About Me

Mary Rose Photography Wedding Photographer in Geneva Illinois


Ah, the “about me” page. It’s always difficult to write your own biography. The truth is, though, this isn’t about me at all. This is about you. This is about the couples and the families in front of my camera, experiencing moments, exchanging kisses, and sometimes, shedding tears. I think that’s what you should know about me – that my greatest goal is to preserve your memories in a way that removes distraction and allows you to focus on the people that you love.

But if you really want to know “about me” – I can tell you a few things.

I have been photographing weddings since 2013. I really liked photography, and was enjoying the various portrait sessions I was booking on nights and weekends after my marketing job. Then, someone asked me to shoot their wedding. It was small, it was my first try, and I absolutely fell in love. I was there at such an incredible, pivotal moment in that couple’s life. I met nearly every person that they loved. I saw them laugh, I saw them cry, and I had the privilege and challenge of capturing those moments. It was terrifying, stressful, exciting… and I was hooked.


Several years later I quit my marketing career to devote all my time to wedding photography. I could not imagine a better career


My husband is my best friend, and we love to play games, binge watch every show (I mean who doesn’t?), do projects in our little corner of the world, and take long quiet bike rides when we can get a babysitter.

I have three beautiful children, Adeline, August, and Lottie, and if you bring them up I will discuss the minutiae of their personalities and adorable little characteristics until I bore you to tears. Only ask if you want to know…

I have 24 plant children and counting. I’m officially obsessed.

Golden hour bride and groom in field in Illinois by Geneva Wedding Photographer
Geneva Illinois Wedding Photographer


I have so much love in my life, and I have experienced loss. I believe this has made me an empathetic person, furthering my desire to capture every moment with you, the sweet and the bittersweet. Laughter is wonderful, but sometimes tears say more.

My belief and pursuit of God is the all-encompassing passion of my life. I would be a different person without my Savior.

I’m never satisfied. Not in the Hamilton way, just in the fact that I will stay up all night reading articles on new equipment or watching tutorials on editing styles. I don’t believe that I will ever “arrive” because there will forever be ways that I can be better.

I love what I do, and I think that comes through in each image I create.



Bride and Groom in Black and White artistic