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We're a small studio of passionate, intuitive women who love capturing moments of love + all those lovely details that make up your wedding day + the journey surrounding it. We primarily serve the Midwest between Des Moines and Chicago, but love the opportunity to travel to capture love. Our main office is located near Mount Vernon, Iowa. 

Our approach is a little more modern than some in that we adore the candid + in-between moments, but we also pay homage to those timeless moments that truly feel like you + that you anticipate from your photos. Our style is honest, fun, and designed to deliver an incredibly diverse wedding portfolio for your day. We believe in nose-scrunched laughs, long embraces, + happy tears. 

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What is The Modern Lovebird?

Hi! It's pronounced Ah-nuh; not Aaa-nuh. I especially love catching moments that would otherwise go unseen --- everyone in the same place laughing together! Wedding days are so special in that way. I love when the couple decides to go “unplugged” for their ceremony. Inviting the guests to be present during a ceremony without technology in their hands always creates such a different atmosphere!  If I'm not behind a camera, I'm snuggling my three kiddos or convincing friends to meet up with me at my fave Indian restaurant --- because butter chicken is my guilty pleasure! If money were no object, I would still shop antique + thrift shops because I love a good find and polka dots are my go-to print of choice. I can't wait to meet you!

Meet Anna | Photographer, Cedar Rapids/Iowa City

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Originally from the ‘burbs of Chicago, I love a sunrise over Lake Michigan the same way I love a sunset over the rolling hills of eastern Iowa where I currently reside. I also love balancing my blazing #girlboss tendencies with being a total homebody! I am inspired by the love + commitment in my own life with my husband being my absolute rock! We are quintessential lovebirds! If my camera isn’t in hand, I am probably snuggling with our daughters on the couch, drinking coffee, online shopping, or contemplating our next West Elm-inspired DIY project for our circa 1910 home. I love smart design + cozy sweaters. With around one hundred weddings ... 

Meet Robyn | Owner + Photographer, Iowa/ Illinois/Beyond

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ABOUT

in my portfolio, I’ve developed an incredible intuition for moments + being able to care for my couples from inquiry to album. If a bride tears up, I almost always follow. I’m also a hugger. At the end of a wedding day, I especially love knowing that we were part of the couple’s inner circle of support that day in addition to capturing moments that they’ll look at for generations. I especially delivering a custom-designed heirloom wedding album to our couples, because I already know it’ll be one of those pieces they’ll keep coming back to as time goes on.  Thanks so much for being here to consider us! It means a ton to me + I look forward to seeing how we might serve you!

Meet Robyn | Owner + Photographer, Iowa/Illinois/Beyond

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Cheers!

Robyn

I love my passport + all of the places it can take me. The timeless romance of classic movies gets me every time. Staying in on a rainy day and throwing on a comfy sweater during the fall are extra special with a cup of extra dark coffee in hand. My outfit is usually inspired by my love of preppy or nautical elements with a pop of color. I have a soft spot for vintage cameras + peonies and my idea of the perfect escape is any town with a beach. I'm fueled by chocolate, sushi dates + wine with friends. On a wedding day, I love styling the detail shots and capturing a quiet moment between the couple after they say 'I do'. I love the bustle of a busy downtown Chicago wedding day because this city makes for such an incredible background. 

Meet Lushana | Photographer, Chicago + Beyond

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I’m an Iowa girl through and through… even with the unpredictable weather! My family is everything + some of my favorite memories are with my siblings and cousins at the lake. I love to eat as healthy as possible (despite my sweet tooth), hiking, travel, and let’s be honest… if I don’t have a camera in my hand, I’m probably drinking coffee or binge-watching Netflix shows. I love boho style weddings! The more floral arrangements and rustic elements… the better! Couples’ portraits are my absolute fave because it gives them time away to just enjoy each other’s company. I’m honored by the opportunity to assist during stressful moments so that our couple can keep smiling + I totally gush during 'first look' moments! 

Meet Megan | Photographer + Designer, Ames/Des Moines

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Words like "honored" and "blessed" always come to mind when I think about a couple trusting me to photograph their wedding day. It's truly such a privilege... and so, so fun! I simply love the emotions of a wedding day, from happy tears to the contagious laughter. I love doing life with my hubby + daughters! We like to camp, bike, watch movies, + build Legos together as a family. If you surprise me with a cup of coffee, I'll be your friend forever. And I probably use way too many smiley faces in my emails, but I’d prefer to think that there is no such thing!

