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..what is wedding photojournalism?

It's a collection of unposed moments that tell a story.. a hands off approach to photography which leans towards truth and authenticity. How does that work? Instead of being told to look like you're having fun, you just do the real thing. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the company of your wedding. What you're left with is a story book of your day with all of its highs and lows.

What about portraits?

A: Yes, I still pose formal, bridal, and wedding party portraits. Yes, I do enjoy them and will shoot as many as you'd like. 

How much do you charge?

A: I charge an hourly rate of $350/hr with a 6 hour minimum. Exceptions are made for off season dates, Friday/Sundays, and last minute bookings. If you're in doubt, just ask!

Do you use a contract?

A: Yes!

Do you offer reprint rights? What is that?

A: Yes! It allows you to make prints at your leisure at no extra cost. 

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Mike is a father of two young boys, and a husband. When he isn't working, he's constantly in search of the next auto restoration project, and sometimes even works on the current one. As a family, the Burleys love cycling and have taken part in the last two RABGRAI bike rides across Iowa.

Early on, Mike worked as an assistant to Sports Illustrated photographer John W. McDonough while getting his B.A. in visual-journalism from Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, Calif., where he and his wife, Sara, were raised. Mike has been a staff photojournalist and wedding photographer for 15 years, traveling all over the country. Mike's been a staff photographer for the Pulitzer Prize winning Topeka Capital-Journal, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald and was a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune. Mike's had photos published in Time Magazine, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, and several other national publications. Locally, Mike was the cover photographer for Her Magazine and DBQ Magazine for past 7 years, and also dabbles in automotive journalism. Currently, Mike shoots weddings all over the midwest and shoots commercial photography.