• Hello there! I’m Chicago wedding photographer Sarah Postma. And this is my blog.

    I have a simple philosophy: to make photographs that are interesting, meaningful and real.

    I enjoy movies with happy endings, fresh-brewed coffee, and live jazz. I love to travel, and I love city lights almost as much as I love mountains.

    After living most my life in Michigan, Washington, and New Jersey (just outside of NYC), I now reside in Chicago. I'm currently accepting wedding commissions throughout the United States and other destinations.

    I would love to meet you, hear all about the details of your wedding, and have the opportunity to capture the important moments in your life.

    Take a peek at some of my latest wedding photography or e-mail me anytime at sarah@sarahpostma.com

    I post here at least once a week, so subscribe via rss and come back often!

    All my best,
    Sarah

The Real Moment | A New Blog Series

Lisa and Joe’s reception entrance through sparklers. Mesa, Arizona. Full blog post coming soon!

When a photograph captures a real moment, it’s emotional. It’s meaningful. Interesting. Authentic. You know, it’s real.

But I’m not here to write a bunch of fluffy words to describe the art of capturing a real moment. I don’t want to exaggerate to the point where my words compete with the basic power of a photograph. What I do want to tell you is that, for me, there is a thrill in capturing a real moment in time. I want to explore that emotion, which makes up the basis of who I am as a photographer.

So, as an ongoing series here on my blog, I’ll be sharing the images that get to the heart of what makes photography so important to me. In The Real Moment, I’ll share one photo in each post, and maybe a few words, to explore the emotion of capturing the authentic, the interesting, the meaningful, the REAL photographs of a wedding.

Stay tuned. I think you’re going to like it.

-S

Jessie Blum of Ecletic Unions - The expression and love on these two is just priceless! I’m looking forward to this blog series.February 22, 2011 - 11:16 am

april - Love that idea. And that image!February 22, 2011 - 11:35 am

Stacey - Love the blue sky you captured too! Love your idea for the series, can’t wait!February 22, 2011 - 11:52 am

Nicole Haley - GREAT idea, Sarah! Can’t wait to see what you have in store. :DFebruary 22, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Carol Clouse - Love what you captured of our daughter Lisa and Joe’s wedding, Sarah! You are an artist with the tempo of a dancer! It’s magic when a capture like this is made!!!February 22, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Jim McDaniel - The smiles on their faces and love in their hearts is fantastic. Great job of capturing a unique moment for all to enjoy.

JMcFebruary 22, 2011 - 11:05 pm

Lisa & Joe - And THIS is why we hired you, Sarah, because we knew you would capture beautiful moments of the most incredible day of our lives thus far. We can’t wait to see more!!!! Our guests keep talking about how wonderful you were! We miss you! :)February 22, 2011 - 11:42 pm

Sarah - Totally humbled by all of these comments. I’m so excited to share more of this wedding, and many more real moments with all of you!February 23, 2011 - 9:45 am

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,

Sarah

Lisa + Joe | A Scottsdale Wedding | Just One

Just one from last weekend in sunny Arizona. Many, many more to come. :)

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Katlyn + Mitch | A West Chicago Engagement Session

A few days before the big Chicago snowstorm of 2011 (#SNOMG!, anyone?) I had the pleasure of photographing Katlyn and Mitch’s engagement session.

At first, they were leaning toward a downtown Chicago engagement session, but when it came right down to it, they decided to choose a location that was most meaningful for them. That spot happened to be a short walk down a little path in the woods near Katlyn’s house, where they two of them have spent lots of time over the years enjoying nature and each other’s company.

But before we headed out to their special location, we spent a little time shooting at Buca di Beppo in Lombard, since it was at the restaurant’s downtown Chicago location where they had dinner the night Mitch proposed.

It was a lovely walk when we headed out to their spot - down the snowy path, surrounded by gorgeous wintry branches.

Mitch really knows how to work the camera.

And Katlyn’s eyes? Gorgeous.

They also brought along a sweet polka-dot blanket to keep warm, which was a gift from a family member. How sweet!

I love shooting in the winter. Thank you, Katlyn and Mitch, for the treat of photographing your engagement session in the snow! Now, November can’t get here fast enough - I’m so excited for your wedding!

-S

Jessie - love her red fingernails! great shoot!February 9, 2011 - 4:30 pm

2010 Wedding and Engagement Favorites

From engagement sessions in Atlantic City, NYC, and Chicago, to weddings in New York and New Jersey, to the start of a new chapter in Chicago, I truly had a wonderful year in 2010. Of course, that meant that I ended up with way more than a just a few favorite images for this post! So, in no particular order, here is just a sampling of my 2010 favorites. So far, 2011 is proving to be another incredible year of interesting, meaningful, and real photography; I can’t wait to see what takes shape!

Stacey - Beautiful!!! So nice to see the fun, romance and variety in your year of weddings!February 1, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Jessie - So much love, light, and COLOR in these photos! Fabulous year, 2010 was :)February 1, 2011 - 5:11 pm

Nicole Haley - So lovely, Sarah! Looks like it was a great year. A054 and a094 took my breath away. I can’t help but be reminded that I haven’t seen you in so long! Hope you are well. :DFebruary 1, 2011 - 9:41 pm

Katlyn + Mitch | Just One

Just a peek at their lovely winter engagement session from the weekend. More to come!

Katlyn - LOVE! Can’t wait to see more :DFebruary 1, 2011 - 7:41 am

Sarah - Glad you love it, Katlyn. :)February 1, 2011 - 7:37 pm