Barry Phipps Photography
Barry and his lovely wife Giselle (the second shooter) are amazing, genuine people and extremely talented at what they do. We LOVE LOVE LOVE our wedding photos!
I found Barry on weddingwire and after looking at his website and loving his special way of capturing moments in an artsy way, I contacted him expecting to have him respond with a price that was way out of my price range (which he probably deserves!) He responded quickly and was priced very reasonably and was willing to work with my budget because I booked him to both photograph the wedding and to DJ (He is the owner of Beep Media, an amazing DJ company, which we were so pleased with too!) We were blown away at Barry and Giselle's professionalism and kindness. It was so nice that the only people we didn't know at our wedding ended up feeling like friends.
In talking with Barry several times, I learned that he is a very artistic person, visually-musically-and probably just in the way he lives in general. We had to drop off some DJ equipment after the event (which was extremely kind of him to let us use!). When we arrived, we had the privilege of being invited in and seeing his studio, and even looking at the negatives of our wedding shots! He uses a machine to scan the film negatives to files for easy viewing and sharing. There is just something extra about film shots that you can't get with digital.
I am an artsy, creative person and wanted wedding photos that captured our love and the many, many sentimental parts of our DIY backyard wedding. Barry out-shined any expectations I had.
We had some very unique desires and circumstances that many photographers would not be able to accomodate. Barry and his wife Giselle were ready and willing to work with us on these, both financially and professionally. It doesn't take long working with Barry to see that he is highly passionate about his work. He is knowledgeable about different eras of photography and is able to incorporate them into his work with certain angles and lenses that a lesser photographer wouldn't be keen enough to capture. He works with candid shots without sacrificing a more traditional, posed set of photos. By doing so, he provides photos that are great to send out to the family without seeming cheesy, phony, or staged. Moreover, Barry is a nice guy, responds to e-mails quickly and professionally, and works with you to make sure you get the best combination of quality and value. His wife and assistant Giselle is a sweet lady that works hard with Barry to ensure all the aforementioned qualities. If we had to choose photographers for another major occasion, it would be foolish of us to go to anyone else.
We hired Barry for our 11.11.11 wedding, and we could not be more thrilled with the results. If you're looking for amazing, very professional, blog-ready shots, Barry is your guy!
Being designers, we were very picky with how we wanted our wedding photos to look. We envisioned our big day as a stylish event, more than a traditional wedding. Barry surpassed our expectations, and produced the most chic and glamorous shots. His black and white photos, along with the polaroids are just stunning, we're talking magazine shots here.
Barry is very laid back, wears cool glasses, as has the most fabulous wife as an assistant. Our only regret is that we don't have anything coming up soon that he can shoot! We can't wait to use him again~ highly recommended!!*:.
Wow! That was my first reaction when I saw the photographs that Barry and Giselle (his wife and second shooter, who is not only very talented but also seems like an awesome person) took of our wedding. I don't consider myself photogenic, and although it was clear from Barry's blog that he has an artistic eye and shoots beautiful photographs that resonate with me, I wasn't sure that I would feel the same about our own. My husband (yay!) and I don't long to be the center of attention and aren't good at striking a pose for the camera. But, no need to worry about that with Barry and Giselle! They made us feel totally comfortable; we took photos before the ceremony, and hanging out with them during that time was so much fun and kept us relaxed. During the ceremony and reception, you almost forget they are taking photos because they blend in so well while capturing the moments of the evening.
And the photos? They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I could not be happier with them.
I am so glad that Barry mentioned his photography services while corresponded about DJ services through Beep Media because I hadn't stumbled across his work in the 5 months of wedding-blog-reading and searching, and -- after seeing it -- his work was by far at the top of my list. On top of that, we got married at a newly opened space (the 2nd floor space of Revolution Brewing Company, where we had our [vegan] wedding), and Barry and Giselle stopped by to check out the space before the wedding day. Barry recommended we change the spot we had planned to get married (we got married in the reception space) based on the lighting, and I am so glad we did. He really cares about his work, goes above and beyond, and has great attention to detail, which means you can rest easy knowing you are in expert hands.
I can't recommend Barry and Giselle highly enough!
If you are looking for a DJ, we had a great experience with Beep Media, too.
Highly recommend Barry!!! We had him for our 7/23/11 wedding and he was amazing. We originally met him last fall and the moment we met him and saw his work we knew we were going to go with him. We loved his style and how his photos tell a story. He doesn't do any "cheesy" photos that you see a lot with todays photographers. His photos are classic and timeless. We had an engagement shot in December right after a snowfall that turned out to be great. The photos were amazing and we used them for our save the date.
For the wedding Barry and his wife worked as a team. They were both great. People didn't even notice they were there because they blended in so well with the crowd. After the wedding we received a DVD of all the photos and a link to see them online exactly when promised. We are so happy with how the photos turned out and are thrilled to be able to have such wonderful photos to remember our day. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Barry!!!!!
