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Rich Chapman Wedding and Lifestyle Photographers

Chicago & Suburbs , IL
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Chicago & Suburbs, IL 60654 US (map)

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847-274-9487

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Weddings and newspaper photojournalism are two photography passions in my life. I feel very blessed that I can apply my creative experience as a staff photographer for the Chicago... Read more
Weddings and newspaper photojournalism are two photography passions in my life. I feel very blessed that I can apply my creative experience as a staff photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times to the bride and groom of today. Today’s couples are asking for real pictures that tell the story of their special day, something that just comes naturally to me. Lucky for us! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Traditional
What photography services do you offer?
Custom Graphics, High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Proofs

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Ralph
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We can't thank you enough for the great job you did at our daughter's wedding. From the initial consultation to the delivery of the photo book, everything was done first class. There are plenty of wedding photographers in the Chicago area, but there's a reason we picked you and your son to document our daughter's big day. While you captured every memorable moment with your stunning photography skills, we found working with the Chapmans was a piece of (wedding) cake! It's a pleasure to work with such down-to-earth perfectionists. If anyone asks if we know a good wedding photographer, we will be honored to put them in touch with the best!
--Ralph and Karen Greenslade
We can't thank you enough for the great job you did at our daughter's wedding. From the initial consultation to the Read more...
We can't thank you enough for the great job you did at our daughter's wedding. From the initial consultation to the delivery of the photo book, everything was done first class. There are plenty of wedding photographers in the Chicago area, but there's a reason we picked you and your son to document our daughter's big day. While you captured every memorable moment with your stunning photography skills, we found working with the Chapmans was a piece of (wedding) cake! It's a pleasure to work with such down-to-earth perfectionists. If anyone asks if we know a good wedding photographer, we will be honored to put them in touch with the best!
--Ralph and Karen Greenslade Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
When first meeting Richard he makes you feel totally and completely comfortable. His energy and demeanor are very welcoming. We met at a convenient location for both of us where we discussed the vision for photographing our wedding. He showed us his previous work then asked us to describe the style we were looking for. It didn't take long for all of us to paint a picture of what we wanted, which he eventually ended up capturing to perfection. We set up one more meeting a few days before the wedding to go over must have shots and lay out a schedule for the day. With his experience he offers up a bunch of great ideas that later we were very glad to have.

As for the day of the wedding, Richard went with my wife to gather all the preparation for the wedding while his son joined the men to capture our own preparation. His son did a great job capturing everything on our end being there for every fun moment but never in the way. During our actual ceremony neither Richard or his son were very noticeable. They have an amazing way of blending in to the ceremony while still being able to nail all the perfect shots. When looking back at the photos it almost seemed impossible that they could have been everywhere to gather those moments as only a two man team.

When we gathered after the ceremony, Richard did a great job leading our wedding party and guiding us all into place for the classic formal shots. We had a rather large wedding party and he still managed to get every shot with out taking too much time. Our personal favorite shots came out of the bride and groom photo walk. We were very fortunate to have a beautiful day for photos and Richard used it amazingly to nail some remarkable images. The wedding took place at a country club but the way he used his imagination and creativity he made it seem as if we were off in a beautiful forest preserve somewhere. The work truly does speak for itself.
When first meeting Richard he makes you feel totally and completely comfortable. His energy and demeanor are very Read more...
When first meeting Richard he makes you feel totally and completely comfortable. His energy and demeanor are very welcoming. We met at a convenient location for both of us where we discussed the vision for photographing our wedding. He showed us his previous work then asked us to describe the style we were looking for. It didn't take long for all of us to paint a picture of what we wanted, which he eventually ended up capturing to perfection. We set up one more meeting a few days before the wedding to go over must have shots and lay out a schedule for the day. With his experience he offers up a bunch of great ideas that later we were very glad to have.

As for the day of the wedding, Richard went with my wife to gather all the preparation for the wedding while his son joined the men to capture our own preparation. His son did a great job capturing everything on our end being there for every fun moment but never in the way. During our actual ceremony neither Richard or his son were very noticeable. They have an amazing way of blending in to the ceremony while still being able to nail all the perfect shots. When looking back at the photos it almost seemed impossible that they could have been everywhere to gather those moments as only a two man team.

When we gathered after the ceremony, Richard did a great job leading our wedding party and guiding us all into place for the classic formal shots. We had a rather large wedding party and he still managed to get every shot with out taking too much time. Our personal favorite shots came out of the bride and groom photo walk. We were very fortunate to have a beautiful day for photos and Richard used it amazingly to nail some remarkable images. The wedding took place at a country club but the way he used his imagination and creativity he made it seem as if we were off in a beautiful forest preserve somewhere. The work truly does speak for itself. Read less
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Jessica (Caywood) Estrada
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of meeting Rich at two of my friend’s weddings, which after seeing their amazing photos I recommended him to my sister. Two years later, I booked him for my own wedding!

