Heather Parker Photography
Heather Parker is an amazing photographer and she took absolutely beautiful pictures at our September wedding at the Greenhouse Loft. She was the first photographer that we set up an appointment with and her pictures blew me away. I was nervous to book the first photographer I had met with and wanted to make sure I did my due diligence - especially with something as important as photography. Your pictures (and your video) are the only things you really walk away with at the end of your wedding day! Choosing a photographer is such a big decision and I wanted to make sure I gave it appropriate time and attention. My husband and I met with a total of 7 photographers after Heather - some of the best and most reputable in the city - and after all that, we ended up booking Heather.
Heather has such a beautiful and unique photojournalistic, documentary style. While the other photographers we met with were talented too, there was just something different and more beautiful about Heather's pictures. She is fabulous at capturing the emotional and memorable candid moments of the day. We had a great mix of the detail shots, as well as pictures of our friends and family having a great time at our wedding. For how talented she is, her prices (which do not include any wedding albums) are completely reasonable.
Overall, Heather did a fabulous job with our wedding photography. I am so excited to start the wedding album process with her because I know it will be stunningly beautiful. You can find Heather all over popular wedding blogs and websites because she is one of Chicago's best wedding photographers - hands down. She is truly talented and is very prideful of her work (which is super important). Just look at her website and I can guarantee that you will be impressed.
Heather Parker was an amazing photographer and very easy to work with. We loved her photojournalist style, emphasizing natural candid moments rather than posed portraits. We were lucky to have her, and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Ross and I were married on July 21 of this year. Like most couples, getting a great photographer was important to us. After doing research and calling many (as is expected, Chicago has a fair number of wedding photographers), I ran into heather as our potential photographer.
Immediately, we clicked on the phone. I think we talked for over 30 minutes. Heather is extremely thorough and takes her job seriously. She wants to get the best pictures possible for you and she doesn't beat around the bush about it. I so appreciated all her pointers and tips. Towards the end of the planning process, I turned to her to ask questions to make sure she thought it would be okay with the pictures.
We had so much fun with her at our engagement session and loved how our pictures turned out. She was so helpful and caring at the wedding, and our wedding photos received so many compliments. Ross and I are so happy we went with Heather.
We interviewed several other photographers and once we met with Heather, we knew she was the perfect fit. Her knowledge of the University Club and the several tips that no one else had shared with us gave us the certainty that we made the right decision. I've never seen anyone move more quickly to get the perfect photo. Heather didn't hesitate to tell people where to go and what to do to keep us on schedule. We enjoyed working with Heather, but never expected both our engagement photos and wedding pictures could turn out as well as they did! We have so many amazing photos to remember such a special day.
what can i say about heather? she is really beyond words amazing. we booked her for our august 2011 wedding... and she has been an absolute dream to work with. the e-mail chain between heather and i stands somewhere around 100+ emails... but no matter how silly my questions are, she always responds in a helpful, kind, intelligent way... we did our engagement shoot last year... i was so nervous, but heather really helped calm me down... and once we got in front of the camera, with her direction and expertise, it was so much fun! she has a way of making you feel completely comfortable... which makes the photos turn out GREAT! our wedding was in august... and we are in love with the photos. heather gave awesome suggestions on where to go around the city for the best & most unique shots... and the candids from the wedding are fantastic. we didn't use a videographer, so we knew that an amazing photographer would make or break the wedding memories... heather certainly did not let us down! we loved every minute while working with her... if you want beautiful, photo-journalistic style photography for your wedding... heather is your girl.
If I did one thing right on my wedding day, besides marry my husband, it was booking Heather as my wedding photographer. I looked high and low for the beautiful photo's that are creative and truly capture the feelings of the wedding and our personalities and that is exactly what Heather's talent is able to do. When a little teaser went up I had family and lots of friends who weren't even at the wedding telling me how incredible my wedding photos are. Heather is also extremely easy to work with. She was very personable with us and then she was the best kind of photographer you didn't even know she was there, so looking at my photos I am in shock at how amazing they are because she was so subtle taking her photos that I couldn't believe the fantastic shots she got. This is the best type of photographer because they aren't in anyone's way. She is very professional and I can't wait to have her capture more events in our future!
Heather was a fantastic photographer from beginning to end. Before the wedding, she helps couples sort out the schedule for their big day, and gives great directions on when to take certain shots. Her experience in doing many weddings in invaluable in knowing what works and what doesn't.
We have received many compliments on the photos we received. When they arrived a couple weeks after the wedding, we sat and watched them as a slideshow for 2 hours - it was like watching a stunning video of our entire day. The images are crisp and beautifully saturated with color and life. Heather is amazing at capturing the mood, energy and feeling of your wedding day.
