25 total reviews
Looking at Lori's past work and speaking with her on the phone, we knew she was the perfect match for capturing our wedding day. Her easy-going and friendly nature was refreshing and comforting. She listened to what we were looking for and was very accommodating, offering wonderful suggestions and tips based on her years of experience.
My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera and were worried that we would look very unnatural in our photos. Luckily, Lori is such a pleasure to spend time with that we were able to just be ourselves and be at ease the entire day. Lori is calm and organized - letting the day simply happen and working her magic behind the scene.
The photos were absolutely magnificent and bring back such wonderful memories from our special day that we will have for years to come. The rich emotions of pure joy and happiness shine through, as does the ambiance and feel of the entire day.
Lori captured our day perfectly -- accurately and beautifully. Everyone we have shared our photos with is absolutely amazed by Lori's work and her natural ability to capture the small moments that together tell the story of our wedding day.
We could not be more thrilled to have had the chance to work with Lori and would highly recommend Lori to anyone!
Planning a wedding from Chicago simply meant we had to go with our gut feelings. We knew we would not be able to meet any photographers in person so we wanted to be sure we would connect over the phone. Lori is so sweet, is a great listener and her online portfolio definitely caught our attention. When we finally met Lori on our wedding day, we were pleasantly surprised by how cool and calm she was and her ability to move things along all the while taking many great shots. I don't remember ever feeling like a photographer was really there but she and her assistant that day, Luke, were just fabulous. They directed us in some cases (family shots, formals, etc) but for the most part, they just did their thing, blended in, and let us and our guests enjoy the wedding. Fast forward to when she sent us our photos. Oh my... words cannot describe how beautiful they are. Lori and her team did wonders with our photos and we are so happy she was the one we chose. You will not be disappointed with Lori. She is professional and one of the best there is.
Thank you, Lori, for our beautiful photos!
Lori is an absolutely amazing photographer. Not only is she good at what she does, but she's easy to work with. She was so helpful on our wedding wedding day. I really can't thank her enough. The day after our wedding Lori emailed us 5 sneak peak pictures. Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw these images. They were absolutely perfect pictures. Everyone is nervous about how they will turn our in pictures. Lori made me look wonderful in our wedding pictures. The sneak peak images were incredible but ultimately it just made me want more :) Lori has a wedding blog online, so when your pictures are finished being edited, she posts some on her blog and writes a little something about the couple. It's such a nice touch. You really know that Lori LOVES what she does for a living. This isn't just a job for her. She really loves photography. She is a true artist. I loved our wedding slideshow. You get to pick 2-3 songs for Lori to use and you can send the link to family and friends. It's a great way to share your pictures. I loved it. We really have sooooo many AWESOME, AMAZING, FANTASTIC, PERFECT wedding pictures. It's so hard to choose which ones to put in frames in our house. I want to frame them all and make our house into a wedding shrine, just kidding :) A family member of ours got married a few months before we did and we got to see the final wedding images. I can honestly say she only had a couple of keepers out of the thousands of images the photographer took. That is the complete opposite with us. When every single one of your pictures could truly be in a magazine, you know you have one heck of a photographer. Our family and friends couldn't believe how beautiful the pictures came out. Several people told us that they belong in magazines and complimented Lori's work. It was a great feeling. Lori captured our big day perfectly. No one could've done a better job. I knew she was going to do a great job just by talking to her and seeing her work on her website, but she still exceeded all expectations. We live out of state, but I can't wait to travel back to the Napa Valley area and have Lori take family pictures of us one day. I would highly recommend Lori Paladino to anyone. She's one of a kind!!
Bottom line: if photos are important to you and a priority in your wedding and budget, look no further than Lori. Her photos are gorgeous, her service is impeccable, and on top of all that she's exactly the type of person you hope to have by your side on the big day. I can't recommend her and her team highly enough. Love. Her.
Lori was wonderful. She was exactly what we wanted - a low key yet capable photographer who could provide us with digital images and an online album. We also didn't want to spend a lot of money so Lori worked with us on a package that met our needs within our budget. Most importantly, her photos were beautifully crafted and we didn't even notice she was there. This is hard to do and Lori pulled it off expertly. Since I am also a photographer I tend to be more critical than most customers and Lori didn't disappoint. I stopped short of giving her 5 stars on quality only because some of the processed photos were a little bit overexposed, but it wasn't a big deal since I was able to easily adjust them with my own photo software. In summary I would recommend Lori to anyone and I am very pleased with the overall value that she provided.
