Kali Slaymaker Photography | Iowa City Wedding Photographer + Destination Elopements

Wedding & Elopement Photographer



Kali Slaymaker photography

Wedding Photos That Look How Your Day Felt


I believe marriage is one of life's greatest adventures and that your wedding day should reflect that. Imagine having wedding photos that feel like a reflection of your wedding day with a complete gallery you can view for years to come and relive the emotion of the day. I have the incredible opportunity to provide this to couples every year on their wedding or elopement day.

Your wedding day will be one of the best days of your life and I want your photos to reflect that emotion. My passion is serving couples who are intentional about making their day one that makes them happy and who value unique wedding photography.

Finding your wedding photographer can feel like online dating. That’s because it’s important to connect with your photographer. Click below to learn more about me and if you think I’d be an awesome third wheel for you on your wedding day!

Des Moines Wedding Photographer


what I photograph

Love in all forms.

I’m not the photographer who just shows up, snaps some posed photos, and leaves. I actually care about you! I want you to look at the photos and remember how special your day was! This includes the messy, unplanned moments. The tears rolling down your grandma’s cheeks, the totally crazy wind-blown hair, the dog eating the cake at your backyard wedding, the bad dance moves under a full moon. I capture it all. I want you to feel the adventure of your elopement in your photos and the love of the people surrounding you on your wedding day. Your photos don’t need to be perfect in the wedding industry sense, they need to feel like you!



I absolutely love weddings, which is why I couldn't imagine a better job than being a Midwest and destination wedding photographer. I feel honored every time a couple invites me to capture the memories from a special day in their life. There's no one more excited for your wedding day than you and your fiance, but I would argue that I'm a pretty close third. Contact me so we can plan your dream wedding or elopement!


Elopements+ Intimate weddings

I think there is something really special about choosing to be non-traditional and to spend the day with just you and your partner, and maybe a few friends and family members. I'd love to be one of the lucky few to be present at your elopement or intimate wedding. I had a tiny, intimate wedding of my own in Breckenridge, Colorado, so I have tons of tips and I'd be stoked to be your elopement photographer.


Couples Sessions

This may be a given since I choose to photograph weddings + elopements for a living, but I absolutely love LOVE. I draw a lot of my inspiration in life based on my relationships and how humans choose to love one another. That's why couple sessions are so special to me. I love providing a prompt and seeing how each couple makes it unique to them because their love is so unique. Couple sessions are perfect for anniversary, just because, or engagements!


Adventure Sessions

Documenting moments of you and your love on an adventure is one of my FAVORITE things. Rather than putting on your fanciest outfits, getting perfect hair and make up, and posing while smiling at the camera - let’s get REAL. Let’s go on a hike together and let me capture all the goofy, silly, in-between moments. I value authentic over staged and would like to adventure with you!




Iowa City + Worldwide


I love my college town of Iowa City. Getting to shoot weddings in Iowa City close to my home makes me so happy. I’m also passionate about traveling and love when couples bring me with them to where they’re saying their cows. If climbing a mountain in your wedding dress or hopping into the ocean at the end of your reception sounds like your ideal wedding, I’d love to be there and capture it on camera! If this sounds like you, contact me and we can build the perfect photography package for you. I'm happy to meet you wherever, but brownie points if it's Italy or Hawaii, because those are by far my favorite place in the world besides home. Check out my travel schedule to see where I'm headed next!

Kali’s Features & Awards



Client Love Notes

I absolutely adore Kali and her work! She has been amazing to work with throughout the entire process. From the initial booking to planning both the engagement session and wedding, she is extremely easy to work with and has great insight for recommendations as far as timeline goes and even what to wear/how to prepare for an engagement session and wedding day. She made the engagement session fun and relaxing as well as the wedding day.