Effortless. Sincere. Authentic.

Drawing from her background in journalism and deep passion for storytelling, Katy Carl approaches each couple with a discerning eye and unwavering dedication. She enriches the visual narrative with depth and emotion, ensuring that every couple’s story is well told.

To achieve this, Katy prioritizes building meaningful relationships with each couple. This approach results in natural photos that authentically capture the essence of who you are as a couple.

In a sense, I get to do that every day through photography. For me, photography isn’t just about taking pictures — it’s about holding the gift of time for families. Photographs have a remarkable ability to not only capture moments but also preserve the emotions intertwined within them, and that’s not something I take lightly.

At the heart of my approach lies gratitude and a commitment to fully embrace the present moment. My guiding mantra is, “Today is a gift,” and I wholeheartedly believe that. I bring that mindset with me to every interaction to ensure I infuse a touch of magic into our time together. So let’s grab drinks and discuss your dream day together! 

I always say if I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to transcend time. 

Meet Katy Carl

Through genuine connection and thoughtful guidance, my intent is to provide you with unapologetic joy and preserve the moments that are closest to your heart. Whether it's the laughter of your grandparents, the camaraderie of your college friends, or the intricate details you've dreamed of since childhood, your gallery will reflect your story as a whole.

A note from Katy: 

Stories have the power to change the world, and I am deeply passionate about capturing yours. 

to you

You'll receive editorial-style photos, infused with genuine emotion. I'll be honest with you about what looks natural behind the lens and prompt you from the get-go so you feel comfortable. I'm hands-on and will make sure you feel supported. This honesty fosters a deep connection and trust, resulting in timeless, heirloom-quality photos.

And don't worry if you're not naturally 'photo people' – everyone says that! Trust me, you're going to be just fine. Let's hang out and have fun, and I’ll capture some incredible moments that truly reflect the experience. 

Things that fill me:

Favorite travel destination 

When I’m not in Chicago, I take any chance to walk around Paris, soaking in the unwavering allure of fashion and sipping champagne at the Ritz.

My most cherished family tradition

My mom always decorated for every holiday, no matter how much it was celebrated by others. She always set the table with intricate decor and sought out every opportunity to make our celebrations elevated. I love this about her because it instilled a part of me to really get excited about design.

A wedding detail I love

When people use the heirlooms or hand-me-downs that have been in their family for generations. Think: mom’s dress reinvented, diamonds from grandmother's ring, sister's shoes. Same for the groom’s details! 

Hobby that always sparks joy

I love getting to play tennis or go for a sunset run on the lakefront. It's so peaceful and always gives me so much joy.

My dream wedding venue to photograph at 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

My most memorable adventure 

Ask me about the Haribo gummy bears in Germany and why they're superior.