Welcome to Shutterwinks Photography.  I am a wedding and family photographer in East Dundee, IL serving the greater Chicagoland area.  I love capturing authentic moments in timeless images. 




Shutterwinks Photography

MEET Shutterwinks

Hi, I am Stephanie of Shutterwinks photography.  I love to capture moments.  I am always on the look out for flirty glances, subtle giggles, and bashful blushes.   Photography is my passion and my goal is to capture authentic moments of joy and connection, in order to give you a timeless product that your family will treasure for years to come!


My favorite things

My family
banana milkshakes
national parks

Hi, I am Steph! I am a mom to two, high energy little boys who keep me on my toes. In my spare time I watch almost anything on HGTV. Right now I am loving Flip or flop, Property Brothers, and, of course, Fixer Upper. I enjoy romantic stories, pumpkin spice candles, vanilla ice coffee, and spending way too much time on instagram and Facebook.

I fell in love with photography back in middle school. I loved looking at my mom's old childhood photo albums from the 60's. I would imagine myself in those moments and felt like I was travelling back to a magical moment, frozen in time. I could feel her joy at the new tutu her mother had made, her love for her pet ducks, her pride in her doll collection. I developed a hunger to capture and freeze moments in my own life so that one day my children could share in my experience.

All these years later that hunger has blossomed into a passion and a career. I now have the privilege and joy of capturing those moments in the lives of others. Nothing energizes me like walking into a wedding anticipating the events to unfold. I love being able to capture the pride of a father walking his daughter down the aisle, a first excited kiss as husband and wife, the joyful giggles during the first dance, the devilish grin of a groom who just plastered his bride's nose with cake, and the wonder of a bride as she hears her groom say again, "I love you, I pick you today and always". Just as exciting is capturing the tender gaze of a mother kissing her newborn, a father tackling his toddler, or high school senior confident and dreaming of all the adventures the future holds.  


Your photos from your wedding day are something to be treasured and we are so thrilled to have had Steph capture the best day of our lives!  We had gotten our engagement pictures done by Steph a year prior to our wedding and she did a wonderful job on them.  She was very responsive throughout the entire process and just so pleasant to work with!  When it came to our wedding day, she knocked it out of the park.  Steph and her second shooter, Missy, were just so sweet and wonderful to our family and friends.  We recently received all of our wedding photos and we are just so in love.  It's really like we can relive the emotions from the day through those photos! I can't thank them enough and I would highly recommend Steph and Shutterwinks for your wedding and engagement session!

out of the park"

"she knocked it

Julie + michael
Libertyville IL wedding

Absolutely love how our wedding photos turned out!!! Steph from Shutterwinks with her awesome assistant Sam captured our wedding beyond my expectations! They were not only professional, but were so much fun and comfortable to work with. Steph and Sam both have an amazing artistic eye and have a unique and beautiful way of capturing detail. I highly suggest Shutterwinks for those sweet moments you're looking to have captured.

But so much fun!"

"not only professional

Diana & DAVID
Makray memorial golf course wedding

We chose Shutterwinks Photography for our wedding photos, and we couldn't be happier with our choice. Stephanie's work is truly amazing. She was recommended by a photographer friend of ours, and after the very first meeting with her we knew she was the one. Stephanie sees light and background as none I have worked with before. Within 5 minutes of her beginning the wedding day photos, I knew we were going to get some fabulous shots. She is incredibly organized as even my family commented. She was sure to get the shots we requested, and had a list with her to be sure everything was covered. I would highly recommend her for any wedding photograph needs, and we plan to continue to use her to capture future professional photos. 

Some fabulous shots!"

I knew we were going to get

Janet + Joe
Pinstripes, South Barrington

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