Chicago Area family, wedding & lifestyle photographer

Here for all the       ,  


messy  wild and 

Real love, real life, real memories - that’s what my photography is all about. I’m here to capture the little moments of beauty and joy amongst the chaos and craziness we call life. I document the details of these precious moments so you can look back and remember them like they were yesterday.

Here for all
the        ,  

and beautiful

messy  wild 

I want to capture you and your loved ones, exactly as you are, to show you the magic that exists in the tiny moments we often overlook. Those moments take us back to the memory and let us relive the experience - no matter how long ago it was.

Let’s do this

My style is real, inspired and 

fiercely authentic

So, if you’re ready to document the beauty of your wild, chaotic and love-filled life, I’m ready to be your camera-wielding sidekick.

For me, photography is about capturing the beauty and authenticity of our everyday moments. Real life isn’t posed, it’s not perfect, and it’s full of chaos - but it’s so special, and if we blink, we’ll miss it. There’s real magic in life’s messy in-between moments, and that’s what I want you to see, too. 

When I’m shooting, I love to fully immerse myself in the present moment. As soon as I’m behind the camera, my focus is purely on the beautiful souls in front of it. I love capturing the little candid details that are often missed - a loving glance, a face mid-laugh, a hand softly on a waist. These details show us as we really are, and immortalize the snapshots of joy that we want to remember forever.

Hey, I’m Birgit!

Behind the camera

my story

Working with her was like working with an old friend—our whole family was instantly comfortable in her presence and because of that, we had so much fun in our shoot and have mountains of amazing photos to choose from.

Carly Z

Birgit was a professional from start to finish and produced amazing photographs that we will treasure for a lifetime

and could not have been happier with our session! Birgit was so wonderful to work with and made us look AMAZING! We were stunned with the final product and the exceptional attention to detail in every photo. We cannot recommend DeVae photography enough!!!!" 

-Miriam V

We loved working with DeVae photography