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Wes Craft Photography - Wes Craft Weddings

Naperville , IL

LOCATION

200 East 5th Avenue, Suite 117D
Naperville, IL 60563 US (map)

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630-474-4217

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ABOUT US

Hello! It's Wes here.

Photographing people who love each other is what Wes Craft Photography is all about. We are Wes and Necia Craft, a husband and wife photography team... Read more
Hello! It's Wes here.

Photographing people who love each other is what Wes Craft Photography is all about. We are Wes and Necia Craft, a husband and wife photography team with over 360 weddings and eight years experience.

We continually challenge ourselves to create images that are as exceptional in their artistry as they are meaningful to our couples. Simply put, we create visually-striking and love-affirming art work.

Our approach to shooting is light-hearted and fun-loving. We spend most of your wedding day capturing the candid and ephemeral moments. In the periods between we direct all of the fun, artistic, and romantic portraits of you and the people you care about. Allow us to bring our passion and experience to your wedding celebration.

Weddings have taken me to Devon England, Cinque Terre Italy, The Riviera Maya in Mexico, and 6 States. I keep my passport current for travel and destination weddings in addition to my Midwestern and Chicago commissions.

Necia and I are available to meet you at our office in Naperville which is right by the train station from Chicago. We love to Skype and Google Hangout with out of town folks too. We'd love to hear from you!

Warmly,

Wes & Necia Craft

For more information and visit us at www.wescraftphotography.com and link up with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wescraftphotography for the latest. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary
What do your packages include?
Albums, High Resolution Images
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
My work is known for bold and natural color akin to what one might find in a Martha Stewart Magazine or other major publication. That said I am versed in photographic retouching and toning. Such techniques may be applied to any image if desired.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Absolutely. I've shot close to 350 weddings and hundreds of other assignments including international documentary work for non-profit organizations. It's safe to say I've dealt with everything imaginable. My work has been featured on a major photo industry lighting blog.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital is amazing now and has long passed 35mm film's resolution.
How many photographers do you work with?
Wes is a part of national and Chicago area photographer networking groups so we've worked with dozens of other photographers in my career. Our wedding collections include 2 photographers - Wes and one other photographer, usually Necia Craft, always a professional.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, unless I'm incapacitated or deceased Wes Craft will be there. In the event that I break both arms or something catastrophic you'll have the option of keeping service with us rendered by another outstanding professional photographer or receive a full refund.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
Never for a wedding event. When you pay the retainer fee I pull myself off of the showroom floor. We do schedule more than one engagement session on some days.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring top of the line Canon equipment including the latest of the Canon line, the 5D Mark III cameras. I bring lighting for circumstances where the natural light isn't flattering.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
We have back up equipment in case anything fails. We also have a back-up to the back-up. Our second photographer also has a back-up camera and flash so we are covered!
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Our weekend wedding collections all have between 8-10 hours coverage included. For weekday events, corporate headshots, engagement shoots, and family portraits we have a more hour based billing structure.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes. We charge 400$/hr for additional hours. (300/hr if added at time of booking)
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We do require a meal break of at least 30 minutes. We don't require that a meal is provided but depending on circumstances it can be difficult or impossible to tote a meal with me all day or to obtain food outside of the venue. It's best if we're served in the main dining room at the same time as the guests so that we won't miss any impromptu events that may crop up during dinner and so that we are finished with our break when you are.
Do you charge for travel?
We shoot all over the Midwest and do not charge travel fees for shoots within 60 miles of Chicago. Contact us for a quote if you're farther than that.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
We contractually allow up to 45 days but aim for 2 weeks. In the middle of this past peak season we were between 2-5 weeks.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
They are presented online on our online proofing site.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
We can keep them hosted online indefinitely however the gallery will automatically expire in 3 months. Please let us know if you'd like extended hosting.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I do retain copyright for self promotional reasons. The copyright is shared with you via a signed licensing agreement so that you may print for personal use wherever you like.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes, I do reserve the right to publish and self promote with your images. In rare cases when a couple doesn't want to be published I honor that. Just ask.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
They are not included in our basic services collection but can easily be ordered. Digital Negatives are one of many Keepsake Options that we offer along with several different Albums. When you purchase an Album with us then your Digital Negatives are included in your package at no additional charge.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes.
What kind of albums do you offer?
We offer Exquisite Contemporary Italian albums as well as a modern take on the classic Matted Album.
When will the client get the final album?
After your wedding we'll will design an album for you using our favorite images. We've found that this is helpful and saves you time. Now you can use our design as a template and request changes and substitutions as needed. Once your album design is approved there is anywhere from 2-8 weeks turn around depending on our album vendor's print, bind, and shipping times.

