We hired Colin Lyons Photography for our wedding. We also ordered the video package and a second shooter for the day. Our main photographer was Clay Kerr and he was amazing. Colin was involved in most of the planning of the shots, and coordinating contracts, dates, and timelines. He was super helpful and was always willing to answer any questions we had. Colin also had great advice for shooting downtown which is where we wanted our first look photos to be. Clay is a great photographer and his passion showed while we were shooting with him. Their package comes with an engagement shoot which is only supposed to be for two hours but we went passed the time and Clay didn’t seem to care. He was open to our ideas but knew what shots to get to make our session even better. During the wedding, Clay and Jim, the second photographer, worked very well together. They covered every shot on our list and had many ideas of their own that we loved. Clay also recommended a few places for downtown shots in Chicago that were great locations. At the reception, the photographers and videographer were everywhere but they never got in the way. They knew how to capture all the right moments of the ceremony and reception without getting in the way of our guests. We had multiple people comment on how engaging they were as a team and how much ground they covered to get as many photos as possible. We can’t wait to see how the photos turn out. Overall, we would highly recommend Colin Lyons Photography for your wedding or any event where you need a photographer.
If you want amazing wedding photos with someone who is incredibly easy to work with, look no further than Colin Lyons! We reached out to Colin after viewing his photos online, and met with him over a year before our wedding at his studio downtown. He pulled out a bottle of champagne as soon we arrived, and let us look through his albums (digital and print) while talking through his process. We booked right away for our 9/8/18 wedding and we're so happy we did! Originally we hadn't planned on getting engagement photos, but Colin included them in his package and we thought they would be good practice. We got great photos and had a lot of fun, even though it was cold and snowy outside. Closer to the wedding, I reached out with our list of photos we wanted to get and to talk through a rain back-up plan, and Colin responded immediately suggesting we connect the week prior to the wedding to confirm and touch base on everything. He had great suggestions for a rain back-up, and totally put our minds at ease. The day of the wedding he arrived at the hotel where we were getting ready with the second photographer, Jordan. Everyone loved him and Jordan and they were great about working around our hair and make-up team and all the others coming in and out of the room. They fully coordinated our first look which was perfect, and helped to make sure we stayed on time for the rest of the wedding party and family photos. Colin included a photo booth at no additional cost for our wedding (a big hit), and brought another photographer to capture those photos. Throughout the event I barely noticed them there, and he was great about timing our 'sparkler exit' photo so that it didn't kill our dance floor. In addition to being relaxed and easy to work with, Colin sent over a preview of our photos the night of the wedding. They are AMAZING, and we've received so many compliments on how perfect they are. We can't wait to see all of the photos captured on our special day! If you are looking for amazing wedding photography, we would definitely recommend booking Colin & his team for your big day!
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!!!!
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!
We chose Colin as our photographer for our wedding this summer at the Chicago History Museum and we could not be happier with our pictures and every step of the process working with Colin. Colin has an amazing eye for the most beautiful shots and we were so impressed with how he was able to capture different moments. We were thrilled with how many pictures we had to choose from and how we loved each of them. Honestly, the hardest part was choosing which ones to include in our book and to frame. Not only is Colin an extremely skilled artist, he was very easy to work with. From the early planning stages to the days leading up to the wedding Colin was quick to respond to questions and always very helpful. The day of the wedding, Colin was very organized in helping us to coordinate taking pictures at multiple city locations and in being able to coordinate a large bridal party in making the pictures look polished but still natural. Since our wedding, I have recommended Colin to my friends that are in the process of planning a wedding and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.
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