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Chicago Freelance Photographers

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Carrie Leah Photography
5.0
from 98 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa A.
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Carrie is awesome. I can tell you that, as a professional photographer myself, I am choosy about who I let do my photos. But, she is fantastic and did a wonderful job for us! I highly recommend her!

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 94 reviews
  • 186 hires on Thumbtack
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Marge V.
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Agnes arrived early. Emil happened to be along so we had TWO photographers! They were so professional and captured everything we asked and much more. They filled the entire two hours of the contract with a constant stream of photos. We were so satisfied we cut the cake early and let Agnes go on to her next event -- we couldn't imagine anything else to be captured. We'd very highly recommend Emil and Agnes!!

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Kimia Emami
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
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Claudia C.
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I couldn't have asked for a better photographer! Kimia is very professional yet she feels like a very good friend! She will always update you through email/text and I always get a reply from her right away! She took my pictures in downtown Chicago and she picked out beautiful locations to take the photos. I had so much fun with her and I would 100% recommend everyone to hire Kimia!! Not only does she focus on detail, she is also very knowledgable about photography and she knows how to get the perfect natural lighting/angle in every picture. She made me feel comfortable and it was easy to express myself! All the pictures turned out amazing and I have never been more satisfied in the results! Her pricing is also very reasonable compared to other photographers in the area who charge almost double! She is perfect for portraits, weddings, family photoshoots, senior portraits, headshots, etc...! Her work is absolutely amazing and I will definitely be working with her again in the future! Thank you Kimia for a wonderful experience!

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Mike Sansone Photography
5.0
from 65 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
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Lauren R.
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I've had headshots done in my past with not so great photographers so when I was looking of a new photographer I was feeling kinda worried about who to chose but I am beyond thankful my friend recommended Mike Sansone Photography to me! Such an unforgettable experience. Mike is very good at what he does and makes you feel so comfortable/ confident behind the camera! Needless to say if you need new headshots done I highly recommend Mike!!

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  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolyn P.
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Nicole responded to my request for a family photographer on short notice. She was easy to work with and the pictures turned out wonderfully. Would recommend if you are looking for a local photographer!

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Geral oris
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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TOPE F.
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After meeting with several photographers, she was the ONLY one my wife and i liked. Her professionalism is unlike any other - prompt with responses, super creative and pictures came on time.Geraldine has one of the biggest hearts of anyone I have ever met, and I was absolutely honored to have her play such an important role in my wedding. I can't recommend her enough.

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RC Photography Chicago
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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MAYRA M.
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Thank you sooo much Ronald for being at my daughter's event, The pictures are beautiful .! From now on You are the family photographer, as well as a friend, Thanks again! Will be back for a photo session Soon😄

Ekaterina
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Pavel C.
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There are no words to describe the amazing talent of Kate as a photographer. Every picture she took was breathtaking .She is very creative, enthusiastic and so passionate about what she does! She made the whole process enjoyable, natural, and FUN!She has a talent for photography and able to capture every special moment. Her precision to detail is amazing. Kate makes the most authentic, unique, and unforgettable photos.Kate is the best photographer, ever!!!Thank you so much !Can’t wait for future photo session .If you are looking for an energetic, creative and extremely talented photographer, Kate is your girl!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Kate M.
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We hired Mike and Kimberly as photographers for our company event/picnic at the end of June and we were extremely impressed with their work. They were extremely polite and friendly and even with the extreme heat they never slowed down! Mike even went above and beyond and brought his video came and was able to do an aerial time lapse of our event which was awesome! I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a photographer or videographer for their next company event! We will be using them again for sure! Kate ADP

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Life on Prints Associates
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacqueline S.
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Tony was a great photographer, very professional and made everyone feel comfortable to be a subject all the way down to the kids.

Snappybytes
4.7
from 33 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Steve S.
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Could not have had a better experience with a photographer. Harry was responsive to my initial requests, was punctual, took candid and nice quality photos of our events (trust me, this is not always the case, even with professional photographers!), he sent me the pics quickly, and top of all that, he generously donated to our cause!

