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Laura Witherow Photography

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

1959 W Fulton St., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL US 60612 (map)

PHONE

773-853-5606

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ABOUT US

Laura Witherow Photography is an independently owned, boutique-style photography studio dedicated to providing each client with personalized service. Full wedding day coverage starts at... Read more
Laura Witherow Photography is an independently owned, boutique-style photography studio dedicated to providing each client with personalized service. Full wedding day coverage starts at $3250.00 and includes eight hours of unlimited photography, online proofing and purchasing as well as all digital negatives with printing rights.

Our down to earth approach mixing lifestyle and photojournalist aesthetics allows us to create a timeless storybook that captivates the spirit and emotion of your wedding day. By unobtrusively documenting all of the highlights of your preparation, ceremony and celebration, we focus on the spontaneous moments, details and landscape that makes every wedding a cherished event. We are constantly striving to produce not simply a photographic record of your wedding, but rather to create a body of art that you will showcase and treasure. Laura holds a B.S. in Visual Communications from Ohio University and is a member of the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, (WPPI) as well as the Wedding Photojournalists Association, (WPJA). She have been recognized in The Knot, American Photo and Photographers Forum magazines and her work has been published on Style Me Pretty, Borrowed and Bleu and Elizabeth Anne Designs. Contact: 773-853-5606 laura@laurawitherow.com 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, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Lauren
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
From start to finish Laura was not only professional to work with but made the experience fun. She worked with me on what shots were must haves and gave wonderful recommendations along the way. She not only spent hours talking to me on the phone but also went with me to check out my venue in advance of my wedding. The photographs that we received were unbelievable. I have received so many compliments on how gorgeous they turned out. She truly captured everything from our day. When I was planning my wedding I knew right away that Laura would be my photographer and I was beyond impressed with all of her hard work.
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Private User
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Laura did our day of wedding photography as well as our engagement photos. From the beginning, she made us feel so comfortable and natural taking pictures. She was really nice and so great to work with. Our pictures turned out so beautiful, I couldn't be happier. I've received so many compliments from family and friends and many have asked who our photographer was because of the quality of the photos. I would highly recommend Laura for wedding photography!
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Heather
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Laura is truly gifted! I am so excited about the photos of our wedding and I've only seen the sneak peek. She did such a great job with our engagement shots-it was so hot and there were biting flies, but she stayed professional and got some wonderful shots. I was very stressed on my wedding day and she was calm, and put us and the whole wedding party at ease. Laura is top notch!
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JACqueline
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Laura and her staff are amazing! I will definitely be using here for any other future needs.
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were/are OBSESSED with Laura. Our engagement and wedding photos turned out amazing - both sets of photos were taken months and months ago but the compliments never stop coming. Laura's ability to capture your most treasured moments is uncanny, and her photographs will take your breath your away (my sister actually cried going through our wedding album). I cannot speak more highly of her. Her pricing is ridiculous considering her attention to detail, her skill, and her work product. I recommend her to anyone and everyone - having her there on our special day made it that much more special. She should be every bride and groom's top pick.
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Mary
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
When we first started this journey, we were really nervous about going with a larger photographer group, like most of our friends have done and not really knowing who was going to show up to do our photos. We immediately knew we needed the personal touch from an individual photographer. After meeting with several photographers, we met Laura and it was a breath of fresh air! She was very warm and open and really let us decide a lot on what direction we wanted. We drastically underestimated what this would cost, but based on what Laura was providing for the price, we felt that we were in great hands! Our engagement pictures went really well, even if it was freezing outside and we were nervous about how to be in front of the camera. Laura was helpful in directing us somewhat to put us at ease. She even came up with some awesome locations that we originally didnt think of. Going into our wedding day, I was very calm being in front of the camera since we knew Laura and knew what to expect. She showed up perfectly on time, which helped me not worry at all on our big day! Her assistant was very nice and helpful and they both tried to stay out of the way as I was getting ready. If i wanted a picture taken, they would accommodate perfectly! Everything went really well with our photos throughout the day! We were so happy with how they all turned out and had so many different options to choose from for prints. Instead of 10 of the same family, we had 2-3 and then different poses and places so there was a huge variety! Laura is extremely professional and open to anything. I couldn't say one thing I'd do different and I'm a very picky person! Thanks Laura!
