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Luster Studios Wedding Photography

Boston , MA
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1200 Washington Street, Unit 408
Boston, MA 02118 US (map)

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With a recent relocation to Boston, Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios is quickly becoming one of the most sought after wedding and event photographers in the New England area. Craig’s... Read more
With a recent relocation to Boston, Craig Carpenter of Luster Studios is quickly becoming one of the most sought after wedding and event photographers in the New England area. Craig’s experience and talents have captured award-winning images through creative ideas and authentic photojournalism. His unique style and thoughtful personality help him document planned and spontaneous moments that evokes viewers to care about the people that are in them. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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5.0/5.0
Best Ever!!!! :) His photography is amazing, and his personality is even more amazing!
Best Ever!!!! :) His photography is amazing, and his personality is even more amazing!
Best Ever!!!! :) His photography is amazing, and his personality is even more amazing! Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Craig is FANTASTIC! I didn't even interview other photographers, we just met with him and signed that day! I knew the feel I wanted my photos to have and I actually stumbled on Craig's website by accident with looking for pictures of our venue, The Stockroom. I was blown away! Craig pays attention to every detail! He's moving to Boston, but don't let that stop you from booking him! You will not be sorry!
Craig is FANTASTIC! I didn't even interview other photographers, we just met with him and signed that day! I knew the feel Read more...
Craig is FANTASTIC! I didn't even interview other photographers, we just met with him and signed that day! I knew the feel I wanted my photos to have and I actually stumbled on Craig's website by accident with looking for pictures of our venue, The Stockroom. I was blown away! Craig pays attention to every detail! He's moving to Boston, but don't let that stop you from booking him! You will not be sorry! Read less
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LaToya
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Photography is not something you want to skimp on for your wedding day. Craig is AWESOME! He's creative, thoughtful, and gets to know his couples. You get beyond what you pay for, for sure!
Photography is not something you want to skimp on for your wedding day. Craig is AWESOME! He's creative, thoughtful, and Read more...
Photography is not something you want to skimp on for your wedding day. Craig is AWESOME! He's creative, thoughtful, and gets to know his couples. You get beyond what you pay for, for sure! Read less
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CKW1121
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Craig Carpenter is worth every penny! He is the most amazing photographer EVER! He goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and to ensure that you have the best photos to last you forever! Great guy to work with!
Craig Carpenter is worth every penny! He is the most amazing photographer EVER! He goes out of his way to make you feel Read more...
Craig Carpenter is worth every penny! He is the most amazing photographer EVER! He goes out of his way to make you feel comfortable and to ensure that you have the best photos to last you forever! Great guy to work with! Read less
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AmyDPharmD
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Although no one knew it but me, I had chosen Craig as our photographer the moment we booked Barclay Villa as our venue. In my quest to find out as much as possible about our venue, I found that the most amazing pictures of Barclay were from Luster Studios. As I stalked Craig's work for many hours I decided that I had to have him as our photographer. His pictures were so different (in the most positive and creative way) than any other photographer I had looked at. Everyone else just seemed boring! Thankfully Craig was just as amazing to work with as his pictures! If I had any concerns, he quickly put them at ease. The rest is history and I'm so happy we got to have him for both our engagement pictures and the wedding!
 
As fate would have it, the day of the wedding was, of course, pouring down rain. Even though I was inwardly miffed that this was happening on "my" day, it really was a blessing in disguise, and Craig knew it! Thank God that he has the talent to know how to work with all the amazing light that the evening's weather brought as he captured some incredible photographs from it. There was one picture that Craig showed my husband and I on his camera, indicating that that picture would be "IT." And it was! The morning after the wedding I got a notification that Luster Studios had tagged a picture of me on Facebook and I can't tell you how quickly I logged in to look at that photograph! People we don't even know were just raving about it. I think I will be devastated the day Craig takes that picture off of his Facebook banner. :)
 
I've NEVER ever had pictures of myself that I'm absolutely in love with like I am with our engagement and wedding pictures - and it's great to flaunt them all around our house. Friends and family that couldn't attend the wedding (but have seen our photos) always say that the wedding looked stunning and like a fairy tale, but I ALWAYS tell them, "It was a great day, but really, I had a fantastic photographer!"
 
