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Photography and Videography in Chicago,
(888) 777-7011
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4.7 out of 5
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  • 332 Reviews


    Debbie H.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Wish I could do 10 Stars!!!! We used Essence for our DJ, Photo & Video and couldn’t have been happier!!! They went above and beyond our expectations. The DJ had the dance floor full all night. The photographer & videographer were amazing. They got all the regular weeding shots but also got stuff I never would have thought that we wanted..but we did!!! And every time I had a friend taking a pic of us the photographer was there to take a professional picture for us!!! I would recommend Essence to anyone who is looking for a great, caring, professional experience for their wedding!!!

    Shahadah T.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Omg I had THE best experience with Essence. The day of my wedding Peggy was so helpful and amazing. She was so knowledgeable about the wedding flow and timing. She worked seamlessly with my wedding planner to ensure everything went smoothly. She even got me several edited photos back 1 week after the event. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The videographer was great as well. My bridal group and I wanted to do lots of TikTok and he was helpful and he got lots of the parts on camera. Photos turned out amazing. They really know how to get the shot. Peggy had these helpful mini tutorial meeting with me and my hubby on how to best get certain shots when it came to the wedding and it was so helpful. Overall just had an amazing experience and would 10/10 recommend wholeheartedly.

    Allison P.

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  • We worked with Amanda for our photographer and she was EVERYTHING WE WANTED AND MORE. She was very attentive to everything I wanted done and made sure to keep everyone on track to make sure we got everything perfectly. She was very creative in her shot selection and listened to exactly what we wanted. I would recommend her to ANYONE AND EVERYONE who asked. We also used their videographer and she was also AMAZING. I am unsure on her name because she was too busy capturing everything we wanted her to on our special day. Both had so much fun and made our night PERFECT. Thank you!

    Jennifer M.

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  • Gabe & Elle were our photographer’s which were absolutely amazing! Both of them had an eye to make the Bride, Groom & wedding party look amazing! Peggy who is the photographer manager helped with all the behind the scene stuff which was amazing with getting us through all the details. All together I was SO PLEASED WITH having this company do my son’s wedding.. they all are truly amazing & I truly will recommend them to all my friends who are getting married

    Vicky D.

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  • We could not be happier with our choice of photography for our wedding. Our photographer Penny did an amazing job. She was very friendly and attentive.. she captured every photo-op that we requested.. She did an amazing job.. our proofs look absolutely stunning.. We definitely made the correct choice.. Thank you Essence for everything..

    Mary K.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Looking for a photographer was a stressful process. I had researched and spoke to a quite few different companies. Majority of the time I felt no connection with the company as I was just emailed a pricing flyer. Then I found Essence. Not only were they quick but brought my fiancé and me in immediately for a consultation. Mike explained the entire process and wanted to get to know us and our story. I felt comfortable and very eager to talk about my fiancé and I’s journey. Choosing Essence was a seamless process. They care so much about making the couple happy and finding the right photographer to do just that. Their pricing is unbeatable. Other companies honestly want to charge so much money for their services. I understand for some couples money isn’t an issue but for us budget conscious brides I didn’t get a sinking feeling in my stomach when we went over prices. I thought they were extremely fair and reasonable for what we choose. I highly recommend scheduling a consultation... Read more

    Letisia

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    5 out of 5
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  • As we are deciding on our wedding photographer for next year, we came across Essence Photo & Video and from the beginning I was in awe in the way they approached our interest. I felt extremely pleased that instead of taking the regular approach that many vendors do when you email them, Mike took that extra step and called me to schedule an appointment. More than anything he made us feel like he wanted to get to know us more than selling his business to us over the phone. When we first walked into the studio we were mesmerized by the beautiful portraits and we became even more mesmerized by the work he continued to showed us. I loved the approach he took with us by asking questions about our relationship and family because that just showed me he cares more about finding someone that will fit our personalities for our special day Overall Essence Photo & Video set the bar extremely high and no other vendor has been able to top it. We are definitely looking to book with them.

    Kimberly

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  • From the beginning Essence was amazing. Chris did our consultation and was so informative and helpful with everything. Leading up to our wedding Kathy, Karen and Peggy were so helpful answering all my questions/emails. We unfortunately had to postpone our original April date twice. They were amazing with our rescheduling and replying frequently to my emails when everything was constantly changing. They quickly got us our new contracts and dates changed. A week before the wedding we got bad news that our original photographer we had picked had to leave town due to a family emergency which we totally understood but were also extremely nervous not knowing what was going to happen. Peggy called me and explained everything to me, she was so sweet. We were assigned Kamil, he called me that night and we talked for about a half hour in regards to the schedule, timing, locations, what we liked and what we didn't like. He seemed to excited and thrilled. After hanging up with him he sent me a fol... Read more

    Luke S.

