Every couple is unique and deserves to have their special day just the way they want it, no matter how big or small the affair. For each wedding, I work diligently to fulfill every client's need when it comes to providing the most exceptional and personalized wedding photography. Each and every package I offer is customizable and adjustable depending on what you're looking for. Choosing me as your photographer not only means gaining an assistant for all things wedding-related (timing, permits, locations, etc), but also starting a meaningful friendship for life with someone who will continue to be there for all your special moments.


I value and cherish every kind of love this world has to offer.

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CITY HALL / MINIMONY PACKAGES

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WEDDING PACKAGES

FINE ART ALBUMS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For some couples, all you need are each other and the "I do's!" This package is designed for those who are looking for City Hall ceremony photos plus a couple's session with additional portraits around the city. Getting married in your home or somewhere else of importance? No problem! This package can be customized for other mini weddings (ceremony + couples session) with just the newlyweds and up to ~6 other guests.

You will receive planning and timeline assistance, plus hi-res images available on a password protected online gallery/print store with a print release. This project takes a week or less for me to complete + edit.

City Hall Wedding / Minimony

ADD ONS:

\ Extra time for $300 per hour
\ Engagement session for $200 (half off!)
\ Personalized 10x8 Fine Art Album for $600
\ Curated 5x7 Prints, set of 8 with Print Box for $300

2 hours - $600

(Couple, officiant + me)

Sometimes it makes more sense to just have your most important family + friends present for your ceremony and reception. No fuss, no crazy productions– just you, your person and those who are nearest + dearest. This package is designed for those who are looking for an intimate wedding with up to 50 guests in attendance. This will include a few getting ready photos, family photos, ceremony, some reception and some dancing.

You'll receive planning/timeline assistance plus hi-res images available on a password protected online gallery/print store with a print release. This project takes two weeks or less for me to complete.

Elopement / Micro Wedding

ADD ONS:

\ Extra time for $250 per hour
\ Second Shooter for $50 per shooting hour
\ Engagement session for $200 (half off!)
\ Travel fee of $300 - $800, only required for a 3+ hour drive outside of Chicago
\ Personalized 10x8 Fine Art Album for $600
\ Curated 5x7 Prints, set of 8 with Print Box for $300

3 hours - $1200

4 hours - $1600

5 hours - $2000

(Up to 50 guests)

Nothing but the biggest celebration for you and your person! These packages are designed for couples looking for a full day of photography with all family + friends present (even your mom's cousin Susan twice removed, she can come!). From putting on your dress (or suit) until you and your best friend are belting "Livin' On A Prayer" on the dance floor, I'll be with you from start to finish. Coverage includes getting ready photos, portraits, family photos, ceremony, reception & dancing.

My photography services start at 6 hours of coverage and can go up to 10 hours depending on your needs. Each package includes hi-res images available on a password protected online gallery/print store with a print release. This project takes 3-4 weeks or so for me to complete.

wedding packages

800-1000 Photos

Planning/Timeline Assistance
Vendor Recommendations

Engagement Session
All Day Second Shooter

Sneak Peek Mini Gallery
8 5x7 Prints in Print Box
10 x 8 Fine Art Album

400-600 Photos

Planning/Timeline Assistance
Vendor Recommendations



Rewrite the Stars

Golden Hour

Perfect Duet

10 hours

8 hours

6 hours

ADD ONS:

\ Second Shooter for $50 per shooting hour
\ Extra time for $400 per hour
\ Engagement Session for $400
\ Travel fee of $300 - $800, only required for a 3+ hour drive outside of Chicago
\ Personalized 10x8 Fine Art Album for $600
\ Curated 5x7 Prints, set of 8 with Print Box for $300

$4500

$3600

$2700

2 5x7 Prints

600-800 Photos

Planning/Timeline Assistance
Vendor Recommendations
Engagement Session
All Day Second Shooter
5 5x7 Prints

