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West Chicago Wedding Cinematographers

Browse these wedding cinematographers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in West Chicago.

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Studio Souza
4.8
from 129 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 332 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marissa K.
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Studio Souza did photography for my wedding!! She did awesome! My family and bridal party was not easy to work with But she was able to manage around them and do what she does best!! Pictures turned out great. I will be dropping her name in the future for anyone looking for a photographer.

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JZ Studio
4.9
from 107 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa M.
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Our experience with JZ studio wedding photography was fantastic! Not only is he a consummate professional, but they made the experience so fun, easy and positive. I would highly recommend him to any family or couples who is looking of standing by a picket fence or in front of a backdrop for their family photos or for a wedding event. It is truly a unique end product that you will treasure!

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Carrie Leah Photography
5.0
from 99 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
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Ben S.
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Hired Carrie to do photography for a wedding, and she did a marvelous job. We contacted her on relatively short notice, and she drove out from Chicago to the suburbs to meet up with us and discuss our questions and provide examples from her portfolio for us to see. She was a joy to meet, answered all our questions and seemed to have the exact style we were looking for, so we hired her. She came early the day of the wedding and took lots of prep shots, and was basically invisible during the ceremony and reception. (In fact, we had multiple people tell us that they didn't even know we had a photographer, or that they'd forgotten we'd hired one at all because they just didn't notice her -- she blended in so well and never got in the way of anything.) The photos themselves were absolutely fantastic, and she shared the first half of them (ceremony/family/bridal party photos) with us within a month of the wedding, and the second half (reception photos) followed about a week later. Very prompt! She was professional, responsive, and all-around amazing. I would definitely recommend her for any event, but from personal experience, she definitely knows what she's doing with weddings. Thank you Carrie!

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
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Justin D.
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Visual Ettiquette's lead photographer, Emil, is an AMAZING photographer and choosing to work with him was one of the best decisions about our wedding!!! My wife and I hired Emil to shoot our photos for our recent wedding in Downtown Chicago. First off, Emil is hands down a great guy who talked with us over the phone before the wedding discussing all the details of our wedding day and offered up some great suggestions for where to shoot around the city. On the day of the wedding he promptly arrived on time, even with all of the crazy Chicago traffic that morning. His warm heart, charming personality, and artistic eye made shooting with him super fun and relaxed. Shooting with him was actually one of the highlights of our day when we went around Chicago getting photographed in the snow around Grant Park and the Planetarium. I can still remember Emil running around (yes actually running) in order to find all the artistic angles to take our photos. He even stood on frozen Lake Michigan to get us the best shots of what ended up looking like photos the wedding photos of our dreams. Oh yeah and for all this, he is 1/4 the price we were quoted by other artistic photographers. Emil gets my wife and I's highest recommendation!!! If you want top notch artistic wedding photography that is still affordable, Emil is your guy! I never knew my wife could be such a supermodel until Emil photographed her!

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  • 27 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
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Natalie P.
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Carl was amazing! He helped us plan, provided last minute lighting, and had the dance floor packed! Carl, thank you for being such an important part of our wedding! - ❤️The McCormacks!

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Martika Photography, LLC
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
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Dawn O.
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Martina did a fantastic job on my daughter's wedding. I could not be more pleased. It was the only thing that went right during her wedding. The groom's family did their best to sabotage the wedding. Martika's calm presence made the situation less devastating for us, even when the Mom was yelling out inappropriate comments during the ceremony. I could never have made it through the event without her. She spent time getting to know us and came away feeling like we made a friend and not just a photographer. She did an excellent job of explaining to my skeptical unknowledgeable daughter the services that were available to her so that the pictures told her story. She checked out the event site the day before and they both became more comfortable with her and the camera. She responded very well despite the constant conflict from the grooms family making this event devastating and unbearable for myself, the mother of the bride. No one could have done a better job under these terrible circumstances. Martina truly went way above and beyond given this unfortunate situation.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah P.
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From start to finish Nikki was positive and professional to work with and our wedding photos came out exactly the way we wanted! She took great care in researching beautiful locations in our area, planning for the forecasted rain, and making sure we were comfortable. All of the careful planning shows in the gorgeous photos we received. We could not recommend Nikki more highly if you are looking for a photographer to capture a private/intimate ceremony.

