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Passionate, fun, talented, vibrant!

I could go on and on with words to describe Pam as a photographer and as a person! She was the perfect fit for our wedding. She is the type of person you meet once and feel like you've known her for years. Our engagement shoot was the first taste of what an amazing photographer she was. We had to reschedule multiple times due to weather issues, and she was extremely flexible and go with the flow! When we finally got around to doing the shoot, both my husband and I were a little nervous we would look/be awkward in front of the camera. Pam literally makes you feel like a million bucks. She is so fun and spunky and her commentary helps you relax, have fun, and just love on each other. The wedding was no different. A few days before the wedding, she spent time on the phone with me (probably a good 45 minutes) walking through the plan and putting my mind at ease. I had a lot of different ideas about where I wanted photos and she helped me simplify and gave me confidence in our choices! She also has such an eye for creative places that I knew I could trust her judgement (which is sometimes hard for me being such a planner!). Lastly the photos. They were just absolutely breathtaking. They completely captured every little aspect of our wedding and we will truly treasure them forever. Overall, I can't say enough great things about Pam. You will want her energetic spirit and easy-going nature around on a day as crazy as your wedding!

Meredith & Devon

"We love love loved having Pam capture our day.

Where to begin! Pam is not only an amazing photographer, but a genuinely great person. She has an amazing way of making even the most camera shy feel comfortable & confident. She is so organized, which on the day of the wedding was such a blessing! She gets all the pictures you don't even know you want from your wedding day (If that makes any sense?!). I can promise you will not regret having Pam capture one of the best days of your life."

sarah & bryce

“Since we first met Pam, she has been a joy to work with. Coming to our engagement session we were very nervous as we didn’t often show affection in front of anyone, let alone a stranger. She instantly made us feel at ease and had us laughing the entire time. Her constant words of affirmation were so encouraging and she made us feel like naturals. After that, we were completely ready for our wedding and, thankfully, not the least bit nervous. Having her there was so comforting to us, knowing that every important moment would be captured; and she knew exactly what we wanted. Pam you rock! We love you!”

anna & john

"Pam came with me to Mexico and well before then, I knew I loved her. I was so nervous and I remember planning a photographer and thinking, “It doesn’t matter what goes wrong … I just need good pictures.” With Pam, I received the most gorgeous moments captured on camera. Pam has the reputation in my area of being one of the best photographers, but more so a genuine BLAST to work with. On my wedding day, while I was stressing, she made everything easy, fun, and smooth. I will forever recommend her to everyone & anyone seeking a photographer."

kala & ben

"I cannot say enough good things about Pam, I saw that she had shot a wedding at the same location we chose to get married at, and I instantly fell in love and I KNEW I had to have her as our photographer. Not once did we ever feel nervous or awkward in front of the camera, she made us feel comfortable right off the bat. This was an emotional time for us, because my (the bride) grandmother passed away the day before the wedding, and she did such a fantastic job at capturing her presence within the sunlight. The photos that she took were beyond what we ever could have imagined, and they show us as a couple so well. Going with Pam as our photographer was the best decision we could have ever made, she managed to capture every emotion that was experienced that day. Her light hearted quips and positive attitude kept us in the moment that we will forever remember"

tara & blake

"When trying to find a genuine photographer we always set Pam Cooley as our number one. When we researched around the area on the quality and performance of the photos, Pam’s work was beyond beautiful & romantic. We loved working with Pam! She really cares and is so passionate about her work & we love that! She blew us away with our engagement session & our wedding day was pure amazing. If your looking for an amazing photographer, with beautiful work then Pam is the photographer to go to! Thank you so much Pam we look forward to working with you in the future!"

Kirsten & kyle

"Where do I begin. From the first email Pam’s spirit and love for what she does showed through. When we first met it was like saying hello to an old friend, and trust me this is so important when you have a camera in your face:) I can honestly say that without Pam, my wedding day would have looked a lot different, she was on top of everything, from the timeline to making sure we knew what to expect. She was everything I could of hoped for, and of course the photos are beyond what I could have every dreamed. Thank you won’t ever be enough."

reily & evan

"Pam was amazing! Even though she lives in Peoria, she drove hours to the Chicago suburbs to shoot our wedding in the June heat! Starting with our engagement session, Pam knew how to make us feel relaxed in front of the camera. She’s goofy and silly and she makes you laugh. While shooting our wedding, I love that Pam captured so many candid moments. She moves around so quickly and quietly and that helps her catch people in their honest expressions. She is quick to process your photos, too. Our wedding was June 9, 2018 and she already had beautiful photos up on her blog by June 25! I am so thankful we had her shoot our wedding - the photos are beautiful and we will treasure them forever. Thank you, Pam!"

Melissa & Ben