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Reviewed On 9/04/2022 by Elaine S
Elena is the absolute best. She was such a joy to work with and also took the most amazing pictures of our wedding day. She perfectly captured our happiness and how much fun we had. I am so glad to have these amazing pictures to look back on. S...
he also is such a calm force and seamlessly managed our big families while taking our family photos. I cannot recommend Elena strongly enough! She is absolutely fantastic.
Reviewed On 6/05/2022 by Alice H
When looking at photographers, Elena came recommended with the venue we selected. What drew me to her is that her style of photography is very warm, and she has a knack for brining out the romance in a day that can be very eventful and hectic. ...
Working with Elena was easy. She was always pleasant, presented information clearly, and listened to us when we had questions or concerns. Overall, it was a joy to work with her.
The photos were available about 5 weeks after our wedding, and they look fantastic! Everyone has complimented us on them, and my husband and I absolutely love them.
Reviewed On 2/18/2022 by Matthew S
We initially chose Elena because we saw her portfolio, which was very impressive, so we came into this with extremely high hopes for exceptional wedding photos. What we ended up with exceeded our expectations. Not only are Elena and her team fa...
ntastic photographers, they really understand the dynamics of a wedding and know how to keep the bride, groom, and wedding party directed and focused while appearing calm the whole time. We had a number of locations which involved high traffic, parking challenges, etc. but the impression coming from Elena and team was that they had it all planned and figured out, which is very helpful on a day with so much going on. Most importantly, the end product is stunning photos which you will always treasure. Thank you so much to Elena and her assistant!
Reviewed On 1/23/2022 by Alexa T
My fiancé, Trevor, hired Elena to capture our proposal while we were visiting Chicago. Not only is Elena a wonderful photographer, but she is also the easiest person to be around. Creatively, her work is nothing short of amazing. She captured o...
ur emotions and the moment in a genuine way. Her editing skills are perfection, full color and timeless. Logistically, Trevor said that hiring her and working with her was so simple. She made him feel comfortable and walked him through everything in a helpful way. I am beyond thankful that Trev found Elena to capture the proposal! We get to relive this moment every time we look at our pictures, which is truly special. We love Elena's work and cannot recommend her enough!
Reviewed On 12/12/2021 by Corinne B
My husband, Mickey, and I were recommended to Elena and we couldn’t have been happier. Elena made us feel so comfortable in our engagement session and we couldn’t wait to put her work in our home forever. Our wedding day photos captured all the...
love, fun and excitement. Elena does such a beautiful job capturing moments.
Reviewed On 11/02/2021 by Demi B
Elena is a photography genius! We booked Elena for an engagement photoshoot and our wedding day. Our engagement photos turned out amazing and Elena knew exactly the vision we had and the locations to shoot in. The wedding day was spectacular. E...
lena makes you feel so comfortable, laugh, and keeps things light. Elena helps guide what to do for the photos while keeping it looking natural and fun. Elena was so responsive and even helped with day of timeline. She also was a trooper with a rather long family photo list. We had planned two stops for bridal photos and Elena added on an additional spot because we had enough time, which I think will be our favorite photos! We can't wait to see all our final wedding photos. We highly recommend hiring Elena!
Reviewed On 11/02/2021 by REBECCA L
Elena was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She made us feel comfortable through the entire process and really listened to the style we were looking for. Her photos are BEAUTIFUL. She truly captured the light in everyone’s eyes...
at the reception… not sure how else to describe it. We now have some of the best photos we’ve ever seen of family and friends. Don’t trust anyone else with this important moment.
