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Paul Swanson Photography and Video

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ABOUT US

Paul Swanson Photography & Video guarantees with over 20 years experience, no other company cares more about your day when it comes to photography,videography and photobooth's. Our... Read more
Paul Swanson Photography & Video guarantees with over 20 years experience, no other company cares more about your day when it comes to photography,videography and photobooth's. Our unique approach to your wedding celebration is one of documenting your day, but also being unobtrusive so that you can enjoy the day with family and friends.

Please take a moment to view our online galleries, current weddings and video samples.

If you have any further questions, we would like to invite you to either give us a call or fill out our contact page so that you can look at our albums, sample videos and most importantly, talk about your wedding day needs. Stop in and see our work…..meet your photographer before your wedding day so all of your expectations are reached.

Kindly fill out the contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you for time and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!

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Paul Swanson & Associates
Paul Swanson Photography and video
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INFO FOR RENTALS & PHOTOBOOTHS

Which of the following event rental services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Setup
What event items are available?
Photobooth

INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Custom Graphics, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Multi. Locations, Slideshow/Montage
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints, Proofs, Save the Date, Thank You Cards

INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Storytelling, Traditional
Which wedding events do you service?
Ceremony, Pre-Ceremony, Reception
What videography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, Full Feature Video, High-Def Video, Highlight Video, Liability Insurance, Multi. Cameras, Multi. Locations
What final video formats do you offer?
DVD

REVIEWS

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Wedding:
6/15/2014
4.6/5.0
We very much enjoyed working with Paul on our wedding day. He was flexible and willing to work within our budget. This was pretty important to us (given the high cost of many wedding photographers), so we opted for less than typical hours of coverage at a lower rate. Planning the wedding from out of town, we did not have a chance to meet Paul prior to the wedding day, but were reassured by his calm, easy-going demeanor and patience with us given all the pre-wedding craziness. He also seemed genuinely enthusiastic about getting good pictures of us and finding great spots to get pictures at our unique venue. Following the wedding, our pictures were promptly put online and an image disk mailed to us. And, lastly - but very importantly, the pictures turned out amazing - we were very impressed. Overall, we would highly recommend Paul Swanson photography!
We very much enjoyed working with Paul on our wedding day. He was flexible and willing to work within our budget. This was Read more...
We very much enjoyed working with Paul on our wedding day. He was flexible and willing to work within our budget. This was pretty important to us (given the high cost of many wedding photographers), so we opted for less than typical hours of coverage at a lower rate. Planning the wedding from out of town, we did not have a chance to meet Paul prior to the wedding day, but were reassured by his calm, easy-going demeanor and patience with us given all the pre-wedding craziness. He also seemed genuinely enthusiastic about getting good pictures of us and finding great spots to get pictures at our unique venue. Following the wedding, our pictures were promptly put online and an image disk mailed to us. And, lastly - but very importantly, the pictures turned out amazing - we were very impressed. Overall, we would highly recommend Paul Swanson photography! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
6/13/2014
4.9/5.0
Paul Swanson and his assistant did an awesome job at capturing every moment. He was so flexible with all of our requests. Anytime I asked for something he was willing to do it. The Photo Booth was a HIT! All night there was not a moment where the booth was empty. I would recommend him to anyone.
Paul Swanson and his assistant did an awesome job at capturing every moment. He was so flexible with all of our requests. Read more...
Paul Swanson and his assistant did an awesome job at capturing every moment. He was so flexible with all of our requests. Anytime I asked for something he was willing to do it. The Photo Booth was a HIT! All night there was not a moment where the booth was empty. I would recommend him to anyone. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
We weren't going to let the rain stop us, and neither was he. Paul was wonderful to work with--he made us feel comfortable and was at our disposal the whole night, even taking group pictures with our guests' cameras/phones when aked. Paul has an incredible eye for lighting/scenery and because of this we got some beautiful shots--well above and beyond what we expected. He was always very quick to respond to e-mail and phone communication and our final edited photos were online very fast and we had our image disk in no-time. The only thing we notice looking back is that it would have been nice to have more pictures of guests at their tables at the reception--most pictures taken were of the dance floor, and this only captured some of our guests. (We also aknowledge that it was also our responsibility to request these kinds of shots and that time was limited.)
We weren't going to let the rain stop us, and neither was he. Paul was wonderful to work with--he made us feel comfortable Read more...
We weren't going to let the rain stop us, and neither was he. Paul was wonderful to work with--he made us feel comfortable and was at our disposal the whole night, even taking group pictures with our guests' cameras/phones when aked. Paul has an incredible eye for lighting/scenery and because of this we got some beautiful shots--well above and beyond what we expected. He was always very quick to respond to e-mail and phone communication and our final edited photos were online very fast and we had our image disk in no-time. The only thing we notice looking back is that it would have been nice to have more pictures of guests at their tables at the reception--most pictures taken were of the dance floor, and this only captured some of our guests. (We also aknowledge that it was also our responsibility to request these kinds of shots and that time was limited.) Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
Paul and his assistant photographer were wonderful leading up to our wedding and the day of. He was very organized and had a lot of ideas for shots he wanted to capture. He was able to capture every moment of our wedding beautifully and was very easy and fun to work with.