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Retiro Photography
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole W.
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When I embarked on this idea of getting photos of our company project hundreds of miles away, I initially thought that I would fly to Chicago to take them myself, but then I started adding up the cost of flights, hotel, time, etc. and realized that maybe hiring a local professional photographer would be more cost-effective. I had never hired someone right off of the internet so I was skeptical at first, but hiring Mark was a great decision. He was professional, very responsive and quick, but most importantly the photos that he took are fantastic! He sent sample photos to me within 5 days, which I was able to evaluate and give him feedback on, based on what I was looking for. He asked what I was using them for in oder to supply them to me in the appropriate resolution. Then in a matter of a couple of days he sent me a link with the photos. I love the photos that he took and enjoyed working with him. If I have other projects in Chicago and areas that he travels, I will definitely hire Mark again.

Chicago Portraits
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Kalpana S.
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We hired Chicago Portraits for our wedding and we are so happy that we did! They were very responsive to our needs for multiple events and communicated with us every step of the way. We had Bharani as our photographer, who was eager to understand our vision. We first had a phone conversation to see if Chicago Portraits would fit our needs and once we decided to move forward, Bharani made himself available to meet in person prior to any photo shoot to go over the details. He was very flexible and accommodating to our schedules. Also, we aren't the most comfortable couple in front of the camera, but the photographers put us at ease and even offered suggestions for poses. They were very patient to capture the best photos possible. We're extremely pleased with the results. We intend to hire them again for future events and would highly recommend them to anyone else!

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3Eagles Imagery
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly W.
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Arber is a fantastic photographer! He took photos of two of our properties and they turned out great. He was communicative during the entire process to ensure our needs were being met. He had a quick turnaround time which made our lives much easier in this fast-paced world. I am lucky to have found him through Thumbtack and look forward to the opportunity to work with him again!

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BirdyFinn
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Emily T.
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The experience with Chris was fantastic! Not only is he a consummate professional, but he made the experience so fun, easy and positive. Unlike most family photographers, there was nothing staged. He just let us play and talk, and captured the most magical moments of our family being ourselves. I would highly recommend him to any family who is tired of standing by a picket fence or in front of a backdrop for their family photos. It is truly a unique end product that you will treasure!

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Ryan Gorey Media
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Jack S.
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Ryan was a great asset to our event! He provided excellent pictures and we enjoyed his professionalism! The quality of the pictures was to the highest standards, and his timely matter was great! I would recommend for anyone looking for a photographer in the area!

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eClarke Photography
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mariel I.
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Eric was such a fantastic hire and I highly recommend him for any type of event you're planning for. I reached out last minute for a full day conference and he replied immediately, arrived early the day of, and was a kind and professional presence throughout the day. He took a lot of initiative to be proactive about getting specific shots so I had time to focus on other details instead of checking to make sure he knew where to go. As a photographer myself, I was particularly impressed by the quality of his photos, the unique angles, and candid shots of our participants. We've used them for our website, professional development and partner outreach, and I will use him again in the future.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly D.
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Working with Ryan was a pleasure and I couldn't be happier with the photos he took. Choosing a wedding photographer can seem like a daunting task and I'm glad I found Ryan. Him and his assistant were helpful and creative when taking the pre-wedding photos with just my groom and me, and at the ceremony and reception they were attentive and present to capture every moment. Ryan made the picture-taking process fun, as well, and instead of feeling stiff and awkward with cameras pointed at us my groom and I were at ease and enjoying ourselves. Can't recommend him enough!

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Jamie Link Photography
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sasha E.
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One of the top photographers in the country.

  • 36 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Erika T.
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I occasionally hire photographers to shoot projects where I am not present, and this was one of those instances. A problem I've encountered in the past is getting shots that are different, or not inclusive, of the directions I provided. Not so with Michael! He showed up on time, shot everything I asked for, turned the images around quickly, and delivered high quality work. He has a great eye and excellent technical ability. I would definitely hire him again for any project in his area.

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FrameWork Imaging
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara W.
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Jay was FANTASTIC! Hands down one of the best photographers I've worked with. He is extremely responsive, took great pictures and his turnaround time was so fast. Jay even came back the next day to get outside photos in better light because the sun was out. He goes above and beyond and his pricing is great. I would recommend him to anyone!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want. Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June. Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

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