Prepare yourselves for a lengthy review :)
My husband and my wedding was in Galena, Il, at Oak Hill Weddings....an awesome venue for anyone who would love to have their wedding/reception in one location with a wide variety of options for entertainment and scenery (ie. horses/stables, barn house, general store, tents, extensive grounds, pond...).
To start....I think this rating should have multiple opportunities to give stars, so I'll make them up!!!
1. Communication and Planning--- 5 stars
Barry was great in the initial stages coordinating with us a day of schedule for pictures and working with our desires. We planned with him from the get go, and focused in on all of the events for the ceremony and reception.
2. Photography at the Ceremony and Reception-- 4 1/2-5 stars
Overall, on the actual day of I felt that Barry and his wife did a great job working with us, capturing amazing moments and were such personable, fun people to work with.Love them!!!!
Where I think I have dropped half a star has to do with the following:
Barry is a great, laid back guy. We were looking for a photographer and a photography style that was laid back, relaxed, not cheesy, not staged/posed...The issue that came up for us, was that when some of the more "formal, staged" wedding photo ops came up, we needed a little more leadership from Barry. Now.....this is probably where I should drop a half star for MYSELF, not Barry..... I never knew that in those "family portrait, multiple opinions being expressed moments" our desire for laid back, non0staged pictures would change a little.... Neither did Barry....so basically, none of us were prepared for that to happen. In sum, I'm sure Barry and his wife would do a great job if you requested for them to be leaders, take the reigns and tell you where to stand and how....we did not want that type of style, so Barry knew he didn't need to give it to us...nevertheless, the family pictures all tuned out great...
3. Photographs- 5 stars
Overall, The pictures turned out marvelously. Beautiful visions, beautiful feelings captured on film, great natural moments.....grrrrreat. The day was beautiful and Barry captured it all so well in Black and whites and colors....we were truly truly happy with all of our couples pictures as well. He caught us in naturally staged moments...ha....and was so supportive and chill.
One recommendation- be sure you know what Barry's style is before you work with him. Look through the albums he has on his website in great detail. Some of Barry's photos look washed out, over-exposed, or grainy.... we enjoyed that intentional style/feeling he created and made sure we were all on the same page beforehand.
We just had our wedding on November 20th so we won't have our photos back for a few weeks but I am confident that they will be amazing! Barry and his wife came to our neighborhood in October and took some engagement/lifestyle shots of us in order for us to be comfortable working with him before the wedding. The photos he took were so wonderful- we used many of them on our guest book pages at the wedding. We felt so comfortable with him very quickly. I should mention I am an artist and photographer so choosing a photographer to hire for our wedding was difficult. Once we found Barry's website and learned more about his philosophy, it was an easy decision hiring him! He uses wonderful vintage cameras and film which give his photos such a timeless, beautiful quality that is hard to get with digital. He then scans in the negatives and gives you a digital file so you can easily get prints made- the best of both worlds! He was also one of the most affordable options. The day of the wedding, Barry and his wife came early to get as many shots during daylight as possible. Once again we both felt really comfortable in front of the camera with him and we can't wait to see what the photos look like! Highly recommended!!
We worked with Barry for our engagement photos and wedding photos, and he did an amazing job on both of them. We wanted to shoot our engagement photos in a non-traditional setting in the city, capturing graffiti and real street scenes in the background. Barry was very flexible, taking some amazing pictures in locations that we already had in mind, capturing off-the-cuff moments that happened spontaneously, and creating set-ups with locations and people that resulted in some classic photos. He contributed a lot of great ideas for the photos, and he took full advantage of the setting. He and his wife Giselle were a great team, and their professional, laid-back approach made the whole process a breeze.
For the wedding, Barry did an equally wonderful job. We had a very small wedding, and the intimate photos that he captured reflect the evening perfectly. We had some unique requests for the wedding photos, and Barry was unflappable, doing a great job on a wide variety of shots. He was able to capture some amazing moments throughout the night, in both color and black and white. He took some straightforward portrait shots before the wedding at our request then he transitioned to capturing the important events throughout the rest of the night. And best of all, he was able to capture many beautiful, off-the-cuff moments that we like best of all. Some of his photography has a truly timeless feel. We will treasure these photographs for many years to come. Thanks, Barry!
We hired Barry to shoot our 10/02/2010 wedding and it was the best decision that we could make. After the first meeting with Barry we felt like we were hiring a close friend. Barry made the process very easy for us. Barry is a true professional and you can tell that he is passionate about what he does. His calming persona and attention to detail put our nerves to rest. We felt that Barry provided a high quality product that was unique in comparison to other photographers that we researched.
