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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Storytelling
What do your packages include?
Ceremony, DVD of Raw Footage, Edited Video, High Definition Video, Montage - Childhood / Dating, Montage - Music Dubbed Over, Montage - Wedding Highlights, Multiple Cameras, Online Highlight Films, Pre-Ceremony, Reception
What formats can the final video be in?
Blu-Ray, DVD
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Laura
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
I had Paola for our photographer and she was absolutely amazing!!!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. She knew exactly the kinds of shots we wanted and was so friendly and easy going. She even talked to my coordinator to help squeeze in a few more awesome shots. Essence is a great company to work with. They have an online portal in which you can upload your pinterest boards and everything you want. Karen would respond to my questions the same day and everyone there was very helpful. We had a great experience!
I had Paola for our photographer and she was absolutely amazing!!!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding Read more...
I had Paola for our photographer and she was absolutely amazing!!!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. She knew exactly the kinds of shots we wanted and was so friendly and easy going. She even talked to my coordinator to help squeeze in a few more awesome shots. Essence is a great company to work with. They have an online portal in which you can upload your pinterest boards and everything you want. Karen would respond to my questions the same day and everyone there was very helpful. We had a great experience! Read less
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Charlene
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
First of all, Essence may seem a little pricey, but it's so worth it. You meet with Mike first to kind of get the rundown of how things work with their company.
When you select them as your photographer you can communicate with them through their "portal" online. I loved this, I had lots of questions I needed answers and/or advice, and right away I would get a response in a few hours from Karen.
I loved my photographer Paola! She had such wonderful ideas and inspiration throughout the whole day. She even showed me some of the shots at the beginning of the day since I was being kind of shy at first. I definitely recommend them. Very professional!
First of all, Essence may seem a little pricey, but it's so worth it. You meet with Mike first to kind of get the rundown Read more...
First of all, Essence may seem a little pricey, but it's so worth it. You meet with Mike first to kind of get the rundown of how things work with their company.
When you select them as your photographer you can communicate with them through their "portal" online. I loved this, I had lots of questions I needed answers and/or advice, and right away I would get a response in a few hours from Karen.
I loved my photographer Paola! She had such wonderful ideas and inspiration throughout the whole day. She even showed me some of the shots at the beginning of the day since I was being kind of shy at first. I definitely recommend them. Very professional! Read less
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Jillian
Wedding:
1/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Where do I begin...Mike Balec is fantastic! All of the people with Essence were super easy to work with. I love the online portal! It makes it so easy to talk over different ideas and make sure you are on the same page. I was referred to Essence by my best friend. She had used them for her wedding and the quality of her photos were amazing, so there was no question in my mind that mine wouldn't be either. We just saw our photos for the first time this week and let me tell you I was speechless. They are more beautiful than I even imagined! Mike has a great eye for what works and things that are unique. I knew getting married in the winter wasn't going to make taking outdoor pictures easy, but they certainly were worth the cold. Mike went above and beyond the call of duty that day, and truly made pictures that will that will make those moments last a life time! I love the photo journalistic side that he captured and all the candids were great! To say I'm happy is an understatement! Can't wait to pick out our album pictures! My only regret of the entire day was not getting a videography package. Now that I've seen what a great job they did on the photography, I wish I would of done that too. So to all the brides out there who aren't sure if its worth the money...YES!
Where do I begin...Mike Balec is fantastic! All of the people with Essence were super easy to work with. I love the online Read more...
Where do I begin...Mike Balec is fantastic! All of the people with Essence were super easy to work with. I love the online portal! It makes it so easy to talk over different ideas and make sure you are on the same page. I was referred to Essence by my best friend. She had used them for her wedding and the quality of her photos were amazing, so there was no question in my mind that mine wouldn't be either. We just saw our photos for the first time this week and let me tell you I was speechless. They are more beautiful than I even imagined! Mike has a great eye for what works and things that are unique. I knew getting married in the winter wasn't going to make taking outdoor pictures easy, but they certainly were worth the cold. Mike went above and beyond the call of duty that day, and truly made pictures that will that will make those moments last a life time! I love the photo journalistic side that he captured and all the candids were great! To say I'm happy is an understatement! Can't wait to pick out our album pictures! My only regret of the entire day was not getting a videography package. Now that I've seen what a great job they did on the photography, I wish I would of done that too. So to all the brides out there who aren't sure if its worth the money...YES! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
12/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We found essence at a bridal show, we went in and met with them Mike was absolutely wonderful he walked us through everything that they offered and explained each of the packages to us. We selected our photographer a year before our wedding he was wonderful. Our videographer was amazing as well. I sent the photographer ideas of pictures I had seen online and he did an outstanding job of incorporating all of them into our wedding day. We added on bridal prep the day of the wedding and we were able to have the videographer shot both my bridesmaids and myself as all as the groomsmen and groom. They did a fanatic job with everything the day of the wedding and got everyone in place for bridal party pictures. I did not have to stress out they took totally control and made sure all the pictures I wanted were taken. I received comments from everyone about how personable and wonderful my photographer and videographer was that night. We also went with them for our Photo Booth and it was the best decision we made. We got all the digital copies of the Photo Booth that night we also got a scrap book of our guest it was wonderful. I would not have gone with any other company besides them. They did an exceptional job with everything and I could not be happier with them.
We found essence at a bridal show, we went in and met with them Mike was absolutely wonderful he walked us through Read more...
We found essence at a bridal show, we went in and met with them Mike was absolutely wonderful he walked us through everything that they offered and explained each of the packages to us. We selected our photographer a year before our wedding he was wonderful. Our videographer was amazing as well. I sent the photographer ideas of pictures I had seen online and he did an outstanding job of incorporating all of them into our wedding day. We added on bridal prep the day of the wedding and we were able to have the videographer shot both my bridesmaids and myself as all as the groomsmen and groom. They did a fanatic job with everything the day of the wedding and got everyone in place for bridal party pictures. I did not have to stress out they took totally control and made sure all the pictures I wanted were taken. I received comments from everyone about how personable and wonderful my photographer and videographer was that night. We also went with them for our Photo Booth and it was the best decision we made. We got all the digital copies of the Photo Booth that night we also got a scrap book of our guest it was wonderful. I would not have gone with any other company besides them. They did an exceptional job with everything and I could not be happier with them. Read less
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Mrs1102
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
When we first met with Essence we had it in our mind that we were going to book the photographer we met earlier that afternoon. After talking to Kathy she addressed our concerns and said she had the perfect photographer in mind for us. She showed us Lisa's portfolio and we were so impressed that we decided to book Essence for our wedding. Kathy definitely hit it right on when she suggested Lisa. After talking to Lisa she made me feel at ease. When I finally met her on my wedding day I had no doubt that she was going to be so easy to work with. She had so many great ideas and was open to ideas that my husband and I had. Lisa and our videographer Travis worked so well together and made it so much fun for us. They both were so easy going and wanted to make sure we had fun. I'm so glad that Kathy recommended these guys to us because they were amazing. We also booked a photo booth and our attendant was awesome!
When we first met with Essence we had it in our mind that we were going to book the photographer we met earlier that Read more...
When we first met with Essence we had it in our mind that we were going to book the photographer we met earlier that afternoon. After talking to Kathy she addressed our concerns and said she had the perfect photographer in mind for us. She showed us Lisa's portfolio and we were so impressed that we decided to book Essence for our wedding. Kathy definitely hit it right on when she suggested Lisa. After talking to Lisa she made me feel at ease. When I finally met her on my wedding day I had no doubt that she was going to be so easy to work with. She had so many great ideas and was open to ideas that my husband and I had. Lisa and our videographer Travis worked so well together and made it so much fun for us. They both were so easy going and wanted to make sure we had fun. I'm so glad that Kathy recommended these guys to us because they were amazing. We also booked a photo booth and our attendant was awesome! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
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Kristy
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Enjoyed Working with Essence Photo and Video!!!

ANytime I had a question, I was about to go into the portal that was created for me and I had an answer within about an hour (during business hours).

My photographer Eric ROCKED!!!!! I spoke with him the week of the wedding and when he came over the morning of the wedding, I felt like I knew him!!! He was very professional, fun and creative!! We had about 200 people at the wedding and I felt like I would always see him around snapping the moments I was not there for!!!!

We have yet to see the pictures as we just got married 2 weeks ago, but I am hopeful they will turn out great!!!!

Thank you Mike, Karen, Eric and Travis!!!!!

Kevin & Kristy
Enjoyed Working with Essence Photo and Video!!!

ANytime I had a question, I was about to go into the portal that Read more...
Enjoyed Working with Essence Photo and Video!!!

ANytime I had a question, I was about to go into the portal that was created for me and I had an answer within about an hour (during business hours).

My photographer Eric ROCKED!!!!! I spoke with him the week of the wedding and when he came over the morning of the wedding, I felt like I knew him!!! He was very professional, fun and creative!! We had about 200 people at the wedding and I felt like I would always see him around snapping the moments I was not there for!!!!

We have yet to see the pictures as we just got married 2 weeks ago, but I am hopeful they will turn out great!!!!

Thank you Mike, Karen, Eric and Travis!!!!!

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Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Everyone at essence photography is so nice and professional. They made my wedding so special and captured all of the amazing moments. They made the process very easy and was there for me every step of the way. I would highly recommend essence photo!
Everyone at essence photography is so nice and professional. They made my wedding so special and captured all of the Read more...
Everyone at essence photography is so nice and professional. They made my wedding so special and captured all of the amazing moments. They made the process very easy and was there for me every step of the way. I would highly recommend essence photo! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Essence is wonderful for your big day, and especially for all the planning period before the wedding. We live out of state, so we weren't able to come in to see vendors very often, and Essence had an online "portal" set up for us to keep in contact with our whole team and to plan out the big day. We had two photographers and a videographer, and they have sections on your planning form for picking out the essential photos and letting the videographer know about music selections. We also found their portal website helpful in the initial stages when we were picking out a photographer. They put up several photographer portfolios on the site so that we could view them back at home out of state, so we weren't rushed into a decision. We picked a photographer almost 7 months before the wedding, but unfortunately they could not shoot our wedding, which we found out about 3 months before the wedding. We were contacted immediately and were able to select another photographer after viewing a few more portfolios. This reaction to emergency and unusual situations is part of why we went with Essence, since they have backup photographers on call on the day of your wedding just in case something happens to your photographer. Joe, Shannon and David were all great to work with on the big day. Very professional and provided the direction we needed on such a nerve-filled day.
Essence is wonderful for your big day, and especially for all the planning period before the wedding. We live out of Read more...
Essence is wonderful for your big day, and especially for all the planning period before the wedding. We live out of state, so we weren't able to come in to see vendors very often, and Essence had an online "portal" set up for us to keep in contact with our whole team and to plan out the big day. We had two photographers and a videographer, and they have sections on your planning form for picking out the essential photos and letting the videographer know about music selections. We also found their portal website helpful in the initial stages when we were picking out a photographer. They put up several photographer portfolios on the site so that we could view them back at home out of state, so we weren't rushed into a decision. We picked a photographer almost 7 months before the wedding, but unfortunately they could not shoot our wedding, which we found out about 3 months before the wedding. We were contacted immediately and were able to select another photographer after viewing a few more portfolios. This reaction to emergency and unusual situations is part of why we went with Essence, since they have backup photographers on call on the day of your wedding just in case something happens to your photographer. Joe, Shannon and David were all great to work with on the big day. Very professional and provided the direction we needed on such a nerve-filled day. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Kat
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We worked with Paola from Essence. At first I wasn't planning on doin professional photography for our wedding but after very little convincing I realized that essence was the way to go. Rather than just traditional wedding portraits they focus on the artistic aspect as well. They also matched my style to 3 different photographers from me to choose from. The process leading up to the wedding was very easy, everything was online. The day of Paola was very professional but also made everyone feel more comfortable, having conversations and getting to know us better. She was also VERY patient with our scattered bridal party and managed to still get all of our pictures done beautifully but quickly so we could enjoy the rest of the night. As a bride she really helped me feel more comfortable in front of the camera by showing me a couple of the shots and she directed everyone in the photos very well. After the formal photos she didn't intrude and captured the rest of the night.
We worked with Paola from Essence. At first I wasn't planning on doin professional photography for our wedding but after Read more...
We worked with Paola from Essence. At first I wasn't planning on doin professional photography for our wedding but after very little convincing I realized that essence was the way to go. Rather than just traditional wedding portraits they focus on the artistic aspect as well. They also matched my style to 3 different photographers from me to choose from. The process leading up to the wedding was very easy, everything was online. The day of Paola was very professional but also made everyone feel more comfortable, having conversations and getting to know us better. She was also VERY patient with our scattered bridal party and managed to still get all of our pictures done beautifully but quickly so we could enjoy the rest of the night. As a bride she really helped me feel more comfortable in front of the camera by showing me a couple of the shots and she directed everyone in the photos very well. After the formal photos she didn't intrude and captured the rest of the night. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Tonia
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We booked our photographer Eric L. way in advance because I heard and see how great he was! He also had Ryan that day of too and the two of them together is a perfect combo! The guys are easy to get along with and have an awesome time along with the wedding party at the reception! We wish that we could have the reception again just so we can have these two awesome guys again! If you can get Eric or Ryan do it you will not regret it!

We also had Krystal as our videographer and I can't wait to see the video! She was easy to get along with and always called me back (we played phone tag a few times). I can't wait to see the awesome video shots that she got! Karen from essence was also great and helped us in every step along the way! They are worth every penny!!
We booked our photographer Eric L. way in advance because I heard and see how great he was! He also had Ryan that day of Read more...
We booked our photographer Eric L. way in advance because I heard and see how great he was! He also had Ryan that day of too and the two of them together is a perfect combo! The guys are easy to get along with and have an awesome time along with the wedding party at the reception! We wish that we could have the reception again just so we can have these two awesome guys again! If you can get Eric or Ryan do it you will not regret it!

We also had Krystal as our videographer and I can't wait to see the video! She was easy to get along with and always called me back (we played phone tag a few times). I can't wait to see the awesome video shots that she got! Karen from essence was also great and helped us in every step along the way! They are worth every penny!! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
love the hole staff..best vender we had
love the hole staff..best vender we had
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Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Heather
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Dave G. was awesome. His personality was a great fit for our wedding party! He moved things along so well. Great experience!!!
Dave G. was awesome. His personality was a great fit for our wedding party! He moved things along so well. Great Read more...
Dave G. was awesome. His personality was a great fit for our wedding party! He moved things along so well. Great experience!!! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Essence was a great company to work with. Their online planning guide was easy to use and complete. I was able to let the photographer know ahead of time what specific photos we wanted to take. Our photographer, Mike, did an excellent job. He was very personable and did a great job capturing our wedding.
Essence was a great company to work with. Their online planning guide was easy to use and complete. I was able to let the Read more...
Essence was a great company to work with. Their online planning guide was easy to use and complete. I was able to let the photographer know ahead of time what specific photos we wanted to take. Our photographer, Mike, did an excellent job. He was very personable and did a great job capturing our wedding. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Private User
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
I found Essence through my DJ (John @ Fantastic DJ). I met with them the same night I met with my DJ (they shared a space at the time). Their samples were amazing and their pricing was awesome. I booked them a few days later.

Mike Belec was my photographer. I was running a few minutes behind schedule on my wedding day, so he met my mom at the hotel and took all of the detail photos while he waited. As soon as I got to the hotel we started taking pictures and laughing. Mike is funny! He's also laid back and willing to try anything. It was like having an extra brother for the day. We took pictures at the hotel and then did first look and bridal party pictures at the Schaumburg Municipal Center (which was Essence's idea). We had so much fun! Luckily it didn't rain like it was supposed to.

Then we went to the Meridian to take family pictures. Mike was awesome with my 3 and 6 year old cousins! They were high fiving and having so much fun. Mike took pictures throughout the ceremony and all during the reception. He took so many pictures of everyone dancing and having a great time. I can't wait to see my proofs which should be available in the next week or 2.
I found Essence through my DJ (John @ Fantastic DJ). I met with them the same night I met with my DJ (they shared a space Read more...
I found Essence through my DJ (John @ Fantastic DJ). I met with them the same night I met with my DJ (they shared a space at the time). Their samples were amazing and their pricing was awesome. I booked them a few days later.

Mike Belec was my photographer. I was running a few minutes behind schedule on my wedding day, so he met my mom at the hotel and took all of the detail photos while he waited. As soon as I got to the hotel we started taking pictures and laughing. Mike is funny! He's also laid back and willing to try anything. It was like having an extra brother for the day. We took pictures at the hotel and then did first look and bridal party pictures at the Schaumburg Municipal Center (which was Essence's idea). We had so much fun! Luckily it didn't rain like it was supposed to.

