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Choosing a photographer was the most difficult decision throughout all of our wedding planning. There are so many great photographers in Chicago, but it's almost impossible to know what to look for, what really matters, and what the experience will be like on the big day. This is where Christina starts.
In our first meeting, Christina began by helping us imagine what the wedding day would be like. She helped us think through the sequencing of events and made sure we understood just how quickly the day would progress. She gave us confidence that she would make our priorities her priorities. Then we talked about her work.
We were initially drawn to her because she always seemed to capture one epic "wow" picture at all of the weddings in her portfolio. She explained that getting the "wow" shot was what she loved most about her job, and that she works hard to lift wedding photography to the level of art. We really wanted to make time for a "wow" shot but were worried that the all requisite family photos would take too long. She said not to worry, that she could make it all happen.
She also said that on the day of our wedding she would be like a ninja; that if she was doing everything right we almost wouldn't be aware of her working. But she also said that it was important that we had a chance to get to know her and her approach. The engagement session was the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Cristina is so sweet, easygoing and professional that the engagement session flew by. She made having our pictures taken along the busy Chicago Riverfront feel relaxed and fun. We got some amazing shots and felt better than ever about Cristina.
On the day of the wedding Cristina and her assistant were awesome. They got pictures of everything, from the bridal suite, to the groomsmen tuxing up and playing pool, to the first look and bridal party, and of course the ceremony and reception. She was always relaxed, efficient, fun and professional. She was like a ninja! But wedding guests that were able to spot her remarked later on just how impressive she was.
My wife (wow, it's so fun to say wife!) put so much effort into every beautiful wedding detail, and we struggled to stay in the moment and take it all in while it was happening. Afterwards, we were so excited to see what Christina had captured. She surprised us by releasing a sneak preview of our photos on her blog, with a beautiful narrative of the day. We were blown away. Not only did she capture every beautiful detail, she shocked us with several of those epic "wow" images. We couldn't believe it. Our friends and family, and even those who weren't able to be at the wedding, were amazed. The most common comment was, "Your wedding should be in a magazine." Christina's work really made us feel like it was true.
From start to finish and even weeks after it was all over, Christina made us feel like special, VIP clients. She is definitely a team player, and partnered perfectly with our entire vendor team. She is awesome. Choosing a good photographer is so important. Get her if you can.
I'm so glad that Cristina G Photography was recommended to us for our wedding! Just looking at photos from previous weddings in her online galleries made me trust that the photographs of my wedding would be beautiful. Even though my husband and I live out of town, we were able to have phone meetings with Cristina to discuss our wedding, and she was so friendly and helpful from the start.
On the day of our wedding Cristina and her assistant were great! She was such a nice person to have with us while we were getting ready. Because we had some issues with rain that day, we changed around the schedule and decided to have the bride and groom first look pictures done before the ceremony and Cristina was very accommodating and helpful while we were trying to decide what to do. We love all the picture that were taken during the day, and we didn't even notice that they were taking pictures of us during the ceremony. There was such a nice mixture of posed and candid photographs, which was exactly what we wanted. It was great when we got the pictures back because it helped us remember the little moments from the day that might have been forgotten otherwise.
After looking at some of the albums that Cristina put together, we decided to order one as well. She has put together such a beautiful collection of photos from the day, I can't wait to see the finished product! Overall, Cristina was such a wonderful, professional, and genuinely nice person to have with us on our wedding day, and we are so grateful that she was able to capture so many special moments!
There are moments in our lives that truly deserve to be captured in photography; these are those times that you will cherish forever; and, these are the moments that when you look back on them, you'll be overjoyed that you chose Cristina.
Cristina selected a beautiful location in Chicago for our pictures. Today, I look at the photographs and I am awestruck with so many aspects of her art. For example, the angle of the photography; the lighting; beautiful aspects of the Chicago scenery; and most of all, each photograph captures the natural, warm, and loving connection that my husband and I share.
Before our wedding, I had seen Cristina’s work and instantaneously fell in love with it. As I looked through her portfolio at that moment in time, I remember thinking how I adored all of her work, whether it was photography during the daytime or the evening, it was all so very exceptional. And today, as I look through her photographs of us, I can’t help but be reminded of my feeling when I first saw her work – It is professional. Art. Memory capturing. Simply, stunning.
Thank you so much, Cristina. We will always cherish these photographs!
Cristina G and co were absolutely amazing during our wedding! Cristina is very down to earth and flexible. When we were late for engagement photos (oops) she immediately jumped into action and made the best of the situation (and using the quickly fading sunlight). She's great at guiding you into the poses and positions that will make for the best pictures and clearly knows what she is doing. She is very professional but also has fun with it and clearly enjoys her work. During our wedding, she setup beautiful pictures around the city and helped me pick the best spots for gorgeous pictures. During our trolley ride around the city, she went out of her way to help me pick me up my dress and rearrange it in new photo spots for stunning photos. Little things like this showed she was willing to go above and beyond for her clients and I really appreciated the help! During our wedding I barely noticed she and her partner were there. They are very good at capturing candid moments and different views of the important "wedding" moments. I would highly recommend Cristina and her team to anyone.