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Scott
Wedding:
8/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Wes and Necia offer many different packages so finding one that meets your budget and needs is easy enough. They are warm and Very professional. The quality of their work is unmatched and the creative uniqueness of their eye captures the essence of the moment. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. They were a pleasure to work with and the results took our breath away and brought tears to our eyes!
Wes and Necia offer many different packages so finding one that meets your budget and needs is easy enough. They are warm Read more...
Wes and Necia offer many different packages so finding one that meets your budget and needs is easy enough. They are warm and Very professional. The quality of their work is unmatched and the creative uniqueness of their eye captures the essence of the moment. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. They were a pleasure to work with and the results took our breath away and brought tears to our eyes! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Wes was fantastic. He was very conversational, making us comfortable and posing us well. He got sample pictures up for us to see quickly, and they're gorgeous.
Wes was fantastic. He was very conversational, making us comfortable and posing us well. He got sample pictures up for us Read more...
Wes was fantastic. He was very conversational, making us comfortable and posing us well. He got sample pictures up for us to see quickly, and they're gorgeous. Read less
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m
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
I will aggressively recommend Wes to all of my friends, sisters, and even aquaintences to use him as their wedding photographer. If you value good photos at your wedding, go with Wes and Necia. Their humor and kindness also help calm anyone shy to the camera and consequently help to create more natural photos.

If you are a diva bride and are stuck on having shots a specific way, you may need to rethink your attitude or get a different photographer. Instead of looking for a brick wall or some other perfect backdrop, he is always looking at angles of light and how the sun is hitting you. He is more creative than me, so giving him control helped to create fabulous photos. That said, he is also very willing to make sure that you get what you want out of your photos sessions and run with your creative ideas.

I asked several friends with photography backgrounds to help me pick my wedding photographer and they all picked Wes. I would go so far as to say he is the best photographer in the Chicago and area for his price range.
I will aggressively recommend Wes to all of my friends, sisters, and even aquaintences to use him as their wedding Read more...
I will aggressively recommend Wes to all of my friends, sisters, and even aquaintences to use him as their wedding photographer. If you value good photos at your wedding, go with Wes and Necia. Their humor and kindness also help calm anyone shy to the camera and consequently help to create more natural photos.

If you are a diva bride and are stuck on having shots a specific way, you may need to rethink your attitude or get a different photographer. Instead of looking for a brick wall or some other perfect backdrop, he is always looking at angles of light and how the sun is hitting you. He is more creative than me, so giving him control helped to create fabulous photos. That said, he is also very willing to make sure that you get what you want out of your photos sessions and run with your creative ideas.

I asked several friends with photography backgrounds to help me pick my wedding photographer and they all picked Wes. I would go so far as to say he is the best photographer in the Chicago and area for his price range. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
A beautiful couple who do BEAUTIFUL work!!!!!!
A beautiful couple who do BEAUTIFUL work!!!!!!
A beautiful couple who do BEAUTIFUL work!!!!!! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
We cannot express how grateful we are to have found Wes & Necia to capture our wedding. I can be particular about photo style and editing, so I spent a lot of time looking for the best photographer for us. Initially looking for wedding photographers was disappointing, as many of the photographers we were interested in were way outside our price range. When I found Wes Craft Photography, I was absolutely blown away by the pictures on their website and could not believe how affordable they were. I can honestly say the value went beyond our expectations. Their attitude, professionalism, and expertise showed through, and from wedding day to the photo reveal we had the entire wedding party and many guests commenting that "we picked a REALLY great photographer".