Then we went to the Meridian to take family pictures. Mike was awesome with my 3 and 6 year old cousins! They were high fiving and having so much fun. Mike took pictures throughout the ceremony and all during the reception. He took so many pictures of everyone dancing and having a great time. I can't wait to see my proofs which should be available in the next week or 2. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We loved working with our photographer, Megan. She was a perfect fit for our daugher and her husband. She had great ideas for settings for the pictures. She was never intrusive but was there to capture every moment. We wanted a creative photographer that would think out of the box and Megan met our every wish.
We loved working with our photographer, Megan. She was a perfect fit for our daugher and her husband. She had great ideas Read more...
We loved working with our photographer, Megan. She was a perfect fit for our daugher and her husband. She had great ideas for settings for the pictures. She was never intrusive but was there to capture every moment. We wanted a creative photographer that would think out of the box and Megan met our every wish. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Rose
Wedding:
2/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't believe how wonderful everything has been! Everyone should use this company. From my first meeting with Mandy, the design manager all the way through planning with Karen, the director of photography to my amazing photographer and videographer and the final products it has been the best experience!! They even helped with locations and suggestions. They follow through on everything they promise and customize to what you're looking for. They were always friendly and professional and made taking pictures fun! Mike even got my husband to smile- and he hates photos! I always felt like I was in good hands and after the whole experience and my album is now printing, I can say that Essence listens, responds, and are really creative. Thank you to the whole team!
I can't believe how wonderful everything has been! Everyone should use this company. From my first meeting with Mandy, the Read more...
I can't believe how wonderful everything has been! Everyone should use this company. From my first meeting with Mandy, the design manager all the way through planning with Karen, the director of photography to my amazing photographer and videographer and the final products it has been the best experience!! They even helped with locations and suggestions. They follow through on everything they promise and customize to what you're looking for. They were always friendly and professional and made taking pictures fun! Mike even got my husband to smile- and he hates photos! I always felt like I was in good hands and after the whole experience and my album is now printing, I can say that Essence listens, responds, and are really creative. Thank you to the whole team! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Mariebeth
Wedding:
1/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Everybody has been very professional yet friendly! The work they showed us during our meeting really showed their creativity which is very assuring of the work they will do for us as well! The videographer was very polite and professional, and not in your face. We are still waiting for our final video but I;m confident it will come out really good!
Everybody has been very professional yet friendly! The work they showed us during our meeting really showed their Read more...
Everybody has been very professional yet friendly! The work they showed us during our meeting really showed their creativity which is very assuring of the work they will do for us as well! The videographer was very polite and professional, and not in your face. We are still waiting for our final video but I;m confident it will come out really good! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Luci
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Megan was the best! She made me so comfortable, and was fun to have around for the day. She was professional and prompt. We hired her because of her photojournalistic portfolio, and she made our day so stress free! Having professionals around on your wedding day that alleviate stress is one of the greatest services one could ask for! She had original ideas, and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Megan was the best! She made me so comfortable, and was fun to have around for the day. She was professional and prompt. Read more...
Megan was the best! She made me so comfortable, and was fun to have around for the day. She was professional and prompt. We hired her because of her photojournalistic portfolio, and she made our day so stress free! Having professionals around on your wedding day that alleviate stress is one of the greatest services one could ask for! She had original ideas, and I would highly recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Essence was superb! Our photographer Eric was on top of it the whole time! We also rented a photo booth and their trolley. Everything was just perfect and I wouldn't trade any of it!
Essence was superb! Our photographer Eric was on top of it the whole time! We also rented a photo booth and their trolley. Read more...
Essence was superb! Our photographer Eric was on top of it the whole time! We also rented a photo booth and their trolley. Everything was just perfect and I wouldn't trade any of it! Read less
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Terry
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
The entire team at Essence was great. From the organizer, to the owner, to the Photographer and Videographer that did our event. Everyone was punctual and put our worries at ease. Great team and very professional.
The entire team at Essence was great. From the organizer, to the owner, to the Photographer and Videographer that did our Read more...
The entire team at Essence was great. From the organizer, to the owner, to the Photographer and Videographer that did our event. Everyone was punctual and put our worries at ease. Great team and very professional. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Tanya
Wedding:
9/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Everything about Ed, photographer, and Ethan, videographer, was amazing....even though it rained and I thought my pictures spots would be ruined, they had some great ideas and we even took pictures at a local Dominick's. It was amazing and everyone had a ton of fun! I can't wait to see our pictures and wedding video.
Everything about Ed, photographer, and Ethan, videographer, was amazing....even though it rained and I thought my pictures Read more...
Everything about Ed, photographer, and Ethan, videographer, was amazing....even though it rained and I thought my pictures spots would be ruined, they had some great ideas and we even took pictures at a local Dominick's. It was amazing and everyone had a ton of fun! I can't wait to see our pictures and wedding video. Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Whew, time flew sinc our day and time to write some reviews, starting with my favorite vendor, our photographer Brian from Essence! We are 100% happy with our photos and how we were helped by Essence to get ready for our day and extremely helpful on our actual wedding day as well. Also we love our video! Much Love to Essence from Lori and Dave! :-)
Whew, time flew sinc our day and time to write some reviews, starting with my favorite vendor, our photographer Brian from Read more...
Whew, time flew sinc our day and time to write some reviews, starting with my favorite vendor, our photographer Brian from Essence! We are 100% happy with our photos and how we were helped by Essence to get ready for our day and extremely helpful on our actual wedding day as well. Also we love our video! Much Love to Essence from Lori and Dave! :-) Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
8/3/2012
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Essence Photo & Video to any bride! We had Eric L as our photographer on 8.5.12 and he was fantastic! He knew exactly what poses would look good and took a good mix of candid and posed pictures. He even broke it down on the dance floor with our guests! The package that we bought cost nearly half of what many photojournalists charge and we feel like we got a steal for our money! Essence customer service was always quick to respond to any questions that we sent them or called them with, and they were even flexible enough to do phone consults and meet with us on the weekends. We are currently in the process of designing our album (after only 3 weeks!) and are having a blast! Definitely a worthwhile investment to use Essence for your wedding photography needs!
I would absolutely recommend Essence Photo & Video to any bride! We had Eric L as our photographer on 8.5.12 and he was Read more...
I would absolutely recommend Essence Photo & Video to any bride! We had Eric L as our photographer on 8.5.12 and he was fantastic! He knew exactly what poses would look good and took a good mix of candid and posed pictures. He even broke it down on the dance floor with our guests! The package that we bought cost nearly half of what many photojournalists charge and we feel like we got a steal for our money! Essence customer service was always quick to respond to any questions that we sent them or called them with, and they were even flexible enough to do phone consults and meet with us on the weekends. We are currently in the process of designing our album (after only 3 weeks!) and are having a blast! Definitely a worthwhile investment to use Essence for your wedding photography needs! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was July 28th, 2012. We had Lorelei as our photographer and she did an awesome job. She had great ideas, and was open to ours. She brought both enthusiasm and passion that made the photos easy and fun! Lorelei was also very professional and kind to not just us, but our bridal party, family and guests! Essence has a nice feature were you don’t have to purchase your album package till you see what your proofs look like. The communication log with Karen was very helpful and appreciated. There was always a response with in 24 hours. Thank you again! We will be recommending you guys!
Our wedding was July 28th, 2012. We had Lorelei as our photographer and she did an awesome job. She had great ideas, and Read more...
Our wedding was July 28th, 2012. We had Lorelei as our photographer and she did an awesome job. She had great ideas, and was open to ours. She brought both enthusiasm and passion that made the photos easy and fun! Lorelei was also very professional and kind to not just us, but our bridal party, family and guests! Essence has a nice feature were you don’t have to purchase your album package till you see what your proofs look like. The communication log with Karen was very helpful and appreciated. There was always a response with in 24 hours. Thank you again! We will be recommending you guys! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We used Essence for both photo and video. Eric Lippe was our photographer. He did an amazing job! He made us feel so comfortable. He took some really cool pictures. Our wedding party really liked him too! Travis was our videographer. He did a nice job too. He didn't say much and blended in with the crowd (which is what we wanted). We are very excited and anxious to see our pictures and our video. We definitely recommend Essence!
We used Essence for both photo and video. Eric Lippe was our photographer. He did an amazing job! He made us feel so Read more...
We used Essence for both photo and video. Eric Lippe was our photographer. He did an amazing job! He made us feel so comfortable. He took some really cool pictures. Our wedding party really liked him too! Travis was our videographer. He did a nice job too. He didn't say much and blended in with the crowd (which is what we wanted). We are very excited and anxious to see our pictures and our video. We definitely recommend Essence! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Loved our photographer, she was amazing and really made the day a blast. The company was easy to work with, and we even got our pictures and album in early! The album beautiful, we were very happy with everything. Recommend!!!
Loved our photographer, she was amazing and really made the day a blast. The company was easy to work with, and we even Read more...
Loved our photographer, she was amazing and really made the day a blast. The company was easy to work with, and we even got our pictures and album in early! The album beautiful, we were very happy with everything. Recommend!!! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Choosing our photo/video company took some time but, in the end it was well worth the wait. We met with three different companies to compare apples to apples and see what our options were. The first company I assumed we would go with because three of my friends had recently used them at their weddings over the last few years. However, I was wrong about that. We met with Mike from Essence Photo and Video (our third appointment). I should note that our appointment was for later in the day. However, Dave and I finished a cake tasting earlier than anticipated so we contacted Essence to see if they could get us in earlier as we were in the area. They were very flexible and got us an appointment fifteen minutes later. Instantly, Dave and I felt very comfortable with Mike, kind of like we had known him for years. It was nice to go into a private room with a comfy couch to sit on while hearing all about the company, album options, and viewing portfolios of photographers and videographers. Dave and I felt really comfortable and most like ourselves at Essence. A point I had made was we wanted to enjoy our night and not constantly get pulled during the reception for pictures which, thankfully, Essence was all about. They know you want to enjoy your night which is why they take care of most of the formals after the ceremony. We viewed three photographers’ portfolios and we fell in love with Eric’s work. Dave and I left our appointment, got into our car, and knew we wanted to book with Essence. I guess the saying is true…third time’s the charm. We signed a contract with them days later. Planning forms were all online to input and update our information on my own time and at my own pace. Being a mother of a 15 month old and a teacher, this was a life saver. Any questions were answered by immediately by Karen the director of photography. My photographer Eric and videographer Travis contacted me before the wedding to go over all my forms. I felt very comfortable with them and was anxious for the wedding to be here. Eric arrived at 11:00 AM and spent the next twelve hours with us crazy girls! It felt as if we’d known Eric for years (must be something about the company…insert smiley), as opposed to just meeting him that morning. He was so polite and helpful throughout the day and treated me as a precious gem which is how every bride should feel. He was so complimentary to all my girls and I and he really made us feel so at ease. Travis, our videographer, we didn’t have as much contact with but, when we did he was nothing but nice. Both men were very polite and non intrusive to and with our guests! I could not have asked for better individuals (Eric and Travis) and service on my wedding day, and I haven’t even seen the final product yet but, I know everything will be superb! Dave and I are so happy that we chose to go with Essence photo and video. If you’re looking for a company that will make your night about you, treat you like gold, listen to your wants and needs, give creative direction, and make your day about you, then I would HIGHLY recommend you go with Essence Photo and Video. We weren’t disappointed, and I promise, you won’t be either.
All the best,
~Shannon ~
Choosing our photo/video company took some time but, in the end it was well worth the wait. We met with three different Read more...
Choosing our photo/video company took some time but, in the end it was well worth the wait. We met with three different companies to compare apples to apples and see what our options were. The first company I assumed we would go with because three of my friends had recently used them at their weddings over the last few years. However, I was wrong about that. We met with Mike from Essence Photo and Video (our third appointment). I should note that our appointment was for later in the day. However, Dave and I finished a cake tasting earlier than anticipated so we contacted Essence to see if they could get us in earlier as we were in the area. They were very flexible and got us an appointment fifteen minutes later. Instantly, Dave and I felt very comfortable with Mike, kind of like we had known him for years. It was nice to go into a private room with a comfy couch to sit on while hearing all about the company, album options, and viewing portfolios of photographers and videographers. Dave and I felt really comfortable and most like ourselves at Essence. A point I had made was we wanted to enjoy our night and not constantly get pulled during the reception for pictures which, thankfully, Essence was all about. They know you want to enjoy your night which is why they take care of most of the formals after the ceremony. We viewed three photographers’ portfolios and we fell in love with Eric’s work. Dave and I left our appointment, got into our car, and knew we wanted to book with Essence. I guess the saying is true…third time’s the charm. We signed a contract with them days later. Planning forms were all online to input and update our information on my own time and at my own pace. Being a mother of a 15 month old and a teacher, this was a life saver. Any questions were answered by immediately by Karen the director of photography. My photographer Eric and videographer Travis contacted me before the wedding to go over all my forms. I felt very comfortable with them and was anxious for the wedding to be here. Eric arrived at 11:00 AM and spent the next twelve hours with us crazy girls! It felt as if we’d known Eric for years (must be something about the company…insert smiley), as opposed to just meeting him that morning. He was so polite and helpful throughout the day and treated me as a precious gem which is how every bride should feel. He was so complimentary to all my girls and I and he really made us feel so at ease. Travis, our videographer, we didn’t have as much contact with but, when we did he was nothing but nice. Both men were very polite and non intrusive to and with our guests! I could not have asked for better individuals (Eric and Travis) and service on my wedding day, and I haven’t even seen the final product yet but, I know everything will be superb! Dave and I are so happy that we chose to go with Essence photo and video. If you’re looking for a company that will make your night about you, treat you like gold, listen to your wants and needs, give creative direction, and make your day about you, then I would HIGHLY recommend you go with Essence Photo and Video. We weren’t disappointed, and I promise, you won’t be either.
All the best,
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Lisa
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Got our album from our wedding over a month ago and we are still looking at it weekly. Essence did a great job - not only our photographers but also their designers made our album so beautiful I can't stop reliving memories of our day. We got a "Masterpiece" ablum with a picture cover and everyone says how awesome it is. Brings back memories every time. Also our video does the same. We have already recommended Essence to my cousin who's getting married next year - we would suggest them to anyone who wants great memories and a company that's very easy to work with and not too expensive!!
Got our album from our wedding over a month ago and we are still looking at it weekly. Essence did a great job - not only Read more...
Got our album from our wedding over a month ago and we are still looking at it weekly. Essence did a great job - not only our photographers but also their designers made our album so beautiful I can't stop reliving memories of our day. We got a "Masterpiece" ablum with a picture cover and everyone says how awesome it is. Brings back memories every time. Also our video does the same. We have already recommended Essence to my cousin who's getting married next year - we would suggest them to anyone who wants great memories and a company that's very easy to work with and not too expensive!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Our videographer was Nick and he did an amazing job! I was really hesitant at first about using a videographer but it was worth every penny! He did such a great job of capturing everything I could of imagined. I highly recommend using essence video as they do such a great job without being in anyone's way the whole evening.
Our videographer was Nick and he did an amazing job! I was really hesitant at first about using a videographer but it was Read more...
Our videographer was Nick and he did an amazing job! I was really hesitant at first about using a videographer but it was worth every penny! He did such a great job of capturing everything I could of imagined. I highly recommend using essence video as they do such a great job without being in anyone's way the whole evening. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Kristin
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely amazing. Everything on the day of my wedding went perfect. Our photographer Dave was awesome! I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Essence and specifically Dave! He did an amazing job. He made us feel comfortable and everything went so smooth! So happy with my decision to go with Essence and our photographer!
Absolutely amazing. Everything on the day of my wedding went perfect. Our photographer Dave was awesome! I would HIGHLY, Read more...
Absolutely amazing. Everything on the day of my wedding went perfect. Our photographer Dave was awesome! I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Essence and specifically Dave! He did an amazing job. He made us feel comfortable and everything went so smooth! So happy with my decision to go with Essence and our photographer! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We went through Essence P&V for videography only and were extremely pleased with our videographer! His name was Josh and he was the nicest, most helpful and considerate person! I couldn't have asked for a better man to do this job. I can't wait to see the finished result because it was extremely apparent that he took his time, put thought into his work and wanted us to be happy with the product. I will be forever grateful for his kindness on my wedding day. At one point it started to shower a little and I became worried we wouldn't be able to have our ceremony outdoors, so he took out his phone and showed me a picture of the storm radar, reassuring me that it was passing over us quickly. How sweet is that?! Go with Josh if you decide to book through Essence! :)
We went through Essence P&V for videography only and were extremely pleased with our videographer! His name was Josh and Read more...
We went through Essence P&V for videography only and were extremely pleased with our videographer! His name was Josh and he was the nicest, most helpful and considerate person! I couldn't have asked for a better man to do this job. I can't wait to see the finished result because it was extremely apparent that he took his time, put thought into his work and wanted us to be happy with the product. I will be forever grateful for his kindness on my wedding day. At one point it started to shower a little and I became worried we wouldn't be able to have our ceremony outdoors, so he took out his phone and showed me a picture of the storm radar, reassuring me that it was passing over us quickly. How sweet is that?! Go with Josh if you decide to book through Essence! :) Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Our videographer was Travis and he did a great job. He was timely and seemed to blend in with the crowd which is what we asked for. He worked well with the photographer as well.
Our videographer was Travis and he did a great job. He was timely and seemed to blend in with the crowd which is what we Read more...
Our videographer was Travis and he did a great job. He was timely and seemed to blend in with the crowd which is what we asked for. He worked well with the photographer as well. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved my photographers and videographer from Essence. Their professionalism was outstanding - one of our photographers was a half an hour early and I was so impressed - she started shooting right away!

Even before we booked, we were very impressed with their professionalism and the process of choosing photographers. All of our questions were answered in a timely manner, and they have four convenient locations - so we were able to go to the location closest to our home. They are very technology friendly - all of our questions were submitted through an online portal, and answered within hours (even on the weekend!).

We loved everything about Essence - they made everything very easy, and worth our money. We did not want to settle, and I believe we got exactly what we wanted, and it was worth all the pennies. I would recommend them to any of my friends.
I absolutely loved my photographers and videographer from Essence. Their professionalism was outstanding - one of our Read more...
I absolutely loved my photographers and videographer from Essence. Their professionalism was outstanding - one of our photographers was a half an hour early and I was so impressed - she started shooting right away!

Even before we booked, we were very impressed with their professionalism and the process of choosing photographers. All of our questions were answered in a timely manner, and they have four convenient locations - so we were able to go to the location closest to our home. They are very technology friendly - all of our questions were submitted through an online portal, and answered within hours (even on the weekend!).

We loved everything about Essence - they made everything very easy, and worth our money. We did not want to settle, and I believe we got exactly what we wanted, and it was worth all the pennies. I would recommend them to any of my friends. Read less
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Brittany.Zartler
Wedding:
10/21/2011
5.0/5.0
When looking for a photographer I came across Essence Photo and Video. After checking out their website I knew they would be a perfect fit for our wedding, so I called and made an appt. After meeting with Tim over at Essence we knew this was the one. He made us picture our wedding and what the day would be like...he also showed us sample pictures. Once we choose the style of photography that we like he recommended 2 photographers to us. We would up choosing Travis and I wouldnt have choose anyone else. From the moment he arrived at my house on the wedding day I knew he would be fun and great to work with. He listened to everything we wanted and didnt want. He got along great with us and our bridal party because we tend to get a little rowdy...I even caught him doing the Cha Cha Slide which I thought was awesome, to me that showed he was comfortable with us and was having a good time while working. We also booked a Videographer with Essence, while we didnt get to choose our videographer I wouldnt have choosen anyone else other than Nicholas. When he first called me on the Monday of my wedding I knew he would be a perfect fit. We finally got to meet him on the wedding day. He was on time and knew exactaly what he was doing and where to be. He is very outgoing and fun to be around.
Thank You so much....I cant wait to see our pictures/video
When looking for a photographer I came across Essence Photo and Video. After checking out their website I knew they would Read more...
When looking for a photographer I came across Essence Photo and Video. After checking out their website I knew they would be a perfect fit for our wedding, so I called and made an appt. After meeting with Tim over at Essence we knew this was the one. He made us picture our wedding and what the day would be like...he also showed us sample pictures. Once we choose the style of photography that we like he recommended 2 photographers to us. We would up choosing Travis and I wouldnt have choose anyone else. From the moment he arrived at my house on the wedding day I knew he would be fun and great to work with. He listened to everything we wanted and didnt want. He got along great with us and our bridal party because we tend to get a little rowdy...I even caught him doing the Cha Cha Slide which I thought was awesome, to me that showed he was comfortable with us and was having a good time while working. We also booked a Videographer with Essence, while we didnt get to choose our videographer I wouldnt have choosen anyone else other than Nicholas. When he first called me on the Monday of my wedding I knew he would be a perfect fit. We finally got to meet him on the wedding day. He was on time and knew exactaly what he was doing and where to be. He is very outgoing and fun to be around.
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Lesley Gall
Wedding:
10/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Both my fiance and I loved working with Mike Belec, he was professional, fun, friendly, and knew how to take wonderful artistic/fun/elegant photos. We cannot wait to see the Highly recommended! Great time :)
Both my fiance and I loved working with Mike Belec, he was professional, fun, friendly, and knew how to take wonderful Read more...
Both my fiance and I loved working with Mike Belec, he was professional, fun, friendly, and knew how to take wonderful artistic/fun/elegant photos. We cannot wait to see the Highly recommended! Great time :) Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
You must go with the Essence and if you can...go with Dave as your photographer and Nick as your videographer. It was revealed to me that they were part of the elite team and they were excellent, especially paired together. I can't wait to see what the finishing products look like!
You must go with the Essence and if you can...go with Dave as your photographer and Nick as your videographer. It was Read more...
You must go with the Essence and if you can...go with Dave as your photographer and Nick as your videographer. It was revealed to me that they were part of the elite team and they were excellent, especially paired together. I can't wait to see what the finishing products look like! Read less
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pbwedding
Wedding:
8/21/2011
5.0/5.0
These people are the nicest and most helpful photographers. We had a beautiful wedding day and Tom & Shirley made it so pleasant and easy for us. They guided us through even the hectic times, they were so professional and yet felt like family. Our album and video are amazing, could not ask for anything more. We are lucky to have chosen them.
These people are the nicest and most helpful photographers. We had a beautiful wedding day and Tom & Shirley made it so Read more...
These people are the nicest and most helpful photographers. We had a beautiful wedding day and Tom & Shirley made it so pleasant and easy for us. They guided us through even the hectic times, they were so professional and yet felt like family. Our album and video are amazing, could not ask for anything more. We are lucky to have chosen them. Read less
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mandy83ala
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED ABBY SHE WAS PERFECT!!!!!!!!
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED ABBY SHE WAS PERFECT!!!!!!!!
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED ABBY SHE WAS PERFECT!!!!!!!! Read less
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Jacqueline Durkin
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married this past June 2011 and we used Essence Photography and Videography! We are the 3rd in our families to have used them and they did an exceptional job all 3 weddings. We couldn't have asked for a more friendly photographer. She got shots that we didn't even know were being taken and they turned out incredible. The videography was great as well. The wedding video was beautiful and it was just incredible how the whole night was put into that video so smoothly. ONE thing that was a little upsetting was the placement of the videographer during the ceremony when the wedding party was walking down the aisle. Half of the screen was on the guests in the pews, so when the couples were walking down the aisle the person to the far right got cut out after just a few steps because the camera was too far to the left. Other than that, we really enjoyed them, we payed them extra to stay another hour at the reception as well, and it was pretty cheap! :)
My husband and I got married this past June 2011 and we used Essence Photography and Videography! We are the 3rd in our Read more...
My husband and I got married this past June 2011 and we used Essence Photography and Videography! We are the 3rd in our families to have used them and they did an exceptional job all 3 weddings. We couldn't have asked for a more friendly photographer. She got shots that we didn't even know were being taken and they turned out incredible. The videography was great as well. The wedding video was beautiful and it was just incredible how the whole night was put into that video so smoothly. ONE thing that was a little upsetting was the placement of the videographer during the ceremony when the wedding party was walking down the aisle. Half of the screen was on the guests in the pews, so when the couples were walking down the aisle the person to the far right got cut out after just a few steps because the camera was too far to the left. Other than that, we really enjoyed them, we payed them extra to stay another hour at the reception as well, and it was pretty cheap! :) Read less
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jboz
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
We had a fabulous experience with Essence. The original photographer I had picked out became unavailable a couple months before my date, but Karen quickly replaced him with another great photographer. Our photographer fit in so well with the part and even let one of my friends interested in photography shadow her throughout the day, talking to her and telling her how to get great shots. She was very friendly and had a lot of cute ideas! Would definitely use them again!
We had a fabulous experience with Essence. The original photographer I had picked out became unavailable a couple months Read more...
We had a fabulous experience with Essence. The original photographer I had picked out became unavailable a couple months before my date, but Karen quickly replaced him with another great photographer. Our photographer fit in so well with the part and even let one of my friends interested in photography shadow her throughout the day, talking to her and telling her how to get great shots. She was very friendly and had a lot of cute ideas! Would definitely use them again! Read less
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CLM062011
Wedding:
6/10/2011
5.0/5.0
We could not have chosen a better company for our photography and videography. They were VERY responsive and VERY helpful. Both our videographer and photographer were very personable and really meshed in well with out wedding party. This was by far the best vendor we had for our special day. I would highly recommend Essence for anyone's photo/video needs. I thought we paid a fair price for the services we received.
We could not have chosen a better company for our photography and videography. They were VERY responsive and VERY helpful. Read more...
We could not have chosen a better company for our photography and videography. They were VERY responsive and VERY helpful. Both our videographer and photographer were very personable and really meshed in well with out wedding party. This was by far the best vendor we had for our special day. I would highly recommend Essence for anyone's photo/video needs. I thought we paid a fair price for the services we received. Read less
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twt993
Wedding:
11/25/2005
5.0/5.0
We were so please with our photographer and Videographer. Everyone that saw the photos and video were amazed at how great they were. I received a lot of comments like, we have never seen so many great photos!, these are the best wedding photos we have seen.

