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Chad Bosma Photography

Grand Rapids , MI

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1115 Taylor #303, 1115 Taylor #303
Grand Rapids, MI US 49503 (map)
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.3/5.0
What I received on one single low resolution jpeg disk was disposable camera quality. Not only did Chad not know how to get to any of the locations or photography sites, Chad failed to capture any of the photos I specifically asked for. From SPELLING OUR LAST NAME WRONG, to cropping out any of the phenomenal backgrounds in the photos, taking all our wedding party pictures in front of a giant rust stain, missing every photo of us with our guests as we greeted them and using one lenses for 95% of the photos with no adjustment in lighting or flash, I still cry every single time I look at my pictures because of how disappointed I am and will not share them with family and friends.
I choose Chad because on the phone he was very convincing that he was on the same page as I was with artistic photography, assured me that he knew the area of Michigan we were getting married in, and he was flexible on time and did respond to my emails. However, he did not know the area, had to be directed all day and night as we spent our time attempting to redirect him on taking photos that every professional photographer knows to take and not just focusing on the one dancing guest with short dress. Getting married in the most beautiful venue, a photographers dream, my main concern was photos that captured that astonishing detail of our wedding, nature, and most importantly my husband and I as we married.....WE HAVE NOT ONE PHOTO FROM CHAD THAT I WOULD FRAME. Working for over a year on our wedding I am so grateful to have an amazing marriage and a wedding that was perfect. However, I am currently paying someone to work on the lighting, exposure, and attempting to photoshop the pictures into something close to what I asked for and of professional quality.
When contacting Chad about this he said he did what I asked, but must have spelt our name wrong and that we had 1500 great photos. He cashed the check with our name spelt right ok, but unfortunately there are NO QUALITY photos.
What I received on one single low resolution jpeg disk was disposable camera quality. Not only did Chad not know how to Read more...
What I received on one single low resolution jpeg disk was disposable camera quality. Not only did Chad not know how to get to any of the locations or photography sites, Chad failed to capture any of the photos I specifically asked for. From SPELLING OUR LAST NAME WRONG, to cropping out any of the phenomenal backgrounds in the photos, taking all our wedding party pictures in front of a giant rust stain, missing every photo of us with our guests as we greeted them and using one lenses for 95% of the photos with no adjustment in lighting or flash, I still cry every single time I look at my pictures because of how disappointed I am and will not share them with family and friends.
I choose Chad because on the phone he was very convincing that he was on the same page as I was with artistic photography, assured me that he knew the area of Michigan we were getting married in, and he was flexible on time and did respond to my emails. However, he did not know the area, had to be directed all day and night as we spent our time attempting to redirect him on taking photos that every professional photographer knows to take and not just focusing on the one dancing guest with short dress. Getting married in the most beautiful venue, a photographers dream, my main concern was photos that captured that astonishing detail of our wedding, nature, and most importantly my husband and I as we married.....WE HAVE NOT ONE PHOTO FROM CHAD THAT I WOULD FRAME. Working for over a year on our wedding I am so grateful to have an amazing marriage and a wedding that was perfect. However, I am currently paying someone to work on the lighting, exposure, and attempting to photoshop the pictures into something close to what I asked for and of professional quality.
When contacting Chad about this he said he did what I asked, but must have spelt our name wrong and that we had 1500 great photos. He cashed the check with our name spelt right ok, but unfortunately there are NO QUALITY photos. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I would like to comment and confront the last comment made by the bride from her July 6, 2013 wedding. I personally attended her wedding and am horrified by the comment she left on wedding wire about her photography!!! I believe she had high expectations of her day and was in a bad mood from the start. Her statement that she hasn't shown her photos to any family/friends and that she doesn't like ANY of her photos is inacurate...given she inquired about having a few pictures blown up in size. Also the comment that Chad spent most the evening taking pictures of the same "girl in a short skirt" on the dance floor is exagerated (she is the wife of one of the groomsmen, and her shirt was below the knee). I feel bad he is getting an undeserved bad rep from a bitter bride.....I felt compelled to explain.
I would like to comment and confront the last comment made by the bride from her July 6, 2013 wedding. I personally Read more...