600-800 Photos

Planning/Timeline Assistance
Vendor Recommendations

Engagement Session
All Day Second Shooter


5 5x7 Prints

800-1000 Photos

Planning/Timeline Assistance
Vendor Recommendations
Engagement Session
All Day Second Shooter
Sneak Peek Mini Gallery
8 5x7 Prints in Print Box
10 x 8 Fine Art Album

400-600 Photos

Planning/Timeline Assistance
Vendor Recommendations
2 5x7 Prints



Making an album is the perfect way to remember your wedding. Living in a digital world means we see an infinite amount of images on a screen everyday. Although this kind of accessibility is valuable, it lacks the heart of something tangible you can hold in your hands. Anyone can snap a quick pic on a phone, post it on Instagram and have it live only on the internet. Having an album that sits on your bookshelf, coffee table or mantle means those pictures have new life and a physical existence. Trust me when I say your experience will change when you're able to actually touch the photos that mean the most to you.

Vision Art offers high quality printing with archival inks that ensure your album is long-lasting. The pages are sturdy, but not too thick. Creating the spreads in Photoshop means the sky is the limit with how we place the images on each page. Every album I make is as unique as the couple designing it and our process can be as collaborative as you want it to be. Want me to make a book and choose all of the images so you don't have to worry about anything? No problem. Want to make sure a couple of your faves are included? Of course! And if you're looking to do a deep dive with me in terms of design, we can either meet for coffee with my laptop or do a screen-share Zoom call where you call ALL the shots! Albums make the perfect gift for loved ones or close family members who weren't able to attend. Parents, siblings, and grandparents are free to contact me in order to design their own personalized album so you don't have to play the middleman! 

The process starts with a 10x8 horizontal 10 page spread (if there were one photo per page, then there would be 20 photos in the album). The standard cover is a textured book cloth in the color of your choice and comes with a debossing of your name and/or date, also offered in different colors. The back contains the Madi Ellis Photography debossed logo in the same color as your name/date.

fine art albums

To Have and to Hold

10x8 Album with a 10 page spread in Asahi Blue Mohair with Copper debossing

ADD ONS:

\ Additional spreads for $10 each (max of 50 spreads)
\ Additional debossing for $30 each
\ 12x9 size upgrade for $80
\ 14x11 size upgrade for $130
\ 16x12 size upgrade for $150

COVER OPTIONS:

\ Leather (limited colors)
\ Photo strip
\ Eco Leather for $20
\ Velvet for $20
\ Photo strip cover style for $30
\ Cameo for $30+
\ Premium Leather for $75
\ Metallic Leather for $100

ADD ONS:

Additional spreads for $10 each (max of 50 spreads)
Additional debossing for $30 each
12x9 size upgrade for $80
14x11 size upgrade for $130
16x12 size upgrade for $150

COVER OPTIONS:

Leather (limited colors)
Photo strip
Eco Leather for $20
Velvet for $20
Photo strip cover style for $30
Cameo for $30+
Premium Leather for $75
Metallic Leather for $100

OTHER ALBUMS:

Horizontal

5x4 Album for $400
8x6 Album for $500

Vertical

6x8 Album for $500
8x10 Album for $600
9x12 Album for $700
10.5x14 Album for $800

Square

8x8 Album for $550
10x10 Album for $650
12x12 Album for $750

OTHER ALBUMS:

Horizontal

\ 5x4 Album for $400
\ 8x6 Album for $500

Vertical

\ 6x8 Album for $500
\ 8x10 Album for $600
\ 9x12 Album for $700
\ 10.5x14 Album for $800

Square

\ 8x8 Album for $550
\ 10x10 Album for $650
\ 12x12 Album for $750

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Fun fact about me: I'm a weirdo who LOVES to edit. It's a process that brings me so much closer to what lies at the heart of what I do best, which is to create fine-art photography. I'm always eager to start on the edits from the moment I get home and this excitement continues until I export the final images. For smaller sessions, the edits take about a 7 days and larger weddings take 10-21 days. If there is any reason that I would not meet this deadline (because of an emergency or other obligations), then I will 100% communicate that to you and make sure you're filled in on everything that's going on.

