I don’t even know where to start this glowing review of Cristina G Photography. My husband and I hired Cristina over a year ago to do our engagement photos and then our wedding this past March. From our first meeting with Cristina we knew she was the one. She made us feel comfortable and confident that she would guide us through some posed photos but also capture those special candid moments of our big day and most importantly, she acted as excited to be a part of our wedding as we were. She made us feel like our wedding day was incredibly important to her, not just because we are her clients but because she understood that these photos would serve as memories documenting one of the best days of our lives for years and years to come. Her excitement and professionalism made her very easy to trust with one of the most important aspects of our big day. We are two people not very comfortable in front of the camera but she helped us be as prepared as possible with her guidance around everything from outfits to hair and makeup to locations for our engagement photos and our big day. Our engagement photos were RIDICULOUS! I can’t tell you how many people described them as they best they’ve ever seen. She captured our love beautifully but also guided us to iconic locations and beautiful backdrops in the city where we fell in love and started our lives together (Chicago). The photos from our wedding day are even more stunning and every single scenario we wanted was captured from high impact scenic shots in downtown Chicago to candid shots of our families on the dancefloor. Her signature champagne shot at the end of the night is MANDATORY for all couples (not by her, I’m just saying you’re crazy if you don’t do it)! It is the MOST joyful and happy photo from our wedding day, I can’t look at it without breaking into a smile and maybe even a few happy tears. Thank you Cristina for everything you and your team did to give us the photos that will help us remember our special day for the rest of our lives.
We are so happy we decided to have Cristina as our wedding photographer!! She is so fabulous to work with and her photos are simply stunning!! I could not have more perfect memories from our wedding day! Cristina came as a recommendation from a friend, I looked through some of her work and I loved everything I saw. I scheduled to meet with several photographers, but I knew right away that Cristina was the way to go. She is so sweet to work with and has such an amazing talent. We did an engagement session with Cristina and my now husband was not looking forward to this to say the least. He is not a fan of being the center of attention and certainly not along the Chicago RIver at 5pm on a Friday! Cristina did an amazing job making him feel comfortable and having fun taking our pictures that just turned out amazing. And my husband even learned a few things from the session that helped make our wedding day pictures so much more amazing! Cristina was also really amazing with any questions I had leading up to the big day with suggestions on winter wraps to wear on our 3/1/14 wedding as well as photo shoot locations for pre ceremony pictures around the city. She also helped with suggestions for a day of wedding coordinator that helped bring it all together! On the big day, it was so great having Cristina with me the whole day, I think I spent more time with her than my husband!! Again, Cristina and Konstantin did an amazing job making my husband feel completely comfortable and enjoy the picture process. She was always easy to find when I wanted a picture taken but I never felt like she was in the way. Her ideas for some creative shots turned out truly AMAZING!! We are in love with our photos. I seriously can’t stop looking at them everyday and everyone that has seen them gives me amazing compliments! My photos were a huge part of the big day and they turned our simply stunning! I can not say enough good things about working with Cristina!!
After reviewing dozens and dozens of photographers in the Chicago area, my husband and I fell in love with Cristina’s work. I found most photographers’ portfolio examples depict outdoor, brightly lit scenes (which Cristina can do amazingly, as demonstrated by our springtime engagement shots), but few photographers can capture indoor, nighttime scenes.
Cristina’s experience with nighttime photography was a perfect fit for our evening-time winter wedding. She is amazing at dreaming up interesting and unique shots spontaneously in the moment (for instance, we found some heart graffiti that we used as a backdrop for an engagement photo in the park) and is wonderful at providing guidance ahead of time during the planning process (like where should grandma sit at the reception to get her reaction to the speeches, what getaway car looks best in pictures, or great makeup artists that do work that really pops in pictures).
Her pictures absolutely speak for themselves though. In addition to her endless talent, she is also wonderful to work with. My husband and I aren’t the most comfortable in front of the camera, but she was great at providing easy and natural instructions that helped us look our best in the photos. Konstantin joined Cristina for our wedding day, and the two of them make an amazing team. They are experts at working quickly without sacrificing quality, which is so important the day of your wedding as things inevitably go behind schedule. We are huge Cristina G fans and can’t wait for her to capture future anniversary and (hopefully one day!) family shots!
We had a very small wedding and THE most important thing to us was the photography. Cristina G. was one of the first names we came across and fell in love with what we saw in her portfolio. Even after viewing MANY other photographers’ sites, we kept coming back to Cristina…and we are SO glad we did. Her eye for beautiful pictures is amazing.
We wanted pictures that were more “candid” and carefree, ones that were very sweet and romantic as opposed to the traditional staged wedding photos and that’s EXACTLY what we got. And to top it off, she is so easy to work with – very professional, very accommodating, and very, very sweet.
The photos were delivered on time as promised and were absolutely breathtaking. We’ve heard over and over again from friends and “strangers” that our pictures looked like they could have come straight out of a bridal magazine. Amazing.
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We found Cristina after a long search. We loved her work so much that we wanted to book her to photograph our engagement pictures and our wedding on the spot! Her incredible ability to make us feel connected to these brides & grooms that we didn’t even know had us hooked. The way she captures the feelings and emotions of a couple’s big day is beautiful, it really shines through. We knew she would be the perfect person to document our most important day.