One last thing that I wanted to mention, is that I'm not the type of person that would consider spending a lot of money on any one thing - especially for one day. What I thought professional wedding photos would cost was definitely different than what it turned out to be, but I would honestly do it again without hesitation. These photos and my dirty dress are all I have left of the day, and they bring my family joy every time we walk by them!  I guess what I'm trying to say is that if there is any one area where you should splurge during your wedding, make it your photographer, trust me! I intend to recommend Craig of Luster Studios to every person I come across looking for a wedding photographer, because I know he'll deliver beyond their expectations.  
Although no one knew it but me, I had chosen Craig as our photographer the moment we booked Barclay Villa as our venue. In Read more...
Although no one knew it but me, I had chosen Craig as our photographer the moment we booked Barclay Villa as our venue. In my quest to find out as much as possible about our venue, I found that the most amazing pictures of Barclay were from Luster Studios. As I stalked Craig's work for many hours I decided that I had to have him as our photographer. His pictures were so different (in the most positive and creative way) than any other photographer I had looked at. Everyone else just seemed boring! Thankfully Craig was just as amazing to work with as his pictures! If I had any concerns, he quickly put them at ease. The rest is history and I'm so happy we got to have him for both our engagement pictures and the wedding!
 
As fate would have it, the day of the wedding was, of course, pouring down rain. Even though I was inwardly miffed that this was happening on "my" day, it really was a blessing in disguise, and Craig knew it! Thank God that he has the talent to know how to work with all the amazing light that the evening's weather brought as he captured some incredible photographs from it. There was one picture that Craig showed my husband and I on his camera, indicating that that picture would be "IT." And it was! The morning after the wedding I got a notification that Luster Studios had tagged a picture of me on Facebook and I can't tell you how quickly I logged in to look at that photograph! People we don't even know were just raving about it. I think I will be devastated the day Craig takes that picture off of his Facebook banner. :)
 
I've NEVER ever had pictures of myself that I'm absolutely in love with like I am with our engagement and wedding pictures - and it's great to flaunt them all around our house. Friends and family that couldn't attend the wedding (but have seen our photos) always say that the wedding looked stunning and like a fairy tale, but I ALWAYS tell them, "It was a great day, but really, I had a fantastic photographer!"
 
One last thing that I wanted to mention, is that I'm not the type of person that would consider spending a lot of money on any one thing - especially for one day. What I thought professional wedding photos would cost was definitely different than what it turned out to be, but I would honestly do it again without hesitation. These photos and my dirty dress are all I have left of the day, and they bring my family joy every time we walk by them!  I guess what I'm trying to say is that if there is any one area where you should splurge during your wedding, make it your photographer, trust me! I intend to recommend Craig of Luster Studios to every person I come across looking for a wedding photographer, because I know he'll deliver beyond their expectations.   Read less
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Shanshan
Wedding:
7/10/2011
5.0/5.0
We initially got to know Craig at Luster Studios through two of our friends that had hired him a year before our wedding. I had helped out at their couples session and was amazed at how smoothly everything went. While directing them, he still kept everything casual and fun. I realized how important this would be for Mike and I since we don't like posing for stiff looking pictures.

With most photographers, their subjects often look confused and the moments look 'fake' to us. Craig's style was nothing like this and we were totally hooked after we saw our friend's final photos! They looked spontaneous yet authentic and the lighting was just stunning due to his ability to choose the best spots.

During the planning process (between their wedding and ours) we had stumbled onto many photographers, but every time we went back to the Luster Studios website we would fall in love Craig's work all over again! They were exactly what we wanted for our special day - real people but the best side of them! He was great at capturing short moments and details that we didn't remember, and ultimately surprised us with his creativity and unique ideas.

It's hard to find someone that is both creative AND professional, but working with Craig was worry free from start to finish! He was passionate, polite and genuine in learning about us and our wedding plans and even took the time to get to know the personality, styles and stories of our family and guests. With the great connections he has with quality venues and vendors and all the special attention he gave us, we honestly felt like our wedding was the ONLY ONE he was working on.