After looking at dozens of photographers, I fell in love with Lori's photographic style. What made me hire her, however, was her easygoing yet professional attitude. I knew what I did not want in a photographer and I instantly trusted Lori to deliver beautiful photographs that truly reflected me, my fiance, our family and our emotions. She did just that. She was efficient, organized, calming and respectful. At my wedding, I did not notice her nor her lovely additional photographer, yet they captured every moment of our incredible day. Lori has an elegant and simple aesthetic that allows the wedding to shine for itself...with a little help, of course! My experience continued to be wonderful as I painstakingly chose my pictures. Lori made this possibly stressful chore so easy by providing me with a "highlights" section that she had already touched up and organized. I was not obligated to choose any of the pictures in this section, but it was wonderful to see our wedding unfold in such a beautiful and natural way. I will hire Lori to document every major event in my life!
As I write this, the slideshow of Adam's and my wedding that Lori crafted is playing in the background. I am so grateful to have these as they are certainly one of our newest and most cherished family treasures.
From the get, Lori's kind, patient manner and experience proved to be a huge help to us. She guided us in our choices around a first look and family portraits always steering us towards reality and the assurance that it would all be gorgeous and that there was no need to worry. Lori was patient and professional with my Nana, who, in her Nana way, had lots of questions. When we met at our venue to scope out the light and the space, our visit left me with confidence that I could completely turn it over and Lori would make it beautiful.
Both Lori and her assistant Marita were so much more than photographers on our wedding day. They were a constant, calming presence with a mission for bringing out the best in everyone around and shedding light on special moments. Lori helped me take some boudoir shots and made me feel totally at ease and lovely. She captured the pre-wedding feeling amongst the bridesmaids without a staging anything. She and Marita herded what seemed like a million family members set on mingling and celebrating with ease and efficiency. Adam and I never felt rushed or like we were wasting our wedding posing for photos.
It was a magical thing to see a sneak peek of our pictures just two days later. Our slideshow and full gallery were up not long after and were user friendly enough that my elderly relatives figured them out with no problem.
Every single photo in our collection is beautiful. Everyone looks great. The light is delicious. There are moments of joy, big and small, in each photograph. Lori shaped the shots in way that captures everything that was so incredible about our wedding. Somehow, they seem drenched in the love we felt that day.
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change one thing.
Thank you Lori.
Lori was absolutely amazing. She did our engagement photos and our wedding photos, and we were thrilled with all of them. My husband and I hadn't done professional photos together before our engagement photos, so we were concerned about looking unnatural or uncomfortable in front of the camera. Lori made us feel really comfortable and it really shows in our photos. On the day of our wedding, she and her team were professional, kind, patient, and caring. They were really organized, but also very easy going and flexible. Lori made sure to understand in advance what style photographs we were looking for, and she captured our day perfectly. When we shared our photos with family and guests, they were all blown away by them. Again and again people have told us how our photos captured us and the event perfectly. Also, we have big families and Lori did a wonderful job coordinating large groups of people. We cannot believe that we ended up with photos of our entire families in which everyone looks great! It's a miracle! We also really liked the online tools that Lori uses. It was really easy to share our photos and select for printing. We have a lot of friends who have gotten married, and have therefore spent a great deal of time on photographers websites looking at photos, and I think Lori's system is the best we've seen/used. It was such a relief working with Lori - she made us feel comfortable throughout the process and not once was I ever concerned that we would end up with great photos. We know we'll cherish these images forever!
I fell in love with Lori's photos after seeing the photos of a friends wedding come back that she had shot. Her photos are so crisp and really seem to capture the people in them in an authentic, but beautiful way. I immediately called her and worked with her on a package that would met my individual needs. Lori was easy to work with, very organized with her planning tools, available to work through the plans in advance and most importantly, made everyone so comfortable throughout the wedding day.
She and her staff blended in, but also made sure we caught all key moments. During the ceremony and reception, they made sure to check in and plan the key moments we wanted in a way that was not intrusive at all, but made it easy to relax and took any concern off of me about wanted to make sure we got certain shots. In the end, the photos were beautiful and I love Lori's slideshows.
Lori sends an immediate slide show of her favorite pictures and allows you to download those immediately which is fantastic to get you started with your pictures. Then she uploads the remaining photos to a site where you can compare and select the final one's in your package. Getting the initial photos up front made it much easier to take my time picking the full set of pictures.
All in all, I was incredibly happy with selecting Lori as my photographer. She could not have been a better part of the team during my wedding and now I have incredible pictures that will help us remember all of the important moments of the day!