My dad commented on the fact that throughout the wedding, you never knew that Heather was there, but she got such great shots she was clearly everywhere she needed to be.
Overall, we highly recommend Heather if stunning photos are a priority for your wedding.
Overall I was very happy with Heather. We got some wonderful shots and she was very accomodating in terms of what we wanted to do, where we wanted to shoot, etc. The pictures are amazing and she did a wonderful job blending in at the reception, I didn't even realize she was there! My only comment for future brides is that you have to have an idea of the shots you want, she didn't really recommend too many - I would have liked her to be more assertive in terms of asking people to look at the camera, move around so the shots could be completely perfect. But all in all, definitely recommend her!
It was such a pleasure to work with Heather! We were referred to her by our florist. After meeting her for just a few minutes and seeing her unique photojournalistic style, we hired her on the spot and cancelled our future appointments. She has a great sense of humor and was relaxed but thorough throughout the planning process and on the day. She really caught the feel of the day, from the 'getting ready' pics, the emotion of the ceremony, and the candid moments, to the overall look/feel of the reception. When it started snowing, we were doubtful of how many good pics we would get around the city, but Heather's creativity led to some amazing photos that we constantly receive complements on. And to top it all off, she put together the most incredible wedding album that I could ever imagine! Thank you Heather for being part of that amazing day!
Heather Parker was the perfect photographer for our wedding! We wanted a photojournalistic style and Heather achieved it wonderfully! We knew immediately upon meeting her that she was the right fit for us... her work spoke for itself. Her excitement about her work shows her true passion.
We didn't really want to do the engagement shoot, as neither my husband nor I find ourselves very photogenic, but it was included in our package so there we were... and we got great photos that we never would have had otherwise. It was a great opportunity to see Heather's work of us before the actual wedding day and be sure we were all on the same page as far as style when it came to the wedding.
Heather was great about getting shots that captured the beauty of the moment. There were a few little details (I am pretty sure I am seriously the only one who has ever noticed them) that I would have preferred be fixed, but I understand there is not always a chance to say "hey turn your bracelet so we don't see the clasp." That being said, she also got some of the best photos ever in existence of my Dad.
She really didn't suggest locations or shots, but I really appreciated this. I wanted our pictures to reflect us, not just the typical wedding. Not having a list of suggested locations we had to think outside of the box and find locations special to us, that reflected our life together... and most of those images are my favorite ones!!!
Heather really went out of her way to foresee any hiccups in the day and our scheduling to be sure it was going to run as smoothly as possible.
Heather is a true professional and knows her stuff. She makes sure that you get the best pictures for the time you have with her. Her focus is away from posey and more towards photojournalism, which we loved. I couldn't have asked for anything more in a photographer and cannot wait to see the rest of our wedding pictures!
Heather shot our January wedding in Cohasset, MA. As a native bay-stater living in Chicago, Heather was a natural choice as she's also from Massachusetts and shoots weddings in both cities. She shot our engagement pictures in Chicago and we have over 1300 beautiful images of our wedding day. She and her second shooter documented our entire day in stunning style. We will cherish the memories she captured for a lifetime. Her package is was reasonable (notably less than phtographers of comparable skill and experience), and included everything we needed and wanted. It gave us full rights to our images (all of them, as soon as were ready), and didn't force us to purchase a pricey album. Heather and her second shooter were pleasant, creative, and knowlegeble professionals, and as the child of a professional photographer, even the most particular in my family were wowed by her work. The final product (in addition to being of exceptional quality) was delivered right on time, as promised! A+++
In planning our destination wedding, photography was something I was not willing to compromise on. It was very important to my husband and I. We hired Heather Parker as our destination wedding photographer after reading rave reviews and meeting with her. What did we get? A great array of photos for us to remember our wedding by. They were digital and in color and black & white. We got about 1,000 pictures about six weeks after our wedding. We didn't have to pay any fees to have the discs, and were not obligated to do any minimum orders either.
Heather was awesome! My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera but on the day of the wedding, I didn't even notice she was there! Love my photos!
Heather was wonderful to work with from start to finish. She was extremely friendly and professional. She made my husband and I feel very comfortable during shooting which really showed in the photos. Our wedding photos came out beautifully- I have gotten countless compliments on them. I am so happy I chose her.
