Iowa + Destination wedding and elopement photographer for the wild and fearlessly in love.

Kali Slaymaker photography

A Unique Wedding Experience

I believe marriage is one of life's greatest adventures, and that your wedding day should reflect that. I'm all about couples who are focused on having a meaningful + intentional day, not just a conventional wedding. I want to meet you wherever you feel most in love and at home with one another, whether that's a backyard wedding in Iowa, a mountain-top elopement, or an intimate ceremony on a beach. I'd love to help you create a unique wedding day tailored to you and your love, and provide imagery to perfectly tell the story of your day. My style is focused on capturing candid moments and raw emotion. I'll help direct you to get gorgeous images as well, but we'll never be caught doing stiff and awkward poses. Head over to my contact page so we can meet and bring your wedding vision to life. I'm a Midwest wedding photographer based in Iowa City, IA and down for destination and traveling weddings. A few of my favorite places I'd love to shoot a wedding in are the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, a beach in Tulum, Mexico, the highlands of Scotlands, Cliffs of Moher in Ireland (heyo photo of me at them!), or anywhere your love takes you in the world!

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what I photograph

Love in all forms.

Weddings, elopements, and couples are what I built my business upon. There is nothing quite like the excitement of a couple promising to love one another and vowing to cherish the sacred covenant of marriage. That's why I love being a Midwest + destination wedding photographer. I also love capturing people in their everyday lives - whether that's a couple in-home or lifestyle session where you make breakfast together in your pajamas or a family who wants their moments documented. I'd love to provide imagery for all your love stories - everyone is welcome at my table.



I absolutely love weddings, which is why I couldn't imagine a better job than being a 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. Let's chat and discuss if we're a good fit!


Elopements+ Intimate weddings

I think there is something really special about choosing to forgo tradition and choose to spend the day in a laid-back way with just you and your significant other, 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, and I'd be honored to be your elopement photographer.



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.



Documenting moments with your loved ones is one of the biggest honors of my job. We all love those "perfect" photos that were directed and executed beautifully. However, I find myself drawn to candid images that bring me back to the exact emotion I was feeling in the photo. Those are the ones I truly cherish, and I hope you feel the same when I deliver your family images.

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Eastern Iowa + Worldwide


My home base is Iowa City, IA, and I absolutely love shooting Iowa City weddings, but I am so happy to hop on a plane and meet you and your love wherever. Whether at a cool barn in Iowa City or a mountain or beach venue for a destination weddings, I am down! Traveling is something I am passionate about and do not believe location should stop you from hiring the wedding photographer of your dreams. If you think we would be a good fit, I would love for you to get in touch and we can build the perfect photography package for you. I'm happy to meet you wherever, but brownie points if it's Italy, because that's by far my favorite place in the world. Check out my travel schedule to see where I'm headed next!

Kali is very sweet and personable. We enjoy working with her for many reasons, but one of those reasons is because she listens and respects our thoughts, opinions and requests. We would refer Kali to all newlyweds!