I would highly recommend!
We were so please with our photographer and Videographer. Everyone that saw the photos and video were amazed at how great Read more...
We were so please with our photographer and Videographer. Everyone that saw the photos and video were amazed at how great they were. I received a lot of comments like, we have never seen so many great photos!, these are the best wedding photos we have seen.

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RDH509
Wedding:
1/6/2011
5.0/5.0
I shopped around a lot of our wedding photos. Photos are something very important to us, and you only get one shot for those. Our photographer was Lorelei, and I would recommend her not a problem. My sister is also going to be using her for her wedding, and so far after her engagement shoot she is just as satisfied. Their pricing isnt knock you off your chair like some photographers out there, and I just got done designing our wedding album, and that couldnt have been easier to do. They have such an easy to use interactive website page for your album that you can change things of a switch and move around. Its hard to describe but if you go in (which you should) for a consult they can show you and explain it better. I'd have to say I'd for sure at least make it a stop in there to see what they can offer for you.
I shopped around a lot of our wedding photos. Photos are something very important to us, and you only get one shot for Read more...
I shopped around a lot of our wedding photos. Photos are something very important to us, and you only get one shot for those. Our photographer was Lorelei, and I would recommend her not a problem. My sister is also going to be using her for her wedding, and so far after her engagement shoot she is just as satisfied. Their pricing isnt knock you off your chair like some photographers out there, and I just got done designing our wedding album, and that couldnt have been easier to do. They have such an easy to use interactive website page for your album that you can change things of a switch and move around. Its hard to describe but if you go in (which you should) for a consult they can show you and explain it better. I'd have to say I'd for sure at least make it a stop in there to see what they can offer for you. Read less
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Gina-H
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Essence was fantastic! Our photographer was so much fun to work with! He was relaxed, natural, and made me feel comfortable right away. We was my go to guy to calm my nerves before the ceremony. We had a HUGE wedding party and he was so patient, but perfectly directive when he needed to be. He was so flexible when something came up we wanted captured. He got all the shots we wanted and more. His smiling face and great attitude help make our day. I would recommend Essence to any friend or family member getting married. Thank you Essence for being amazing and exceeding our expectations!
Essence was fantastic! Our photographer was so much fun to work with! He was relaxed, natural, and made me feel Read more...
Essence was fantastic! Our photographer was so much fun to work with! He was relaxed, natural, and made me feel comfortable right away. We was my go to guy to calm my nerves before the ceremony. We had a HUGE wedding party and he was so patient, but perfectly directive when he needed to be. He was so flexible when something came up we wanted captured. He got all the shots we wanted and more. His smiling face and great attitude help make our day. I would recommend Essence to any friend or family member getting married. Thank you Essence for being amazing and exceeding our expectations! Read less
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flare
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
There cost was average but we did not mind spending the little bit more when after the wedding all that will be left are the photos!
We loved our photographer she was a great match for us.
We really liked how they got to know us at the beginning and matched us up with some one instead of just assigning some one to us.
There cost was average but we did not mind spending the little bit more when after the wedding all that will be left are Read more...
There cost was average but we did not mind spending the little bit more when after the wedding all that will be left are the photos!
We loved our photographer she was a great match for us.
We really liked how they got to know us at the beginning and matched us up with some one instead of just assigning some one to us. Read less
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thetysons
Wedding:
10/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Eric was our photographer at our wedding on 10/1/10 and we couldn't be happier with how everything went! He was so attentive to everything we wanted and we had so many people tell us what a great job he did catching every moment of the night! He made everything perfect! Thank you Essence, especially Eric!
Eric was our photographer at our wedding on 10/1/10 and we couldn't be happier with how everything went! He was so Read more...
Eric was our photographer at our wedding on 10/1/10 and we couldn't be happier with how everything went! He was so attentive to everything we wanted and we had so many people tell us what a great job he did catching every moment of the night! He made everything perfect! Thank you Essence, especially Eric! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Olivia was our photographer and she was so much fun. She was so helpful with posing us and suggesting different things. We haven't gotten our proofs yet and we can't wait to see them. I will make sure to update my review after we see our pictures
Olivia was our photographer and she was so much fun. She was so helpful with posing us and suggesting different things. We Read more...
Olivia was our photographer and she was so much fun. She was so helpful with posing us and suggesting different things. We haven't gotten our proofs yet and we can't wait to see them. I will make sure to update my review after we see our pictures Read less
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orangeapple19
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
We are not completely done with Essence, but so far so good. We loved our photographer. She was very thoughtful and upbeat the entire day even though she was working very diligently. I cannot wait to see our photos. The few peeks I got were great. I can only imagine how the rest will look. I would recommend Essence to anyone. In fact, that is how I found Essence through a coworkek's recommendation.
We are not completely done with Essence, but so far so good. We loved our photographer. She was very thoughtful and upbeat Read more...
We are not completely done with Essence, but so far so good. We loved our photographer. She was very thoughtful and upbeat the entire day even though she was working very diligently. I cannot wait to see our photos. The few peeks I got were great. I can only imagine how the rest will look. I would recommend Essence to anyone. In fact, that is how I found Essence through a coworkek's recommendation. Read less
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Lglazik
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Eric Lipe was a fantastic photographer! He was a delight to work with!
Eric Lipe was a fantastic photographer! He was a delight to work with!
Eric Lipe was a fantastic photographer! He was a delight to work with! Read less
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Bride62010
Wedding:
6/20/2010
5.0/5.0
I really enjoyed working with Essence from the beginning. I thought that their process for choosing a photographer was great, and helped us narrow down what types of photography styles we liked. Our photographer, Robb, was amazing to work with. He was unobtrusive, but always there capturing the shots. He climbed on furniture, laid on the ground, threw the camera in the air, everything! He was flexible and had a ton of ideas about poses and locations for the pictures. He was funny and interacted well with our guests, who were very impressed with him. There are a couple of poses/shots that I know we didn't get, but I would probably say that even if all we had done that day was take pictures! I haven't seen our proofs yet, but just based on my personal interactions with Robb and Essence, I would recommend them for another wedding! Their package included everything we needed at a price we could meet, which was really important to us-who has an unlimited budget these days?! Overall, our experience was very positive-thank you Essence!
I really enjoyed working with Essence from the beginning. I thought that their process for choosing a photographer was Read more...
I really enjoyed working with Essence from the beginning. I thought that their process for choosing a photographer was great, and helped us narrow down what types of photography styles we liked. Our photographer, Robb, was amazing to work with. He was unobtrusive, but always there capturing the shots. He climbed on furniture, laid on the ground, threw the camera in the air, everything! He was flexible and had a ton of ideas about poses and locations for the pictures. He was funny and interacted well with our guests, who were very impressed with him. There are a couple of poses/shots that I know we didn't get, but I would probably say that even if all we had done that day was take pictures! I haven't seen our proofs yet, but just based on my personal interactions with Robb and Essence, I would recommend them for another wedding! Their package included everything we needed at a price we could meet, which was really important to us-who has an unlimited budget these days?! Overall, our experience was very positive-thank you Essence! Read less
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kellyand adam
Wedding:
6/18/2010
5.0/5.0
We are very happy with the service Essence provided. We havent received our pictures yet but Im sure they will be awesome. Ed was our photographer he was wonderful and handled everything and all of our "NY" bridal party very well. Nick was our videographer. He was awesome, and very professional! I highly recommend Essence to shoot your day !! Thank you Essence, Ed and Nick!!
We are very happy with the service Essence provided. We havent received our pictures yet but Im sure they will be awesome. Read more...
We are very happy with the service Essence provided. We havent received our pictures yet but Im sure they will be awesome. Ed was our photographer he was wonderful and handled everything and all of our "NY" bridal party very well. Nick was our videographer. He was awesome, and very professional! I highly recommend Essence to shoot your day !! Thank you Essence, Ed and Nick!! Read less
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isidroandgemma
Wedding:
5/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Essence was awesome!!! Photography was #1 on my priority list and I am so happy I hired Essence!!! Everyone was very professional and very nice. They were patient and I changed my mind a million times. Very easy to work with.

Our photographer was great, very nice and cool to work with. She blended with my family and friends so well!!! I didn't even notice she was there!! She helped me with anything I needed and if I wanted something she got it done. Very helpful with suggestions and our proofs came back in 3 weeks! Our pictures are beautiful!!

If you choose Essence you won't be disappointed... One thing I wish I did was video, we just had my aunt videotape with her camcorder because I didn't think video was necessary... I was wrong :(

The day goes by so fast it's like a dream, get video, it's worth it:)
Essence was awesome!!! Photography was #1 on my priority list and I am so happy I hired Essence!!! Everyone was very Read more...
Essence was awesome!!! Photography was #1 on my priority list and I am so happy I hired Essence!!! Everyone was very professional and very nice. They were patient and I changed my mind a million times. Very easy to work with.

Our photographer was great, very nice and cool to work with. She blended with my family and friends so well!!! I didn't even notice she was there!! She helped me with anything I needed and if I wanted something she got it done. Very helpful with suggestions and our proofs came back in 3 weeks! Our pictures are beautiful!!

If you choose Essence you won't be disappointed... One thing I wish I did was video, we just had my aunt videotape with her camcorder because I didn't think video was necessary... I was wrong :(

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Kelly
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Words can't describe on how our wedding pictures turned out. Eric was awesome and full of energy. I am not the type of bride who likes to be posed for pics and Eric did a wonderful job capturing the moment and these pictures tell the story of my wedding day in the moment and I love them. The hardest part was picking out the ones for my album. Essence did an amazing job and everything I hear someone is getting married I tell them to go to Essence they have the best value by far. Thanks Essence and Eric for making my wedding day a day I will remember forever.
Words can't describe on how our wedding pictures turned out. Eric was awesome and full of energy. I am not the type of Read more...
Words can't describe on how our wedding pictures turned out. Eric was awesome and full of energy. I am not the type of bride who likes to be posed for pics and Eric did a wonderful job capturing the moment and these pictures tell the story of my wedding day in the moment and I love them. The hardest part was picking out the ones for my album. Essence did an amazing job and everything I hear someone is getting married I tell them to go to Essence they have the best value by far. Thanks Essence and Eric for making my wedding day a day I will remember forever. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Eric was wonderful and the pics that i have of my wedding tell a story and i love them.
Eric was wonderful and the pics that i have of my wedding tell a story and i love them.
Eric was wonderful and the pics that i have of my wedding tell a story and i love them. Read less
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Katlyn85
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was amazing! He took such beautiful pictures. He kept telling me that he was on "bride time." This meant that I didn't need to feel rushed, and if I needed him, he would be there. He also offered to get us anything whenever we needed anything even if it was a drink! He was awesome! The company was so professional and I have already referred couples to them!
Our photographer was amazing! He took such beautiful pictures. He kept telling me that he was on "bride time." This meant Read more...
Our photographer was amazing! He took such beautiful pictures. He kept telling me that he was on "bride time." This meant that I didn't need to feel rushed, and if I needed him, he would be there. He also offered to get us anything whenever we needed anything even if it was a drink! He was awesome! The company was so professional and I have already referred couples to them! Read less
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4beck23
Wedding:
4/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Beautiful photos. Easy to work with. We loved our photographer. He scouted the venue for beautiful backgrounds and unique and personal photos for us. They had a ton of options for every budget.
Beautiful photos. Easy to work with. We loved our photographer. He scouted the venue for beautiful backgrounds and unique Read more...
Beautiful photos. Easy to work with. We loved our photographer. He scouted the venue for beautiful backgrounds and unique and personal photos for us. They had a ton of options for every budget. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
2/20/2010
5.0/5.0
I was at a friend's wedding that used Essence and loved the photographer. We had Olivia at our wedding and she is great. The photos were beautiful and the pricing was very fair.
I was at a friend's wedding that used Essence and loved the photographer. We had Olivia at our wedding and she is great. Read more...
I was at a friend's wedding that used Essence and loved the photographer. We had Olivia at our wedding and she is great. The photos were beautiful and the pricing was very fair. Read less
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Adam
Wedding:
1/15/2010
5.0/5.0
From the 1st meeting we were blown away. The photographer Eric was the nicest and funniest guy. He had us laughing and was so polite. I couldn't have asked for a nicer guy.
From the 1st meeting we were blown away. The photographer Eric was the nicest and funniest guy. He had us laughing and was Read more...
From the 1st meeting we were blown away. The photographer Eric was the nicest and funniest guy. He had us laughing and was so polite. I couldn't have asked for a nicer guy. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
So far everything has been great with Essence! We had an amazing engagement session with Karen! It was perfect! Mike and Ben were at the wedding and had a lot of fun with us. Still waiting on proofs, but other than that. They were really great to work with and set a very high standard when we were shopping for photographers!
So far everything has been great with Essence! We had an amazing engagement session with Karen! It was perfect! Mike and Read more...
So far everything has been great with Essence! We had an amazing engagement session with Karen! It was perfect! Mike and Ben were at the wedding and had a lot of fun with us. Still waiting on proofs, but other than that. They were really great to work with and set a very high standard when we were shopping for photographers! Read less
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Cooper
Wedding:
1/9/2010
5.0/5.0
I wanted a picture everyone one in my family could remember. They made it happen here at Essence photo and video. I definitely recommend it to any who wants a memory to live forever.
I wanted a picture everyone one in my family could remember. They made it happen here at Essence photo and video. I Read more...
I wanted a picture everyone one in my family could remember. They made it happen here at Essence photo and video. I definitely recommend it to any who wants a memory to live forever. Read less
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Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
OMG...they were awesome. Seemed like pricing was a little high, but our photographer, Rob, was unbelievable. Found out pricing was right in line with other vendors and I'm sooo happy we went with them.
OMG...they were awesome. Seemed like pricing was a little high, but our photographer, Rob, was unbelievable. Found out Read more...
OMG...they were awesome. Seemed like pricing was a little high, but our photographer, Rob, was unbelievable. Found out pricing was right in line with other vendors and I'm sooo happy we went with them. Read less
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JeniP
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Beautiful pictures! My photographer was very professional and helpful.
Beautiful pictures! My photographer was very professional and helpful.
Beautiful pictures! My photographer was very professional and helpful. Read less
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JennMcNic
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Of all the services for our wedding, photography was the most important to my husband and me. Essence was fantastic from start to finish. Their consultation was very informative and they answered all my questions, which I had a ton of! The planning process was very thorough and they helped us prepare for our wedding with many tips on scheduling times for photos. Our photographer was on time and got all the photos we let them know about in the planning process, plus many more photos that were very artistic, which I love! After the wedding, they designed an album for us and we were able to make as many changes as we wanted before ordering it. Everything went so smooth, we were very, very impressed with Essence!
Of all the services for our wedding, photography was the most important to my husband and me. Essence was fantastic from Read more...
Of all the services for our wedding, photography was the most important to my husband and me. Essence was fantastic from start to finish. Their consultation was very informative and they answered all my questions, which I had a ton of! The planning process was very thorough and they helped us prepare for our wedding with many tips on scheduling times for photos. Our photographer was on time and got all the photos we let them know about in the planning process, plus many more photos that were very artistic, which I love! After the wedding, they designed an album for us and we were able to make as many changes as we wanted before ordering it. Everything went so smooth, we were very, very impressed with Essence! Read less
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car-cunn
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was easy to work with, had fun with us & my bridal party, and really nice. I received multiple compliments from my guests on how professional he was. He seemed to know how to get a smile out of us and gave us easily understood directions for beautiful, artistic pictures. I definitely recommend Essence!
Our photographer was easy to work with, had fun with us & my bridal party, and really nice. I received multiple Read more...
Our photographer was easy to work with, had fun with us & my bridal party, and really nice. I received multiple compliments from my guests on how professional he was. He seemed to know how to get a smile out of us and gave us easily understood directions for beautiful, artistic pictures. I definitely recommend Essence! Read less
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LynnieF
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
She came on time, and took pictures of exactly what my daughter wanted. She was professional and very friendly with some great ideas.
She came on time, and took pictures of exactly what my daughter wanted. She was professional and very friendly with some Read more...
She came on time, and took pictures of exactly what my daughter wanted. She was professional and very friendly with some great ideas. Read less
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jennifer13_us
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
The staff was very helpful in the pre planning stages and covered all pricing, packages and photograph information in a very professional and organized manner and fully informed you of your choices. They really listen to what you are looking for and match you to a photographer carefully. Our photgrapher was great and very flexible and friendly. The turn around time for getting our proofs back was less than 3 weeks!
The staff was very helpful in the pre planning stages and covered all pricing, packages and photograph information in a Read more...
The staff was very helpful in the pre planning stages and covered all pricing, packages and photograph information in a very professional and organized manner and fully informed you of your choices. They really listen to what you are looking for and match you to a photographer carefully. Our photgrapher was great and very flexible and friendly. The turn around time for getting our proofs back was less than 3 weeks! Read less
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Carol-n-Sam
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
"Talented and amazing" are a few of the words I would use to describe my photographer. He did such a great job at capturing the feel and style of our day. The 500 facial expressions he captured alone of my husband and me were amazing. Everyone loves our pictures and we will cherish them forever.

Picking Essence was an excellent choice, thank you Essence. I recommend and can't say enough about them!
"Talented and amazing" are a few of the words I would use to describe my photographer. He did such a great job at Read more...
"Talented and amazing" are a few of the words I would use to describe my photographer. He did such a great job at capturing the feel and style of our day. The 500 facial expressions he captured alone of my husband and me were amazing. Everyone loves our pictures and we will cherish them forever.