There were two main things I appreciated with Wes Craft Photography, that I hadn't experienced from other photographers (as bridesmaids in friend's/family's weddings): 1) Attention to detail and precise direction - Setting up portrait shots can be tricky, but Wes Craft carefully selected how each person was positioned. This involved paying close attention to lighting so every single person in the shot looked great. 2) Bringing out positive emotion in portrait shots - Wes does a great job at saying things that make people smile or laugh, so happiness and joy come through. In making things more fun, better pictures result.

The pictures that we have from our wedding are absolutely beautiful and when I saw them for the first time I was brought to tears. We're glad we found Wes Craft Photography and appreciated their strong work ethic and attention to detail. There are so many photos that were taken that we will treasure for years to come.
We cannot express how grateful we are to have found Wes & Necia to capture our wedding. I can be particular about photo Read more...
We cannot express how grateful we are to have found Wes & Necia to capture our wedding. I can be particular about photo style and editing, so I spent a lot of time looking for the best photographer for us. Initially looking for wedding photographers was disappointing, as many of the photographers we were interested in were way outside our price range. When I found Wes Craft Photography, I was absolutely blown away by the pictures on their website and could not believe how affordable they were. I can honestly say the value went beyond our expectations. Their attitude, professionalism, and expertise showed through, and from wedding day to the photo reveal we had the entire wedding party and many guests commenting that "we picked a REALLY great photographer".

There were two main things I appreciated with Wes Craft Photography, that I hadn't experienced from other photographers (as bridesmaids in friend's/family's weddings): 1) Attention to detail and precise direction - Setting up portrait shots can be tricky, but Wes Craft carefully selected how each person was positioned. This involved paying close attention to lighting so every single person in the shot looked great. 2) Bringing out positive emotion in portrait shots - Wes does a great job at saying things that make people smile or laugh, so happiness and joy come through. In making things more fun, better pictures result.

The pictures that we have from our wedding are absolutely beautiful and when I saw them for the first time I was brought to tears. We're glad we found Wes Craft Photography and appreciated their strong work ethic and attention to detail. There are so many photos that were taken that we will treasure for years to come. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Wes and Necia as wedding photographers. This was one area where choosing a photographer was difficult because we wanted to have the best possible pictures of our special day. Once we met with Wes and Necia, we knew that they would be the perfect choice. Our engagement pictures were everything we wanted and the pictures we have seen of our wedding so far are so perfect. Wes and Necia made taking pictures fun and were so accommodating throughout the whole process. We would definitely recommend them!
I would recommend Wes and Necia as wedding photographers. This was one area where choosing a photographer was difficult Read more...
I would recommend Wes and Necia as wedding photographers. This was one area where choosing a photographer was difficult because we wanted to have the best possible pictures of our special day. Once we met with Wes and Necia, we knew that they would be the perfect choice. Our engagement pictures were everything we wanted and the pictures we have seen of our wedding so far are so perfect. Wes and Necia made taking pictures fun and were so accommodating throughout the whole process. We would definitely recommend them! Read less
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Jaclyn
Wedding:
12/20/2013
5.0/5.0
What can I say but AWESOME!!! Wes and Necia were fabulous!!!! They worked with our schedule, the engagement photos were phenomenal! Wes also has that eye for those very unique photos using light!!! Definitely, model magazine quality! I'm waiting for our wedding photos, but I have no doubt in my mind that they will be perfect!!! Wes showed me a few photos during our wedding, he asked for any requested photos, he is by the far, the greatest especially for the $$$!! I love that he offers the disk of ALLLL photos!!! Some of the poses feel very awkward but turn out better than I could have ever imagined!
What can I say but AWESOME!!! Wes and Necia were fabulous!!!! They worked with our schedule, the engagement photos were Read more...
What can I say but AWESOME!!! Wes and Necia were fabulous!!!! They worked with our schedule, the engagement photos were phenomenal! Wes also has that eye for those very unique photos using light!!! Definitely, model magazine quality! I'm waiting for our wedding photos, but I have no doubt in my mind that they will be perfect!!! Wes showed me a few photos during our wedding, he asked for any requested photos, he is by the far, the greatest especially for the $$$!! I love that he offers the disk of ALLLL photos!!! Some of the poses feel very awkward but turn out better than I could have ever imagined! Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Professional. Amazing. Soothing to the bride. Detail oriented. Did I say amazing? Wes and Necia also did the engagement session with my daughter and her fiance in downtown Chicago . . . GORGEOUS results!!