Prior to our wedding, Rich met at a convenient location for us and made us feel so comfortable. He brought his portfolio for us to look at and wanted to hear all about our engagement, our “vision,” and everything we wanted our wedding day to be. Having that first meeting with him put me at such ease! He was SO incredibly excited for our day, and so passionate, which only made us more excited.

I recommend making a list of all of the shots you want for that day and meeting with Rich to discuss. I waited until the last minute to do this and had to email it to him, but it would have been great to meet one time right before the wedding. Again, this was all me, not Rich!

The day of the wedding, Rich and his son arrived early and got right to work. They were so attentive to every detail and were absolutely amazing! They are both so pleasant to work with and you barely realize they are there! Looking back at the photos, I had no idea he was even taking some of the shots. He does a fabulous job of capturing every single moment and not being intrusive about it.

While we were on our honeymoon, Rich sent us a slideshow of about 15 of the best shots. I was floored! This was such a great thing to send to our family members for a sneak peak! You also get rights to ALL of your photos. What you should know is that all of the photos are unedited, so if you want certain photos edited you have to ask for them.

Overall, Rich was patient, kind, detail-oriented and beyond passionate about my photos. He made me feel like my wedding was the most important one he’d ever done. I would highly recommend Rich!

Please check out my longer review on other websites, as WW only lets you post so much. I have SO many more amazing details to share! All in all, check out Rich’s photos. They speak for themselves!
I had the pleasure of meeting Rich at two of my friend’s weddings, which after seeing their amazing photos I recommended Read more...
I had the pleasure of meeting Rich at two of my friend’s weddings, which after seeing their amazing photos I recommended him to my sister. Two years later, I booked him for my own wedding!

Prior to our wedding, Rich met at a convenient location for us and made us feel so comfortable. He brought his portfolio for us to look at and wanted to hear all about our engagement, our “vision,” and everything we wanted our wedding day to be. Having that first meeting with him put me at such ease! He was SO incredibly excited for our day, and so passionate, which only made us more excited.

I recommend making a list of all of the shots you want for that day and meeting with Rich to discuss. I waited until the last minute to do this and had to email it to him, but it would have been great to meet one time right before the wedding. Again, this was all me, not Rich!

The day of the wedding, Rich and his son arrived early and got right to work. They were so attentive to every detail and were absolutely amazing! They are both so pleasant to work with and you barely realize they are there! Looking back at the photos, I had no idea he was even taking some of the shots. He does a fabulous job of capturing every single moment and not being intrusive about it.

While we were on our honeymoon, Rich sent us a slideshow of about 15 of the best shots. I was floored! This was such a great thing to send to our family members for a sneak peak! You also get rights to ALL of your photos. What you should know is that all of the photos are unedited, so if you want certain photos edited you have to ask for them.

Overall, Rich was patient, kind, detail-oriented and beyond passionate about my photos. He made me feel like my wedding was the most important one he’d ever done. I would highly recommend Rich!

Please check out my longer review on other websites, as WW only lets you post so much. I have SO many more amazing details to share! All in all, check out Rich’s photos. They speak for themselves! Read less
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Melanie & Bret
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We were referred to Rich Chapman, by a friend, and are extremely thankful that he was available to photograph our wedding! With approximately 450 guests, we were looking for someone who could be adaptable in many different situations and capture as many moments as possible. After meeting with him and his son, we felt very confident that we had made the right choice. They were so easy to talk to and were interested in what WE wanted.....not just how to get the job done. They kept in contact with us before and after the wedding and were quick to respond to our emails and phone calls.
Rich, his son, and Kent exceeded our expectations by being professional, quick on their feet, creative and most importantly, FUN! They all have this sense of humor and personality that make you laugh and smile. We felt like they were a part of our family and friends. We have also received many compliments on the photos and are brought to tears and laughter every time we look at them. One of our favorite moments (notice I said one) was when he released a sneak peak, short video of our wedding photos! It was amazing! I highly recommend Rich Chapman Photography for your wedding and any other occasion. No question!
We were referred to Rich Chapman, by a friend, and are extremely thankful that he was available to photograph our wedding! Read more...
We were referred to Rich Chapman, by a friend, and are extremely thankful that he was available to photograph our wedding! With approximately 450 guests, we were looking for someone who could be adaptable in many different situations and capture as many moments as possible. After meeting with him and his son, we felt very confident that we had made the right choice. They were so easy to talk to and were interested in what WE wanted.....not just how to get the job done. They kept in contact with us before and after the wedding and were quick to respond to our emails and phone calls.
Rich, his son, and Kent exceeded our expectations by being professional, quick on their feet, creative and most importantly, FUN! They all have this sense of humor and personality that make you laugh and smile. We felt like they were a part of our family and friends. We have also received many compliments on the photos and are brought to tears and laughter every time we look at them. One of our favorite moments (notice I said one) was when he released a sneak peak, short video of our wedding photos! It was amazing! I highly recommend Rich Chapman Photography for your wedding and any other occasion. No question! Read less
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Jordan
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Hiring Rich Chapman Photography was one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding planning process. Rich, his son, and his wife are incredibly professional, personable, and passionate and will do whatever it takes to get the “perfect shot.” From our initial meeting, to the engagement photo session, to the big day, Rich and his team made us feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. In all of our pictures, we look like the best possible version of our selves without looking cheesy or fake. The team made sure we got all of the standard shots and then took it to the next level by asking for suggestions and letting their creative juices flow.

