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    simply weddings

    let's do a wedding together!

    The only way to tell the entire story...is to be there for the entire story. For all the moments.


    So, every couple I work with gets beginning-to-end, unlimited, all-day coverage for their wedding day. More on that in my Packages & Pricing.


    Cody Kilgore

    Owner-Photographer (and all-around worthwhile guy)


    (Just in case you want to know more about me personally: I've raised two awesome daughters, am sometimes a writer, always a runner, and...I occasionally need help dressing sensibly.)



  • Our Wedding Packages

    Simple and Inclusive

    your wedding story

    One, all-inclusive package!

    Engagement session

    Rehearsal coverage

    Unlimited wedding day coverage (I average 15 hrs)

    Edited digital images on USB

    Personalized USB case

    Print and digital use release




    Want to learn more? Contact me here.

    or this option...

    Even better!

    Engagement session

    A video component of your engagement session

    Rehearsal coverage

    Unlimited wedding day coverage (I average 15 hrs)

    Edited digital images on USB, in a personalized USB case

    Print and digital use release




    Want to learn more? Contact me here.

    DESTINATION, ADVENTURE, ELOPEMENTs & Engagement sessions

    Not your momma's wedding photos

    Hit the "Go. Wander." section below if you are considering a wedding, engagement, or bridal session off the beaten path. I can help.


    I've traveled and shot in locations all over the world, and I can help you with ideas, locations, travel tips.


    There are no travel charges for your engagement session anywhere in North America when you book your wedding with me.









  • Oh, the places you'll go!

    (and we'll gladly go with you!)


    It's true. Their Guiness really is better.

    Dublin, Cork, Galway...they'r e great, but if you really want to see the beauty of Ireland and get up close and personal with the people, hit the central, rural countryside. And the really dramatic landscapes are all along the west coast.


    Rent a cottage on a working farm, or stay in a historic estate. I know some people. I nearly got elected mayor of a little village when I stayed there.


    All you can imagine, and then some.

    We went to Iceland to shoot an engagement session and ended up shooting two weddings by accident. That's just how we roll.


    Everything goes in and out of Reykjavik, which is a cool place to use as your starting point. It gets more rural and remote going west on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, but still gorgeous. Going east you find a ton of waterfalls, black beaches, and glaciers.


    We found some incredible locations the crowds didn't seem to frequent. And I'm not telling.


    Fall in love in, and with, the Himalayas.

    If anyone were to ask me to go back to Nepal and shoot an engagement, elopement, or bridal session with them, I would do it for a song and a dance.And I can neither sing or dance.


    Seriously, there is nothing like it in the world. The giants of Annapurna, Manaslu, and, of course, Everest are beyond words. And the treks you take to get anywhere near any of them are breathtaking. Definitely not for everyone, but very worth it if you can.

    Grand Tetons

    Grand is an understatement.

    I scouted the Grand Tetons for two days before Justin and Nikki arrived to shoot their engagement session. I hiked over twenty miles and up a lot of elevations, and I saw enough that I almost didn't go home after the session.


    Whether an engagement or an elopement, there are so many possibilities in and around the Tetons that you can't miss. And Yellowstone is only about thirty miles away as a bonus.


    Remind me to tell you how I got surrounded by a herd of buffalo and feared for my rental car.

    colorado rockies

    Let's get high!

    Alpine lakes, rushing streams, mountain views that go on forever. Why wouldn't you fall in love with Colorado? Or in Colorado?


    We've shot in and can guide you to some pretty dramatic vistas only a couple of hours out of Denver in the Estes Park, Silverthorne, Breckenridge, and Vail areas. Some are easily accessed, others might take an hour or two hike. But you won't regret it. Great for engagement sessions or elopements.


    And don't worry. If you try the brownies, I won't tell.


    Get your glow on.

    I shot a wedding on St. Pete's beach, and to be honest, they have some of the most amazing sunsets there.


    This couple had their wedding at the Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort and it was top notch. The ceremony was on the beach and the reception was held on the top floor. The view up there was pretty incredible.


    But, I'm not picky. Ask me to go anywhere in Florida with you. Dare you.

    pacific northwest

    Peaks or surf? You choose, we can't.

    Two hours either way out of Portland and you can be in either the Mount Hood area or on the beach. We could do both, if you can't decide.


    Even if you don't stray too far from the city you can find waterfalls and great backdrops along the Columbia River.


