Northwest chicago suburbs Based Wedding & Destination Photographer

Photographer for the lovers' who thrive in friendship.

"Thank you for Immortalizing our wedding."

- Josh

We want you to feel the love, we'll handle the rest. Why bring us along for the ride?

You love love our art and want it plastered all over your home of you and your loves.

You want to relive & feel every moment from your best-day ever.

You want to feel comfortable with your third wheels without fear of the camera.

You want a friend that invests & understands your love.

with love, nicole & ashley

We're Nicole Kilday & Ashley Bowling, the owners & lead photographers behind My Whole Heart Collective. We met in 2020 and instantly became fast friends through our passion of photography & human connection. Sharing a combined 9+ years of experience in the wedding & professional photography industries, we decided to join forces in early 2022. The more the merrier!

My Whole Heart Collective is a team of artists and like minded creatives. This helps us span the distance in service area as well as be in two places at once to better serve our couples. That also means that our couples have the opportunity to not only have two amazing pre-wedding day teammates for planning, prepping, and brainstorming - but also access to our amazing team members if you opt for two photographers for your best day ever. With our collective of artists, this gives added creativity to the mix, but also added insurance in the unfortunate case of an emergency.

If you bring the love, we'll bring the camera. Celebrating all of life’s big and small moments with you since 2016 - feat. you, your loves & all the in betweens.

we're excited as
heck you're here!

heck you're here!

"Not only do you get talented photographers, you get rocks on what can be a stressful time, cheerleaders when you’re in front of their camera & sidekicks on your best day."

- cara & ryan

... is to offer our best selves throughout this adventure with you in a way that allows us to document your story from a place of truth. This entails us being here for every step of your wedding photography experience, from start to finish. It means celebrating the sh!t out of this chapter alongside you and breaking out into dance parties when our bodies can’t help but physically feel the excitement. It means being here for you when the process feels heavy and you really just need a judgment-free space to let it all out. We are here to help you gain perspective and provide encouragement to continue ticking all the boxes and bring the wedding vision of your dreams to life. Most importantly, it means welcoming you and your partner exactly as you are, so we have the full opportunity and knowledge to tell your story exactly as it is. This is our deepest commitment to you on this journey.

our mission & promise

weddings & engagements



The photography experience of your dreams!

freebie - the guide

We know there's a lot of questions dancing around in your head when it comes to the photography portion of your absolute best day ever. We aimed to break down everything you'll need to know about our wedding photography experience in our easy-to follow guide. Go ahead, snag the good stuff!

free wedding photography guide

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