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Heather Parker Photography

Chicago , IL
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What my couples all have in common is that they want REAL unscripted photography so they can remember the laughter, tears, nervousness and all the emotions that go along with having a... Read more
What my couples all have in common is that they want REAL unscripted photography so they can remember the laughter, tears, nervousness and all the emotions that go along with having a wedding. I look for honest moments that highlight the feelings and personality of those closest to you during a very important day. Years later, these photos will serve as an heirloom and allow you to not just remember the pretty smiles all around you, but the very character of those who made your wedding so memorable.

Voted The Knot Magazine Pick Best of Weddings and published 7 years in a row, I photograph weddings in glamorous hotels, rustic barns, and hip lofts.

Some areas I have traveled for shoots include are Japan, Italy, Hawaii, Nantucket, Jamaica, Spain, Martha's Vineyard, New Orleans, Vermont, Puerto Rico, Toronto, Japan and New York City.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how wedding photojournalism could be an ideal choice for you. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What photography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount

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Kristen
Wedding:
9/14/2012
4.7/5.0
Heather Parker is an amazing photographer and she took absolutely beautiful pictures at our September wedding at the Greenhouse Loft. She was the first photographer that we set up an appointment with and her pictures blew me away. I was nervous to book the first photographer I had met with and wanted to make sure I did my due diligence - especially with something as important as photography. Your pictures (and your video) are the only things you really walk away with at the end of your wedding day! Choosing a photographer is such a big decision and I wanted to make sure I gave it appropriate time and attention. My husband and I met with a total of 7 photographers after Heather - some of the best and most reputable in the city - and after all that, we ended up booking Heather.

Heather has such a beautiful and unique photojournalistic, documentary style. While the other photographers we met with were talented too, there was just something different and more beautiful about Heather's pictures. She is fabulous at capturing the emotional and memorable candid moments of the day. We had a great mix of the detail shots, as well as pictures of our friends and family having a great time at our wedding. For how talented she is, her prices (which do not include any wedding albums) are completely reasonable.

Overall, Heather did a fabulous job with our wedding photography. I am so excited to start the wedding album process with her because I know it will be stunningly beautiful. You can find Heather all over popular wedding blogs and websites because she is one of Chicago's best wedding photographers - hands down. She is truly talented and is very prideful of her work (which is super important). Just look at her website and I can guarantee that you will be impressed.
Heather Parker is an amazing photographer and she took absolutely beautiful pictures at our September wedding at the Read more...
Heather Parker is an amazing photographer and she took absolutely beautiful pictures at our September wedding at the Greenhouse Loft. She was the first photographer that we set up an appointment with and her pictures blew me away. I was nervous to book the first photographer I had met with and wanted to make sure I did my due diligence - especially with something as important as photography. Your pictures (and your video) are the only things you really walk away with at the end of your wedding day! Choosing a photographer is such a big decision and I wanted to make sure I gave it appropriate time and attention. My husband and I met with a total of 7 photographers after Heather - some of the best and most reputable in the city - and after all that, we ended up booking Heather.

Heather has such a beautiful and unique photojournalistic, documentary style. While the other photographers we met with were talented too, there was just something different and more beautiful about Heather's pictures. She is fabulous at capturing the emotional and memorable candid moments of the day. We had a great mix of the detail shots, as well as pictures of our friends and family having a great time at our wedding. For how talented she is, her prices (which do not include any wedding albums) are completely reasonable.

Overall, Heather did a fabulous job with our wedding photography. I am so excited to start the wedding album process with her because I know it will be stunningly beautiful. You can find Heather all over popular wedding blogs and websites because she is one of Chicago's best wedding photographers - hands down. She is truly talented and is very prideful of her work (which is super important). Just look at her website and I can guarantee that you will be impressed. Read less
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Heather Parker Photography responded with the following comments:

What a compliment to be selected out of SEVERN photographers! I'm so glad we got your wedding published on Style Me Pretty and know your Queensberry Album will be treasured for generations!
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Mike
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Heather Parker was an amazing photographer and very easy to work with. We loved her photojournalist style, emphasizing natural candid moments rather than posed portraits. We were lucky to have her, and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Heather Parker was an amazing photographer and very easy to work with. We loved her photojournalist style, emphasizing Read more...
Heather Parker was an amazing photographer and very easy to work with. We loved her photojournalist style, emphasizing natural candid moments rather than posed portraits. We were lucky to have her, and would highly recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Heather Parker Photography responded with the following comments:

Photographing your downtown wedding was so fun. You had a super helpful bridal party that was all about having fun! Thanks for making my job a dream!
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Milly
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Ross and I were married on July 21 of this year. Like most couples, getting a great photographer was important to us. After doing research and calling many (as is expected, Chicago has a fair number of wedding photographers), I ran into heather as our potential photographer.