Picking Essence was an excellent choice, thank you Essence. I recommend and can't say enough about them! Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
We are very happy we chose Essence for our wedding photography. Our photographer, Megan Sullivan, was fantastic! She was very friendly and easy to get along with, which is very important considering how much of our wedding day was spent with the photographer. She made it much easier for my husband and I to feel comfortable having our pictures taken. Her eye for photography is remarkable, and she had some wonderful ideas that have translated into stunning "wedding party" photographs of me and my husband in downtown Chicago. She was laid back and not at all intrusive, which is exactly what we were hoping for in a wedding photographer. Our families and friends thought she fit in perfectly at our wedding and was very easy to work with as well. Having just viewed our proofs, I must say that the quality of her work has exceeded the very high expectations that were set on our wedding day. We feel very lucky that she was available for our wedding, and we would very highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.
We are very happy we chose Essence for our wedding photography. Our photographer, Megan Sullivan, was fantastic! She was Read more...
We are very happy we chose Essence for our wedding photography. Our photographer, Megan Sullivan, was fantastic! She was very friendly and easy to get along with, which is very important considering how much of our wedding day was spent with the photographer. She made it much easier for my husband and I to feel comfortable having our pictures taken. Her eye for photography is remarkable, and she had some wonderful ideas that have translated into stunning "wedding party" photographs of me and my husband in downtown Chicago. She was laid back and not at all intrusive, which is exactly what we were hoping for in a wedding photographer. Our families and friends thought she fit in perfectly at our wedding and was very easy to work with as well. Having just viewed our proofs, I must say that the quality of her work has exceeded the very high expectations that were set on our wedding day. We feel very lucky that she was available for our wedding, and we would very highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer. Read less
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Jessica S
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
The pictures we received from Essence were beautiful. The planning process with the photographer was very good and our wedding day went just as planned. I have received many compliments on the pictures from my family.
The pictures we received from Essence were beautiful. The planning process with the photographer was very good and our Read more...
The pictures we received from Essence were beautiful. The planning process with the photographer was very good and our wedding day went just as planned. I have received many compliments on the pictures from my family. Read less
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sknoll
Wedding:
8/28/2009
5.0/5.0
Megan was my photographer and I highly recommend her. She gave us what we asked for, candid pictures and direction for artistic pictures. I have a proof book full of gorgeous pics.
Megan was my photographer and I highly recommend her. She gave us what we asked for, candid pictures and direction for Read more...
Megan was my photographer and I highly recommend her. She gave us what we asked for, candid pictures and direction for artistic pictures. I have a proof book full of gorgeous pics. Read less
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meleen
Wedding:
8/15/2009
5.0/5.0
Essence was very professional from start to finish. My photographer, Travis, was very personable and great at helping guide us with pics (and everything else). We selected many pictures to be shot of our family and bridal party, and he got all of them while having fun with us at the same time. I waited to make this review until I received my album, and I love it. I made a few changes to the first design they made, but they did it quickly and did what I asked for. They even photo shopped a few photos that needed to be tweaked. My photographer was awesome and my album is great. Everything I expected. I endorse Essence wholeheartedly.
Essence was very professional from start to finish. My photographer, Travis, was very personable and great at helping Read more...
Essence was very professional from start to finish. My photographer, Travis, was very personable and great at helping guide us with pics (and everything else). We selected many pictures to be shot of our family and bridal party, and he got all of them while having fun with us at the same time. I waited to make this review until I received my album, and I love it. I made a few changes to the first design they made, but they did it quickly and did what I asked for. They even photo shopped a few photos that needed to be tweaked. My photographer was awesome and my album is great. Everything I expected. I endorse Essence wholeheartedly. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We booked Dave Grelck, and he was great. Not only did he capture beautiful shots, but he blended in very well with the wedding party - especially when we all packed in a hot limo for photos around the city. In addition, he was with us for 12 hours (most other places have an 8 or 10 hour limit).
We booked Dave Grelck, and he was great. Not only did he capture beautiful shots, but he blended in very well with the Read more...
We booked Dave Grelck, and he was great. Not only did he capture beautiful shots, but he blended in very well with the wedding party - especially when we all packed in a hot limo for photos around the city. In addition, he was with us for 12 hours (most other places have an 8 or 10 hour limit). Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/31/2009
5.0/5.0
We loved the Essence! Our photographer was Melissa Emory and she was absolutely amazing! She had such great ideas and payed excellent attention to detail. I know our photos will be awesome. She worked so hard for like 12 hours and truly cared about capturing every moment of our wedding! I am so thankful for all of Melissa's work. She is a great photographer! The Essence provided great service and an excellent payment plan which makes it easy for my husband and I to get all the photos we want! I don't think there are any other photography companies like the Essence and I am so lucky I found them for my wedding.
We loved the Essence! Our photographer was Melissa Emory and she was absolutely amazing! She had such great ideas and Read more...
We loved the Essence! Our photographer was Melissa Emory and she was absolutely amazing! She had such great ideas and payed excellent attention to detail. I know our photos will be awesome. She worked so hard for like 12 hours and truly cared about capturing every moment of our wedding! I am so thankful for all of Melissa's work. She is a great photographer! The Essence provided great service and an excellent payment plan which makes it easy for my husband and I to get all the photos we want! I don't think there are any other photography companies like the Essence and I am so lucky I found them for my wedding. Read less
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Vicki
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Everything was fantastic with Essence! My photographer was so nice to work with and really helped guide us all day. She stayed until the end of the night and we are very pleased with how the pictures and the album turned out.

I highly recommend!
Everything was fantastic with Essence! My photographer was so nice to work with and really helped guide us all day. She Read more...
Everything was fantastic with Essence! My photographer was so nice to work with and really helped guide us all day. She stayed until the end of the night and we are very pleased with how the pictures and the album turned out.

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lindsey-d
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
I had two friends use Essence and I loved the pictures from both of their weddings. My wedding was the best ;-). My photographer worked her butt off all day. She was at my house at around noon and stayed to the end of the reception. I was very pleased with their pricing. Not the cheapest, but very reasonable. I was very happy with Essence overall.
I had two friends use Essence and I loved the pictures from both of their weddings. My wedding was the best ;-). My Read more...
I had two friends use Essence and I loved the pictures from both of their weddings. My wedding was the best ;-). My photographer worked her butt off all day. She was at my house at around noon and stayed to the end of the reception. I was very pleased with their pricing. Not the cheapest, but very reasonable. I was very happy with Essence overall. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
All the people at Essence were really great to work with. Very passionate and professional. My pictures are fabulous!
All the people at Essence were really great to work with. Very passionate and professional. My pictures are fabulous!
All the people at Essence were really great to work with. Very passionate and professional. My pictures are fabulous! Read less
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lisa-k
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Everything with Essence went so perfect! The best part was my photographer, Mike Beleck. Essence did a great job matching us up with the right person. We all loved him and the pictures he took. Very journalistic, which is exactly what we requested. We highly endorse Mike and Essence!
Everything with Essence went so perfect! The best part was my photographer, Mike Beleck. Essence did a great job matching Read more...
Everything with Essence went so perfect! The best part was my photographer, Mike Beleck. Essence did a great job matching us up with the right person. We all loved him and the pictures he took. Very journalistic, which is exactly what we requested. We highly endorse Mike and Essence! Read less
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Yvonne
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
My photographer was very artistic and great in giving my husband and I suggestions for our pictures. We were blown away by the pictures and it was hard to choose for our album. Our album turned out fantastic! They designed everything for me and even made a few changes that I requested for free. We are eternally grateful for the pictures we will treasure forever!
My photographer was very artistic and great in giving my husband and I suggestions for our pictures. We were blown away by Read more...
My photographer was very artistic and great in giving my husband and I suggestions for our pictures. We were blown away by the pictures and it was hard to choose for our album. Our album turned out fantastic! They designed everything for me and even made a few changes that I requested for free. We are eternally grateful for the pictures we will treasure forever! Read less
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Fingle
Wedding:
7/10/2009
5.0/5.0
If I were to have my wedding all over again, Essence would be the first vendor I would hire. Sean was my photographer and he was all around great. His pictures were amazing with some very unique ideas. He was very helpful throught the day and very professional. My sister used Essence and I had a great experience too. Highly reccommend!!
If I were to have my wedding all over again, Essence would be the first vendor I would hire. Sean was my photographer and Read more...
If I were to have my wedding all over again, Essence would be the first vendor I would hire. Sean was my photographer and he was all around great. His pictures were amazing with some very unique ideas. He was very helpful throught the day and very professional. My sister used Essence and I had a great experience too. Highly reccommend!! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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lak4683
Wedding:
6/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Service was good.
Service was good.
Service was good. Read less
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candicenchris
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier with Essence! From the beginning, they were very helpful in showing us their photographer's work, to how great our photographer was on our wedding day, to getting all of our beautiful photos, to designing our album with their design group. We are all thrilled with the results!!
We could not be happier with Essence! From the beginning, they were very helpful in showing us their photographer's work, Read more...
We could not be happier with Essence! From the beginning, they were very helpful in showing us their photographer's work, to how great our photographer was on our wedding day, to getting all of our beautiful photos, to designing our album with their design group. We are all thrilled with the results!! Read less
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samkunze
Wedding:
6/12/2009
5.0/5.0
I loved, loved, loved my photographer! He was amazing and I am so excited to see my pictures in a few weeks! He came up with some many unique ideas for cute pictures and did all the traditional at the same time! I would suggest Essence, especially Eric Lipe to anyone!
I loved, loved, loved my photographer! He was amazing and I am so excited to see my pictures in a few weeks! He came up Read more...
I loved, loved, loved my photographer! He was amazing and I am so excited to see my pictures in a few weeks! He came up with some many unique ideas for cute pictures and did all the traditional at the same time! I would suggest Essence, especially Eric Lipe to anyone! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/7/2009
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about how great it was to have Essence. My best friend used them last year and when I saw her proofs I knew I had to have them. They definitely didn't disappoint at my wedding. True professionals and the pictures were stunning! Thank you!!
I can't say enough about how great it was to have Essence. My best friend used them last year and when I saw her proofs I Read more...
I can't say enough about how great it was to have Essence. My best friend used them last year and when I saw her proofs I knew I had to have them. They definitely didn't disappoint at my wedding. True professionals and the pictures were stunning! Thank you!! Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
5/31/2009
5.0/5.0
Our photographer made us feel very comfortable. I loved that Essence's photographer stay for 12 hours and got pictures all day and night. They creatively captured my wedding without being intrusive at all. He got great candid shots that I love and was very professional. He did an amazing job and I recommend Essence to anyone!
Our photographer made us feel very comfortable. I loved that Essence's photographer stay for 12 hours and got pictures all Read more...
Our photographer made us feel very comfortable. I loved that Essence's photographer stay for 12 hours and got pictures all day and night. They creatively captured my wedding without being intrusive at all. He got great candid shots that I love and was very professional. He did an amazing job and I recommend Essence to anyone! Read less
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kellie
Wedding:
5/30/2009
5.0/5.0
Just great! We loved our photographer and our pictures were absolutely wonderful!!! I highly recommend!!!!!
Just great! We loved our photographer and our pictures were absolutely wonderful!!! I highly recommend!!!!!
Just great! We loved our photographer and our pictures were absolutely wonderful!!! I highly recommend!!!!! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
5/23/2009
5.0/5.0
Essence was great! I have had countless compliments on our album. Our photographer was fun and upbeat the whole day. Great service!
Essence was great! I have had countless compliments on our album. Our photographer was fun and upbeat the whole day. Great Read more...
Essence was great! I have had countless compliments on our album. Our photographer was fun and upbeat the whole day. Great service! Read less
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Traci
Wedding:
5/16/2009
5.0/5.0
Essence did an exceptional job at our wedding. I'd give them six stars if I could. Photographer was so positive and great to work with. Prices are reasonable, we spent about $2,400 for everything. It included the photographer for the day, proof book, large canvas, and the magazine style album with the upgraded cover.
Essence did an exceptional job at our wedding. I'd give them six stars if I could. Photographer was so positive and great Read more...
Essence did an exceptional job at our wedding. I'd give them six stars if I could. Photographer was so positive and great to work with. Prices are reasonable, we spent about $2,400 for everything. It included the photographer for the day, proof book, large canvas, and the magazine style album with the upgraded cover. Read less
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Sue
Wedding:
5/9/2009
5.0/5.0
Essence's pictures at my wedding were great! I've gotten nothing but compliments on the pics. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Essence's pictures at my wedding were great! I've gotten nothing but compliments on the pics. I can't recommend them Read more...
Essence's pictures at my wedding were great! I've gotten nothing but compliments on the pics. I can't recommend them highly enough. Read less
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christina
Wedding:
4/11/2009
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding pictures done by Essence. Our photographer, Ed, was great to work with and did a wonderful job. He was so patient with our families and rowdy bridal party. He managed to not be intrusive, but also be everywhere. He gave us some very creative ideas for pictures. I could not have asked for better pictures. Their design group did all the work for me and made a beautiful album.

I would definitely recommend Essence. They worked with us wonderfully every step of the way.
We had our wedding pictures done by Essence. Our photographer, Ed, was great to work with and did a wonderful job. He was Read more...
We had our wedding pictures done by Essence. Our photographer, Ed, was great to work with and did a wonderful job. He was so patient with our families and rowdy bridal party. He managed to not be intrusive, but also be everywhere. He gave us some very creative ideas for pictures. I could not have asked for better pictures. Their design group did all the work for me and made a beautiful album.