On top of all of this, we were thrilled when he posted preview photos the day after the wedding. Despite how busy he is, Craig understood how excited we were to get our pictures and worked very hard to deliver them to us quickly. All of our friends and family members ABSOLUTELY loved the photos! EVEN people that normally hate being photographed loved ours because they look so natural. One thing I want to point out is that when I say “natural” I don't mean boring. He captures all different styles from “sweet” to “crazy” but still somehow conveys the emotions and personalities of the people without adding anything artificial.

We've had SO much fun reliving our wedding day over and over again through Craig's artistic talents and we absolutely love every single photograph! One of our favorite photos was a result of something that he had never tried before. He placed us between two giant mirrors and positioned himself in a way that caused our reflection to trail off into infinity. The contrast and the layers in the photo are breathtaking and unique to us! We love the idea that no one else will ever have a photo like this. It's true art!

Now that I've shared in this experience, my best advice to couples with a smaller budget is to consider scaling back on the wedding a bit, save some money and hire the best photographer you can. This is what we did and are VERY happy with our decision! Trust us when we say that Craig won't let you down and you'll feel special every time you look at your album of photographs.

Our deepest appreciation,
Shanshan and Mike
We initially got to know Craig at Luster Studios through two of our friends that had hired him a year before our wedding. Read more...
We initially got to know Craig at Luster Studios through two of our friends that had hired him a year before our wedding. I had helped out at their couples session and was amazed at how smoothly everything went. While directing them, he still kept everything casual and fun. I realized how important this would be for Mike and I since we don't like posing for stiff looking pictures.

With most photographers, their subjects often look confused and the moments look 'fake' to us. Craig's style was nothing like this and we were totally hooked after we saw our friend's final photos! They looked spontaneous yet authentic and the lighting was just stunning due to his ability to choose the best spots.

During the planning process (between their wedding and ours) we had stumbled onto many photographers, but every time we went back to the Luster Studios website we would fall in love Craig's work all over again! They were exactly what we wanted for our special day - real people but the best side of them! He was great at capturing short moments and details that we didn't remember, and ultimately surprised us with his creativity and unique ideas.

It's hard to find someone that is both creative AND professional, but working with Craig was worry free from start to finish! He was passionate, polite and genuine in learning about us and our wedding plans and even took the time to get to know the personality, styles and stories of our family and guests. With the great connections he has with quality venues and vendors and all the special attention he gave us, we honestly felt like our wedding was the ONLY ONE he was working on.

On top of all of this, we were thrilled when he posted preview photos the day after the wedding. Despite how busy he is, Craig understood how excited we were to get our pictures and worked very hard to deliver them to us quickly. All of our friends and family members ABSOLUTELY loved the photos! EVEN people that normally hate being photographed loved ours because they look so natural. One thing I want to point out is that when I say “natural” I don't mean boring. He captures all different styles from “sweet” to “crazy” but still somehow conveys the emotions and personalities of the people without adding anything artificial.

We've had SO much fun reliving our wedding day over and over again through Craig's artistic talents and we absolutely love every single photograph! One of our favorite photos was a result of something that he had never tried before. He placed us between two giant mirrors and positioned himself in a way that caused our reflection to trail off into infinity. The contrast and the layers in the photo are breathtaking and unique to us! We love the idea that no one else will ever have a photo like this. It's true art!

Now that I've shared in this experience, my best advice to couples with a smaller budget is to consider scaling back on the wedding a bit, save some money and hire the best photographer you can. This is what we did and are VERY happy with our decision! Trust us when we say that Craig won't let you down and you'll feel special every time you look at your album of photographs.

Our deepest appreciation,
Shanshan and Mike Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
One of the most important aspects of wedding planning for us was our wedding photographer. We knew the wedding day would be a whirlwind, and we wanted someone to capture the moments, both big and small, that made the day so special. Since we were planning from several states away, we did a lot of online searching and came across many good websites with very similar photographs. Then late one evening we literally stumbled upon Luster Studio’s website.