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Akeshi
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Laura! Laura! Laura! Where do i begin? I have worked with many wedding professionals over the years and I can honestly say I have never met someone so professional yet so much fun to work with. Best choice I made for my wedding. Her photography is beyond AMAZING!!! She makes you so comfortable. As a bride, the wedding day could be stressful but she was able to calm me down and give us beautiful images. I sooo appreciate her professionalism and fun personality. She was accommodating and MADE my wedding day. She is highly recommended.
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Laura was an amazing wedding photographer! I first saw Laura's work after she was the photographer at a friend's wedding. I absolutely loved the photos that she captured. She is extremely creative and has a talented eye. I was thrilled that she was available for my wedding. She is completely relaxed, flexible and professional. My family and friends were thrilled with the photos. (Even my mom was happy and she never likes pictures of herself)! I hope to book Laura as a photographer in the future and would highly recommend her!
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Caroline
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Laura is super laid-back and easy to work with. My husband and I had her take both our engagement pictures and wedding pictures. Not only did the pictures turn out beautifully, but we felt very comfortable with Laura. She helped us feel relaxed so that we look very natural in our pictures! She got amazing candid shots at our wedding; there are so many beautiful pictures that it is hard to choose which ones we'd like in our album! Another thing I really appreciated about Laura was how willing she was to work with my budget. I was trying to be extremely careful with my money for the wedding, and had a set number to work with for photography. She was extremely accommodating. We feel like having Laura as our photographer was SUCH a gift and we will have the stunning pictures that she took to forever remember our wedding. I HIGHLY recommend Laura! Book her!
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Bailey
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Laura did an absolutely amazing job! The quality of her work is extremely impressive and professional. She is fun to work with and a pleasure to be around. The pictures are more beautiful than I imagined they could be. My father said "hiring her was one of the best things we did at your wedding." I will make sure my friends and family use her for future events!
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Shannon
Wedding:
6/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Laura was extremely professional and very easy to work with. She smiled the entire time she took our photos and that makes it easy to smile back. She put us at ease when directing us for photo opps, but also stayed in the background on the day of the wedding. We hardly even knew she was there! She was prompt to post some photos on her blog, so we were able to get a sneak peak of our wedding day. Overall, we are extremely happy with the photos and have been receiving compliments on how beautiful the photos were. I will certainly use Laura for our photography needs in the future and would enthusiastically suggest her to future brides and grooms.
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I had high expectations for my wedding photography. We did not take any engagement photos and I wanted the wedding photos to be perfect because in my mind they would be all I have to remember the day by. Laura immediately put me at ease, she saw my vision and answered all of my questions even though it is all second nature for her. On the wedding day, she was extremely professional and started taking the pictures I wanted once she walked in the door. The second photographer she brought was just as professional and nice as Laura. They worked very well together and were fun to be around. We had a large bridal party and we had many locations to take pictures at, they handled everyone perfectly and we got so many beautiful pictures. I would not change a thing.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Laura was AWESOME!!! We knew Laura was for us when we were laughing throughout our interview and when she mentioned that she loves a great dance party. We were able to work out a package that worked for us - we preferred a larger album over an engagement session - and Laura was happy to create a package we are really happy with. We interviewed a number of photographers and Laura's prices were really reasonable, ESPECIALLY considering that she offers a second photographer! On our wedding day, Laura was right on time, went ahead and took all the photos (rings, dress, etc) while I was busy getting ready... at no point did I feel she was in the way, needed my attention, anything. We chose to do our photos before our ceremony and Laura and her second photographer, Kathy, were laughing and playful - we had a blast with them, and it came out in our photos. We have only seen a few so far (we were married less than two weeks ago) and they are GORGEOUS. We can't wait to see the rest!!! Laura is GGREEAATT - we can't recommend her highly enough!! THANK YOU LAURA!!!!
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ajoyfuljoy
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't put into words how satisfied and happy that I am that I picked Laura Witherow to be my photographer. She is just absolutely amazing! And besides that, she is just a down to earth person who is pleasant and fun to be around. Her photography is a wonderful gift. She did our engagement pictures and our wedding. I've never seen myself look the way that I looked in these photos. Absolutely amazing!

