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Steve Matteo Photography

Chicago , IL

LOCATION

Chicago, IL US 60607 (map)

PHONE

312-719-3939

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

As wedding photographer, Steve uses his photojournalist skills to put together a story of the clients wedding. Aside from bridal party and family photographs, none of the photographs are... Read more
As wedding photographer, Steve uses his photojournalist skills to put together a story of the clients wedding. Aside from bridal party and family photographs, none of the photographs are posed. Steve uses available light as well as strobe to capture the candid moments. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Sarah
Wedding:
8/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Steve did our engagement photos and they were absolutely amazing. We received nothing but excellent comments on our photos. The first thing everyone asked was who took these photos? He had our proofs back in no time. Very professional and easy to work with! He knows how to capture the perfect shot!
Steve did our engagement photos and they were absolutely amazing. We received nothing but excellent comments on our Read more...
Steve did our engagement photos and they were absolutely amazing. We received nothing but excellent comments on our photos. The first thing everyone asked was who took these photos? He had our proofs back in no time. Very professional and easy to work with! He knows how to capture the perfect shot! Read less
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Zach
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Steve was such a pleasure to work with. My wife and I sat down with him and got to know each other a bit before we hired him, but it didn't take long to realize that Steve was a perfect fit for us. He is very relaxed, funny, and professional. He has a ton of experience with weddings and live action events (sports) so he knows exactly how to capture the moment without being obtrusive. The posed shots that Steve took turned out great. He has a great eye for location, color, and fun shots. One of my favorites was of me in front of an old boat house with the silhouette of my bride posing inside the boat house. Very cool! When we looked at our pictures we were so glad that he captured fun family/friend moments that we missed in the whirlwind that is the wedding day. Bottom line, the photos are amazing and you will be so relaxed with Steve as your photographer. Trying to take a million family pictures right after the wedding can be...stressful, but Steve made the whole process quick, beautiful, and funny. Other bonuses: very quick turnaround so we could share photos on Facebook, CD with all your photos so you can print/share (we have a bunch hanging in the house), and a great value for the price! If I was going to get married again I would pick the same venue, the same bride, and the same photographer.
Steve was such a pleasure to work with. My wife and I sat down with him and got to know each other a bit before we hired Read more...
Steve was such a pleasure to work with. My wife and I sat down with him and got to know each other a bit before we hired him, but it didn't take long to realize that Steve was a perfect fit for us. He is very relaxed, funny, and professional. He has a ton of experience with weddings and live action events (sports) so he knows exactly how to capture the moment without being obtrusive. The posed shots that Steve took turned out great. He has a great eye for location, color, and fun shots. One of my favorites was of me in front of an old boat house with the silhouette of my bride posing inside the boat house. Very cool! When we looked at our pictures we were so glad that he captured fun family/friend moments that we missed in the whirlwind that is the wedding day. Bottom line, the photos are amazing and you will be so relaxed with Steve as your photographer. Trying to take a million family pictures right after the wedding can be...stressful, but Steve made the whole process quick, beautiful, and funny. Other bonuses: very quick turnaround so we could share photos on Facebook, CD with all your photos so you can print/share (we have a bunch hanging in the house), and a great value for the price! If I was going to get married again I would pick the same venue, the same bride, and the same photographer. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/15/2012
4.3/5.0
We were very satisfied with Steve's services. He did a great job of capturing action shots. We appreciated that he took the time to meet with us before our event date on location to get a lay of the land and discuss possible photo ops.
We were very satisfied with Steve's services. He did a great job of capturing action shots. We appreciated that he took Read more...
We were very satisfied with Steve's services. He did a great job of capturing action shots. We appreciated that he took the time to meet with us before our event date on location to get a lay of the land and discuss possible photo ops. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
To me, the most important part of our wedding planning was who was going to capture it.I remember the day we called Steve. A few minutes previously, Michael and I were frustrated. We had been looking for a photographer in Las Vegas, and online, all that we saw were cheesy and boring pictures. Thankfully, a lightbulb went off. I remembered meeting Steve for the first time downtown with Michael next to his work. Once I thought of Steve and his talent and told Michael we knew he HAD to be the one to photograph our wedding.

I carry around Steve’s pictures with me in my day planner to remind me of our most special day of our lives - the comments I get to hear everytime I show them off are usually GASPS instead of comments! People are amazed! They are used to seeing the cookie cutter wedding pictures with no real capture of emotion. Steve instead captured everything, and I mean everything for us, which was our highest priority so we could remember our wedding day in the best way possible!

Yet talent means little unless you can combine it with a stellar personality! During our wedding day, Steve blended effortlessly with everyone. He is incredibly personable and funny (even without sitting on a cactus in the middle of our mountain photoshoot!). We are both incredibly blessed to have Steve as our photographer and our friend, and to have in our hands the most creative, unique, and classically beautiful pictures for our family for generations to come.
To me, the most important part of our wedding planning was who was going to capture it.I remember the day we called Steve. Read more...
To me, the most important part of our wedding planning was who was going to capture it.I remember the day we called Steve. A few minutes previously, Michael and I were frustrated. We had been looking for a photographer in Las Vegas, and online, all that we saw were cheesy and boring pictures. Thankfully, a lightbulb went off. I remembered meeting Steve for the first time downtown with Michael next to his work. Once I thought of Steve and his talent and told Michael we knew he HAD to be the one to photograph our wedding.