Ben, who had few opinions on most of the websites we had already seen, perked up as we looked through Luster Studio’s site. After looking through it for several minutes, he commented that the photographs on this website really came alive and almost seemed three dimensional. What a perfect description. Craig’s photographs don’t just portray the bride and groom in the traditional sense of wedding photographs; he captures emotions in each photograph that are phenomenal and truly tell the story of the day – from the nervous excitement to the solemn power of the vows to the ultimate joy of finally being husband and wife!

We are so thankful that we chose Craig to be part of our wedding day. He is an absolute joy to work with through all stages of the wedding process. He has a wonderful balance of listening to what you want while also interjecting his own opinions and creativity. And we’ve never seen anyone work harder on the wedding day! Craig never stopped. He made sure to get all of the “must have” photographs that we requested plus hundreds and hundreds of others that we could only have imagined.

Craig’s final product is breath taking. Our photographs are absolute treasures that we will forever cherish. They take us back to each moment and allow us to relive it over and over again, which is such a wonderful gift. He captured intimate looks, laughter and pure joy from not only us but our family and friends. In all honesty, Craig out did himself and far exceeded any of our initial desires and expectations!

Thank you so much, Craig!
Ben and Katie Hill
One of the most important aspects of wedding planning for us was our wedding photographer. We knew the wedding day would Read more...
One of the most important aspects of wedding planning for us was our wedding photographer. We knew the wedding day would be a whirlwind, and we wanted someone to capture the moments, both big and small, that made the day so special. Since we were planning from several states away, we did a lot of online searching and came across many good websites with very similar photographs. Then late one evening we literally stumbled upon Luster Studio’s website.

Ben, who had few opinions on most of the websites we had already seen, perked up as we looked through Luster Studio’s site. After looking through it for several minutes, he commented that the photographs on this website really came alive and almost seemed three dimensional. What a perfect description. Craig’s photographs don’t just portray the bride and groom in the traditional sense of wedding photographs; he captures emotions in each photograph that are phenomenal and truly tell the story of the day – from the nervous excitement to the solemn power of the vows to the ultimate joy of finally being husband and wife!

We are so thankful that we chose Craig to be part of our wedding day. He is an absolute joy to work with through all stages of the wedding process. He has a wonderful balance of listening to what you want while also interjecting his own opinions and creativity. And we’ve never seen anyone work harder on the wedding day! Craig never stopped. He made sure to get all of the “must have” photographs that we requested plus hundreds and hundreds of others that we could only have imagined.

Craig’s final product is breath taking. Our photographs are absolute treasures that we will forever cherish. They take us back to each moment and allow us to relive it over and over again, which is such a wonderful gift. He captured intimate looks, laughter and pure joy from not only us but our family and friends. In all honesty, Craig out did himself and far exceeded any of our initial desires and expectations!

Thank you so much, Craig!
Ben and Katie Hill Read less
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sarajunc
Wedding:
4/16/2011
5.0/5.0
When I began planning our wedding, photography was a top priority. I knew how fast the wedding day would fly by and I wanted beautiful pictures to tell the story of the day. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect photographer than Craig Carpenter!

I did a lot of research, calling almost every photographer on my venue’s preferred vendor list. I loved Craig’s work, but talking to him made me even more confident about my choice. He seemed to really get my vision for our wedding day, especially the fact that I wanted a mix of formal photos as well as some candid, photojournalistic shots. Craig was readily available at all times via phone and e-mail. I was planning our wedding at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, but I live in Washington DC. The fact that he was always available, even though I wasn’t in NC, was a huge help! Since Craig has such a great reputation, he knew my venue very well and he also knew my wedding planner. The fact that everyone had worked with each other before made things even easier!

Our wedding was April 16, 2011, which was the same day tornados came through the Raleigh/Durham area. I had been watching the weather VERY closely, hoping that it wouldn’t rain. The ceremony was supposed to be outside and I really wanted some outdoor pictures. After working with Craig for my bridal portraits, I had a lot of confidence in his abilities and he certainly delivered on our wedding day! He brought umbrellas, cute signs, and rain boots to use as props for the photos. There is one picture where I am looking out the window with all my bridesmaids. The bridesmaids are holding signs that say “Rain Rain go away!” It was such a cute picture!! Craig made sure to take advantage of every brief period of sunshine and we took lots of pictures outside. We even jumped in his car and went to the Old Well to take a few pictures. I had really wanted pictures in front of the Old Well and due to the rain I wasn’t sure it would happen. Craig made it work and put me totally at ease!!

