Sandra Armenteros Photography

Homewood, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I take a lot of time to get to know my the needs of my clients in order to have their personalities shine through my lens. I understand that photography is a luxury and provide excellent service with top of the line products to each and every customer.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Aside from knowing that my images will be enjoyed for many years, even passed down from one generation to the next, I enjoy being asked to return to document other milestones in my clients' lives. I have families where I have documented weddings, births, christenings, birthdays and graduations. When I walk into their living rooms to install new photography art, I love to see entire walls of my work displayed and cherished by them and their loved ones.

Location

Homewood, IL 60430

Background check

Complete

Years in business

15

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

51

Reviews

25 Reviews
  • Lindsey C. Aug 8, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Taylor S. Jun 18, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    I loved absolutely everything working with Sandra. She was very personable and professional. She was organized and on point with everything. Her pictures are to die for. She is such a delight and her work is amazing. She also has a great sense of humor. She is the perfect photographer.
    Sandra A. Jun 19, 2017

    Oh Taylor!! You and your entire family were so fantastic!! I had an amazing time with you guys. And we made Billy get comfortable with the camera...wahoooo!!!! <3

  • Annalise D. Apr 21, 2017
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy is WONDERFUL! (From a creative bride with high expectations!)
    Sandy is absolutely WONDERFUL! She provided us with stunningly beautiful wedding photos (and engagement photos) - if I do say so myself! Her creative eye captured uniquely candid and posed portraits utilizing the beautiful and unique features of the outdoors (where we did wedding party pictures) and of our venue. The images themselves were very high quality: clear and crisp. I really wanted our pictures to be up-to-date and creative-yet-classy, and that truly were just that. Coordinating with Sandy was quick and casual; she is very accessible and was very flexible in accommodating our out-of-town needs. We knew she would be great to work with after speaking with her on the phone the first time; she is warm and funny, making us feel immediately comfortable. It was no surprise that when we met her for the first time (at our engagement session - highly recommended!) we felt like we already knew her. Sandy accepted that we had hired a videographer and helped us greatly in creating our timeline. Our day was very long, and Sandy was more than willing to coordinate her hours with us, making sure we were covered. I only wish Sandy would have suggested we take a few more portraits (certain "group pictures"); my only wish would be that we could have even more of our beautiful wedding pictures! Definitely hire Sandy. She is completely valuable and I promise you she will exceed your expectations for a photographer! Check it out: https://m.facebook.com/pg/sandraarmenterosphoto/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1538869216128010&ref=page_internal
    Sandra A. Jun 19, 2017

    I just went back to your venue yesterday and kept thinking of how wonderful your day was and how much I wish I could relive it all over again! You and Trevor were an absolute joy to work with!! <3

  • Adriana M. Feb 27, 2017
    Absolutely the Best Photographer
    Our experience with Sandy was incredible. Right from the start, she listened to our requests and ideas, shared suggestions to make our wedding day flow better and even helped us come up with the timeline for the day. My husband and I are very awkward in front of the camera so we were very concerned that our pictures wouldn't look good. We did an engagement session with Sandy and were nervous for the first few minutes, until she started cracking jokes to make us relax. Our engagement pictures turned out so great!! At that point we really knew we were in great hands. On our wedding day, Sandy was attentive and helpful. She captured the day perfectly. We have pictures of things that I didn't know were happening. Not only did she get the formal stuff like the vows and the kiss, but she also photographed reactions from our guests when these things were happening, which was beautiful to see. At the reception, she got right on the dance floor with all the guests to capture some amazing pictures. I can't recommend Sandy enough. She will be photographing my sister's wedding next year and I can't wait to see what she does.
    Sandra A. Feb 27, 2017

    Thank you so much, Adriana! Your wedding to Tom was exactly what weddings should be about: love and family. I enjoyed every moment of your day, especially your vows, which may or may not have made me cry. ;-) I'm looking forward to seeing you again at Ali's wedding next year. xo, Sandy

