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Essence Photo & Video

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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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Paola is amazing!!! Overall Essence was great to work with!
Paola is amazing!!! Overall Essence was great to work with!
Paola is amazing!!! Overall Essence was great to work with! Read less
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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
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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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!!!!!

Kevin & Kristy Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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