The Paper Elephant
Genuine and romantic, timeless imagery for the modern couple. We believe that you should live in the moments you want to remember, preserved forever through our journalistic and storytelling approach. We care about the small moments just as much as the big and love how an authentic laugh can shape the story. We love creative weddings, couples who aren’t afraid of a little PDA, raw emotion, beautiful light and color, intentional styling, and building real relationships with our couples. Our couples describe us as easy going and personable. All collections include an engagement session and two photographers!
1) Chelsea + Clay
Choosing a photographer honestly wasn’t something about wedding planning that we anticipated being difficult… then we started looking at the abundance of talented photographers available in the Madison area, the varying levels of packages and the prices, and I must say, we were quickly overwhelmed. To us, photos were very important not only to capture the smiles & moments, but the true emotions. And now as we reminisce about the most amazing day of our lives through our photographer, we couldn't say more about our experience with The Paper Elephant. When we first reached out to Tegan, we spoke via Skype, and even though we weren’t in person, we instantly felt a great connection with her. She didn’t pressure us, answered all of our questions, and was very knowledgeable and personable. One thing we really liked was her interest in getting to know our story- we completed a questionnaire before the engagement shoot and Tegan dreamed up some creative ideas for how to capture this time in our lives that would represent our unique relationship. She was able to give us multiple options to schedule the session, and traveled to meet us in Madison. Day of the engagement session, we honestly went into the situation with the thought, "let's just have fun and hope that a few turn out". It was BITTER cold, but Tegan made us laugh, took her time with us, and even encouraged us to bring along our dog Oliver for a few shots. As we started looking through the preview photos (which she quickly provided- also very thankful for this), we quickly realized that our hope for "a few" was completely blown out of the water! At that moment, we knew we made the right choice. We were so thankful for Tegan’s eye and excited to have her along for the ride! Through our entire experience, Tegan & Jeremiah made us feel easy & comfortable right from the get go. Tegan exceeded our expectations time & time again even while working through extreme weather (both freezing cold during engagement photos, and steaming hot throughout our wedding). She jumped right into family photos knowing everyone’s names from our (large & blended) families. She kept us on schedule during the wedding day, and checked in to make sure we took a few moments just for us throughout it all. She answered every email with thought and attention. And most of all, she truly captured "us". Our unforgettable day flew by (as we were told time & time again, wedding days usually do), and inevitably so did the fleeting moments, but with our photos we have the ability to relive them. Those butterflies in our stomach, the joyful tears falling (our pouring) down our faces, laughing so hard that it almost hurts, and who could forget, the speechless special moments where all we could do was grin from ear to ear thinking "holy @%#*, how did we get so lucky!?", even the outtakes & bloopers. She captured it ALL. Tegan, thank you. For your friendship, your professionalism, and your commitment to providing us a gift we will treasure for the rest of our lives. We are eternally grateful.
2) Kelly + Josh
I really can’t say enough about how great it is to work with The Paper Elephant. Photography was a big concern of mine, but when I met Tegan I knew I had nothing to worry about. Here are my top ten reasons why you should hire The Paper Elephant. 1) Tegan cares about you. She wants to know who you are as a couple and takes time to learn your style and vision for your wedding and what is most important to you. 2) She is extremely helpful. I wish I had taken more advantage of this but she will really help you work out a schedule, figure out picture locations, and answer any other wedding questions you might have. 3) Is very professional and makes sure to grab all of the little moments. She and her husband Jeremiah (her assistant for the day) work so well together that the entirety of our wedding day has been perfectly captured. 4) She is easy to work with. Tegan is very responsive to emails and very flexible depending on how the day is going and if any changes are needed last minute. 5) You will get you the photos quickly. She even put up a small slideshow at our reception with photos taken that day! Then you get a small sneak the next day and all of your photos just a few weeks later. 6) All of the little extras she does for you. She goes the extra mile to make sure you are well taken care of. I knew when we got the welcome package and little chocolate elephants that she makes sure her clients are happy. 7) How organized she is and willing to work with everyone the day of. She took the time to learn everyone in our wedding, and had everything planned ahead to make sure picture time ran smoothly. 8). The Paper Elephant is an incredible value. For the quality of photos, the best photographer(s), engagement and wedding photos, and the whole package that comes with it, the value is unbeatable. 9) The photos. Beautiful. Stunning. Perfect. My family was already raving after seeing the engagement pictures. After seeing those I knew I had nothing to worry about. The wedding photos turned out better than I could have imagined. She captures everything with style and grace. 10) Tegan is such a blast to hang out with and can easily put everyone at ease. She is such a wonderful person that you will love having her around just for who she is. Added bonus that you get stunning photographs as well. Thank you Tegan. I highly recommend The Paper Elephant!!
3) Kaitlin + Chris
Tegan was the absolute best photographer for our wedding, we couldn't recommend her enough! Not only is she the sweetest person, but the quality of her work is second to none. We started our experience with Tegan with a consultation where we got to meet her and see her portfolio. Her packages were all very reasonable, and the value we received was extraordinary. She is super professional and yet personable, and we knew right away that that she was going to be our perfect fit. We then met with her again about six months later for our engagement shoot. She showed up right on time and spent the whole shoot helping us feel comfortable - it was great practice for my groom who isn't used to being in front of the camera. Even though we ended up picking the hottest evening of the year, and poor Tegan was pregnant at the time, we ended up with stunning pictures that perfectly capture "us". Shortly before the wedding, I met with Tegan again to discuss the details of our big day. She really helped me get the timeline of the day's events just right. It was great leaning on her expertise to make sure the day was set up to run smoothly. When it came to our big day, we couldn't have asked for anything more. Tegan and her husband showed up early and captured every moment of our day - beautifully! The best surprise was that she posted an album of images THE NEXT DAY so we could relive all the magic from the night before! My husband and I spent hours going through them again and again, it was amazing. Our digital album with all of the images arrived a couple weeks later and every single image could be printed out - they all look fantastic. Between the professionalism, quality, and attention to detail that Tegan provides, I can guarantee that you will be not be disappointed with booking The Paper Elephant for your wedding. I am recommending her to all of my girlfriends and family members who are getting engaged!
4) Ali + Dave
Tegan is the best. Seriously. She was our photographer for our engagement photos, boudoir photos, and the wedding and she was fantastic at all of them. I thought I was going to be super awkward during the boudoir shoot and probably told her 90000 times how nervous I was, but she made me feel so comfortable after the first couple minutes that I felt silly for ever feeling a awkward. I think that speaks volumes of her personality. Super easy-going and easy to work with. Any time I had a question, she would respond to my email very quickly and help out with anything that I needed. She brought her husband Jeremiah to the engagement shoot and wedding and he was great to work with too. They make a great team and you should definitely hire The Paper Elephant for any and all of your photography needs!! The wedding day went so smoothly thanks to their help and our pictures came out absolutely amazing. I relive the wedding day every time I look at them and they were able to capture all of the important moments and small details. Highly recommend Tegan to anyone and everyone!!!
5) Karissa + Ryan
Tegan and Jeremiah were absolutely the best! I cannot give a higher recommendation. It was easy to communicate, either by email or phone calls. They give a great package, with included engagement and boudoir sessions. They were professional and I had multiple comments from friends and family at the wedding how they kept things moving without being bossy or intrusive at all. My bridal party commented multiple times that they were the best photographers they had ever worked with and my husband and I agree! That's not even mentioning the absolutely AMAZING photos they shoot. They are prompt with getting pictures back and helpful with any questions and concerns we had along the way. Hire the Paper Elephant and you won't regret it!