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Geral oris
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Lama A.
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Words cannot do the justice of how breathtaking the pictures were! Geraldine was our photographer for my bridal shower and we did a photoshoot before the actual shower. The photos turned out absolutely amazing!! She was there, on time, so excited and just gave us such positive vibes. We truly enjoyed working with her. She let us be ourselves but took absolutely stunning GQ type shots as well. I wish I had known of her before because she is honestly one of the best photographers in Chicago. If you’re looking for one and ran across her page. Look no more! We had at least 10% of the people attending asking us about her name and info because they absolutely loved her work!!

Elite DJ Service
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
David T.
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We used Cesar for our wedding and he did an awesome job. He worked with our special requests, and kept the dance floor full all night. He was very easy to work with, we would definitely use him again for another party.

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The Maestro Media
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
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Lydia P.
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Isaiah did an AMAZING job filming my wedding!! My family loves to watch the video and reminisce and relive the whole day! I couldn't be happier with all of his work for our special day!!

DOVTOGRAPHIE
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Allison Z.
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We had Dovtographie video our wedding, and we couldn't be happier! Dov was an absolute pleasure to work with leading up to the wedding, on the day of, and afterwards as well. His cheerful and kind demeanor and knowledge of his craft made him the perfect videographer for us. And the fact that he did some drone videography was a really neat added bonus that the guests all thought was really cool.It seems clear that customer satisfaction is his number one goal, and we are very satisfied customers!

Halo Fine Art Photography
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Gar O.
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Both Mile and Irena were wonderful to work with....The moment I contacted them for a quote they were responsive and professional. Our family photo shoot not only went smoothly but the pictures were amazing! They're so creative with their unique staging ideas and make you feel so comfortable. Our boys started to get antsy and they were so patient and even entertained them while making sure we got all our shots. They had our photos ready for us very quickly! We also rented one of their photo booths for our son's birthday and brother's wedding. All the guests loved it! Such s fun touch. I would highly recommend using halo photography for photos and all event needs. They're the best!!!

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BirdyFinn
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Alicia J.
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If you want professional and the best quality that a picture can offer then look no further. The artistic creativity that he has except no substitute with Chris the picture speaks unlimited volumes. Punctual and an eye for detail, thank you so much you made our wedding last for years to come with the moment's you captured, just wonderful.

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L Christine Photography
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary L.
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Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our experience with Lauren! She went above and beyond being a photopher. Her positive attitude, the help she gave with other details, her suggestions of things I would have never even thought about...she in a word was amazing! The photos we've seen so far surpass anything I could have expected. Candid, sweet, fun moments. Thoughtful, endearing pictures that speak a thousand words. Ifor ever I need a photographer again, if I ever hear of someone needing a photographer...she will definitely be my recommendation. She made my wedding day a fairy tale!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda C.
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I found Ryan on Thumbtack and between offering to take photos with his drone and his palpable excitement for shooting our venue, it was a no brainer to hire him. Ryan and his second shooter were really great! They showed up at the hotel where we were getting ready and immediately got started! We were running a bit behind and requested a late checkout of the hotel. An hour after what was supposed to be our already late checkout, we were still there - luckily, it turned out that Ryan was the next guest to stay in the room so he was very accommodating letting us stay late! Ryan’s team did an awesome job on the few pictures I’ve seen so far - I’m SO excited to see the rest! My husband made multiple comments about how they seemed to be everywhere at once capturing our memories so we could enjoy the day! They even pulled us away a few times during the reception to get more shots during the sunset that turned out absolutely beautiful! Not only did they do an incredible job of directing us and our bridal party for the group photos (which I’m sure was like herding cats) but they truly went above and beyond by bringing some fun props (smoke bombs and sparklers). Those photos turned out great and I’m so thankful that they had the foresight to bring them! The day went by so fast. Ryan, thank you so much for being there to preserve it! Ps I’m not sure why the photos are uploading sideways...sorry!

  • 12 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Shasta F.
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I do not have the pictures as the wedding was just 2 days ago, but the experience of working with these two was wonderful. They were both down to earth, friendly, yet professional.

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Studio Soo | Chicago Baby
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Heewon S.
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Really love this place and highly recommend Soo Studio !! I visited Chicago from MN because I had to add a photo on my resume. Pretty sure he is a great photographer not only for wedding, but also portrait photo. I had to wear shirt and jacket for my photo ID, but unfortunately I didn't have one. However, thankfully he lent me his shirts and jackets so I could take great photos. He is also very professional doing post-editing. Very professional, nice and friendly. I really thanks for great photos. want to give this place 10 stars !!

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Stand Still Photography
4.4
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie O.
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Jeff and his wife were amazing and captured the most amazing pictures of my wedding! I would highly recommend Stand Still to anyone of my friends or family! Can’t wait to hire them again for my maternity and newborn pictures!