We have gotten countless compliments from all of our friends and family about Craig’s professionalism and the quality of his photography. He really knew how to make us all feel comfortable, which I think is key to getting good photographs. He worked so hard the day of our wedding to catch every little moment. It seems like every time we look at our pictures we notice a new detail that we didn’t see before. Everyone was so surprised that we got so many outdoor, sunny pictures, despite the weather.

There are so many beautiful pictures it is hard to choose a favorite. I loved a picture of my husband and I during the ceremony. You could see both of our expressions and his sister was in the background. I also loved the pictures of my dad and I dancing. There were also a few pictures of my husband and I after the ceremony that really captured the happiness and love we were feeling at the moment. The emotion on all of our faces made the pictures priceless. Craig truly is a master at capturing emotion and telling the story of a wedding day! We are so glad to have found such an amazing photographer and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
When I began planning our wedding, photography was a top priority. I knew how fast the wedding day would fly by and I Read more...
When I began planning our wedding, photography was a top priority. I knew how fast the wedding day would fly by and I wanted beautiful pictures to tell the story of the day. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect photographer than Craig Carpenter!

I did a lot of research, calling almost every photographer on my venue’s preferred vendor list. I loved Craig’s work, but talking to him made me even more confident about my choice. He seemed to really get my vision for our wedding day, especially the fact that I wanted a mix of formal photos as well as some candid, photojournalistic shots. Craig was readily available at all times via phone and e-mail. I was planning our wedding at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, but I live in Washington DC. The fact that he was always available, even though I wasn’t in NC, was a huge help! Since Craig has such a great reputation, he knew my venue very well and he also knew my wedding planner. The fact that everyone had worked with each other before made things even easier!

Our wedding was April 16, 2011, which was the same day tornados came through the Raleigh/Durham area. I had been watching the weather VERY closely, hoping that it wouldn’t rain. The ceremony was supposed to be outside and I really wanted some outdoor pictures. After working with Craig for my bridal portraits, I had a lot of confidence in his abilities and he certainly delivered on our wedding day! He brought umbrellas, cute signs, and rain boots to use as props for the photos. There is one picture where I am looking out the window with all my bridesmaids. The bridesmaids are holding signs that say “Rain Rain go away!” It was such a cute picture!! Craig made sure to take advantage of every brief period of sunshine and we took lots of pictures outside. We even jumped in his car and went to the Old Well to take a few pictures. I had really wanted pictures in front of the Old Well and due to the rain I wasn’t sure it would happen. Craig made it work and put me totally at ease!!

We have gotten countless compliments from all of our friends and family about Craig’s professionalism and the quality of his photography. He really knew how to make us all feel comfortable, which I think is key to getting good photographs. He worked so hard the day of our wedding to catch every little moment. It seems like every time we look at our pictures we notice a new detail that we didn’t see before. Everyone was so surprised that we got so many outdoor, sunny pictures, despite the weather.

There are so many beautiful pictures it is hard to choose a favorite. I loved a picture of my husband and I during the ceremony. You could see both of our expressions and his sister was in the background. I also loved the pictures of my dad and I dancing. There were also a few pictures of my husband and I after the ceremony that really captured the happiness and love we were feeling at the moment. The emotion on all of our faces made the pictures priceless. Craig truly is a master at capturing emotion and telling the story of a wedding day! We are so glad to have found such an amazing photographer and I would highly recommend him to anyone! Read less
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Barclay 2010
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
I had the unique experience of learning about Luster Studios even before I was engaged. From the first time I viewed Craig's photography, I was hooked! Once my boyfriend became my fiancé, I showed him and we both became “stalkers” of his website. We were engaged for over 2 years before we tied the knot so we had plenty of time to make sure we liked Craig’s style before booking him. Every time new photos were added, we found ourselves dropping everything to view them. We continued this behavior after we chose Craig as our photographer – for more than a year, and viewed his spectacular work in anticipation of when it would be our turn!