Lori was one of the best parts of my wedding day. Her level of genuine dedication started when we first met her in San Francisco and persisted through the wedding day and even after. She was my "wing woman" on my wedding day. Calm and poised throughout the wedding day she was my pillar of support and tranquility. She wasnt overbearing and yelling like I see with other wedding photographers. And like a ninja she delivers the best pictures and got amazing shots. any photographer can take good pictures but She takes the extra effort to get to know you, find out exactly your style and executes it to perfection. I cant say enough about Lori and her quality of service. I plan to have her be a part of many more milestones in my life as there is no one else I would trust to capture such important moments.
In the lead up to the wedding Lori really wanted to understand what we wanted and I told her that we wanted her to capture our authentic lives in San Francisco. Lori embraced the idea fully and took photos in our little 600' apartment that my husband and I lived in together for a year and a half, the "very San Francisco" doorway of our building, and in the Presidio that we love so much. I always tease my husband and tell him that my other great love is San Francisco and Lori did a fabulous job of photographing my adoration for my husband and the city where we fell in love.
Lori was such a pleasure to work with! About a month before the wedding Lori took our engagement photos and made sure we were totally comfortable. We loved the photos and used a lot of them for our wedding day. On the wedding day, Lori arrived early and stayed late. She was SUPER organized the entire time I worked with her. She made sure she had a list of all of the shots I was looking for. What I liked the best is her ability to capture the moments and emotions of the day. We got some great posed shots, but I loved her candid shots even more. She is so professional and wasn't intrusive at all. She made the day go so easy and we love our pictures!
Lori photographed my brother and sister-in-laws wedding, and after seeing how their photos came out, it was an easy choice for our wedding. Our engagement photos were amazing. Lori was fun to have at our wedding, and I cannot wait to see the wedding photos.
Lori photographed my wedding and she managed to capture the true emotion in every person's face in various moments throughout the ceremony and reception. She made sure my husband and I were so comfortable around her, which was easy for her since she is so relaxed, professional, and fun! She listened so carefully to all the elements important to us to capture and she photographed those moments/memories and so much more. I have gotten so many compliments on my photos and we still can't decide on a favorite since there are so many. The photographs are so incredible and when we look back at them we can see the emotion we were feeling in each moment! Lori was so easy to work with and added so much joy and happiness to our wedding day! I have recommended to every person I know getting married and think she takes the best photographs hands down!! Our photographs are beautifully displayed in our home and every time someone comes over they ask who our photographer was! It made the day so easy trusting Lori and being with not only an amazing photographer, yet a wonderful person!
Lori's photos beautifully captured the emotions of the wedding day. She focuses mostly on people and emotion and that worked great for what we wanted. The photos of everyone from my 1 year old nephew little man of honor to one of my grandfather and me were just precious. Family and friends have raved to me about how wonderful the photos are and how well they capture the joy of that day. We especially loved the online highlight slideshow and highlight pics she provided as a bonus for free! She is easy to work with and did a fantastic job.
My husband initially reached out to Lori because we were impressed with the outdoor photos in her portfolio. After speaking with her, we found we were really comfortable with her calming presence.
Lori was a joy to work with during our entire wedding process. The engagement photo session was really fun and helped us prepare for all of the photos during our wedding day. We loved the digital slideshow Lori put together with our engagement shots.
Lori and her team were great to work with on our wedding day. Lori took time the time to get to know us and really listened to our goals for photography during the wedding. We made a list of important family and friend shots to get, but when we reviewed the photos after the wedding we were so impressed with all of the moments they captured without us even noticing they were there.
We really liked the wedding album options that Lori offers and we are so pleased with the final photos!
We recommend Lori completely and I look forward to working with her again in the future. I trust her to capture all of the most important moments in my life!
We couldn't have been happier with our decision to ask Lori to photograph our wedding. She was kind and patient with us during the lead up to the wedding, was conscientious about making sure that all was prepared properly and captured during the wedding, and gave us a beautiful set of photographs (and wonderful slide show!) that we felt really captured our day. We are truly grateful to have found her.
Lori Paladino is an amazing photographer and we would recommend her to anyone! Lori photographed our wedding at Trentadue Winery in August 2011 and we could not have asked for more from a photographer. We met with a few photographers in our selection process and decided to hire Lori within seconds after meeting her. She is organized, professional, and so helpful in the planning process. She had creative suggestions and was available to help with any questions along the way. She showed us samples of her work and albums in our initial meeting with her and we were blown away with her artistic approach and ability to bring out the emotion in the photographs. Besides her talent as a photographer, Lori is so warm and makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. My husband was dreading the photography process but Lori worked her magic and we had a great time on our wedding day.