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Will Fedanzo Videography
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Emily L.
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Will was our wedding videographer. He is talented at his craft, easy to talk to, and willing to create a product that encompasses his artistic style as well as his client's wishes. We love our video and enjoy sharing it with friends and family!

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Wanda Kachler
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica B.
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Wanda Lynne photography made my wedding day memorable forever! She made us feel so comfortable and was open to all our our photo op ideas as well as giving great instruction. I would recommend her for any event!

Monroe Street Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer K.
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Ashley is absolutely amazing! I am a makeup artist and worked with her on a styled bridal shoot recently. Her photos are literally stunning!!!! She has such a sweet personality and drive to make every shot “just so”. I get so many compliments on the photos we worked on together too! I wholeheartedly trust Ashley to make any special event even more special with her beautiful photos. She really is amazing - just look at her portfolio!! :)

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a videographer and what do they do?

A videographer professionally films weddings and other events and edits the footage to create film keepsakes or marketing materials for their clients. Wedding videographers record all the key elements of your wedding day, ceremony and reception, and then edit the hours of film during post-production to make a wedding video, social media highlight reels, and any other film features you choose. Wedding videography captures, in live action, your vows, the cake-cutting, the first dance, reception toasts, the decor, the guests and all the details of your day. Many wedding videographers also interview guests (based on an interview list provided by the couple) and incorporate the recorded responses into the wedding video. Event videography typically costs less than wedding videography, as events are shorter with less detail. The national average cost for event videography is $500-$760, while the national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. A videographer usually does not need to be licensed, but it is important to confirm they have insurance and good standing in the business community, as well as good client reviews. A great majority of the work happens during post-production. The pros watch and blend together the hours of footage they took (sometimes from multiple cameras) to capture the story of your wedding day or event.

How do you choose a wedding videographer?

A wedding videographer will create a lifetime memory for you from edited video footage of your wedding day, ceremony and reception. Choosing a wedding videographer starts with looking online at portfolios of their past work. There’s no need to talk to anyone unless you love what you see. Next, make sure they have good reviews and past client experience; don’t be shy about asking for references if there aren’t any posted online. When you find someone who has a style you love, ask if they are available on your wedding day. If so, it’s time to talk pricing. Be clear about your maximum budget, and ask what kind of packages they offer. Pricing will depend on the number of crew needed for filming, the hours they are required to be onsite, post-production editing, and the length of the final product. Talk with several wedding videographers to get a feel for what prices are like in your region. Nationally, the average cost for wedding videography ranges between $990 and $1,260 per event. Once you agree on a product and have a plan, get everything in a written and signed contract. Clearly state the details of what is expected for your wedding day and from the final product. Be prepared to pay a deposit to reserve their services for the day, then pay the remainder upon receiving the video.

What should you ask your wedding videographer before hiring?

Finding the perfect wedding videographer doesn’t have to be stressful. Asking a few key questions upfront will help you find the right fit for your big day. Before talking with wedding videographers, research their work online. Look at their websites, business profiles and social media, and see what their finished wedding videos look like. If the style fits what you’re envisioning, it’s time to reach out. During initial contact, make sure you get along with the person. This is important since they’ll be interacting with you and your guests.

Your first question should be about their availability; there’s no point in going further if they’re booked on your wedding day. Ask to see references if they’re not readily available online. Next, it’s time to talk about money. Ask how they determine rates or what kind of packages they offer. When you settle on a rate and the services you want, make sure to have a written contract that outlines everything, including cost, length of time they film, what post-production will include, and when you can expect to receive the edited project.

How much is videography for a wedding?

Wedding videography is one thing many couples regret not paying for. It may seem like just another expense during wedding planning, but it’s really special to have a moving memory of your big day. The national average cost for wedding videography is $990-$1,260. Pricing can vary depending on wedding length, special film features, the amount of editing required, and how many videographers are needed to cover the event. Many videographers offer packages that provide different levels of service. A very simple wedding documentary could be $600 or more, while a full-scale cinematic experience involving multiple videographers could be $2,500 or more. Here’s an example of average package pricing:

  • Package 1: $1,400
    • Footage during and after the ceremony, including highlights requested by the couple.
    • Two cameras with audio equipment.
    • DVD including a 3- or 4-minute edit to a song of the couple’s choice and a 45- to 50-minute raw edit covering the entire event.
    • Recordings of guests’ good wishes to the couple.
  • Package 2: $1,800
    • Includes everything from Package 1, plus an additional videographer (2 total) and aerial videography.  

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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