I would definitely recommend Essence. They worked with us wonderfully every step of the way. Read less
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marcy
Wedding:
1/31/2009
5.0/5.0
I'm not the most photogenic person and I don't like to be photographed, but my photographer made it so easy and fun. She made our pictures look so amazing and I was surprised that some of the pictures were of me! She made me look beautiful!! I can't imagine a better photographer for us.
I'm not the most photogenic person and I don't like to be photographed, but my photographer made it so easy and fun. She Read more...
I'm not the most photogenic person and I don't like to be photographed, but my photographer made it so easy and fun. She made our pictures look so amazing and I was surprised that some of the pictures were of me! She made me look beautiful!! I can't imagine a better photographer for us. Read less
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tanyaw
Wedding:
11/22/2008
5.0/5.0
From the first day we met until the time we received our album, it was an absolute pleasure dealing with Essence. We were impressed with how professional our initial meeting was compared to the other photographers we interviewed. The planning they did with us before the wedding made the wedding day go very smooth. Our photos are soooo beautiful and the album is unreal. They even gave us a new service of theirs, something scrapbook, for free. Even though it was not out yet when we signed our contract.
From the first day we met until the time we received our album, it was an absolute pleasure dealing with Essence. We were Read more...
From the first day we met until the time we received our album, it was an absolute pleasure dealing with Essence. We were impressed with how professional our initial meeting was compared to the other photographers we interviewed. The planning they did with us before the wedding made the wedding day go very smooth. Our photos are soooo beautiful and the album is unreal. They even gave us a new service of theirs, something scrapbook, for free. Even though it was not out yet when we signed our contract. Read less
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michharris15
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
everything was fantastic! my photographer was very friendly and helpful with picture ideas. i received my proof book and was amazed at how many beautiful pictures she got. i would recommend essence to everyone.
everything was fantastic! my photographer was very friendly and helpful with picture ideas. i received my proof book and Read more...
everything was fantastic! my photographer was very friendly and helpful with picture ideas. i received my proof book and was amazed at how many beautiful pictures she got. i would recommend essence to everyone. Read less
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kelly
Wedding:
10/10/2008
5.0/5.0
Essence Photography is the best! We had nothing but great service from them and my photographer Mike Beleck was great. He took every shot that was asked of him and more. The service from the office personal was ans still is fabulous. The price for their service is right on and what you receive in their packages is well worth it. Mike was not in your face taking pictured he was around but not there., if you know what I mean. We are in the process of making our album and the layout Essence came up with for us was great and awaiting our next meeting. I can't wait to see how it all comes out. I can't say enough about Essence you should contact them now don't wait you won't find any better.
Essence Photography is the best! We had nothing but great service from them and my photographer Mike Beleck was great. He Read more...
Essence Photography is the best! We had nothing but great service from them and my photographer Mike Beleck was great. He took every shot that was asked of him and more. The service from the office personal was ans still is fabulous. The price for their service is right on and what you receive in their packages is well worth it. Mike was not in your face taking pictured he was around but not there., if you know what I mean. We are in the process of making our album and the layout Essence came up with for us was great and awaiting our next meeting. I can't wait to see how it all comes out. I can't say enough about Essence you should contact them now don't wait you won't find any better. Read less
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christykat
Wedding:
5/24/2008
5.0/5.0
The quality of work they do compared to the prices they charge make it Essence a bargain. I've recommended them to all my friends. They did an amazing job!
The quality of work they do compared to the prices they charge make it Essence a bargain. I've recommended them to all my Read more...
The quality of work they do compared to the prices they charge make it Essence a bargain. I've recommended them to all my friends. They did an amazing job! Read less
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Michele
Wedding:
12/14/2007
5.0/5.0
Karen was our event planner for this vendor and she was just a joy to work with. She was able to pick out a photographer that would be easy to work with mine and my husbands personality. Jason was our photographer and he was just great. I was in the church basement 2 1/2 hours before the wedding and he walked into the basement while my bridesmaid and MOH were there eating chicken nuggets, our first meal of the day. He just smiled, made sure that I was comfortable and anything if I needed it, he would go grab it. We told Jason from the beginning when he called us, to use his discretion, and that he's the artist we're paying to get great professional and candid shots throughout the wedding. This company will taylor to your wedding. We shopped at Edward Fox and Fred Fox studios and Essence was the winner. The made us feel comfortable in their store and didn't pressure us to sign a contract right then and there. In my opinion Edward Fox and Fred Fox are really uptight and just there for the buck. Essence didn't pressure us, and since my fiance couldn't come the first meeting, Karen was ready and willing to sit down with us again and present everything to my husband. They even gave us little business cards to put in our thank you cards so our guests could order pictures from the wedding online, instead of going through my husband and I. Essence only wanted $500 down and then another $700 AFTER the wedding. Everyone else wanted the full payment before the wedding, so Essence being so easy going, it helped a ton. I would recommend this to anyone who's having a birthday party or wedding!
Karen was our event planner for this vendor and she was just a joy to work with. She was able to pick out a photographer Read more...
Karen was our event planner for this vendor and she was just a joy to work with. She was able to pick out a photographer that would be easy to work with mine and my husbands personality. Jason was our photographer and he was just great. I was in the church basement 2 1/2 hours before the wedding and he walked into the basement while my bridesmaid and MOH were there eating chicken nuggets, our first meal of the day. He just smiled, made sure that I was comfortable and anything if I needed it, he would go grab it. We told Jason from the beginning when he called us, to use his discretion, and that he's the artist we're paying to get great professional and candid shots throughout the wedding. This company will taylor to your wedding. We shopped at Edward Fox and Fred Fox studios and Essence was the winner. The made us feel comfortable in their store and didn't pressure us to sign a contract right then and there. In my opinion Edward Fox and Fred Fox are really uptight and just there for the buck. Essence didn't pressure us, and since my fiance couldn't come the first meeting, Karen was ready and willing to sit down with us again and present everything to my husband. They even gave us little business cards to put in our thank you cards so our guests could order pictures from the wedding online, instead of going through my husband and I. Essence only wanted $500 down and then another $700 AFTER the wedding. Everyone else wanted the full payment before the wedding, so Essence being so easy going, it helped a ton. I would recommend this to anyone who's having a birthday party or wedding! Read less
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Stina
Wedding:
10/27/2007
5.0/5.0
I went to the Essence in Naperville (the newest location), and after researching dozens of photographers, I was floored with their professionalism and value! We got so much for just what our budget fell into. Liz was the kindest album planner and my photographer was very knowledgable of poses and angles. Thanks Essence!
I went to the Essence in Naperville (the newest location), and after researching dozens of photographers, I was floored Read more...
I went to the Essence in Naperville (the newest location), and after researching dozens of photographers, I was floored with their professionalism and value! We got so much for just what our budget fell into. Liz was the kindest album planner and my photographer was very knowledgable of poses and angles. Thanks Essence! Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
7/21/2007
5.0/5.0
Our photographer, Bill Dolsen was absolutely incredible. He arrived to our event earlier than I paid for, and stayed later and did not charge me. He took over 1000 pictures, all of which are beautiful!
Our photographer, Bill Dolsen was absolutely incredible. He arrived to our event earlier than I paid for, and stayed later Read more...
Our photographer, Bill Dolsen was absolutely incredible. He arrived to our event earlier than I paid for, and stayed later and did not charge me. He took over 1000 pictures, all of which are beautiful! Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
6/23/2007
5.0/5.0
Excellent value for the price! Great photojournalism. Hardly knew the photographer and videographer were there. Great job.
Excellent value for the price! Great photojournalism. Hardly knew the photographer and videographer were there. Great job. Read more...
Excellent value for the price! Great photojournalism. Hardly knew the photographer and videographer were there. Great job. Read less
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Julie
Wedding:
6/23/2006
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was amazing, everything was perfect. I would (and have!) recommended these photographers to all of our friends!
Our photographer was amazing, everything was perfect. I would (and have!) recommended these photographers to all of our Read more...
Our photographer was amazing, everything was perfect. I would (and have!) recommended these photographers to all of our friends! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Looking at our album from last year the memories are coming back. I have to be honest we had lots of problems on our day from people showing up late to our flowers being wrong but it turned out to be a wonderful day of course. The ONLY vendor I can say I was 100% happy with was Essence which did the photography and video. Not only were they helpful and easy to communicate with during the planning, but the day of the wedding the photographer was like my personal counselor helping us stay positive with all the other problems. The album was beautiful, my Mom was happy (hard to do - sorry luv you mom) and bottom line they MADE OUR DAY. We also got video and loved that too - people were saying don't bother with video but SO GLAD we did. We could have spent a LOT more with indpendent photographers - Essence was less where we were wondering what do you give up? Answer: Nothing - great job!
Looking at our album from last year the memories are coming back. I have to be honest we had lots of problems on our day Read more...
Looking at our album from last year the memories are coming back. I have to be honest we had lots of problems on our day from people showing up late to our flowers being wrong but it turned out to be a wonderful day of course. The ONLY vendor I can say I was 100% happy with was Essence which did the photography and video. Not only were they helpful and easy to communicate with during the planning, but the day of the wedding the photographer was like my personal counselor helping us stay positive with all the other problems. The album was beautiful, my Mom was happy (hard to do - sorry luv you mom) and bottom line they MADE OUR DAY. We also got video and loved that too - people were saying don't bother with video but SO GLAD we did. We could have spent a LOT more with indpendent photographers - Essence was less where we were wondering what do you give up? Answer: Nothing - great job! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.9/5.0
I haven't even seen the finished products yet, but based on the wedding day, they were AWESOME!!! I could not have asked for a more laid-back and creative photographer. LOVED working with her!
I haven't even seen the finished products yet, but based on the wedding day, they were AWESOME!!! I could not have asked Read more...
I haven't even seen the finished products yet, but based on the wedding day, they were AWESOME!!! I could not have asked for a more laid-back and creative photographer. LOVED working with her! Read less
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cynthia
Wedding:
8/28/2010
4.9/5.0
Recommend! Kevin, our photographer, was awesome! He was flexible and happily took our suggestions throughout the day.
Recommend! Kevin, our photographer, was awesome! He was flexible and happily took our suggestions throughout the day.
Recommend! Kevin, our photographer, was awesome! He was flexible and happily took our suggestions throughout the day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
We worked with Megan S from Essence and she was absolutely wonderful! We had a big wedding party (8 bridesmaids/groomsmen, 2 ring bearers, and 2 ushers) and she was able to get everyone organized and in pictures very easily. Essence in general was great to work with. They were very informative and honest about how many photographers we needed. I can't wait to see the final pictures!
We worked with Megan S from Essence and she was absolutely wonderful! We had a big wedding party (8 bridesmaids/groomsmen, Read more...
We worked with Megan S from Essence and she was absolutely wonderful! We had a big wedding party (8 bridesmaids/groomsmen, 2 ring bearers, and 2 ushers) and she was able to get everyone organized and in pictures very easily. Essence in general was great to work with. They were very informative and honest about how many photographers we needed. I can't wait to see the final pictures! Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
2/13/2010
4.9/5.0
Photos came in this week and are more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I would use Essence again in a second!
Photos came in this week and are more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I would use Essence again in a second!
Photos came in this week and are more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I would use Essence again in a second! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We are awaiting our wedding proofs and album, however, we have reiceved consistently great service from Essence P&V. We felt with some other photography options the company operates like a big box business but Essence has the small company feel with lots of personalized attention. You are able to communicate with the owner and your photographer through an online portal and they have many helpful tips on their website as well. Our actual photog, Paola, was fun yet professional and helped us feel at ease in front of the camera. We had a large wedding party (18) and she handled the group so well! The only negative was that we were unable to match schedules with our wedding photographer to do an engagement session. Essence did make up for that by pairing us with another great photog and our photos turned out amazing! We were slightly disappointed that we could not meet and work with our wedding photog early, but overall it was a minor detractor. If you are interested in doing an engagement session, we recommend scheduling it early if you are looking to shoot during a particular time of year.
We are awaiting our wedding proofs and album, however, we have reiceved consistently great service from Essence P&V. We Read more...
We are awaiting our wedding proofs and album, however, we have reiceved consistently great service from Essence P&V. We felt with some other photography options the company operates like a big box business but Essence has the small company feel with lots of personalized attention. You are able to communicate with the owner and your photographer through an online portal and they have many helpful tips on their website as well. Our actual photog, Paola, was fun yet professional and helped us feel at ease in front of the camera. We had a large wedding party (18) and she handled the group so well! The only negative was that we were unable to match schedules with our wedding photographer to do an engagement session. Essence did make up for that by pairing us with another great photog and our photos turned out amazing! We were slightly disappointed that we could not meet and work with our wedding photog early, but overall it was a minor detractor. If you are interested in doing an engagement session, we recommend scheduling it early if you are looking to shoot during a particular time of year. Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.8/5.0
Choosing the photographer was our most stressful task when it came to picking vendors for our wedding reception. We missed out on one photographer in the beginning – one I thought would be a great match for us. We were planning from afar (we live in Houston, TX – got married near Chicago) so saw challenges as we couldn’t meet with anyone face to face before we chose. We had seen some wedding photography from other companies which were atrocious (photographer standing in front of guests in their row during the ceremony, getting in peoples faces and snapping shots repeatedly, etc) so we were quite nervous about picking the right person to shoot our special day. Once we found Essence and spoke with Karen, we felt more at peace. Once we saw our options of photographers, we knew from first look which one would match us best. Paola was absolutely amazing. She was better than I could have imagined. She interacted with us and our guests very well. She directed people without being pushy. She captured great action and candid shots without being intrusive. She was responsive to our ideas and helped form fun poses. The streets bordering our wedding/reception site were under construction as was the nearby park so there were additional challenges in finding the right place to take pictures. Paola arrived early to make sure she found those spots – and she did. I can’t wait to see the end result in a few weeks!
Choosing the photographer was our most stressful task when it came to picking vendors for our wedding reception. We missed Read more...
Choosing the photographer was our most stressful task when it came to picking vendors for our wedding reception. We missed out on one photographer in the beginning – one I thought would be a great match for us. We were planning from afar (we live in Houston, TX – got married near Chicago) so saw challenges as we couldn’t meet with anyone face to face before we chose. We had seen some wedding photography from other companies which were atrocious (photographer standing in front of guests in their row during the ceremony, getting in peoples faces and snapping shots repeatedly, etc) so we were quite nervous about picking the right person to shoot our special day. Once we found Essence and spoke with Karen, we felt more at peace. Once we saw our options of photographers, we knew from first look which one would match us best. Paola was absolutely amazing. She was better than I could have imagined. She interacted with us and our guests very well. She directed people without being pushy. She captured great action and candid shots without being intrusive. She was responsive to our ideas and helped form fun poses. The streets bordering our wedding/reception site were under construction as was the nearby park so there were additional challenges in finding the right place to take pictures. Paola arrived early to make sure she found those spots – and she did. I can’t wait to see the end result in a few weeks! Read less
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lgettle
Wedding:
8/19/2011
4.8/5.0
We really enjoyed working with essence - they were very professional and provided a great online planning tool. Our photographer was Megan S and she was SUPER - very fun, outgoing but professional and our photographs turned out great. Their prices were slightly higher than some other places we reviewed, but we felt that Essence's quality was slightly better. In addition, we really liked the fact that once our album was ordered and printed, the copyrights for the pictures became ours.
We really enjoyed working with essence - they were very professional and provided a great online planning tool. Our Read more...
We really enjoyed working with essence - they were very professional and provided a great online planning tool. Our photographer was Megan S and she was SUPER - very fun, outgoing but professional and our photographs turned out great. Their prices were slightly higher than some other places we reviewed, but we felt that Essence's quality was slightly better. In addition, we really liked the fact that once our album was ordered and printed, the copyrights for the pictures became ours. Read less
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kristers03
Wedding:
7/17/2011
4.8/5.0
We used Essence for both photography and videography. Eric was our photographer and was amazing!! He was so nice and did such a wonderful job. Nick was our videographer and the same goes with him. Karen, the sales rep was so nice and answered all of our questions when we first signed the contract. I highly reccommend them!!
We used Essence for both photography and videography. Eric was our photographer and was amazing!! He was so nice and did Read more...
We used Essence for both photography and videography. Eric was our photographer and was amazing!! He was so nice and did such a wonderful job. Nick was our videographer and the same goes with him. Karen, the sales rep was so nice and answered all of our questions when we first signed the contract. I highly reccommend them!! Read less
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NKapa
Wedding:
5/29/2011
4.8/5.0
My husband and I were referred to Essence by 2 different couples who used their services for their weddings. My husband and I were in one of the weddings for one of the couples who referred us so we were able to see their photographer and videographer in action. I was impressed by the picture quality and creativity that Essence provides. I was extremely happy with our photographer Mike and our videographer Josh. Mike and Josh worked very well together. They were very easy to get a long with and they understood what my husband and I were looking for with pictures and videos. They got along with our entire bridal party and our families. My husband and I haven't seen our proofs yet, however, we have received our Blu Ray wedding video already and we were very pleased with how it turned out. We have no doubt in our mind that our proofs will be just as good!
My husband and I were referred to Essence by 2 different couples who used their services for their weddings. My husband Read more...
My husband and I were referred to Essence by 2 different couples who used their services for their weddings. My husband and I were in one of the weddings for one of the couples who referred us so we were able to see their photographer and videographer in action. I was impressed by the picture quality and creativity that Essence provides. I was extremely happy with our photographer Mike and our videographer Josh. Mike and Josh worked very well together. They were very easy to get a long with and they understood what my husband and I were looking for with pictures and videos. They got along with our entire bridal party and our families. My husband and I haven't seen our proofs yet, however, we have received our Blu Ray wedding video already and we were very pleased with how it turned out. We have no doubt in our mind that our proofs will be just as good! Read less
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Connie
Wedding:
9/4/2010
4.8/5.0
We were very pleased with how our pictures turned out. Our photographer was friendly and easy to work with.
We were very pleased with how our pictures turned out. Our photographer was friendly and easy to work with.
We were very pleased with how our pictures turned out. Our photographer was friendly and easy to work with. Read less
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Jaci
Wedding:
7/10/2010
4.8/5.0
Our photographer fulfilled every detail we could ever think of and more in our wedding photos. We are very grateful for how she was before our wedding, on our wedding day, and in receiving our photos. Communication was excellent and she was flexible. Very reasonable cost especially for everything that we got in the package. You will be very satisfied by choosing them!
Our photographer fulfilled every detail we could ever think of and more in our wedding photos. We are very grateful for Read more...
Our photographer fulfilled every detail we could ever think of and more in our wedding photos. We are very grateful for how she was before our wedding, on our wedding day, and in receiving our photos. Communication was excellent and she was flexible. Very reasonable cost especially for everything that we got in the package. You will be very satisfied by choosing them! Read less
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hmjoseph
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.8/5.0
Essence was wonderful to work with for our big day! In preparing they were great at really putting me at ease and the director even responded to my emails with the million questions that I had leading up to the wedding! Our photographer was really nice to work with. She was flexible with whatever we wanted to do regarding pictures, and also had some great ideas of her own. They were recommended to us by a friend, and we would definitely recommend this company to others. We were really pleased with it all!
Essence was wonderful to work with for our big day! In preparing they were great at really putting me at ease and the Read more...
Essence was wonderful to work with for our big day! In preparing they were great at really putting me at ease and the director even responded to my emails with the million questions that I had leading up to the wedding! Our photographer was really nice to work with. She was flexible with whatever we wanted to do regarding pictures, and also had some great ideas of her own. They were recommended to us by a friend, and we would definitely recommend this company to others. We were really pleased with it all! Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
4/24/2010
4.8/5.0
Pleasure to work with over the phone and in person. Captured the beauty of the day. Creative, fun, and unique photo positions. Nice variety of songs to play throughout video. Ability to design your photo album with neat computer program and have fun with it. Tip: Spend more more money on photo/video than details of the wedding since these contribute to the lasting memories you'll have forever.
Pleasure to work with over the phone and in person. Captured the beauty of the day. Creative, fun, and unique photo Read more...
Pleasure to work with over the phone and in person. Captured the beauty of the day. Creative, fun, and unique photo positions. Nice variety of songs to play throughout video. Ability to design your photo album with neat computer program and have fun with it. Tip: Spend more more money on photo/video than details of the wedding since these contribute to the lasting memories you'll have forever. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Have not gotten album yet, but Essence was a great pick. Proofs, a little hard to see if you have a larger wedding party, but great pictures overall. They could host the proofs a little longer than 60 days online though. Value is great as the bride and groom, but if you want to buy separate pictures they are expensive. If you're not in a hurry and can wait a year, Essence does release everything to the bride and groom, and you can print your own pics, which is great! Have no knowledge on how the video turned out yet. Price below included photographer, wedding album, proof book, online hosting, release of all (1018) pictures within a year, videographer, wedding video, and copies.
Have not gotten album yet, but Essence was a great pick. Proofs, a little hard to see if you have a larger wedding party, Read more...
Have not gotten album yet, but Essence was a great pick. Proofs, a little hard to see if you have a larger wedding party, but great pictures overall. They could host the proofs a little longer than 60 days online though. Value is great as the bride and groom, but if you want to buy separate pictures they are expensive. If you're not in a hurry and can wait a year, Essence does release everything to the bride and groom, and you can print your own pics, which is great! Have no knowledge on how the video turned out yet. Price below included photographer, wedding album, proof book, online hosting, release of all (1018) pictures within a year, videographer, wedding video, and copies. Read less
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dgdancer82
Wedding:
5/30/2009
4.8/5.0
Sean was GREAT! So patience and fun! Had some great picture ideas. I really liked how you do not have to pay until after you see your pictures. Everyone that I talked to was quick about responding back and so friendly. I have recommended them to several friends who are also using them. Great company!!
Sean was GREAT! So patience and fun! Had some great picture ideas. I really liked how you do not have to pay until after Read more...
Sean was GREAT! So patience and fun! Had some great picture ideas. I really liked how you do not have to pay until after you see your pictures. Everyone that I talked to was quick about responding back and so friendly. I have recommended them to several friends who are also using them. Great company!! Read less
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Renee
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.8/5.0
Photographer had great personality and ideas for pictures. He came dressed professionally on time and even brought a fresh change of clothes for the reception. He was there for every shot. He stayed until the very end. It really made me feel like I had my own personal photographer for the day. I can't wait to get out pictures!
Photographer had great personality and ideas for pictures. He came dressed professionally on time and even brought a fresh Read more...
Photographer had great personality and ideas for pictures. He came dressed professionally on time and even brought a fresh change of clothes for the reception. He was there for every shot. He stayed until the very end. It really made me feel like I had my own personal photographer for the day. I can't wait to get out pictures! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
11/10/2007
4.8/5.0
Great photography and service. Just make sure they cover EVERYBODY at the wedding, we had several missing relatives we wanted in the photographs.
Great photography and service. Just make sure they cover EVERYBODY at the wedding, we had several missing relatives we Read more...
Great photography and service. Just make sure they cover EVERYBODY at the wedding, we had several missing relatives we wanted in the photographs. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
7/29/2011
4.7/5.0
While we haven't seen the proofs yet, we loved our photographer, Eric Lipe, for our big day. He was so complimentary and made everyone feel relaxed. At the reception, he was always easy to find when we wanted a quick picture of a certain group of people. He fit right into the party, and looked like he was having as much fun as our guests. I could not have been more happy with him! I can't wait to see the pictures!!!
While we haven't seen the proofs yet, we loved our photographer, Eric Lipe, for our big day. He was so complimentary and Read more...
While we haven't seen the proofs yet, we loved our photographer, Eric Lipe, for our big day. He was so complimentary and made everyone feel relaxed. At the reception, he was always easy to find when we wanted a quick picture of a certain group of people. He fit right into the party, and looked like he was having as much fun as our guests. I could not have been more happy with him! I can't wait to see the pictures!!! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/29/2010
4.7/5.0
Ed was our photographer. He showed up in a suit and ready for the day. He acted as a pseudo wedding coordinator as we got ready for the event. He stayed out of the way but still got the shots he needed, and interfaced with me only as needed. My husband isn't much of a smiler, so in-the-moment shots were a must and that camera was clicking all day long. I can't wait for the proofs in a couple of weeks, updates to come!
Ed was our photographer. He showed up in a suit and ready for the day. He acted as a pseudo wedding coordinator as we got Read more...
Ed was our photographer. He showed up in a suit and ready for the day. He acted as a pseudo wedding coordinator as we got ready for the event. He stayed out of the way but still got the shots he needed, and interfaced with me only as needed. My husband isn't much of a smiler, so in-the-moment shots were a must and that camera was clicking all day long. I can't wait for the proofs in a couple of weeks, updates to come! Read less
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Meaghan
Wedding:
7/24/2010
4.7/5.0
We enjoyed the personality of our photographer. However, she failed to research the venue for our reception before the day of our wedding. When we arrived at the reception site after our ceremony, she asked US where the best places were to take photographs! We felt she was very unprepared. The proofs looked pretty good but we have yet to receive our album so are can't really comment on the quality of their pictures just yet.
We enjoyed the personality of our photographer. However, she failed to research the venue for our reception before the day Read more...
We enjoyed the personality of our photographer. However, she failed to research the venue for our reception before the day of our wedding. When we arrived at the reception site after our ceremony, she asked US where the best places were to take photographs! We felt she was very unprepared. The proofs looked pretty good but we have yet to receive our album so are can't really comment on the quality of their pictures just yet. Read less
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lch91209
Wedding:
9/12/2009
4.7/5.0
Unfortunately, our scheduled photographer was in an accident the weekend before, so we had to go with a different photographer (Sally), but she definitely disappoint. She was so friendly, laid back and great to work with. She directed us to get as many shots as possible. She got all of my must have shots. There are a ton of pictures and they turned out great. The proofs were ready exactly four weeks after the wedding and were immediately available online for everyone to look at. I haven't seen the video yet, but the vidographer was very nice and unobtrusive.
Unfortunately, our scheduled photographer was in an accident the weekend before, so we had to go with a different Read more...
Unfortunately, our scheduled photographer was in an accident the weekend before, so we had to go with a different photographer (Sally), but she definitely disappoint. She was so friendly, laid back and great to work with. She directed us to get as many shots as possible. She got all of my must have shots. There are a ton of pictures and they turned out great. The proofs were ready exactly four weeks after the wedding and were immediately available online for everyone to look at. I haven't seen the video yet, but the vidographer was very nice and unobtrusive. Read less
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Rob & Vicky
Wedding:
8/30/2008
4.7/5.0
Essence...good service for a good price.
Essence...good service for a good price.
Essence...good service for a good price. Read less
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ahinderer
Wedding:
4/12/2008
4.7/5.0
Essence Photo and Video were wonderful when it came to my photos and videos. They worked very closely with me in regards to what I wanted and what I did not want. The photographer, Mark Russell, was very concerned with getting all the pictures I wanted and he didn't waste any time on shots that I had no interest in. They were kind and courteous and very easy to get along with. Essence as a company is very organized and well run. Their prices are steep but I was willing to pay more for the service. Mark Russell was great and I would recommend him to anyone.
Essence Photo and Video were wonderful when it came to my photos and videos. They worked very closely with me in regards Read more...
Essence Photo and Video were wonderful when it came to my photos and videos. They worked very closely with me in regards to what I wanted and what I did not want. The photographer, Mark Russell, was very concerned with getting all the pictures I wanted and he didn't waste any time on shots that I had no interest in. They were kind and courteous and very easy to get along with. Essence as a company is very organized and well run. Their prices are steep but I was willing to pay more for the service. Mark Russell was great and I would recommend him to anyone. Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
9/21/2007
4.7/5.0
This vendor had wonderful video and photography professionals. We got to custom pick our own person based off their portfolio and our desired type of capture of our special day.