Reviewed On 10/29/2021 by Mour & Saf C
Elena is an absolute dream wedding photographer! From the moment we first spoke on the phone her calming, reassuring approach made us feel confident that we would be in the hands of a highly professional and knowledgeable photographer. Communic...
ating ideas of location and ways to personalise our shoot was a breeze as she was very responsive and helpful. On the day of our elopement/court ceremony despite both our camera shyness she made us feel so relaxed and we just had so much fun- felt like we had known her for so much longer! Needless to say the photos turned out beautiful!!! We look forward to Elena being a part of all our future photography and wedding festivities. Thank you so much, Elena :)
Reviewed On 10/28/2021 by Michael C
Punctuality, personality, and professionalism—Elena has all of these and more! We spent countless hours researching different wedding photographers and chatted with five or six on the phone, but once we spoke to Elena we knew she was the photog...
rapher for us. During the initial conversation, she was receptive to everything we were throwing at her and she was kind enough to send us links to shoots she had recently done so we could get a better sense of what to expect. Booking her for the date couldn't have been easier. Between the time we first spoke to Elena and our wedding day, she was quick to respond to any questions, so we felt really good about the photos going into our big day.
We had a very small wedding (less than 10 guests) that kind of came together at the last minute, but Elena was patient and rolled with the punches. The morning of our wedding day, she arrived at our hotel early and, for the next few hours, she made shooting at various different locations around Chicago as easy as could be. We immediately felt comfortable with her and confident with her abilities, and she played a huge role in making our wedding day a success.
One of the things we really liked about Elena even before we spoke to her was her portfolio, and we were absolutely thrilled when she sent us our photos! She made us look better than we could have ever imagined!
Overall, we can't recommend Elena highly enough. She was a dream to work with and we'll always be grateful for the gorgeous photo she captured on our wedding day.
Reviewed On 10/15/2021 by Betsy R
We couldn't be happier with choosing Elena for our wedding and engagement photos! She is such a sweet and calming presence, made us feel super comfortable, and took the most creative and breathtaking photos of us and our day. We had so much fun...
with her and we are truly obsessed with our photos. She was also really flexible with us when we had to postpone our date. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and plan to reach out to her to capture our future milestones!!
Reviewed On 10/06/2021 by Gail S
Elena was incredible! She captured our day perfectly, was flexible when our entire day of schedule changed, and was so fun to work with. I was worried about booking a photographer that we wouldn’t be comfortable around that might end up with st...
iff photos, but working with Elena came so naturally and made both our engagement photo shoot and the day of our wedding breezy and fun! I would recommend her to anyone getting married in Chicagoland!!
Reviewed On 8/24/2021 by Jennifer M
Cannot say enough good things about Elena. She shot both our engagement photos in 2019 and our wedding photos in July 21 - we were THRILLED with how the photos turned out - she truly captured every special moment. Not to mention she is awesome ...
to work with, really listening and understanding what her client is looking for, handling all wedding reschedules with grace and kindness. I would recommend Elena to anyone looking for an amazing photographer in Chicago.
Reviewed On 8/08/2021 by Marla P
We couldn't be happier with our experience with Elena! She shot our engagement photos and wedding and captured the emotions better than we could even remember. Elena made us feel so comfortable while working with her. We have the best photos to...
look back on and relive our special day! THANK YOU Elena for being so amazing!
Reviewed On 3/15/2021 by Tabitha J
Elena is the best!! I was in search of a female photographer for a boudoir style shoot & I was searching through IG & her work stood out to me. I didn't question what she can do because I can clearly see she has an artist eye and is talented. T...
his is also my first 'real' photo shoot, so I wanted to come correct for a project I was working on & she went above my expectations! She made me look like a star!!🤩 The pics she took looks like they belong in a magazine!!💕 So many compliments, even other photographers are checking out her work. I also wanted to add, I'm a person who is camera shy when it comes to showing skin & she made it fun, comfortable & showed me how to pose. Very professional & she definitely knows her craft. So lucky to have run across her. I will definitely book with her again. I cannot ask for a better photographer. 📸💕
Reviewed On 10/24/2020 by Adrienne E
Elena shot my wedding in Feb 2020. Photography was a top 3 priority for my partner and I.
