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Smiling Toad Productions

Chicago , IL
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Chicago, IL 60657 US (map)

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708-505-9354

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ABOUT US

Have you ever seen photographs of your parents' or grandparents' wedding and wondered what that day was like beyond those still images? Regardless of the size and budget of your event,... Read more
Have you ever seen photographs of your parents' or grandparents' wedding and wondered what that day was like beyond those still images? Regardless of the size and budget of your event, nothing comes close to capturing the spirit and emotion of your day like a wedding video.

Our competitive pricing structure and documentary filmmaking experience ensure that your high-definition wedding video will be an investment that you will cherish for many years to come.

Please take a look at our samples and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, or to check if your date is available. Thank you for your interest in Smiling Toad Productions, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

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INFO FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

What primary style do you identify with?
Cinematic, Documentary, Short Form, Storytelling
Which wedding events do you service?
Ceremony, Pre-Ceremony, Reception, Rehearsal Dinner
What videography services do you offer?
Add'l Hours, High-Def Video, Highlight Video, Liability Insurance, Multi. Cameras, Multi. Locations, Save The Date, Slideshow/Montage
What final video formats do you offer?
Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Download, USB Flash Drive, USB Hard Drive

REVIEWS

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Juan
Wedding:
5/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Amazing. That's how I would describe Smiling Toad. My wife and I did not really put too much thought about getting a videographer. We were looking around and I was really not impressed with the quality that other companies had. I figured I could do a better job. Until I came across Smiling Toad. I saw their trailers on their website and we instantly knew we wanted that look. The cinematic feel and the fidelity of the video is what sold us. We met John Severson to go over the details. He answered all the questions we had. John is very open and approachable. The two videographers for our event were great. They worked seamlessly within our wedding. I like to talk to people so they were a joy to get to know. But if that's not your thing, you wouldn't notice they were even there. The end product which for us included a trailer, highlight reel and dvd blew us away. Amazing quality for the price. We are so happy that we had Smiling Toad at our wedding. Our wedding went perfectly. And a part of that was because of Smiling Toad.
Amazing. That's how I would describe Smiling Toad. My wife and I did not really put too much thought about getting a Read more...
Amazing. That's how I would describe Smiling Toad. My wife and I did not really put too much thought about getting a videographer. We were looking around and I was really not impressed with the quality that other companies had. I figured I could do a better job. Until I came across Smiling Toad. I saw their trailers on their website and we instantly knew we wanted that look. The cinematic feel and the fidelity of the video is what sold us. We met John Severson to go over the details. He answered all the questions we had. John is very open and approachable. The two videographers for our event were great. They worked seamlessly within our wedding. I like to talk to people so they were a joy to get to know. But if that's not your thing, you wouldn't notice they were even there. The end product which for us included a trailer, highlight reel and dvd blew us away. Amazing quality for the price. We are so happy that we had Smiling Toad at our wedding. Our wedding went perfectly. And a part of that was because of Smiling Toad. Read less
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Tony
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had a great experience with Smiling Toad! We were married in Chicago in October '14, and contacted John at ST pretty late in the planning process. No matter, as he made the service customization process very easy and straightforward. With just a few clicks and instructions on an impressive web site, we were good to go, and the film crew showed up with cameras on hand. At the wedding itself, they were utter professionals: interjecting when appropriate (such as to mic me up for my vows) and barely noticeable throughout the evening.

Afterwards, John really went above and beyond in the film delivery process. There was an issue with the playback for one of our films when it was converted (I believe) to HTML5 on mobile. This wasn't even ST's fault, but instead the web site through which we were viewing. ST took it upon themselves to work with the third-party web site to fix the issue quickly.

Most importantly, we were blown away by the quality of the movie itself. I can tell they spent many, many hours in the editing and sound mixing process. The photography is stunning. Everything looks and sounds perfect. The editing really created a perfect narrative, and the multiple cuts that came with our package (i.e. full vs. trailer vs. highlight) were perfect for short and long viewings.

Overall, working with ST really drove home the point of hiring videographers. This type of product encapsulates memories in a vivid way and complements our photos so well. ST helped us capture memories that we will treasure forever. Thanks guys and keep up the great work.