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  • Our experience with Essence so far has been a good one. Unlike other companies, Chris and the Essence team were responsive to our questions and set up a time to meet within 24 hours of our inquiry. When we met Chris, he explained all the packages that they offered and worked with us to create an experience that fits our budget. Chris did not pressure us to sign with Essence and asked at the end of the meeting what Essence can do to create a better experience for the next couple to inquire about their services. The Essence portal is great for keeping in contact with them. Kathy is very quick to respond and great in answering questions. We scheduled our engagement photo session and picked our wedding photographer through the portal with ease. We chose the standard location for our engagement photo session with Dave as our photographer. The standard location was at the Schaumburg Municipal Center, which is close to their Schaumburg office. Dave texted me the day before ... Read more

    Jannett E.

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  • We got married on 2-22-2020 and found out about Essence Photo & Video at a bridal expo. There were other photo/video/photobooth vendors there but Essence's booth was very inviting so we decided to stop by. We met Chris and he happily introduced us to their services and showed us their samples and portfolio. We were impressed and proceeded to schedule an appointment to discuss in depth what we wanted for our wedding. At the consultation, Chris was very informative and helpful. He made suggestions based on our wants and needs. For everything we wanted, Chris managed to give us the best deal for photo, video and photobooth. We ended up saving over $2000 by bundling all services versus hiring 3 different companies to do each service. The other companies we spoke to at the expo were charging so much for mediocre work! The communication between us and Essence was wonderful. Throughout the planning process, Kathy and Erik were always prompt with answering all my questions. They helped ... Read more

    Rachael

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  • We had an amazing experience working with Essence Photography. Before going into the first meeting (we booked online several weeks ahead of time), I didn't really know what to expect - my assumption was that we would receive a brief (15 minutes tops) session outlining services and costs and then we'd be on our way. It only took a few minutes meeting with Chris to realize he would completely exceed our initial expectations and then some. The first meeting lasted more than an hour - Chris was extremely thorough and helped us brainstorm the best ways to optimize our photography/videography while maintaining our budget, and all of this was before we even committed to Essence. The fact that he spent so much time working through options with us, and never once made us feel like we were taking up too much time, meant so much to us both personally and as customers. We would absolutely recommend Essence to anyone looking for professional photography, whether it's a wedding or something els... Read more

    Becca

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  • My husband and I are so grateful for Essence. We hired them for photography, videography, and photo booth services for our wedding on 11/30/19. They were so thorough and informative during our initial meetings and we felt confident in choosing them to document our day. Chris (photographer) was incredible and worked so well with our entire bridal party and family to capture as many beautiful and creative pictures as possible. He was so organized and efficient and kept us stress-free and ahead of schedule the entire day. Kuni (videographer) was amazing as well and was so kind and professional. Everyone had a blast showing off their dance moves and we are so grateful for his efforts to capture the ceremony and other special toasts and moments as well. Mario was also fantastic with the photobooth! There was a continuous line from the start to the end of the photo booth duration, and people really seemed to enjoy it! We are still getting comments from our guests about how friendly and pro... Read more

    User4966473

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  • The photographer didn't seem to want to be there. He was polite and professional... but didn't show any enthusiasm and didn't smile. I also wish he would have told me that my veil was falling out. He snapped the close up back shot of my dress when I was getting ready (which I requested before our wedding on a paper for they asked me to fill out) when I got my pictures back the photo I requested were the worst out of the bunch. But I did get nice ones of my family so I'm happy those came out but just wish for what I paid I would have had better ones of me the bride.

    Stephanie C.

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  • I have been holding off on this review, hoping Essence would make it right and it is now clear to me they won't be. To begin, at our engagement shoot, when we arrived the photographer let us know he was on tons of Vicodin due to a root canal. Needless to say, the shoot was awkward and the photos were terrible. I wanted to post a review then, but my now husband told me to hold off, our wedding photos would be better. 2 days before our wedding our chosen photographer, Kelly, ended up in the ER due to kidney stones. Scroll down and you will find the exact same story listed by another couple, leading me to believe that was a complete lie. So 2 days before our wedding we were looking at more portfolios and had to pick one right then and there. I didn't love any of the portfolio's but what choice did I have? The wedding day came and went, our photographer was awkward and not what we wanted but we enjoyed our day together. Once we got the photos back, we were in shambles. More than 20 photo s... Read more

    Christin

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  • I recently had a terrible experience with a different photography company, (TW). We were promised things we did not receive, we did not get to chose our photographer, they will NOT work with you on anything, you HAVE to buy an album from them which is triple the price. After we cancelled our contract, we talked to Chris with Essence. it was like night an day! The cost was half the price, we get to choose our photographer, they are very accommodating and I really wished we shopped around before going with what sounded like the best place ever, on paper. But Essence has great customer service and their portal makes it sooo easy to communicate with their team to plan out the day, choose our photographer and provide feedback on our likes and dislikes. We still have a year before our wedding what I will come back to review how our big day panned out. but at this point, I'm not worried.
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