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Meet Mary Nicole

I have 14 years of experience in capturing once in a lifetime moments and 12 of those are wedding experience. I'll do whatever I have to, to get the best shots! I started out taking photos for my high school yearbook and made photography editor my senior year where my yearbook adviser gave me the best advise ever, "You should go into photography as a career." After high school, I had an internship with a local photographer.

I BELIEVE
IN DREAMING

In 2010, I got the crazy idea to start up my own photography business out of my apartment. So I went out and bought my first Canon and a brand new iMac and started going to town on friend and family. At the time I didn't know exactly what I wanted in life and couldn't pinpoint my strengths as I was still young. Two years ago I decided I was going to start a new photography business focused solely on weddings, Spark and grow at my strengths and what I love the most. I also wanted to be more available for my weddings clients to be there through the planning process as I feel it is important to creating a relationship between us. I do network with some great photographers I love referring baby, children, and family clients too as they specialize in those sessions. I would love to refer you to them if needed for those types of session.

I still do Senior Portraits through the sister company Wanderlust Senior Photography only when I have openings and availability around my wedding clients being priority. Senior Photography speaks to me on a different level. Please check out Wanderlust Senior Photography for more info there.

I also have a passion project I have been working on, for small businesses, artists, musicians and self starters where I do no cost shoots to support them as they grow and give them a professional look to build their dreams. It is so important to me to give back to those who are where I have been. It is a way to keep me thriving on the gifts I have been blessed with. I plan on doing 1-2 a month and featuring them on my blog. (Be on the look out for a link coming soon to nominate small businesses, artists, musicians and self starters for my passion project.) 

Spark is focused on a certain clientele that values the most out of their wedding photos and journey of planning. We love people who roll outside the box with their ideas, can let go and enjoy their wedding day and can trust in me the importance of having all their memories saved.  Let us help you plan before the wedding for a stress free experience and then keep your memories safe after with beautiful photos to honor you and the day.

We would love to hear more about you now! If you like the images you see, please fill out the contact form below to get in touch with us to get to know each other more. If we click and you love what you hear, we'd be thrilled to work with you, if not you won't walk away empty handed. During our meeting we will go over some things to think about and and tips and tricks for your wedding day because even if you don't book with us, we want everyone to have the best day possible so any expert advice we have, we share.
                          

"Hi my name is Ron and I like to Party" 
Really though, my name is Mary Nicole and I do like to photograph wedding receptions and everything else before that. My old man, Matt and I have been together for 10 years now. Someday we will get married, just checking out everyone else's ideas on how to do it first. ;) We have 2 crazy amazing kids, Logan & Lily, 2 dogs Copper & Thunder, and a normally unconventional life. I'm a die hard Cubs & Bears fan thoughI rarely get to watch a game. I draw my wardrobe inspiration from 'Lorelei Gilmore' along with the most famous accessory, a coffee cup always in my hand if my camera isn't. I hate driving small cars. SUVs or Trucks only. I have double jointed thumbs and can spin basketball on my finger. 90's alternative is my favorite music, but I listen to it all and enjoy pretty much any music. My favorite movie is 'This is 40'. My favorite shows in no order are, well Gilmore Girls, The Office, Bob's Burgers, Supernatural, and so many more... I Love the Beach and hot weather and if I could convince Matt to move south, I would. I love airplane rides and exploring new places. Rain Storms are my favorite too, so much 'Raynn' is one of our daughter's middles names. Really into my Italian heritage as my mom is 100% and always thought that. I've loved and played tennis since I was 4. For fun we really get into playing games and have game nights with the kids or our friends, everything from card games  to strategic board games and even playing volleyball in my in laws backyard. My favorite color is minty, aqua, turquoise blues, anything resembling bright summery ocean colors. I do a lot of pink and orange too, but you will most likely see me in mostly black on your wedding day. My bucket list includes a few things like learning to fly an airplane, skydiving, going to Italy, Ireland, Egypt, and Australia, photographing 1 celebrity, building our dream home that we have been creating for years in a binder, and owning an old Volts Wagon van painted my mint blue color and redone custom the way I want it. I love meeting new people and being a social bug. Weddings are so fun for me cause it's such a personable
experience and I am not only vested in your day as a business but emotionally. I don't work with just anyone anymore cause
I think it is so important to have a connection with my clients so they are comfortable and relaxed and enjoy their day with me
around shadowing them all day long.

XOXO-Mary Nicole

FEatured Galleries

For more, please check out our Instagram for the latest photos.

June 2017

Peoria, Il

Nyk & Nate Engaged

June 2017

Coyote Creek
Bartonville, IL

Thompson Wedding

September 2016

Countryside banquet
Washington, IL

Capati Wedding

June 2016

Peoria & Pekin, Il

Heather & Ryan
Engaged

November 2017

Blessed sacrament
& The Waterhouse,
Peoria, IL

Reynolds WEdding

November 2017

Chicago, Il

Brooklynne & Alex Engaged

August 2017

Big Horse Vineyards
lewistown, Il

FLYNN Wedding

May 2018

East Peoria, Il

Jessi & Corey Engaged

October 2017

Metamora Fields
Metamora, Il

Williams Wedding

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engagement session or wedding day.

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