Here is our trailer:
https://vimeo.com/117074607
My wife and I had a great experience with Smiling Toad! We were married in Chicago in October '14, and contacted John at Read more...
My wife and I had a great experience with Smiling Toad! We were married in Chicago in October '14, and contacted John at ST pretty late in the planning process. No matter, as he made the service customization process very easy and straightforward. With just a few clicks and instructions on an impressive web site, we were good to go, and the film crew showed up with cameras on hand. At the wedding itself, they were utter professionals: interjecting when appropriate (such as to mic me up for my vows) and barely noticeable throughout the evening.

Afterwards, John really went above and beyond in the film delivery process. There was an issue with the playback for one of our films when it was converted (I believe) to HTML5 on mobile. This wasn't even ST's fault, but instead the web site through which we were viewing. ST took it upon themselves to work with the third-party web site to fix the issue quickly.

Most importantly, we were blown away by the quality of the movie itself. I can tell they spent many, many hours in the editing and sound mixing process. The photography is stunning. Everything looks and sounds perfect. The editing really created a perfect narrative, and the multiple cuts that came with our package (i.e. full vs. trailer vs. highlight) were perfect for short and long viewings.

Overall, working with ST really drove home the point of hiring videographers. This type of product encapsulates memories in a vivid way and complements our photos so well. ST helped us capture memories that we will treasure forever. Thanks guys and keep up the great work.

Here is our trailer:
https://vimeo.com/117074607 Read less
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Smiling Toad Productions responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the review Tony!! Really good working with you as well and all the best in 2015! - John Severson, Smiling Toad Productions
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Diana
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
John and the team over at Smiling Toad were very responsive and great to work with. The videographers were all great and the same day edit was beautiful! My husband was very impressed with the quality of the video shown at our reception considering the short amount of time they had to edit it. He didn't watch any of their sample videos so he was very surprised this was even possible. Leading up to the wedding day, he was unsure of our need for videography, but instantly saw the value of having a video recollection of a day we spent so much time and effort into planning. We are so glad to have worked with Smiling Toad Productions and are excited to see the final product of our special day. Thanks again!
John and the team over at Smiling Toad were very responsive and great to work with. The videographers were all great and Read more...
John and the team over at Smiling Toad were very responsive and great to work with. The videographers were all great and the same day edit was beautiful! My husband was very impressed with the quality of the video shown at our reception considering the short amount of time they had to edit it. He didn't watch any of their sample videos so he was very surprised this was even possible. Leading up to the wedding day, he was unsure of our need for videography, but instantly saw the value of having a video recollection of a day we spent so much time and effort into planning. We are so glad to have worked with Smiling Toad Productions and are excited to see the final product of our special day. Thanks again! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled with the service and final product we received from Smiling Toad. They did a great job capturing the big moments of our wedding day! We love having the trailer, which was very well put together with great music and was fun to share with our friends and family.
We were thrilled with the service and final product we received from Smiling Toad. They did a great job capturing the big Read more...
We were thrilled with the service and final product we received from Smiling Toad. They did a great job capturing the big moments of our wedding day! We love having the trailer, which was very well put together with great music and was fun to share with our friends and family. Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Smiling Toad was fantastic to work with, from day 1 through wedding day. They came to our house to show us some sample videos before we'd even signed a contract. They were always very responsive, answering all my emails and questions, making preparation simple and not at all stressful. On wedding day, they were perfect. On time, professional, and non-intrusive. They captured all the details of the day, but also the mood, the emotion, the little looks my husband and I shared. We honestly forgot they were there rather than being self-conscious about being on camera. Our guests didn't notice them either - no bright lights in your face, no running in front of the altar during the ceremony. Even though the videographers themselves were in the background, they captured the whole day beautifully, both the big events and the little details. The trailer, highlight reel, and full video we received were beyond professional - they were perfect.
Smiling Toad was fantastic to work with, from day 1 through wedding day. They came to our house to show us some sample Read more...
Smiling Toad was fantastic to work with, from day 1 through wedding day. They came to our house to show us some sample videos before we'd even signed a contract. They were always very responsive, answering all my emails and questions, making preparation simple and not at all stressful. On wedding day, they were perfect. On time, professional, and non-intrusive. They captured all the details of the day, but also the mood, the emotion, the little looks my husband and I shared. We honestly forgot they were there rather than being self-conscious about being on camera. Our guests didn't notice them either - no bright lights in your face, no running in front of the altar during the ceremony. Even though the videographers themselves were in the background, they captured the whole day beautifully, both the big events and the little details. The trailer, highlight reel, and full video we received were beyond professional - they were perfect. Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Leslie
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We used Smiling Toad Productions for our wedding in June and we're so impressed with them! John, the owner, came over to our house for the initial consultation and we knew right away that we wanted to work with him and his team!