They had a great energy and brought a lot of fun and excitement for our wedding day. However, the photos were okay, but very plain in style, but our DVD was amazing.
This vendor had wonderful video and photography professionals. We got to custom pick our own person based off their Read more...
This vendor had wonderful video and photography professionals. We got to custom pick our own person based off their portfolio and our desired type of capture of our special day.

They had a great energy and brought a lot of fun and excitement for our wedding day. However, the photos were okay, but very plain in style, but our DVD was amazing. Read less
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firemedic245
Wedding:
7/21/2007
4.7/5.0
Great place to hire. ask for Travis to take the pictures and Lorelei to create your album! ours turned out great!
Great place to hire. ask for Travis to take the pictures and Lorelei to create your album! ours turned out great!
Great place to hire. ask for Travis to take the pictures and Lorelei to create your album! ours turned out great! Read less
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MUPPALA
Wedding:
6/5/1985
4.7/5.0
Very good
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
From our first meeting with Tim to learn about Essence, to our meeting with our original photographer Eric (who unfortunately was not able to shoot the wedding), to the calls and tips from the director of photography leading up to the wedding, to the designer helping us out with our wedding album, everybody was very friendly and professional. My issues were with the actual photographers. They were very friendly and fun, however, the photographer shooting me did not pay very much attention to detail. Luckily, the videographer that I hired from a different company was there to fix and adjust these small things. The photographer shooting the guys alone did not take many different pictures at all. When my husband asked him if they should be taking more instead of just standing around, the photographer asked him which other pictures he would like. Our wedding was at a historic mansion, which we were told is like a treasure chest for cool shots for photographers, and he was asking my husband where they should take photos. So needless to say...they just ended up sitting around till all the girls got there. Also, we had taken the time to fill out the online planning form with all the people and combos we wanted in formal pictures. When the time came for this, the list was nowhere to be found, and my husband and I were scrambling to remember which pictures we wanted, and finding all the appropriate people. Part of the reason I hired a second photographer was to help facilitate this process with the short amount of time that we had. One of them also bumped into my videographer's tri-pod during our vows, which was really the only glitch of the whole video. I will admit that we did end up with a lot of beautiful photos that covered the whole wedding, but there were definitely not as many unique or artistic ones as I had requested. So, overall, I was impressed by this company, but not with these particular photographers.
From our first meeting with Tim to learn about Essence, to our meeting with our original photographer Eric (who Read more...
From our first meeting with Tim to learn about Essence, to our meeting with our original photographer Eric (who unfortunately was not able to shoot the wedding), to the calls and tips from the director of photography leading up to the wedding, to the designer helping us out with our wedding album, everybody was very friendly and professional. My issues were with the actual photographers. They were very friendly and fun, however, the photographer shooting me did not pay very much attention to detail. Luckily, the videographer that I hired from a different company was there to fix and adjust these small things. The photographer shooting the guys alone did not take many different pictures at all. When my husband asked him if they should be taking more instead of just standing around, the photographer asked him which other pictures he would like. Our wedding was at a historic mansion, which we were told is like a treasure chest for cool shots for photographers, and he was asking my husband where they should take photos. So needless to say...they just ended up sitting around till all the girls got there. Also, we had taken the time to fill out the online planning form with all the people and combos we wanted in formal pictures. When the time came for this, the list was nowhere to be found, and my husband and I were scrambling to remember which pictures we wanted, and finding all the appropriate people. Part of the reason I hired a second photographer was to help facilitate this process with the short amount of time that we had. One of them also bumped into my videographer's tri-pod during our vows, which was really the only glitch of the whole video. I will admit that we did end up with a lot of beautiful photos that covered the whole wedding, but there were definitely not as many unique or artistic ones as I had requested. So, overall, I was impressed by this company, but not with these particular photographers. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
3/5/2011
4.6/5.0
The videographer was very nice. He made sure to call us before the wedding and introduce himself and see if there was anything that he was missing. He was very nice and attentive. The day of the wedding, he was always there. However, since our wedding was only two weeks ago we still have not received our video or not, so I cannot comment on the video itself. However, if I am not please with it I will be sure to let everyone know. The only complaint I would say, is during the reception, he almost seemed to be in the way. Everytime I was dancing, I would get comments like "everywhere you go, you bring the videographer with you". Although I understand they need to catch the important moments of a wedding. I wish he was a little more discret.
The videographer was very nice. He made sure to call us before the wedding and introduce himself and see if there was Read more...
The videographer was very nice. He made sure to call us before the wedding and introduce himself and see if there was anything that he was missing. He was very nice and attentive. The day of the wedding, he was always there. However, since our wedding was only two weeks ago we still have not received our video or not, so I cannot comment on the video itself. However, if I am not please with it I will be sure to let everyone know. The only complaint I would say, is during the reception, he almost seemed to be in the way. Everytime I was dancing, I would get comments like "everywhere you go, you bring the videographer with you". Although I understand they need to catch the important moments of a wedding. I wish he was a little more discret. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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mmbannon
Wedding:
11/14/2009
4.6/5.0
Mike was our photographer and he absolutely ROCKED! He was easy to work with as well as fun!
Mike was our photographer and he absolutely ROCKED! He was easy to work with as well as fun!
Mike was our photographer and he absolutely ROCKED! He was easy to work with as well as fun! Read less
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Dawn
Wedding:
7/3/2009
4.6/5.0
I was very hesitant about booking with Essence since you meet with a salesperson first, they decide what photographer would fit with you and then based on a video of their work you have to decide if you want them or not. Just because the salesperson is good at his job doesnt mean that the photographer is going to click with us so when I asked to speak with the photographer and he told me "we don't work that way" I was pretty put off. So, after about a month or so of looking and still not finding work that we liked.......and could afford, I decided to take a leap of faith and booked Eric Lipe. Boy did we get lucky because, Eric was fantastic! From the moment he called several days before the wedding I knew I had made a good decision. Eric was full of energy, he showed up early to the hotel where we were getting ready and from that point on this guy worked his butt off at our wedding! I made sure to put him close by us for dinner so we sat him at a family table right in front of us and if there was something we wanted him to get all I had to do was look in his direction and he was on it. Plus, after the wedding several people commented about how hard worked, that he was all over the place taking pictures and about how nice he was. Our proof book arrived yesterday and I picked it up today (7/20). The book is pretty huge and there are 1000 photos to choose from.

Essence throws in a lot of extras that many other studios make you pay for (digital prints for free 6 months after the wedding, a printed proof book, a gallery canvas, 12 hours of photography and a album included in the price!). So, for the money this was definitely the right way to go for us.
I was very hesitant about booking with Essence since you meet with a salesperson first, they decide what photographer Read more...
I was very hesitant about booking with Essence since you meet with a salesperson first, they decide what photographer would fit with you and then based on a video of their work you have to decide if you want them or not. Just because the salesperson is good at his job doesnt mean that the photographer is going to click with us so when I asked to speak with the photographer and he told me "we don't work that way" I was pretty put off. So, after about a month or so of looking and still not finding work that we liked.......and could afford, I decided to take a leap of faith and booked Eric Lipe. Boy did we get lucky because, Eric was fantastic! From the moment he called several days before the wedding I knew I had made a good decision. Eric was full of energy, he showed up early to the hotel where we were getting ready and from that point on this guy worked his butt off at our wedding! I made sure to put him close by us for dinner so we sat him at a family table right in front of us and if there was something we wanted him to get all I had to do was look in his direction and he was on it. Plus, after the wedding several people commented about how hard worked, that he was all over the place taking pictures and about how nice he was. Our proof book arrived yesterday and I picked it up today (7/20). The book is pretty huge and there are 1000 photos to choose from.

Essence throws in a lot of extras that many other studios make you pay for (digital prints for free 6 months after the wedding, a printed proof book, a gallery canvas, 12 hours of photography and a album included in the price!). So, for the money this was definitely the right way to go for us. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.6/5.0
Essence Photo did a wonderful job with my wedding video and pictures. I was very pleased with them. You have to stay on them to get dates on when you get your proofs, video, etc. but all in all they were great!
Essence Photo did a wonderful job with my wedding video and pictures. I was very pleased with them. You have to stay on Read more...
Essence Photo did a wonderful job with my wedding video and pictures. I was very pleased with them. You have to stay on them to get dates on when you get your proofs, video, etc. but all in all they were great! Read less
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Mrs. W
Wedding:
8/25/2007
4.6/5.0
Our photographer, Amy Aiello, is no longer with the company, but she was absolutely wonderful to work with. She did a phenomenal job with our photos and we could not have been happier. So far, our experience with the company has been satisfactory. They have always been quick to respond when we contacted them. Our album turned out beautifully, but we had to take more of an active role in designing it than we would have liked. Also, we did not receive the custom slip cover when we went to pick it up, so we had to wait an extra couple of weeks for it. It was an inconvenience, but not the end of the world. They shipped it to us free of charge as soon as it was finished. Our videographer, Justin, was also great. We were very pleased with how our wedding video turned out. Overall, we got a pretty good bang for our buck. We have to wait until September for our digital files to be released. We anxiously await the final piece of our package.
Our photographer, Amy Aiello, is no longer with the company, but she was absolutely wonderful to work with. She did a Read more...
Our photographer, Amy Aiello, is no longer with the company, but she was absolutely wonderful to work with. She did a phenomenal job with our photos and we could not have been happier. So far, our experience with the company has been satisfactory. They have always been quick to respond when we contacted them. Our album turned out beautifully, but we had to take more of an active role in designing it than we would have liked. Also, we did not receive the custom slip cover when we went to pick it up, so we had to wait an extra couple of weeks for it. It was an inconvenience, but not the end of the world. They shipped it to us free of charge as soon as it was finished. Our videographer, Justin, was also great. We were very pleased with how our wedding video turned out. Overall, we got a pretty good bang for our buck. We have to wait until September for our digital files to be released. We anxiously await the final piece of our package. Read less
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amandathomas87
Wedding:
8/27/2011
4.5/5.0
Essence was great. Loved our photographer, and I felt at ease that we got to meet him months in advance. The portal made communicating a breeze. We only ordered the digital negatives, we had those < 10 days after the wedding, which impressed everyone in our family! I wish I could hire them for family portraits but I think they only specialize in weddings...
Essence was great. Loved our photographer, and I felt at ease that we got to meet him months in advance. The portal made Read more...
Essence was great. Loved our photographer, and I felt at ease that we got to meet him months in advance. The portal made communicating a breeze. We only ordered the digital negatives, we had those < 10 days after the wedding, which impressed everyone in our family! I wish I could hire them for family portraits but I think they only specialize in weddings... Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.5/5.0
Bill was just wonderful. He was early, organized, and just a pleasure to be around. He took charge and got the pictures that we had wanted. Could not have imagined a more flexible and courteous photographer! Thank you Bill!
Bill was just wonderful. He was early, organized, and just a pleasure to be around. He took charge and got the pictures Read more...
Bill was just wonderful. He was early, organized, and just a pleasure to be around. He took charge and got the pictures that we had wanted. Could not have imagined a more flexible and courteous photographer! Thank you Bill! Read less
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Lea
Wedding:
6/30/2007
4.5/5.0
Great photography for a reasonable price. The photographer was great and professional, but the lady who put together our album was a nightmare!! They had to reprint our album 3 times, but it eventually turned out great and we got some freebies because of it.
Great photography for a reasonable price. The photographer was great and professional, but the lady who put together our Read more...
Great photography for a reasonable price. The photographer was great and professional, but the lady who put together our album was a nightmare!! They had to reprint our album 3 times, but it eventually turned out great and we got some freebies because of it. Read less
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Melody
Wedding:
9/6/2008
4.4/5.0
Overall, Essence showed great professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility. The thing that bothered me, though, is that our photographer did not step up and offer creative photo shots. He did take the shots that I had requested him to, but I would have liked to see him use his expertise in showing us more creative and fun poses, and perhaps take more advantage of the nice outdoor scenery where our ceremony was held. There were photo shots that I wished he had taken of me and my groom after the ceremony, but because of time, we didn't get to do those shots I wanted. Also, the detailed shots of the banquet room, center pieces, favors, and place card table was NOT delivered well. Our photographer only took one poor shot of each. There was no variety in his shots (he didn't even take a shot of my favors). Although, we did get many good shots during the pre-ceremony, ceremony, formal pictures, and reception. I am pleased with the album designs that was made for us.
Overall, Essence showed great professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility. The thing that bothered me, though, is Read more...
Overall, Essence showed great professionalism, responsiveness, and flexibility. The thing that bothered me, though, is that our photographer did not step up and offer creative photo shots. He did take the shots that I had requested him to, but I would have liked to see him use his expertise in showing us more creative and fun poses, and perhaps take more advantage of the nice outdoor scenery where our ceremony was held. There were photo shots that I wished he had taken of me and my groom after the ceremony, but because of time, we didn't get to do those shots I wanted. Also, the detailed shots of the banquet room, center pieces, favors, and place card table was NOT delivered well. Our photographer only took one poor shot of each. There was no variety in his shots (he didn't even take a shot of my favors). Although, we did get many good shots during the pre-ceremony, ceremony, formal pictures, and reception. I am pleased with the album designs that was made for us. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
9/8/2006
4.4/5.0
We LOVED our photographer (we had Karen, but she is no longer taking pictures, I think she still works there doing planning)! We came out of this with a lot of beautiful pictures, which made it hard to choose which to put in our album. As part of our package we received our proofs, and we sold enough pictures to get our digital negatives as well.
Our only snag was the album specialist we got (Lorelei), didn't seem to know what she was doing, as it ended up taking almost a year to do our album. When they finally switched us, they made up for it with the design and quality (and they threw in a few pages in the album at no extra cost)!
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We LOVED our photographer (we had Karen, but she is no longer taking pictures, I think she still works there doing planning)! We came out of this with a lot of beautiful pictures, which made it hard to choose which to put in our album. As part of our package we received our proofs, and we sold enough pictures to get our digital negatives as well.
Our only snag was the album specialist we got (Lorelei), didn't seem to know what she was doing, as it ended up taking almost a year to do our album. When they finally switched us, they made up for it with the design and quality (and they threw in a few pages in the album at no extra cost)! Read less
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mgiannone
Wedding:
11/19/2005
4.3/5.0
Our photographer got sick the week of our wedding so they sent a photographer that did the same type of photography as she did plus an additional photographer to take additional pictures. We ended up with more pictures than we had expected to choose from and they were all excellent!
Our photographer got sick the week of our wedding so they sent a photographer that did the same type of photography as she Read more...
Our photographer got sick the week of our wedding so they sent a photographer that did the same type of photography as she did plus an additional photographer to take additional pictures. We ended up with more pictures than we had expected to choose from and they were all excellent! Read less
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Snocyndi
Wedding:
10/25/2008
4.2/5.0
Our photographer (Mike Beleck) was very relaxed and fun which helped us relax and get better shots. He stayed in the background and never got in the way or became intrusive like so many other photographers. Also, he took many, many candid shots which really helped tell our story.
Our photographer (Mike Beleck) was very relaxed and fun which helped us relax and get better shots. He stayed in the Read more...
Our photographer (Mike Beleck) was very relaxed and fun which helped us relax and get better shots. He stayed in the background and never got in the way or became intrusive like so many other photographers. Also, he took many, many candid shots which really helped tell our story. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
5/24/2008
4.2/5.0
Essence has been great to work with. The photography process starts well before the wedding, end extends long after. We had a lot of ideas about what we wanted, and Essence understood. Our photographer, Jeffrey, was by far the best part of our experience. We selected him based on viewing a few portfolios, and it was the best decision for us and our special day. Their representatives always return my calls in a timely manner, and they are willing to help with any concern or problem!
Essence has been great to work with. The photography process starts well before the wedding, end extends long after. We Read more...
Essence has been great to work with. The photography process starts well before the wedding, end extends long after. We had a lot of ideas about what we wanted, and Essence understood. Our photographer, Jeffrey, was by far the best part of our experience. We selected him based on viewing a few portfolios, and it was the best decision for us and our special day. Their representatives always return my calls in a timely manner, and they are willing to help with any concern or problem! Read less
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amanda82899
Wedding:
7/3/2009
4.1/5.0
Essence photographers Travis and Lorelei were fun people to work with! They made us feel very comfortable and stayed out of the way for the most part. The company itself has been fine to work with too, they are not very flexible on their packages and seem overpriced on some things. But overall we are very happy with the services they've provided.
Essence photographers Travis and Lorelei were fun people to work with! They made us feel very comfortable and stayed out Read more...
Essence photographers Travis and Lorelei were fun people to work with! They made us feel very comfortable and stayed out of the way for the most part. The company itself has been fine to work with too, they are not very flexible on their packages and seem overpriced on some things. But overall we are very happy with the services they've provided. Read less
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Jenni
Wedding:
12/6/2008
4.1/5.0
They were great!
They were great!
They were great! Read less
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Joanna
Wedding:
3/31/2007
4.1/5.0
Essence did both our video & photography for our wedding! They were great!! I would absolutely recommend them!!!
Essence did both our video & photography for our wedding! They were great!! I would absolutely recommend them!!!
Essence did both our video & photography for our wedding! They were great!! I would absolutely recommend them!!! Read less
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rachie55
Wedding:
11/22/2008
4.0/5.0
Very friendly to deal with. They are very organized. I didn't enjoy that I didn't get to meet with my photographer before the big day. A phone call just isn't enough.
Very friendly to deal with. They are very organized. I didn't enjoy that I didn't get to meet with my photographer before Read more...
Very friendly to deal with. They are very organized. I didn't enjoy that I didn't get to meet with my photographer before the big day. A phone call just isn't enough. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
8/2/2008
4.0/5.0
Our photographer was great. I spoke with him on Tuesday night before the wedding for him to get an idea of the style and different shots I wanted. We talked for about 45 minutes. I was disappointed that there were a few shots that we discussed that we didn't get a chance to get however some of that was due to time restraint and he couldn't do anything about it. We have not had any problems with our post wedding appointments either, they are great.
Our photographer was great. I spoke with him on Tuesday night before the wedding for him to get an idea of the style and Read more...
Our photographer was great. I spoke with him on Tuesday night before the wedding for him to get an idea of the style and different shots I wanted. We talked for about 45 minutes. I was disappointed that there were a few shots that we discussed that we didn't get a chance to get however some of that was due to time restraint and he couldn't do anything about it. We have not had any problems with our post wedding appointments either, they are great. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/29/2006
4.0/5.0
The biggest complaint was the shine on people's faces. I was told throughout the night not to worry about it, it would be taken care of in the prints, however, it didn't and it was a big hassle to fix them and get them to cooperate with us.
The biggest complaint was the shine on people's faces. I was told throughout the night not to worry about it, it would be Read more...
The biggest complaint was the shine on people's faces. I was told throughout the night not to worry about it, it would be taken care of in the prints, however, it didn't and it was a big hassle to fix them and get them to cooperate with us. Read less
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klik417
Wedding:
4/17/2010
3.9/5.0
Our photographer (Olivia) was great! She worked really well with our families and the bridal party. She had great ideas and got everything done we wanted.

However, after our pictures went online we had some issues with prints that were poorly edited. My in-laws ordered a picture that arrived to them with the coloring all wrong (it took 6 weeks and numerous phone calls and emails to recieve the new one) and my mother recieved a print with the bottom of my dress cut off.

Besides these two issues Essence has been very easy to work with and I am looking forward to recieving my album.
Our photographer (Olivia) was great! She worked really well with our families and the bridal party. She had great ideas Read more...
Our photographer (Olivia) was great! She worked really well with our families and the bridal party. She had great ideas and got everything done we wanted.

However, after our pictures went online we had some issues with prints that were poorly edited. My in-laws ordered a picture that arrived to them with the coloring all wrong (it took 6 weeks and numerous phone calls and emails to recieve the new one) and my mother recieved a print with the bottom of my dress cut off.

