the paper elephant

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we're in the business of bottling up romance, of seeing you and your love at its best, and capturing who you really are together. 

We believe that you should live in the moments you want to remember, preserved forever through our storytelling approach. We care about the small moments just as much as the big and cannot wait to photograph your love story.

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Ali + Dave

Tegan is the best. Seriously. She was our photographer for our engagement photos, boudoir photos, and the wedding and she was fantastic at all of them. I thought I was going to be super awkward during the boudoir shoot and probably told her 90000 times how nervous I was, but she made me feel so comfortable after the first couple minutes. I think that speaks volumes of her personality.The wedding day went so smoothly thanks to their help and our pictures came out absolutely amazing. I relive the wedding day every time I look at them and they were able to capture all of the important moments and small details. Highly recommend Tegan to anyone and everyone!!!

"You should definitely hire The Paper Elephant for any and all of your photography needs!!"

Sarah + Andy

The Paper Elephant is absolutely an amazing vendor and partner to work with! From the very first email we sent her, she didn't treat us like just another number, but rather like we had been friends forever. She is calm and soft spoken and full of amazing ideas and recommendations. She is caring and always sends reminders throughout the wedding process and has amazing ideas for all things wedding related. They were very professional in everything they did without being stiff. Hands down, this was worth the investment and we cannot wait to use Tegan again!!! Photography was one of our top must haves on our wedding list and she did not disappoint! 

"The candid way she gets shots is unbelievable and the work she creates is breathtaking."

Chelsea + Dale

I cannot say enough good things about The Paper Elephant! Tegan was absolutely incredible to work with! She was there for me anytime I had a question or needed advice on anything that came up throughout our wedding planning process. She was always willing to help, and had a lot of great ideas. And her pictures are absolutely incredible! We loved the pictures that we got from our engagement session and our wedding. They are unbelievable! I would HIGHLY recommend booking this photographer for your wedding! 

"They are unbelievable! I promise it will be the best investment you make!"

Abby + John

Tegan is absolutely amazing from start to finish. We had multiple meetings with her throughout our engagement, and she was always able to work within our schedule since we only had limited time when we were in WI. She's organized, professional, fun and laid back and her photography is gorgeous! From our engagement pictures to our wedding day pictures, they were flawless. We are so glad we chose Tegan and will always be able to remember the best day of our lives through her photography. We wouldn't hesitate to book her again for other big-life moments! 

"Of all the vendors that we worked, she is the one person that performed perfectly."

Valerie + Michael

Tegan was so great, and I recommend her to everyone! Our engagement shoot was perfect, and so was the wedding! She was so helpful before the fact and she was so amazing the day of the wedding. Despite us changing the order of everything the day of, she was easy going and kept us on time and in order. Even super pregnant (in a very adorable way) she didn't complain at all about the extensive heat or the bugs. She helped take our giant family photos without wasting any of the precious reception time.  All in all -- it was perfect. 

"She totally understood our vision, and the photos really reflect that."

Krishna + Mihir

"Tegan is amazing! She did such a great job with our engagement photos in Madison. We were really worried about looking awkward but she made us feel really comfortable and we had a great time! The photos turned out amazing and I can’t say enough about how talented she is! Thank you so much, Tegan!"

"Our photos turned out so unique and just beautiful."

Nancy + Jeff

When I first chatted with Tegan I knew I’d found someone that I just clicked with and couldn’t wait to being working with her. She met us in NY for our engagement shoot and the pictures were just phenomenal. She puts you at ease and makes it comfortable and fun. To say that we were excited to see what she’d do with our wedding is an understatement and we were not disappointed. She caught the big obvious moments as well as the small, candid details that I never would have thought of. I really feel that she got “us,” not just pictures of us. I feel like I got way more than I paid for working with her. She’s just the sweetest person, very personable and funny. I so enjoyed every last moment of working with her. 

"Everyone that sees our pictures is just in awe at her talent."

