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Ideal Impressions Photography

Lake Geneva , WI
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LOCATION

1221 Geneva National Avenue South
Lake Geneva, WI US 53147 (map)

PHONE

262-729-3191

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ABOUT US

Ideal Impressions specializes in wedding photography, offering clients extraordinary packages that provide matchless value and immediate digital results. Same day slideshows,... Read more
Ideal Impressions specializes in wedding photography, offering clients extraordinary packages that provide matchless value and immediate digital results. Same day slideshows, videography, photoshop enhancements, and outstanding service make us the most sought after photographers in southern Wisconsin. Visit www.idealimpressionsphotography.com to learn more. Read less
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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, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Anything and everything! Any kind of digital enhancement.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Everything... prefer natural light multiple lighting sources for controlled situations.
Is your media preference film or digital?
DIGITAL 13-21pm cameras.
How many photographers do you work with?
one to six.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, if needed!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We can shoot 3 weddings in one day with our team at seperate venues.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes!
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
Canon 1D series or Canon 5D series cameras.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
YEs of course.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
both.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
custom packages apply
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
none
Do you charge for travel?
yes - minimal
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
that night!
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Full resolution DVD!
How long can the client keep the proofs?
Forever!
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes, but you will receive a full signed release.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
YES.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
YES!
Will images be available for viewing online?
YES!
What kind of albums do you offer?
Every kind! 2500 to choose from! Traditional, memory books, flush mount and coffee table style.
When will the client get the final album?
2-4 weeks!

REVIEWS

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Leah
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend this company. They have such talented photographers and are a pleasure to work with. Our wedding photos are incredible and I'm so happy with all the memories they captured.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My daughter, (the bride) and I both have art degrees and have taught photography, so when planning our big event, we were very critical of who to select to do the photos. We found "Ideal Impressions" at a bridal show at the docks in Lake Geneva, in Fall 2013.

Once we chose Ideal Impressions, Scottie Peterson met with us a number of times, went over every detail and direction with us. He truly cared about what details were important to us, which photos we wanted, what my daughter hoped for in the style of photos he took. He truly listened to what we wanted and followed through.

Being much more familiar with Lake Geneva than we were, Scottie interjected a lot of helpful advice throughout the 10 months in which we worked with him. His suggestions not only provided better photos, but also he acted as an "almost-wedding- planner" for us!

Scottie was patient with us, We both are strong willed and knew (or thought we knew) what we wanted. He is truly a great guy to work with!

We did have Ideal Impressions shoot both the rehearsal dinner (on Friday), and, of course the wedding day. The team of photographers who worked with Scottie were wonderful, as well!

Most importantly, our photos are beautiful-artistic, sentimental, depicting the emotions of the day and overall, just perfect! We will cherish the memories forever.