Besides these two issues Essence has been very easy to work with and I am looking forward to recieving my album. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
10/5/2012
3.8/5.0
Our actual Videographer was amazing. He called and set up all the information right away. He wasnt very intrusive when it came to capturing the moments. I do have a few things that upset us. The office was not very organized and only had our videographer call us last minute because they didnt have correct email but never tried to call me! They dont have many office hours and you have to leave voicemails and emails to be in contact with anyone. But overall it was a good price and worked out just left me a little frustrated. Also the night of when my dad and priest gave their speeches the video camera was pointed directly towards me with the light in my eyes and when I asked him to move it he didnt. So the video I assume will be me blocking my face and the back of their heads for the speeches. That is really frustrating.
Our actual Videographer was amazing. He called and set up all the information right away. He wasnt very intrusive when it Read more...
Our actual Videographer was amazing. He called and set up all the information right away. He wasnt very intrusive when it came to capturing the moments. I do have a few things that upset us. The office was not very organized and only had our videographer call us last minute because they didnt have correct email but never tried to call me! They dont have many office hours and you have to leave voicemails and emails to be in contact with anyone. But overall it was a good price and worked out just left me a little frustrated. Also the night of when my dad and priest gave their speeches the video camera was pointed directly towards me with the light in my eyes and when I asked him to move it he didnt. So the video I assume will be me blocking my face and the back of their heads for the speeches. That is really frustrating. Read less
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msshorty
Wedding:
6/9/2007
3.8/5.0
The photographer was amazing, she took over 1500 pictures in less than 12 hour, kept the groomsmen in line and paid attention to detail. My albumn turned out beautiful, they worked with me and took their time to make it eactly as I wanted it. I actually got to help with my albumn layout, which made it even more special (I got the contemporary albumn). The videographer wasn't as good, they missed specifal moment during the ceremony because the mic wasn't working and they only brought two camera, when I ordered 2, and they were looking out a window instead of at the action. They were good at answering my complaints and reinbursing me for my frustrations.
The photographer was amazing, she took over 1500 pictures in less than 12 hour, kept the groomsmen in line and paid Read more...
The photographer was amazing, she took over 1500 pictures in less than 12 hour, kept the groomsmen in line and paid attention to detail. My albumn turned out beautiful, they worked with me and took their time to make it eactly as I wanted it. I actually got to help with my albumn layout, which made it even more special (I got the contemporary albumn). The videographer wasn't as good, they missed specifal moment during the ceremony because the mic wasn't working and they only brought two camera, when I ordered 2, and they were looking out a window instead of at the action. They were good at answering my complaints and reinbursing me for my frustrations. Read less
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Stacie
Wedding:
8/11/2007
3.7/5.0
With photography you never really know what you're gonna get until you get it. I have had 2 friend that have used this photographer and I LOVED their pictures, however for my wedding I am not pleased with the photos. My photographer showed up at my house the day of the wedding 45min late and did not apologize, okay fine no big deal, i just wanted to get some pictures in and then go to the church. Because she was late, she was unable to take pictures of my fiance and his groomsman at the church, so she tried to make up for it while at the reception, missing other photos I would have enjoyed. Prior to going to the reception, we went to take pictures up the street from the church, I have her directions (you turn left out of the churc and go straight until you see a big water fountain!) She told me she would follow the limo. When we got there...no photographer! So my sister took pictures with her camera. When we arrived at the reception I apologized to her thinking I had given her bad directions, she told me she would get over it and told me not to worry, that it wouldnt be the worst story to go into her horror wedding stories book, after that I was done being nice! When we got our pictures back, everyone's face was white washed and there were shadows behind everyone in every picture. Others were shot so far away faces were hard to see!
On the upside, I have been in contact with an upper employee at Essence who also agrees her professionalism and quality of photos are terrible. She is even allowing me to give pictures family and friends have given me to incoorporate into the album..which she is also upgrading us without any extra charge.
Moral of the story.....terrible photographer, but she is no loner working there, great service from the rest of essence!
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With photography you never really know what you're gonna get until you get it. I have had 2 friend that have used this photographer and I LOVED their pictures, however for my wedding I am not pleased with the photos. My photographer showed up at my house the day of the wedding 45min late and did not apologize, okay fine no big deal, i just wanted to get some pictures in and then go to the church. Because she was late, she was unable to take pictures of my fiance and his groomsman at the church, so she tried to make up for it while at the reception, missing other photos I would have enjoyed. Prior to going to the reception, we went to take pictures up the street from the church, I have her directions (you turn left out of the churc and go straight until you see a big water fountain!) She told me she would follow the limo. When we got there...no photographer! So my sister took pictures with her camera. When we arrived at the reception I apologized to her thinking I had given her bad directions, she told me she would get over it and told me not to worry, that it wouldnt be the worst story to go into her horror wedding stories book, after that I was done being nice! When we got our pictures back, everyone's face was white washed and there were shadows behind everyone in every picture. Others were shot so far away faces were hard to see!
On the upside, I have been in contact with an upper employee at Essence who also agrees her professionalism and quality of photos are terrible. She is even allowing me to give pictures family and friends have given me to incoorporate into the album..which she is also upgrading us without any extra charge.
Moral of the story.....terrible photographer, but she is no loner working there, great service from the rest of essence! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
5/25/2012
3.6/5.0
We had Mike as our photographer and he did not take as many specialty pictures as I would have liked, which was why I picked him because of his style of photography. He cut my sister in laws head out of 8 family picture, not sure how he didn't notice that. My pictures of me, the bride, with everyone seperate, was taken next to a gutter which I was too busy to notice. I have no pictures with just the groomsman. The grooms father is in every picture with them. My husband said he didn't even know his dad was in all the pics. I am just not really happy at all. Im happy that I have pictures. But the quality was just not that good. The reception photos look like I took them. I think my digital takes better pictures. I was told all the pics would be touched up and thats why it takes a month to get the pictures and none of them were. I wanted to see the proofs before I paid for my album and they said that was not possible. Even if they sucked which they kind of did. I still would have paid to have my pictures of my wedding. The customer service is not the greatest. I will say that Mike was a very nice guy and I thought he did an ok job. Not all the pics are horrible. I would not use them again though.
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We had Mike as our photographer and he did not take as many specialty pictures as I would have liked, which was why I picked him because of his style of photography. He cut my sister in laws head out of 8 family picture, not sure how he didn't notice that. My pictures of me, the bride, with everyone seperate, was taken next to a gutter which I was too busy to notice. I have no pictures with just the groomsman. The grooms father is in every picture with them. My husband said he didn't even know his dad was in all the pics. I am just not really happy at all. Im happy that I have pictures. But the quality was just not that good. The reception photos look like I took them. I think my digital takes better pictures. I was told all the pics would be touched up and thats why it takes a month to get the pictures and none of them were. I wanted to see the proofs before I paid for my album and they said that was not possible. Even if they sucked which they kind of did. I still would have paid to have my pictures of my wedding. The customer service is not the greatest. I will say that Mike was a very nice guy and I thought he did an ok job. Not all the pics are horrible. I would not use them again though. Read less
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Nick
Wedding:
8/31/2008
3.6/5.0
Essence gives you a wide variety of photographers to choose from. The photographer we ended up with ended up being friendly and helpful, but we got a sour taste after we had given him a family photo list and he kind of ignored it the day of the wedding. Other than that, the pictures turned out very well and this place ended up being a pretty good value for the money spent.
Essence gives you a wide variety of photographers to choose from. The photographer we ended up with ended up being Read more...
Essence gives you a wide variety of photographers to choose from. The photographer we ended up with ended up being friendly and helpful, but we got a sour taste after we had given him a family photo list and he kind of ignored it the day of the wedding. Other than that, the pictures turned out very well and this place ended up being a pretty good value for the money spent. Read less
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Gwen
Wedding:
4/16/2011
3.5/5.0
We were pleased with the overall service of the office. We thought our pictures could have been better. They were fairly average. There was about 20% of our guests that we definitly dont have a photo of. Be VERY specifica about what pics you want. The questionnaire you fill out before the wedding is NOT USED by the photographer. i would suggest making your own list and providing it the day of the ceremony. We had issues getting our photos. It took 3 trys to get a completed CD of our photos. We used the basic package and just got the CD. If you dont mind doing the layouts yourself you can get a better prce on an album through online sources.

We allowed a "training" videographer (free to us) to film our wedding. We had no expectations. We got the raw footage for free... If I had paid for the videographer I would have been upset at the result. But again we got this service from a TRAINEE and it was free.
We were pleased with the overall service of the office. We thought our pictures could have been better. They were fairly Read more...
We were pleased with the overall service of the office. We thought our pictures could have been better. They were fairly average. There was about 20% of our guests that we definitly dont have a photo of. Be VERY specifica about what pics you want. The questionnaire you fill out before the wedding is NOT USED by the photographer. i would suggest making your own list and providing it the day of the ceremony. We had issues getting our photos. It took 3 trys to get a completed CD of our photos. We used the basic package and just got the CD. If you dont mind doing the layouts yourself you can get a better prce on an album through online sources.

We allowed a "training" videographer (free to us) to film our wedding. We had no expectations. We got the raw footage for free... If I had paid for the videographer I would have been upset at the result. But again we got this service from a TRAINEE and it was free. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
1/13/2007
3.2/5.0
They were easy to work with up through the wedding. Our photographer (Mike Monar) was great and he was very responsive. He kept in touch with us before the wedding to work out timelines. He was a pleasure to work with.

We were told over and over, though, in the initial meeting that they are a photojournalism company and they don't do all the posed shots. I have to disagree. Almost all of our pictures are us smiling at the camera. He did capture some great shots, but we were expecting more of a photojournalistic look to our album.

Since the wedding, our experience has not been so great. A year after the wedding, I still do not have my album. My album specialist was fired, so I was transferred to a new specialist. I understand that things like this happen, and I was extremely patient and easy to work with during the transition. Communication just wasn't there. They never called me to tell me that my album specialist was gone. I did not find out until I had not heard from her in over 3 weeks and I called. The new specialist is very good, but it takes over a month to get changes back from her each time. It has now been over 2 months since I have last heard from her. I am extremely frustrated.

I recently called the manager since not hearing back and they are now being very accomodating. They are putting a rush on the album so I should hopefully have it soon. My feelings about this company are still mixed.

Lesson learned...you get what you pay for in photography.
They were easy to work with up through the wedding. Our photographer (Mike Monar) was great and he was very responsive. He Read more...
They were easy to work with up through the wedding. Our photographer (Mike Monar) was great and he was very responsive. He kept in touch with us before the wedding to work out timelines. He was a pleasure to work with.

We were told over and over, though, in the initial meeting that they are a photojournalism company and they don't do all the posed shots. I have to disagree. Almost all of our pictures are us smiling at the camera. He did capture some great shots, but we were expecting more of a photojournalistic look to our album.

Since the wedding, our experience has not been so great. A year after the wedding, I still do not have my album. My album specialist was fired, so I was transferred to a new specialist. I understand that things like this happen, and I was extremely patient and easy to work with during the transition. Communication just wasn't there. They never called me to tell me that my album specialist was gone. I did not find out until I had not heard from her in over 3 weeks and I called. The new specialist is very good, but it takes over a month to get changes back from her each time. It has now been over 2 months since I have last heard from her. I am extremely frustrated.

I recently called the manager since not hearing back and they are now being very accomodating. They are putting a rush on the album so I should hopefully have it soon. My feelings about this company are still mixed.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.0/5.0
Essence was great to work with before the wedding – very friendly, professional and prompt on returning my emails and phone calls. Our photographer and videographer were also great the day of the wedding – they were professional, nice, and great to work with.

However, after the wedding, they were VERY slow to return any of my correspondence. My husband and I were terribly disappointed with our photos and video. About 75% of the photos are either blurry, people have eyes closed, or the photos are at weird angles; for example our photographer only got one picture of us kissing at the altar and it was blurry. She also missed about 10 of the “must take” pictures on our list. I would compare the quality of the photos to that of an inexperienced friend with a good-quality camera; I didn’t see any “professional training” in the photos. We asked for a photographer that would give us a lot of guidance and direction when taking pictures, and we don’t feel that we got that.

Most of our video was great – the montages were awesome. However, the sound and white balance on the ceremony are AWFUL! You could really only hear my husband and the pastor partially (my husband was wearing the mic). We missed the readings and solo completely.

I reported my complaints to Essence, and they were kind enough to create some of the missing pictures in Photoshop and also give us a photo album cover upgrade and 2 free pages in our album. We have not reported our complaints about the video. We’re not sure if we’re going to because, as are all weddings, it was a one-shot deal, and we can’t go back and do it again so it can be fixed.

So overall, they were good to work with, but I would not recommend our photographer specifically for photos, or all of Essence for the video. The lack of quality is definitely NOT worth the price!
Essence was great to work with before the wedding – very friendly, professional and prompt on returning my emails and Read more...
Essence was great to work with before the wedding – very friendly, professional and prompt on returning my emails and phone calls. Our photographer and videographer were also great the day of the wedding – they were professional, nice, and great to work with.

However, after the wedding, they were VERY slow to return any of my correspondence. My husband and I were terribly disappointed with our photos and video. About 75% of the photos are either blurry, people have eyes closed, or the photos are at weird angles; for example our photographer only got one picture of us kissing at the altar and it was blurry. She also missed about 10 of the “must take” pictures on our list. I would compare the quality of the photos to that of an inexperienced friend with a good-quality camera; I didn’t see any “professional training” in the photos. We asked for a photographer that would give us a lot of guidance and direction when taking pictures, and we don’t feel that we got that.

Most of our video was great – the montages were awesome. However, the sound and white balance on the ceremony are AWFUL! You could really only hear my husband and the pastor partially (my husband was wearing the mic). We missed the readings and solo completely.

I reported my complaints to Essence, and they were kind enough to create some of the missing pictures in Photoshop and also give us a photo album cover upgrade and 2 free pages in our album. We have not reported our complaints about the video. We’re not sure if we’re going to because, as are all weddings, it was a one-shot deal, and we can’t go back and do it again so it can be fixed.

So overall, they were good to work with, but I would not recommend our photographer specifically for photos, or all of Essence for the video. The lack of quality is definitely NOT worth the price! Read less
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Dan
Wedding:
7/17/2010
3.0/5.0
Let me just say this right away, Essence does not let you meet your photographer before your wedding. Whoever shows up is who you get, so beware. Our photographer was Bill. Beware of Bill.
My wife and I knew what we wanted and had a plan due to time constraints. I wanted to do the large family photos first at the Church. I told this to the photographer. Then the photographer said that he would get to it in a minute. 10 minutes later after doing a bunch of shots that we did not want, I said I want to do the large family photos now. Then he said just a minute. 10 minutes later I had to get angry and say in a very stern voice that I wanted to do the large family photos now. The photographer then got angry and became stand-offish. The photos before this were done well and there were very many of them, including artistic/candid shots that my wife and I specifically asked for. The photos after he got "offended" were not great. We have found so many problems with them. I will describe some for you.

I was very disappointed when we went to the Naperville Riverwalk to take photos there. Bill said he has been there a lot, but he had no idea about where the good spots were to take photos, and yes I did ask him more than once if he knew any good spots. I had to direct everyone in the party about where to take photos for a lot of shots, Bill added little to this except pointing and clicking.
There were so many dance floor shots that looked absolutely awful. Also, there were hardly any candid shots which we specifically asked for. I felt cheated out of my money and I am so thankful that other people brought their cameras.

Our album had 20 pages of pictures and we could barely fill it because the photos taken were so bad. Essence on paper seems amazing, you get a CD of your photos, an album, and a long time for photography at a reasonable rate, but this comes at a cost. My advice is to get a photographer you trust or have heard very good things about.

- We loved Essence videography. So much better than their photography. The Blue Ray came out amazing! We were very impressed with the young videographer Brett or Brent... Not sure, either way get him to be your videographer because he did a great job! He got some great shots and we will always remember this great Blue Ray. The editing department was good also, they added music and made it sound/look amazing. My wife and I love it!
Let me just say this right away, Essence does not let you meet your photographer before your wedding. Whoever shows up is Read more...
Let me just say this right away, Essence does not let you meet your photographer before your wedding. Whoever shows up is who you get, so beware. Our photographer was Bill. Beware of Bill.
My wife and I knew what we wanted and had a plan due to time constraints. I wanted to do the large family photos first at the Church. I told this to the photographer. Then the photographer said that he would get to it in a minute. 10 minutes later after doing a bunch of shots that we did not want, I said I want to do the large family photos now. Then he said just a minute. 10 minutes later I had to get angry and say in a very stern voice that I wanted to do the large family photos now. The photographer then got angry and became stand-offish. The photos before this were done well and there were very many of them, including artistic/candid shots that my wife and I specifically asked for. The photos after he got "offended" were not great. We have found so many problems with them. I will describe some for you.

I was very disappointed when we went to the Naperville Riverwalk to take photos there. Bill said he has been there a lot, but he had no idea about where the good spots were to take photos, and yes I did ask him more than once if he knew any good spots. I had to direct everyone in the party about where to take photos for a lot of shots, Bill added little to this except pointing and clicking.
There were so many dance floor shots that looked absolutely awful. Also, there were hardly any candid shots which we specifically asked for. I felt cheated out of my money and I am so thankful that other people brought their cameras.

Our album had 20 pages of pictures and we could barely fill it because the photos taken were so bad. Essence on paper seems amazing, you get a CD of your photos, an album, and a long time for photography at a reasonable rate, but this comes at a cost. My advice is to get a photographer you trust or have heard very good things about.

- We loved Essence videography. So much better than their photography. The Blue Ray came out amazing! We were very impressed with the young videographer Brett or Brent... Not sure, either way get him to be your videographer because he did a great job! He got some great shots and we will always remember this great Blue Ray. The editing department was good also, they added music and made it sound/look amazing. My wife and I love it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.8/5.0
I regret going with a studio. I thought it was a good value, and we were able to choose a photographer based on a dvd slideshow, but when I received my proofbook, I was disappointed. The photos were not horrible, but they were boring and uncreative. All of the photos were on the warm side, making the bridesmaid dresses look a different color, the church was too yellow, the reception was too dark. But when I tried to call and explain, the manager kept saying "We can color correct that as best as we can." A TALENTED photographer knows from the beginning to adjust their temperature settings! The backdrop at the reception was black and almost everyone wears black, so my guests did not stand out against the background, also the photographer did not use any external flash/lighting for the backdrop photos. So those were very poor. When I had my phone meeting with the photographer a week prior to the wedding, I explained that I love artistic low aperture shots, and I didn't get ANY of those. If you just want someone to "snapshot" your wedding, this place is fine. But if you want those creative blog-worthy shots, I recommend using an individual not a studio. Meet the photographer, look through their portfolio albums, and don't pick someone from a dvd slideshow. You may get lucky and get someone talented, but is it really worth the gamble on your wedding day?
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I regret going with a studio. I thought it was a good value, and we were able to choose a photographer based on a dvd slideshow, but when I received my proofbook, I was disappointed. The photos were not horrible, but they were boring and uncreative. All of the photos were on the warm side, making the bridesmaid dresses look a different color, the church was too yellow, the reception was too dark. But when I tried to call and explain, the manager kept saying "We can color correct that as best as we can." A TALENTED photographer knows from the beginning to adjust their temperature settings! The backdrop at the reception was black and almost everyone wears black, so my guests did not stand out against the background, also the photographer did not use any external flash/lighting for the backdrop photos. So those were very poor. When I had my phone meeting with the photographer a week prior to the wedding, I explained that I love artistic low aperture shots, and I didn't get ANY of those. If you just want someone to "snapshot" your wedding, this place is fine. But if you want those creative blog-worthy shots, I recommend using an individual not a studio. Meet the photographer, look through their portfolio albums, and don't pick someone from a dvd slideshow. You may get lucky and get someone talented, but is it really worth the gamble on your wedding day? Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
10/10/2010
2.6/5.0
I got married on 10-10-10 ... prior to choosing Essence for our photographer we interviewed 4 other photo companies... we thought that Essence was the best fit even though they where more money... was that the biggest mistake ever!!!

Prior to the wedding everything was fine, I spoke with my photographer the week of the wedding... relayed how important pictures where to me and what I wanted from the day... everything seemed find we seemed to be on the same page...

So wedding day came, everything was going ok... not amazing but ok... we took picture of me and my girls and then she went to take picture of the boys... the ceremony came...everything seems to still be ok... then the problems started, during our family formal pictures she was not helpful in setting up the groups, she was not taking charge she was not doing anything.

So that was finally over and we went to the venue, took some pictures outside... at multiple points I specifically asked her for certain pictures and she didnt take them. Her backdrop was sooo wrinkled it looked so bad I was embarassed to have it out at my wedding.