Chelsea + Clay

To us, photos were very important not only to capture the smiles & moments, but the true emotions. Tegan made us feel easy & comfortable right from the get go and exceeded our expectations time & time again. She jumped right into family photos knowing everyone’s names from our (large & blended) families. She kept us on schedule, and made sure we took a few moments just for us throughout it all. Our unforgettable day flew by and inevitably so did the fleeting moments, but with our photos we have the ability to relive them. Those butterflies in our stomach, the joyful tears, laughing so hard that it almost hurts, and the speechless special moments where all we could do was grin from ear to ear thinking "holy @%#*, how did we get so lucky!?", even the bloopers. She captured it ALL. Thank you for your friendship, your professionalism, and your commitment to providing us a gift we will treasure forever. 

"And most of all, she truly captured us."

Kelly + Josh

To us, photos were very important not only to capture the smiles & moments, but the true emotions. Tegan & Jeremiah made us feel easy & comfortable right from the get go. They exceeded our expectations time & time again even while working through extreme weather. She jumped right into family photos knowing everyone’s names from our (large & blended) families. She kept us on schedule, and made sure we took a few moments just for us throughout it all. And most of all, she truly captured "us". Our unforgettable day flew by and inevitably so did the fleeting moments, but with our photos we have the ability to relive them. Those butterflies in our stomach, the joyful tears, laughing so hard that it almost hurts, and the speechless special moments where all we could do was grin from ear to ear thinking "holy @%#*, how did we get so lucky!?", even the bloopers. She captured it ALL. Thank you for your friendship, your professionalism, and your commitment to providing us a gift we will treasure for the rest of our lives. 

"The photos. Beautiful. Stunning. Perfect."

Maggie + Ben

What began as a chance encounter on The Paper Elephant website turned into one of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding. My husband and I have hundreds of beautiful photos that perfectly capture our wedding day, every last detail of it. Tegan is one of the most personable and professional people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. From start to finish, from planning until the second she left for the night on our wedding day, we could not have been in better hands. What particularly impressed my husband and I was her attention to detail and perfect orchestration of her planned itinerary of our day. Tegan strives to get to know her clients to deliver a personal experience tailored specifically to your wants and needs. I highly recommend The Paper Elephant. 

"Tegan's photos and artistic talent speak for themselves"

Amie + Chris

Going with The Paper Elephant is one of the best choices that my husband and I made for our renewal of vows. Tegan is extremely friendly, and it was obvious from the beginning that she clearly knows what she is doing! The day of our engagement photos it was completely overcast, but there is clear color and vibrancy in every picture taken from that day. And the pictures from day of our renewal are beyond amazing. I cannot recommend Tegan and The Paper Elephant enough. Amazing photographers, and you'll love Tegan's easygoing, passionate personality. 

"Amazing photographers, and you'll love Tegan's easygoing, passionate personality."

Kaitlin + Chris

Tegan was the absolute best photographer for our wedding! Not only is she the sweetest person, but the quality of her work is second to none. The engagement shoot was great practice for my groom who isn't used to being in front of the camera. I met with Tegan before the wedding to discuss the details of our big day. It was great leaning on her expertise to make sure the day was set up to run smoothly. When it came to our big day, we couldn't have asked for anything more. She captured every moment of our day - beautifully! The best surprise was that she posted an album of images THE NEXT DAY so we could relive all the magic from the night before! My husband and I spent hours going through them again and again, it was amazing. I can guarantee that you will be not be disappointed with booking The Paper Elephant for your wedding. 

"We ended up with stunning pictures that perfectly capture "us"."

Karissa + Ryan

I cannot give a higher recommendation. They were professional and I had multiple comments from friends and family at the wedding how they kept things moving without being bossy or intrusive at all. My bridal party commented multiple times that they were the best photographers they had ever worked with and my husband and I agree! That's not even mentioning the absolutely AMAZING photos they shoot. They are prompt with getting pictures back and helpful with any questions and concerns we had along the way. Hire the Paper Elephant and you won't regret it!

"They were absolutely the best!"