For us, photography was one of the most important parts of our wedding. Photography is what lasts forever. (Besides the marriage of course, but you’ll have to find your own person there!) It preserves and shapes your memories of the day. Heather is an absolutely wonderful photographer; you only have to look at her work to see that. I feel like I gave my guests a present by letting them have inexpensive access to fantastic professional pictures of themselves. She makes people look great! She also had Ron as her 2nd photographer, he made sure to get the “extra” different perspective shots and he did a great job being unobtrusive, yet being there for the small and big moments. Heather and Ron would both run over to wherever was needed to get the shot. I like how someone called them ninja’s, very appropriate.
Heather is expensive. In fact, she is the second most expensive part of our wedding following the renting of the site/food. This was tough for us, because every other decision we made was firmly based in price including using an off-day and time and keeping a small guest list (which is very difficult). However, as I said photography is high on our list and I don’t regret hiring her at all. We knew right away she was the one. We also own the rights to our pictures so we (and our friends/family) can print any picture we want anywhere. (She also uploads them to a quality site for people to order from.) She includes an engagement shoot so you can get to know her and get used to the camera. We did it even though we were short on time and I’m glad: more great pictures and a trial run.
The wedding pictures turned out wonderfully and we have lots of them. All the important moments, plus the small fun moments which are the best for me. Two small problems are that one of my straps was down for all of my photographs of me by myself, which really bugs me, plus when we did a shot I really wanted of the bridal party popping out from behind trees, there is not one shot where everyone can be seen. There were only 2 guys and 2 girls, so it should have been fairly easy to say, “I can’t see 1 of the girls, come out farther.” But, Heather is not assertive in fixing what is in front of the camera like that, she takes the best shot she sees. That being said those are pretty small disappointments considering the fantastic shots we got of everything else. It might be a good idea to have a friend (not in many pictures) be a spotter looking for details like that and bringing them up on the spot.
Heather has also been great about further questions we’ve had about photography and has been quick to respond whenever we’ve had questions or asked her advice. She is great to work with and I’m glad we chose her. I’ve had several people ask me about her wanting to use her for their own or a child’s wedding in the future and I whole-heartedly recommend her.
Heather photographed our September 2009 wedding at Gallery 1028 in Chicago, and she did an amazing job. We wanted artistic photos that would retell the story of our wedding day, and that's exactly what we got. Heather was professional, creative, and super easy to work with. Our photos are nothing short of stunning, and we are so glad we hired her!
I have said this before, but I don't think Heather sleeps. She is so responsive, professional, and as flexible as possible in spite of her busy schedule. The value for the cost was beyond what I even anticipated. Heather made my husband and I feel special on our wedding day and went above and beyond to get some fabulous shots in church that has very stringent rules for photography! I would recommend Heather to any bride.
Heather's photos speak for themselves. You can honestly look at her blog/gallery and know the quality level you can expect of your album. Also, her wedding packages are fabulous and would work well for any bride. She is incredibly talented.
Because my wife was busy dealing with her wedding dress, shoes, flowers, and the rest of the girly stuff, I was assigned to find a photographer for our wedding. Though I know nothing about photography, I still like to think I have good taste in art and general aesthetic. After meeting with several photographers, we selected Heather Parker. She had experience with Jewish weddings which was very important to both of us, but I guess most important was that the kind of pictures she takes are refreshing. It didn't take long for us to get our proofs at all and with the great results, my inlaws have one more reason to trust my decision-making abilities!
I loved working with Heather on my wedding day. She was fun and quirky but professional and down to business at the same time. All the photos turns out beautifully. She surprised us in so many ways, like when she borrowed our rings and put them around a few stems of roses to snap a shot. Sometimes during the day I'd think to myself "this would be a great photo" and there she would almost magically appear. After we got back from our honeymoon, we had a sampling of great pictures in our email. I'm happy we went with her and I would very much recommend her.
The wedding coordinator at the Omni Hotel personally recommended that I look into Heather Parker for photography. We did, and ended up falling in love with her work. She covered our wedding this last October. Both Heather and another photographer were there to shoot all phases of our day. She did some of the most amazingly wonderful photography work that I've ever seen! Heather was able to perfectly capture the chronology, the emotion and all the fine details of our wedding day. They were also flexible and creative enough to still be able to find those amazing shots, even though it rained on the day. We, and our guests, were extremely impressed by her professionalism and sensitivity as she executed their work. What I thought was great was the style she shot in as she seemingly blended in very well during the day. Looking through all the photos that were taken, we are extremely impressed with the quality of each and every shot and the various perspectives of the wedding that were captured. Until now, our friends and relatives are still reminiscing about the wedding (through the photographs) and commenting on what a spectacular day it was - this, in itself, is the ultimate compliment to Heather and her assistant. We are extremely glad that we chose Heather Parker Photography to be such an important part of such a precious memory. It definitely helped with making our wedding day perfect and a dream come true...