Wow! Barry is simply the best. He is prompt, courteous, and professional. He allowed us to enjoy our wedding. Very little (if any) mandatory photo "ops" after our ceremony. He and Ryan( assistant) went almost unnoticed as they took thier candid shots. I am a photgrapher and an artist myself. It was important to me that we found someone with talent. We waited about 2 weeks and we had an entire library of pictures that Barry edited. His photographs are beautiful. My entire family was so impressed that we had to have Barry for my sisters wedding this coming fall. I was so lucky to have found him. We now have amazing photographs for life.
Highly recommended! I found Barry doing an internet search and was so thankful I came across him! We interviewed several photographers before meeting with Barry and were left feeling rushed and unimportant. Barry immediately made us feel like we were his number one priority. The wanna-be artist in me was drawn to his work because he uses film (versus digital) images and I was impressed by the obvious personal pride he takes in his work.
Both our engagement and wedding photos turned out beautifully. I get complimented on the ones on my desk at work daily. He is a master at capturing candid moments and really getting the essence of your day on film. He is great to work with, very friendly and flexible. Barry accommodated everything we wanted and offered suggestions where we were at a loss. Our photos are more than I could have hoped for and I left feeling like we were more than just a client in his contact book.
The pictures came out great, and we were both impressed. Was well worth the money we put in, great service and quality.
Barry was great to work with.. His photos were natural looking and not posed, which is what I was looking for. He caught very candid moments that meant a lot to me and my (new) husband that really captured the day. His photos really reflected the entire day from start to finish. His package included pre-wedding photos that were taken at our house and in our neighborhood. Not to sound corny...but we have great photos to reflect the beginning of our life together. I would recommend Barry anyone and will definitely use him on any family photos we do in the years to come.
My wife and I met Barry at a friends wedding about a year ago. We looked at our friends wedding photos about 2 months after thier wedding absolutely loved the photos, we knew that this was the photographer that we wanted. Our wedding was a destination wedding in Sweden over the summer of 2009. Barry was very profressional and accomidating making the long trip over seas. Needless to say my wife and I were not dissapointed. We were absolutely stunned by how beautiful the pictures turned out and that Barry was able to remain un-seen during the ceremony and reception, yet able to take amazing pictures that captured our special day forever. I strongly recommend Barry Phipps Photography.
Barry Phipps photography is a PERFECT choice for the creative bride/groom who want more than just "standard" wedding photos. He captured everything about our wedding day in a beautiful and artistic way and we could not have been happier with the outcome. He took the time to get to know us before our wedding, at an engagement session at our house, which really put me at ease on our wedding day, and he even scoped out our church ahead of time to figure out best angles. He really went above and beyond for us.
However, what I appreciated most about Barry is that he is very quiet and unassuming which allowed him to blend right in with our other guests (and NOT be the cheesy photographer in a tux with a huge flash bulb). Most of the time I was not even aware that he was nearby photographing - which gave our photos the fantastic "action shot" edge that we wanted.
We were so lucky to find Barry Phipps photography and several of our guests ended up hiring him for their weddings after seeing our photo album. He really is an amazing photographer at a terrific value.
Wow the photographs we got from Barry Phipps Photography were just wonderful. So many different and creative scenes/poses that I thought it was a real work of art. They really remind me of my wedding, and I'm glad I got such good photography.
Barry Phipps is a fine art photographer specializing in weddings in the Chicago and Iowa City markets.
With a passion for film and for classic Leica and Hasselblad cameras, Barry is one of the few photographers in the Chicago and Iowa City areas who shoots 100% film for weddings, engagement photos and event photography. However, Barry is not anti-digital by any means. He scans all of his negatives (most of which are developed himself in his darkroom) and converts the images into digital files for final presentation to the client. The result is a completely beautiful film look combined with the convenience of digital files for sharing and viewing in the modern world.
Barry is first and foremost a fine art photographer who brings an art world sensibility to his event assignments. His work is inspired by and is a continuation of mid 20th century street and art photographers such as Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and countless others. Barry works exclusively with available light and only uses a flash when there are no other means possible. His lenses are super fast (F1 - F2), which allows for available light photography in dark indoor locations. He considers his unique approach to be an alternative to today’s typical digital photography, both in look and approach. His cameras are small, quiet, humble and discreet, and most people don’t even realize he is the “official” photographer at events, as people are used to seeing photographers with huge cameras and flashes strapped across their bodies. He uses this to his advantage, as he is able to capture candid photos mostly unnoticed.
Barry studied photography, video and painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, from which he graduated with a B.F.A. in 1990. He spent the next seven years as a member of the art rock group The Coctails, a critically acclaimed band that recorded numerous albums and toured extensively in the United States and Japan. Barry is also a DJ and is president of Beep Media, Inc., a Chicago based company of ten DJs formed in 1999. Barry runs a recording studio, North Branch Studio, as well as Tight Ship Records, a small independent record label. Barry considers himself a multi-media artist.