A couple kisses … (Photo credit: IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)
Your wedding day is a whirlwind of activities and memories, and sometimes, looking back, it can be hard to remember every last detail… and that’s just one reason, of many, that having a wonderful photographer makes a difference on your wedding day. Great photographers have a very special knack for capturing all the special moments, from the ceremony to the reception, and everything in between. In addition to this past list of photographers, here are five Chicago-area photographers that offer a certain something wonderful when it comes to your big day.
Chicago, IL 60614
For photographer Casey Sheehan, every wedding is personal. His style is a combination of editorial and journalistic, which results in photos that capture the bride and groom’s pure, genuine emotion. He also believes it makes the photos feel and look less forced. With his natural looking photos, combined with his willingness to work closely with his clients, he, along with his two other shooters, make the day extra special. As he says, “my favorite part of being a wedding photographer is knowing that I have made one of the biggest days in my clients’ lives as perfect as possible — and captured it along the way. That is the memory that they will have forever.”
Photographer Ruthie Hauge has quite the talent when it comes to capturing all the emotions of her clients’ wedding day. But that’s not all. With her photojournalism and fine arts background, she has an artist’s eye, and she — along with her other photojournalists, as every local shoot includes two — strives to make the big day as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. With more than 11 years of experience, Ruthie has documented, as she says, “the grandest moments of people’s lives,” including 65 weddings. “It has given me the gratitude for the people who trust me to document the moments they can never get back. I consider myself so lucky to call this my work,” she says.
521 N. Halsted Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
When Amanda Hein, along with her photographer/assistant, joins her clients on their wedding day, she takes photos that tell a story in a contemporary and fresh way with a traditional backbone. One of her many strengths, in fact, is that she recognizes that each couple is different, and so are their weddings; her photography reflects that. Amanda gets to know all of her clients, as well as their family, and adores being able to take part in all the excitement. “I love the challenge of changing light, capturing interactions with people, new locations, emotions, and all things beautiful!” Amanda says. “My work is true, joyful, and authentic.”
For Lindsey Kay, shooting wedding photos is an incredibly personal experience. In fact, one of her favorite things about being a photographer for weddings is getting to know the brides, and becoming more than just a hired vendor. That sentiment is reflected in her photos, as her clients are at ease and comfortable in front of the camera with genuine smiles and happiness. As Lindsey says, “My favorite part of having this pinch-me-is-it-even-real kind of job is offering my brides an above and beyond experience. Not just on their wedding day but the days and months leading up to it!”
700 N Green St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Elena Bazini loves telling the story of a wedding through a unique and artistic way and in a photojournalistic style. She also has a knack for catching candid photos that truly show who a couple is, as well as who they are as a family. But working with Elena is about more than that too; since her photos tell a story, they have an amazing ability to bring back a fleeting moment in a wonderful way. Her wonderful lighting techniques make a difference too. “I want people to know that I am in this with them, giving their wedding, and my business, all that I have,” Elena says, “and hoping to create something as unique as they are.”
Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.