With Craig, it became quite evident that he was not your average photographer. His ability to capture both traditional “posed” formals as well as unique candid shots (which we both preferred) is unmatched. More than that, though, we could tell that he really enjoys learning each couple’s story and catching their personalities (both individually and as a couple) in his engagement/wedding photography. He truly is a "Wedding Photo Renaissance Man" for many reasons.

In an effort to keep this review to a reasonable length I'll focus mainly on the wedding but did want to share that we also booked Craig for our engagement session and rehearsal dinner. If you get a chance to see our engagement photos, they will speak for themselves as to their quality and creativity. We displayed many of the photos in a slideshow during our wedding weekend and overheard many "oohs" and "ahhs!" At the rehearsal dinner Craig's attention to detail also exceeded our expectations. For instance, I had given my bridesmaids and two mothers brooches to wear on the day of the wedding. To my surprise, he had taken detailed photos of each brooch either with someone holding/wearing them or artfully arranged and lit by candles.

On the day of the wedding, Craig was prompt and professionally dressed – what you should expect. We learned first hand that his mind's eye is turned on from the moment he arrives. He had already scoped out the best backdrops, and you could almost see the ideas swirling around in his head. As I had my one moment of stress before the ceremony, he gave me a little pep talk to lighten the mood. That effort was appreciated.

Throughout the wedding day, his role changed as needed. We sometimes wondered how he would be able to capture all the special moments we desired, but he somehow seemed to always be there when we needed him. While taking formal or group shots, he is part photographer/part comedian as he lightens the mood and gets the best reaction out of everyone. During the ceremony and reception he becomes what my sister referred to as a “photography ninja.” We were amazed at the moments he caught because we didn’t even realize he was in front of us most of the time. We’ve attended weddings where the photographer’s presence was definitely known – to the point of being annoying. So, this skill is a definite bonus for Craig.

When all was said and done we were blown away by the range of shots that he provided and WE LOVE all of our photographs! Everyone keeps telling us how beautiful/handsome we looked. There are many stand-out photos that simply take your breath away… or make you laugh… or tear up. Those are above and beyond our expectations and are beautiful and special in their own way. The mix of photos is interesting as well. While we prefer the photojournalistic style of photos, we also have several posed, kind of traditional group shots. Those are important to our family. So, everyone was pleased.

Craig even caught several photos of my husband smiling. He doesn’t like to “fake” smile for photos, so the fact that Craig caught his real smile – twinkle in eyes, dimples showing – made me VERY happy and I feel that this was a direct result of Craig's warm and outgoing personality. He also made me feel like a celebrity. I look beautiful in the photos, and well… I feel like I look like a movie star. There is one shot where my long veil is blowing in the wind. It is just stunning. I also really love two close-ups – one of my mother’s reading glasses atop her “toast note cards” on the tabletop and another of my sister’s maid of honor toast shot over her shoulder as she read it. He even accommodated a couple of last-minute requests from my mom for family group shots after the reception. He really puts in that extra effort to make sure that the client has all of the shots they want before he leaves.

One final thing that we really appreciated was when Craig posted “teaser” photos for everyone to view while we were on our honeymoon. Luckily, we had Internet access and I looked at them at least once a day for two weeks. My mother admitted to doing the same thing. And, each time we received an alert that additional photos had been posted, we became so excited to view them! With so many excellent shots, we simply couldn't decide which one's were our favorites.

As most couples probably do, we did want to mention that we had considered a few other less expensive photographers, but honestly, looking back Craig's raw creativity, true expertise, his ability to capture moments and the attention to detail, it was well worth the investment! We felt that he captured the true essence of our wedding day, which was important to us. Many of our friends enjoyed his photographic style so much that a couple are hoping to book Craig in the future. We cannot stress enough just how pleased we are with everything.

Years from now, we will look back on our photos and remember the day perfectly. We’ll laugh at my grandfather’s approach to our dance together. We’ll laugh again at the best man’s toast. We’ll smile at the fact that my mom and sister made it through their toasts without crying – though we can tell their eyes were misty in the photos. I could go on and on because I really fell as if we have every moment documented in a beautiful and creative way.

