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Chris Guillen Photography

Forest Park , IL
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7451 Madison
Forest Park, IL 60130 US (map)

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708-488-1824

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Chris Guillen Photography is here to capture your life! We work with black & white film as well as digital color. Our film photography is a beautiful art form, which allows finished... Read more
Chris Guillen Photography is here to capture your life! We work with black & white film as well as digital color. Our film photography is a beautiful art form, which allows finished prints to last generations, becoming family heirlooms like your great-grandparents’ photos. Digital color photographs are printed on beautiful “Photo Rag” paper allowing them to last generations as well. Our photographs encapsulate the quality, spirit, and personality of the event through a mix of past and present techniques.

Having four older sisters introduced Chris Guillen to the wedding scene at the ripe age of seven. He began his photography career with a B.F.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University. After graduation he swore he’d never shoot a wedding, but then met an accomplished black & white wedding photographer who opened Chris’s eyes to the way wedding photography should be done. In Chris’s opinion, there is no better poetic way to capture a wedding than using black & white film. He has now been shooting weddings since the “film days” over 14 years ago. Using film makes him uniquely selective and creative with the shots he takes because unlike digital cameras, film pictures cannot be reviewed or deleted. His experience allows him to meld art, life, and wedding knowledge with his clients and he looks forward to being a wedding photographer for decades to come.

Chris has a team of several digital shooters who he has trained to understand and capture the important wedding moments. For larger weddings, Chris prefers to bring one or more of them along to concentrate on black & white film and digital color separately. This provides better coverage for those weddings that couldn’t get the guest list under 400.

Our passion for wedding photography has provided us with the ability to recognize and capture the magical wedding moments. If you’ve read all of this, you should definitely give us a call, because we like you. Read less
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potterdunne
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Since this was my second wedding - I didn't want the traditional boring pictures. Chris has a true gift in capturing moments (even though he did make me do some family portraits...:) - but he was so quick and efficient with the MUST do's, that I almost didn't mind! He so obviously loves his job - it's easy to relax and have fun with him. My kids ADORE him and all the guests commented on how amazing he was! Cannot thank him enough for helping make our night so special.
Since this was my second wedding - I didn't want the traditional boring pictures. Chris has a true gift in capturing Read more...
Since this was my second wedding - I didn't want the traditional boring pictures. Chris has a true gift in capturing moments (even though he did make me do some family portraits...:) - but he was so quick and efficient with the MUST do's, that I almost didn't mind! He so obviously loves his job - it's easy to relax and have fun with him. My kids ADORE him and all the guests commented on how amazing he was! Cannot thank him enough for helping make our night so special. Read less
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gdurham
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Chris & his staff were fantastic to work with throughout the process, from planning to finally deciding which images we wanted in our album. Karra has an amazing ability to be everywhere at once and somehow not show up in guests' snapshots- the whole evening was captured and we've got great memories to look back at.

Our wedding was planned from a distance, and we really appreciated the responsiveness, support by phone & email, and overall ease, it was one less thing we had to worry about on our wedding day. The photography itself is stunning, and we hope to work with Chris again for future events!
Chris & his staff were fantastic to work with throughout the process, from planning to finally deciding which images we Read more...
Chris & his staff were fantastic to work with throughout the process, from planning to finally deciding which images we wanted in our album. Karra has an amazing ability to be everywhere at once and somehow not show up in guests' snapshots- the whole evening was captured and we've got great memories to look back at.