Laura + Tyler

To all brides out there, who your photographer is on one of the most special days of your life should NOT be overlooked or taken lightly! That being said, The Paper Elephant (Tegan) could not have been more perfect. My now husband and I were a little camera shy and awkward for our engagement pictures, and she was there every step to encourage us and to feel natural. Our wedding day went even better. She knew exactly where to get the best light/shots. It was such a relief and a weight off our shoulders to know that she was taking care of everything and that the quality would be amazing. 

"She directed us and our wedding party perfectly!"

Tanya + Dustin

Our experience started with our engagement session. Tegan was very flexible and beyond patient. We brought our two dogs and our session started out with one dog peeing on the others head! Tegan never rushed us, made us laugh, and took extra time with us and our dogs. Our pictures were everything we wanted and more. By the time our wedding came around, it was like Tegan was an old friend. Our wedding day went by so fast and I was so worried we didn't capture everything. Well, what my husband and I missed, Tegan captured on film. I can not believe how great these pictures are. We feel in The Paper Elephants debt for these magic moments she captured. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!!

"The Paper Elephant has far exceeded our expectations."

Hannah + Dominic

We were THRILLED with Tegan and the beautiful photos!! She willingly came to Chicago to take our engagement photos on a blistery cold day and still made us look stunning and captured our pup perfectly. She never made us feel rushed during the engagement session whereas some photographers stick to strict timelines. Luckily, we had warmer weather for our Milwaukee wedding and could not have been happier with her work and both her and demeanor on our big day when we had some travel hiccups. We surprised our guests with LED hula hoops and the long exposure photos turned out fantastic! HIGHLY recommend Tegan. Thank you for making our wedding experience so enjoyable.

"Tegan was amazing to work with."

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praise from clients:

Offbeat Bride
Photoshop User
Society 6
Veil Magazine
Wedding Chicks
Wisconsin Bride

Aisle Society
Apartment Therapy
Bridal Guide
Jasmine Bridal
Love Madison Weddings
Married in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Magazine

We have been fortunate to see our work published in a variety of publications.

Kayla + Mark

"I am so in love with the photos!"

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Wedding photography is a lot of things, primarily an investment in moments and memories. We only accept 20 weddings each year so we can devote our time to building meaningful connections with our couples. All weddings include two photographers, an engagement session, high resolution edited images with print release, timeline consultations, amazing products and more! Having an intimate celebration or destination affair? Let's chat about a custom experience.

investment

wedding photography collections start at $3650

portrait sessions start at $500

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gorgeous, tangible heirloom products

is tech savvy but knows the importance in having

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passing glances

believes in soft kisses and

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like a real, authentic laugh

believes that nothing makes a photo

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photographs with true, rich color

skips the filtered photography fads for

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timeless and romantic feel

loves black and white photography because of its

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to reflect on the day together

cannot wait to sneak away at sunset

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just as much as the big

cares about the small moments

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more beautiful than a wedding

believes in planning a marriage

THE paper elephant COUPLE:

photograpy process

all about the

This optional session is a great to embrace your beauty and gain confidence through stunning imagery.

05. boudoir

A well-planned timeline leads to a stress-free wedding day. Let's create breathing room in your day for you to enjoy each other.

04. planning

Let's get to know each other and create unforgettable moments for you both at a fun and meaningful location. It's a great trial run before the wedding day!

03. engagement session

Make it official with a signed contract and non-refundable deposit.

02. booking

Let's chat to see if we're a great fit for each other. Our couples love to laugh, don't shy away from PDA, and understand the importance of photography.

01. consultation

Preserve the memories of your day with prints and albums. Media changes - remember the floppy disk and CD drive.

09. Preserve

contact us!

Your private online gallery will be posted online four weeks after the wedding. Share away!

08. gallery

Your day is finally here after months of planning! Relax, have fun, and don't forget to breathe! We will be there preserving the memories!

07. wedding day!

We will chat three months before your wedding and two weeks before to review and finalize the details of your day.

06. review

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