   LET ME TELL YOU that when someone tries to take MY photo I often freeze up. My hands? My face? My body? Suddenly I don't know what to do with any of them! Whenever I'm working with couples I always aim to capture them in a natural, organic way. Every relationship is different physically + emotionally. I work to find what makes you guys feel the most like yourselves. There are small tricks I have up my sleeve to aid this process, but no two couples are the same. It's so much easier to think about your partner and the ways you love them rather than where to put your arms or how to position your legs. We will work together to tell your story in these photos.

   Unfortunately, I can't clone myself to be in two rooms at the same time (wouldn't that be cool?). This is where the role of the Second Shooter can really come in handy! I almost always recommend a Second Shooter for large events in order to make sure every last detail is captured and from every angle. If you and your partner are getting ready in separate locations, having another photographer there allows each of you to be documented before the ceremony. If I'm photographing someone giving a speech, my other photographer can take photos of your reactions. These are only a couple of the many ways a Second Shooter can be utilized. If my partner Nate (my usual creative partner in crime) is unavailable to join me, I have a list of other skilled and personable photographers who can accompany me on your wedding day.

   Oh heck yes! I offer fine art albums and prints along with ALL of my packages. The standard album size is 10x8 with a 10 page spread. We will collaborate together to pick which photos work best and where they live in the album. Using the company Vision Art means there are no templates and no rules when it comes to the design. The gallery you receive online also serves as a print store, making ordering any additional prints as easy as pie. Blueberry pie, in fact (my FAVE). Want to see what your album can look like? Fill out my Inquiry Form to get ahold of my Investment Guide!

   Absolutely. Any couple who wants to book me for their wedding with coverage of 8+ hours will receive a complementary engagement session! I love doing this because it encourages us to get to know each other and form a trust that will only make the images that much more magical.

   Every single photo you receive from me will have been color corrected and edited by my own hands. My edits are what make my craft so unique, and it's for this reason that I don't send off my work to be edited by someone else or give out RAW, unedited photos.

   My Wedding Packages usually yield 75-100 images per shooting hour depending on what's happening and how many people are being photographed. I take fewer photos while people are eating (trust me, the average person does not look cute while taking a big bite of chicken) and more during the important moments. An engagement session will often result in 100-150 images.

   I promise we can always find beauty in whatever Mother Nature throws at us and we will make it work. Sometimes a little extra rain, snow, or wind can add some incredible, unexpected texture that makes the photos even more beautiful. If an engagement or family session date needs to be rearranged because of dangerous conditions, I'm more than happy to take that on a case-by-case basis.

   I do not think that a person's body should be edited to look a certain way. I take pride in being a body-positive photographer that looks at the organic love happening between people. We all have skin, fat, folds, and other beautiful curves. I embrace it all. The only retouching I do is for acne, scarring, blemishes, or bruising. I never look at someone I've photographed and seek out to erase their "imperfections." I only see love, which is honestly what you'll remember most about the day when you look back on these images. The best photos won't be about how your body looks. It'll be about the connection you share with the ones you cherish the most.

   I always ask for a deposit of 20% with the contract. This payment ensures my time and that I don't accept another booking for that day. Because that date is being held just for you, it is non-refundable and acts as a retainer. The remainder of the balance is due a week before the wedding/session, but I am happy to set up a plan that spreads out for smaller payments over time before the big day.

   If you are rescheduling a wedding, the paid deposit will go toward your new date and I will not add any additional fees. A new contract will be written for the new date agreed upon by both you and me. If a wedding is rescheduled for a second time, I require a 15% non-refundable payment for the new date. If a wedding needs to be moved to a new date due to government shutdowns or mandates preventing any kind of gathering from happening, I will not charge any additional fees for rescheduling.

   Of course! I will meet you wherever you are– I'm definitely not limited to the Midwest. All additional travel expenses will be discussed and added to the final contract, so you won't need to worry about flights/gas/hotels.