My daughter and I would strongly recommend using Ideal Impressions!
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Cheri
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Ryan and Krista flew to Naples, FL as both our friends and photographers. They were amazing...shooting at both the Welcome Party and the Wedding. They even popped in at the Salon during make-up and hair! I do not LOVE having my picture taken, but Ryan always makes me feel comfortable, confident and beautiful ...three key elements to getting great pictures. Ryan has been my family and business photographer for years. He and the entire staff are aways professional, creative, energetic and AMAZING!
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Mary
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough nice things about Ryan at Ideal Impressions Photography. My daughter's wedding was on Sunday at the Grand Geneva Resort. We had to move the wedding inside because of rain and the pictures were still incredible. My daughter was running late
.because of her hair stylist and Ryan said not to hurry her he would make sure it all worked with the time we had. And he did. He put together a fusion video from some of the wedding pictures which he showed at our brunch. Everyone loved it. I don't see how anyone could have made the day go smoother or provided a better product. We love the pictures.
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Scottie did our wedding and he was absolutely fantastic, so easy to work with and did not over pose our pictures. He really captured the moments and did it in a way that was totally non intrusive. My husband and I definitely recommend getting the photo booth, it was worth every penny to see my normally conservative family really have fun!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ideal Impressions is fantastic! The pictures and videos from our wedding were incredible. Our photographers (Ryan & Scottie - love them!) were amazing. They managed to get a ton of shots/footage, and I swear - we hardly knew they were there. They listened to our requests and customized our package and their work to reflect our personal style. Special shout-out to Ryan, who jumped into the lake to get a shot of our bridal party!
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Book Ideal Impressions - you will NOT be disappointed. Here are my top 5 reasons why:
1. The pictures are amazing!!
2. You won't have to wait days, weeks or months like most brides to see them.
3. Ryan & his crew are true gentlemen. During our engagement shoot the battery in my friends car died and Ryan changed it for her!
4. They will do whatever it takes to ensure you have the best pics and are happy with everything.
5. They managed to get natural, candid photos - not the staged pics that most photographers shoot.
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anna
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Scottie & Josh were an amazing duo to have shoot our wedding! We are so thrilled with the way that our photos turned out. These two will bend over backwards (literally!) to get "the perfect picture". For anyone looking to perfectly capture any special day, Ideal Impressions is the way to go!
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Christine
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Ryan is the best! We chose him for our engagement and wedding pictures. He met us at our chosen location for engagement pictures at our convenience and took amazing pictures. Our wedding pictures and videos are amazing and we have been getting tons of compliments still. I would recommend IdealImpressions to anybody for any event!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The photographers with Ideal Impressions are absolutely incredible. I cannot say enough wonderful things about them. We had the great pleasure of working with Ryan and Scottie. What a great team! We had A LOT of family photos to get through and these two made it a stress-free process from start to finish. They were certainly not afraid to get their hands dirty either. They did whatever it took to get just the right shot; including jumping in the lake! The timeless photos that we have will be treasured forever.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Ideal impressions is an amazing company. To work with Scottie and Ryan on my wedding day was a chance of a lifetime. Their work is stunning! They were very hard working and Ryan was willing to meet with me several days throughout my planning process for my wedding. They are both very talented and are willing to go above and beyond for their clients. For example, on my wedding day is was very cold out and we were all freezing. Ryan got into the freezing water to get just the right picture of us and our bridal party. Now that is one creative and dedicated professional. I can't say enough how honored I was for them to capture our special day. It is because of them I will have amazing and creative photographs to cherish forever. I would not recommend anyone else! They both are talented, hard working, creative, and dedicated to capturing moments you do not want to forget. Thank you Ideal Impressions.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This photographer was absolutely incredible!! I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this photographer to anyone for anything. The guests at my wedding are still talking about the video that the photographers put together during dinner and showed during the reception! I will be using this photographer for future events and photo shoots.
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Kelly
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Ryan and his team. Photos were the most important thing to us and he did not disappoint. Reliable, fun, flexible and incredibly talented.

One thing I thought was outstanding right off the bat was the pricing. I was a little terrified after seeing the initial package pricing, but Ryan and Patie were more than willing to work with us. Ryan, unlike other vendors you may work with during the planning process, is incredibly FAIR. We never felt like he was trying to upsell us or make us add things we didn’t need. If anything, it was just the opposite! What a breath of fresh air.

From the very first meeting, through the engagement session, up until the wedding day; Ryan and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with. My husband and I had a lot of crazy photo ideas and Ryan was always onboard. The best part is, he really ran with it and made our ideas even better! You can tell Ryan loves what he does and the proof is in the pudding.

We were lucky enough to have Ryan himself shoot our wedding with his wife as the assistant. What a great team! They captured every moment and gave us so much variety to choose from. One word of advice, GET THE PHOTO FUSION VIDEO. Worth. Every. Penny. They shoot mini video clips and stills, put them to a song of your choice and play the video ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. Seriously, in between shooting, the photographer and assistant are constantly editing and putting this video together....it's insane. We played the video at the reception and people were blown away. When people ask to see pictures from the wedding, I just show them this video. It's just a perfect highlight reel of your special day.

If pictures are important to you, look no further than Ideal Impressions. They surpassed my high expectations and truly went above and beyond anything I could’ve imagined. Thank you to Ryan and his team for making all my wedding photo dreams a reality (:
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Mike
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Brides and grooms, my wife and I had the priviledge of working with Ryan from Ideal Impessions and we could not have even dreamt of the photography being better than it was for our wedding. From the pics being taken to the final albums and editing, it was definitely our priviledge to work with Ryan and his staff. The effort that is put into the entire event by this company makes you think each person owns the company with how much passion and care everyone has towards your event. They really team up with you to make it perfect. I will never forget the effort put into our wedding and this photo Ryan took...... My wife and I were on a pier in Lake Geneva and Ryan nearly laid down into the water for the pic with the rest of the night ahead of us; he had no hesitation to jump right in for a picture we will love forever. His willingness just blew me away, we give Ideal Impressions a double thumbs!
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sara
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.9/5.0
Ryan was our photographer and videographer for our wedding day. Amazing! My guests were blown away with him. They couldn't believe it whenlaid he laid on his stomach while we ran at him to get a unique shot...or when he got up to his thighs in the lake to take a good shot like it was no biggie. I seriously think photos are one of the most important things to worry about. I had so many laughs going through the pictures. Ryan caught so many wonderful photos! Oh the quality too!!! He was a blast to work with and made us feel so comfortable. He knew our budget was not very loose but being the good hearted man he is, he still found ways to make us a package that was perfect. Excellent!