We were blown away by Cristina G’s talent, creativity, attention to detail, and passion. We were so happy that Cristina and Konstantin captured our wedding day. Cristina has a wonderful balance of traditional, emotional, and romance that show beautifully throughout our photos. Working with Cristina G was a perfect match for us and she has given us the most beautiful photographs to remember our wedding day!
I can still recall the excitement of getting Cristina’s message about our photos being ready after the wedding. The fact that she is so excited for us and so sweet makes the experience even more fun and special.
Cristina always responded promptly to my emails and questions. She went out of her way and offered to meet us last minute to scope out first look locations when we had a hard time deciding. She offered good suggestions and I appreciated her honesty. Her attention to detail is incredible – she reminded me about a few things and I appreciated her taking the extra step to provide the best service to us.
Our family and friends are still raving about Cristina G’s beautiful work. We’ve been told that we have “the best wedding photos” they have ever seen! We cannot say enough wonderful things about Cristina and we look forward to the next time we will need professional photos taken – we will definitely be calling Cristina!
Cristina G and Konstantin are extremely talented and professional. Loved working with both of them-- they captured our wedding day perfectly; the photos are amazing!
My husband and I were tasked with planning our wedding in Glenview, IL from Toronto where we live. I first came across Cristina and her team when searching online for local photographers, and immediately fell in love with her dreamy wedding shots!
Angelo and I first met-up with Cristina for our engagement shoot down town Chicago in May. Her Nighttime Lovers photos are captivating and I had to have some of my own! My husband isn't used to getting his photos taken but being the pro that she is, Cristina encouraged and posed him until he relaxed and started having fun with the shoot. The results couldn't have been better!
Fast forward to our wedding. Cristina called me about a month prior to the wedding to discuss logistics, ideas for photos, and basically my entire wedding. She filled me in on tons of details I hadn't even thought about! She asked about my dress, the decor, the atmosphere were hoping to capture and more. It is through her knowledge of the small details of our wedding that she was able to capture exactly the type of photos we hoped for. Our photos are magical!
I can honestly say that choosing Cristina as our wedding photographer was the best decision we made. She could have made us look good in paper bags!
Cristina G is the best wedding photographer in Chicago!! When I began my photographer search, she was highly recommended to me by several friends. I looked at some photographers' portfolios online before booking, but Cristina G was BY FAR the best I saw. She has a gift for telling a romantic story of each wedding she captures, and she is amazingly talented with lighting and angles. She will photograph anywhere you request, but she knows Chicago really well and can make efficient use of time at the very best and busiest locations in the city.
When I first met with Cristina, I knew she was exactly what I was looking for. She was sweet, enthusiastic, and organized. She demonstrated experience and professionalism, and every photo she showed me was gorgeous. She took her time with me discussing the types of photos I wanted, locations, and timing. She was also available anytime I needed anything she was willing to meet or discuss things through email or on the phone.
Cristina and Constantine made my wedding day a dream come true. They were efficient and fun to work with. They didn't waste any time getting started, and they made the most of every moment throughout the day. They adapted to each situation and found several photo opportunities that had not been planned or discussed. They strived for perfection, and they were very thoughtful about capturing the right light and angle for each photo. I loved how Cristina "took charge" so that I could relax and enjoy the day. I was able to put my full trust in Cristina and Constantine because they were so prepared and comfortable throughout the day.
I LOVE Cristina G and I am so happy that I had her as my wedding photographer! My experience with Cristina was amazing and I know my pictures will be gorgeous. I HIGHLY recommend booking her for your wedding.
I can't say enough good things about Cristina and her team. We used her for our engagement photos and our wedding. I was blown away by both our engagement photos and our wedding photos. I could not be happier with all the moments she captured so perfectly. Photography was the one thing that I wanted the best of for our wedding and we certainly got that.
Cristina is so easy to work with, she is great with direction and settles for nothing but the best. She went above and beyond for us on our wedding day, even doing my bustle after we got caught in a down pour outside. She will not let you down! For not being a very photogenic person, our photos look beautiful and I cannot stop looking at them!
If you are looking for a photographer, Cristina and her team are the best in Chicago.
My husband and I used Cristina G to photograph our engagement photos and wedding. We had the best experience and we would absolutely recommend Cristina G. She was extremely easy to work with, attentive, and created amazing photos.
An amazing photographer was a high priority for us because photos are one of the few things that can capture the day. Also, I was advised my my married friends to find a great photographer because they were disappointed that they had no good photos from their wedding. If they could do it again, they would have chosen a different photographer.
We read Cristina G's amazing reviews, and were blown away with her when we initially met her. You can tell that she loves what she does. It was a no-brainer for us that we found our photographer.
Throughout the year leading up to the wedding, I would send Cristina emails and she would respond right away. Not all of my vendors were this attentive. Cristina even attended our walk through at our venue with our caterer. We walked the entire grounds of the venue with Cristina and talked about where we would do photos and when. Also, Cristina provided ideas that we had not even thought about. It was beyond helpful!