I carry around Steve’s pictures with me in my day planner to remind me of our most special day of our lives - the comments I get to hear everytime I show them off are usually GASPS instead of comments! People are amazed! They are used to seeing the cookie cutter wedding pictures with no real capture of emotion. Steve instead captured everything, and I mean everything for us, which was our highest priority so we could remember our wedding day in the best way possible!

Yet talent means little unless you can combine it with a stellar personality! During our wedding day, Steve blended effortlessly with everyone. He is incredibly personable and funny (even without sitting on a cactus in the middle of our mountain photoshoot!). We are both incredibly blessed to have Steve as our photographer and our friend, and to have in our hands the most creative, unique, and classically beautiful pictures for our family for generations to come. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
I am so happy we chose Steve as our wedding photographer. Leading up to the wedding, I especially appreciated his contacting me to check out the venue before the wedding date. I was reassured that he was someone who took pride in his work and was already considering the photographs and plans weeks before the wedding. I also liked that he had mentioned doing this at our initial meeting. It gave me a peace of mind, really. And I liked how easy it was to pay him the installments via paypal. Would I recommend him to others? YES! YES! YES! We are still talking about our wedding photos today. I carry some of them around on my iPhone in case anyone ever inquires. We get so many compliments on our photos. He is so talented, and I am very impressed that all our photos were taken by just ONE photographer. His prices are extremely reasonable compared to the other photographers I researched. I didn’t even realize how important photos were until I had so many amazing ones from my own wedding. When we have a child, I will contact Steve again to get some family shots too! :-) I LOVE my wedding photos.
I am so happy we chose Steve as our wedding photographer. Leading up to the wedding, I especially appreciated his Read more...
I am so happy we chose Steve as our wedding photographer. Leading up to the wedding, I especially appreciated his contacting me to check out the venue before the wedding date. I was reassured that he was someone who took pride in his work and was already considering the photographs and plans weeks before the wedding. I also liked that he had mentioned doing this at our initial meeting. It gave me a peace of mind, really. And I liked how easy it was to pay him the installments via paypal. Would I recommend him to others? YES! YES! YES! We are still talking about our wedding photos today. I carry some of them around on my iPhone in case anyone ever inquires. We get so many compliments on our photos. He is so talented, and I am very impressed that all our photos were taken by just ONE photographer. His prices are extremely reasonable compared to the other photographers I researched. I didn’t even realize how important photos were until I had so many amazing ones from my own wedding. When we have a child, I will contact Steve again to get some family shots too! :-) I LOVE my wedding photos. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
7/7/2012
4.9/5.0
Steve photographed our wedding in July and I absolutely love our photos. They quality of them is fantastic. Steve was very easy to work with and had some really creative ideas. He was also very prompt about getting back to me when I had questions or concerns.

The only small complaint that I have is that I feel like a few elements are missing. For example, we don't have any pictures with our grandparents or pictures with me and my bridesmaids individually.. I know that Steve had asked us several times if there were any other shots we wanted and I said no. But my brain was going 1000 miles a minute and I didn't think about that.

If I could do it over, the only thing I would have done differently is to put more time into thinking about who I want photos with and compiling a list. Other than that, I'm absolutely and completely satisfied with our wedding photos. Steve did a fantastic job and I was definitely hire him again and recommend him to a friend.
Steve photographed our wedding in July and I absolutely love our photos. They quality of them is fantastic. Steve was very Read more...
Steve photographed our wedding in July and I absolutely love our photos. They quality of them is fantastic. Steve was very easy to work with and had some really creative ideas. He was also very prompt about getting back to me when I had questions or concerns.

The only small complaint that I have is that I feel like a few elements are missing. For example, we don't have any pictures with our grandparents or pictures with me and my bridesmaids individually.. I know that Steve had asked us several times if there were any other shots we wanted and I said no. But my brain was going 1000 miles a minute and I didn't think about that.

