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Essence Photo & Video

Chicagoland , IL
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LOCATION

Indianapolis, IN 46201 US (map)

PHONE

888-777-7011

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We are a family of photographers, striving for excellence in our craft. Our mission is to create fresh and exciting imagery while detailing the warmth and joy of your wedding.
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We are a family of photographers, striving for excellence in our craft. Our mission is to create fresh and exciting imagery while detailing the warmth and joy of your wedding.

Our top priority is building trust with couples and their loved ones, ensuring a pleasant experience for all.

Working with a team at our level of dedication gives you the confidence and peace of mind that your wedding is in good hands.

We look forward to hearing from you! Read less
Photography , Videography

PHOTOS

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, One Event/Day
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Prints, Proofs, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Storytelling, Traditional
Which wedding events do you service?
Ceremony, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What videography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, High-Def Video, Highlight Video, Liability Insurance, Multi. Cameras, Multi. Locations, One Event/Day, Raw Footage, Slideshow/Montage
What final video formats do you offer?
Blu-Ray, DVD

REVIEWS

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Kathy
Wedding:
3/4/2017
5.0/5.0
My photographer was absolutely awesome! She listened to everything we wanted and got us a ton of great shots. She was so friendly with all my family and friends. She was so helpful with ideas throughout the whole day, I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like without her. We used Essence for photos, video, and a photo booth and everyone was super professional!
My photographer was absolutely awesome! She listened to everything we wanted and got us a ton of great shots. She was so Read more...
My photographer was absolutely awesome! She listened to everything we wanted and got us a ton of great shots. She was so friendly with all my family and friends. She was so helpful with ideas throughout the whole day, I can’t imagine what it would’ve been like without her. We used Essence for photos, video, and a photo booth and everyone was super professional! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
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Christine
Wedding:
2/18/2017
5.0/5.0
I loved working with Essence so much I came back! The team is super friendly and very helpful. I felt very confident in the process of picking them as my photography and videography team because they understood all my needs and coach you along the way. Mike and Karen were awesome!
I loved working with Essence so much I came back! The team is super friendly and very helpful. I felt very confident in Read more...
I loved working with Essence so much I came back! The team is super friendly and very helpful. I felt very confident in the process of picking them as my photography and videography team because they understood all my needs and coach you along the way. Mike and Karen were awesome! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Erika
Wedding:
1/14/2017
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved my photographer, Megan. I picked her a year in advance after seeing her pictures and she fit so well with our personalities. She was fun and easy going and had us take some really fun shots with our bridal party. I felt really comfortable with her and our videographer, Josh. They were on time and got all the shots that we wanted. Thanks Megan and Josh!
I absolutely loved my photographer, Megan. I picked her a year in advance after seeing her pictures and she fit so well Read more...
I absolutely loved my photographer, Megan. I picked her a year in advance after seeing her pictures and she fit so well with our personalities. She was fun and easy going and had us take some really fun shots with our bridal party. I felt really comfortable with her and our videographer, Josh. They were on time and got all the shots that we wanted. Thanks Megan and Josh! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Caity
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience using Essence! I was a little hesitant about using a bigger photo company, but from the very first meeting with Tim in the Tinley Park location, we knew that we were going to like Essence. We were sent three photographers' profiles that we were able to go through and decide which photographer we wanted. They were all fantastic which made it difficult to choose! We're so glad we went with Chris Kaiser. He contacted us a few weeks before the wedding and then called the week of to go over all the details. He had such a great personality and gave so many tips before the wedding. On the big day, Chris and his assistant John were prompt, energetic, and had amazing picture suggestions. Chris would show us pictures on his camera from past weddings and ask what we thought of the poses. This helped us to decide what we liked and didn't like. He was quick, creative, and we are so excited to get our pictures back because of all of the great poses he had us do! I would highly suggest Essence moving forward!
We had a great experience using Essence! I was a little hesitant about using a bigger photo company, but from the very Read more...
We had a great experience using Essence! I was a little hesitant about using a bigger photo company, but from the very first meeting with Tim in the Tinley Park location, we knew that we were going to like Essence. We were sent three photographers' profiles that we were able to go through and decide which photographer we wanted. They were all fantastic which made it difficult to choose! We're so glad we went with Chris Kaiser. He contacted us a few weeks before the wedding and then called the week of to go over all the details. He had such a great personality and gave so many tips before the wedding. On the big day, Chris and his assistant John were prompt, energetic, and had amazing picture suggestions. Chris would show us pictures on his camera from past weddings and ask what we thought of the poses. This helped us to decide what we liked and didn't like. He was quick, creative, and we are so excited to get our pictures back because of all of the great poses he had us do! I would highly suggest Essence moving forward! Read less
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Ben
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Very reasonable in terms of cost
Very reasonable in terms of cost
Very reasonable in terms of cost Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
We used Essence Photo & Video for our wedding in September and could not be more pleased. From start to finish they worked with our requests and the end result is spectacular. Working with Essence Photo & Video helped to take the day of stress away because I trusted the vendors 100%. We will for sure recommend this company to friends and family
We used Essence Photo & Video for our wedding in September and could not be more pleased. From start to finish they worked Read more...
We used Essence Photo & Video for our wedding in September and could not be more pleased. From start to finish they worked with our requests and the end result is spectacular. Working with Essence Photo & Video helped to take the day of stress away because I trusted the vendors 100%. We will for sure recommend this company to friends and family Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Brittany
Wedding:
9/2/2016
5.0/5.0
We got married on September 2,2016 and were lucky to have Eric L as our photographer . First off he is the NICEST PERSON you will ever meet. He meshed in so well with our wedding group and our families that taking the pictures was a fun experience . Eric started his day at my parents house where myself and the bridesmaids were getting ready. Eric captured a lot of moments ... from me trying my dress on and showing it off completed for the first time , my mom helping me with my jewelry to my dads first look. There are all pictures I will cherish for years to come. Eric also took pictures with my groom and groomsman before the service , was present but not overbearing at the mass and even followed our trolley to a white castles stop on the way to the venue. I can not wait to see my pictures that Eeix took. I know he did amazing!!! Essence's team is also so helpful in the album process. I have emailed them a million times and them answer every question I have . The people who run this company are so real and there for you to help 100% . They were definitely unlike any company I meet with while looking for. Photographer and I have no regrets at all about hiring them to capture one of the most important days of our lives
We got married on September 2,2016 and were lucky to have Eric L as our photographer . First off he is the NICEST PERSON Read more...
We got married on September 2,2016 and were lucky to have Eric L as our photographer . First off he is the NICEST PERSON you will ever meet. He meshed in so well with our wedding group and our families that taking the pictures was a fun experience . Eric started his day at my parents house where myself and the bridesmaids were getting ready. Eric captured a lot of moments ... from me trying my dress on and showing it off completed for the first time , my mom helping me with my jewelry to my dads first look. There are all pictures I will cherish for years to come. Eric also took pictures with my groom and groomsman before the service , was present but not overbearing at the mass and even followed our trolley to a white castles stop on the way to the venue. I can not wait to see my pictures that Eeix took. I know he did amazing!!! Essence's team is also so helpful in the album process. I have emailed them a million times and them answer every question I have . The people who run this company are so real and there for you to help 100% . They were definitely unlike any company I meet with while looking for. Photographer and I have no regrets at all about hiring them to capture one of the most important days of our lives Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Caroline
Wedding:
8/5/2016
5.0/5.0
We went with Essence for wedding. Joey was our photographer and David was our videographer. Both of them were just simply amazing the whole day from start to finish. They were very professional and they worked well together. David wasn't obtrusive to Joey, us or our guests and helped Joey any way he could. Joey was very attentive to the style of shots we wanted to capture, patient, funny and gave great direction. Everybody loved them and I can't wait to see the finished product.
We went with Essence for wedding. Joey was our photographer and David was our videographer. Both of them were just simply Read more...
We went with Essence for wedding. Joey was our photographer and David was our videographer. Both of them were just simply amazing the whole day from start to finish. They were very professional and they worked well together. David wasn't obtrusive to Joey, us or our guests and helped Joey any way he could. Joey was very attentive to the style of shots we wanted to capture, patient, funny and gave great direction. Everybody loved them and I can't wait to see the finished product. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Michelle
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are SO HAPPY we chose Essence to do the photography for our recent wedding. I love that you get to chose with photographer you want after looking at some work of theirs, I think it helps you pick the one you're most comfortable with and which one matches the style of pictures you want most. We chose Ben Lohman and he was AMAZING! He was very quick and kept pictures running smoothly, which was great since we only had 30 minutes after the ceremony to be in the church for pictures, and for our outside pictures it was incredibly hot outside. He was so fun, dancing at the reception while taking pictures, instead of just standing stagnant, which made him really blend in and I think made people feel more comfortable. We also added a second photographer for 4 hours, for only $299 which is a great price, in my opinion, and she was flexible with when we wanted her to come, so we chose what 4 hour time span she was with us(we chose getting ready so that Ben could be with me and my girls and the second photographer, Vanessa, could be with the guys, and also the ceremony and after for pictures outside). We had our ceremony video taped through Essence as well, the only downside to that was then my husband had a microphone on his lapel and during our vows it started to make noise due to whoever was controlling the sound, but I am not sure if this was Essence or not, and it was fixed quickly either way.