From when we cut the cake until our first dance (over two hours) she did not take one picture, she sat at a table or was at the bar... yes at the bar (now in fairness I did not see what she was getting at the bar so she might not have been drinking, but to have your photographer at the bar infront of your guest is not the best). Then later on in the evening we found her sitting in the hallway texting, when asked to go take picture she said she had two hours left and could do what she wanted.... then someone found her outside, at other points we found her looking at different decorations, standing watching people (not taking pictures)....

I notified Essence of my unsatisfaction and so far nothing has come of it other than ... sorry.... which doesnt make my frustration on my wedding day (every 10 minutes I had to send someone to find my photographer, even thought it was a smaller venue and we where the only people there)....

It has been almost 4 weeks since my wedding... havent seen proof, so I dont know 100% how bad she really was... but still 4 weeks for proof... you had to be kidding me...

DO NOT USE THEM... they sell you one thing, and you oviously get another!
I got married on 10-10-10 ... prior to choosing Essence for our photographer we interviewed 4 other photo companies... we Read more...
I got married on 10-10-10 ... prior to choosing Essence for our photographer we interviewed 4 other photo companies... we thought that Essence was the best fit even though they where more money... was that the biggest mistake ever!!!

Prior to the wedding everything was fine, I spoke with my photographer the week of the wedding... relayed how important pictures where to me and what I wanted from the day... everything seemed find we seemed to be on the same page...

So wedding day came, everything was going ok... not amazing but ok... we took picture of me and my girls and then she went to take picture of the boys... the ceremony came...everything seems to still be ok... then the problems started, during our family formal pictures she was not helpful in setting up the groups, she was not taking charge she was not doing anything.

So that was finally over and we went to the venue, took some pictures outside... at multiple points I specifically asked her for certain pictures and she didnt take them. Her backdrop was sooo wrinkled it looked so bad I was embarassed to have it out at my wedding.

From when we cut the cake until our first dance (over two hours) she did not take one picture, she sat at a table or was at the bar... yes at the bar (now in fairness I did not see what she was getting at the bar so she might not have been drinking, but to have your photographer at the bar infront of your guest is not the best). Then later on in the evening we found her sitting in the hallway texting, when asked to go take picture she said she had two hours left and could do what she wanted.... then someone found her outside, at other points we found her looking at different decorations, standing watching people (not taking pictures)....

I notified Essence of my unsatisfaction and so far nothing has come of it other than ... sorry.... which doesnt make my frustration on my wedding day (every 10 minutes I had to send someone to find my photographer, even thought it was a smaller venue and we where the only people there)....

It has been almost 4 weeks since my wedding... havent seen proof, so I dont know 100% how bad she really was... but still 4 weeks for proof... you had to be kidding me...

DO NOT USE THEM... they sell you one thing, and you oviously get another! Read less
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Eileen
Wedding:
6/5/2010
2.5/5.0
I am not going to fully review the photographer until I see the photos because I am not sure how they turned out. I was a little worried during the wedding day because the photographer (Carlos C) seemed very flustered with everything, and he seemed overwhelmed with trying to organize a crowd of people into a photo. I was surprised considering he had supposedly been doing weddings for many many years. His portfolio looked great when we booked him, though, so I have high hopes for the final photos. I will say that I am not sure if he took advantage of all of the photography opportunities that came up. For instance, my friend's mom took three photos in a row of me leaning down and then hugging the ring bearer. Each of these photos is super cute, and in each of them, you can actually see Carlos standing in the background just watching us, not taking any photos. Why was he not taking photos then too? Several guests commented after the wedding, too, that they saw him missing some great shots. Again, though, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt until I actually see the photos. We also did have a large wedding (257) and might have been better off with a 2nd photographer. But I feel like Essence should have told us that if they thought they couldn't do the job properly without a 2nd photog. I will update this review once I see the final photos!

REVIEW UPDATE 7/7/10:
We got our proofs back. I am not overjoyed with them, however I don't think they were awful. I have very mixed feelings because there definitely were a handful of frame-worthy really great shots. That being said, I feel that the photographer also missed a PLETHORA of opportunities for taking photos. For instance, after the ceremony, the bridal party congregated in the pavilion on the riverfront at the park while guests mingled and congratulated us. We have only a shot or 2 from this 20 minute time period. My friends and family members took handfuls of really great shots of really great moments (thank God they were all there wielding cameras or I would be devastated that those moments weren't captured on camera!). There were only TWO photos taken during our cocktail hour (which by the way actually lasted an hour-and-a-half). What was the photographer doing at this point? Or were all the photos he took at this point such low quality that they removed them from our proof book? The funny thing, too, is that many of the photos that people say are their favorites are the ones where we specifically asked the photographer "hey can you take a picture of that, that would make a great photo."

So all-in-all I am glad we have the shots we have but honestly I am not thrilled, and especially since we paid him an extra $75 to stay an hour longer, you'd think we'd have more photos than most people with the same photo package as us, but we actually had far less.

I also am disappointed because someone with better vision would have taken far better advantage of the beautiful pavilion we were in at the ceremony - in fact I got a photo off my cell phone camera that I like better than some that he took. Obviously the quality of mine was lower but the shot itself is stunning. How he couldn't come up with an equally stunning shot with all sorts of expensive camera equipment is beyond me.

I think what it comes down to, is the guy knows how to use a camera. That's why he's a photographer and that's why he works for Essence. Beyond that, I felt he did not have much artistic vision which is what Essence kind of sold me on from the beginning. Essence claims be this photojournalistic type of company but in reality their sales team seems to be completely separate from their photography team so they can't guarantee anything. All of the amazing photos they have hanging around their office come from hundreds of photographers who have photographed thousands of weddings so there's no guarantee that you will get any shots as good as those.

My advice - go with a photographer that you can MEET beforehand, and view a full portfolio consisting of more than 30 photographs for this person. Ask to see an entire wedding album that they created for other people. Because I am sure that anyone can get one good shot at every wedding, but the question is can you get a LOT of good shots at ONE wedding? I am very sad about this because there is really nothing that can be done to make up for this. Even if they refunded us in full (which by the way would NEVER happen), it still wouldn't make up for the awesome photo opportunities that were lost on one of the most important days of our lives.

LASTLY, I will additionally say that we had Lorelei from Essence for our engagement photos. She did a great job and is totally excluded from this entire poor review of our wedding day photographer.

My point is you don't know what you're going to get until it's over. It's not worth the "gamble" on a photographer you can't meet and see a whole album from beforehand.

REVIEW UPDATE AUGUST 2010
The manager at Essence has been very sympathetic to our response to our photographer and has graciously offered us something that we appreciate a lot. Altogether, the company is managed well, but we just got unlucky on our day with our specific photog.
I am not going to fully review the photographer until I see the photos because I am not sure how they turned out. I was a Read more...
I am not going to fully review the photographer until I see the photos because I am not sure how they turned out. I was a little worried during the wedding day because the photographer (Carlos C) seemed very flustered with everything, and he seemed overwhelmed with trying to organize a crowd of people into a photo. I was surprised considering he had supposedly been doing weddings for many many years. His portfolio looked great when we booked him, though, so I have high hopes for the final photos. I will say that I am not sure if he took advantage of all of the photography opportunities that came up. For instance, my friend's mom took three photos in a row of me leaning down and then hugging the ring bearer. Each of these photos is super cute, and in each of them, you can actually see Carlos standing in the background just watching us, not taking any photos. Why was he not taking photos then too? Several guests commented after the wedding, too, that they saw him missing some great shots. Again, though, I am giving him the benefit of the doubt until I actually see the photos. We also did have a large wedding (257) and might have been better off with a 2nd photographer. But I feel like Essence should have told us that if they thought they couldn't do the job properly without a 2nd photog. I will update this review once I see the final photos!

REVIEW UPDATE 7/7/10:
We got our proofs back. I am not overjoyed with them, however I don't think they were awful. I have very mixed feelings because there definitely were a handful of frame-worthy really great shots. That being said, I feel that the photographer also missed a PLETHORA of opportunities for taking photos. For instance, after the ceremony, the bridal party congregated in the pavilion on the riverfront at the park while guests mingled and congratulated us. We have only a shot or 2 from this 20 minute time period. My friends and family members took handfuls of really great shots of really great moments (thank God they were all there wielding cameras or I would be devastated that those moments weren't captured on camera!). There were only TWO photos taken during our cocktail hour (which by the way actually lasted an hour-and-a-half). What was the photographer doing at this point? Or were all the photos he took at this point such low quality that they removed them from our proof book? The funny thing, too, is that many of the photos that people say are their favorites are the ones where we specifically asked the photographer "hey can you take a picture of that, that would make a great photo."

So all-in-all I am glad we have the shots we have but honestly I am not thrilled, and especially since we paid him an extra $75 to stay an hour longer, you'd think we'd have more photos than most people with the same photo package as us, but we actually had far less.

I also am disappointed because someone with better vision would have taken far better advantage of the beautiful pavilion we were in at the ceremony - in fact I got a photo off my cell phone camera that I like better than some that he took. Obviously the quality of mine was lower but the shot itself is stunning. How he couldn't come up with an equally stunning shot with all sorts of expensive camera equipment is beyond me.

I think what it comes down to, is the guy knows how to use a camera. That's why he's a photographer and that's why he works for Essence. Beyond that, I felt he did not have much artistic vision which is what Essence kind of sold me on from the beginning. Essence claims be this photojournalistic type of company but in reality their sales team seems to be completely separate from their photography team so they can't guarantee anything. All of the amazing photos they have hanging around their office come from hundreds of photographers who have photographed thousands of weddings so there's no guarantee that you will get any shots as good as those.

My advice - go with a photographer that you can MEET beforehand, and view a full portfolio consisting of more than 30 photographs for this person. Ask to see an entire wedding album that they created for other people. Because I am sure that anyone can get one good shot at every wedding, but the question is can you get a LOT of good shots at ONE wedding? I am very sad about this because there is really nothing that can be done to make up for this. Even if they refunded us in full (which by the way would NEVER happen), it still wouldn't make up for the awesome photo opportunities that were lost on one of the most important days of our lives.

LASTLY, I will additionally say that we had Lorelei from Essence for our engagement photos. She did a great job and is totally excluded from this entire poor review of our wedding day photographer.

My point is you don't know what you're going to get until it's over. It's not worth the "gamble" on a photographer you can't meet and see a whole album from beforehand.

REVIEW UPDATE AUGUST 2010
The manager at Essence has been very sympathetic to our response to our photographer and has graciously offered us something that we appreciate a lot. Altogether, the company is managed well, but we just got unlucky on our day with our specific photog. Read less
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Jeannie
Wedding:
6/12/2010
1.8/5.0
Our photographer was very nice but our pics were a very poor quality, we are also missing shots throughout our wedding that are lost and many traditional pics were never taken. I know it is a busy night and you forget but that is why you hire a professional to do the work!
Our photographer was very nice but our pics were a very poor quality, we are also missing shots throughout our wedding Read more...
Our photographer was very nice but our pics were a very poor quality, we are also missing shots throughout our wedding that are lost and many traditional pics were never taken. I know it is a busy night and you forget but that is why you hire a professional to do the work! Read less
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breanne
Wedding:
10/15/2010
1.4/5.0
I was really dissappointed with Essence. Alot of time went in to selling us on their artistic photos, but when it came down to it, all we got were formal poses which were not at all good. The photographer did not pay attention to what was in the backround. The subjects were looking every which way and the poses showed no imagination at all. The photos at the church were ok, but the photographer wasted a lot of time standing around when he could have gotten some great shots of the quests. One of my biggest complaints is the photos at the reception, or lack of them. There were very few photos before dinner and during dinner the photographer sat down at one of the front tables with my Aunts and Uncles and ate. Then he stood around talking to the guests instead of taking pictures. When the music started he came around for about 5 songs and took multiple shots of the dancers during each one. If the quests weren't dancing we did not get a picture of them, except for a few requests. There is no picture of my Dad, Mom or Mother in law at the reception except when we danced. There is not a single picture of my or my husbands aunts and uncles or many of my cousins. The worst part of the whole thing is the finished pictures. After struggling to put an album together and waiting a ridiculously long time the quality is horrible. Our skin color is different in every picture. Some are orange some are white. It looks as if they just used auto correct on some photo website. I feel the wedding photos are a very important part of the day and everytime I look at my album I am totally disgusted.
I was really dissappointed with Essence. Alot of time went in to selling us on their artistic photos, but when it came Read more...
I was really dissappointed with Essence. Alot of time went in to selling us on their artistic photos, but when it came down to it, all we got were formal poses which were not at all good. The photographer did not pay attention to what was in the backround. The subjects were looking every which way and the poses showed no imagination at all. The photos at the church were ok, but the photographer wasted a lot of time standing around when he could have gotten some great shots of the quests. One of my biggest complaints is the photos at the reception, or lack of them. There were very few photos before dinner and during dinner the photographer sat down at one of the front tables with my Aunts and Uncles and ate. Then he stood around talking to the guests instead of taking pictures. When the music started he came around for about 5 songs and took multiple shots of the dancers during each one. If the quests weren't dancing we did not get a picture of them, except for a few requests. There is no picture of my Dad, Mom or Mother in law at the reception except when we danced. There is not a single picture of my or my husbands aunts and uncles or many of my cousins. The worst part of the whole thing is the finished pictures. After struggling to put an album together and waiting a ridiculously long time the quality is horrible. Our skin color is different in every picture. Some are orange some are white. It looks as if they just used auto correct on some photo website. I feel the wedding photos are a very important part of the day and everytime I look at my album I am totally disgusted. Read less
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Brandi
Wedding:
2/13/2010
1.3/5.0
When I started with Essence, I had to fill out this long packet of information about all the pictures that I wanted and where we were going to take pictures etc. I thought, wow this place really knows what they are doing. A couple albums were sent to me so I could chose my photographer and I chose the one that had pictures similar to what I was looking for. I talked with my photographer a couple days before the wedding, he seemed to know what pictures to take from the packet I filled out. BUT I was WRONG! When I got my proof book back, I was very disappointed. People kept asking to see the pictures and I told them they were not done yet. I just didn't know what to do because that was "my wedding day" and you can't make that up! Compared to pictures seen on their facebook page and in their studio, my pictures are horrible. People are in weird akward poses, stuff is in the background like cars and fire extinguishers. It was hard for me to chose pictures I liked! This could have been avoided if the photographer just asked us to turn a little or move a couple feet in another direction. I feel like he didn't really care how they turned out. I didn't even get pictures with my family, besides the ones at the church. Then, I paid a lot of money to have a video of my wedding. The videographer was rude to several people at my wedding. The video turned out good, but I cannot sugest this company to anyone because I am so disappointed by how the pictures turned out and how the photographer and videographer acted.
When I started with Essence, I had to fill out this long packet of information about all the pictures that I wanted and Read more...
When I started with Essence, I had to fill out this long packet of information about all the pictures that I wanted and where we were going to take pictures etc. I thought, wow this place really knows what they are doing. A couple albums were sent to me so I could chose my photographer and I chose the one that had pictures similar to what I was looking for. I talked with my photographer a couple days before the wedding, he seemed to know what pictures to take from the packet I filled out. BUT I was WRONG! When I got my proof book back, I was very disappointed. People kept asking to see the pictures and I told them they were not done yet. I just didn't know what to do because that was "my wedding day" and you can't make that up! Compared to pictures seen on their facebook page and in their studio, my pictures are horrible. People are in weird akward poses, stuff is in the background like cars and fire extinguishers. It was hard for me to chose pictures I liked! This could have been avoided if the photographer just asked us to turn a little or move a couple feet in another direction. I feel like he didn't really care how they turned out. I didn't even get pictures with my family, besides the ones at the church. Then, I paid a lot of money to have a video of my wedding. The videographer was rude to several people at my wedding. The video turned out good, but I cannot sugest this company to anyone because I am so disappointed by how the pictures turned out and how the photographer and videographer acted. Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
7/30/2010
1.1/5.0
Between messing up our wedding video, and messing up our album (twice) I would never recommend this photographer to ANY bfide. we provided the company with a list of songs (we even provided them with a CD with all of the songs on it) and when the video was complete, the songs were not used for the proper chapter in the video. They did fix it, but a pain to say the least.
Our album took the full 12 weeks to complete, and when it came in, they sent it back immediately (without letting me see the rest of it) because they printed the wrong date on the cover of our album. Three weeks later, the album came back, and when I went to pick it up, I realized that 6 of the pictures had RED-EYE. The company sent it back AGAIN to be fixed.
In the meantime, they offered me $150 credit to use towards the purchase of prints, which we appreciated and took advantage of. However, they couldn't even accomplish this correctly and never ordered one of my prints. We now have to wait even longer for everything to be done because this company cannot get their act together and make their customers happy.
This company is only interested in getting their money. They do not care what kind of quality your product is in the end, as long as they get your money. There were several hidden costs as well, such as extra money for certain templates in our wedding album.
Not worth the money or frustration.
Between messing up our wedding video, and messing up our album (twice) I would never recommend this photographer to ANY Read more...
Between messing up our wedding video, and messing up our album (twice) I would never recommend this photographer to ANY bfide. we provided the company with a list of songs (we even provided them with a CD with all of the songs on it) and when the video was complete, the songs were not used for the proper chapter in the video. They did fix it, but a pain to say the least.
Our album took the full 12 weeks to complete, and when it came in, they sent it back immediately (without letting me see the rest of it) because they printed the wrong date on the cover of our album. Three weeks later, the album came back, and when I went to pick it up, I realized that 6 of the pictures had RED-EYE. The company sent it back AGAIN to be fixed.
In the meantime, they offered me $150 credit to use towards the purchase of prints, which we appreciated and took advantage of. However, they couldn't even accomplish this correctly and never ordered one of my prints. We now have to wait even longer for everything to be done because this company cannot get their act together and make their customers happy.
This company is only interested in getting their money. They do not care what kind of quality your product is in the end, as long as they get your money. There were several hidden costs as well, such as extra money for certain templates in our wedding album.
Not worth the money or frustration. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Jose
Wedding:
11/1/2009
1.0/5.0
Horrible Service, Photos, & Especially Video

All I Can Say About This Place Has Horrible Photo & Video, we hired essence for our photo & video and the photographer and videographer were very nice, however we were told we would have our proofs in 4 to 6 weeks we got them in 8 weeks, we receive the proof book with no explanation of why it was late and over 90% of the proof book was not color corrected, all the pictures had bad lighting and were very yellow. They told us they were going to fix the bad pages and give us a call when ready, 2 weeks later they call us and said 2 pages were fixed. So now we have a proof book with bad lighting and only 2 pages that look corrected. Next we were told we would have our video in 8-12 weeks. We had to wait over 12 weeks. When i called to see where my video was they said sorry we are backed up and we want to make your video perfect for you. Once we picked up our video we came home excited to watch it and it was horrible. The sound is bad, the video jumps from scene to scene, and it will cut off a scene and jump to another one and then replay the same scene it cut off. It did capture everything that was said between my wife and i because I had a microphone. Needless to say I would not recommend Essence Photo and video.


My Advice Is To Look Somewhere Else.
Horrible Service, Photos, & Especially Video

All I Can Say About This Place Has Horrible Photo & Video, we hired Read more...
Horrible Service, Photos, & Especially Video

All I Can Say About This Place Has Horrible Photo & Video, we hired essence for our photo & video and the photographer and videographer were very nice, however we were told we would have our proofs in 4 to 6 weeks we got them in 8 weeks, we receive the proof book with no explanation of why it was late and over 90% of the proof book was not color corrected, all the pictures had bad lighting and were very yellow. They told us they were going to fix the bad pages and give us a call when ready, 2 weeks later they call us and said 2 pages were fixed. So now we have a proof book with bad lighting and only 2 pages that look corrected. Next we were told we would have our video in 8-12 weeks. We had to wait over 12 weeks. When i called to see where my video was they said sorry we are backed up and we want to make your video perfect for you. Once we picked up our video we came home excited to watch it and it was horrible. The sound is bad, the video jumps from scene to scene, and it will cut off a scene and jump to another one and then replay the same scene it cut off. It did capture everything that was said between my wife and i because I had a microphone. Needless to say I would not recommend Essence Photo and video.


My Advice Is To Look Somewhere Else. Read less
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