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Jennifer Shaffer Photo

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL 60622 US (map)

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773-991-7369

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ABOUT US

Approach:

I believe that I am first and foremost a documentarian. My work is to simply tell the story of the wedding day. My style is to photograph as events unfold and... Read more
Approach:

I believe that I am first and foremost a documentarian. My work is to simply tell the story of the wedding day. My style is to photograph as events unfold and capture fleeting moments perhaps missed or forgotten in the rush and emotion of the day. Prior to the wedding day, I work efficiently with my clients to ensure the schedule for the day allows time for quiet moments between the bride and groom to take portraits. I also allow for time to capture family formals (quickly! I promise!) My experience with the flow of a wedding allows my clients to enjoy their day. When my clients are at ease, cherishing the day, I am able to capture my best work.

Background:

Photography has always been a part of my life. My earliest memories include posing for my father as he tested a new camera and new lighting set-ups. When I was old enough, my father took me into a darkroom and I remember watching images appear in developer underneath a red light. I have had a fascination with capturing images ever since those early days. My love for photography soon placed me in the unlikely position of a photo assistant…at the age of 9! I started by helping my father with weddings of family and friends and as soon as I showed my worth, he allowed me to assist him with weddings for clients. After about 9 years of assisting, I began shooting weddings on my own under my father’s company.

While I attended Columbia College of Chicago, majoring in photography, I worked for an independent documentary television company. Both my college experience and work experience in documentary film taught me the importance of storytelling with my imagery. After finishing school, I started my own photography company specializing in documentary wedding photography and documenting growing families.

Experience:

I have photographed well over 300 weddings in both film and digital formats. I have a bachelor’s degree in photography and over 10 years experience photographing weddings and families.

Personal:

I live next to the most beautiful park in Chicago (Humboldt Park) with my husband, son, daughter and pup. When I am not shooting, I am editing from home or my studio located in Logan Square. I love spending time on my family farm located about 2 hours west of Chicago and talking sports and politics with my husband. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
12/20/2014
5.0/5.0
My now-husband and I were looking for a photographer who would truly capture "us". In our case, that meant a solid mix of sweetness with silliness. Jenn delivered so completely awesomely. Not only is she a wonderful photographer, she's a sweet and charming person to work with. I actually miss getting the occasional email from her! She is extremely flexible, professional, and responsive. She is also funny and devoted to making sure she captures "your" day the way you want it captured. I would recommend Jenn to anyone - no hesitation. You will not regret it!
My now-husband and I were looking for a photographer who would truly capture "us". In our case, that meant a solid mix of Read more...
My now-husband and I were looking for a photographer who would truly capture "us". In our case, that meant a solid mix of sweetness with silliness. Jenn delivered so completely awesomely. Not only is she a wonderful photographer, she's a sweet and charming person to work with. I actually miss getting the occasional email from her! She is extremely flexible, professional, and responsive. She is also funny and devoted to making sure she captures "your" day the way you want it captured. I would recommend Jenn to anyone - no hesitation. You will not regret it! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing ! Jenn is so fun to be around and very detail oriented. She will get some amazing shots and is so open to collaboration.
Amazing ! Jenn is so fun to be around and very detail oriented. She will get some amazing shots and is so open to Read more...
Amazing ! Jenn is so fun to be around and very detail oriented. She will get some amazing shots and is so open to collaboration. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not be happier with our decision to have Jennifer photograph our Chicago elopement. She is an amazingly talented photographer, and beyond being beautiful pictures in their own right, her photos really captured the joy of our wedding day. Because we eloped, our friends and families are "seeing" our wedding day through Jenn's camera lens, so having great photos was very important to us. We love the photos, and we have gotten lots of compliments about how beautiful they are and how happy we look in them.

