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Testimonials

Nathan D. - Dec 21, 2010
We just wanted to say many, many thanks for the fantastic photography service you provided. Your dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism were outstanding from the first day we met you. At a time when every decision was fraught with stress and anxiety, it was such a relief to know that the photography was running smoothly, because of you. Our wedding album is stunning, and we can't stop looking at it! We have recommended you to several friends and know that they will be as pleased as we are. Thanks for capturing our memories!
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Ellyzabeth A. – January 13, 2011
Christopher was so great to have him take photos of our wedding. He blended right into our theme of "no stress, full of fun and joy" day, he captured photos that I still have know idea how he got. He captured for me my feeling of being the luckiest woman in the world marrying the most interesting man in the world. Many people have said that our photos look like they should be in a magazine. If in the future, we ever need another photographer, I would totally go with Christopher and you should too! Book him now!
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Kelly K. – February 10, 2011
Chris was so much fun to work with ... he was open to doing whatever we wanted, he had great ideas and got great pictures of our day. Very affordable and professional. Thanks Chris for being a part of our wedding and making it special!
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Mayra E. - March 2, 2011
We received the pictures and were so happy to see that they turned out great. My family also loved them. There were so many beautiful pictures that I can't even decide which ones I want for our wedding album. Thank you so much again for Everything!
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Chris K. - April 5, 2011
OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! The photos are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I took a pad out to write down my favorites, and I was writing every number down, so I just had to stop.....
Honestly, these are absolutely the greatest photos. Every dog was captured perfectly. I was screaming as I looked at each one. They are AMAZING. Your photos are special--and they reflect the connection you have with dogs. I knew these photos were going to be great because I saw how you connected. I can feel the sun coming through the photos and I know these photos will touch someone who will come adopt my foster boys! And how awesome are the ones of my babies--Kumiko on her green lounger---perfect. Brady is hard to photograph because he is shy. You captured him-the real him. AND you have taken the greatest photo of Louie that I have ever seen. THANK YOU so much!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you.
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Nadja S. - May 24, 2011
Chris, thanks for taking pictures of our wedding. You were awesome! Your pictures were truly amazing! I will pass on your number to anyone looking for a photographer!
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Peggy G. - September 10, 2011
Christopher took professional pictures for me. I had a small window of availability in my schedule and I have so say I was somewhat nervous prior to meeting with him.
He was on time for our outdoor session, and was able to capture the exact essence I was looking for. He put me at ease immediately. He made the session such an enjoyable experience. My prints were provided in just a couple of days, and wow... I couldn't believe how good they were!

I have to admit I am a very particular person, and rarely if ever write reviews. I have a high powered position, and expect people I work with to be at the top of their game as well. Christopher was just fantastic, and I highly recommend him. My experience was 100% positive.
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Joel C. - October 10, 2011
Christopher photographed my wedding at the end of July. From our initial consult, to our communication leading up to the event, to our experience on the day and the price we paid, I couldn't be happier with our choice of photographer.

Chris did a great job of getting to know my wife and I before our ceremony date. He met with us to discuss what we wanted and to get a feel for our personality as a couple. We were a bit apprehensive before meeting him because neither my wife or I are very comfortable in front of a camera, but he really put us at ease, making us feel confident that we wouldn't feel overly pressured or "directed" working with him.

Chris was very accommodating to work with, agreeing to a few different last-minute schedule changes when we decided we needed more time for pre-ceremony pictures. With only 90 minutes before our ceremony, he worked very fast to take a bunch of creative photos in different locations we'd chosen around town, getting us to the "church" with plenty of time to spare. He was also great at finding unique angles from which to photograph the ceremony (stealthily creeping around so we never even noticed him), dealing with our disorganized families to get group shots of everyone before the reception started, and capturing all the guests and big moments during the reception itself.