    This happy couple moved there for the scenery. We may never get them back to Iowa now.

    yosemite national park

    Too awesome for a witty tag line.

    There are so many places to shoot in Yosemite that we are not sure we could get to them all in our lifetime. But, if you are game I would really like to try.


    Just a word to the wise: to shoot a session in Yosemite we have to get and pay for a permit in advance. A minor inconvenience that helps protect the park, but takes some planning.


    PS: I've still never managed to meet Smokey the Bear yet.



    Chicago really shows off at night and it is a great backdrop for an engagement session. But you probably already know this.


    The River Walk, Wrigleyville, Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue. Take your pick, day or night.


    The North Shore, plus.

    My friend Cubbie, who owns Select Entertainment DJ services, asked me if I would go with him to Oahu to shoot his wedding. It took me all of five seconds to say yes.


    I spent several days before and after the wedding scouting spots to take them and for weddings and engagements if I ever get asked back. The North Shore is all it claims to be.


    Ask me to go and it will take even less than the five seconds it took me to answer Cubbie.

    times square

    Take a bite of The Big Apple. Or two.

    The ambient light in times square actually makes it very easy to shoot a with just a fill flash. No lugging a lot of equipment. In fact, unless you have a permit, you can't even set up a tripod.


    Within walking distance is Rockefeller Center, which was lit for Christmas while we were there, and Grand Central Terminal, where I nearly got arrested for trying to get an angle from the floor.


    Best way to set a couple apart from the crowd or not get run over by a cab: get on top of a wall.

    washington dc

    It's not just politics.

    Not the first place you would think of as romantic, right? But, if you are considering a trip there for the Smithsonians and all that history, you should think about shooting your engagement session there also. All that architecture, the Cherry Blossoms, quaint little Alexandria.


    A high point of this trip for us was shooting in an old trolley tunnel in Alexandria that is now a walking path.

    Vegas, baby!

    Steamy in all kinds of ways.

    They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except, well, we have a camera and all.


    Shooting on the strip in Vegas can be a lot like Times Square, but with less crowd and no cabs trying to run you over.


    Bonus points if you ask me to go out for a session in the desert. Dress light. Carry water. And listen to your mother and put on the sunscreen.

  • You never call, you never write...

    Like to book a date, have a free consult, or just find out what I want to be when I grow up? Here is where you start!


    Be sure to include your wedding date and venue.

    Waukee, Iowa
    Contact me any time!
  • Our Reviews


    Becca & Joe

    "Cody did photography at both our wedding in Ireland and reception in Iowa. We couldn't be happier with his professionalism, reconnaissance, detail, timing and talent!"

    Historic Mansion

    Natalie & Ian

    "We hired Cody to be our photographer for our May wedding and we soon realized that was one of the best financial investments we made! His professionalism and support truly made our day picture perfect! I have only positive remarks for Cody and one comment stands out still to this day. The venue manager remarked on how consciences Cody was of our needs as a couple but also towards ensuring our day went, and was captured, perfectly. We highly recommend Cody for future couples looking for a photographer. "

    rustic barn

    Emily & Nick

    "He was so much more than just a photographer! Cody spent several days with us exploring the Oregon coast and forests taking breath taking photos. He stayed in touch and helped me stay sane during the subsequent months leading up to the wedding.


    The wedding was incredible and Cody captured the best moments that we will look back on for the rest of our lives. Photography is the most important investment for your wedding and Cody is the one to invest in. Thank you for everything!!"

    City Chic

    Samantha & Marc

    "Cody was such a wonderful photographer/person to work with. He made sure to incorporate the types of photographs that we wanted and went above and beyond before, during and after our wedding. My husband and I, our friends and family, were all very comfortable with him. This was very important to me as my husband HATES pictures; Cody made it fun and had us forget we were even being photographed (which came with amazing results). We would highly recommend Cody for any couple looking for a unique, authentic and a very personalized photography experience."


    Coastal Engagement

    Kealie & Joe

    "Cody was such a pleasure to work with and always willing to go the extra mile. Literally. He flew out to California for the weekend to travel around and take engagement pictures with us in the mountains, by the ocean, in the sequoia forest - he was open for any adventure. Our pictures turned out amazing, and our wedding day pictures in Iowa turned out just as great. Cody was always available to answer any questions (literally just a text or phone call away) or help with whatever we needed along the way."

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