If I could do it over, the only thing I would have done differently is to put more time into thinking about who I want photos with and compiling a list. Other than that, I'm absolutely and completely satisfied with our wedding photos. Steve did a fantastic job and I was definitely hire him again and recommend him to a friend. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
3/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Steve and his partner rescued me after a previous photographer added last minute fees. I thought I was saving money (she seemed so much cheaper), but BE CAREFUL of last minute add-ons!! Steve Matteo photography was NOT ONLY a completely reasonable price, but you get AMAZING photos out of it too! I cannot recommend Steve Matteo photography more! Great guys, amazing photos, they’re up front and awesome about everything, and the price is totally reasonable (with the addition of having a serious, professional photographer. Not someone who decided to make their hobby into a small business)! You won’t regret it!
Steve and his partner rescued me after a previous photographer added last minute fees. I thought I was saving money (she Read more...
Steve and his partner rescued me after a previous photographer added last minute fees. I thought I was saving money (she seemed so much cheaper), but BE CAREFUL of last minute add-ons!! Steve Matteo photography was NOT ONLY a completely reasonable price, but you get AMAZING photos out of it too! I cannot recommend Steve Matteo photography more! Great guys, amazing photos, they’re up front and awesome about everything, and the price is totally reasonable (with the addition of having a serious, professional photographer. Not someone who decided to make their hobby into a small business)! You won’t regret it! Read less
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MICHAEL
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Steve was extremely helpful to my son and his new wife in providing his knowledge and experience to help them throughout the day. My son is in the marines and it was very hard for these newlyweds to put together plans, they are also very young. Steve had them relaxed and at ease throughout the whole day. His photography is excellent. The pictures are something you would see in a bridal magazine. This was a gift from me to my son and his wife on their wedding day. This is something they and their children will cherish for the rest of their lives. I couldn't have provided a better gift for them. The money spent for Steves artistry was worth every penny and then some. I will recommend Steve time and time again. He went beyond the call of duty.
Steve was extremely helpful to my son and his new wife in providing his knowledge and experience to help them throughout Read more...
Steve was extremely helpful to my son and his new wife in providing his knowledge and experience to help them throughout the day. My son is in the marines and it was very hard for these newlyweds to put together plans, they are also very young. Steve had them relaxed and at ease throughout the whole day. His photography is excellent. The pictures are something you would see in a bridal magazine. This was a gift from me to my son and his wife on their wedding day. This is something they and their children will cherish for the rest of their lives. I couldn't have provided a better gift for them. The money spent for Steves artistry was worth every penny and then some. I will recommend Steve time and time again. He went beyond the call of duty. Read less
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Michele
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about the quality of Steve's work. His efforts to make every photo "just right" is impeccable. He has an artistic eye with the ability to make the most of the environment he is working. He is able to scan the room/ venue and determine exactly what will be needed to get the best shot. He will move furniture, lay on the floor, run outside across the street in order to capture the best image. It's not just about taking pictures for Steve, it is about creating an artistic image and capturing the emotion of the moment. Steve takes the time to discuss throughly what you would like to see in your images, where you would like to be photographed, the best way to capture the venue, and a detailed time line for the day to ensure that enough time will be allowed throughout the dayt to ensure you get the best possible photos. In addition, Steve has very reasonable prices for the quality of work you receive. If you select Steve, you will not be dissapointed!
I can't say enough about the quality of Steve's work. His efforts to make every photo "just right" is impeccable. He has Read more...
I can't say enough about the quality of Steve's work. His efforts to make every photo "just right" is impeccable. He has an artistic eye with the ability to make the most of the environment he is working. He is able to scan the room/ venue and determine exactly what will be needed to get the best shot. He will move furniture, lay on the floor, run outside across the street in order to capture the best image. It's not just about taking pictures for Steve, it is about creating an artistic image and capturing the emotion of the moment. Steve takes the time to discuss throughly what you would like to see in your images, where you would like to be photographed, the best way to capture the venue, and a detailed time line for the day to ensure that enough time will be allowed throughout the dayt to ensure you get the best possible photos. In addition, Steve has very reasonable prices for the quality of work you receive. If you select Steve, you will not be dissapointed! Read less
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thebootleged
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I came to appreciate Steve's work when he photographed a few of my fights at the Chicago Golden Gloves. The quality of those photos was unbelievable. When it came time for me to get married, there were a lot of tough decisions to be made, but choosing a photographer was the easiest. On the big day, Steve was punctual and very professional. He took some great photos of the bridal party before the ceremony. We were running late for our reception and Steve was able to work well under the pressure and snap numerous great photos in very little time after the ceremony at our church. At the reception, he took hundreds of photos, but I rarely noticed that he was even there. Nearly all the photos he took that day were wedding magazine quality.

If there was one thing I could tell you about Steve's work, it's that he will not provide you with the same old photos that many of the other photographers take. He takes very unique shots from unique angles and captures great candid moments. In terms of value, I don't think he could be beat.
I came to appreciate Steve's work when he photographed a few of my fights at the Chicago Golden Gloves. The quality of Read more...
I came to appreciate Steve's work when he photographed a few of my fights at the Chicago Golden Gloves. The quality of those photos was unbelievable. When it came time for me to get married, there were a lot of tough decisions to be made, but choosing a photographer was the easiest. On the big day, Steve was punctual and very professional. He took some great photos of the bridal party before the ceremony. We were running late for our reception and Steve was able to work well under the pressure and snap numerous great photos in very little time after the ceremony at our church. At the reception, he took hundreds of photos, but I rarely noticed that he was even there. Nearly all the photos he took that day were wedding magazine quality.

If there was one thing I could tell you about Steve's work, it's that he will not provide you with the same old photos that many of the other photographers take. He takes very unique shots from unique angles and captures great candid moments. In terms of value, I don't think he could be beat. Read less
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Renzo
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
my wife and I just got married in october and used steve matteo as our photographer. My wifes brother used steve and had a wonderful experience. the pictures were amazing so we decided to have steve shoot our wedding as well. We are beyond satisfied with steve's work and pictures. he was wonderful to work with and really worked well with the other vendors. We would highly recommend steve to anyone and hope to use him in the future for other events.