The biggest thing I can say is that Chris listened to what my wife and I wanted and delivered! This is a strong contrast to our engagement session with a different (more expensive) photographer, which was overly staged and harried and resulted in "nice" pictures that nevertheless don't feel like "us." We are a laid back couple and had a very low-key wedding (no wedding party, few traditional elements), and Chris did an excellent job adapting to our personalities.

In reference to the very negative review posted earlier, I can only say that we experienced no communication issues with Chris or his wife. Our photos were delivered to us more or less in the timeframe promised, and I appreciate that he gives you an entire disc of pictures rather than just a selected few.
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Carrie B. - December 20, 2011
Christopher Paul Photography took my engagement pictures. He was affordable and extremely accommodating. Christopher and his wife were willing to drive over an hour and a half away to take our engagement pictures at our dream location! My husband and I were amazed at the quality photographs that we received in such a timely fashion. Christopher and his wife did an excellent job at making us feel comfortable in front of the camera and capturing such wonderfully unique shots. I will recommend Christopher Paul Photography to all of my friends and family. I know I will definitely use him in the future!!
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Katie J. - January 2, 2012
I got married at Cafe La Cave and without a doubt Chris took full advantage of the space to create a BEAUTIFUL wedding album for me and my husband. We got more than just the "typical wedding photos" - which is EXACTLY what we wanted .

Christopher's passion for his work, innovative approach to capturing the "perfect shot", and his budget-friendly prices all make him a gem of a photographer in the Chicagoland area.

Assesment:
-Christopher was professional, very personable, and was upfront with pricing and commitments
- We could tell from his portfolio that he had an artistic eye that brought something unique to the photos he captured (something we knew we wouldn't get with with the more commercial places like Fred Fox, etc.)
-He gave us full ownership of all of our photos - something NOT all photographers do

Conclusion:
We wanted to be at the intersection of quality and cost, which is why we decided to go with Chris. I couldn't be happier and have referred several friends to him since our big day.

As An Aside:
We realized that these are pictures that we'll have for a LIFETIME, so we wanted quality work done. When we checked with friends and their experience with photographers, we found that 6-8 weeks was common in getting photos back from their photographers (so not sure why Jennifer R is all up in arms?).
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Donna M – January 9, 2011
After working with Christopher Paul for my wedding, I can honestly say I think he's the best value in Chicago photography right now.

We wanted a nice picture or two to put on the mantle but the truth is, photos were far from our number one priority when we got married, so spending a ton on a photographer was not in the cards. We settled on Chris after looking at a few budget photographers in the Chicago area and finding his work a cut above the competition. (As a sidenote -- I found the samples Chris showed us in person and the pictures we ultimately received to be even better/more my style than the ones on his site when I first looked last year.)

This ended up being our single best vendor choice! Chris was extremely flexible and easy to work with. He was friendly and low-key when we first met him and pretty much disappeared into the crowd during the event itself.

And uh, he also worked his butt off for us. We had a lot of...ideas for our pre-ceremony photos. Ideas that involved standing out in uncomfortable weather and tromping through terrain that would later fill me with regret as I examined the train of my dress. Chris was more than game for it all and turned our vague "wouldn't it be cool if we..." ideas into some serious "looks like a wedding magazine" shots. We got married in a fairly urban area, but lots of our pictures look romantically rural (per request), thanks to his careful shooting. He really seemed to get the style we were looking for and brought his own ideas to our less creative moments--not cookie cutter poses but fun, inspired shots.

In the end, we ended up getting much more than a shot or two for the mantle. I'd say out of the hundreds of pictures we received on CD, I absolutely *loved* at least 60%, with the others being very good too (some of my favorites are pictures of our guests from moments we hadn't even been aware of at the time). Overall, everyone we've told has been surprised by how little we paid after seeing the pictures.

In terms of getting the photos themselves, I think it took about seven weeks. I believe we were quoted four or six--not a big deal for us personally (delayed honeymoon!). As another reviewer noted, this is probably the one area where the new business is still working out kinks, but not a huge one and once we got the photos (hundreds, retouched, with full rights) we were more than happy to recommend him to anyone who asked.