One of our favorite parts is that Rich gave us access to all of the digital files. This way, we can print the ones we love now and in 2, 3, or 4 years, we can still go back and print as many as we want.

Overall, you cannot find a better photographer to capture the best moments of your big day than Rich Chapman Photography.
Hiring Rich Chapman Photography was one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding planning process. Rich, his Read more...
Hiring Rich Chapman Photography was one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding planning process. Rich, his son, and his wife are incredibly professional, personable, and passionate and will do whatever it takes to get the “perfect shot.” From our initial meeting, to the engagement photo session, to the big day, Rich and his team made us feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. In all of our pictures, we look like the best possible version of our selves without looking cheesy or fake. The team made sure we got all of the standard shots and then took it to the next level by asking for suggestions and letting their creative juices flow.

One of our favorite parts is that Rich gave us access to all of the digital files. This way, we can print the ones we love now and in 2, 3, or 4 years, we can still go back and print as many as we want.

Overall, you cannot find a better photographer to capture the best moments of your big day than Rich Chapman Photography. Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
7/20/2012
5.0/5.0
I was referred to Rich by a friend. Rich and his son were a great team, and were very friendly, courteous, and professional. Rich is an amazing photographer, who shows passion and perfection in his work. We were very happy with the pictures, and had many comments from friends and family on the quality of his work. We loved many of the candid shots and he captured all the important moments of our wedding. The family and friends group pictures were beautiful. Rich has a talent for getting the photo perfect. We were very happy to have chosen him for our photographer. We highly recommend him.
I was referred to Rich by a friend. Rich and his son were a great team, and were very friendly, courteous, and Read more...
I was referred to Rich by a friend. Rich and his son were a great team, and were very friendly, courteous, and professional. Rich is an amazing photographer, who shows passion and perfection in his work. We were very happy with the pictures, and had many comments from friends and family on the quality of his work. We loved many of the candid shots and he captured all the important moments of our wedding. The family and friends group pictures were beautiful. Rich has a talent for getting the photo perfect. We were very happy to have chosen him for our photographer. We highly recommend him. Read less
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Peggy
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Artistic ... very easy to work with ... a story teller ... talented ... enthusiastic ... a real pro! These are just a few words we would use to describe Rich Chapman, our wedding photographer. We knew from our first meeting with Rich, that this kind, energetic, talented photographer was the perfect choice for our wedding. Rich expertly guided us every step of the way from the planning process through the wedding and on into the final photo selection. Rich was always prompt, enthusiastic, professional and accommodating ... willing to do whatever it took to provide us with fabulous photos. Rich didn't just take "pics," he used his extensive photographic expertise and impressive artistic talent to tell our wedding story, and the results are spectacular!

Rich and his son make a great team, and between the two of them we received a bounty of beautiful photos of our wedding in a very timely manner. We highly recommend Rich Chapman and his son to anyone who wants the best for their wedding!

Peggy
Artistic ... very easy to work with ... a story teller ... talented ... enthusiastic ... a real pro! These are just a few Read more...
Artistic ... very easy to work with ... a story teller ... talented ... enthusiastic ... a real pro! These are just a few words we would use to describe Rich Chapman, our wedding photographer. We knew from our first meeting with Rich, that this kind, energetic, talented photographer was the perfect choice for our wedding. Rich expertly guided us every step of the way from the planning process through the wedding and on into the final photo selection. Rich was always prompt, enthusiastic, professional and accommodating ... willing to do whatever it took to provide us with fabulous photos. Rich didn't just take "pics," he used his extensive photographic expertise and impressive artistic talent to tell our wedding story, and the results are spectacular!

Rich and his son make a great team, and between the two of them we received a bounty of beautiful photos of our wedding in a very timely manner. We highly recommend Rich Chapman and his son to anyone who wants the best for their wedding!