-Sara and Mike
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Britta
Wedding:
6/2/2013
4.6/5.0
Ideal Impressions captured my special day on June 2 of this year. Ryan and Krista did an amazing job. I couldn't have asked for anyone better to capture my day. Ryan also took my engagement pictures and they turned out beautiful! I highly recommend Ideal Impressions to anyone who is looking for a photographer who will do a great job photographing any occasion!
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Bridget
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
I was an extremely frugal bride, but when it came to photography I asked my future husband if it would be okay if we looked for quality first and then narrowed our choice down by price. We looked at a lot of different portfolios, but absolutely fell in love with Ryan's pictures. Then, we were pleasantly surprised at how affordable he was. We instantly decided Ryan was the photographer for us. We met with him a few times to discuss how we wanted the day to unfold and to show him what we liked; stylistic wise. Our wedding and reception went so smoothly, thanks to Ryan. He suggested different ways to optimize time and it helped out a lot because it allowed us to have so much time for pictures outside of the church! We had a beautiful portfolio and could not be happier with the final results! If you get a chance, check out mine and Jason's wedding and see for yourselves. He did an amazing job!
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Katie
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Awesome photographers to work with. We have received numerous compliments on our photos!
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Gavin
Wedding:
4/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Ideal Impressions Photography is an outstanding company! Their quality and professionalism is unmatched by anyone else. I was very impressed by how organized and quick they were. It seemed like every picture they took was absolutely stunning. Bottom line is that you could go cheap and hire anybody and their uncle with a fancy pants camera but you'll never get the professional service and quality images that Ideal Impressions can give you and when it comes to the one special wedding day, It only makes sense to hire Ideal Impressions to take care of the capturing it so you don't have to worry about it.
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Nick
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
By far the best photographer around and we have ever seen. Our guests were beyond amazed at the performance, professionalism, speed, and uniqueness ideal impressions offered. Our pictures were instant with filters on them to look outstanding and guests were able to see then that day and order them or download them within a day. We cannot thank Ryan and his team more for the amazing work they did.
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Shannon
Wedding:
7/21/2012
4.3/5.0
Jake our photographer was awesome! We had so much fun with him. They do great work!

Thanks!!! :)
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Katey
Wedding:
3/3/2012
5.0/5.0
We were so grateful to work with Ideal Impressions Photography on March 3rd, 2012! Our guests were so impressed by the quality of photos they produced so quickly for us. They included a photo booth that was such a fun element for our guests and a great keepsake! They also put together a spectacular video. They are such nice people and easy to work with. Brides- why choose anything but the best on your wedding day!?
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Yoder12
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Amazing! Our pictures are perfect and we loved Ryan. He went out of his way to make our day special. Great company and great people to work with!
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dmbgrly84
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Ideal Impressions is TOP notch!!! We fell in love with Ryan's creativity and eye for those special shots. The same day wedding video clinched us with going with this wonderful company. Our guests still rave about the video, saying "I've never seen anything like that before!!!" We just received our beautiful Italian made wedding albums (included in our package) and they are gorgeous. We can't wait to display them in our home.