We did a 1-hour engagement session with Cristina (which happened to also be the first time we met) in the early fall. I was a little hesitant that we wouldn’t get enough pictures in an hour, but we were blown away by the results! She was so sweet & so incredibly easy to work with that we instantly loosened up and were at ease in front of the camera. We were able to be ourselves, which we knew would be great on the day of our wedding. Not only did she take beautiful pictures, but we also had fun!
After seeing how wonderful our engagement pictures turned out, we couldn’t wait to see the actual wedding photos. And when we saw them, Cristina had once again blown…us….away. She’s incredibly talented, a joy to work with, and she’ll capture your big day with a depth and beauty that you can’t imagine….and you’ll have a blast!
I’m obsessed with photography; this was my toughest choice. I scoured websites, reviews, and had 4 interviews with my “finalists” before immediately selecting Cristina G. Cristina G is…phenomenal. She did way more than just capture our important day; she captured our happiness & our love! I am blown away looking at these pictures because I can’t believe it is US in some of them! As soon as we sat down with her, my husband and I knew there was something special about her (not kidding-we were giggly after she left because we knew we found “the one!”) She’s sweet and kind and really listened to what our vision was. She wanted to know everything about us that she could–our story, how we met, what we do for fun; it was after that meeting that we knew she was going to do more than just take pictures. She was going to CREATE something. It’s in her blood; it’s her passion. What an amazing feeling to know that you are working with someone who is MOVED by her job!
We trusted her completely; I don’t know that many brides can say that about their vendors. When I contacted her, she replied right away. Her specialty is Chicago, but we had our wedding in Michigan; they were early and took extra time to scout out the vineyard where the ceremony would be held so she could start creating her vision!
If you want stunning and breathtaking photos-just hire her and BE. There are no other words to describe it. My husband and I were able to trust, to feel, to let go and just enjoy that moment in time, and Cristina and her (also amazing) assistant created magic. Her pictures are works of art. They are breathtaking, artistic, and they absolutely capture our personalities at the same time! We can’t get enough of them. When my friends and family see them, all we hear is “WOW. Amazing. Stunning. Phenomenal. Breathtaking. Where did you find her? She is fantastic. Good luck picking the ones for your book!” That’s how inspiring her work is!
What else can I share so you understand how much I loved her? Go to her website and read her blogs. She gives herself to each of her brides…we’re all special and unique to her in different ways, and I LOVE that. We’re not just a job. She will do whatever she needs to to create those memories for you. Here’s a perfect example: I was supposed to have this vintage Rolls Royce drive me to the aisle at our vineyard. It broke last minute, so I didn’t think I’d get those pictures (sad face). But, Cristina knew I was excited about those pictures, and she was not one to give up easily. As soon as she got to my reception, she started exploring, and she found where the car was parked. The hood was popped and an entire toolbox full of stuff was inside by the engine. It didn’t look promising, but she found the owner, asked if we could get inside and close the hood as well to take a couple pictures in there. He told her she could do whatever she wanted. There are no words to describe how awesome those end-of-the-night car shots are. They’re fun, sexy, vintage, romantic. Who else are you going to find online that is going to bust her butt to make your night as complete as that?!
I am blown away by her (if you can’t tell from this review!) I could go on and on. I have unbelievable memories from my amazing wedding day because of this outstanding woman, and I highly recommend you let her take you on a journey that day as well. Trust her-sit back and give her free rein and creative freedom. You won’t be disappointed. We love her!
Cristina G. Where do I begin … fate brought me and Cristina together. I found her simply by googling images of the ceremony venue and, thank the gods, she had already shot a wedding there. That’s how I found her and she was the only photographer we met with. I feel like I caught a shining star on the rise. I love, not just her journalistic approach to weddings and keen eye, but her dogged dedication to capturing emotion and creating unique compositions.
Words cannot describe the excitement with which I viewed my photos … there were so many moments I didn’t realized were being so beautifully documented! So not only is she an unbelievably talented photographer, she is also the consummate professional and even better, a genuinely good person. When, standing in the middle of Olive Park, we realized that my white sweater was shedding all over Jerry’s navy suit, Cristina instantly busted out a travel lint brush from her bag. The girl is prepared for anything. And she’s just a joy to work with– funny, easygoing, reliable. I frequently find myself plotting how I can continue our friendship now that the wedding is over …
In the world of wedding photography, choosing the right company can be a difficult task. However, if you are having your affair in Chicago or the Chicago suburbs, there is only one choice. Cristina G. Simply put, I have never seen such great pictures in my life. Not because they were from my own wedding or because I am easy on the eyes, but because they told the story of my wedding from start to finish in a most beautiful way.
Cristina, along with her co-photographer Konstantin are amazing. They listened to our needs during the entire process and made them all happen. From colors, to backgrounds and backdrops, to the best times of day to shoot certain shots, they were on point. And they were flexible enough to make any changes we requested, of which there were quite a few.
Most of all, and so important to have from any vendor, they were trustworthy and honest.
I would recommend Cristina and Konstantin to anyone who wants to work with great people who produce have no-nonsense great wedding photographs.
Check out Cristina’s wedding blog to see a sample of photographs from my wedding and I guarantee you will like what you see.
Best of luck!