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Top Chicago Wedding & Event Photographers

A terrific photo from an important event captures significantly more than 1,000 words. A great wedding photo, in particular,  captures love, happiness, style, beauty—it should tell a complete story, which is exactly why hiring the right photographer is so important for any special occasion. Luckily, Chicago is home to many outstanding event and wedding photographers—people who truly enjoy the events they capture. Take a look at our Top 12.


Art and emotion is what Andre LaCour Photography provides for its clients. You can expect wedding photographs that are sophisticated, artistic and have a fashion-inspired editorial feel, along with images that capture the laughter, tears of joy and warm embraces of family and friends. Together, LaCour’s photos beautifully tell the story of a couple’s special day and the beginning of their life together. View more of their wedding photography below.

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Founded and guided by award-winning photographer Amanda Sudimack, Aritsan Events specializes in weddings, and is known for its creative, natural and timeless photography. Amanda is also known for her Album & Bookbinding options for brides, which include countless custom options, all of which are one-of-a-kind and will show off your big day beautifully.

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Known for being a couple with the utmost integrity, Bob and Dawn Davis have a laid-back yet fun style with the images they capture for weddings, events, fundraisers, galas and other celebratory occasions. Also known for the work they have produced for many celebs, Bob and Dawn are world travelers and love to explore everything gorgeous the world has to offer.

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Carasco Photography is known for its editorial style and approach, meaning they take great care in considering the lighting and decor elements of any event to ensure that the photographs showcase the appropriate ambiance and atmosphere. As one of Chicago’s top event photographers, their clients rave about the richness and vibrance of colors in the photos. Whether they are photographing a celebrity event or a luxury wedding, Carasco brings the same level of personalized service and commitment to representing its clients’ individual aesthetic.

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The Gerber & Scarpelli team of photographers has been working with wedding clients for more than 10 years in Chicago and around the country. Their approach is focused on the spontaneous moments, meaningful events and beautiful details that make any wedding unique. While they love the artistic and candid shots, they also recognize the importance of traditional, posed shots and include them as part of any package.

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Chicago-based luxury photography studio Jai Girard Photography focuses on weddings and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations. Jai’s artistic eye allows her to catch once-in-a lifetime moments of happiness and create a unique and artistic story with her photographs. Jai is best known for dramatic composition and post-edit perfection. Her energy is contagious, which is why working with Jai is so special.

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With more than seven years of wedding photography experience (and 20+ years shooting decor), Kent Drake has a distinguished reputation for producing clean, beautiful and contemporary images for Chicago couples. Providing a bespoke photography experience is his priority for every wedding, with personal and luxury service being a cornerstone to his process. He has the utmost respect for the architectural beauty and significance of Chicago, and loves to incorporate the finest the city has to offer in his portrait photography.

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Known as one of Chicago’s top wedding photographers, KingenSmith photography believes in the importance of recognizing magical moments, savoring them and capturing them forever—with style. Images taken with heart and soul are how KingenSmith interprets real-life romances and celebrations. In fact, KingenSmith’s strong convictions for storytelling, extraordinary experiences and quality craftsmanship are essential to what KingenSmith creates for its couples.

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Nakai Photography captures the authentic emotions of a wedding with an eye for combining beauty and fashion with creativity and architecture. Kenny Nakai’s stunning imagery is clean and modern, offering a timeless look that will be appreciated for years into the future. Images from Nakai Photography have been recognized at International Print Competitions and featured in numerous magazines.

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A favorite of Chicago brides and grooms, Rick Aguilar’s expressive pictures combine the elegance and creativity of fashion and fine art photography. His unique ability to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments on the wedding day results in a timeless record in his signature, graceful style. In addition, Rick’s candid, romantic black and whites illuminate all the beauty and emotion surrounding the wedding.

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Sheri Whitko specializes in a photojournalistic, candid style of images, and has photographed countless social events, charity events and galas, corporate events, and weddings over the past 20 years. In addition to events large and small, her subjects includes artists (such as Maroon 5, Counting Crows and Lady Gaga), politicians (Bill & Hillary Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg and Mayor Emanuel ) and celebrities (such as J-Lo, Matt Damon and Sally Field). Inspired  by “the decisive moment” concept of Henri Cartier-Bresson and energized by the rapid flow of events, Sheri is driven to capture every moment at its best.

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An artsy, cool Chicago wedding photography business led by Nancy Beale and Jeremy Bustos, Studio This Is makes your wedding images authentic and fun. Studio This Is knows your wedding is about you, your favorite person, the ones you love the most and a few others that just barely made the guest list. They consider your wedding a really interesting story and know there’s never been one exactly like it. And it all starts with you. Your originality, taste and style inspire every image Studio This Is strives to capture. Couples deserve photos that look new and different, but that also will last for generations to come.

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