The day of the wedding, Cristina kept us on schedule, chose amazing photo locations before we left for the wedding venue (while making sure I didn't run into my now husband as we did not do a first-see), and made sure that we got all the photos that we wanted. I don't want to leave out Konstantin, who was also our photographer. Konstantin was equally as amazing!
I am so happy that Cristina G was our photographer! One of our best decisions for our wedding!
Having a good wedding photographer is so critical to a good wedding, and Cristina is nothing but the best. My husband and I loved her, and several guests even commented on how great she was! She has an incredible eye, and is so easy to work with and giving really good direction about how to put your hands and tilt your chin. We were told our engagement photos looked like they were out of a magazine, and our sneak peek at our wedding photos are incredible too! She is less expensive than other photographers of the same quality. My one recommendation may be to go with the second photographer, so you can make sure to get everything you need and get some cool evening pics. We didn't do that, but I think it would have been worth the splurge.
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 Constantin 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 complements! 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!!
We found Cristina through our wedding planner and could not be more happy with our choice. We are planning our wedding from afar, so we weren't really expecting to be able to do an engagement session with her, but Cristina made it work for us on a morning that we were in town, and the photos turned out wonderfully!! All of our family members have commented on how the photos are so artistic and beautifully done. We were a little nervous going into the session, but she put us right at ease, and we had fun with it. On top of that, she had the photos back to us within two days of the shoot! All in all, we are so excited to work with her again on our wedding day this spring. If you have the chance to work with Cristina, DO!!
Cristina and Constantine were so amazing to work with. Our bridal party had a variety of different personalities and Cristina was able to deal with all of them and still capture great shots from the day! We received our pictures under a month after the wedding. We had Cristina at the brides house while we were getting ready and Constantine with the groom. Both took the most breathtaking getting ready photos ever. Cristina was super responsive to all of our emails and put all of my worries to rest. We are very happy with our pictures and cannot wait to see our wedding album!
I found Cristina G Photography online when my fiancé
and I were looking for someone who can take our Engagement photo shoot in Chicago. Cristina is very accommodating and managed to go to 4 different locations within the 2 hour frame! Our appointment was scheduled for a Sunday however I expressed my concern that it will be raining all day. Thankfully, she was able to move our photo shoot the day after!! (We don't live in Chicago anymore it would've been very expensive to come back to reschedule) We are so thrilled we finally have a shot of Chicago skyline!!
If you have never taken your engagement photos, rest assured that she will guide you and direct you. We got our photos within 9 days!
Thank you so much Cristina!
Cristina G is an amazing talented photographer. I could not be happier with the pictures she took on our wedding day! I met with at least 10 photographers before meeting with Cristina. I could not find one that would produce amazing photos while listening to my vision for the day. Cristina did this and more! She uses light in her photography in a way that cannot be duplicated. I would highly recommend her to other couples looking for a photographer. I am SO grateful and blessed to have found her and cannot wait to see our album!!!!!! 100% recommend this vendor
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!
When I started my search for wedding vendors, I knew right away that I had to have Cristina G Photography. Cristina photographed a friend's wedding several years earlier and I absolutely adored her wedding photos. She is able to capture each moment so perfectly, it's like you relive it all over again. Not only is her work extraordinary, but she and her assistants are so sweet, and fun, and easy to work with! Even though Cristina is busy being amazing, she always finds time to call or email back and forth about ideas and potential services, and always follows up to make sure everything is exactly how you want it to be. My husband and I are IN LOVE with all of our wedding photos and can't wait for an excuse to use her services again!!
If you are looking for the perfect photographer, please do yourself a favor and call Cristina! She is THE BEST, hands down.
I LOVE Cristina G!!! After hours upon hours of research for the photographer (was extremely important to my husband and I), we chose Cristina G and immediately fell in love with her work. We absolutely adored our engagement photos and used them throughout the stationary leading up to the wedding. We just received the edited photos from our big day a few weeks ago and they far SURPASSED my expectations -- I love them all and don't know HOW I'll choose the album highlights. They are artistic, meaningful, and truly capture the essence of the day - start to finish. I love her style and her dedication to getting it right.
Cristina and her amazing assistant (we hired 2 photographers) Konstantin were professional, timely, and got straight to business. They did not get in the way at all yet captured everything. Cristina is creative, determined, and incredibly helpful. She had great ideas for unique and artsy shots, and never sat down! She even fixes my gown, etc., to make the pictures extra special. They are also known for candids which I was very pleased to know when booking. She is not the cheapest photog you will find, and for GOOD reason. Would definitely use her again if I could do it all over!! LOVE!!
Cristina G is truly a wonderful photographer, and I cannot recommend her services highly enough! As is the case for so many couples, choosing a wedding photographer was one of our most important decisions in the wedding planning process. We knew that we wanted to work with someone who understood our needs and whose style reflected our own; we also knew that we needed someone who was patient, warm, and capable of calming our wedding-day nerves! Cristina and her team were the perfect choice. They captured our wedding beautifully and were such a pleasure to work with. We cannot thank them enough for commemorating our first day as husband and wife in such a timeless and elegant way!
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awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2015
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011