Immediately, we clicked on the phone. I think we talked for over 30 minutes. Heather is extremely thorough and takes her job seriously. She wants to get the best pictures possible for you and she doesn't beat around the bush about it. I so appreciated all her pointers and tips. Towards the end of the planning process, I turned to her to ask questions to make sure she thought it would be okay with the pictures.

We had so much fun with her at our engagement session and loved how our pictures turned out. She was so helpful and caring at the wedding, and our wedding photos received so many compliments. Ross and I are so happy we went with Heather.
Ross and I were married on July 21 of this year. Like most couples, getting a great photographer was important to us. Read more...
Ross and I were married on July 21 of this year. Like most couples, getting a great photographer was important to us. After doing research and calling many (as is expected, Chicago has a fair number of wedding photographers), I ran into heather as our potential photographer.

Immediately, we clicked on the phone. I think we talked for over 30 minutes. Heather is extremely thorough and takes her job seriously. She wants to get the best pictures possible for you and she doesn't beat around the bush about it. I so appreciated all her pointers and tips. Towards the end of the planning process, I turned to her to ask questions to make sure she thought it would be okay with the pictures.

We had so much fun with her at our engagement session and loved how our pictures turned out. She was so helpful and caring at the wedding, and our wedding photos received so many compliments. Ross and I are so happy we went with Heather. Read less
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sarah
Wedding:
10/21/2011
5.0/5.0
We interviewed several other photographers and once we met with Heather, we knew she was the perfect fit. Her knowledge of the University Club and the several tips that no one else had shared with us gave us the certainty that we made the right decision. I've never seen anyone move more quickly to get the perfect photo. Heather didn't hesitate to tell people where to go and what to do to keep us on schedule. We enjoyed working with Heather, but never expected both our engagement photos and wedding pictures could turn out as well as they did! We have so many amazing photos to remember such a special day.
We interviewed several other photographers and once we met with Heather, we knew she was the perfect fit. Her knowledge of Read more...
We interviewed several other photographers and once we met with Heather, we knew she was the perfect fit. Her knowledge of the University Club and the several tips that no one else had shared with us gave us the certainty that we made the right decision. I've never seen anyone move more quickly to get the perfect photo. Heather didn't hesitate to tell people where to go and what to do to keep us on schedule. We enjoyed working with Heather, but never expected both our engagement photos and wedding pictures could turn out as well as they did! We have so many amazing photos to remember such a special day. Read less
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Heather Parker Photography responded with the following comments:

Hi Sarah! I'm so glad you value my quick thinking and ability to direct guests for group shots - that is definitely a big factor in keep a wedding day on schedule. You University Club of Chicago wedding was one of my favorites, but your ceremony was especially dear with many of your students present!
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halley.winer
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
what can i say about heather? she is really beyond words amazing. we booked her for our august 2011 wedding... and she has been an absolute dream to work with. the e-mail chain between heather and i stands somewhere around 100+ emails... but no matter how silly my questions are, she always responds in a helpful, kind, intelligent way... we did our engagement shoot last year... i was so nervous, but heather really helped calm me down... and once we got in front of the camera, with her direction and expertise, it was so much fun! she has a way of making you feel completely comfortable... which makes the photos turn out GREAT! our wedding was in august... and we are in love with the photos. heather gave awesome suggestions on where to go around the city for the best & most unique shots... and the candids from the wedding are fantastic. we didn't use a videographer, so we knew that an amazing photographer would make or break the wedding memories... heather certainly did not let us down! we loved every minute while working with her... if you want beautiful, photo-journalistic style photography for your wedding... heather is your girl.
what can i say about heather? she is really beyond words amazing. we booked her for our august 2011 wedding... and she has Read more...
what can i say about heather? she is really beyond words amazing. we booked her for our august 2011 wedding... and she has been an absolute dream to work with. the e-mail chain between heather and i stands somewhere around 100+ emails... but no matter how silly my questions are, she always responds in a helpful, kind, intelligent way... we did our engagement shoot last year... i was so nervous, but heather really helped calm me down... and once we got in front of the camera, with her direction and expertise, it was so much fun! she has a way of making you feel completely comfortable... which makes the photos turn out GREAT! our wedding was in august... and we are in love with the photos. heather gave awesome suggestions on where to go around the city for the best & most unique shots... and the candids from the wedding are fantastic. we didn't use a videographer, so we knew that an amazing photographer would make or break the wedding memories... heather certainly did not let us down! we loved every minute while working with her... if you want beautiful, photo-journalistic style photography for your wedding... heather is your girl. Read less
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Heather Parker Photography responded with the following comments:

Reading words like "beyond words amazing," "absolute dream to work with" and "helpful, kind, intelligent" mean so much. Thank you Halley and Josh, your Gallery 1028 wedding was incredible!
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dcarr
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
If I did one thing right on my wedding day, besides marry my husband, it was booking Heather as my wedding photographer. I looked high and low for the beautiful photo's that are creative and truly capture the feelings of the wedding and our personalities and that is exactly what Heather's talent is able to do. When a little teaser went up I had family and lots of friends who weren't even at the wedding telling me how incredible my wedding photos are. Heather is also extremely easy to work with. She was very personable with us and then she was the best kind of photographer you didn't even know she was there, so looking at my photos I am in shock at how amazing they are because she was so subtle taking her photos that I couldn't believe the fantastic shots she got. This is the best type of photographer because they aren't in anyone's way. She is very professional and I can't wait to have her capture more events in our future!
If I did one thing right on my wedding day, besides marry my husband, it was booking Heather as my wedding photographer. I Read more...
If I did one thing right on my wedding day, besides marry my husband, it was booking Heather as my wedding photographer. I looked high and low for the beautiful photo's that are creative and truly capture the feelings of the wedding and our personalities and that is exactly what Heather's talent is able to do. When a little teaser went up I had family and lots of friends who weren't even at the wedding telling me how incredible my wedding photos are. Heather is also extremely easy to work with. She was very personable with us and then she was the best kind of photographer you didn't even know she was there, so looking at my photos I am in shock at how amazing they are because she was so subtle taking her photos that I couldn't believe the fantastic shots she got. This is the best type of photographer because they aren't in anyone's way. She is very professional and I can't wait to have her capture more events in our future! Read less
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Heather Parker Photography responded with the following comments:

Not being able to meet in person until the wedding day, I am so glad to hear that you found me easy to work with and personable. I always try to be subtle and stay out of the spotlight and its pretty sweet that you recognize that!
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carolynmj
Wedding:
5/22/2011
4.7/5.0
Heather was a fantastic photographer from beginning to end. Before the wedding, she helps couples sort out the schedule for their big day, and gives great directions on when to take certain shots. Her experience in doing many weddings in invaluable in knowing what works and what doesn't.

We have received many compliments on the photos we received. When they arrived a couple weeks after the wedding, we sat and watched them as a slideshow for 2 hours - it was like watching a stunning video of our entire day. The images are crisp and beautifully saturated with color and life. Heather is amazing at capturing the mood, energy and feeling of your wedding day.

My dad commented on the fact that throughout the wedding, you never knew that Heather was there, but she got such great shots she was clearly everywhere she needed to be.

Overall, we highly recommend Heather if stunning photos are a priority for your wedding.
Heather was a fantastic photographer from beginning to end. Before the wedding, she helps couples sort out the schedule Read more...
Heather was a fantastic photographer from beginning to end. Before the wedding, she helps couples sort out the schedule for their big day, and gives great directions on when to take certain shots. Her experience in doing many weddings in invaluable in knowing what works and what doesn't.

We have received many compliments on the photos we received. When they arrived a couple weeks after the wedding, we sat and watched them as a slideshow for 2 hours - it was like watching a stunning video of our entire day. The images are crisp and beautifully saturated with color and life. Heather is amazing at capturing the mood, energy and feeling of your wedding day.

My dad commented on the fact that throughout the wedding, you never knew that Heather was there, but she got such great shots she was clearly everywhere she needed to be.