The dance floor was full all night long. Every I saw something or noticed someone and thought to myself, "Oh! We need a picture of that!" I looked and Wes and/or Necia were already "on it".

I cannot wait to see the end result of this most wonderful day. I said it when I had my own wedding nearly 25 years ago, .... the pictures are the only thing that we will be paying for that will last .... I want the best and I don't mind spending the money. I told her daddy the same thing when we started planning our daughters wedding this time, and my daughter and new son-in-law have been as impressed as I am. Spend the money . . . get the best. It's worth it. This is what lasts a lifetime and more.
Professional. Amazing. Soothing to the bride. Detail oriented. Did I say amazing? Wes and Necia also did the engagement Read more...
Professional. Amazing. Soothing to the bride. Detail oriented. Did I say amazing? Wes and Necia also did the engagement session with my daughter and her fiance in downtown Chicago . . . GORGEOUS results!!

The dance floor was full all night long. Every I saw something or noticed someone and thought to myself, "Oh! We need a picture of that!" I looked and Wes and/or Necia were already "on it".

I cannot wait to see the end result of this most wonderful day. I said it when I had my own wedding nearly 25 years ago, .... the pictures are the only thing that we will be paying for that will last .... I want the best and I don't mind spending the money. I told her daddy the same thing when we started planning our daughters wedding this time, and my daughter and new son-in-law have been as impressed as I am. Spend the money . . . get the best. It's worth it. This is what lasts a lifetime and more. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Where do we begin? From the moment we met Wes and Necia, we knew we were in good hands. Let me start by saying that Wes and Necia are very easy to work with and by far made our special day memories come to life with their beautiful photographs. Their quality of work and the attention to details is paramount and allows them to stand out among other Chicago photographers. From the engagement session to planning out the entire day, Wes really took the time to make sure he had everything down and understood exactly what we were trying to capture. I can say with 100% confidence, if you hire Wes, you won't have to worry about a thing and can know without a doubt your wedding photos will be flawless.
Where do we begin? From the moment we met Wes and Necia, we knew we were in good hands. Let me start by saying that Wes Read more...
Where do we begin? From the moment we met Wes and Necia, we knew we were in good hands. Let me start by saying that Wes and Necia are very easy to work with and by far made our special day memories come to life with their beautiful photographs. Their quality of work and the attention to details is paramount and allows them to stand out among other Chicago photographers. From the engagement session to planning out the entire day, Wes really took the time to make sure he had everything down and understood exactly what we were trying to capture. I can say with 100% confidence, if you hire Wes, you won't have to worry about a thing and can know without a doubt your wedding photos will be flawless. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband Lin and I used Wes and Necia for engagement photos (he wasn't available for our wedding date). The focus and attention he paid to every detail of the shoot was really incredible. You know from the moment the camera comes out of the bag you're working with a true professional, not a fly by night photographer. Wes asks the right questions before the shoot even begins to tee up the right location, look, and mood for the pictures. Truly a professional pairing I'd highly recommend.
Dana + Lin
My husband Lin and I used Wes and Necia for engagement photos (he wasn't available for our wedding date). The focus and Read more...
My husband Lin and I used Wes and Necia for engagement photos (he wasn't available for our wedding date). The focus and attention he paid to every detail of the shoot was really incredible. You know from the moment the camera comes out of the bag you're working with a true professional, not a fly by night photographer. Wes asks the right questions before the shoot even begins to tee up the right location, look, and mood for the pictures. Truly a professional pairing I'd highly recommend.
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