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I recently had the opportunity to have Colin Lyons as a photographer for my engagement shoot and wedding ceremony/reception. One word describes Colin - the BEST. Colin is the absolute best in all categories. I'll start with the obvious - his photography skills. Colin is a high-end photographer and his work shows it. Colin is creative, is a genius at capturing the emotions/feelings of feelings of the day, knows the perfect details to capture, and does the perfect editing to create photography that is absolutely breathtaking. My husband and I could not be happier with the work that Colin has done for us. We are so lucky to have found him. Secondly is Colin's professionalism. One thing I never realized until the day of my wedding is that you want a photographer who is unobtrusive, works well with your videographer and other vendors, but yet is still able to capture the beauty of the day. Colin excelled at this. I didn't even realize Colin and his assistant were around - but they were everywhere capturing just the right shots. Colin knows how to work with vendors to ensure he does not interfer with the video footage, and he knows how to allow you those special times with your guests without being 'in your face'. Colin lets you just do your thing and captures that in amazing photography. Cost - you know you get what you pay for, right? That being said, sure - Colin does cost slightly more than the big photography companies such as George Stree, Edward Fox, etc. We had spoken with those companies prior to choosing Colin. Was Colin more expensive - sure, but was it worth it? Hands down it was worth it. There are other photographers in the same league as Colin who are charging 3x, 4x, more than Colin's fees. Colin has an extremely fair price for the quality of the photographer that he is. He is a high-end photographer with fair prices. All of the above are reasons why I recommend Colin. He truely is the absolute best. On top of all of this, I want to speak about Colin as a person. I did not know Colin prior to choosing him for my wedding photographer. Through our meetings with him, then engagement shoot, and finally our wedding - I had the pleasure of getting to know Colin as an 'individual'. What an incredible, genuine, honest, thoughtful, and just all around nice guy. It was SO nice working with Colin. He made us feel comfortable, and it like we were hanging out with a friend. Not only that, Colin was the man of many trades at my wedding. He was the 'dj' in our limo rides, gave directions when the limo took a wrong turn, stood by me (the bride) when my wedding party got busy to ensure I was not left alone. He is an absolute gem. I HIGHLY recommend Colin as a photographer for your wedding or any special occasion. He truely is the absolute BEST in every category.
We chose Colin as our photographer for our wedding this summer at the Chicago History Museum and we could not be happier with our pictures and every step of the process working with Colin. Colin has an amazing eye for the most beautiful shots and we were so impressed with how he was able to capture different moments. We were thrilled with how many pictures we had to choose from and how we loved each of them. Honestly, the hardest part was choosing which ones to include in our book and to frame. Not only is Colin an extremely skilled artist, he was very easy to work with. From the early planning stages to the days leading up to the wedding Colin was quick to respond to questions and always very helpful. The day of the wedding, Colin was very organized in helping us to coordinate taking pictures at multiple city locations and in being able to coordinate a large bridal party in making the pictures look polished but still natural. Since our wedding, I have recommended Colin to my friends that are in the process of planning a wedding and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding photographer.
We were looking for a photographer that was creative and could capture the type of wedding pictures we wanted. We needed someone who knew the great spots in Chicago to capture the essence of the city. Colin was our man. He was wonderful to work with and really tried to listen and understand our needs. Plus he was fun to hang out with. (I probably hung out with him more then my own husband throughout the night). You will not be disappointed by hiring Colin and his team. They went above and beyond our expectations. I would recommend him a million times over. FANTASTIC
Having heard several wedding industry people rave about Colin, we knew we couldn't go wrong and feel so fortunate that we got the chance to work with him. My jaw dropped when I saw both our engagement shoot and our wedding photos. We get countless compliments on our beautiful pictures and it was definitely the best money spent on our entire wedding. Colin and his assistant Christine were both such a pleasure to be with and worked very hard to achieve phenomenal pictures. We really couldn't be any happier with his services and have the most gorgeous memories on film thanks to him.
Colin was hands-down one of our favorite wedding vendors to work with. Our initial meeting went so well that we decided we didn't need to meet with any other photographers and we booked him soon after. Colin is extremely personable and professional. He responds promptly to all of your emails and offers an opinion when you ask him for advice, something many wedding vendors shy away from doing for fear of disagreement.