I would like to comment and confront the last comment made by the bride from her July 6, 2013 wedding. I personally attended her wedding and am horrified by the comment she left on wedding wire about her photography!!! I believe she had high expectations of her day and was in a bad mood from the start. Her statement that she hasn't shown her photos to any family/friends and that she doesn't like ANY of her photos is inacurate...given she inquired about having a few pictures blown up in size. Also the comment that Chad spent most the evening taking pictures of the same "girl in a short skirt" on the dance floor is exagerated (she is the wife of one of the groomsmen, and her shirt was below the knee). I feel bad he is getting an undeserved bad rep from a bitter bride.....I felt compelled to explain. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.7/5.0
Judging by the reviews, people seem to love Chad Bosma's photography skills or hate them. I, unfortunately, would be on the "unimpressed" wagon. In researching wedding photographers I chose Chad based on his website and artistic quality photos. What I got was more of his "photojournalistic" photos-- which basically means a lot of random pics taken of guests in "candid moments". He even tried to do some posed photos in surrounding locations...they ended up with poor lighting, sunlight directly in our faces (read squinty faces of the bride and groom) or in shaded areas with strange shadows of trees over our faces. It's pretty bad when the pictures I got of the day that I LOVED were from a Cannon Rebel Series SLR that a guest took. EEK! Needless to say I was super pumped to pay him $1800 for nothing. (not) No touch ups. No cool artistic photos. No offer of refund when given complaint. No offer to do touch ups when given complaint. No flexibility...just a "sorry you feel that way". Luckily guests did get some great pics of my fabulous day...which I am so thankful for. Just wish I would have known before throwing that money away
Judging by the reviews, people seem to love Chad Bosma's photography skills or hate them. I, unfortunately, would be on Read more...
Judging by the reviews, people seem to love Chad Bosma's photography skills or hate them. I, unfortunately, would be on the "unimpressed" wagon. In researching wedding photographers I chose Chad based on his website and artistic quality photos. What I got was more of his "photojournalistic" photos-- which basically means a lot of random pics taken of guests in "candid moments". He even tried to do some posed photos in surrounding locations...they ended up with poor lighting, sunlight directly in our faces (read squinty faces of the bride and groom) or in shaded areas with strange shadows of trees over our faces. It's pretty bad when the pictures I got of the day that I LOVED were from a Cannon Rebel Series SLR that a guest took. EEK! Needless to say I was super pumped to pay him $1800 for nothing. (not) No touch ups. No cool artistic photos. No offer of refund when given complaint. No offer to do touch ups when given complaint. No flexibility...just a "sorry you feel that way". Luckily guests did get some great pics of my fabulous day...which I am so thankful for. Just wish I would have known before throwing that money away Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Chad was amazing. He took wonderful photos, he was flexible and on-time, very professional, and great to work with. I would definitely recommend him!
Chad was amazing. He took wonderful photos, he was flexible and on-time, very professional, and great to work with. I Read more...
Chad was amazing. He took wonderful photos, he was flexible and on-time, very professional, and great to work with. I would definitely recommend him! Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Chad was wonderful to work with. I knew after seeing my sister's wedding photos that I had to have him myself! He was not pushy at all with our wedding party and guests and he took awesome candid shots. He was completely open to my ideas and we were able to get a large variety of photos to pick from. The greatest thing about Chad is that he takes over a thousand photos and gives you the rights to every single one of them. It's a little bit of work going through all of them, but I loved having the ability to pick and choose without having to purchase them individually. He is worth every penny. I would recommend him a million times over!
Chad was wonderful to work with. I knew after seeing my sister's wedding photos that I had to have him myself! He was not Read more...
Chad was wonderful to work with. I knew after seeing my sister's wedding photos that I had to have him myself! He was not pushy at all with our wedding party and guests and he took awesome candid shots. He was completely open to my ideas and we were able to get a large variety of photos to pick from. The greatest thing about Chad is that he takes over a thousand photos and gives you the rights to every single one of them. It's a little bit of work going through all of them, but I loved having the ability to pick and choose without having to purchase them individually. He is worth every penny. I would recommend him a million times over! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Chad Bosma was a pleasure to work with! Our wedding party, family, and guests absolutely loved him! He was professional and friendly. He was always prompt in responding to questions or ideas as well. We received our pictures less than 3 weeks from our wedding date and they were amazing! I can't tell you how many times we have looked at them. I highly recommend Chad Bosma to any bride and groom! You will love him and your pictures guaranteed! -