Our wedding was planned from a distance, and we really appreciated the responsiveness, support by phone & email, and overall ease, it was one less thing we had to worry about on our wedding day. The photography itself is stunning, and we hope to work with Chris again for future events! Read less
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aDayinMay
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
He was amazing! We did an engagment photo session with him and loved how the pictures turned out. At the wedding, he was willing to take any and all posed photos that our families desired, but spent most of his time taking candid shots. He seemed to be everywhere all night long....we've had many friends and family tell us that everytime they turned around, Chris was there taking a picture. He and his assistant were professional, relaxed, fun...everything you want in someone who will be by your side throughout your entire wedding day. We cannot wait to see our album!
He was amazing! We did an engagment photo session with him and loved how the pictures turned out. At the wedding, he was Read more...
He was amazing! We did an engagment photo session with him and loved how the pictures turned out. At the wedding, he was willing to take any and all posed photos that our families desired, but spent most of his time taking candid shots. He seemed to be everywhere all night long....we've had many friends and family tell us that everytime they turned around, Chris was there taking a picture. He and his assistant were professional, relaxed, fun...everything you want in someone who will be by your side throughout your entire wedding day. We cannot wait to see our album! Read less
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The Argumedos
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
My friend recommended Chris after he did the photography for her wedding. We were so happy with his work we would definitely recommend him to friends as well. He is professional and at the same time laid back and easy going. He was able to blend right into the crowd and because his easy going demeanor makes people feel comfortable, he was able to capture them in candid shots. We received so many compliments from our guests about him because they really enjoyed him. While he is easy going, he works incredibly hard and captured every aspect of the wedding. I was amazed as I reviewed the proofs not only at the quality of the photos but that he got a picture of everything I wanted without being asked or told. I kept saying, "oh did he get a picture of..." and then turn the page and there that person was, it was fantastic.
My friend recommended Chris after he did the photography for her wedding. We were so happy with his work we would Read more...
My friend recommended Chris after he did the photography for her wedding. We were so happy with his work we would definitely recommend him to friends as well. He is professional and at the same time laid back and easy going. He was able to blend right into the crowd and because his easy going demeanor makes people feel comfortable, he was able to capture them in candid shots. We received so many compliments from our guests about him because they really enjoyed him. While he is easy going, he works incredibly hard and captured every aspect of the wedding. I was amazed as I reviewed the proofs not only at the quality of the photos but that he got a picture of everything I wanted without being asked or told. I kept saying, "oh did he get a picture of..." and then turn the page and there that person was, it was fantastic. Read less
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Chicago Bride
Wedding:
11/15/2008
5.0/5.0
There are so many choices in Chicago for your wedding photography.
I didn't have to compromise any of my expectations with my Chris Guillen Photographer, Shelley, at a very affordable cost. Shelley was very flexible and was able to meet with me multiple times thought-out the process whether it was to discuss important moments I wanted captured or to look at fabrics for my album. Shelley seemed as excited as I was about my big day, and this really made me feel like a "special bride". I also loved that on the day of the wedding Shelley spent many hours with us - from getting ready until the bitter end of the reception! Even Patty the office manager was enthusiastic and always available to answer my questions. I have wonderful memories memorialized for ever in a beautiful album because of Shelley. I highly recommend Chris Guillen Photography.
There are so many choices in Chicago for your wedding photography.
I didn't have to compromise any of my expectations Read more...
There are so many choices in Chicago for your wedding photography.
I didn't have to compromise any of my expectations with my Chris Guillen Photographer, Shelley, at a very affordable cost. Shelley was very flexible and was able to meet with me multiple times thought-out the process whether it was to discuss important moments I wanted captured or to look at fabrics for my album. Shelley seemed as excited as I was about my big day, and this really made me feel like a "special bride". I also loved that on the day of the wedding Shelley spent many hours with us - from getting ready until the bitter end of the reception! Even Patty the office manager was enthusiastic and always available to answer my questions. I have wonderful memories memorialized for ever in a beautiful album because of Shelley. I highly recommend Chris Guillen Photography. Read less
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missamotz
Wedding:
10/24/2008
5.0/5.0
I chose this photographer before i picked my wedding date. I fell in love with his style of pictures a couple of years ago. I knew when i got married i would use him. He did a fantastic job and i am pleased with how my pictures turned out.
I chose this photographer before i picked my wedding date. I fell in love with his style of pictures a couple of years Read more...
I chose this photographer before i picked my wedding date. I fell in love with his style of pictures a couple of years ago. I knew when i got married i would use him. He did a fantastic job and i am pleased with how my pictures turned out. Read less
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Teri
Wedding:
10/4/2008
4.5/5.0
Chris takes beautiful pictures and there are many different packages to choose from though so you can make it fit into your budget. The majority are photojournalistic style, which is nice because you are not spending 2 hours of your time on your big day taking posed pictures. He will do a number of posed pictures though so you can have those too if you like.
Chris takes beautiful pictures and there are many different packages to choose from though so you can make it fit into Read more...
Chris takes beautiful pictures and there are many different packages to choose from though so you can make it fit into your budget. The majority are photojournalistic style, which is nice because you are not spending 2 hours of your time on your big day taking posed pictures. He will do a number of posed pictures though so you can have those too if you like. Read less
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brynncess
Wedding:
9/13/2008
5.0/5.0
By far the most creative photography. Chris makes everyone feel at ease, and he's loads of fun. At the wedding and after seeing the proofs, numerous guests commented on how great he is. Since my wedding day, I have hired Chris to shoot 3 other events and plan to keep using him in the future. His photos (and his staff) are brilliant!
By far the most creative photography. Chris makes everyone feel at ease, and he's loads of fun. At the wedding and after Read more...
By far the most creative photography. Chris makes everyone feel at ease, and he's loads of fun. At the wedding and after seeing the proofs, numerous guests commented on how great he is. Since my wedding day, I have hired Chris to shoot 3 other events and plan to keep using him in the future. His photos (and his staff) are brilliant! Read less
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Luke
Wedding:
8/31/2008
5.0/5.0
Chris is an absolutely wonderful photographer with an exceptionally artistic eye and a personality that only enhanced the fun and happiness we felt on our big day. He is kind, respectful and professional. Chris brought a truly artistic and realistic vision to our photos�telling a thorough and complete fairytale story. I couldn't have been happier once I saw the final proofs and prints. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for unique and beautiful photography of their wedding.
Chris is an absolutely wonderful photographer with an exceptionally artistic eye and a personality that only enhanced the Read more...
Chris is an absolutely wonderful photographer with an exceptionally artistic eye and a personality that only enhanced the fun and happiness we felt on our big day. He is kind, respectful and professional. Chris brought a truly artistic and realistic vision to our photos�telling a thorough and complete fairytale story. I couldn't have been happier once I saw the final proofs and prints. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for unique and beautiful photography of their wedding. Read less
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allyb
Wedding:
7/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Chris and his crew were all around fabulous. They were extremely accomodating, patient and great to work with. We enjoyed spending time with them and they clearly take pride in their work. There was no pressure to buy particular packages and they work with any budget you may have. Our photographer, Karra, was amazing and had more energy than we did to get through the long day. We could not have been happier and we highly recommend them.
Chris and his crew were all around fabulous. They were extremely accomodating, patient and great to work with. We enjoyed Read more...
Chris and his crew were all around fabulous. They were extremely accomodating, patient and great to work with. We enjoyed spending time with them and they clearly take pride in their work. There was no pressure to buy particular packages and they work with any budget you may have. Our photographer, Karra, was amazing and had more energy than we did to get through the long day. We could not have been happier and we highly recommend them. Read less
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