After our wedding, we had a few issues with the timeliness in which we received our digital photos. He had promised us they would be done within a certain time frame, however I had to send an email to remind him about it. Once he got the email reminder, we received the images promptly. The other issue we had was with the photo books and how difficult it was to submit edits and receive the revisions quickly. The books turned out beautifully, it was just frustrating how much back and forth was required and the wait time.

Overall, Paul was a pleasure to work with and we are very happy with the work he did at our wedding.
Paul and his assistant photographer were wonderful leading up to our wedding and the day of. He was very organized and had Read more...
Paul and his assistant photographer were wonderful leading up to our wedding and the day of. He was very organized and had a lot of ideas for shots he wanted to capture. He was able to capture every moment of our wedding beautifully and was very easy and fun to work with.

After our wedding, we had a few issues with the timeliness in which we received our digital photos. He had promised us they would be done within a certain time frame, however I had to send an email to remind him about it. Once he got the email reminder, we received the images promptly. The other issue we had was with the photo books and how difficult it was to submit edits and receive the revisions quickly. The books turned out beautifully, it was just frustrating how much back and forth was required and the wait time.

Overall, Paul was a pleasure to work with and we are very happy with the work he did at our wedding. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Andrew
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
I would definitely recommend Paul to anyone. He was always there to quickly answer our tons of questions. He listened to exactly what kind of pictures my wife wanted to take. Our pictures came out beautifully. Our package was priced well and contained quite a bit.
I would definitely recommend Paul to anyone. He was always there to quickly answer our tons of questions. He listened to Read more...
I would definitely recommend Paul to anyone. He was always there to quickly answer our tons of questions. He listened to exactly what kind of pictures my wife wanted to take. Our pictures came out beautifully. Our package was priced well and contained quite a bit. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Paul was so easy to work with and was very friendly, flexible and professional. He made everyone feel comfortable when taking the pictures and was not in your face. Paul captured so many beautiful pictures of our wedding day that we will cherish forever. We would definitely recommend Paul!
Paul was so easy to work with and was very friendly, flexible and professional. He made everyone feel comfortable when Read more...
Paul was so easy to work with and was very friendly, flexible and professional. He made everyone feel comfortable when taking the pictures and was not in your face. Paul captured so many beautiful pictures of our wedding day that we will cherish forever. We would definitely recommend Paul! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Maggie
Wedding:
8/3/2013
4.8/5.0
We actually just got our photos back today and are very happy with them. Paul was extremely enthusiastic about the picture taking which just made us even more excited. I would recommend him.
We actually just got our photos back today and are very happy with them. Paul was extremely enthusiastic about the picture Read more...
We actually just got our photos back today and are very happy with them. Paul was extremely enthusiastic about the picture taking which just made us even more excited. I would recommend him. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths, Videography
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Karen
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Outstanding! Paul and his assistant were awesome. From the beautiful engagement pictures to the spectacular wedding pictures, each one better than the next. His detail and fun ideas for picture set ups are great. The photobooth was a huge hit with the Bride & Groom and guests. As the MOG I appreciated that Paul had as much fun as we did, while still being professional. He captured the love and fun of the entire event. I would highly recommend him. Thanks Paul
Outstanding! Paul and his assistant were awesome. From the beautiful engagement pictures to the spectacular wedding Read more...
Outstanding! Paul and his assistant were awesome. From the beautiful engagement pictures to the spectacular wedding pictures, each one better than the next. His detail and fun ideas for picture set ups are great. The photobooth was a huge hit with the Bride & Groom and guests. As the MOG I appreciated that Paul had as much fun as we did, while still being professional. He captured the love and fun of the entire event. I would highly recommend him. Thanks Paul Read less
