Matthew + Chelsea | Crystal Lake, Illinois | Beach Couple Session

mid-west based traveling wedding and elopement photographer

Jun 5, 2017 | Couples

I consider Matt and Chel my family. They are my boyfriends brother and sister-in-law and last summer I had the chance to live with them in Crystal Lake. The grace, patience, and kindness they showed me during that time was incredible. I will always remember my first night there. The day I graduated from college, I drove up to Illinois in the pouring rain, and made it to their house after Chel had already headed to bed. Matt had waited up for me and the first thing he said to me was, “welcome home, you’re safe here.” I remember feeling such peace and relief the moment I walked through the door. I was home. I was safe. I was welcome.

I feel like this encompasses Matt and Chel. They are a safe place, and a home for anyone that needs it. They are honest, encouraging, and they will challenge you to be your best self. God knew that I needed that summer in Illinois.

For this session, Matt asked me to take headshots for him and his business. During my stay, Matt was just starting to build his business in studio recording. If you have a second, check out his Spotify!! He is an incredibly talented musician! You maayyy even hear my voice in there… I got to sing for one of his songs!

His headshot session quickly turned into a couples session with Chelsea. Make sure to scroll all the way to the end to see their sweet babe, Magnolia Jade who is featured at the end of their session.

So thankful for this sweet family, and even more thankful that I get to call them my friends.

Becka Roth is an adventurous traveling wedding and intimate elopement photographer based in Indianapolis, Indiana, but travels worldwide. She lives for exploring new places, sweet intimate moments, and unposed, candid images with the adventurers and the love birds. Her style is natural, raw, and authentic. She believes in living life to the fullest, singing too loud, and most importantly: capturing genuine moments that naturally occur between two people in love.


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I’m a mid-west based wedding and elopement photographer, a worship leader, and a lover of anything outdoors. I’m obsessed with all plants, I’m always up for a cup of good quality coffee, and in love with a jazz musician. You bring the smiles, I’ll bring the tunes! If you are an adventurous, free-spirited couple, wanting to capture the natural candids of life when you are in love, you just made a new best friend!!

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