Further, his photos are absolutely stunning- a reflection of his talent and passion for photography. We have received so many compliments and often hear how the photos look like they belong in a magazine. His style is so fresh and unique. He scouted our wedding location ahead of time and found some beautiful and interesting settings. This was also helpful because it was the middle of March and helped save time and keep us warm since he had a game plan ready to go. For our engagement shoot earlier in the year, we were equally impressed. He knows the city so well and when we requested an urban vibe for our shoot, he knew the perfect spots to take us to around the loop. He truly knows how to capture beauty in the most ordinary of places. On the day of our wedding, we spent more time with Colin and his assistant Christie (also fabulous!) then we did with our own families-- not a bad thing since they were a lot of fun to hang out with!
Oh and can't forget to mention the photo studio. Our guests loved it and had never seen anything like it before. He has iPads set up so you can immediately view and email yourself your favorite pics. So much better than those photo strips! I remember at one point thinking all of our guests had left our wedding early, only to find out that everyone was in the foyer waiting in line for their turn in the photo studio!
Choose Colin and you won't be disappointed. Highly recommend!!
Colin and his team were absolutely fantastic and we are extremely glad that we chose him to shoot our wedding. He is incredibly professional, courteous, flexible and above all,our wedding photos continue to draw compliments from everyone. On multiple occasions, viewers of my wedding photos bring up phrases like "magazine quality". Here are few of the reasons that made hiring Colin one the best decisions we made:
-- Colin and his team are incredibly flexible. We had a Mehndi/Henna event the day before the wedding. Due to a contractual typo, the Henna artists showed up 2 hours late to the event. Colin was more than understanding of the situation and stayed an extra two hours with no issues.
--Colin and his team are extremely organized. We were worried about how long taking official family portraits the day of the wedding was going to take. However, Colin had a well organized setup and layout and he shuttled all family members through in a timely, and friendly fashion. The location he scouted prior resulted in amazing family photographs.
--Colin understood how best to capture the crucial moments of the wedding. After dinner was over and the main dances were finished, he pulled my wife and I aside and conducted an impromptu photo session of just the two in various locations of the wedding event venue. These are some of the best photos for the entire wedding and help us remember that first and foremost this event was about my wife and I.
When searching for a photographer, my husband and I knew that we wanted someone who was experienced and reasonably priced but who also had a fresh, unique style. We definitely found all of this in Coln Lyons Photography. We were married in Geneva but had to plan from our home in Denver. Colin made our lives so much easier by being willing to meet via Skype on multiple occasions and always promptly responding to my texts and emails ...even the day after Christmas! He is truly committed and passionate about what he does.
We had an absolute blast with Colin and his team at the wedding. They added so much fun to our preparation. Although I have not received my pictures yet, I am confident that they captured some special and possibly hilarious/strange moments. Colin did a great job wrangling up and organizing my family for formal pictures and my guests loved interacting with him and his crew on the dance floor. They even took us outside for a special, intimate, post-vows shoot that I will never forget.
The photo booth is one thing that we feel sets Colin Lyons Photography apart. It wasn't the cheesy, overdone photo booth. It was incredibly professional and unique. My guests could be heard roaring with laughter as they gathered together to take what was often not quite the image they were expecting. Theses pictures were sent instantly to each person's email and I can't stop looking at them. They are so seriously fun and capture the reception experience perfectly.
We grew to really enjoy Colin in just one evening. We were thankful for his dedication and vision and we would definitely recommend his company to anyone.
My husband and I just got married this past weekend and I just had to get on and review Colin and his team right away! From the first time we met Colin we knew that he was a talented photographer but after our engagement shoot we were raving about him to everyone that we knew. Once our special day came Colin came through for us in so many different ways. Colin and his team captured every special moment through out the day. He is not only a phenomenal photographer but he is a wonderful person. Everyone loved him and commented to us how lucky we were to have him at our wedding. We highly recommend Colin and his team to anyone getting married.
We searched many photographers websites for our wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago. Most of these sites caught our eye for being creative, cute, amusing and presented portfolios of beautiful wedding photos. Colin Lyon's web site was one that immediately caught our attention and we liked his quick response time. We were surprised at how many photographers never responded back (a RED flag folks). The building of a relationship with your photographer is paramount for a wedding and Colin was fantastic at getting to know what we wanted for pictures. As a amateur photographer, I had many criterions for our photos and Colin was able to deliver on it all. It was critical to find a photographer familiar with Chicago to get the logistics nailed down. You only get one shot at great wedding photos and Colin succeeded in doing so for ours. We thought Colin Lyon's prices were moderate, but the pictures were magnificent and more importantly we were completely satisfied at his results.
