About Us

About Adriane Dean Photography

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Our Approach

Everyone has envisioned their own version of the “Storybook” wedding at one time or another. For some, these dreams can start very early in life and involve very elaborate details of that perfect day. For others, they just see themselves standing next to someone they love, repeating some beautiful words, and eventually shoving cake in the face of the person with whom they hope to spend the rest of their lives. Each of our lives is a book, filled with chapters where we are the main character. As our story goes along, it intertwines with the stories of others. One day, we find that our story just isn’t quite as interesting without another particular character along for the rest of the foreseeable plot. And, as we all know, every good story includes an even better wedding scene.

One thing, among many others, that the romance novels tend to leave out is just how hectic and stressful planning what should be one of the happiest days in the story of you and your new protagonist. Life stories aren’t edited for other readers, and we all have a few stories we would prefer to rewrite given the chance. After all the effort put into planning, your wedding day should not be a dull side note in an otherwise epic saga. It also shouldn’t be filled with would-have’s and should-have’s.

Adriane has been able to learn from the minor wedding mistakes brides had made in the past, and uses this knowledge to anticipate nearly any wedding issue. Minor problems or little annoyances can be evident in photographs, and Adriane truly doesn’t want her images to bring back anything close to a negative memory of your wedding day. She realizes that she is only a few feet away from you throughout most of the day, and she not only photographs your special moments, but acts as a reassuring guide along the way.

Our Story

Wedding photography has been a part of Adriane’s life story since 2004. Growing up in central Illinois, she always had an overactive imagination and a love for fairy tales. After practically stumbling into the wedding industry, she found that the fairy tale wedding, of which everyone secretly dreams, was simply not affordable for many couples in the area. She set her rates so that her couples could afford to invest a little more money on the other visual aspects of their event, so that it would be a picture-perfect day. She found herself being the calm in the storm for many of her brides by tending to minor wedding day details and reassuringly guiding them through their wedding day.

Her success in the area lasted until the economy collapse of 2009. In October of that year, Adriane chose to leave central Illinois and relocate to the beautiful city of Chicago. There, she found full time employment outside of the wedding industry, but continued to freelance as a wedding photographer while working in a variety of customer service based positions. Her determination to rise above life’s setbacks, along with her genuine enthusiasm for weddings and love in general, drove her back to the wedding industry full time in 2015.

In her years as a wedding photographer, Adriane has consistently gone far beyond her duties behind the camera. Her overall desire is for someone’s chapter, entitled, “Happily Ever After,” to start off with a memorable wedding day story. She has always found herself exploring new and different aspects of the wedding industry in hopes of not only offering affordable and beautiful photography that tells the story of your special day, but a fun and exciting wedding day experience. A spur of the moment decision by a bride inspired Adriane to invest in a photo booth in 2016, and after so many brides telling her she needed to find a way to become a wedding planner, she started The Wedding Advocates.