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Allison Williams Photography

Chicago, IL 60647
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Allison Williams Photography is a provider of “modern, documentary wedding photography” in Chicago that artfully combines fine art and journalistic techniques. The shop namesake and owner, Ms. Allison Williams, is a former staff photojournalist for Sun-Times Media Group, and she volunteers her talent and technical resources to various non-profit causes in the region. Allison is a member of Green Wedding Alliance, which promotes environmentally responsible events, and she is a recipient of several industry honors, including the Wedding Photojournalist Association Award. Allison Williams Photography takes a contemporary yet elegant approach to crafting visual narratives about couples joining in marriage and embarking on their happily-ever-after journey, and it commits to listening to the needs of clients and tailoring the services to their vision.

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Dare2b Productions

Chicago, IL 60618
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Dare2b Productions is a photography company that is located in Chicago, Illinois and is operated by Alexander Alicea, a Chicago based photographer who has been in the professional photography industry since 2010. His style is stand alone. He captures candid, special moments that depict a truly beautiful story. Alexander Alicea specializes in wedding photography as well as portrait photography. He uses the natural light and is known for shaping the breathtaking creative light as well. His artistry of light and his out-of-the-box perspective makes each moment more elevated than the rest. Dare2b Productions also conducts fashion photography and provides aerial videos. This company aims to create stunning visual memories that can be relished and cherished for a lifetime.

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GVG Photography

Chicago, IL 60007
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Based in Chicago, Illinois, GVG Photography specializes in wedding and family photography. GVG's style is both traditional and photojournalistic, meaning that customers will have posed and candid shots in their album for variety and an additional touch of life. GVG shoots photos for their clients in many different environments, which means they do in-studio shoots as well as shoots in nature and amongst various city backdrops. GVG shoots portraits of newborns and young children in addition to adults and families. GVG has also shot engagement and wedding photos in front of some of Chicago's biggest tourist landmarks.

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Jake Preedin

Lyons, IL 60534
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Jake Preedin is an artist and professional lifestyle photographer in Lyons, Illinois. He offers many different types of photography services, including weddings, portraits, corporate shoots, real estate, and more. With a starting rate of $3,500 for weddings, Jake Preedin works with clients to create specialized and individual photography services. He emphasizes the importance of capturing emotion in moments, which he carries into his photography work. Clients have praised Jake for his talent, professionalism, and fun personality during photo shoots. He is said to go above and beyond to meet client’s needs and capture important memories at events. Prospective customers can contact Jake directly through his website via an online form to discuss services, rates, and more.

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Julia Franzosa Photography

Chicago, IL 60647
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Julia Franzosa offers her services as a professional wedding photographer through her company Julia Franzosa Photography. She is located in Chicago but is also available to travel for destination shoots. Julia is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography and describes her photography as having a classic, clean style. Julia’s focuses on capturing candid moments to produce mementos to be cherished for years to come. She strives on capturing the authentic moments that showcase families being together to celebrate a wedding. Her work has been featured in Brides, Snippet & In, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, The Huffington Post, and Chicago Social Brides.

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Lex Alexander Photography

Franklin Park, IL 60131
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Lex Alexander Photography is a wedding photographer in the Chicagoland area with over 30 years of experience. Lex Alexander and his team are well organized, flexible when necessary, and work well with other vendors to ensure a great experience from start to finish. He is a talented professional who is a pleasure to have as part of the overall wedding-day experience. Lex Alexander is willing to travel to create the photographic story at his clients’ destination weddings. In addition to capturing lifelong memories at his clients’ weddings, he also provides event photography services for anniversaries, engagements, baptisms, baby showers, and galas. Lex Alexander Photography was a Best of Weddings 2013 Pick on theknot.com.

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Mark Trela Photography

Chicago, IL 60634
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Mark Trela Photography is based out of the Chicago area and offers wedding photography to clients. Services include on location photography for local and destination weddings and engagements. Mark and Magda, the team behind Mark Trela Photography, use a documentary style to capture client’s weddings, exploring the essence of the day between the grand showcase of the event, and the small moments that define the story. Their photos attempt to capture weddings spontaneous moments and surprises. Mark Trela Photography is suited for client’s who want artfully captured, adventurous weddings. Photos on their blog are bursting with nature and the structural beauty of Chicago.

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Pearl Moon Photography

Chicago, IL 60641
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Pearl Moon Photography is a premier wedding photography company providing the highest level of photographic services in Chicago. Marcus, the principal photographer, has an extensive background in photography with almost two decades of experience providing top quality fashion, wedding, and engagement photography, actor headshots, corporate event photography, executive portraits, family portrait photography, and more. His work has been featured by three of the largest photographer hosting sites online. Marcus’s genuine love for photography and many years of experience have helped him to develop a keen eye for good composition, style, design, lighting, and creative perspectives for each photo session and client he works with. Every client's photography is customized to their needs and packages deliver all-inclusive pricing.

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Rotarski Photography

Chicago, IL 60618
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The owner and operator of Rotarski Photography enjoys the industry and views photography as a compulsive action to capture the beauty of nature and events. He was originally trained as an architect but started to travel and eventually turned to photography to capture the things around him. He values spontaneity and wants the events of a wedding to unfold naturally with minimal interference for him. Rotarski Photography serves residents of Chicago and the surrounding region and specializes in fine art documentary pictures. People interested in the company’s services can peruse the diverse collection of portfolios available to see if there is a style which would work for them. The company mainly works for weddings and strives to capture the raw emotion of each moment.

