Getting married in Chicago? This city’s packed with attractions and, with backdrops like the Cloud Gate sculpture, the Willis Tower, and the Lake Michigan shoreline, it’s brimming with tons of fantastic photo ops.

Find the perfect photographer to capture all the most important moments of your Windy City wedding, and you’ll have artfully executed images to last a lifetime. Chicago wedding photographers specialize in ceremonies, celebrations, and everything in between, and each brings unique experiences and insight into wedding day photoshoots.

Essence Weddings

A bride and groom captured by Essence Weddings

With convenient locations in Schaumburg, Orland Park, and Naperville, Essence Photo & Video is a one-stop-shop for all things weddings, most prominently photography and videography. Essence is featured in The Knot’s Best Weddings Hall of Fame and won Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice Award in 2019.

Essence offers fun photo booth services for weddings in addition to traditional photography and videography. You can also book engagement photo sessions with Essence’s professional team.

George Street Photo

A bride and groom share a meaningful moment [Source: George Street Photo]

George Street Photo is one of the most reviewed photography studios on WeddingWire and offers various wedding packages to choose from. The company even has a built-in style test to ensure that you’re going with the right package and professional for your big day. The George Street Photo blog also features the latest trends, deals, and services in the wedding industry.

This popular Chicago wedding photographer is BBB Accredited and top rated on The Knot, and the company mission is to take excellent photos because “some moments are too special to put into words.”

Joshua Harrison Photography

A candid moment captured of a bride and groom [Source: Joshua Harrison Photography]

“I believe that marriages are forever, that memories are more important than likes, and the most important part of every wedding day is the partnership it launches.”

Joshua Harrison Photography is a small Chicago wedding photography team focused on both destination and general venue settings. Josh has taken photos at Navy Pier, Lincoln Park, and Lehmann Mansion, among other destination-style places.

With an array of awards including Expertise’s Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago and WedAward’s International Wedding Photography Award, you can trust Josh to capture your wedding’s memories to the fullest.

Gia Dragoi Photography

A unique shot of a bride and groom on the beach [Source: Gia Dragoi Photography]

Gia Dragoi Photography is a woman-owned photo and video studio specializing in Chicago wedding events. Gia’s motto is “Capturing Unforgettable Moments that Last a Lifetime.” From preparation to the wedding day and through post-production, Gia is there every step of the way for your photography needs.

Gia offers various packages and price points, depending on the range of services you desire, and she can provide wedding, engagement, and surprise proposal photo shoots. Having taken photos from everywhere in Chicago including the Adler Planetarium and Chicago Botanic Garden, Gia has experience in all environments.

Deepwell Photo

A collage of candid wedding shots [Source: Deepwell Photo]

Joe, the owner and operator of Deepwell Photo, has been taking pictures since he was just 11 years old. The name of the company comes from a phrase in Joe’s family, “Go deep, do well.” This is Joe’s philosophy when it comes to wedding photography.

“I think the real value in photography is in capturing the little moments of connection, love, frustration, trepidation, smiles.”

Joe believes photography should stand the test of time, commemorate the little things, and stand for authenticity. Having been among WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award for multiple years since 2014, you can trust Joe to expertly capture every moment of your wedding.

TWA Photographic Artists

A groom embraces his bride [Source: TWA Photographic Art]

A recurring winner of The Knot’s Best of Weddings Award as well as a member of their Hall of Fame, and honored by WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice Award, TWA Photographic Artists has built up quite the reputation in Chicago.

TWA Photographic Artists help with every single step of the wedding photography process, from engagement photos to day-of shots and crafting the photo album to keep forever. Their website also features a blog with articles on specific couples’ experiences, destination locations, and more.

Jolie Images Photography & Video

A bridal party displays their bouquets [Source: Jolie Images]

Jolie Images is a high-quality, budget-friendly Chicago wedding photography studio that's been featured on theweddingchannel.com and in The Knot’s Best of Weddings. The company started decades ago as a professional photo lab and has since expanded into a full-service photography studio serving Chicago.

Jolie Images' in-house lab access sets them apart from other studios and allows them to offer professional photography services at a fraction of the price.

Kevin Kienitz Photography

An artistic collage of wedding settings [Source: Kevin Kienitz Photography]

Kevin Kienitz Photography is owned and operated by its namesake in Chicago as well as certain destinations. The company has been featured on Chi the Wed and Modern Luxury Weddings as a photographer to watch.

Kevin specializes in elopements, engagements, and proposals. Kevin’s philosophy is to capture every special moment of your wedding so you can focus on enjoying each minute.

“Great wedding photography is more than just pretty images, it is the preservation of once-in-a-lifetime moments.”

Nkairo Photography

A black-and-white shot of a bride's dress being buttoned [Source: Nkairo]

The Nkairo photography studio specializes in weddings and private, intimate moments. Its namesake, Njeri Kairo, has an extensive portfolio of wedding photography ranging in destinations and diversity.

Featured on The Knot, Nkairo has sparkling reviews on various platforms and the studio's site features blog posts providing a peek into their comprehensive services.

Njeri believes that her purpose in life is to capture magical moments through her viewfinder. Nkairo Photography will capture every second of your wedding, providing memories that last forever.

Mémoires en Or

Colorful, creative wedding scenes [Souce: Memoires en Or]

Mémoires en Or is a fine art photography studio specializing in wedding shoots. The company's philosophy is to “create painterly images that feel like magic and transport you back in time.”

Owner Mouna is also a classical musician and extremely passionate about creating artistic images that feel like a painting and a nostalgic memory all in one. She highlights that her experience in other art forms has only supplemented her photographic ability.

Mouna’s mission is to capture your wedding’s memories while adding a dynamic artist’s touch.

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