• blackcap photography

    simply weddings

    Cody Kilgore

    Photographer, and all-around worthwhile guy

    I really enjoy people, and weddings, and storytelling through images, so weddings are all I shoot.


    I'm one of those lucky people who makes a living doing what they love to do. I've met and come to know a lot of truly wonderful couples, and their families and friends. And their weddings have taken me to some amazing places in Europe, and all across North America.

    But, 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




    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.


    The Cliffs of Mohr make a great backdrop, as well as a number of locations around Kerry and the Ring of Fire. Or head to Dingle for the seaside, or Doolin for the traditional music.


    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. Enjoy the night life and shopping there, then head west or east along the coast.


    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.


    Picture this...your own private resort.

    I'm good friends with the owners of Casa de los Monos, a small resort on the Bay of Benderas near Puerto Vallarta.


    The resort can host a small destination wedding...you could have the entire place of a dozen suites to yourselves. Ceremony on their private beach. On site wedding planner. You get the picture.


    During certain months we can offer an incredible rate for the entire place, and here is the kicker: the wedding photography is included at no extra cost. The way I figure it, it's worth a few days on the beach to me.




    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. St. Pete's can be a little tourist drenched in high season, but it's not an issue for you if you book your wedding at one of the area resorts.


    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.

    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.

    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. We even shot in Forest Park on the north side of town and spent all morning in tall pines and babbling brooks. Hence the name Forest Park, I guess.


    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.


    Yosemite is a pretty popular park, and it always amazes me how the crowds miss out on some of the more spectacular views away from the parking lots. Herds. Go figure.


    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.

    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.


    It won't look anything like an engagement session shot back home.


    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. And finding out-of-the-way spots to make it look like it is all your own is part of the fun.


    There is a slim chance we spent over $40 at the Ben and Jerry's ice cream stand in just two days there.


    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!!"

    summer Vineyard

    Jennifer & Randall

    "Cody was wonderful to work with, the check-in's he provides monthly helped us gain confidence in his work and his knowledge of what we wanted in pictures. We highly recommend him to future brides and grooms looking for a photographer."

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