I’m a Midwest photographer located in Alton, IL, which is about 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis, MO. I grew up in Central Illinois surrounded by corn fields and can’t help but appreciate the beauty of this region I call home. I do love to travel, but I am always excited to come back.
People inspire me. Your story is unique and should be captured as such. One of my favorite things about this job is the relationships I create and the people I get to know. You could definitely call me a people person as I don’t think I’ve ever met a stranger in my life. When working with me, you can expect to work with someone who cares a lot about my work and the subjects in my images.
I’m a wedding, boudoir, family, engagement, and senior photographer that serves those who love to laugh and create memories that last a lifetime. I offer full service photography from pre-planning your outfit coordination to albums and prints to following up after your session to make sure all of your needs are met. I love adventure and am always up to try out a new location or idea during all of my sessions.
I am a wife, big sister of 7, mac n' cheeses biggest fan, lover of all things coffee and wine, and pet mom of three dogs and a fluffy kitty. I've watched Grey's Anatomy way too many times and I still cry every time I watch the Notebook. When I'm not taking pictures, I like to snuggle with my dogs & cat, travel with my hubby (sometimes only as far as Target), make inappropriate & irrelevant jokes, dance like no one is watching (& they probably won't be after I bust out my gettin' it face), ingest pumpkin spice anything, try new beers, and spend time with my amazing friends & family. Once you get to know you me, you'll soon learn that I am not a very serious person but a major rule follower. I like to work hard & celebrate life. When I've got a camera in my hand, I'm a perfectionist but I am also very go with the flow.
If you are looking for a down-to-earth, silly, and adventurous photographer for your wedding day or portrait sessions who'd love to meet and chat over coffee or wine, I am your girl!
Photo by McKenzie Bates Photography
"Chelsey was wonderful to work with. Her personality, poise, and creativity helped my wife and I relax in our sessions and resulted in some amazing photos. She is very timely with her communication, and her work speaks for itself. We would recommend Chelsey to anyone looking for a photographer." - Tyler on Facebook
"I cannot thank Chelsey enough for everything she did to make my engagement shoot everything I could have dreamed. She was helpful, creative, and truly cared about what she was shooting and how the pictures would turn out. By far the best experience I’ve had with a photographer and highly recommend her! Thank you again Chelsey! You’re amazing." - Morgan on Facebook
"Blown away by my engagement pictures! Chelsey made my fiancé and I feel so comfortable while taking pictures! Couldn't ask for a more easy going and laid back photographer! Can't wait to have you at the wedding! " - Alexis on Facebook