Renzo and Sara Berardi
my wife and I just got married in october and used steve matteo as our photographer. My wifes brother used steve and had a Read more...
my wife and I just got married in october and used steve matteo as our photographer. My wifes brother used steve and had a wonderful experience. the pictures were amazing so we decided to have steve shoot our wedding as well. We are beyond satisfied with steve's work and pictures. he was wonderful to work with and really worked well with the other vendors. We would highly recommend steve to anyone and hope to use him in the future for other events.

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Megan
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Steve did our engagement and wedding photos and we absolutely love how they turned out. We live in Springfield, IL and I was so impressed when he drove out hours early just to scout out the area for ideas. He is very creative and definitely has an eye for photography. I was also very impressed with his communication skills. He is one of the few vendors I could rely on to answer an email within a matter of hours. I would recommend Steve, even if you do not live in the Chicago area. The distance was never a problem! We will call Steve in the future for any photography we may need!
Steve did our engagement and wedding photos and we absolutely love how they turned out. We live in Springfield, IL and I Read more...
Steve did our engagement and wedding photos and we absolutely love how they turned out. We live in Springfield, IL and I was so impressed when he drove out hours early just to scout out the area for ideas. He is very creative and definitely has an eye for photography. I was also very impressed with his communication skills. He is one of the few vendors I could rely on to answer an email within a matter of hours. I would recommend Steve, even if you do not live in the Chicago area. The distance was never a problem! We will call Steve in the future for any photography we may need! Read less
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Daniella
Wedding:
9/17/2011
4.8/5.0
Steve's laid back yet professional attitude allowed me to be "worry free" the day of my wedding. He's a creative person with an eye for the small stuff! Not to mention, his prices are very affordable for the resourceful bride and groom.
Steve's laid back yet professional attitude allowed me to be "worry free" the day of my wedding. He's a creative person Read more...
Steve's laid back yet professional attitude allowed me to be "worry free" the day of my wedding. He's a creative person with an eye for the small stuff! Not to mention, his prices are very affordable for the resourceful bride and groom. Read less
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cydya03
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with Steve Matteo was the best experience. He is so professional, personable, creative, and polite. He gave me exactly what I wanted and had great suggestions. Steve was very flexible, arrived on time, and even scheduled an evening session with us so that we could take pictures in front of Chicago landmarks downtown, after the reception. I booked Steve from out of state as I live in Kansas and he is in Chicago. I found him from a google search and it was such a good thing. I had never met him, but i read his reviews and looked at his photos and they were awesome. I would recommend his services to anyone and everyone. I do plan on using him again for future events.
Working with Steve Matteo was the best experience. He is so professional, personable, creative, and polite. He gave me Read more...
Working with Steve Matteo was the best experience. He is so professional, personable, creative, and polite. He gave me exactly what I wanted and had great suggestions. Steve was very flexible, arrived on time, and even scheduled an evening session with us so that we could take pictures in front of Chicago landmarks downtown, after the reception. I booked Steve from out of state as I live in Kansas and he is in Chicago. I found him from a google search and it was such a good thing. I had never met him, but i read his reviews and looked at his photos and they were awesome. I would recommend his services to anyone and everyone. I do plan on using him again for future events. Read less
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Chanelle
Wedding:
8/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Working with Steve for my wedding was an absolute pleasure!!! He was incredibly professional and creative and our photos turned out spectacular!Steve really captured the relaxed, casual theme of my wedding. We actually received all of our pictures back by the time we were home from the honeymoon, which was a real treat!
Working with Steve for my wedding was an absolute pleasure!!! He was incredibly professional and creative and our photos Read more...
Working with Steve for my wedding was an absolute pleasure!!! He was incredibly professional and creative and our photos turned out spectacular!Steve really captured the relaxed, casual theme of my wedding. We actually received all of our pictures back by the time we were home from the honeymoon, which was a real treat! Read less
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BijalChikani
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
My fiancee stumbled upon Steve's website when she was looking for someone to assist us with the photography for our engagements...I can not be more happy...Steve's work is exceptional..the attention to detail is amazing...We hired him to do a couple hour photoshoot in Downtown Chicago, the pics turned out great and we also had him for our Engagement ceremony - and the quality of pics for this event is amazing...Too sad, we are getting married in India, so unfortunately, we wont have him for the wedding...but, I sure would love to have the photos taken for our Wedding by Steve...Keep up the great work Steve and good luck...Also, highly recomended for anyone...
My fiancee stumbled upon Steve's website when she was looking for someone to assist us with the photography for our Read more...
My fiancee stumbled upon Steve's website when she was looking for someone to assist us with the photography for our engagements...I can not be more happy...Steve's work is exceptional..the attention to detail is amazing...We hired him to do a couple hour photoshoot in Downtown Chicago, the pics turned out great and we also had him for our Engagement ceremony - and the quality of pics for this event is amazing...Too sad, we are getting married in India, so unfortunately, we wont have him for the wedding...but, I sure would love to have the photos taken for our Wedding by Steve...Keep up the great work Steve and good luck...Also, highly recomended for anyone... Read less
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Whitney
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We are so pleased with our decision to work with Steve. He was extremely easy to work with, prompt and professional! We wanted a photojournalistic view and Steve did not disappoint us. He captured the beauty of the church as well as candid pictures of our family and friends at the ceremony. He was even calm while taking a huge family picture! Afterward, we traveled around the city of Chicago on a trolley to take pictures and he certainly used the city as his backdrop! The pictures at the reception were amazing as well. Other than asking us a few questions at the beginning of the reception, we didn't even know Steve was there, and that was exactly what we wanted. He was focused on his work without being too assertive, and was friendly and thoughtful at the same time.

