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chicago wedding photography packages
By now you’re probably realizing that there’s a huge variety in Chicago wedding photographers and packages. When you work with us, you can count on personalized attention, stress-free experience and, of course, breathtaking photos that allow you to relive your favorite moments forever. So what differentiates Wasabi Photography?
Real Wedding Photojournalism
My entire approach is built on my background in photojournalism. Real wedding photojournalism is more than just a trendy style. I actually worked as a photojournalist at daily newspapers for the first six years of my career and it’s influenced everything about how I cover weddings.
You can count on us to put you and your guests at ease and be ready for every moment. I love documenting all the emotions of the day – the joy, the laughter and even the tears. You can read more about how we tell stories, anticipate moments, put people at ease and are prepared for anything here.
We shoot every wedding with two photographers. To be clear my second photographers aren’t just assistants or beginning students – they’re experienced professionals with similar backgrounds and share my documentary approach. Having two photographers lets us capture both the action (you walking down the aisle) and the reaction (the look on their face). It also lets us be in two places at the same time, for example, if you’re getting ready in different locations.
what does full day coverage mean?
When I began photographing weddings more than 10 years ago, I brought the photojournalism mantra of “get there early, and stay late,” to my coverage approach. When covering news events, often the most interesting moments (and photos) came in the times before or after the main event. I thought it only natural to show up for all the hair, makeup and getting ready activities. And I never left after toasts or first dances – the party is part of the story too.
Eventually, I noticed that most other photographers were pricing their wedding photography packages in hourly bundles. This never really made sense to me. First, I want to be able to tell the whole story of your day and there’s just no way to do that if I’m not there for it. Second, I don’t expect couples to know their full timelines a year in advance. Couples will often underestimate or try to fit everything into the photographer’s limited time window. I want you to plan your day without worrying whether I’ll be there to capture it.
And finally, I can only photograph one wedding a day. Once I’m booked for a Saturday, even if it’s just a few hours, I can’t schedule another wedding. So it only makes sense to set everyone up for success and plan to be there for the full day.
In almost every case, a full wedding day timeline in Chicago is 10 to 12 hours. So I say “up to 12 hours” as a reasonable starting point and include that in all wedding photography collections. But if you know you’re doing a special exit at the end of the night or are planning an especially long day, just let me know and we’ll work together to make sure we’re there.
what is included in the collections?
As part of my simplified pricing approach, I include everything you need and nothing you don’t. You won’t find inflated prices for wall prints – or complicated print credits. I offer three collections. A base collection with the essentials, a premium collection that adds an engagement session, and a luxury collection that adds an engagement session and a 10″ custom book. You can see a breakdown of our wedding photography packages below:
Weddings on peak dates and holidays and weddings with extensive travel (usually involving flights or hotel stays) may be priced higher. Contact us for detailed pricing information.