs further.***
Family and Wedding Photogapher Chicago


Chicago Elopement Photography

Chicago Elopement Photography

Elopements are my favorite to photograph. I love the intimacy of a small elopement. Just focusing on the couple and (sometimes) a few close friends and family produces some fantastic moments. Although my focus is more on elopement photography, I also offer wedding coverage and have photographed over 400 weddings in my career.

Chicago Family Photographer

Chicago Family Photography

Family photos are such an important keepsake to have. There's some beautiful areas around Chicago we can use for the backdrop to your family portraits. I like to mix things up with some classic poses and then also catch the candid moments in between. I also offer senior portraits and maternity photos.

Chicago Family Photographer
Chicago Engagement Photographer

Chicago Engagement Photography

Photographing engagements is so much fun! You get dressed up, we go to cool locations, things are laid back and we capture some awesome memories!

Chicago Wedding Photography Prices


Family Package


• 50+ Photos

• Fully Edited Images

• Online Gallery

Elopement Packages


• 1 -3 Hours Coverage

• Fully Edited Images

• Online Gallery

Wedding Packages


• 5 - 8 Hours

• Fully Edited Images

• Online Gallery

Engagement Package


• 90 Min Session

• Fully Edited Images

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Chicago wedding photographer testimonials


Hamilton Wedding Photographer

My husband and I got married earlier this year, and we were extremely fortunate to have booked with Jesse James Photography. Jesse knew all the best photo spots around the, especially considering that it was mid-March and the snow had pretty much melted. He was still able to find beautiful backgrounds for us to shoot at so we could have the winter wedding photos we were hoping for. He made us feel comfortable immediately and helped us with tons of different pose ideas. I would definitely recommend hiring Jesse for any type of photography. His work is amazing!

Chicago Family Photography

Jesse was such a joy to have as our wedding photographer. He captured the mood of our day perfectly! It’s hard to find a photographer that is able to use natural light as masterfully as Jesse has. He captured so many amazing candid moments and even made us look so natural for posed shots. We are so happy we went with him! A definite yes!

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