  • Amay K. Jan 2, 2017
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Not a professional
    Sandra was great during the actual shoot but very unprofessional when actually delivering the pictures. We were told 10 to 15 days for the pictures but we never heard from her. After following up a few times, we finally got our pictures 1.5 months later but never got the prints or the video. The rating is not so much for the delay but for being unprofessional not holding up to the contract.
    Sandra A. Jan 2, 2017

    Let's review... Your session was on May 30th. Your image gallery was created on June 13th, and per instructions, you were to select your favorite image so I could have it sent to the lab for printing. You were also supposed to download all your digital files at that time. There were no additional prints or products with your order. I'm looking at your gallery now and the first time you accessed it was on September 5, then today (January 2). You downloaded your files both days. You have yet to select the image for your print. Yes, I did hold up to my end of the contract. As soon as I receive your image choice, I'll be sure to have it printed and sent to you.

  • Margaret P. Dec 16, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy Rocks!
    Sandy was awesome! She was easy to work with and very open-minded about our unorthodox idea for engagement photos. Neither of us are very comfortable in front of a camera, but she made us feel natural and at ease throughout the whole shoot. She took beautiful photos that we're really happy with, and we can't wait for her to shoot our wedding for us!
    Sandra A. Dec 17, 2016

    Thank you so much, Meg! I had such an amazing time with you guys. It really didn't feel like work. I'm looking forward to your wedding day. It's going to be a giggle-fest!! :-)

  • Cameo P. Nov 15, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Amazing! Looking forward to working with in the future.
    She was amazing to work with! Helped me plan out many details I would have never thought of. Was willing to work with all the aspects I wanted included as well as adding many lovely suggestions as well! Can't wait to work with in the future! ❤️
    Sandra A. Dec 17, 2016

    Thank you so much, Cameo! You've been such a joy from day one!!

  • Jim R. Oct 9, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Great!
    Sandy was great from helping with the day's logistics to being super prepared with thugs I never would have thought of. Definitely a great experience and I highly recommend!
    Sandra A. Dec 17, 2016

    You had one of my favorite proposals ever!! I'm very much looking forward to your wedding day. It's going to be GORGEOUS!!

  • Danielle P. Sep 20, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    A master at her work!
    If I could give Sandy more than 5 stars, she would have all of the stars in the universe. My husband and I could not have asked for a better professional to capture one of the most significant days of our lives than Sandra Armenteros. From the very first call until the last photo was taken, Sandy handled all aspects of planning, directing, and photographing our day with positivity, creativity, and total professionalism. She always made herself available in an extremely reasonable amount of time whenever I had a question. She was also completely open to collaborating on ideas for what kinds of pictures we wished for, which I very much appreciated, and Sandy had no problem with shooting a couple of special request photos the day of. I'll be honest - I am an extremely anxious person, but felt amazingly calm and relaxed as soon as Sandy arrived, and for the rest of what I previously feared would be a stressful day. Sandy is friendly, calm, and very efficient - qualities that I think are beneficial to anyone seeking a wedding photographer. And, of course, the photos - Sandy is truly a master at her work. She perfectly captured not only the look of my wedding, but the feeling. Sandy really focused on capturing aspects of my day that were important to me, and then some, and the photographs that I'll have forever as a result are truly a treasure to me. I cannot praise Sandy and her talent enough!
    Sandra A. Dec 17, 2016

    Awww, Danielle!! You and Cody are so fantastic to work with! I enjoyed working with and for you. It was truly a pleasure to be your photographer. Your images are some of my all-time favorites.