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Ryan Brandoff Photography

Chicago, IL 60641
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Ryan Brandoff Photography of Chicago has been in operation for eight years and has covered hundreds of weddings. Ryan Brandoff Photography also has extensive experience with fashion, portrait, and commercial photography. Ryan Brandoff Photography offers several wedding packages and will also work with couples to create a customized arrangement to meet their specific needs. To this end, Ryan Brandoff Photography is available to travel within the United States and internationally to photograph weddings. Ryan Brandoff Photography's clients rate him highly, and he has also received the Couple's Choice Award from WeddingWire. His customers remark on Ryan Brandoff Photography's professional and easy-going attitude and also compliment the final pictures they received.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Because of the sheer number of weddings that happen each year, wedding photography is a booming industry. Couples engaged to be married should take great care in finding a wedding photographer before their big day that suits their style.

Many people think all wedding photographers are virtually the same, but this is incorrect. Some photographers prefer unusual arrangements, angles, and uses of light in their images. They may also have unique styles and filters when editing wedding photos. This makes it very important if you're planning on getting married and looking for a photographer to take the time to find one whose style aligns with what you're looking for.

What does a wedding photographer do?

Wedding photographers take pictures of the wedding ceremony, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and the families of the bride and groom. They also often photograph the major events of the reception and the guests to help preserve memories of the entire affair.

What makes a good wedding photographer?

A good wedding photographer can faithfully recreate special memories, taking care to capture the most important moments of the wedding and reception. They're able to fulfill the requests of the couple getting married and help them choose the best images from the event.

How do I pick a wedding photographer?

Couples can find their wedding photographer by asking friends and family for recommendations or checking out local listings. It's important to review portfolios, pricing, and availability. When you've picked a few that pique your interest, speak to them in person to make sure they're a good fit.

What should I ask a wedding photographer?

Before you make a final decision about your wedding photographer, you'll want to ask several important questions, such as:

  • Can we see your portfolio?
  • How many weddings have you shot?
  • How much do require for a deposit?
  • What packages are available in our price range?
  • What is your editing style?

How much does a wedding photographer cost?

The cost of a wedding photographer depends on various factors, including their experience, photo packages, and the length of time you need them. According to Brides.com, a wedding photographer can charge anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their services.

Why are wedding photographers so expensive?

A wedding photographer's fee reflects their experience, training, and ability to fulfill your vision and requests. The time needed to complete the process for a single wedding makes a difference as well. For a standard eight to 10 hour wedding, a photographer may spend as much as double that culling and editing photos.

Do I need a wedding photographer?

Technically, you don't need a wedding photographer. Some people prefer a simpler occasion with a few photos taken by friends. However, hiring a wedding photographer ensures that you have professional, high-quality photographs of your wedding that preserve memories for generations.

How long do I need a photographer for my wedding?

Most wedding photographers are hired for eight to 10 hours to set up, travel between venues for the ceremony and reception, and capture events, including the wedding party getting ready, the ceremony, and occasions during the reception. In rare cases, a wedding photographer may be hired for multiple days.

How many photographers do I need for a wedding?

The number of photographers for a wedding is a matter of the organizers' preferences. Sometimes, a couple may feel that having two gives them more coverage of the event, but beware that many photographers include an exclusivity clause in their contracts, so they'll usually arrange a second of their choice.

How many pictures do wedding photographers give?

If you hire a single photographer, they'll usually take 50 images per hour on average with time spent setting up, positioning wedding party members, and transporting equipment to and from venues. The average wedding has between 400 and 800 images total.

What do photographers wear to weddings?

Many photographers choose to match the wedding theme and attendees or wear all black so they don't stand out. If the wedding organizers or couple getting married have specific requests for the photographer's attire, they'll usually do their best to comply.

Do you feed your wedding photographer?

Since most weddings are all-day events and the photographer is expected to be working before, during, and after the festivities, it's polite to make sure an extra plate at the reception is reserved for them. Many photographers do bring their own food to feed themselves over the course of the day.

How do I become a wedding photographer?

Helping a more experienced photographer as their "second" is a good way to learn the industry and get the experience you need to shoot weddings on your own. Many wedding photographers are classically trained and educated in the art of photography before they serve weddings.

What do I need to get started as a wedding photographer?

In terms of physical equipment, all you need to shoot your first wedding is a couple of high-quality lenses, a camera body, a flash setup, and film or memory cards to store images, if you're shooting digital. You'll also want to bring backup equipment and make sure your gear is insured in case anything happens.

How do I become a great wedding photographer?

To develop your skills as a wedding photographer, you need to know your equipment and its capabilities. Seek training from a professional, take courses in photography, or find a mentor to assist — experience is key. Networking is important when you start out. Research, experiment, and practice with lighting and different styles to broaden your skills.

How much do wedding photographers make?

According to Salary.com, the median annual income of a wedding photographer is just under $50,000. Many wedding photographers are independent contractors and either have another part-time profession or take photos of other events, such as baby showers and engagements.

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