Chicago area wedding photography by Rachel and Jeff Owen.

Visit us at our beautiful boutique studio in downtown Lemont IL.
Also specializing in boudoir photography, family portraits, headshots, newborns, seniors, and more.

We are proud knot "best of weddings" and "hall of fame" winners.
Read all of our 5 star reviews on the knot, google, and wedding wire.

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Rachel (630) 240-1037  [email protected]
Jeff (815) 483-4935  [email protected]

Professional vs Hobbyist

Professional vs Hobbyist There are two things I hear from couples that make me cringe–two choices I know the couple will, without a doubt, regret after the wedding. The first is, “Our friend is a DJ.” A DJ is the single factor that will make or break your reception. Have a bad or inexperienced DJ…
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Robbery in Lemont

Robbery in Lemont The Vault’ from Whitney Cinema on Vimeo.   The collaborative work of businesses located on Canal street in downtown Lemont Photography by Rachel. J.R. Owen & Co. Photography Video filmed and produced by Alan. Whitney Cinema Costumes and Styling provided by Paige. 1 Happy Girl Boutique Hair and Makeup provided by Katie. White Lotus Weddings Location and Libations provided…
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What he really wants

What he really wants There are two universal perfect presents for a man. The first is a remote-control helicopter. Seriously, there isn’t a man alive at any age that doesn’t want to play with a remote-control helicopter. The second is boudoir photography. If you’re getting married this is probably the more appropriate of the two.…
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What Real Women Say

   As women, we tend to fixate on our imperfections and miss the good stuff.  With a photoshoot at J.R. Owen & Co. I will find your true beauty and show it back to you in photographs that will someday become one of the most priceless things you own.     This beautiful mama-to-be came…
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Why Trace Adkins Is My Spirit Animal

So I just found this music video, and I now believe Trace Adkins is my spirit animal. Can you relate to the woman in this video? Hair and a bun with an oversized shirt and yoga pants every day? Her husband (and others who love her) still see a side of her she can’t see…
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True Beauty

TRUE BEAUTY Lately I’ve been having this conversation about self-esteem with many women. Why as women are we so fixated on our appearance? If I had to take a guess, I would say it’s probably because men are such visual creatures. It is said that when a woman walks into a room, she will judge…
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Brain Exposure

As we come to the close of another year I’m looking forward to all 2017 has yet to be accomplished. My goal is to blog weekly whether or not it’s the next start of an epic novel or thought provoking ideas that will change the world. Just get my thoughts out; get something written. So…
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I Need To Lose 20lbs First

I’m Going To Do A Boudoir Shoot, But I Need To Lose 20lbs First Here are 5 reasons not to wait for your goal weight: I can take off 20lbs just in the way I pose you. Let’s face it, you’ll probably just lose it in your boobs anyway. The hour glass ratio is soooo…
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Sweaty Boobs

Sweaty Boobs The sweat glistened on every guest as they waited for the ceremony to start. It was the kind of day where you weren’t sure if you were outside or in a steam-bath. The groom had already changed shirts twice, and I was contemplating how much sweat I would have to photoshop if he…
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Eight Things You Should Look For When Selecting A Boudoir Photographer

Eight Things You Should Look For When Selecting A Boudoir Photographer You don’t want to be photographed by some creepy guy in his basement. 1. Know the location.  It’s safest to choose a studio with a storefront location. Boudoir photo-shoots in a home or hotel can be shady unless you personally know the photographer. 2. Choose…
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Too Nervous For A Boudoir Shoot? Then Glamour May Be Right For You

Too Nervous For A Boudoir Shoot? Then Glamour May Be Right For You What is a glamour shoot? Glamour is actually a very similar type of photo-shoot, just not in lingerie. The pose and expressions can still be sexy but in your favorite jeans or gorgeous gown. Often our clients opt for a glamour shoot…
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What To Expect At Your Glamour/Boudoir Photoshoot Start To Finish

  What To Expect At Your Glamour/Boudoir Shoot Start To Finish So here’s the breakdown: 1. We’ll do a pre-shoot consultation either in-studio or over the phone. This gives us a chance to talk about outfits, the overall styling, and preparation for your shoot. You’ll also get to see the studio, props/backgrounds, meet me and…
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Six Things You Can Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Wedding Vendors

Six Things You Can Do To Get The Most Out Of Your Wedding Vendors If you’re going to tip, tip early.  It’s standard to tip someone at the end of the job based on how well they did, but if you want the most from your wedding vendors then tip early in the day. Tips…
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9 Things You Wanted To Know About Boudoir, But Were Too Afraid To Ask

9 Things You Wanted To Know About Boudoir, But Were Too Afraid To Ask It’s Pronounced Boo-Dwar Pronounced bood-wa in French the translation and means bedroom. It’s Really Not That Intimidating “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I actually felt really comfortable.” I hear this after every shoot. Corrective lighting and…
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#1 Wedding Regret

#1 Wedding Regret It’s hard to know what areas of your wedding you want to go all out with and what things you can do without. There is one thing brides regret not getting for the wedding above all else: not hiring a videographer. When you see your dad cry and tell you how much…
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Unique Reception Ideas

Unique Reception Ideas Dueling Pianos Bands and Djs are great, but if you want to wow your guests think outside the box. Dueling Pianos are interactive and a sure way to get everyone up and having a good time. http://www.felixandfingers.com/ Aerial Champagne Chandelier If you’re going to pour champagne why not pour it from the…
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“I’m totally freaking out.” said nearly every woman I’ve ever photographed

“I’m totally freaking out!” said nearly every woman I’ve ever photographed. It’s ok; you’re normal. Unless you’re a professional model, you probably have a little apprehension about having a boudoir shoot and for most women that’s an understatement. You might be surprised to hear there is no such thing as a photogenic person. Being “photogenic”…
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How It All Started

How It All Started This was the photoshoot that changed my life. I had a makeup artist ask if I would be willing to shoot a makeup portfolio of her work. The idea was she would bring me ten clients and do the makeup for free while I would photograph; then they would have the…
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Why Is Boudoir So Expensive?

If you’ve been doing a little research on boudoir or glamour photography you might find it’s more expensive than you thought. Anytime a product is created for one person and cannot be sold again, you can expect to pay more than the mass products you find on department store shelves. The average eight hours of…
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Unique Reception Ideas

Unique Reception Ideas Dueling Pianos Bands and Djs are great, but if you want to wow your guests think outside the box. Dueling Pianos are interactive and a sure way to get everyone up and having a good time. Click here   Aerial Champagne Chandelier If you’re going to pour champagne why not poor it…
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