We received our discs a few weeks after our wedding. All of the pictures are in both color and in black and white. There are so many incredible pictures! From walking down the aisle to the beautiful pictures at the church to the fun pictures of the packed dance floor, Steve did a wonderful job capturing all of the day's events. We are extremely happy with the pictures and would highly recommend Steve Matteo! Thanks Steve!
We are so pleased with our decision to work with Steve. He was extremely easy to work with, prompt and professional! We Read more...
We are so pleased with our decision to work with Steve. He was extremely easy to work with, prompt and professional! We wanted a photojournalistic view and Steve did not disappoint us. He captured the beauty of the church as well as candid pictures of our family and friends at the ceremony. He was even calm while taking a huge family picture! Afterward, we traveled around the city of Chicago on a trolley to take pictures and he certainly used the city as his backdrop! The pictures at the reception were amazing as well. Other than asking us a few questions at the beginning of the reception, we didn't even know Steve was there, and that was exactly what we wanted. He was focused on his work without being too assertive, and was friendly and thoughtful at the same time.

We received our discs a few weeks after our wedding. All of the pictures are in both color and in black and white. There are so many incredible pictures! From walking down the aisle to the beautiful pictures at the church to the fun pictures of the packed dance floor, Steve did a wonderful job capturing all of the day's events. We are extremely happy with the pictures and would highly recommend Steve Matteo! Thanks Steve! Read less
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p
Wedding:
7/1/2011
5.0/5.0
We were lucky to use Steve's services for a pre-wedding photo shoot as well as the ceremony and reception. He suggested some specific locations based on our preferences, let us pick the poses, or posed us when needed, and the results turned out great. During the wedding itself, he captured great angles that both we and our relatives were very impressed with. All of this while managing to stay out of the way of the guests and other vendors.

Overall Steve was remarkably flexible, and took all scheduling slip-ups that were beyond his control in stride. He managed guests politely when they got in the way of some family shots.

The quality of the photos was great, as expected. Where we did have some concerns, he made minor adjustments as needed. As mentioned previously, the number and quality of angles themselves was amazing. We also contracted with him to have an album made, and the layout he created was above our expectations.

We were very satisfied with Steve's work, and truly think we're lucky to have found him for our event.
We were lucky to use Steve's services for a pre-wedding photo shoot as well as the ceremony and reception. He suggested Read more...
We were lucky to use Steve's services for a pre-wedding photo shoot as well as the ceremony and reception. He suggested some specific locations based on our preferences, let us pick the poses, or posed us when needed, and the results turned out great. During the wedding itself, he captured great angles that both we and our relatives were very impressed with. All of this while managing to stay out of the way of the guests and other vendors.

Overall Steve was remarkably flexible, and took all scheduling slip-ups that were beyond his control in stride. He managed guests politely when they got in the way of some family shots.

The quality of the photos was great, as expected. Where we did have some concerns, he made minor adjustments as needed. As mentioned previously, the number and quality of angles themselves was amazing. We also contracted with him to have an album made, and the layout he created was above our expectations.

We were very satisfied with Steve's work, and truly think we're lucky to have found him for our event. Read less
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Leanne
Wedding:
6/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Steve is an amazing photographer. I could not be more pleased with my wedding photos. They are so stunning and captured the essence of our day. A photographer is pretty much the most important vendor....you want to document one of the most important days of your life....and he helped do that. He really went above and beyond what I could have ever expected. It is just so fun looking through the pictures and reliving that day. My day was such a whirlwind, but I have photos that tell it all. I don't feel like I missed anything.

He was amazing when it came to group shots. He told me straight out to tell my family not to take photos while he is taking shots. It had not even crossed my mind. My family is large and they love to take photos of everything. We only had so much time before our reception. So, it made everything so smooth. He took a fabulous shot of my 20+ family members that were in attendance. We were able to get all the photos we wanted in like 20 minutes. He knew where everyone should stand to make the photo more pleasing to the eye. I couldn't believe his eye, that he could do all that he did and do it as well as he did in such a small time frame.

He absolutely loves shots outside. When we met before the wedding, he asked us where we wanted to take photos. While we walked around the Northwestern campus, he found places that were so close to the church that would create a beautiful background. I never imagined them turning out as beautiful as they did. When we walked to the secret garden at Northwestern, he immediately saw a great photo opportunity in front of rose bushes. He had us stand in front of them. He framed the shot so beautifully. In fact, this is the shot we are using for our photo album cover. I would never have seen that....it was so spontaneous. That is what makes a great photographer. They see things in the moment...he did that perfectly.

Steve was truly amazing. I could not have asked for more….I truly recommend him. You won’t be disappointed with his pictures. He is there for the bride and groom. That is what it is all about.