We can't thank you enough!
Lia and Steve
I had the unique experience of learning about Luster Studios even before I was engaged. From the first time I viewed Read more...
I had the unique experience of learning about Luster Studios even before I was engaged. From the first time I viewed Craig's photography, I was hooked! Once my boyfriend became my fiancé, I showed him and we both became “stalkers” of his website. We were engaged for over 2 years before we tied the knot so we had plenty of time to make sure we liked Craig’s style before booking him. Every time new photos were added, we found ourselves dropping everything to view them. We continued this behavior after we chose Craig as our photographer – for more than a year, and viewed his spectacular work in anticipation of when it would be our turn!

With Craig, it became quite evident that he was not your average photographer. His ability to capture both traditional “posed” formals as well as unique candid shots (which we both preferred) is unmatched. More than that, though, we could tell that he really enjoys learning each couple’s story and catching their personalities (both individually and as a couple) in his engagement/wedding photography. He truly is a "Wedding Photo Renaissance Man" for many reasons.

In an effort to keep this review to a reasonable length I'll focus mainly on the wedding but did want to share that we also booked Craig for our engagement session and rehearsal dinner. If you get a chance to see our engagement photos, they will speak for themselves as to their quality and creativity. We displayed many of the photos in a slideshow during our wedding weekend and overheard many "oohs" and "ahhs!" At the rehearsal dinner Craig's attention to detail also exceeded our expectations. For instance, I had given my bridesmaids and two mothers brooches to wear on the day of the wedding. To my surprise, he had taken detailed photos of each brooch either with someone holding/wearing them or artfully arranged and lit by candles.

On the day of the wedding, Craig was prompt and professionally dressed – what you should expect. We learned first hand that his mind's eye is turned on from the moment he arrives. He had already scoped out the best backdrops, and you could almost see the ideas swirling around in his head. As I had my one moment of stress before the ceremony, he gave me a little pep talk to lighten the mood. That effort was appreciated.

Throughout the wedding day, his role changed as needed. We sometimes wondered how he would be able to capture all the special moments we desired, but he somehow seemed to always be there when we needed him. While taking formal or group shots, he is part photographer/part comedian as he lightens the mood and gets the best reaction out of everyone. During the ceremony and reception he becomes what my sister referred to as a “photography ninja.” We were amazed at the moments he caught because we didn’t even realize he was in front of us most of the time. We’ve attended weddings where the photographer’s presence was definitely known – to the point of being annoying. So, this skill is a definite bonus for Craig.

When all was said and done we were blown away by the range of shots that he provided and WE LOVE all of our photographs! Everyone keeps telling us how beautiful/handsome we looked. There are many stand-out photos that simply take your breath away… or make you laugh… or tear up. Those are above and beyond our expectations and are beautiful and special in their own way. The mix of photos is interesting as well. While we prefer the photojournalistic style of photos, we also have several posed, kind of traditional group shots. Those are important to our family. So, everyone was pleased.

Craig even caught several photos of my husband smiling. He doesn’t like to “fake” smile for photos, so the fact that Craig caught his real smile – twinkle in eyes, dimples showing – made me VERY happy and I feel that this was a direct result of Craig's warm and outgoing personality. He also made me feel like a celebrity. I look beautiful in the photos, and well… I feel like I look like a movie star. There is one shot where my long veil is blowing in the wind. It is just stunning. I also really love two close-ups – one of my mother’s reading glasses atop her “toast note cards” on the tabletop and another of my sister’s maid of honor toast shot over her shoulder as she read it. He even accommodated a couple of last-minute requests from my mom for family group shots after the reception. He really puts in that extra effort to make sure that the client has all of the shots they want before he leaves.

One final thing that we really appreciated was when Craig posted “teaser” photos for everyone to view while we were on our honeymoon. Luckily, we had Internet access and I looked at them at least once a day for two weeks. My mother admitted to doing the same thing. And, each time we received an alert that additional photos had been posted, we became so excited to view them! With so many excellent shots, we simply couldn't decide which one's were our favorites.