Sarah and Ryan 7.20.12
Chad Bosma was a pleasure to work with! Our wedding party, family, and guests absolutely loved him! He was professional Read more...
Chad Bosma was a pleasure to work with! Our wedding party, family, and guests absolutely loved him! He was professional and friendly. He was always prompt in responding to questions or ideas as well. We received our pictures less than 3 weeks from our wedding date and they were amazing! I can't tell you how many times we have looked at them. I highly recommend Chad Bosma to any bride and groom! You will love him and your pictures guaranteed! -

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Amy
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Chad provided excellent service to us. He arrived on time and treated the wedding party, family and guests with courtesy and respect. The pictures were amazing and I know for a fact that he worked diligently the entire time.
Chad provided excellent service to us. He arrived on time and treated the wedding party, family and guests with courtesy Read more...
Chad provided excellent service to us. He arrived on time and treated the wedding party, family and guests with courtesy and respect. The pictures were amazing and I know for a fact that he worked diligently the entire time. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Chad was so great to work with. I initially discovered him by seeing him work another wedding at the venue where were going to have our wedding. I really liked the mix of formal and photojournalistic in his work - which is what I received.

I knew that we were going to need to stay close to our venues when it came time to take pictures so having someone that knew the area so well (he is local GR) was very beneficial.

Super easy to work with - knows what he is doing for sure! I was worried I wouldn’t get all the shots that I wanted because he works alone but he captured every moment and then some. I did provide him with a timeline and shot list which he appreciated.

I think the picture quality you get for the money you pay is awesome. He gives you discs of your pictures with the copyright release so you are able to save money by being able to print the ones you actually want but you still get to see/keep all of them digitally.

Chad comes in when you want him to and will not leave until all the major "moments" are over - very thorough and highly recommended!
Chad was so great to work with. I initially discovered him by seeing him work another wedding at the venue where were Read more...
Chad was so great to work with. I initially discovered him by seeing him work another wedding at the venue where were going to have our wedding. I really liked the mix of formal and photojournalistic in his work - which is what I received.

I knew that we were going to need to stay close to our venues when it came time to take pictures so having someone that knew the area so well (he is local GR) was very beneficial.

Super easy to work with - knows what he is doing for sure! I was worried I wouldn’t get all the shots that I wanted because he works alone but he captured every moment and then some. I did provide him with a timeline and shot list which he appreciated.

I think the picture quality you get for the money you pay is awesome. He gives you discs of your pictures with the copyright release so you are able to save money by being able to print the ones you actually want but you still get to see/keep all of them digitally.