  • Tyrone D. Jun 23, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    To put it simply, Sandy is superb in everything that she does. Our experience with her for our wedding has been nothing short of astonishing. Not only is she exceptional behind the lens, she is sweet, caring, and personable. Sandy took the time to learn all ten members of our wedding party's names which made getting the pictures much easier. She has an artistic eye for what works and how things will look that is just remarkable. She is excellent with young children getting some flawless shots of our 3 year old flower girl, even when she was less than cooperative. The sneak peak pictures we have already received have been getting rave reviews as well. Sandy is extremely reasonably priced for the level or experience and care she provides. On a more personal level, she even reached out when she found out we had a death in our family, not as a photographer, but as someone who cared and was concerned which was extremely touching and refreshing. Sandy did such an excellent job we will be using her for any professional photographic needs from here on out. I can't sing her praises enough! Book her! You will not regret it!
    Sandra A. Jun 27, 2016

    Thank you so much for your feedback. I had an amazing time at your wedding. There was so much love in that room, I was in tears! It was truly a pleasure working with you and Gabe.

  • Joe A. Jun 11, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Wouldn't of wanted any body else. Did a fantastic job.
    Sandra A. Jul 13, 2016

    Thank you so much, Joe! I had such a great time photographing your wedding!!

  • Alicia N. May 25, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy did an amazing job with all of our photography needs. Both Craig and I are a very type A couple that were very particular about the types of photos we wanted, and she was very receptive to everyone thing we wanted and more. For example, we had a list of family/traditional photos that was probably two pages long, and she got every single one of them. We also wanted outdoor photos in the city (mind you it was Jan. and one of the coldest days of year), and she didn't blink an eye about spending an hour outside. Its the little things she does that goes above and beyond other photographers that we contacted. For example, she told all my groomsmen to take their phones out of their pocket during wedding party photos because she didn't want a weird bulge. One of my groomsmen (who happens to be in the wedding catering business) told me later that he has never seen someone so organized. It's the little things like this that most photographers don't think about. She backs up her photos in three different locations, while most other photographers we contacted didn't even do one. I couldn't imagine getting my photos done and then having them be lost. Hands down I will cherish these photos forever!
    Sandra A. May 25, 2016

    OMG! Which of the groomsmen? That's so cool! And I'm so glad I was there to photograph your awesome day. You, Craig and your entire family are amazing! Almost didn't feel the cold weather. Almost ;-) xo, Sandy

  • Shannon schulte O. May 25, 2016
    Sandra was amazing! Her photographs are so wonderful. She went above and beyond on my daughters wedding photos. We would recommend her she had great ideas for pictures
  • Krista P. May 25, 2016
    I love, love, love her work. She is so fun to work with. She is timely with her emails and she got my engagement session done and sent to me within a day after the session! I'm so excited for my wedding!
    Sandra A. May 25, 2016

    I can't begin to tell you how pumped up I am about your wedding!!! We're going to rock it!!!

  • Allison J. May 25, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy responded quickly to my inquiry for a photographer and was very positive and energetic. She also provided referrals, with whom I checked to get further insight. The day of the wedding, Sandy was happy and positive but lacked in providing direction. I expected her to lead the formal pictures by having certain family members share a shot with me and my husband, but this did not happen. We just received our full gallery of photos yesterday and to our dismay, 85% of the pictures are blurry and/or fuzzy. We are unable to blow up any of our formal family pictures as all are too pixelated and faces can't be made out clearly. I've read about these sagas online but felt I had done my research. Unfortunately, my research did not pay off and we are left with photos that are very poor quality. While Sandy has a great demeanor, her lack of experience with shots, focusing, lenses and shutter speed is quite evident in the final product. Unfortunately, good customer service and positivity can't fix poor quality pictures.
    Sandra A. May 25, 2016

    I'm very sad that you're not happy with your images. I do pride myself in providing great memories for my wedding clients and yours are no exception. I was happy to publish them on my blog (http://sandraarmenteros.com/lake-geneva-wisconsin-wedding-ali-tom/) and to deliver them to you.