As most couples probably do, we did want to mention that we had considered a few other less expensive photographers, but honestly, looking back Craig's raw creativity, true expertise, his ability to capture moments and the attention to detail, it was well worth the investment! We felt that he captured the true essence of our wedding day, which was important to us. Many of our friends enjoyed his photographic style so much that a couple are hoping to book Craig in the future. We cannot stress enough just how pleased we are with everything.

Years from now, we will look back on our photos and remember the day perfectly. We’ll laugh at my grandfather’s approach to our dance together. We’ll laugh again at the best man’s toast. We’ll smile at the fact that my mom and sister made it through their toasts without crying – though we can tell their eyes were misty in the photos. I could go on and on because I really fell as if we have every moment documented in a beautiful and creative way.

We can't thank you enough!
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Services Used: Photography
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Jennilee
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10/16/2010
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As we planned our wedding, we knew that choosing our photographer was going to be the most important decision we would make. We realized that the cake would be eaten and the dress would be worn, but that the memories captured through our wedding photos would last a lifetime. We searched for many months trying to find someone that was unique and creative. The instant we came across Luster Studios (and Craig’s blog) we knew he was the perfect fit for us. Every single moment he captured was filled with such emotion, truth, and warmth. We booked him immediately and enjoyed his website so much, that we frequently visited it for new photos and inspiration.

We had several meetings with Craig before the wedding where he really took the time to get to know us as a couple. He found out that my husband is a graphic designer and on the day of the wedding he surprised us with amazing custom-made (and framed!) graphic elements that were used as part of our group shots. We were blown away at the time he spent creating these to help make our wedding pictures truly unique to us as a couple.

Despite the chaos and stress that surrounds a large wedding such as ours; Craig was our stress fighting, superhero! He was so patient with our gigantic, crazy bridal party and he made sure that we had all of the shots we wanted. As odd as it may sound, everyone was impressed with his chameleon abilities – he was able to move in and out of different moments completely undetected to get truly natural shots. He even ended up staying for an extra hour just to capture the perfect send-off images.

We were also pleasantly surprised when only a few days into our honeymoon we saw the “sneak peek” photos that Craig had posted. We were so happy to see pictures so quickly! When we got all of the images back we spent hours going through them, over and over again, just laughing and crying and laughing some more. He does such an amazing job of capturing the emotion of the day and it's so much fun to relive those fleeting moments of love, happiness and joy.

We can’t thank Craig enough for all that he did for us! We had a blast working with him and hope to work with him again in the future!

Jennilee and Mike Richardson
As we planned our wedding, we knew that choosing our photographer was going to be the most important decision we would Read more...
As we planned our wedding, we knew that choosing our photographer was going to be the most important decision we would make. We realized that the cake would be eaten and the dress would be worn, but that the memories captured through our wedding photos would last a lifetime. We searched for many months trying to find someone that was unique and creative. The instant we came across Luster Studios (and Craig’s blog) we knew he was the perfect fit for us. Every single moment he captured was filled with such emotion, truth, and warmth. We booked him immediately and enjoyed his website so much, that we frequently visited it for new photos and inspiration.

We had several meetings with Craig before the wedding where he really took the time to get to know us as a couple. He found out that my husband is a graphic designer and on the day of the wedding he surprised us with amazing custom-made (and framed!) graphic elements that were used as part of our group shots. We were blown away at the time he spent creating these to help make our wedding pictures truly unique to us as a couple.

Despite the chaos and stress that surrounds a large wedding such as ours; Craig was our stress fighting, superhero! He was so patient with our gigantic, crazy bridal party and he made sure that we had all of the shots we wanted. As odd as it may sound, everyone was impressed with his chameleon abilities – he was able to move in and out of different moments completely undetected to get truly natural shots. He even ended up staying for an extra hour just to capture the perfect send-off images.

We were also pleasantly surprised when only a few days into our honeymoon we saw the “sneak peek” photos that Craig had posted. We were so happy to see pictures so quickly! When we got all of the images back we spent hours going through them, over and over again, just laughing and crying and laughing some more. He does such an amazing job of capturing the emotion of the day and it's so much fun to relive those fleeting moments of love, happiness and joy.

We can’t thank Craig enough for all that he did for us! We had a blast working with him and hope to work with him again in the future!

Jennilee and Mike Richardson Read less
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