We got married in 2008 and can honestly say Heather Parker was by far our favorite vendor. She is awesome! On the day of the wedding, Heather showed up early with her assistant and wowed all the guests with her high energy, her direct yet unobtrusive approach, and her fun personality. She was a blast to work with and made two highly self-conscious and nervous people look and feel relaxed and beautiful. Unlike a lot of wedding photographers out there, Heather truly is an artist. Her images can speak to the unspoken, that essence of human emotion. The proofs came back super quickly, and she did a sweet slideshow for us in her studio. Even my husband got all weepy as we watched the slideshow! The final photos turned out SO GORGEOUS. We're so happy with our experience, we plan to hire her next year to take anniversary portraits.
To Note: Her rates are more than fair for the caliber of work she provides and are competitive compared to other noted high-end photographers. You get a lot for what you pay, and Heather rocks that camera. Splurge-worthy, for sure.
My husband and I booked Heather for our Autumn wedding in 2008 and couldn't have been more impressed! Heather is just one of those rare finds that makes you so happy that your paths crossed! She is the ultimate professional with a unique, creative eye for capturing those priceless moments! I can't imagine when that is more important than on your wedding day! She was so much fun to work with and many times I didn't even realize she was capturing things that later I was so happy she did! I never imagined I would have soooooooo many outstanding compliments on my wedding photos, but they just never stop coming. I have always been one of those people who doesn't look all that great in pictures, but you would never know that by looking at the photos Heather took of us on the most important day of our lives! I submitted a handful of my wedding photos to an online contest through theknot.com and my photos became a special selection by the editor's and will be featured in the Fall issue of The Knot Magazine! This is all a testament to how great Heather's work is! I give her my highest recommendation!!!
If you are looking for the perfect photographer for your wedding....look no further!!! Heather Parker is OUTSTANDING!!!! She is everything you should look for in a photographer: Professional, flexible, fun, prompt, creative, spontaneous, and above all takes incredible timeless photos! My husband and I couldn't be more elated with our wedding photos!!! Heather's eye for the perfect shot is unmatched! She sent us a few preview shots the morning after our wedding! It was so exciting to have a few photos to see and send out so quickly!! This is just one example of Heather's work ethic and desire to go above and beyond! We had the rest of our photos within a week. You can't go wrong choosing Heather to capture your perfect wedding pictures!!
We had two days of coverage that we hired Heather parker for. She arrived early, and was on top of things and didn't miss a moment, getting details even I didnt see. Thanks to the superb professionalism, the creative approach, and the natural vibe of Heather I have the pleasure of reliving my wedding over and over again. Every moment was captured, and then some. In addition to the candid style she is so renowned for, her ability to capture the many posed shots we wanted was beyond expectation. This was very important for our family. We were so very fortunate to have been referred to her. The personal care, attention and quality of her work was just what we were after. The photos are truly living documents to our henna and wedding. There is such feeling and expression in the work that it just puts you right back there, reliving every moment. The photography was delivered as contracted. There is no hesitation in recommending Heather Parker for every event that you want remembered.
After sifting through many photographers and photography "companies," from everything from the budget student photographer to the higher-end luxury photo studio, we found Heather Parker Photography was exactly what we were looking for. Every photographer should document your wedding and be able to shoot photojournalistic and candid but we wanted something more. We wanted really bold, vibrant images that spoke to us and accurately told the story of our day. Her prices were fair. On the actual day, Ms. Parker arrived early with an assistant. The assistant actually took photos too and wasn't just carrying around flashes. In the end we got so many photos I believe because of this. She gave us the disc of photos in color but also was able to make them black & white for us so we got a set of both. She was very accommodating. She worked within our comfort zone and got us some really creative, vibrant shots. They look like something out of a magazine. Out of all our vendors I'd say Heather Parker Photography and our florist were our top ones that got the most compliments.
After interviewing about four or five photographers, our final choice was Heather Parker for our wedding photographer. In addition to our reception it was important for us to have our garba cermeony and mehndi documented. She and her assistant stayed overnight to make sure our late night party and early ceremony was captured flawlessly. My husband and I were excited to have such wonderful pictures to share with our family. We got our digital proofs quickly.
Heather is great to work with! Im always excited to see her knowing how good she is and how creative her pics will be. Definitely quatility!
First off, check out Heather's portfolio-it speaks for itself, and is outstanding.
Secondly, as a vendor that does private functions on a regular basis, Heather is the sort of person I love running into at events, as she's exceptionally professional, friendly, and courteous.
If you're in the market for a photographer, without hesitation, I would highly recommend Heather.
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