She really captured us. She has an amazing way of capturing the moment and the essence of the moment. I can look at those pictures and know exactly what was on my mind and my husband's mind. I will cherish them for the rest of my life. We were blessed with really good vendors. But if someone made me get rid of all of them and only keep one, I would have kept Laura, hands down.
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IShare2
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Laura Witherow is amazing! Not only is she friendly, funny, easy-to-get-along-with and flexible, but she is also a fantastically talented photographer! We, and our guests, are sooooooo happy with the job she and her creative, imaginative assistant did in capturing the best day of our lives (so far..;)). She did traditional family, attendant, and couple portrait shots as well as creative, funky, artistic shots. Just what we wanted! She listened to what we wanted and successfully catered to our every wish. She was very much worth the reasonable price. And she's cool!!! I also hired Laura for a photoshoot to create my gift to my husband -- clearly, I love her work. And I would recommend her to anyone out there who's looking for a personable photographer who will catch every detail and essence of your event.
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Tom
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Laura is a remarkable photographer, very creative with unique shots, and a wonderful person to work with. I highly recommend asking Laura to shoot your wedding. I felt she was reasonably priced too (vs. other options, but especially given the shots she produced)
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Betsy
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Thank you Laura for capturing every moment of our wedding. It was a pleasure working with you and our photos are incredible.
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LizMac
Wedding:
10/10/2009
5.0/5.0
Laura was wonderful to work with! We had a cold day for outdoor pictures and she kept it fun for the entire wedding party. She took some classic pictures, but also used her creativity to capture some really neat and unique, beautiful moments! She provides digital negatives as part of her package prices which we didn't find to be the case with other photographers.
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Catherine
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
We searched for a lot of photographers, and Laura was the only one we found that everyone (including myself, my husband, and my parents) loved the photos she took, that we enjoyed meeting in person, and she fit into our budget. Laura's level of service went above and beyond what I ever could have imagined. From the beginning she was very easy to work with and understood what we wanted from our wedding photos. On the day of the wedding Laura, and her assistant Kathy (who was also amazing) were both there for every shot and worked with our ideas for photos we wanted to take and came up with new ones as well (in addition to the long list of photos we had created with her beforehand).

Even when things got very complicated on the day of the wedding because of rain and traffic, she kept her cool and worked with us to find other photo options. Since city photos were so important to us, she even found a way for us to get out in the middle of Michigan Avenue, in traffic in the rain! and get a few great shots of us under an umbrella while somehow protecting her equipment from the rain. At the reception we ran out of time for all the shots we wanted, but still she managed to get almost all of them in and worked at adjusting the time schedule to make them all happen. Plus, she even made sure I got all the pictures with my other friends and family I wanted when the rain let up even when I had given up that those pictures would happen.

She was even more amazing after the wedding, since she offered to take some pictures of my husband and me on a sunny day so we could get some of the pictures we missed. A week after the wedding we got all dressed up again and had an amazing day taking pictures together. Not only was it above and beyond for her to do this with us, it was such a special day for my husband and me to be all in our wedding clothes again but without any of the stress and time limits. We got all the pictures we missed before on top of having a really special day. Her service didn't just end there, when we needed a few of the pictures rushed and in hand before they were all processed, she got them to us quickly. She even was kind enough to enlarge a special photo of family members that passed away shortly after the wedding for a memorial. She did not have to help us with any of those things and I'm sure many photographers out there would have just ignored those requests or passed them over being too busy, but Laura followed through on everything and for that we are all very appreciative. Oh, and of course the photos themselves are amazing!

My husband and I are not photogenic at all, but somehow she captured us in a way I haven't ever seen before. Even my maid of honor agreed that her photos were noticeably better than several other photographer's photos she had recently seen for other weddings she had been to. She was truly one of the best people we worked with for our wedding, and I would recommend her time and time again.
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awidhom
Wedding:
9/11/2009
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough great things about Laura Witherow photography. It was a worry-free experience and I am still getting compliments on my photos.