-Leanne and Derrick
Chicago, Il
Steve is an amazing photographer. I could not be more pleased with my wedding photos. They are so stunning and captured Read more...
Steve is an amazing photographer. I could not be more pleased with my wedding photos. They are so stunning and captured the essence of our day. A photographer is pretty much the most important vendor....you want to document one of the most important days of your life....and he helped do that. He really went above and beyond what I could have ever expected. It is just so fun looking through the pictures and reliving that day. My day was such a whirlwind, but I have photos that tell it all. I don't feel like I missed anything.

He was amazing when it came to group shots. He told me straight out to tell my family not to take photos while he is taking shots. It had not even crossed my mind. My family is large and they love to take photos of everything. We only had so much time before our reception. So, it made everything so smooth. He took a fabulous shot of my 20+ family members that were in attendance. We were able to get all the photos we wanted in like 20 minutes. He knew where everyone should stand to make the photo more pleasing to the eye. I couldn't believe his eye, that he could do all that he did and do it as well as he did in such a small time frame.

He absolutely loves shots outside. When we met before the wedding, he asked us where we wanted to take photos. While we walked around the Northwestern campus, he found places that were so close to the church that would create a beautiful background. I never imagined them turning out as beautiful as they did. When we walked to the secret garden at Northwestern, he immediately saw a great photo opportunity in front of rose bushes. He had us stand in front of them. He framed the shot so beautifully. In fact, this is the shot we are using for our photo album cover. I would never have seen that....it was so spontaneous. That is what makes a great photographer. They see things in the moment...he did that perfectly.

Steve was truly amazing. I could not have asked for more….I truly recommend him. You won’t be disappointed with his pictures. He is there for the bride and groom. That is what it is all about.

-Leanne and Derrick
Chicago, Il Read less
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guccimd
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
It is a pleasure to recommend Mr Matteo as one of the finest photographers. After much research, we came across Steve's site and from the first look, I fell in love with the pictures. He seemed to be focused on making the pictures personable and spontaneous. As an extremely picky bride, making this decision was easy as I could tell that he cares about the story this couple is creating. Meeting him was as easy-going and productive as we expected. Steve listened to our suggestions and concerns and together we made a plan for the big day.

Photographing a big wedding is a challenge on its own, even more a 400 people wedding, with 12 wedding couples, additional flower-girls and junior grooms-men and a very large family. In a new setting, a large Romanian church with very many opinionated people, Steve maintained his calm and focused on us, and even managed to organize everyone. I was so impressed by his composure and the way he contained his hectic situation.

We started in the morning at the apt where the bride and some of the girls were getting ready. We proceeded to the long church ceremony and then the waterfront for some wedding party pictures. Although the weather was labile, Steve was able to capture some breath-taking pictures by the water. We had so much fun in the process and everytime we look at the pictures we relieve the moments. The church ceremony was so well done from different angles, incorporating the decor and catching candid shots of the couple, wedding party and participating members. We did some family portraits as well and they all turned out beautiful. I love the originality, focus, spontaneity and art that Steve incorporated in every picture.

As I am organizing them for a photo-book, I see something different every time I look at these pictures. They are rich in history and emotion. Steve has been extremely patient through-out the day and I was so surprised when he started taking some creative shots at our last pit-stop Ghirardelli, after a very long and strenuous day. They turned out amazing.

Everyone that sees the pictures is complimenting his skill. Thank you Steve so much for everything and we look forward to working with you in the future!!
It is a pleasure to recommend Mr Matteo as one of the finest photographers. After much research, we came across Steve's Read more...
It is a pleasure to recommend Mr Matteo as one of the finest photographers. After much research, we came across Steve's site and from the first look, I fell in love with the pictures. He seemed to be focused on making the pictures personable and spontaneous. As an extremely picky bride, making this decision was easy as I could tell that he cares about the story this couple is creating. Meeting him was as easy-going and productive as we expected. Steve listened to our suggestions and concerns and together we made a plan for the big day.

Photographing a big wedding is a challenge on its own, even more a 400 people wedding, with 12 wedding couples, additional flower-girls and junior grooms-men and a very large family. In a new setting, a large Romanian church with very many opinionated people, Steve maintained his calm and focused on us, and even managed to organize everyone. I was so impressed by his composure and the way he contained his hectic situation.

We started in the morning at the apt where the bride and some of the girls were getting ready. We proceeded to the long church ceremony and then the waterfront for some wedding party pictures. Although the weather was labile, Steve was able to capture some breath-taking pictures by the water. We had so much fun in the process and everytime we look at the pictures we relieve the moments. The church ceremony was so well done from different angles, incorporating the decor and catching candid shots of the couple, wedding party and participating members. We did some family portraits as well and they all turned out beautiful. I love the originality, focus, spontaneity and art that Steve incorporated in every picture.

As I am organizing them for a photo-book, I see something different every time I look at these pictures. They are rich in history and emotion. Steve has been extremely patient through-out the day and I was so surprised when he started taking some creative shots at our last pit-stop Ghirardelli, after a very long and strenuous day. They turned out amazing.