Jenn was very attentive to our ideas and preferences, and she also had lots of wonderful, creative ideas of her own. She was very organized and professional throughout the entire process, and her warmth and good humor immediately made us feel at ease. We knew we were in good hands, and we never felt rushed or stressed. The photos and the experience itself were exactly what we had hoped for.

I would enthusiastically recommend Jennifer to anyone looking for a photographer! She's wonderful!
My husband and I could not be happier with our decision to have Jennifer photograph our Chicago elopement. She is an Read more...
My husband and I could not be happier with our decision to have Jennifer photograph our Chicago elopement. She is an amazingly talented photographer, and beyond being beautiful pictures in their own right, her photos really captured the joy of our wedding day. Because we eloped, our friends and families are "seeing" our wedding day through Jenn's camera lens, so having great photos was very important to us. We love the photos, and we have gotten lots of compliments about how beautiful they are and how happy we look in them.

Jenn was very attentive to our ideas and preferences, and she also had lots of wonderful, creative ideas of her own. She was very organized and professional throughout the entire process, and her warmth and good humor immediately made us feel at ease. We knew we were in good hands, and we never felt rushed or stressed. The photos and the experience itself were exactly what we had hoped for.

I would enthusiastically recommend Jennifer to anyone looking for a photographer! She's wonderful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough wonderful things about Jenn! She is phenomenal!!! We did both our engagement session and our wedding photography with her and our pictures are absolutely amazing. Jenn is creative, organized, friendly, and extremely talented. I highly recommend Jennifer Shaffer Photography!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Jenn! She is phenomenal!!! We did both our engagement session and our wedding Read more...
I can't say enough wonderful things about Jenn! She is phenomenal!!! We did both our engagement session and our wedding photography with her and our pictures are absolutely amazing. Jenn is creative, organized, friendly, and extremely talented. I highly recommend Jennifer Shaffer Photography! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
12/31/2013
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Our wedding would not have been the same without Jenn... In one word, she is PHENOMENAL! She helps the day run smoothly and efficiently, but she also makes sure everyone is comfortable and has fun. I would recommend her to ANYONE and EVERYONE!
Our wedding would not have been the same without Jenn... In one word, she is PHENOMENAL! She helps the day run smoothly Read more...
Our wedding would not have been the same without Jenn... In one word, she is PHENOMENAL! She helps the day run smoothly and efficiently, but she also makes sure everyone is comfortable and has fun. I would recommend her to ANYONE and EVERYONE! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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Jennifer is a wonderful photographer and warm and friendly too. She put everyone at ease with her calm professionalism. The whole day went very smoothly thanks to Jenn and the pictures were just beautiful. Don't look any further for the perfect photographer for your Chicago area wedding.
Jennifer is a wonderful photographer and warm and friendly too. She put everyone at ease with her calm professionalism. Read more...
Jennifer is a wonderful photographer and warm and friendly too. She put everyone at ease with her calm professionalism. The whole day went very smoothly thanks to Jenn and the pictures were just beautiful. Don't look any further for the perfect photographer for your Chicago area wedding. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Jenn was an amazing photographer who not only captured every moment of my wedding exactly how I wanted it but made me feel like I was working with an old friend. When Jenn discovered I was on pinterest she suggested that we share a board for engagement and wedding photo ideas. She made sure every picture I wanted was taken and even made my husband who is very shy and reserved feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. She gave me the unique photos I was looking for and also made my parents happy with traditional photos. She is so thoughtful she even thought to have me and my bridesmaids wait in the shade while she was taking individual pictures.
Jenn was an amazing photographer who not only captured every moment of my wedding exactly how I wanted it but made me feel Read more...
Jenn was an amazing photographer who not only captured every moment of my wedding exactly how I wanted it but made me feel like I was working with an old friend. When Jenn discovered I was on pinterest she suggested that we share a board for engagement and wedding photo ideas. She made sure every picture I wanted was taken and even made my husband who is very shy and reserved feel completely comfortable in front of the camera. She gave me the unique photos I was looking for and also made my parents happy with traditional photos. She is so thoughtful she even thought to have me and my bridesmaids wait in the shade while she was taking individual pictures. Read less
