Do you need a professional photographer for a birthday party, or your wedding? We’ve featured 10 top photographers in Illinois below.
1. Lily & Lime, LLC
Lily & Lime, LLC is a photography agency specializing in wedding and engagement photos. They’re a relatively new entry to the Illinois photography scene, though the simple fact is that they’ve garnered nothing but love from local clients. Lily & Lime is open by appointment only – though that requirement does have its perks.
Lily & Lime has four photographers, each of whom is a master of the craft. Don, Veraya, Jeremy, and Shelley are each incredibly talented at finding the small moments that shine the brightest. Whether you need photos or video, there’s a professional waiting to help capture your moment of sheer love forever.
Swing by Lily & Lime’s Facebook page to learn more.
2. Rachael Kazmier Photography
Rachael Kazmier Photography is, unsurprisingly, operated by Rachael Kazmier. She’s a Chicago native with a talent for capturing incredibly modern, bright, and airy photos of weddings and engagements and has earned a name working with several publications, as well as private clients. Rachael Kazmier Photography is open by appointment only to clients just about anywhere in the world.
Kazmier’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Style Me Pretty, Brides, and more, though one thing stands out. Her style is elegant and refined, helping to unearth the sheer joy on her clients’ faces. Stark whites with gentle floral highlights and stunning backdrops are accompanied by perfect composition – in other words, Rachael Kazmier is incredibly talented.
Head to Rachael Kazmier Photography’s Facebook page to learn more.
3. Chris Withers Photography
Also known as The Bearded Photographer, Chris Withers Photography is a Springfield-based Illinois photographer. He specializes in a broad range of photography services, from wedding and engagement photos to modeling headshots (and coaching), family photos, and even photography coaching! Chris Withers Photography is available by appointment only, so reach out!
The style of Withers’ photos is, put simply, incredibly diverse and capable of capturing a broad range of emotions. Withers brings out exactly what his clients require, from headshots and highlights of incredible feats to weddings and simple family photos. His composition ranges between dark and brooding classical pieces to perfectly-to-the-point and everywhere in between – in short, he’s perfect.
Go to Chris Withers Photography’s Facebook page to see more of his work.
4. Mandelette Photography
Mandelette Photography is a Chicago wedding photography and fine art film agency. They’ve won multiple awards (including Best Chicago Photography and Videography Team) and boast a large team with a diverse background of experience. Ultimately, Mandelette Photography is a wonderfully talented team of individuals with an eye for what is undeniably art. Mandelette Photography is open by appointment only.
While Mandelette primarily focuses on wedding photography and videography, they also make fine art films. They make great use of natural lighting and indoor flash alike, bringing out the perfect tone in every shot. Though perhaps most importantly, the style of work you get will vary by the photographer; some are black and white, classically composed pieces, while others are quirky, fun, and colorful.
Swing by Mandelette Photography’s contact page to see more.
5. DeAnda Photography
DeAnda Photography is an ode to Carol DeAnda’s love for photo composition. She’s a wildly talented photographer with a broad range that allows her to highlight the local Lake in the Hills community. Perhaps most importantly, DeAnda is a safe space for people of all walks of life, ensuring everyone can capture those crucial moments in the safest and most gorgeous manner possible. DeAnda Photography is open by appointment only, so reach out at the link below!
DeAnda’s portfolio is incredibly diverse, ranging from headshots and couples portraits to children’s shoots, events, real estate, and, yes – weddings. What sets DeAnda apart from other local photographers is the guidance she provides clients. It allows her to highlight precisely what matters for each type of photography and does so gently – which certainly explains why each headshot simply oozes excitement from the subject.
Go to DeAnda Photography’s contact page to reach out and see more of her work.
6. Ed & Aileen Photography
Ed & Aileen Photography is a wedding photography team that does things differently. Centered in Chicago, they’ve built a name for creating incredibly unique photos of life’s most precious moments. Their photos are sheer fun and show the personality of their subjects in a way unlike any other. Ed & Aileen Photography is open by appointment only.
While Ed & Aileen certainly covers all of the usual genres of photography (headshots, weddings, events, etc.), there’s one thing they do differently. They do couples shoots! More specifically, they do, erm… risque shoots (which you’ll need to find on your own) for couples and individuals alike. The simple truth is that no matter the content of your photos, they bring out one thing better than any other – “honest moments.”
Head to Ed & Aileen Photography’s contact page to get in touch.
7. Anna Ginda Photography
Anna Ginda Photography is a lone photographer specializing in wedding, engagement, and family photography. However, the way she sees her work sets her apart from the pack. It’s not just a contract with another client; it’s about highlighting the brief yet momentous moments in her subjects’ lives. Anna Ginda Photography is open by appointment only.
Anna Ginda is a Chicago-based photographer that’s found an inexplicable means to capture tender, wholesome, and genuinely loving moments. Whether it’s sheer talent or a deal with the devil, we can’t say; we can say that she absolutely deserves a visit for those who want to remember their favorite days in perfectly-framed clarity.
Swing by Anna Ginda Photography’s Facebook page to see more and reach out.
8. Eight Hands Weddings
Eight Hands Weddings is a Chicago-based, award-winning photography and videography team. They specialize in artistic wedding photos that evoke memories of seeing your grandparents’ wedding photos. Eight Hands’ photos are undeniably artistic in nature and are created with an unrivaled passion for the work – which explains why they’ve been featured in The Knot and are open by appointment only.
The demand for Eight Hands Weddings’ services is unsurprising; they capture incredibly unique moments and turn them into something special. What sets them apart, though, is the composition of their work. It is striking in framing and use of color and light while using gorgeous secret Chicago shooting areas that are truly stunning.
Go to Eight Hands Weddings’ contact page to reach out.
9. Christina G. Photography
Christina G. Photography is catered toward a different clientele than most. Christina and Constantin are a Chicago-based photography duo specializing in “fine art” photography. Those who’ve seen their work won’t be surprised to hear that Christina G. Photography won multiple awards for the best local (Chicago) photographers. They’re, once again, open by appointment only.
From weddings and engagements to family portraits, lavish events and architectural photography, and more, Christina G. Photography’s pictures are truly striking. Each feels as though it was taken in another age while capturing the essence of that one vital moment. Clients of all walks of life are welcome, and the diverse range of incredibly composed shots simply echoes the talent of Christina and Constantin.
Swing by Christina G. Photography’s Facebook page to get in touch.
10. Bridgette Burgman Photography
Are you a spur-of-the-moment, free-willed soul with a need to travel, run free, and explore the world with your person? Then Bridgette Burgman Photography is for you; it’s a Chicago-based photography setup by (you guessed it) Bridgette Burgman that specializes in destination weddings and elopement photos. This incredibly atypical, quirky, and talented photographer is available by appointment only, so reach out!
Burgman’s photography is truly incredible. It captures the unique qualities of each subject while oozing a sense of wanderlust, personal authenticity, and plain love that’s impossible to recreate. She helps couples near and far to capture their own moments, regardless of where they may be, and has earned incredible love from her clients.
Go to Bridgette Burgman Photography’s contact page to reach out.