Hello! We are Jake and Jennifer Hartmann and we are so happy you are here. We are wedding and portrait photographers who service northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin...but more importantly, we are a husband and wife team and best friends! We began our photography journey in early 2015 and quickly grew a thriving business built around customer service and genuine friendship with our clients. Formerly known as JDH Photography (we share the same initials!), we have grown into Hartmann Studios, which will incorporate event planning, photography courses, and more into our brand. We also acquired a studio space and will be focusing on head shots, boudoir sessions, themed minis, and custom studio portraits in addition to weddings.


Our Story

For those of you who are “meeting” us for the first time, we have been friends for thirteen years. That bond eventually grew into a successful business partnership (and strong marriage!) and is a big reason why we work so well together. While you will always receive the upmost professionalism and reliability from us, you will also see the silly, goofy and down-to-earth side as well. We take our craft very seriously, but not each other—this is probably why we have established long-lasting friendships with so many of our clients. We make our sessions fun and laid-back and try to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We are always open to creative suggestions and you never have to be afraid to ask questions! We are never looking at the clock. We don’t like to put a time on art—we will be there until we are both 100% satisfied.

Love stories are our favorite stories, which is why we have always gravitated towards weddings. We are YOU. We love capturing candid moments, fleeting expressions, looks of adoration, and pure joy.

On top of being photographers, we are also parents to three little munchkins—Willow (9), Liam (6), and Violet (1). In our spare time (a rare occurrence), we enjoy traveling, bike riding, Netflix marathons and Costco shopping sprees.

Jennifer also runs a successful cosmetic/skin care business and has a deep love for animals. She HIGHLY enjoys tacos, wine and Starbucks. Jake is a school bus driver during the school year. He is a vegetarian, and enjoys editing photos, researching new photography tricks, and camping.

Want to know more? Shoot us an e-mail! We would love to answer any additional questions you may have. We hope to hear from you soon.