  • Shannon O. May 24, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy did an excellent job! She worked with our crazy schedule and was very flexible. She was open to ideas of poses and props that I had found, and she also had many fantastic ideas to share. I received my edited photos extremely quick The photos were beautiful!! I would definitely hire sandy again and would recommend that others hire her.
    Sandra A. Jul 13, 2016

    Thanks, Shannon!! It was a crazy but fabulous day and you two were so zen about all the delays!! I'm sure you'll have a fantastic marriage!!! xo, Sandy

  • Carlos A. Mar 29, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy was very responsive to any questions or concerns that I had regarding our session. She was punctual with the time we had agreed on. The pictures were amazing and we were really happy to have her there to capture our special moment. I would highly recommend Sandy to anyone that's looking for a great photographer.
  • Christina N. Feb 20, 2016
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Spencer F. Jan 12, 2016
    Engagement Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy, took wonderful pictures off my engagement to my fiance. She is very professional and I would recommend her to anyone who needs engagement or wedding photos. She will definitely be taking photos at our wedding!
  • Holly H. Nov 14, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
  • Jess B. Oct 18, 2015
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandy was absolutely everything we had hoped for in a photographer. She was extremely helpful, respectful, fun and had a great rapport with the guests. Whenever we needed a photo of something, she was right there; she had great ideas, gave us beautiful photos and all of our guests enjoyed her presence! She went above and beyond our expectations, and I would highly, highly recommend her to any bride!
  • Kara R. Sep 17, 2015
    We had outdoor family portraits done. We went to a forest preserve where she knew exactly the perfect spot to get the perfect shot. Sandra had it all planned out down to the sunset. She made my children feel relaxed and comfortable. She captured some extremely special moments. I'll cherish those photographs forever! I will definitely be calling Sandra again for another session!
  • Dina H. Nov 12, 2014
    Our session went off without a hitch. Sandra knew the location well and where to pose us for the best shots. She helped put us at ease so that we appeared relaxed and natural in our photos. She was even able to get great smiles from our grumpy 9 year old. We had a good time and we are very happy with the finished product. We feel we have a great vareity of poses and settings to chose from. We will definately call on Sandra again!
  • Erica C. Nov 4, 2014
    Wedding Photography
    Verified Review
    Sandra has been very open and professional great personality and friendly. She did a great job on our first shoot and we are definitely excited to see her work for our wedding day. Thanks again Sandra! :)
  • Marisa A. Jul 5, 2014
    Sandra is professional and an expert in her field. Her pictures take photography to a new level. All the pictures she has taken of my family are my favorites. She does a variety of shoots and her suggestions on how to pose or location to shoot are right on. I highly recommend her.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I offer several wedding packages plus an a-la-carte menu.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied photography in school and I attend professional seminars twice per year.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always been very visual and quick reflexes. I started snapping casual pictures when I was a teen and eventually became interested in learning about photography. I was trained 15 years ago and to this day, continue my education by attending seminars on the latest techniques and equipment. I've also had the opportunity of mentoring other photographers.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've photographed elopements with just the couple and officiant, weddings of over 500 guests, and everything in between. Each one of my couples has been amazing and I feel privileged to have been entrusted with the job of creating their first family heirloom.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I had the honor of photographing the wedding of two very popular figures in the Chicago arts world. Their guests included some incredibly talented folks whom I admire. I brought my full team and we did an excellent job for the couple. They were extremely pleased with my work and that of my team.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
For occasions that cannot be re-shot, interview 4-6 photographers. Look at their printed work. See what they're capable of doing. Just checking a website isn't good enough. True image quality can only be evaluated in real prints. Also, ask for at least 5 references from previous clients. A great photographer should be able to produce these right away.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There are a few things to keep in mind to find the right photographer for you. First, the tone of your wedding. Some couples want a big party with lots of fun pictures while others prefer a more romantic and muted tone. Although a good photographer can adapt to any situation, it is better to review each photographer's portfolio to see if you can see yourself in the style of images they capture. It is also important to hire someone who has plenty of experience handling tight schedules, works well with other vendors and who will treat your guests with respect. You should ask for a certificate of insurance, what are the photographer's policies in the event of an emergency that will prevent him/her from being at your wedding, and for at least 5 references from previous couples. Lastly, ask to see samples of print products. Images that look good on a screen may not necessarily look great in print. The quality of the printed product matters since you'll have those images for decades before passing them down to your children and grandchildren.