Meet Kelly | Photographer, Chicago + Northern 'Burbs

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Cool summer nights around the bonfire are my jam! I’m a wife + new mama to a very special little girl. We love spending time outdoors with our black lab Pete (our first kiddo). Give me an open field and a gorgeous sunset any day! You’ll typically see me dressed in some shade of blue – I can’t decide which shade is my favorite! I love watching for the unexpected moments on a wedding day, like when the parents watch on with admiration during the ceremony or the groom tears up. Helping direct the couple a bit to ensure they feel taken care of throughout portraits is one of my strengths. I want my couples to feel extra comfortable so that we can also capture the natural story that unfolds.

Meet Stacie | Photographer, Dubuque + Quad Cities

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If we’re getting you scheduled with the team or working on your wedding album + gorgeous heirloom products post-wedding, you’ll probably get a little note or two from me! I love seeing your wedding photos post-wedding after getting to know you throughout your planning. They’re especially beautiful printed, so I always take a moment to check them for quality! Robyn catches me smiling a lot when I’m reviewing albums pre-delivery. As a newlywed myself, I’m ecstatic to help connect couples with our unbelievable team. If I could bottle up the fall season, I’d need a really big bottle! Because, seriously --- a cozy scarf, heading tofootball games with my hubby (Go Hawkeyes!), baking all the fall goodies, + a relaxing cup of tea. Yes, please!

Meet Hannah| Office Assistant + Designer

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Q: Who will photograph our wedding day? 

A: When you inquire, we’ll jump on the phone with you ASAP. We want to meet you + hear about your day! We especially want to celebrate with you. To the best of our ability, we will help you decide which lead photographer best fits your wedding day based on location, personality, and style aesthetic. Whenever possible, your included portrait session is captured by this same photographer.  

Our entire team produces quality work and has been hand-selected by the owner + founder of The Modern Lovebird, Robyn Aaron. We manage all operations through the main office to ensure the same quality + care for each of our couples.   

FAQ

Q: What happens if we’re unable to use the included portrait session?
 
A: Easy! Of course, we want you to feel extra taken care of! So, we allow couples to substitute their portrait session for an additional hour of wedding day coverage or a print credit toward custom product offerings in these special cases. 

FAQ

Q: We would love to work with The Modern Lovebird! What do we need to do to cross “find a photographer” off our list?
 
A: Well first, we’re honored that you think we’re a good fit! Next, head over to the contact page + send us a note. We’ll respond to you within two business days with more info. You’ll simply sign a contract + send your retainer fee (50%) to save the date on our calendar. Quick note: we do ask that your main wedding venue/date be booked prior to booking with us to ensure that we can best take care of you. At that point, we’ll officially welcome you to the Modern Lovebirds and do all we can to be your resource for all things photography leading up to the big day + beyond. We’re a little biased, but we think the Modern Lovebirds are some of the most incredible people!

FAQ

All collections include wedding day coverage by two photographers, print release of final digital files, and a portrait session. Wedding day commissions begin at $3250 with most couples booking around $5000 after adding additional time or a la carte products. As a full service boutique, we offer archival quality photo prints + heirloom albums. 

Investment

Having captured many weddings all over the Midwest and beyond, we are honored to have friends across the industry + country. Many of our friends even offer extra special care to the Modern Lovebirds. 

We are especially grateful for our partnership with Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They share our commitment to quality, knowledge, + care. If you found us before finding your engagement ring, we hope you’ll visit them. You may even qualify for a special gift with your ring purchase of up to $500 toward your wedding photography with The Modern Lovebird. For more information, visit their website. 

Our Friends

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"Once we booked, we realized it was such a relief not to have to worry about how our wedding photos would turn out. So many other newlyweds and vendors told us that the one thing they would redo is making sure they had better photos taken of their day. Not a problem here! Thank you so much for your time + energy. The day really wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without you and being able to share your images very happily makes you a permanent fixture in our lives.” – Rachel + Jason 

It was such a joy to have you capture our wedding day! We are lucky to be some of your Modern Lovebirds. Your enthusiasm and zest for life radiates throughout all the captured moments of our special day and love. Thank you! – Maria + Reggie

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