Everyone that sees the pictures is complimenting his skill. Thank you Steve so much for everything and we look forward to working with you in the future!! Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
4/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Steve did our engagement and wedding photos. We LOVED ALL of them. They have received so many compliments from family and friends, especially the more artistic photos that are more works of art rather than photos. He brought an easy going style to our photo shoot which helped us relax. The day of the wedding, though we were running behind due to a limo mix up and rain, Steve brought his A game and beyond exceeded our expectations for what a photographer would do. He adapted quickly and maintained a light hearted sense of humor which helped calm me(the bride) down. I truly feel he was one of the reasons why our guests had no idea the chaos that was going on behind the scenes. I cannot thank him enough for his dedication to his job and the beauty he captured through he camera. I would certainly recommend Steve for a wedding.
Steve did our engagement and wedding photos. We LOVED ALL of them. They have received so many compliments from family and Read more...
Steve did our engagement and wedding photos. We LOVED ALL of them. They have received so many compliments from family and friends, especially the more artistic photos that are more works of art rather than photos. He brought an easy going style to our photo shoot which helped us relax. The day of the wedding, though we were running behind due to a limo mix up and rain, Steve brought his A game and beyond exceeded our expectations for what a photographer would do. He adapted quickly and maintained a light hearted sense of humor which helped calm me(the bride) down. I truly feel he was one of the reasons why our guests had no idea the chaos that was going on behind the scenes. I cannot thank him enough for his dedication to his job and the beauty he captured through he camera. I would certainly recommend Steve for a wedding. Read less
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KAP
Wedding:
2/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Steve photographed our wedding in February 2011. I found him to be very easy to work with, calm, and professional. He responded quickly to all my e-mails and phone calls. He scouted out the location where we were married, prior to the event, and found a great spot for taking photos. I'm extremely pleased with the photographs he sent us – I think they're beautiful. He's a very talented photographer and I highly recommend him to other couples.
Steve photographed our wedding in February 2011. I found him to be very easy to work with, calm, and professional. He Read more...
Steve photographed our wedding in February 2011. I found him to be very easy to work with, calm, and professional. He responded quickly to all my e-mails and phone calls. He scouted out the location where we were married, prior to the event, and found a great spot for taking photos. I'm extremely pleased with the photographs he sent us – I think they're beautiful. He's a very talented photographer and I highly recommend him to other couples. Read less
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S
Wedding:
2/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Steve recently photographed my wedding at Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago. I am absolutely pleased by my decision to work with Steve. It was very easy to communicate with Steve both leading up to and on the day of the wedding. He braved a Chicago blizzard to get to my wedding, and even better, was totally creative with the snowy background (the pictures were stunning). He was prompt and professional. I trusted his artistic vision. My photographs were ready soon after the wedding. My family & friends were all very happy! I would highly recommend Steve Matteo!
Steve recently photographed my wedding at Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago. I am absolutely pleased by my decision Read more...
Steve recently photographed my wedding at Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago. I am absolutely pleased by my decision to work with Steve. It was very easy to communicate with Steve both leading up to and on the day of the wedding. He braved a Chicago blizzard to get to my wedding, and even better, was totally creative with the snowy background (the pictures were stunning). He was prompt and professional. I trusted his artistic vision. My photographs were ready soon after the wedding. My family & friends were all very happy! I would highly recommend Steve Matteo! Read less
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Bridge O
Wedding:
12/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Steve was the photographer for my sister's wedding as well as my own this past December, so I can definitely attest to the unique, high quality of his work. He is truly an artist who takes the time to take original engagement pictures. We had a very small wedding and Steve went the extra mile to make sure we still had a large range of photographs to remember our day! Even in the inclement winter weather he captured beautiful shots of Chicago and of places that were special to us. He also created an amazing DVD of photographs for a later reception that left few dry eyes in the family! I highly recommend his work.
Steve was the photographer for my sister's wedding as well as my own this past December, so I can definitely attest to the Read more...
Steve was the photographer for my sister's wedding as well as my own this past December, so I can definitely attest to the unique, high quality of his work. He is truly an artist who takes the time to take original engagement pictures. We had a very small wedding and Steve went the extra mile to make sure we still had a large range of photographs to remember our day! Even in the inclement winter weather he captured beautiful shots of Chicago and of places that were special to us. He also created an amazing DVD of photographs for a later reception that left few dry eyes in the family! I highly recommend his work. Read less
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Dave
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Steve Matteo exceeded all of our expectations. From our first meeting, he was incredibly easy to work with and very responsive to any emails and questions. His prices were competitive compared to other photographers and the value we receved was worth every penny. My wife and I, as well as our families, couldn't be happier with the quality and selections of photos from our wedding. I have recommended Steve to numerous friends since last October and will continue to do so.
Steve Matteo exceeded all of our expectations. From our first meeting, he was incredibly easy to work with and very Read more...
Steve Matteo exceeded all of our expectations. From our first meeting, he was incredibly easy to work with and very responsive to any emails and questions. His prices were competitive compared to other photographers and the value we receved was worth every penny. My wife and I, as well as our families, couldn't be happier with the quality and selections of photos from our wedding. I have recommended Steve to numerous friends since last October and will continue to do so. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
“Steve’s photography was both beautiful and poinent and captured the small, personal yet incredibly important details of our wedding. Planning our out-of-state wedding was made so much easier by Steve, who made us feel like he had everything under control. I would recommend to anybody who wants to not only remember the moments of their wedding, but also how they felt”
“Steve’s photography was both beautiful and poinent and captured the small, personal yet incredibly important details of Read more...
“Steve’s photography was both beautiful and poinent and captured the small, personal yet incredibly important details of our wedding. Planning our out-of-state wedding was made so much easier by Steve, who made us feel like he had everything under control. I would recommend to anybody who wants to not only remember the moments of their wedding, but also how they felt” Read less
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KLiang
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Steve was the photographer for our wedding and he was absolutely wonderful. He took beautiful candidate photos that my family and I were surprised to see. He was very pleasant to work with and he was very patient during family photos when we had to get 50 people in one spot. I would recommend him to anyone for all special occasions!
Steve was the photographer for our wedding and he was absolutely wonderful. He took beautiful candidate photos that my Read more...
Steve was the photographer for our wedding and he was absolutely wonderful. He took beautiful candidate photos that my family and I were surprised to see. He was very pleasant to work with and he was very patient during family photos when we had to get 50 people in one spot. I would recommend him to anyone for all special occasions! Read less
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rachel.s
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
I looked at dozens of photographers to capture my wedding day. When I read Steve's biography and reviewed his experience, I quickly emailed to meet him. After we met, I called my finance from the parking lot and shouted"I found the one!". I always envisioned this urban chic wedding with pictures around the city to match. The most important thing Steve did for me, was gave me confidence that rain or shine, he would capture my urban vision. For our second meeting, we met at the location of the wedding. Still nervous about the rain ruining my city pictures, Steve drove me around the west loop neighbor pointing out beautiful locations that would look great rain or shine. He went the extra step to ensure my confidence. I left the meeting feeling so comfortable, that no matter what, I would get those perfect shots. Steve is professional, reliable and so easy to work with. He overall has a calming sense about him that made him my number one favorite vendor to work with. He posted several pictures on his blog before our wedding weekend was over and within a week, I had all of my pictures on DVDs sent to my house. I couldnt be happier with my wedding album. They are more than anything I could have imagined. There were so many photos that I had no idea he even captured; I forgot at times that he was there. In a creative and unique way, Steve documented each beautiful moment of my day. Personally, my photographer was my most important vendor, and I can honestly tell you, Steve is amazing.