She does a fantastic job of capturing all the moments a bride wants on film but without being noticable. If I planned my wedding all over again, she would definitely be one vendor I would re-book without hesitation.
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catelse
Wedding:
8/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Laura was amazing to work with! From our first meeting to picking up the final product, Laura was an absolute pleasure. She really captured the spirit of our special day and provided us with lasting memories of how fun it all was. We LOVE our photos!!! I would recommend Laura for any portraits or event photos you might need!
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lisa
Wedding:
7/4/2009
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Laura Witherow Photography. My husband and I have extremely busy schedules and Laura made this whole process so smooth for us and on top of that we all had so much fun! And I genuinely mean that, wedding planning can be such a stressful time and you don't want to lose touch what your marriage is all about and she does this by making it an enjoyable experience.

She was always willling to work around our schedules in regards to when she could meet with us. She is extremely organized. Photography is an important part of the the wedding planning because this is where you will document all your hard work in making this a day to remember forever, and sometimes weddings are the few times families all get together. For those of you who want the help, Laura has a whole system of what the bride and groom need to be thinking about in regards to what type of photos you want to taken and the big one who needs to be in them!! I didn't have the time to think of all these details, but with Laura's help this wasn't a problem.

On top of all this, Laura made this experience personal for us in that I always was communicating through her. This is a big deal and something as you are picking your photographer that you need to pay attention to. Who is the person who you first talk to? When you meet with them- is this the photographer who is actually doing your photos? This all seems so obvious, but some people I looked at this was not the case. Laura will also take your vision and see it through which was definitely seen through the albums and photos that we received.

I also highly recommend getting engagement photos. This is not a requirement, she has packages for everyone and is flexible with this. But I have to say that my husband and I had so much fun with Laura going through the city as we did our engagement photos.

Another thing to watch out for when choosing a photographer, can you relate to them? This is so important because this person is going to be with you from beginning to end on your wedding day. Since I had already gotten to know Laura, when she showed up on my wedding day morning, it was so nice to see her and she really made me relax and have fun. That is a true sign of an excellent photographer one who blends in with the scene as opposed to getting in the way.

We also truly enjoyed her assistant, Kathy, both were such a nice addition to our wedding day!

And last for those with mother in laws she works so well with all the family members!! She was always willing to listen to her questions and answer her concerns just to make everyone relaxed on the day of the wedding. I have to say this was above and beyond! Now we have had even more family members go to Laura for family photos in her studio.

I highly recommend Laura Witherow Photography, and I can honestly say that you will be so happy with your decision if you choose to go with her for this momentous occasion in your life. She expertly combines professionalsim and fun in a fabulous blend. My husband and I could not be happier with the documentation of our wedding day.
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Nikki
Wedding:
1/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Laura is extremely easy to work with and talk to. She did everything we wanted that day and more. We loved the way that she captured every moment, especially the candid shots that we loved to see afterwards. Her pictures told us the story of our wedding that we didn't get to see. I wasn't worried at all the day of my wedding about getting the shots, and I didn't have to spend much time with her prior to the wedding to explain what I wanted, I told her once and she came through. Can't wait to work with her again for other projects.
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Betsy
Wedding:
12/27/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I found working with Laura to be very easy and highly communicative. We had originally booked with a national photography company, and did not feel like we were getting the one-on-one attention that we deserved, so we fired them two months before the wedding and LUCKILY found Laura! Once we found Laura - she gave us the answers we needed, was flexible with our needs and wants, and was extremely professional. We would highly recommend her, and will be using her in the future for family photos, etc.
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Tina
Wedding:
10/23/2010
4.9/5.0
Could not be more pleased with Laura Witherow. From the engagement pictures to the creation of the album, she was fantastic. She brought just the right energy to our wedding and the quality of her photographs were second to none. She listened to what my husband and I wanted and delivered exactly that.

At one point, in the midst of wedding planning, my husband declared that the only things he had enjoyed doing, with regards to the planning, was the tasting (obviously) and the engagement photos. That says something to how fantastic Laura is and how well she can handle any situation.
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Annabell
Wedding:
6/12/2010
4.8/5.0
I would highly recommend Laura Witherow as a wedding photographer. She was very friendly and easy to work with. The photographs fit our design aesthetic very well because she welcomed our suggestions and ideas. I would definitely use her again!
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