Paul and Stephanie
We worked with Colin this past November and are thrilled with how the pictures turned out! I got his name from a friend who had used him months prior and after meeting him, knew it was a match. I have a fairly large outspoken family so I needed someone who would be able to manage the crowd and not be overwhelmed in the process. Colin was perfect and remained calm and in control the entire day which allowed me to focus on being in the moment. He was diligent about making sure we got the “picture list” taken care of but more importantly he captured so many real moments and emotions throughout the day. He is truly one of the best and in the end we could not be happier with the pictures. We literally have soooo many great options (about 1,000 pictures) and now my husband gives me hard time about how many framed pictures we have in the condo from our wedding. I think it’s a good problem to have I’ve also received a ton of compliments on our pictures from friends and family over the past few months. Colin in one of the best out there so I would not hesitate to book him if he’s available. His laid back personality will keep you calm and relaxed during your busy day and trust me you will be very impressed with the end result!
PS. I was also very happy with our engagement shoot which captured a bunch of fun city shots. And it allowed us the chance to get to know Colin a little better. I recommend doing this as well and Colin knows of a ton of great spots!
Out of all of my wedding vendors, I would have to say using Colin as our wedding photographer was one of the best choices we ever made. He is truly amazing at what he does. He has a unique perspective and manages to capture every moment so gracefully. We could not have been happier with our engagement photo shoot and now our wedding pictures. He is so easy to work with, and totally understands what his clients want.
To be frank, I didn't even know what I wanted until I saw the pictures he gave us from our Engagement shoot. He doesn't just take the picture as is; he thinks about everything - the surrounding, the lighting, the scenery, and makes each picture unique in its own way. He is extremely talented and it definitely shows. I never thought he could capture so many great moments between me and husband (who are not the most photogenic people in the world), but he absolutely did! We have over a thousand pictures now, that are all amazing. We had a very traditional Indian wedding, and he and his assistant literally caught all the important steps in the ceremony and stayed on top of everything from beginning to end. I cannot stress how happy you will be if you considered Colin for your wedding.
Choosing Colin was the best decision! He was great to work with. He always responded to emails promptly (which is surprisingly very important when planning a wedding) and he was so calm and reassuring when we met the week of the wedding to make a final game plan. We were married in October and we did not have a beautiful fall day. It was overcast, cold and rainy the entire day…but you wouldn't know that from our pictures! It looks like we had a perfect day! We had a plan A and a plan B and Colin had extra umbrellas for the entire bridal party…since someone (MOB) left them at the hotel. Colin was professional and efficient but most of all, he was fun! And his pictures were amazing! Colin stepped in to button my dress since I had actual buttons on my dress and the matron of honor was struggling! He set up a do-it-yourself photo area in the foyer of our ballroom which everyone loved! He even took pictures with my mom which are so cute! I couldn't be happier.
Who knew engagement photos would be so much fun!!!! Colin is the BEST!!!! I don't know where to start! We found Colin on the internet and after reading rav reviews and loving his photography, we scheduled a meeting. I'd like to point out that he was the only one who took the time to actually call me after I emailed him. He was very prompt in his replies throughout the entire process, sadly that is something that is not very common in the industry! During our 1st meeting we hired him on the spot for engagement and wedding photography and canceled our other appointments with other photogs. It was clear Colin was the photographer for us. His personality clicked with ours right away. But on to the actual engagement photos... the whole day was sooo FUN and carefree while Colin took care of everything. He made being in front of a camera so comfortable and actually enjoyable! Colin had great ideas for backgrounds and made it so enjoyable!!! He rolled with any idea we had and never shot anything down. He even found the perfect park that we could bring our dogs to because we wanted to incorporate them into some of our pictures. We had some other special interests that reflect our interests and us as a couple(ie a photo shoot with a car, pictures at a movie theater) and Colin made it so easy, anything we wanted he went with! I never felt rushed or that we were on any sort of time crunch. We actually got way more than I ever thought we would. So many different scenes and ideas that I could not wait to get the pictures back!! Not only will my fiance and I have these wonderful pictures to remember the day but more importantly we will always remember the amazing day we had creating them with Colin!
