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Photography in Philadelphia,
(215) 791-3224
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    Claire

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  • Russ was the favorite vendor at our wedding and we had a lot of great ones! My aunt and brother were taking a lot of photos and videos during our wedding and he was way more accommodating than he needed to be (we didn't need the extra photos, I just put that there to highlight his flexibility). Everyone he interacted with said he was great and we couldn't agree more. He went with the flow of the day how we wanted, took a tour of the site before shooting to make sure we had all the best light and settings, took many posed and action shots, and overall did a perfect job capturing our special day. He has competitive prices and will arrange a package that best works for you. If we lived in the area, we'd want to hang out with him and Heather (his assistant), they're that incredible. We loved everything about his work- I mean, just look at those pictures! Go hire him, he's THE BEST!

    JJ

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  • I cannot recommend Russ highly enough. Aside from being extraordinarily talented, Russ is warm and friendly and easy to connect with, which I believe is essential when picking a wedding photographer. Russ makes shooting lots of fun and is as strong of a storyteller as he is a photographer. He also has a deep supply of TV recommendations should you be in need! :)

    Daniel

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  • So my fiance and I are Chicago natives that currently live in Houston. For our engagement pictures, we wanted to capture the love we have for each other, but also the love we have for Chicago. With various locations in mind and no previous experience getting pictures taken of us, we were a bit nervous about the whole experience. Russ went above and beyond to not only conduct an amazing photo session but he did it with a great balance of professionalism and levity. His demeanor and masterful execution caused us to get the most out of of each location. His keen perception allowed him to craft and achieve genuine pictures of my fiance and I. His artistry was palpable and collaborative as he always checked in with us to make sure we were comfortable and happy. Also, as someone who is not a Chicago Native, he made sure that he had researched areas and familiarized himself with the city beforehand. This level of preparation really amazed us. And probably most important was tha... Read more

    Jessica

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  • Russ was an absolute delight to work with! We couldn't be happier with our choice to hire him for our engagement and wedding photos. He did not miss a single detail or photo opportunity, and his experience in the industry really shines through in real time and in his finished work. His kind heart, genuine honesty, sense of humor and flexibility, I think, set him apart from other vendors that you will work with. You spend your entire wedding day with your photographer, and we truly feel that we gained a friend in Russ. He was very patient and receptive to our ideas, and always open to chat about them to help us achieve our vision. He has mastered the delicate balance of being direct and getting the job done, without reducing the sentiment of the most important day of your life. We were so thrilled with our engagement photos and are even happier with our wedding photos! If you are looking for a photographer with a creative impulse and an artistic eye, you will love what Russ does with yo... Read more

    Max

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  • My wife and I initially had a tough time picking a wedding photographer. Choosing the best photographer for our big day was one of the most important decisions of the wedding planning process. We met with a number of different photographers and became frustrated trying to find the best choice for us. That all changed when we met Russ. At our initial meeting, we hit it off. We immediately knew that he was the one. His upbeat and relaxed personality perfectly matched his confidence and skill. His long time experience in the field along with his samples proved to us that he is a true professional with an excellent knowledge of his craft. After our meeting, my wife and I, got in the car and looked at each other, both nodded and said “we found our photographer”! With the package we choose, we were privileged to have Russ take our engagement photos. We spent pretty much an entire day at Valley Forge National Park. He took the lead the entire way yet was open to ideas--it really paid off.... Read more

    Elizabeth

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  • Russ is absolutely incredible. Two weeks before our wedding we decided to switch wedding photographers. Russ was willing to fly from PA to NH the morning of our wedding and rush to meet us for pictures. He even had a wedding the night before and must have been exhausted (not that he let us see that!). He alleviated SO much stress and anxiety and we did not regret the decision one bit. He is incredibly professional and fun to work with. My fiance and I were so comfortable and we absolutely loved having him around. He showed us pictures as he went along and they were gorgeous. He knows how to use the light (and lack of it!) to make beautiful images. I would recommend Russ to anyone!