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Kristi
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Jennifer was an amazing addition to my entire wedding experience. Not only is she a talented photographer that captures every moment in such a perfect way, she is also such a pleasure to have around. She walked me through wedding details that not only pertained to the photographs, but also scheduling issues and transportation recommendations. She is very knowledgeable and organized and open for new ideas. I love how our pictures turned out and appreciate all the time she took to really understand what we wanted. I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for phenomenal wedding photographs taken by the coolest person!
Jennifer was an amazing addition to my entire wedding experience. Not only is she a talented photographer that captures Read more...
Jennifer was an amazing addition to my entire wedding experience. Not only is she a talented photographer that captures every moment in such a perfect way, she is also such a pleasure to have around. She walked me through wedding details that not only pertained to the photographs, but also scheduling issues and transportation recommendations. She is very knowledgeable and organized and open for new ideas. I love how our pictures turned out and appreciate all the time she took to really understand what we wanted. I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for phenomenal wedding photographs taken by the coolest person! Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I was looking for a photographer for my wedding in March, and I found Jenn on the Knot, and emailed her a few questions. She responded to me right away, and her promptness with responses continued throughout my husband and I's entire engagement and wedding day. Not only did her artistic ability with her photographs win me over, but it was her personality as well (she is very professional, funny, & sweet). She made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process including an engagement session and my wedding day. I have never received so many compliments in my life than I did with my engagement and wedding photos. As a photographer, Jenn is up for anything- she embraced my husband's harley davidson in the city for some great engagement shots of us with it. She was even standing on chairs pregnant the day of my wedding & captured my beloved golden retriever licking my face on my wedding day- anything to make the memorable photo for my husband and I. Her turnaround time with pictures is very fast, and she gets you excited by posting preview pictures on her facebook or blog. Also- she has great time management skills and knows how to take control of a situation that needs it. I have truly found a one of a kind photographer to capture all of my life's events and I can't wait to see her again at my sister's wedding! I would HIGHLY recommend this photographer to everyone and anyone!! She does amazing work!
I was looking for a photographer for my wedding in March, and I found Jenn on the Knot, and emailed her a few questions. Read more...
I was looking for a photographer for my wedding in March, and I found Jenn on the Knot, and emailed her a few questions. She responded to me right away, and her promptness with responses continued throughout my husband and I's entire engagement and wedding day. Not only did her artistic ability with her photographs win me over, but it was her personality as well (she is very professional, funny, & sweet). She made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process including an engagement session and my wedding day. I have never received so many compliments in my life than I did with my engagement and wedding photos. As a photographer, Jenn is up for anything- she embraced my husband's harley davidson in the city for some great engagement shots of us with it. She was even standing on chairs pregnant the day of my wedding & captured my beloved golden retriever licking my face on my wedding day- anything to make the memorable photo for my husband and I. Her turnaround time with pictures is very fast, and she gets you excited by posting preview pictures on her facebook or blog. Also- she has great time management skills and knows how to take control of a situation that needs it. I have truly found a one of a kind photographer to capture all of my life's events and I can't wait to see her again at my sister's wedding! I would HIGHLY recommend this photographer to everyone and anyone!! She does amazing work! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Seriously, Jenn is the best photographer around and anyone would be absolutely insane not to book her. Her shots are gorgeous, she is very professional, she listens to her clients, she is thoughtful, she has a great eye, and everyone in my wedding thought she was amazing.
Seriously, Jenn is the best photographer around and anyone would be absolutely insane not to book her. Her shots are Read more...
Seriously, Jenn is the best photographer around and anyone would be absolutely insane not to book her. Her shots are gorgeous, she is very professional, she listens to her clients, she is thoughtful, she has a great eye, and everyone in my wedding thought she was amazing. Read less
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