John was great to work with prior to the day and his team was great the day of. Looking back, I barely even remember them being around, they blended in really nicely but were also willing to do any specific shots that I asked for.

The turn around time was really quick and they were even willing to make a few edits to our video and change the song after the final product which I thought was really great.

Their pricing was very reasonable and I couldn't imagine not having the 3 videos (4 minute trailer, 13 minute highlight video - with 3 songs, and video of our entire ceremony). The day goes by so quickly so having the videos is just amazing to look back at all the things we missed.

I highly, highly recommend John and his team for your wedding videographers, I wish I could get married all over again so I can use them again!!

Here is the link to our trailer video: https://vimeo.com/88995283

Thanks again Smiling Toad!!
We used Smiling Toad Productions for our wedding in June and we're so impressed with them! John, the owner, came over to Read more...
We used Smiling Toad Productions for our wedding in June and we're so impressed with them! John, the owner, came over to our house for the initial consultation and we knew right away that we wanted to work with him and his team!

John was great to work with prior to the day and his team was great the day of. Looking back, I barely even remember them being around, they blended in really nicely but were also willing to do any specific shots that I asked for.

The turn around time was really quick and they were even willing to make a few edits to our video and change the song after the final product which I thought was really great.

Their pricing was very reasonable and I couldn't imagine not having the 3 videos (4 minute trailer, 13 minute highlight video - with 3 songs, and video of our entire ceremony). The day goes by so quickly so having the videos is just amazing to look back at all the things we missed.

I highly, highly recommend John and his team for your wedding videographers, I wish I could get married all over again so I can use them again!!

Here is the link to our trailer video: https://vimeo.com/88995283

Thanks again Smiling Toad!! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had such a wonderful experience with Smiling Toad Productions. My fiance had to sell me on the idea of having a videographer. After seeing the finished product, I am so happy we chose to do it. From start to finish, all our interactions with the company have been professional and positive.

The expenses of a wedding can add up quickly. John was willing to work with us on packages. I think it is important to note that he includes a 15 minute highlight video when comparing prices of other vendors. The video is awesome! They did such a great job of catching special moments! It is the perfect length! Of course, the trailer and regular video were of outstanding quality too.

I recommend going to their website to see the high quality and artistry of their work. You will not be disappointed!
We had such a wonderful experience with Smiling Toad Productions. My fiance had to sell me on the idea of having a Read more...
We had such a wonderful experience with Smiling Toad Productions. My fiance had to sell me on the idea of having a videographer. After seeing the finished product, I am so happy we chose to do it. From start to finish, all our interactions with the company have been professional and positive.

The expenses of a wedding can add up quickly. John was willing to work with us on packages. I think it is important to note that he includes a 15 minute highlight video when comparing prices of other vendors. The video is awesome! They did such a great job of catching special moments! It is the perfect length! Of course, the trailer and regular video were of outstanding quality too.

