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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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    Stacie

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  • With photography you never really know what you're gonna get until you get it. I have had 2 friend that have used this photographer and I LOVED their pictures, however for my wedding I am not pleased with the photos. My photographer showed up at my house the day of the wedding 45min late and did not apologize, okay fine no big deal, i just wanted to get some pictures in and then go to the church. Because she was late, she was unable to take pictures of my fiance and his groomsman at the church, so she tried to make up for it while at the reception, missing other photos I would have enjoyed. Prior to going to the reception, we went to take pictures up the street from the church, I have her directions (you turn left out of the churc and go straight until you see a big water fountain!) She told me she would follow the limo. When we got there...no photographer! So my sister took pictures with her camera. When we arrived at the reception I apologized to her thinking I had given her ... Read more

    Brian

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  • Great place to hire. ask for Travis to take the pictures and Lorelei to create your album! ours turned out great!

    MUPPALA

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  • Very good

    Kim

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  • Our photographer, Bill Dolsen was absolutely incredible. He arrived to our event earlier than I paid for, and stayed later and did not charge me. He took over 1000 pictures, all of which are beautiful!

    Angela

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  • Excellent value for the price! Great photojournalism. Hardly knew the photographer and videographer were there. Great job.

    Julie

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  • Our photographer was amazing, everything was perfect. I would (and have!) recommended these photographers to all of our friends!

    Lori

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were so please with our photographer and Videographer. Everyone that saw the photos and video were amazed at how great they were. I received a lot of comments like, we have never seen so many great photos!, these are the best wedding photos we have seen. I would highly recommend!

    Lea

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  • Great photography for a reasonable price. The photographer was great and professional, but the lady who put together our album was a nightmare!! They had to reprint our album 3 times, but it eventually turned out great and we got some freebies because of it.

    Jennifer

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  • The photographer was amazing, she took over 1500 pictures in less than 12 hour, kept the groomsmen in line and paid attention to detail. My albumn turned out beautiful, they worked with me and took their time to make it eactly as I wanted it. I actually got to help with my albumn layout, which made it even more special (I got the contemporary albumn). The videographer wasn't as good, they missed specifal moment during the ceremony because the mic wasn't working and they only brought two camera, when I ordered 2, and they were looking out a window instead of at the action. They were good at answering my complaints and reinbursing me for my frustrations.

    Joanna

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  • Essence did both our video & photography for our wedding! They were great!! I would absolutely recommend them!!!

    Erin

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  • They were easy to work with up through the wedding. Our photographer (Mike Monar) was great and he was very responsive. He kept in touch with us before the wedding to work out timelines. He was a pleasure to work with. We were told over and over, though, in the initial meeting that they are a photojournalism company and they don't do all the posed shots. I have to disagree. Almost all of our pictures are us smiling at the camera. He did capture some great shots, but we were expecting more of a photojournalistic look to our album. Since the wedding, our experience has not been so great. A year after the wedding, I still do not have my album. My album specialist was fired, so I was transferred to a new specialist. I understand that things like this happen, and I was extremely patient and easy to work with during the transition. Communication just wasn't there. They never called me to tell me that my album specialist was gone. I did not find out until I had not heard f... Read more

    Erica

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  • We LOVED our photographer (we had Karen, but she is no longer taking pictures, I think she still works there doing planning)! We came out of this with a lot of beautiful pictures, which made it hard to choose which to put in our album. As part of our package we received our proofs, and we sold enough pictures to get our digital negatives as well. Our only snag was the album specialist we got (Lorelei), didn't seem to know what she was doing, as it ended up taking almost a year to do our album. When they finally switched us, they made up for it with the design and quality (and they threw in a few pages in the album at no extra cost)!

    Ashley

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  • The biggest complaint was the shine on people's faces. I was told throughout the night not to worry about it, it would be taken care of in the prints, however, it didn't and it was a big hassle to fix them and get them to cooperate with us.

    Michelle

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  • Our photographer got sick the week of our wedding so they sent a photographer that did the same type of photography as she did plus an additional photographer to take additional pictures. We ended up with more pictures than we had expected to choose from and they were all excellent!
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