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Essence Photo & Video

935 W Chestnut St #14, Chicago, IL 60642, USA

About Essence Photo & Video

5 / 5

from reviews

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    Emily T.
    June 29, 2022

    We hired Essence to take pictures for our wedding, and they did an amazing job. They were very organized and Karen was always very prompt with answering questions. We had Ryan Jackson as our photographer, and he did an excellent job using the amount of time we had to get all the photos we wanted, such as family and bridal party photos. He was great at directing and positioning us, especially when we felt like we didn't know how to pose. I'd definitely recommend asking for Ryan to take your pictures!

    jessica stevens
    August 22, 2022

    We hired Essence for our wedding that was supposed to originally happen in 2020. They were very gracious about letting us postpone until July of this year and honored the original contract. Our photographer was Rob and he was absolutely phenomenal! He made us feel comfortable, took great pictures, and even helped with a few minor issues that popped up when we were getting ready. Seriously, he came with a kit that even included a crochet hook to help with buttons. The website was easy to use. The only issue, and a very minor one, is that sometimes it was hard to get a hold of someone by phone as the line immediately goes to a recorded message without much information. Emails were responded to promptly though.

    Bridget Crase
    June 24, 2022

    We used Essence for both our photography and DJ. They were a great service and I'd highly recommend them! Our photographer Peggy was awesome to work with. She made our family photos rub smoothly, and really listened to us to make sure we got the type of photos we wanted (or didn't want.) The photos were beautiful and the turnaround time was quick! Pur dj was great. We gave him a few specific songs and some guidelines, but he filled in the rest. We had some unusual requests he was able to find and he read the room to see what the crow responded to. He kept the party going! The sound system was perfect for our space: clear, but not overwhelmingly loud. We also used their photo booth. The attendant had a lot of props, and kept the photo booth running smoothly. We had our photos quickly too! All around a great business for your wedding services.

    jennifer mlyniec
    March 03, 2021

    My son & daughter-in-law’s wedding was on 02/13/2021 a cold day but I am very pleased with Essence Photography as they took very good care of the wedding party & the Bride & Groom to ensure that they will get the most beautiful pictures for their big day. They did an amazing job with taking the photos & catching beautiful moments for our family to enjoy for the rest of our life & then some. Gave & Elle did an amazing job with catching those beautiful moments and the pictures that you just weren’t expecting but absolutely love.. they truly have an eye to catch the beauty of the wedding.. I also want to thank Peggy the photographer manager who helped me through the whole planning of the wedding and making sure that everything will go off without a hitch. I recommend Essence Photography for your upcoming wedding as they are very professional, caring and absolutely know what & how to capture your beautiful pictures

    B Jannett Evangelista
    June 27, 2020

    We got married on 2-22-2020 and found out about Essence Photo & Video at a bridal expo. There were other photo/video/photobooth vendors there but Essence's booth was very inviting so we decided to stop by. We met Chris and he happily introduced us to their services and showed us their samples and portfolio. We were impressed and proceeded to schedule an appointment to discuss in depth what we wanted for our wedding. At the consultation, Chris was very informative and helpful. He made suggestions based on our wants and needs. For everything we wanted, Chris managed to give us the best deal for photo, video and photobooth. We ended up saving over $2000 by bundling all services versus hiring 3 different companies to do each service. The other companies we spoke to at the expo were charging so much for mediocre work! The communication between us and Essence was wonderful. Throughout the planning process, Kathy and Erik were always prompt with answering all my questions. They helped me with the wedding day timeline to make sure that we stayed focus on all the shots we wanted done at the wedding. We were given several choices for our main photographers and we chose Gabe. We had Patrick as our videographer and Tommy as our 2nd photographer. Both Gabe and Patrick reached out to us about a week before the wedding to discuss timeline and asked what we wanted included in the shots/poses. Gabe, Patrick and Tommy were very professional, friendly and fun. We loved the guys’ personalities and they all made us comfortable and it showed in our photos and videos. I’ve seen pictures where smiles and poses were just so awkward-looking and I think that it has a lot to do with the wedding party not being comfortable with the photo/videographers. We also enjoyed the photo booth. They have an open booth concept so more people could fit and they had a touch screen camera so we and our guests had a lot of fun with that! They also provided really fun props and we enjoyed looking through all of the photobooth pictures the day after the wedding because the attendant left us a USB with all of the photos taken at the booth. A couple of weeks after our wedding the pandemic started and everything shut down. We were afraid that we would not get our pictures and video for a while because of the lockdown and offices being closed but to our surprise we received an email that our proofs were ready almost 2 weeks early and the video not long after that. The pictures and the video were so wonderful! The shots that both photographers took were great and the video captured things that we didn’t see at the wedding. There were some people and portions of the wedding that were important to us that weren’t included in the edited version of the video (we completely understand why they weren’t included since the editor wasn’t at the wedding). I reached out and Chris was so helpful and courteous by getting us in touch with Peggy who handles the designs/editing part of the process. They both quickly made sure that our concerns were addressed and went above and beyond to make sure that our issue was resolved. It was nice to look back and relive our wedding. We are so happy that we went with Essence to capture the most amazing day of our lives. Can’t thank you guys enough for being “our eyes” at the wedding and allowing us to experience our wedding day all over again.

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