We chose Colin Lyons after meeting with about ten photographers and reading reviews on a dozen others. I am American, my wife is Indian (Gujarati)-American, and we had a traditional Indian wedding, so we faced an interesting situation for our needs. We definitely wanted a vendor whom had had Indian wedding experience for all events (Mehndi, Graschanti, Ceremony, and Reception), but decided that Indian photographers were focused on selling on price ONLY, and seemed to regard the artistic merit and quality of their work as playing second fiddle.
Colin and his assistant are very easy going, humorous, offer excellent service level, and had no problem driving the project on the days of, and did not need to be hand-fed our needs when we were obviously focused on other endeavors. He also capitalizes well on the spontaneity of the moment, essential for someone in his craft.
In terms of large Indian weddings, I am very pleased with my decision to hire Colin Lyons Photography, and would recommend his services.
Colin is the best!! My husband and I wanted engagement & wedding pictures that were unique and beautiful and Colin definitely delivered! He is such a great guy and amazingly talented. We felt completely comfortable with him and trusted him right off the bat. We let him pick the locations for photos before our wedding and they were beyond perfect! My favorite pictures were actually taken at a construction site under an overpass! So cool!!
Colin, right from the start, was professional and personable. We were certain that we made the right choice. Our discussions during our meetings solidified our confidence that he would do a great job photographing our wedding, and he did just that. His unique perspective, eye for composition, skillful use of color and props, and creativity led to a collection of photographs that we enjoy showing off to our friends and family, and proudly display in our home. He truly is the best at what he does - he knows the city well and has worked at numerous venues (including ours), so he knew just the right spots to go to for some great photos. We're appreciative of his work and talent, and we highly recommend him.
If you're looking for a low-key photographer to take beautiful pictures without being an additional stressor on your wedding day, Colin Lyons is your guy.
He made sure to ask which shots were important to us, but was not pushy or intrusive in any way. He's not a "stand this way, move your arm here" type of photographer - he just captures the moments in a very natural way, which translates to gorgeous, natural-looking pictures.
We wanted a mix of classic/formal and photojournalistic, and we couldn't be more thrilled with the way they turned out. Getting the full release is a huge bonus as well. Add in the engagement shoot, prints, assistant photographers, slideshow and photo book and Colin Lyons is a great value.
Colin goes above and beyond - he heard us saying that we forgot plastic cups for the trolley and 5 minutes later he was there with cups and candy from the Walgreens around the corner!
Elena was beyond amazing to work with! We have already received our "preview" and couldn't be happier with the moments that she captured! On the day of the wedding, she and her assistant blended right into the crowd and were so flexible all day long! They also helped to keep us on schedule which was invaluable. Thank you to Elena!!!
Colin Lyons and assistant Elena Bazini do such a wonderful job and will make your wedding photos reflect the perfection of your special day! My husband and I were lucky enough to have these two shoot our rehearsal dinner, pre wedding, ceremony and reception photos all which are as beautiful as I remember the day being. Their comfortable style and easy to work with attitudes show that Colin Lyons photography is the best in the business!
Elena Bazini (an associate of Colin Lyons) did such an amazing job capturing our wedding day. My husband and I (plus both of our families and all our friends) are just thrilled with the pictures she took. Elena was easy and fun to work with. She made us feel comfortable and had such great ideas for our pictures! Even though I was planning a wedding from out of state, Elena made it easy for me and worked around when I was available. She met with my mom and I the week of the wedding to go through final details and make sure she knew exactly what we wanted. Elena and her assistant Erin worked so well together. They were even great at corralling lots of people for big family pictures! Looking at the pictures is such a wonderful reminder of what a great day it was, what a fun time we had, and how many special people were there with us. Even in the preview Elena sent me, there was not ONE picture I did not love.
I would recommend Elena to anyone who wants amazing shots of their day. If I had to do it all over again, I would book her instantly! The next time I need beautiful pictures of a special event, I plan on calling Elena.
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Colin Lyons Wedding Photography is a small company of photographers who invite you to be part of our community. The couples we photograph feel like new friends; we strive to provide you with the best experience possible. Please contact us today to check our availability for your wedding date.
- Starting Price Range: $3,000-$4,999
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013