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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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    Melissa

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  • We first met with Chris during our consultation and he made us feel so comfortable and kindly answered all of our questions (we had a lot haha) We went over the different packages they offered. He showed us photo and video samples and we loved their work! We knew we wanted to work with them as soon as we saw their talent! They provided us with an online portal so if we ever needed help planning or has any questions we can easily login and Karen would answer through the portal! Super easy to use and super convenient! We had Chris as our photographer and Patrick as our Videographer the day of the wedding. Chris was super energetic and outstanding to work with! He was super outgoing and came prepared with a lot of posing ideas for myself, my fiancé, and bridal party. We talked over all the details a few days in advance to make sure we were on the same page. He made everyone feel super confident and comfortable! Patrick was great, friendly, and super professional! He showed up on time and... Read more

    Crystal

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    5 out of 5
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  • I went to a Bridal Show and talked to a rep for Essence and looked at there sample books and loved there quality of work right off the bat. We met with Mike for a meeting to discuss budget and options and the meeting went really well. They discussed all the options and packages with sample books and videos which made the decision process even easier for us. Mike explained that we would get an email from them to a website to provide the photographer all the info on pictures that were most important to us and we thought that was pretty cool that they would incorporate what we liked into our special day. As of right now everything has gone great and I would highly recommend Essence Photo & Video for your special day, we cannot wait to continue to work with them.

    Jennifer

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    5 out of 5
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  • I highly recommend Ben for your wedding day. He made me feel so comfortable in front of the camera. He’s very professional and personable. I loved all my pictures and can’t wait to receive my wedding album

    Rachel

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    5 out of 5
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  • If you're not sure where to start with photo/video for your wedding, go with Essence- they know what they are doing. Chris is extremely easy to work with. He did a very good job of putting together a great package for us that was customized to our needs. It was a quick, sit down haggle-free, transparent experience. Plus, you get to pick out your photographer and upload types of pictures you like to the online portal. Price is good too for the quality! We are VERY happy we have chose Essence photography and video. The photos we have seen are beautiful, high quality, and the videography they provide is top notch!

    Katarina

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    5 out of 5
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  • Everything was flawless! From the moment we sat down with Chris Sigl to talk about options, we signed right away. The services, vibe of the company, and pricing made us know it was a done deal. We signed before we even left that appointment. From that day forward, everything fell perfectly into place. We worked with Karen through their portal for any questions that we had and were promptly answered. No matter what we came to them with, nothing was a "problem" and they were so helpful and understanding. Then the day of the wedding quickly came, Chris Caizer was amazing! We could not have dreamed for a better photographer experience for our wedding! We went in with no list of photos we wanted and Chris had a ton of ideas and was super efficient! We never felt rushed or uncomfortable in any poses. Chris has an awesome eye for anything out of place and quickly adjusts for the perfect photo. I had gotten ready at a hotel and he was able to get those perfect dress hanging in... Read more

    Jill

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    5 out of 5
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  • I worked with Essence as a Maid of Honor in my sister's wedding and our photographer Ben was great to work with. We were facing rain and he was able to fit in all of the photos we wanted while still having a great time with us. We laughed like you wouldn't believe and the photos turned out great. Booking Essence for my own wedding this spring and I was very impressed with their flexibility! Would definitely recommend them!

    Jacklyn

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  • After looking everywhere and not finding anything that I was looking for until I found Essence at a bridal show this past June. I immediately needed to book them for my big day. It was like finding the perfect dress or the perfect venue all over again. I visited the Schaumburg location for my meeting and right there I knew I was going to sign a contract 5 minutes in. The staff is amazing they make you feel like you are part of the family. You're honestly paying for what you're getting and that's amazing photo and video. At amazing prices. This is the place to go. Look no further.

    Jennifer

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  • I met with Essence because i was interested in photography, videography and photobooth for my wedding and a friend recommended them. I had a consultation with Mike and was very impressed with the professionalism and detail he went into. Mike painted a clear picture of how my wedding day would look and even included samples of video so i would know what the video would come out like. Being a detail orientated person, i was very excited to see the portal Essence uses to keep the client and photographer in the "loop" with each other. I am happy to say that i 100% will be booking with this company, and i now have a piece of mind that my wedding day will be captured perfectly!