I recommend going to their website to see the high quality and artistry of their work. You will not be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Emily
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Smiling Toad was an awesome video team to capture our rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Kevin was extremely easy to be around and fun to work with – he seemed to really understand us as a couple and captured moments that were important to us. John was also great, helping us select a package that made the most sense for our budget and our timeline, and pointed out tips for making the most of our time with him. We are so glad we made the decision to spend some extra money to document the day – because it really does go by so quickly, and after months of working on throwing the perfect party to celebrate the most important day of our lives together as husband and wife, we wanted to be sure we could really remember it in a way that highlighted our love, our friends and family, and all the hard work we put into the planning process. We were thrilled with the highlight video & trailer that Smiling Toad put together for us -- we were able to share our day with friends and family who weren’t able to join us, and have something we’ll treasure forever to remind us of our wedding day.
Smiling Toad was an awesome video team to capture our rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Kevin was extremely easy to be Read more...
Smiling Toad was an awesome video team to capture our rehearsal dinner and wedding day. Kevin was extremely easy to be around and fun to work with – he seemed to really understand us as a couple and captured moments that were important to us. John was also great, helping us select a package that made the most sense for our budget and our timeline, and pointed out tips for making the most of our time with him. We are so glad we made the decision to spend some extra money to document the day – because it really does go by so quickly, and after months of working on throwing the perfect party to celebrate the most important day of our lives together as husband and wife, we wanted to be sure we could really remember it in a way that highlighted our love, our friends and family, and all the hard work we put into the planning process. We were thrilled with the highlight video & trailer that Smiling Toad put together for us -- we were able to share our day with friends and family who weren’t able to join us, and have something we’ll treasure forever to remind us of our wedding day. Read less
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Sunny
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Smiling Toad was extraordinary to work with. They exceeded all basic expectations including timeliness, efficiency, great communication, customer service, flexibility, and very impressive quality of product. My husband and I had a traditional, large Indian wedding and it was very important to us to find a videographer who was able to capture both the meaningful personal moments during our wedding as well as the ritual and customs that take place around us - Smiling Toad was able to easily do that and more. Jon went out of this was to get us together the day before the wedding and videotape a short interview with us about how we met and our thoughts about getting married - that interview was woven into our wedding video and day of edit in a very tasteful and meaningful way. The day of video brought tears to our eyes during the reception - it was easily one of my favorite parts of the wedding. The videos turned out beautiful - I was so impressed with how well the team was able to capture important moments while still blending into the background. We were so lucky to have Smiling Toad with us throughout our wedding - wouldn't have gone with anyone else!
Smiling Toad was extraordinary to work with. They exceeded all basic expectations including timeliness, efficiency, great Read more...
Smiling Toad was extraordinary to work with. They exceeded all basic expectations including timeliness, efficiency, great communication, customer service, flexibility, and very impressive quality of product. My husband and I had a traditional, large Indian wedding and it was very important to us to find a videographer who was able to capture both the meaningful personal moments during our wedding as well as the ritual and customs that take place around us - Smiling Toad was able to easily do that and more. Jon went out of this was to get us together the day before the wedding and videotape a short interview with us about how we met and our thoughts about getting married - that interview was woven into our wedding video and day of edit in a very tasteful and meaningful way. The day of video brought tears to our eyes during the reception - it was easily one of my favorite parts of the wedding. The videos turned out beautiful - I was so impressed with how well the team was able to capture important moments while still blending into the background. We were so lucky to have Smiling Toad with us throughout our wedding - wouldn't have gone with anyone else! Read less
Services Used: Videography
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Smiling Toad for our wedding. They were amazing from the very start! John the owner was very prompt in his email respones when my husband and I had questions regarding the contract and their videography. Our wedding day with Smiling toad went perfectly! Both videographers were on time in the morning and they captured everything that we asked for! In fact, one of our videographers came back after leaving our reception because he wanted to capture one more scene that he had forgotten to capture. The videographers we worked with were very professional and my husband and I had no idea they were even there. We highly recommed Smiling Toad!
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Smiling Toad for our wedding. They were amazing from the very start! John the Read more...
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Smiling Toad for our wedding. They were amazing from the very start! John the owner was very prompt in his email respones when my husband and I had questions regarding the contract and their videography. Our wedding day with Smiling toad went perfectly! Both videographers were on time in the morning and they captured everything that we asked for! In fact, one of our videographers came back after leaving our reception because he wanted to capture one more scene that he had forgotten to capture. The videographers we worked with were very professional and my husband and I had no idea they were even there. We highly recommed Smiling Toad! Read less
Services Used: Videography

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