In the wedding industry, we get to work with so many talented photographers that are able to encapsulate the happiest day of a couple’s life. That is definitely no simple feat, but very easy to admire. Alaina of Alaina Bos Photography built her company on a foundation of passion. After her own nuptials, she fell in love with wedding photography and went full speed ahead to create her own business. Read the Q&A between Alaina and NYE below to learn more about Alaina Bos Photography.

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NYE: Tell me about your business- what do you specialize in?

ABP: I take an editorial to photojournalistic approach to shooting weddings. I aim to unobtrusively capture the moments of the day so I can provide you with romantic, timeless, and classic images. This means giving you a little guidance when needed so your best selves shine through in your wedding images, but also knowing when to pull back and let you and your partner just “be in the moment”.

My goal is to highlight the relationships and people who are important to you, so looking back at your wedding images will make you smile at the moments frozen in time.  My intention is to create timeless images that capture the true, raw emotion from your wedding day while documenting the little moments in between.

Ultimately, my goal is to provide you with a seamless client experience and a beautiful heirloom album that you and your families will enjoy for generations.

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NYE: How did you get started? What inspired you?

ABP: I became super OBSESSED with weddings and photography when I was planning my own wedding in 2008.  From that point on, I was hooked.  My husband bought me my first camera, I started taking classes, and then assisted other photographers in the wedding industry.  I started my business at the end of 2010 and never looked back.

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NYE: What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?

ABP: What I particularly LOVE about the wedding industry in Chicago is the camaraderie between professionals. It’s so nice to be able to personally know the amazing vendors I recommend to my clients.  I’ve never met a more giving group of people.  Everyone helps each other out and we never treat each other as competition. I think the community here is truly unique.

NYE: Do you have a favorite moment from a wedding that you can share?

ABP: Recently, I shot the wedding of a friend and was treated like family.  Spending time with the wedding party, I felt like I was in the company of close friends. The wedding was at City Winery, which is one of my favorite spots to begin with, but I was blown away by how the couple included us in the festivities and even had us sit at a table to enjoy the meal with guests.  Not to mention, they had a kick ass band and I couldn’t help but dance as I photographed the evening’s events! I left their wedding feeling exhausted, but oh-so-happy to have had such an amazing experience.

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NYE: How would you describe your business’ style?

ABP: Because I like your day to be as stress-free as possible, I pride myself on making sure I’m uber organized and we’re on the same page.  I love to help coordinate the photo taking timeline so we can be sure to have enough time for taking all your gorgeous wedding photos. I utilize online management software that streamlines this process for you.  You can access all client information and event details, as well as, fill out questionnaires and pay your bill.

NYE: What is one piece of advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing?

ABP: This is your time! Enjoy your engagement and try to live in the moment on your big day as much as possible.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the minutiae of wedding planning.  Your friends and family are there for you, revel in it.  Make sure to look around the room and really take in the fact that so many people love and adore you both!

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NYE: How far in advance should clients book your services?

ABP: Clients typically book their wedding about a year in advance.

NYE: How can clients connect with you?