    Randi

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  • Excited to have booked with Essence! They photographed my soon to be brother-in-laws wedding a few years back and we were happy with the work, then meeting with them was great too. There's a lot that goes into planning the wedding and meeting with Chris he really helped us figure out the best packaging for US rather than being really pushy with getting everything, which is such a nice relief when you have so much else to worry about while planning! We met with more than just them and overall everything offered, being able to personalize it and not take what we don't need while adding in what matters to us, the pricing was VERY competitive and they were very thorough with the consultation. Will keep posted as time goes on but as of right now very happy with how everything has gone!

    Taylor

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  • My fiancé and I just recently booked with Essence for our November 2018 wedding, and we are beyond pleased with this company so far! They are so friendly, accommodating, and client-oriented! Chris was a great help and made our decision to book so easy. The pictures taken by them that we have seen are absolutely beautiful! We are so excited to work with this company next fall for our wedding :)

    Andrea

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  • We met with Essence because they did a close friend's wedding and we loved their pictures and video so we decide to try them out. Our consultation was with Chris, and we connected right away. They care about your budget and the vision that you have for your wedding. They addressed all the question I had for them and it was quite a few let me say. Of course after the consultation, I came up with many more questions to ask and Chris was super responsive which is a big plus for me because I hate when you meet with someone and they take days to respond. I love that he had a sense of urgency to every call and email from us! We have met with a few other places and Essence is the best fit by far for what they offer and at a great price. If you are on the fence on visiting them, just do it! You don't have nothing to lose but a lot to gain from them!!

    Evan C

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  • Essence Photo and Video was just a wonderful experience! Chris worked with my wife and I a lot on our package and pricing to get us everything we wanted and needed and within our budget. We will definitely be using them again in the future for other events and HIGHLY recommend for anybody getting married or needs for any other types of events.

    Katie

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  • Our experience with Essence on our wedding day was absolutely terrible. We were supposed to have Kelly as our photographer...we talked to her on Wednesday before the wedding and mapped everything out and we felt very comfortable with her. Saturday, my wedding day, at about 11:50am (photographer was supposed to get there at noon) I get a call from a man asking for my room number, I asked what he needed it for. His response was...”oh, nobody told you? I’m John, your photographer.” Kelly ended up in the emergency room Friday night and I completely understand that things happen that cannot be controlled but I could not believe we were not forewarned of this. John assured me that he had the list of specific pictures that we wanted taken (he said Kelly passed everything along to him). We told him we weren’t looking for old school but we wanted fun and modern. I feel like we were not listened to. When you are outside in -7 degree weather taking pictures, you can only tell someone s... Read more

    Dre B.

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    2.8 out of 5
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  • Here are the reasons our opinions of Essence changed from when we first booked our package way ahead of time to after our wedding day in 2019. 1. We truly did enjoy our consultation with Mike. He was friendly and excited to meet us. Looking back on this, though, I think this is a part of their marketing and how they win over couples. We were promised the photographer that we chose, which was the only reason we looked at Essence in the first place; our best friend and other brides we knew of hired him and he did an amazing job for their weddings. 2. In this meeting, Mike said we could write a review on Google on our experience for an additional discount; now looking back, I think that leads to inflated 5 star reviews because rated the consultation 5/5 without really understanding how the rest of the process would go. 3. About 5 days prior to our wedding, we got a very long email from Karen explaining how our chosen photographer broke his wrist shooting a family portrait. Thus, we... Read more

    Kelly

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  • I have debated and debated again what I thought a good review would be. The initial sit down was good, they went over everything with us as far as contracts, I should have listened to my gut about the red flag of reviewing them prior to our service. The day of our wedding our photographer and videographer were on time and roughed the terrible weather we had that day. We received our photos the full six weeks later and they are good. The beef I have is with the video. We loved the videographer, he was wonderful all through the day and stayed longer than he was supposed to. We waited the full 12 weeks for a video, and I’m not sure if I have ever been more disappointed. We paid a large amount for something we could have done ourselves. Our video didn’t even have our first dance?!? I’m sad that I paid extra money to have them film before our ceremony, yet it wasn’t in the video? And all the highlight video is just pictures from the day? Not exactly what I expected since the video t... Read more

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