Peggy Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Fabulous! Professional! Great attention to detail! Best Decision we could have made! My husband and I will be forever gratetful for our beautiful and heartfelt wedding memories captured on film by Rich Chapman Photography. The satisfaction and reassurance knowing who our photographer was going to be and that he understood our vision was such a blessing. We were able to enjoy our special day and have confidence that Rich was capturing all the little moments that still bring tears to our eyes and laughter to our hearts. Rich and son made sure we captured all the photos on our "Must have" list and were constantly keeping a look out for creative shots that have turned out to be some of our favorites! Our wedding album is amazing...much better than others I've seen and the whole process of selecting the photos and incorporating our suggestions went very smoothly! Rich worked dilligently to deliver our albums (one for us and two parent books) within 5 months after our wedding (very fast!) so we could wrap them just in time for Christmas. I continue to refer Rich Chapman Photography to friends and am exciting that he will be shooting my brother in law's wedding this month!
Fabulous! Professional! Great attention to detail! Best Decision we could have made! My husband and I will be forever Read more...
Fabulous! Professional! Great attention to detail! Best Decision we could have made! My husband and I will be forever gratetful for our beautiful and heartfelt wedding memories captured on film by Rich Chapman Photography. The satisfaction and reassurance knowing who our photographer was going to be and that he understood our vision was such a blessing. We were able to enjoy our special day and have confidence that Rich was capturing all the little moments that still bring tears to our eyes and laughter to our hearts. Rich and son made sure we captured all the photos on our "Must have" list and were constantly keeping a look out for creative shots that have turned out to be some of our favorites! Our wedding album is amazing...much better than others I've seen and the whole process of selecting the photos and incorporating our suggestions went very smoothly! Rich worked dilligently to deliver our albums (one for us and two parent books) within 5 months after our wedding (very fast!) so we could wrap them just in time for Christmas. I continue to refer Rich Chapman Photography to friends and am exciting that he will be shooting my brother in law's wedding this month! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/29/2012
5.0/5.0
When looking for a wedding photographer we came across a photo of Rich's by searching on google "Chicago skyline wedding photo" and we fell in love with the pictures he had in his portfolio.  We met with him a few times before the wedding and we feel he was very thorough in getting an understanding of the way we wanted our wedding day to be captured.  He is a quirky and genuine person who wants you to have beautiful memories of your day.  We did a first look approach with a photo walk around the city of Chicago and he did such a wonderful job.  He delivered on some seriously stunning photos of our big day.  I love how he prefers to capture moments as they occur rather than staging "posed" photos, however in some instances a little more direction such as "un bottom that top button, your jacket looks funny" would have been nice.  (and that's me just being nit-picky!!). He got so many lovely details of our wedding and really didn't miss one moment of the day.  He was also very accommodating, responded to emails and questions quickly, and got my photos back to me in record time. I would hands down recommend Rich and his son for anyone's wedding or event!  I can't stop getting compliments on the pictures from our wedding day and we had such a great time shooting together.  He is a perfectionist and his work is certainly perfection. 
When looking for a wedding photographer we came across a photo of Rich's by searching on google "Chicago skyline wedding Read more...
When looking for a wedding photographer we came across a photo of Rich's by searching on google "Chicago skyline wedding photo" and we fell in love with the pictures he had in his portfolio.  We met with him a few times before the wedding and we feel he was very thorough in getting an understanding of the way we wanted our wedding day to be captured.  He is a quirky and genuine person who wants you to have beautiful memories of your day.  We did a first look approach with a photo walk around the city of Chicago and he did such a wonderful job.  He delivered on some seriously stunning photos of our big day.  I love how he prefers to capture moments as they occur rather than staging "posed" photos, however in some instances a little more direction such as "un bottom that top button, your jacket looks funny" would have been nice.  (and that's me just being nit-picky!!). He got so many lovely details of our wedding and really didn't miss one moment of the day.  He was also very accommodating, responded to emails and questions quickly, and got my photos back to me in record time. I would hands down recommend Rich and his son for anyone's wedding or event!  I can't stop getting compliments on the pictures from our wedding day and we had such a great time shooting together.  He is a perfectionist and his work is certainly perfection.  Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We absolutely LOVED working with Rich Chapman (and his son, Rich). His passion for his work stood out from the moment of our first meeting. He truly cares about shooting the wedding pictures that you want and is not afraid to come up with unique, fun shots. He is friendly, fun and outgoing - it shows in his work! The photos that he took are fantastic - we have received many compliments from friends/family about them. Highly recommended!!!
We absolutely LOVED working with Rich Chapman (and his son, Rich). His passion for his work stood out from the moment of Read more...
We absolutely LOVED working with Rich Chapman (and his son, Rich). His passion for his work stood out from the moment of our first meeting. He truly cares about shooting the wedding pictures that you want and is not afraid to come up with unique, fun shots. He is friendly, fun and outgoing - it shows in his work! The photos that he took are fantastic - we have received many compliments from friends/family about them. Highly recommended!!! Read less
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