Overall, we highly recommend Heather if stunning photos are a priority for your wedding. Read less
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Heather Parker Photography responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad my timeline assistance proved to be valuable to you ahead of your wedding and you saw real value in me giving direction to your guests and bridal party during group photo time. Hearing that your wedding photos have earned so many compliments makes my heart sing!
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jen
Wedding:
1/22/2011
4.7/5.0
Overall I was very happy with Heather. We got some wonderful shots and she was very accomodating in terms of what we wanted to do, where we wanted to shoot, etc. The pictures are amazing and she did a wonderful job blending in at the reception, I didn't even realize she was there! My only comment for future brides is that you have to have an idea of the shots you want, she didn't really recommend too many - I would have liked her to be more assertive in terms of asking people to look at the camera, move around so the shots could be completely perfect. But all in all, definitely recommend her!
Overall I was very happy with Heather. We got some wonderful shots and she was very accomodating in terms of what we Read more...
Overall I was very happy with Heather. We got some wonderful shots and she was very accomodating in terms of what we wanted to do, where we wanted to shoot, etc. The pictures are amazing and she did a wonderful job blending in at the reception, I didn't even realize she was there! My only comment for future brides is that you have to have an idea of the shots you want, she didn't really recommend too many - I would have liked her to be more assertive in terms of asking people to look at the camera, move around so the shots could be completely perfect. But all in all, definitely recommend her! Read less
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JSS
Wedding:
12/4/2010
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure to work with Heather! We were referred to her by our florist. After meeting her for just a few minutes and seeing her unique photojournalistic style, we hired her on the spot and cancelled our future appointments. She has a great sense of humor and was relaxed but thorough throughout the planning process and on the day. She really caught the feel of the day, from the 'getting ready' pics, the emotion of the ceremony, and the candid moments, to the overall look/feel of the reception. When it started snowing, we were doubtful of how many good pics we would get around the city, but Heather's creativity led to some amazing photos that we constantly receive complements on. And to top it all off, she put together the most incredible wedding album that I could ever imagine! Thank you Heather for being part of that amazing day!
It was such a pleasure to work with Heather! We were referred to her by our florist. After meeting her for just a few Read more...
It was such a pleasure to work with Heather! We were referred to her by our florist. After meeting her for just a few minutes and seeing her unique photojournalistic style, we hired her on the spot and cancelled our future appointments. She has a great sense of humor and was relaxed but thorough throughout the planning process and on the day. She really caught the feel of the day, from the 'getting ready' pics, the emotion of the ceremony, and the candid moments, to the overall look/feel of the reception. When it started snowing, we were doubtful of how many good pics we would get around the city, but Heather's creativity led to some amazing photos that we constantly receive complements on. And to top it all off, she put together the most incredible wedding album that I could ever imagine! Thank you Heather for being part of that amazing day! Read less
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jessica
Wedding:
10/9/2010
4.8/5.0
Heather Parker was the perfect photographer for our wedding! We wanted a photojournalistic style and Heather achieved it wonderfully! We knew immediately upon meeting her that she was the right fit for us... her work spoke for itself. Her excitement about her work shows her true passion.

We didn't really want to do the engagement shoot, as neither my husband nor I find ourselves very photogenic, but it was included in our package so there we were... and we got great photos that we never would have had otherwise. It was a great opportunity to see Heather's work of us before the actual wedding day and be sure we were all on the same page as far as style when it came to the wedding.

Heather was great about getting shots that captured the beauty of the moment. There were a few little details (I am pretty sure I am seriously the only one who has ever noticed them) that I would have preferred be fixed, but I understand there is not always a chance to say "hey turn your bracelet so we don't see the clasp." That being said, she also got some of the best photos ever in existence of my Dad.

She really didn't suggest locations or shots, but I really appreciated this. I wanted our pictures to reflect us, not just the typical wedding. Not having a list of suggested locations we had to think outside of the box and find locations special to us, that reflected our life together... and most of those images are my favorite ones!!!

Heather really went out of her way to foresee any hiccups in the day and our scheduling to be sure it was going to run as smoothly as possible.
Heather Parker was the perfect photographer for our wedding! We wanted a photojournalistic style and Heather achieved it Read more...
Heather Parker was the perfect photographer for our wedding! We wanted a photojournalistic style and Heather achieved it wonderfully! We knew immediately upon meeting her that she was the right fit for us... her work spoke for itself. Her excitement about her work shows her true passion.

We didn't really want to do the engagement shoot, as neither my husband nor I find ourselves very photogenic, but it was included in our package so there we were... and we got great photos that we never would have had otherwise. It was a great opportunity to see Heather's work of us before the actual wedding day and be sure we were all on the same page as far as style when it came to the wedding.

Heather was great about getting shots that captured the beauty of the moment. There were a few little details (I am pretty sure I am seriously the only one who has ever noticed them) that I would have preferred be fixed, but I understand there is not always a chance to say "hey turn your bracelet so we don't see the clasp." That being said, she also got some of the best photos ever in existence of my Dad.

She really didn't suggest locations or shots, but I really appreciated this. I wanted our pictures to reflect us, not just the typical wedding. Not having a list of suggested locations we had to think outside of the box and find locations special to us, that reflected our life together... and most of those images are my favorite ones!!!

Heather really went out of her way to foresee any hiccups in the day and our scheduling to be sure it was going to run as smoothly as possible. Read less
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