   Being a concert photographer in addition to photographing weddings means I've practiced being able to capture important moments in less than ideal lighting situations. Often times during a live music event, the artist is dancing and singing without a direct light source. Although these situations are tricky to photograph, I have a trained eye and I know how to best utilize my equipment in order to document the event and provide amazing photos. The same goes with any wedding, no matter where it's taking place or what time of day it occurs.

   Honestly, I'd be mad if you didn't. If you have any furry friends at home, I want to know every nickname you call them, how floofy they are and why you can't live without them.

"She was a joy to work with! Her work is beautiful and modern, yet timeless and enduring..."

nikki + brian

 "...She was a joy to work with! Her work is beautiful and modern, yet timeless and enduring. It’s one thing to be a great photographer, which Madi is- it’s something else entirely to be able to illicit real emotion like Madi can. Her “bedside manner” is incredible. She made us feel so at ease and able to be ourselves. Her direction guided us to some truly great shots that we will treasure forever. Madi’s work and talents are unique. Her technical skills are inarguably immaculate, but her personality and ability to guide her subjects are just as valuable."

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"...Madi was such a pleasure to have at our micro wedding! She made taking photos so fun and comfortable. We absolutely love the photos she took and cannot recommend her enough! She does great work and her lovely personality is a bonus!"

"She is full of positive energy and happiness and it was contagious!"

Nimrah + Josh

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   "...We shot an engagement shoot with Madi and we couldn't have been more pleased! Madi was super accommodating with our schedules. She was professional but still had a wonderful, friendly quality about her which really helped us open up during the photos. She captured so many wonderful shots without us feeling like things were too staged. We were open to traveling off the beaten path and trusted her eye. We were so happy with the final results. We look forward to booking Madi for many photoshoots to come!"

"I love how so many of the photos show our personality and appeared so genuine to who we are as a couple...."

KAT + DEVIN

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"...When we took our engagement photos at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool we had so much fun! We cannot wait to have Madi Ellis shoot our wedding and maternity photo shoot. If you're looking for a photographer that can bring joy and delight to any situation, not only behind the camera, look no further. 10/10!"

"Madi Ellis is an amazing person. She is very talented and has the confidence and charisma to come with it...."

Christine + James

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"Madi was so great! Easy to work with, organized, engaging, friendly, interactive, and one of the most creative photographers..."

Colton + dominic

"...Madi really captured what we were looking for. Even the guests complimented on her professionalism and friendly nature. And her work is amazing! Highly recommend Madi and will use her again!!! Her passion for her craft shows in everything she does. She did an amazing job and the results... fantastic! Thanks Madi!!!"

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"Madi scouted out spots downtown prior to the day, which was a thoughtful step that made it feel personalized and special..."

Emma + mark

    "...She did a wonderful job taking photographs after our City Hall wedding! Madi was very responsive to our needs and made coordination of meeting up easy. She also was very respectful of safety measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing. Madi was also able to edit and share the link to our photos after only a few days, so we were able to share them with family and friends quickly. I would highly recommend Madi Ellis Photography!"

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Madi brings a great sense of professionalism to her practice, is quick to respond to requests, good-humored, and ensures the comfort of her clients...."

kelly + nicole

   "...Madi Ellis was an incredible asset when it came to documenting our wedding reception. From planning a few weeks out with email lists of photographs and opportunities we did not want to miss to the day-of. She captured details we never expected: high school friend reunion dances, handkerchief folding tutorials, hidden whispers between my wife and me, snarky smirks of our parents, and so many details we easily could have missed. Madi captures characters, emotional exchanges, and most of all, memories."

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 "She showed up with both natural warmth and excitement and a professional perspective on helping us get shots we loved..."

Elle + hal

"...Madi excels at both naturally being a part of a moment while helping you tilt your head or move your arm to get a great shot. There was no pressure to be anything other than how we felt (which was ecstatic!) The result was a wedding album that TRULY told the whole journey of our day! Madi has a true talent and is a joy to work with. For smaller or larger events, she has a ton of experience and heart and will give you beautiful photos!"

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