They say once you find the location, the photographer and the dress, everything else is piece-of-cake. While you can't discount the devil in the details, we tend to agree that choosing a photographer is at the foundation of wedding planning. After all, you will be looking at your big day through this person's eyes for decades to come, so we've rounded up a few Chicago wedding photographers that are sure to impress.
Olivia Leigh Photographie (above)
It's no surprise Olivia Leigh Photographie has been featured in publications like Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, and The New York Times. Since she splits her time between Chicago and the West Coast, pricing is tailored to your needs (no standard A, B, C packages) with no travel fees. Plus, she limits her bookings to 15-25 events per year — no jet lag here! Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Gerber and Scarpelli
With a background in fashion, editorial and advertising (and resume highlights like Bon Appétit, Travel & Leisure, Rolling Stone, HBO and Kraft), founders Kurt Gerber and Michael Scarpelli and their team of photographers deliver a balanced mix of traditional shots and the spontaneous, memorable moments akin to photojournalism. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Artisan Events
Since founding Artisan Events in 1998, Amanda Sudimack has evolved her photography business to include in-house design and bookbinding services using her own lines of handcrafted albums. The best part? Even if you've already promised your cousin she could photograph your wedding, Artisan will still create a custom coffee-table-worthy photo book, as long as you have copyright permission. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Carasco Photography
Headed by a husband-and-wife team, Carasco Photography is known for delivering fairy-tail book worthy images of your big day. They shoot the stunning scenes you've spent the last 12 months designing while capturing those intimate, split-second moments that make it such a special event. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Studio This Is
Founder Jeremy Bustos and his team of photographers and cinematographers are well versed in wedding photography, but with experience in fashion editorial, he also knows how to work with lighting and props to add a dose of drama. We are smitten with his creative takes on engagement photos. He works with couples to conceptualize the shoot, scout locations and use hair, makeup and styling to amp up the imagination.
Photo: Kristin La Voie Photography
Kristin has a reputation for being sweet and outgoing in person as well as a photographer who seamlessly blends into the background. We love the fact she shoots in both film and digital formats, meaning you'll have those fine art portraits from the ceremony, but also catch your college roommate elbowing out the competition at the bouquet toss. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Angela Renée Photography
Want someone who just seems really cool and easy going? This wedding and portrait photographer believes in letting you be your natural self while she captures the moment.
While staged poses are essential, she makes sure they're the least bit artificial. Because let's be real: If you don't actually find yourself standing and kissing in a row boat in the middle of a lake on your wedding day, why go to all the trouble to photograph it? Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Caili Helsper Photography
Self-described as nostalgic and sentimental, Caili Helsper Photography will go the extra mile to ensure your big day photos are everything you envision. From pre-scouting locations and advising on what looks best to hitting all the highlights on your photo wish list, she makes certain you're happy with the results.