Services Used: Photography, Rentals & Photobooths
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.3/5.0
The pictures from our wedding came out well, and Paul’s price was reasonable. As well, we were given digital copies of everything, so we could share/print/copy as we wished. However, we encountered many problems. Here are the main ones:
1. He lacks attention to detail. He needs a business manager. His contract was filled with spelling errors and inaccurate information, and we had to make him redo it twice. He did not respond to e-mails unless within 5 minutes of us sending. He always seemed really frantic and absent-minded - not professional.
2. He has the photography down to a formula – almost everything was a canned, posed shot. You will have to speak up with ideas if you want anything creative.
3. He dropped the ball on securing a photo booth for us as agreed – we had to do it ourselves.
4. He complained incessantly about the traffic and congestion in Chicago, even though we paid him an extra $500 to come downtown.
5. Friends and family can buy his photos through pictage.com. In order to simply view them through the site, you have to register your e-mail with pictage. And then you will receive literally one e-mail a day inviting you to buy photos. I am horrified that all our friends and family who simply wanted to see the photos got spammed. I wish I'd have refrained from sending people the pictage link and waited to distribute/Facebook everything myself when we got the digital copies.
6. He had to resend the video 4 times because of obvious problems: i.e. disc 2 was identical to disc 1, the disc was blank, the wrong last name appeared on the welcome screen(!), and some dancing footage was rerun apparently to fill space, as if we wouldn’t notice. You might expect Paul to have sent some free prints or given us a discount in some way to apologize, but he seemed to be unconcerned that there were so many mistakes.
The pictures from our wedding came out well, and Paul’s price was reasonable. As well, we were given digital copies of Read more...
The pictures from our wedding came out well, and Paul’s price was reasonable. As well, we were given digital copies of everything, so we could share/print/copy as we wished. However, we encountered many problems. Here are the main ones:
1. He lacks attention to detail. He needs a business manager. His contract was filled with spelling errors and inaccurate information, and we had to make him redo it twice. He did not respond to e-mails unless within 5 minutes of us sending. He always seemed really frantic and absent-minded - not professional.
2. He has the photography down to a formula – almost everything was a canned, posed shot. You will have to speak up with ideas if you want anything creative.
3. He dropped the ball on securing a photo booth for us as agreed – we had to do it ourselves.
4. He complained incessantly about the traffic and congestion in Chicago, even though we paid him an extra $500 to come downtown.
5. Friends and family can buy his photos through pictage.com. In order to simply view them through the site, you have to register your e-mail with pictage. And then you will receive literally one e-mail a day inviting you to buy photos. I am horrified that all our friends and family who simply wanted to see the photos got spammed. I wish I'd have refrained from sending people the pictage link and waited to distribute/Facebook everything myself when we got the digital copies.
6. He had to resend the video 4 times because of obvious problems: i.e. disc 2 was identical to disc 1, the disc was blank, the wrong last name appeared on the welcome screen(!), and some dancing footage was rerun apparently to fill space, as if we wouldn’t notice. You might expect Paul to have sent some free prints or given us a discount in some way to apologize, but he seemed to be unconcerned that there were so many mistakes. Read less
Services Used: Photography, Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Paul did a fantastic job photographing our wedding, which was in downtown Chicago. We took pictures around the city before the ceremony, which turned out wonderfully. Paul is professional, enthusiastic, and takes wonderful pictures. We were very happy with how all of the pictures turned out, and we have so many to choose from. He is also very enjoyable to work with.
Paul did a fantastic job photographing our wedding, which was in downtown Chicago. We took pictures around the city before Read more...
Paul did a fantastic job photographing our wedding, which was in downtown Chicago. We took pictures around the city before the ceremony, which turned out wonderfully. Paul is professional, enthusiastic, and takes wonderful pictures. We were very happy with how all of the pictures turned out, and we have so many to choose from. He is also very enjoyable to work with. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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