Colin is one of my new favorite ppl. He helped capture a huge event for my company a few weeks ago and did so much more then just take photos. He not only took amazing photos of our celebration but without asking came the rescue with batteries that we had forgotten to bring ourselves for a special surprise. I can't wait to work with him again!
Colin and his team made our wedding day unforgettable! Out of all our vendors, he went above and beyond, delivered perfection, and really was committed to the work. Truly – I cannot say enough good things about Colin & his team. I would hire him for any event – he is a true professional, artist, and friend! Colin met with us twice before the wedding just to get to know us and understand what we liked. He was proactive with emailing and responding. He was very organized and a dream to work with. More than that – on the days of the wedding, his team made our wedding INCREDIBLE! As the bride, I spent more time with Colin & his team than anyone else on my wedding day, and he and his team are hilarious and so helpful. Even when times could be stressful, Colin would be there to run my keys to my mother, or let me know where my husband was; he was not just a photographer but everything we needed! For the photos themselves, both my husband and I do not enjoy having pictures taken of us, but their whole team made it feel natural and unbelievably fun! He was a true artist – at times my husband and I wanted to call it quits, but Colin saw opportunities for great shots (running in and out of traffic to get them)! He organized his own car to make sure that he would be able to travel around with us through Chicago. He really is an artist!
My fiancé and I placed the highest priority on photography. Wedding festivities typically span one day, but a photograph stands the test of time as a lasting legacy and memory. When planning, we wanted a photographer that not only knew how to take family pictures and posed bridal party lines. We wanted someone that could bring out the best in us and our guests to feel comfortable around the camera. Someone who knew the right moment to capture the best candid moments. See beauty in the simplicity of an alleyway or bridge girder. We wanted a photographer that could capture a story and not just a simple “prom pose”. My fiancé and I met him at a friend’s wedding as part of the bridal party. He was always cheerful and trying to capture the guests’ best and sincerest moments. Even after the bridal party’s photo shoot under a bridge line, he helped the bride by cleaning her dress’s train that had become dusty during the photo session. We immediately knew how committed Colin was not only to his work, but also the bride and groom. Did I mention? He also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and has continued to promote education forward in photography. We needed to snag his skills as quickly as possible! Colin takes the time to know the couple, their personalities and fun quirks. We had negotiated a package to include an engagement shoot, wedding photography, and photo booth. Although, with most 2020 weddings, our initial plans had been interpreted due to COVID. Despite the hit to the wedding industry, he was very willing to accommodate and work with us. Once local restrictions started to uplift, we planned an afternoon engagement shoot. Colin has a wide array of experience working with many cultures, styles and sizes of weddings in Chicagoland. He knows the best nooks, spots, and city highlights. After being stuck in quarantined pajamas for several months, my fiancé and I had the best date! We finally had the opportunity to dress up, feel fancy, and get the butterflies flying right before our big day. Colin always found a way to make us laugh and bring out our inner genuine charm. He spent the entire day with us with no hesitation. We traveled to 4+ spots and he did not even blink with my confusingly indecisive and picky requests. When it came to the wedding day, he was very accommodating to all the last-minute changes given constantly changing COVID protocols. He not only came early, but also left later than expected, waiting patiently until all the festivities were over. He worked tremendously well with the videographer (a separate vendor we had hired) and would guide with respectful instruction as to what was “next”. He even assisted the videographer if he needed an extra hand or visual eye. Of course, for many of our groomsmen, it was their first time participating in a wedding and did not know how to put on their boutonnieres. Colin right away herded them up and showed them the magical way of “the two pins”. And of course, since the church’s air conditioner broke, he survived an incredibly hot day with no complaints despite some quests passing out. He even printed out several fun poses/ideas I had previously shared with him as a guide for group and bride/groom photos. He even sent us a sneak peak of our photos just a few hours after the festivities! Short summary - just hire Colin. Your expectations will be reached, and more. And will make the bride very happy!
If I had to recommend one wedding vendor that people must use, it would be Colin Lyons! He captured our wedding perfectly and was so much fun to work with. Colin captured every small moment and detail of the day, even the fleeting ones that lasted only a second. My wife had tons of picture requests to get throughout the night and Colin got them all. Colin is clearly passionate about his work and has so much fun doing his job. He made us comfortable throughout the day and made it easy to get such amazing wedding shots. On top of that, his experience shines through in his suggestions, his ability to keep the day moving, and obviously the pictures! Colin even went the extra mile and pushed our trolley driver to make one more stop to snap some incredible pictures. I've had multiple friends and guests tell me the pictures really captured the emotion of the day. Another even said they wished their photographer was as good as him!!! We met with Colin multiple times before the wedding and always felt like we were hanging out with a friend. He makes you comfortable and takes your ideas seriously, even the strange ones, and offers his suggestions. We never felt rushed or pushed to do anything we didn't want. On top of that Colin put in extra time during our engagement shoot (also amazing), all our meetings, and the day of. He's also the most responsive vendor we had, responding same day to most e-mails. Long story short, USE COLIN!!!!
Although Colin specializes in wedding photography, he graciously agreed to do a family shoot and we couldn’t be happier. From the very get go he was easy to work with - extremely responsive both via email and phone. He understood what we were looking for ahead of time. The experience on the day of was excellent. He made us very comfortable during the session and we didn’t feel rushed one bit. And of course the end product was fantastic. I had also the pleasure of seeing Colin and his team photograph a close buddy’s wedding - you could tell they were so professional and friendly with all the guests. One thing that stood out the most: Colin was around the entire time - I couldn’t tell you when his team took breaks or when they were scheduled to leave, but I can tell you with certainty they were going the extra mile on both days by not missing a single moment to photograph - especially the late night dance floor. Can’t recommend him enough.
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