I’m a high school English teacher, so all of that time I spend wrangling teenagers and getting them to do work helps me out when I’m directing your wedding party for photos. I love being a teacher, and I love the flexibility it gives me to pursue another passion of mine: photography. 

Both my students and my clients say that they love how laid back I am, but I know when to turn it on and get the party going on your wedding day. I’m comfortable directing large groups of people and telling people what they need to do (again…teaching). I’ve had the pleasure of photographing engagements + weddings for the past decade, and I love looking at photos from my early days and seeing the growth that has happened. I’m constantly investing in my business, whether it’s through how I contact clients, deliver photos, or take classes to better my craft and business. My goal is to make sure that clients get the best experience on their wedding day.


This is us. No not the never ending flashback series on NBC, but this is my family. They are why I work as hard as I do. Claira, my wife, and our two kids, Logan and Evylyn, are my world. I balance two careers while I learn and attempt to be the best husband and father possible. Not only are you supporting a small business, but you are also supporting my family.

Thank you.


Jay V Photography. Small elopement wedding in Downtown Naperville, Illinois. The bride and groom made the most of the weather.
March 27, 2020/by jayvphotography
Jay V Photography captures a wedding with a beautiful bride at the iconic Danada House in Wheaton, IL. Beautiful wedding with natural light used.
November 30, 2019/by jayvphotography
Jay V Photography captures a wedding of a bride and groom at St. Peter and Paul church in Naperville. Reception then followed at Riverside Receptions in Geneva, IL.
November 24, 2019/by jayvphotography
Laura + Michael's wedding in Lakeside, Michigan. It was a perfect, cozy spot for an intimate wedding and great for any bride and groom
October 19, 2019/by jayvphotography
Toni + Jonathan's Warehouse109 Wedding in Plainfield, IL. Lewis University. Warehouse109 is a perfect trendy new wedding location for any bride and groom
October 5, 2019/by jayvphotography
Two grooms celebrate their beautiful and adorable LGBTQ+ gay wedding at the Arlington Heights Racetrack in Arlington Heights, IL.
September 29, 2019/by jayvphotography
This bride and groom are married and celebrate their beautiful wedding at the Public Landing restaurant in Lockport, Illinois
September 7, 2019/by jayvphotography
Bride and Groom's wedding in Chicago, IL. First look at the Art Institute and their reception was at the beautiful Lacuna Lofts.
August 31, 2019/by jayvphotography
Jay V Photography captures a beautiful wedding at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. Click here to see the photos!
August 14, 2019/by jayvphotography
Bride and groom take wedding photos around downtown Aurora, Il. Bride’s wedding dress was beautiful lace and the background were incredible.
July 13, 2019/by jayvphotography
June 23, 2019/by jayvphotography
Bride and Groom photograph their Chicago wedding photos at many iconic Chicago locations after their elopement in City Hall.
April 13, 2019/by jayvphotography