    Amanda

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  • When we started the search for our wedding photographer, my now husband and I agreed that our photos would be one of the most important pieces of our wedding. After all, you spend tons of time and energy planning this one day that is over in a flash. Of course we wanted beautiful pictures capturing it all! We also realized that we would basically be spending our day with our photographer so it was important that we "clicked". Russ was the perfect fit! He was professional, creative, and so much fun to be around. He made us feel so comfortable and was super effective in managing time on our wedding day. The moments he captured on camera were simply incredible. Russ, thank you for your amazing work!

    User2946639

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  • Dude! You are awesome. Thanks so much for taking the photos. We know the photos will be as awesome as the engagement photos. We loved those, and I am sure we will love the wedding photos. Thanks for coming out with me to the shaving place. You and Dan looked awesome in your plaid shirts, bow ties, and camera harnesses. Probably the biggest compliment, many of my friends/family members thought we have been friends for years. You were so integrated with us, and had so much fun with us that people thought you our friends. Thanks a lot and continue to do awesome work for your future customers!!!!

    Jessica

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  • Russ was absolutely amazing to work with. He made me incredibly comfortable, always laughing... and he is incredibly professional while having fun, which can be difficult to find. I have recommended Russ to anyone that will listen to me and plan to continue to do so - he is amazing. So grateful a friend of ours made this introduction. Thank you for making our wedding amazing - and capturing all our moments!!

    Michelle

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  • Incredible photographer! We had so much fun on our wedding day because of Russ. He is up for any photo and makes you feel very at ease and really just has a great time with the photos. I would highly recommend him to anyone!

    Avital

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  • Good photographs were something that my husband and I agreed would be worth having. We could not have picked a better photographer to be a part of our special day. Russ Hickman is truly an artist. His style and eye for beauty is one of a kind. It was such a joy to have him capture so many special moments and work so hard to keep the memory of our day alive for many years to come. I can't tell you how many guests as well as our entire wedding party complimented Russ and his capabilities. He has so much talent and he is also so personable and becomes your friend. There is not one downside to having Russ Hickman be a part of your big day, we recommend him for any and all special occasions you may have! Thank you Russ!!! --Avi and Brian :)

    User2745301

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  • Working with Russ was seamless, from our first meeting I knew we were going to be a great fit. I felt like he would have gone anywhere to get an amazing picture, and he did! He climbed down rocks so my wedding party and I could get pictures in a river and trekked through a field with grass about 4 feet high to get the most amazing silhouette. You can absolutely tell that Russ is dedicated to photography and has such an eye for great shots. Looking through the pictures is like watching a video, he did not miss one thing. All of this plus the fact that everyone at the wedding LOVED his personality and felt so comfortable with him. I would not have changed a thing about my wedding and Russ by far would be my first recommendation.

    Nicole

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  • Russ is not your average photographer. His ability to connect with people automatically makes him one of your closest friends. He immediately shares one of your most intimate moments and brings it to life with beauty, color and art. I was introduced to Russ through a friend of a friend's sister, but by the end of our first meeting I felt completely comfortable with my decision. I had seen his work before and loved it, and heard first hand that he was trustworthy and produced great work. I've only heard horror stories from 5 people I knew that were recently married so it was refreshing to hear a great review. Russ lived up to the expectation and exceeded it. My family and friends all talked about how great he was at the wedding. Everyone talked about how friendly and happy he was to be there, and they even commented how fun and friendly his assistant was. You can truly tell he loves what he is doing and it shows in his pictures too. I wouldn't want any other photographer photographing ... Read more

    chris

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  • Russ and his assistant were so personable that I wanted to have them stop taking pictures and just enjoy themselves as invited guests. The pictures were beautiful and he was so easy to work with.

    User5418244

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  • Russ is great and I highly recommend him for your wedding. He was so fun to work with, and spent the time to get the shots that would look the best. While we are still waiting for the final photos, I have a feeling they will be lovely.

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