Chicago – The Windy City from Wendi’s Point of View

Last Sunday, my mom and I went to Chicago and met up with my friend and fellow photographer Patrick Warnecka, creator of the ShootKit. It was so much fun, exploring downtown and seeing some of the artwork. I love sculptures and the Art Institute is one of my favorite Chicago destinations, but I’ve never gotten a chance to explore the areas around it before. I have loads of images, so will probably break this up into a couple of posts!

Well, we changed that! Mom and I hopped on the El and came out right at State and VanBuren, and found ourselves eye-to-eye with Tony Tasset’s incredible new sculpture Eye. We met up with Patrick and had a lot of fun shooting around it!

Wendi Riggens

My mom and Patrick and Eye
Mom, Patrick Warnecka, Chicago, Eye

Eye by Tony Tasset

I couldn’t resist!
Eye, Chicago, Tony Tasset
Eye, Chicago, Tony Tasset, Mom

Chicago, Eye, Tony Tasset

Mom and Me
Mom, Chicago, Wendi, Eye

Check back tomorrow for more images from downtown Chicago!


Erin & Roberto’s Engagement Session – Love in Burlington!

Erin and Roberto are such an amazing couple! They met while Roberto was playing basketball at Southeastern Community College here in Burlington, and spent two years in a very long-distance relationship when he went to San Diego to finish his degree and play ball. They just got engaged a couple of weeks ago. We met a few nights later to discuss their wedding photography. Four days later, we photographed their engagement session. I came home and processed it that night so they could view the images together. Then, the next morning, Roberto left for Brazil to play professional basketball. They won’t see much of each other until the wedding, and it was really important to me that they got to see their images together for the first time, and not several countries apart!

I had a lot of fun shooting these two, even though they are both very tall and I was looking up the whole time! Erin has such a beautiful smile, and their love for each other is so very apparent. Here are just a few of my favorites, it was so hard to narrow it down!


Engagement Session and Updates!

Wow! We have SO much going on right now!  Our new intern, Hanna, started on Monday, and she fits right in.  Wedding season is in full swing, and I have a lot of super cute babies and kids and dogs to photograph in the next few weeks.  I am pinning down final dates for my third fall workshop, and have been asked to teach at my lab’s annual conference again in April.  The new website has been an absolute hit, too!

I don’t have a lot of time to post, but I did want to share a couple of my favorite images from a recent engagement session. Deanna and Nathan came down from Chicago and we shot around downtown and then in a clover field outside of town.  It was hot and bright, but so much fun!  I am really looking forward to their wedding in September!

Jen Creed - These are fabulous…the third one is my favorite!


Job Posting: Office Manager, Burlington Iowa

Wendi Riggens Photography is actively seeking an office manager in Burlington, Iowa.

The perfect individual for this position is fun, hard-working, works well independently, and loves working with people.  This position is responsible for day-to-day office management, including but not limited to client communication and management, record keeping, placing orders, letter writing, and other various office-related tasks.  Applicants must be computer literate and have experience working with Microsoft programs.  Photography experience is not required or preferred.  This is a part-time position based in Burlington, Iowa.

Wendi Riggens Photography specializes in wedding photography and fun baby/children’s portraiture. Hours are flexible and the boss is pretty cool.  Individuals that work with Wendi do so knowing that they are an integral part of a successful business, and leave at the end of the day with a smile on their face!

Please send a letter of interest and resume to Wendi at  Interviews will be scheduled by June 18th, and the potential start date for the position is July 1st or sooner.


It’s Here! Our New Website is Launched!

Introducing the NEW face of Wendi Riggens Photography:!!!!!

It’s faster, it’s slicker, it’s more awesome-r! :)

To celebrate, we are doing lots of fun giveaways and prizes on Facebook, including free portrait sessions, wedding gifts, and free mobile sites to other photographers!  Check us out!!

It’s been a long road getting to this point.  We changed our name from Inspired Images by Wendi to Wendi Riggens Photographer late in 2008/early 2009, and have been actively building a new brand for the business for about 18 months now (had been talking about it long before that).  I worked with several graphic designers and fell in love with the look that Chris Ford at came up with for me!  It totally speaks to the kind of person I am and the style of work that I do!

The new website is full of amazing images and loads of information, and we will be adding more all the time!   All client images are now live at  The blog has obviously been moved to  Be sure to check it out often for updates and new images!

Thank you to everyone that has helped get me to this point.  Dave Wolanski and Patrick Warnecka, your advice and support has been invaluable.  My best friend Devan and my husband Travis, thank you for putting up with the late nights and the frantic phone calls and never-ended love and support.  To Shannon Casey and Susan Wirkes and everyone that helped with the editing on the site, wow, you are awesome!  To Chris Ford, the guys at ProPhoto, Brian at, and Tim at, thank you for the awesome products and services that have given me the new look and an awesome website! There are so many more to thank but I am tired and really need a nap.  This has been exhausting.:)

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