Photography was the most important thing to us on our wedding day....pictures last FOREVER!!! Great company, great staff!!
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Larin
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Josh, our lead photographer, was beyond amazing. Both our engagement and wedding day photos were so beautiful. He has a great eye for what will look good and how to get the best shot out of every situation. He was a lot of fun to work with and did an incredible job at keeping us on schedule even though we had a very tight timeline. It is the day after our wedding and many of our photos are already up on the website!! We even had some of our photos included in our slide show during our reception!! It was so great to get to see what the photos we took just a few hours earlier! I would highly recommend Ideal Impressions (especially Josh!) and could not be happier with their services.
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rgersch
Wedding:
7/31/2010
4.8/5.0
We had IIP photo all three of our daughter's weddings and it cannot have gone better. Josh was on time, efficient, original and so incredibly helpful. I have had all rave revues from my family and friends on his photos. The only possible improvement to make is that we would have liked to have our emails answered quicker but it never worried us. We could never have enough pictures. Thanks IIP for capturing the weddings of our girls! I recommend them to everyone.
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Danelle Spalla
Wedding:
7/28/2010
5.0/5.0
These guys were AWESOME to work with. My wedding venue fell through at the last minute, and they were extremely flexible to work with me at another location that was even further away. They were very quick to get back to me on any questions. They had pictures from the wedding up for me to download within 48 hours. I had my printed wedding album about 6 weeks after the wedding! They were friendly, and extremely helpful. My family LOVED working with them. They even helped us pick up trash that got left at our ceremony site. They are far and above the best photographers I have ever worked with. I was so happy that they could shoot my wedding. Go with these guys, and you will be thankful for years to come. Fabulous photography!!!
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Lynn
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
The pictures were spectacular. Much thought was given to take a variety of pictures: bride and groom, family, guests, food, the tables, church, limo,... Everything was outstanding.
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svecy2009
Wedding:
9/5/2009
5.0/5.0
They were easy to book, easy to plan with, and easy to deal with on our wedding day. Their prices are very competitive and you get the quality you expect as well. I would highly recommend this service to any bride and groom looking for a photographer. AAAAA+++
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bkc8-22-09
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
We LOVE Ideal Impressions! Matt Mason and Josh Rudd were great to work with and took amazing pictures. In the two weeks since the wedding, dozens of people have gone out of their way to rave about them. We couldn't be more pleased.
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cheftara
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was Ryan. He was great. We had him do a slideshow which was something that all of our guests were amazed with. They could not believe that there were able to see pictures that were just taken. He did an amazing job with all of our pictures. We were able to get our album and cd of all of the pictures two weeks after our wedding. They are very professional and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks for such wonderful memories!
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Kellyrae013
Wedding:
9/13/2008
5.0/5.0
Our photographer was Matt from Ideal Impressions. He was incredibly responsive, emailing and calling me whenever I needed him to and was also incredibly easy to work with. He took all of our suggestions and even asked for more. The day of, he blended in with my crowd perfectly and worked with me to make sure we got every picture we wanted...even though it was raining. We chose to have the slideshow of the day's pictures shown during dessert and I am so glad we did; everyone was amazed at the pictures! In just one hour he was able to create beautiful pictures with create techniques. If there was one vendor at my wedding that every single person talked about, it was the photographer. Now after the fact, he has posted pictures quickly and is already sending the album, much faster than I ever imagined!
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lwacker
Wedding:
8/16/2008
5.0/5.0
Josh did an amazing job with our wedding. The photos that we have are absolutely irreplaceable and document from start to finish our amazing day. Quality cannot be beat. I cannot say enough good things about Ideal Impressions.
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Anna
Wedding:
6/21/2008
4.4/5.0
Ideal Impressions Photography did a wonderful job shooting my wedding and the weddings of both of my best friends. I chose the $4,000 package, which was expensive, but it included unlimited photos, an album, our engagement photos and two discs of all of our photos. We also had two photographers and an assistant at the wedding and reception. Our pictures are beautiful and so worth the money. They were professional and did an excellent job working with both of our families and all of the children at the wedding.
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Alicia
Wedding:
5/5/2007
5.0/5.0
They did a great job, and worked with me to help find something within my budget. The most helpful aspect was their flexibility, as I didn't have a definite date until VERY close to my wedding since my future husband was in Iraq and didn't have a definite return date.
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Melinda
Wedding:
12/16/2006
4.3/5.0
The photos were stunning! He worked with me about what photos I really wanted & we got them all. The opnly reservation was the fact that he did not get my mother's requests done.
He got a photo of everyone there, which we greatly appreciated. Also, because we were students,we recieved a DISCOUNTED RATE.
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Ideal Impressions Photography responded with the following comments:

Sorry about your mother's requests Melinda; We also wished we could have met them a little better! We try to work with the couple as much as possible to be prepared for everything but some things are unforeseen! Of course the wedding was INCREDIBLE and I think everyone is extreemely happy with the results. Our company has operated with 100% satisfaction shooting more then 100 weddings a year!
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jencelebratinghome
Wedding:
6/19/2005
5.0/5.0
I have had the pleasure of working with Ideal Impressions on a few occasions. Our photographer for our wedding was Ryan. He was very professional, easy to work with and even worked with my mom a little on her special project for me and my husband:) Everyone loved the slideshow of pictures at the reception. Everyone still raves about our wedding photos and we have been married for 5 years.

Matt Mason was a photographer of ours when he did my sons wrestling pictures, which was a lot of fun.

Last but not least Zac Smith took the photos at a Benefit for a very special little boy. That meant a lot to a lot of ppl.

Ideal impressions has always been there when any of us needed them and always went above and beyond. We heart you guys:)
xo
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