Chad comes in when you want him to and will not leave until all the major "moments" are over - very thorough and highly recommended! Read less
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pufferdown
Wedding:
10/1/2010
5.0/5.0
I am actually also a wedding photographer, so I was very nervous to trust someone else with my wedding photos. I looked for a long time until I found Chad. He is firendly, professional, a hard worker just like me (never takes a break and lounges while things happen around him), and very responsive, open to creativity, and was great with the guests. He knew how to joke and ligthen the mood with the formal posed shots that are normally awful to get through, but he didn't talk too much. He was on time for the day, stayed until everything was well documented, made sure it was okay to leave, and had our pictures to us within two weeks following the wedding - amazing! There were about 1100 photos to go through, and I narrowed it down to 575 that I liked. As always there were some that we didnt get that day, but that is what happens with weddings. I am very happy with my beautiful record of a perfect day, and very pleased with Chad's services. He is very reasonably priced and provides the client with all the digital images on CD rom and the copyright permissions to reprint as many as you want where ever you choose. I am making an album on Shutterfly, or he will make one for you if that is not your thing. He has an artistic and edgy flair to his photos that really captured the day in a realisitic light. We did most of the photos before the wedding, which was AWESOME!!! I know there is so much behind the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding, but it was actually more special to have Chad find a beautiful location on the property where Nick waited for me and our immediate family could watch as I walked up a hill and around the corner of the barn. We huged, I cired, he gave me a rose, and we were just able to take it all in on our own time. The rest of the day was so much more relaxed without the stress of having to worry if we got all the photos we wanted to get. We did take more after the wedding, but we were able to talke more with our guests and enjoy the party by getting the family shots done before the wedding. Thank you, Chad!
I am actually also a wedding photographer, so I was very nervous to trust someone else with my wedding photos. I looked Read more...
I am actually also a wedding photographer, so I was very nervous to trust someone else with my wedding photos. I looked for a long time until I found Chad. He is firendly, professional, a hard worker just like me (never takes a break and lounges while things happen around him), and very responsive, open to creativity, and was great with the guests. He knew how to joke and ligthen the mood with the formal posed shots that are normally awful to get through, but he didn't talk too much. He was on time for the day, stayed until everything was well documented, made sure it was okay to leave, and had our pictures to us within two weeks following the wedding - amazing! There were about 1100 photos to go through, and I narrowed it down to 575 that I liked. As always there were some that we didnt get that day, but that is what happens with weddings. I am very happy with my beautiful record of a perfect day, and very pleased with Chad's services. He is very reasonably priced and provides the client with all the digital images on CD rom and the copyright permissions to reprint as many as you want where ever you choose. I am making an album on Shutterfly, or he will make one for you if that is not your thing. He has an artistic and edgy flair to his photos that really captured the day in a realisitic light. We did most of the photos before the wedding, which was AWESOME!!! I know there is so much behind the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding, but it was actually more special to have Chad find a beautiful location on the property where Nick waited for me and our immediate family could watch as I walked up a hill and around the corner of the barn. We huged, I cired, he gave me a rose, and we were just able to take it all in on our own time. The rest of the day was so much more relaxed without the stress of having to worry if we got all the photos we wanted to get. We did take more after the wedding, but we were able to talke more with our guests and enjoy the party by getting the family shots done before the wedding. Thank you, Chad! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/3/2008
5.0/5.0
Chad is AWESOME!! We have not yet seen our pictures but we have no doubt we will love them. He has a brilliant and unique style that was exactly what we were looking for. He is very professional and always quick to respond to e-mails and phone calls. He was brilliant to work with on our wedding day. He had his hands full with our wedding party, especially after the guys accidentally left him behind at the hotel before the ceremony, and guests on the trolley between the ceremony and the reception. Despite all of that, he was always on the ball and very professional. We got many compliments on him from our guests. Most of all, we appreciated that he was caring about what we wanted as well as intent on capturing all our memories. We would highly recommend him to anyone!
Chad is AWESOME!! We have not yet seen our pictures but we have no doubt we will love them. He has a brilliant and unique Read more...
Chad is AWESOME!! We have not yet seen our pictures but we have no doubt we will love them. He has a brilliant and unique style that was exactly what we were looking for. He is very professional and always quick to respond to e-mails and phone calls. He was brilliant to work with on our wedding day. He had his hands full with our wedding party, especially after the guys accidentally left him behind at the hotel before the ceremony, and guests on the trolley between the ceremony and the reception. Despite all of that, he was always on the ball and very professional. We got many compliments on him from our guests. Most of all, we appreciated that he was caring about what we wanted as well as intent on capturing all our memories. We would highly recommend him to anyone! Read less
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Bride081708
Wedding:
8/17/2008
2.8/5.0
Shows you a lot of editing before booking, which he is a genius with, but then our 1000 pictures had only a few really edited pictures. Majority of the pictures looked as though they were taken from the camera and put onto a CD, then given to us. No cropping, no fixing lighting, RED EYE! He also forgot to take a multitude of pictures, such as a traditional single picture of just the bride in her dress in the church. Very disappointed with the pictures. He gives you enough choice (took 1000s and gave us about 1000) of pictures to make an album, but I'm still upset over what was missed.
Shows you a lot of editing before booking, which he is a genius with, but then our 1000 pictures had only a few really Read more...
Shows you a lot of editing before booking, which he is a genius with, but then our 1000 pictures had only a few really edited pictures. Majority of the pictures looked as though they were taken from the camera and put onto a CD, then given to us. No cropping, no fixing lighting, RED EYE! He also forgot to take a multitude of pictures, such as a traditional single picture of just the bride in her dress in the church. Very disappointed with the pictures. He gives you enough choice (took 1000s and gave us about 1000) of pictures to make an album, but I'm still upset over what was missed. Read less
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jenniferfunnell
Wedding:
5/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Chad is an amazing photographer and a very down to earth person. He is willing to listen to your suggestions and what you want but at the same time is very creative and has tons of great ideas! We had our engagement pictures and wedding pictures done with him. We love that he gives you a CD with all the pictures and you can get them printed wherever you want. He is also reasonable priced in a world of expensive wedding photography. Seriously I highly recommend Chad! Check out his website and you'll see for yourself!
Chad is an amazing photographer and a very down to earth person. He is willing to listen to your suggestions and what you Read more...
Chad is an amazing photographer and a very down to earth person. He is willing to listen to your suggestions and what you want but at the same time is very creative and has tons of great ideas! We had our engagement pictures and wedding pictures done with him. We love that he gives you a CD with all the pictures and you can get them printed wherever you want. He is also reasonable priced in a world of expensive wedding photography. Seriously I highly recommend Chad! Check out his website and you'll see for yourself! Read less
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cayla
Wedding:
10/27/2007
5.0/5.0
Chad did a spectacular job on the photography at my wedding. There was no time limit or picture limit. Very creative, pictures are AWESOME! Worth every penny.
Chad did a spectacular job on the photography at my wedding. There was no time limit or picture limit. Very creative, Read more...
Chad did a spectacular job on the photography at my wedding. There was no time limit or picture limit. Very creative, pictures are AWESOME! Worth every penny. Read less
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jodi
Wedding:
9/15/2007
5.0/5.0
Chad is an AMAZING photographer and Person!! He is a lot of fun to be around! He has wonderful ideas for picture!!
Chad is an AMAZING photographer and Person!! He is a lot of fun to be around! He has wonderful ideas for picture!!
Chad is an AMAZING photographer and Person!! He is a lot of fun to be around! He has wonderful ideas for picture!! Read less
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