Rachel S.
Riverwoods, IL
I looked at dozens of photographers to capture my wedding day. When I read Steve's biography and reviewed his experience, Read more...
I looked at dozens of photographers to capture my wedding day. When I read Steve's biography and reviewed his experience, I quickly emailed to meet him. After we met, I called my finance from the parking lot and shouted"I found the one!". I always envisioned this urban chic wedding with pictures around the city to match. The most important thing Steve did for me, was gave me confidence that rain or shine, he would capture my urban vision. For our second meeting, we met at the location of the wedding. Still nervous about the rain ruining my city pictures, Steve drove me around the west loop neighbor pointing out beautiful locations that would look great rain or shine. He went the extra step to ensure my confidence. I left the meeting feeling so comfortable, that no matter what, I would get those perfect shots. Steve is professional, reliable and so easy to work with. He overall has a calming sense about him that made him my number one favorite vendor to work with. He posted several pictures on his blog before our wedding weekend was over and within a week, I had all of my pictures on DVDs sent to my house. I couldnt be happier with my wedding album. They are more than anything I could have imagined. There were so many photos that I had no idea he even captured; I forgot at times that he was there. In a creative and unique way, Steve documented each beautiful moment of my day. Personally, my photographer was my most important vendor, and I can honestly tell you, Steve is amazing.

Rachel S.
Riverwoods, IL Read less
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h20liz79
Wedding:
7/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Steve photographed our wedding last July, he went above and beyond our expectations, very professional and innovative. We loved his photo journalistic style and his attention to detail was apparent in the finished product!! I recommend Steve to anyone looking for a wedding photographer...you will not be disappointed.
Steve photographed our wedding last July, he went above and beyond our expectations, very professional and innovative. We Read more...
Steve photographed our wedding last July, he went above and beyond our expectations, very professional and innovative. We loved his photo journalistic style and his attention to detail was apparent in the finished product!! I recommend Steve to anyone looking for a wedding photographer...you will not be disappointed. Read less
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Norma
Wedding:
6/25/2010
4.8/5.0
I was referred to Steve by my hairstylist, who as many of you know is a great source of insight! I have nothing but good things to say about Steve and the quality of his work. Steve was very personable and quite flexible. He was available via email, telephone and in person to answer all my questions —and I had many. He even met me near my job to discuss the planning process. Steve is the kind of photographer you forget is there. He is focused on his work but is always concerned about making you feel comfortable. He visited the church and reception site ahead of time in order to plan for the day. I’ve received a ton of compliments about my pictures and have referred him to several other people.
I was referred to Steve by my hairstylist, who as many of you know is a great source of insight! I have nothing but good Read more...
I was referred to Steve by my hairstylist, who as many of you know is a great source of insight! I have nothing but good things to say about Steve and the quality of his work. Steve was very personable and quite flexible. He was available via email, telephone and in person to answer all my questions —and I had many. He even met me near my job to discuss the planning process. Steve is the kind of photographer you forget is there. He is focused on his work but is always concerned about making you feel comfortable. He visited the church and reception site ahead of time in order to plan for the day. I’ve received a ton of compliments about my pictures and have referred him to several other people. Read less
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