We are Jay and Larissa, Chicago wedding photographers, partners, parents and adventurers. We’ve been obsessed with photography since we were kids but decided to become “photographers” in 2012 after Larissa bought Jay his first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T3. Jay went nuts studying every aspect of photography and was soon asked by a friend to photograph their wedding. He did it and fell in love. Jay started the business, Henington Photography, in 2014 and Larissa decided she wasn’t going to let Jay have all the fun, so she joined him on their crazy photography journey. Since we started our business we’ve had two sons, lived in 4 different states, and have worked with some of the most incredible people. We’re now based in Chicago and we couldn’t love our city any more. It provides us with the perfect backdrop for our creative vision and we’re inspired every day to make art for our couples that is unique and bold.
We are creative documentary photographers who photograph weddings, couples, boudoir, and families. We love to photograph people in surprising and unique ways. For us, every shoot is an experiment where we try to create something that blows people’s minds. Whimsical colors, unique shapes, beautiful light, creative compositions, and real emotions are the ingredients we use to create exciting and interesting photos. Wedding photography does not have to be kitschy! Wedding photography is it’s own kind of creative art form where we can tell the hilarious, joyous, awkward, and crazy stories that happen on a wedding day. That’s why we love photographing weddings, because we loving working with interesting people. Wedding days are filled with every kind of emotion and tons of unexpected moments. That’s where our documentary instinct comes in. We are constantly in search of what Henri Cartier-Bresson called “the decisive moment” — that moment where everything aligns to create a compelling and unique photo. Those moments are rare but when they happen, it’s magic. In the end, that’s what we’re trying to do—collaborate with our couples to create images that inspire a sense of wonder, awe, and magic.