• "We LOVE them!"

    Tijana and Steven

  • "Everyone LOVED these photos."

    Jessica and Eric

  • "AHHH!!""

    Kaitlyn and Max

  • "I absolutely love them."

    Audrey and Collin

  • "Thank you SO MUCH!"

    Karen and Dan

  • "Working with Ernst was a Dream."

    Holly and Andrew

  • "... a TRUE BLESSING during my wedding to work with!”

    Hannah & Kasey

  • "THANK YOU!!! These pictures are beyond amazing!"

    Melissa and Dylan

  • "The man with the camera is pure magic"

    Kara and Jason

  • "Wow wow WOW!"

    Morgan and Ryan

  • "You really captured every moment."

    Mary and Matthew

  • "And the resulting photos – WOW."

    Katrina and Alex

My name is Ernst Jacobsen and I’m a Bloomington, Illinois-based wedding photographer.  Whether the venue is a hotel ballroom, a historic manor, or a family farm, my intention is the same – to provide you with a relaxed, authentic re-telling of your unique wedding day story, and to do so in a creative way.

The Subtleties of your Wedding Day


There are a lot of “expectations” when it comes to your wedding.  All the “shoulds” we read about in wedding magazines, learn about on popular instagram feeds, and even from attending a friends wedding.  And there are a lot of “shoulds” as to how a wedding should be photographed.  I am constantly reminding myself that it is not the scripted parts that matter most — the cake cutting, signing the registry, getting in the dress which I will of course photograph — it is the subplot beneath all the obvious stuff.  Too often, we miss the subtleties. The little things that says something about what it means to be human in that moment.  And it’s in all the little things that enable you remember not only what your wedding looked like but, most importantly, what it FELT like to you and the friends and family who celebrated the day with you.

Time to Explore

I invite you to explore the website:  Learn about my approach, View a few Weddings and read Client Raves.  Then get in touch and tell me a bit about your wedding day.  I’ll confirm whether I have the date available and can provide detailed pricing inclusive of travel costs, if any.  Scroll down for more info:




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The Experience


“Looking back, I cannot imagine our wedding day without Ernst being a part of it.

He’s so incredibly professional, all the while having a comforting calm about him. He’s a very quiet force, always hiding in nooks, bushes, trees, hallways, and corners… capturing the moments you didn’t even know happened until you see the photos. Words cannot describe all emotions felt when looking at the sneak peek blog post, the full gallery, and now receiving the USB drive. We laughed hysterically, cried, smiled, and reminisced from start to finish, thoroughly absorbing the day for what it was through his eyes and everyone around us.

I am unbelievably grateful that we chose Ernst to tell our story. The man with the camera is pure magic.”

Kara & Jason





Your Story, Creatively Photographed

And yes, I will jump into prickly bushes, lay on the ground, and occasionally climb a tree. I do this to not only provide you with photos that document the day and the people in them, but to do so in a creative way.  Both photos of me “in action” were gleefully taken by my 2nd photographers. 

You’ll often see me getting high, getting low, using foreground objects (whether bushes and trees, to table-top glasses and candles, to people’s heads and shoulders) to frame a photo, as well as using off-camera lighting to create dimension and mood.



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Wedding photographer in Bloomington IL

Above near the end of a Chicago wedding (with my wife, Barbara).