Chicago Wedding Photography

Why you should want a Wedding Album

Let's say for arguments sake, when you are planning on getting married, you are thinking Long Term. At least I would hope that everyone who is planning a wedding is doing so because they believe there marriage will last forever. Let's also assume for a minute, that your marriage will last until "death do us part".

Shouldn't your photography also last forever? 


I really believe we all set out thinking of how our married lives will go. You and your spouse will have successful careers, a house, 2-3 kids - 2-3 dogs or all of the above! So, let's fast forward 25 years. Your children are grown and starting families themselves. It's coming up to your anniversary and you are feeling nostalgic. "Let's look at out wedding photos!". Will you even know where the DVD is that you got from your photographer 25 years ago? Will it still be usable technology? Even if you put them "in the cloud", will you always have access to your own wedding images online? I promise you, if you ever run into these scenarios, you'll wish you had a wedding album! By the way, we never get calls about missing wedding albums.

When you put in that perspective,  in theory, it should make it a little easier for you to decide on a wedding photographer. You should pick a photographer who will provide you an album as a part of the money you pay to have them. I do not believe an album should cost extra. Only 1 out of 10 couples who only receive a DVD from their photographer actually go on to make an album before they lose their disc or stick it in a drawer for eternity. 

This is your Love Story! 


A wedding Album is a book, same as one of the classic love stories like, 'The Princess Bride'. Your album should stand the test of time both visually and with exceptional quality. A wedding Album should be THE visual representation of who you are as a couple in addition to telling the story of the wedding day.


Getting to know your photographer and building a rapport will ensure you get more personalized images that you will cherish forever. I get to know my clients during the engagement session (also something I include). This is when I find out what they really are hoping for on the wedding day and, also allows me to see how my clients interact with each other. I will also interact with them to find out how far they are willing to go for original, dynamic and unforgettable images. Depending on the size of your album, some of the images in your album may be larger than images you currently have on your walls right now. I offer my clients 10x10, 12x12 & 12x18 album sizes. When opened and laid flat, the image could be 10x20 (as in the case below) up to 18x24! That's huge!

Let's put all this into perspective. 

Instead of only thinking by today's standards, a mere DVD of your wedding images may be great to have now but, completely inadequate in your future to remember the day your new story began. Don't sell yourself short when it come to hiring the right Las Vegas or Chicago Wedding Photographer. A wedding album will ensure your love story is documented the same way all the other (fiction or non-fiction) classic love stories of all time!

Groom Photos

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5 reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer

5 reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer:

  1. When you hire a professional wedding photographer, you're getting someone who can create images that will meet or beat your expectations. Amateurs wind up just letting the events of the day unfold and stand back to take pictures. Anyone can do that from their cell phone these days. Is that what you want?...cell phone pictures of your wedding day?  Professionals know how to steer the events of the day for better images that tell your love story and belong in your album.
  2. Direction, Creativity & Experience: A professional will lead or direct the wedding day. You have enough to worry about that day. You shouldn't have to worry about specific photos or what's going to look best. We will do that for you. We will also have a creative vision for the day and the surroundings. I personally scout every venue so I can create special imagery and have no surprises on the wedding day. An experienced professional will know how much time it takes to get through every aspect of your day. They will help you [lan the day accordingly. Professionals would know that going from the Chicago's North Shore to Millennium Park and back for the reception if you only have 2 hours between the wedding and reception absolutely wouldn't work because you'd wind up being 2 hours late to your own reception.
  3. Most professionals, if not all, have multiple photographers covering your day! Today's world is such that any real pro will have a team covering every wedding. Every wedding photographer we know, including myself, has at an assistant to carry gear, help set up and take pictures when needed.
  4. Professional cameras & lighting: Don't think that stuff is important? Those who claim to be pros and only charge $500 to shoot a wedding are not editing those photos and are more than likely using a camera that you can buy yourself for $250-$300 and let a friend shoot your wedding for you. The average professional brings anywhere from $5000-$10,000 worth of equipment to photograph a wedding.
  5. Finished product: The end result will be night and day different. An amateur is not doing any editing and likely shooting the entire wedding in AUTO mode. This means the camera is making all the decisions. That is fine if you are just taking pictures for fun or a hobby. A professional wants the control over the camera and knows how to maximise the camera's potential. The editing afterward is where the pros really stand out. The general public today doesn't see or understand the importance of post processing...or editing. The editing process is not as easy as you think. Professional software and computers are essential. When you get your images they should be perfect in composition, lighting and color. Anything less is amateur. You have to decide...if you want something better, the only choice is to hire a professional wedding photographer.photocrati gallery

Lauren & Tom's Chicago Wedding at South Branch

Check out some of our favorite images from Lauren & Tom's Chicago wedding...with special guest appearance by Nicco (one of the cutest dogs ever!) Even though it rained, we were able to get some artistic & creative photos outside. What a great couple! We wish them nothing but the best!

Video created by Christopher Paul Photography

Epic Chicago Wedding Photo

Of course I am one of those wedding photographers that reach above and beyond for the benefit of my clients. In this instance, I recruited the groomsmen to block traffic on one of busiest bridge in Chicago. Once they heard my vision, all seven of them walked into the crosswalk while walk sign was lit. I needed more time to get the shot. The best man yelled to me, "Get the shot, we've got the traffic!". As the light turned green, they stayed put for an entire cycle of the red light/green light, This being a one way street, the light is longer than normal. Traffic was stopped for about 4-5 minutes. That was all the time I needed to get an epic wedding photo for my client to remember for a lifetime! Chicago-Wedding_Photographer-Christopher-Paul-Chris&Kasha-1

Wedding Photography Video

Video add-on to our wedding packages.

We love the photography aspect of weddings. However, we are now offering our clients something special with a selection of their images. We create a beautiful video highlighting the images of our clients engagement sessions or their wedding day. Take a look at this video and see what you think for yourself. This is something we are giving our clients as a bonus.

Scott & Stephanie's Engagement Photos

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Would you love to have your wedding photos set to a beautiful video like this? At Christopher Paul, all of our clients get a wedding Photography Video. This is way more than just another slideshow.