Professionals We Love – Elizabeth Nord Photography
Bliss by Sam loves showing off our creative partner love, and we’re excited to spotlight one of Chicago’s (and the globe beyond!) most skilled photographers – Elizabeth Nord. As many of you are aware, Elizabeth Nord Photography was the talent behind Winna and Ernest’s Chicago wedding. We’re so thrilled to be able to feature her as a Bliss Professionals We Love. We sat Elizabeth down to talk photography, weddings, love stories, and even beauty sessions!
BBS: How long have you been in business?
ENP: I will be celebrating my five year business anniversary in April! SO excited!
BBS: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Elizabeth Nord Photography?
ENP: I actually photograph boudoir sessions as well as weddings! I’ve been photographing boudoir (or beauty sessions as I like to call them) for four years. I do not advertise these sessions to respect the wishes of my clients, but I absolutely love photographing women and showing them how beautiful they are! They make an awesome gift for their spouse on the wedding day!
BBS: What is the most creative thing you’ve ever done for a client?
ENP: This past year, after learning about my couples’ deep love for traveling, I reached out to someone who is a pilot and instructor at a nearby flight school. He gave us access to a private plane for their engagement session! The couple was absolutely thrilled, we had so much fun, and the pictures were stunning! It was such a great experience for me and for them!
BBS: What inspires you?
ENP: Couples in love inspire me. I love a couple that is undeniably in love with their significant other. Their intense love reminds me of why I do wedding photography! When I have a couple that is super affectionate with one another, I know the photos are going to be breathtaking, authentic, and truly tell their love story.
BBS: What is the best piece of advice you can give a client?
ENP: Just remember that just like any other day, something will likely go wrong or as unplanned. It’s going to be okay, and later, you’ll laugh and have some funny wedding day stories to tell. Everyone has one! Remember that at the end of the day, the most important thing is being married to your love. This is YOUR day, not anyone else’s. So try not to focus too much on making everyone around you happy because it’s nearly impossible to please everyone.
BBS: Why do you like working with wedding planners?
ENP: Wedding planners (especially Bliss by Sam!!) are amazing! Not only do they help the day run so much smoother, but they calm everyone around them. Having their guidance on keeping the wedding day on time helps me out tremendously! They know the family and wedding party by name, so they can help me when it comes time for family portraits too! Wedding planners know this stuff like the back of their hands. They think about all the little things that make up a gorgeous wedding day and remind the client about the things they may have otherwise forgotten about and wish they had later. They have also had their fair share of experiences that help them prevent things from going awry. Having a wedding planner will keep you organized and stress free on the wedding day!
BBS: What’s new/hot in your industry, and how are you offering it?
ENP: Offering more than the digital images are hot right now! People are starting to see that while having the digital images from your wedding day is great, they often don’t have time to print their own images for frames, create an album, or hang a canvas on the wall. Clients are also lost on where to go to get high quality images printed! That’s where I come in. My professional print labs are absolutely amazing and I only offer the best in wedding albums, canvas gallery wraps, and prints. I don’t want my clients to have their wedding images stuck online or on a USB drive forever. If you do not actively back up the images as technology changes, they could be lost forever. Printing their wedding images helps preserve those memories forever and gets them off the computer! Believe me, when you see your images in an album and not just on the computer, you will be left speechless. It’s so exciting and beautiful to see yourself in print!
BBS: What is your favorite hidden gem in Chicago?
ENP: Berkshire Room is one of my favorite hidden gems in Chicago! The bar is absolutely beautiful, the drinks are amazing, and the wait staff are so sweet! I see bridal parties go there all the time after the wedding day! It’s tucked away in the back of the Acme Hotel on Ohio Street and gets packed very easily! You’ll need reservations, but it’s worth the trouble! I never order off the menu. I tell the bartender the kind of drink I am looking for and he makes up something unique for me every single time. I never have the same drink twice! I could see this being a cool place for an intimate wedding shower or bachelorette party!
Thanks for chatting with BBS about showcasing these special once-in-a-lifetime memories through photography. Also, for destination wedding couples, Elizabeth loves to travel for weddings too!
Elizabeth Nord Photography
Growing up in the small town of Bells, Tennessee, Elizabeth always knew that she wanted to be in the arts. At a young age, she fell in love with drawing, painting, photography, and singing. She initially went to college on a vocal scholarship to Union University but finally graduated with a degree in economics from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Showing her creativity all while making people feel beautiful and special continues to be her passion. She loves to combine her love of travel and culture by photographing destination weddings. Elizabeth Nord Photography was established in 2011 and since has been recognized in numerous photography publications including The Bride Link, Style Me Pretty, Storyboard Wedding, The Frosted Petticoat, & The Knot.