We cannot wait to see our pictures and video, and will write a follow up review once we get them!
My husband and I are SO HAPPY we chose Essence to do the photography for our recent wedding. I love that you get to chose Read more...
My husband and I are SO HAPPY we chose Essence to do the photography for our recent wedding. I love that you get to chose with photographer you want after looking at some work of theirs, I think it helps you pick the one you're most comfortable with and which one matches the style of pictures you want most. We chose Ben Lohman and he was AMAZING! He was very quick and kept pictures running smoothly, which was great since we only had 30 minutes after the ceremony to be in the church for pictures, and for our outside pictures it was incredibly hot outside. He was so fun, dancing at the reception while taking pictures, instead of just standing stagnant, which made him really blend in and I think made people feel more comfortable. We also added a second photographer for 4 hours, for only $299 which is a great price, in my opinion, and she was flexible with when we wanted her to come, so we chose what 4 hour time span she was with us(we chose getting ready so that Ben could be with me and my girls and the second photographer, Vanessa, could be with the guys, and also the ceremony and after for pictures outside). We had our ceremony video taped through Essence as well, the only downside to that was then my husband had a microphone on his lapel and during our vows it started to make noise due to whoever was controlling the sound, but I am not sure if this was Essence or not, and it was fixed quickly either way.

We cannot wait to see our pictures and video, and will write a follow up review once we get them! Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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gina
Wedding:
7/15/2016
5.0/5.0
From start to finish, Essence was fantastic. Tim was very helpful figuring out the best package for our needs and Joey is the most amazing photographer! He was professional yet laid back and easy going. He was so much fun to work with and our photos are absolutely beautiful. He captured so many moments perfectly and we couldn't be happier.
From start to finish, Essence was fantastic. Tim was very helpful figuring out the best package for our needs and Joey is Read more...
From start to finish, Essence was fantastic. Tim was very helpful figuring out the best package for our needs and Joey is the most amazing photographer! He was professional yet laid back and easy going. He was so much fun to work with and our photos are absolutely beautiful. He captured so many moments perfectly and we couldn't be happier. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography

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