The day of our wedding, Lori and her team did an amazing job capturing the day. They were there for every moment but were not intrusive. Her team had notes and remembered everything we had asked them to focus on. She was flexible and open to anything we asked for. We don’t know much about photography so we relied on Lori and her team to suggest shots ideas and locations. She remembered all the shots we had requested and made sure we got all the family combination photos we wanted. Lori kept us on schedule throughout the night and grabbed us at just the perfect moments to capture the sun setting or a special moment. She knew the grounds and had a plan of where we were headed next and who was needed so we got the photos done quickly and spent most of the night celebrating with our family and friends. We got a beautiful slideshow very quickly after the wedding and our complete gallery about 3 weeks after the wedding. We were blown away but the amount of photos and fell in love with each and every one of them. Lori brought our wedding to life and captured the love, joy, and happiness that we experienced that night. We will forever have those memories and emotions to relive and share with our family and friends and most importantly, each other.
I can’t say enough great things about Lori and because a picture is worth a thousand words, here is her blog link of our wedding so you can see her unbelievable work for yourself!
Lori did an AMAZING job in photographing our wedding - she and her team captured every key moment and the emotion that each moment carried. When we look at the pictures now, we can truly feel the magic that we felt on that day all over again. One of the things she does pretty quickly after the wedding that really meant a lot to us, was that she creates a slideshow of selected images set to music to send over, and I have to admit, watching it brought tears to my eyes. She is incredibly talented and her slideshow let us relive the wedding - every emotion, every feeling, every smile - we were transported right back to each moment of our wedding day through her photos. We had family and friends come from all over the country, and for us, this was the perfect way to share the photos with all of them. I don’t know how she does it but she sifts through all of the pictures so quickly and picks the best ones! I’ll be honest, we still haven’t finished picking out all of our photos because the slideshow pictures were so perfect! I have a lot of friends who were not given a highlight reel by other photographers, and years later they still haven’t gone through their pictures and because of that, don’t have any wedding pictures hung up on the wall to enjoy. And isn’t that the point of the photos – to create lasting memories of the magic of your big day to actually see and enjoy!? Trust me – the highlight reel is awesome and will give you a huge jump start on your photo selection! We have the photos all over our house and I love seeing them every day! Lori is not only extremely talented, but she is such a warm and happy person - she will make you feel at ease with her presence and kind nature. You can just tell that she cares about you and your memories just as much as you do. We had a pretty extensive must-take list with all our family members, and Lori quickly (and with a smile) rounded up all the troops and hammered through that must-take list - actually calling the correct people by name! I still have no idea how she did that! All in all, Lori is perfection and will make sure your BIG day is captured forever in her timeless fashion.
Lori and her 2 photographer companions shot our wedding in 2009 and we are so thrilled with all the photos. (One of my favorite photos of us in the vineyard is actually displayed on this page.) We know the wedding album we have will be a family heirloom for our kids and future grandkids. Lori is an absolute joy to be around, which is very important on a busy day with many details to take care of. Lori is artistic, well organized, professional, and a ton of fun! She helped us to plan the essential shots before, during, and after the ceremony and everything worked out perfectly. All of our family members and guests were also thrilled with the photos. Lori and her crew have a way with capturing the energy and emotion of the day in an effortless way. I've been around some photographers that can be a little demanding or obnoxious and that can affect your day and your photos. Lori made us laugh and smile. Once you met her, you will understand what I mean about her friendly and kind demeanor. We really appreciated how Lori took the time to get to know us during the planning process and the engagement session. During the wedding it was like hanging out with a friend and, by then, Lori knew what kind of photo style we liked the most. She is very creative and flexible so she'll give you a wide range of photos for you to choose from (portraits, scenery, small details, action shots...). I'm not a photographer so I don't know the correct terms here, but you get the idea. I recommend Lori to all my friends and family and have received many compliments on my wedding, engagement, and baby photos to which I have Lori to thank for. Her photos are some of my most cherished household items. In case you didn't already know, I can't give her enough praise and I know you would be lucky to have her photograph your wedding and you would be thrilled with the results.
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A beautiful photograph is a key that unlocks a moment. Award winning wedding and lifestyle photographer, Lori focuses on real moments and emotionally inspired imagery.
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