Loved working with Elena! She was a dream vendor leading up to it, answering emails prompting and clearly, and really understanding what we liked and wan...
ted to get out of photography for the big day. She was fun to hang out with day of, she kept us on task, and made sure we got all the posed photos we wanted done.
But most importantly - I am OBSESSED with our photos!! I could not have dreamt of them coming out better!!! I look at them every single day. I'm not typically this sentimental, but I really can relive every single moment of the day through these shots. I knew Elena was talented when I first looked at her portfolio, but holy moly some of the shots take my breath away, every time I look at them, no matter how much I look at them. And I think that reflects not only Elena's dedication to her craft but also her skill as a photographer that sets her apart from others in the field. She is really really excellent at this and it shows.
I will cherish these pictures forever. I cannot thank Elena enough for capturing our day perfectly.
Reviewed On 10/21/2020 by Alexa S
Cannot say enough amazing things about Elena! She did both our engagement photos and our wedding photos! She was extremely communicative when you needed her and truly delivered final products that were what we discussed and what we hoped for. S...
he also is so kind, but gets the job done especially with our HUGE wedding party (23 bridesmaids and groomsmen)! As someone who has been a bridesmaid many times, this isn't a quality that most wedding photographers have! The photographer was probably the most important vendor to us as photos last way beyond the wedding so I researched a lot of photographers in Chicago. Elena's work speaks for itself and I also think she is one of the more reasonably priced Chicago-based wedding photographers! What more can I say, but HIRE ELENA!
Reviewed On 7/30/2020 by Catherine O
We could not have been more lucky to have Elena be a part of our day. We had to move our wedding and find a new photographer quickly amid all the Covid craziness and we found the absolute BEST photographer with Elena. She was incredibly respons...
ive and made the process of working together so easy.
On the day of our wedding, Elena was SO professional, so kind and was so respectful. Our families kept saying how easy it was to work with her! She moved through all of the shots incredibly quickly and smoothly and knew how to organize the groups efficiently. She took all of the shots that we asked for and more that we hadn't even thought of that turned out beautifully.
When we got our pictures back, our jaws DROPPED! They were the most STUNNING pictures! The colors popped so beautifully. When shooting the pictures, she made us feel so comfortable and we were able to relax and just be ourselves - nothing felt forced!
I could not recommend Elena more. She's beyond easy to work with, so kind and professional and most importantly - her work speaks for herself! All my girlfriends want to hire her for their weddings after seeing my pictures :)
Reviewed On 11/09/2019 by Hannah S
Elena and David were absolutely wonderful to work with on our wedding day! From the very beginning we were impressed with her kindness and calm approach, which perfectly reflected what we wanted for our wedding. I thought I would get tired of t...
aking pictures or self-conscious with all of the attention, but with Elena I (and my bridal party) were completely comfortable and had so much fun! My husband said the exact same thing about the second shooter, David. When we got the pictures back we immediately became obsessed. Her style and ability to capture little moments of joy was exactly what we were hoping for. Anyone looking for a wedding photographer who will capture the spirit of your wedding day, Elena is the perfect choice!
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Elizabeth N
We consider ourselves lucky to have had Elena with us on our wedding day! Not only is she a calm and reassuring presence, she captured the essence of who we are as a couple and all of the unique little moments throughout our wedding day, versus...
just the usual staged shots that you see at so many weddings (I've been a bridesmaid 9 times so I would know). Elena takes both an artistic and photojournalism approach that is just exceptional; you will be wowed by her images and they will also help you relive memories from the day. Cannot recommend her highly enough!
Reviewed On 10/25/2019 by Lauren S
Elena is such a talented, kind, creative, calming photographer who I was truly lucky enough to hear about and have for my wedding day. She is so easy to work with and was excellent about communicating throughout wedding planning. The photos are...
beyond beautiful, and genuinely capture the emotions and story of your day. She has a way of capturing all of the beautiful feelings. Each photo brings back so many amazing memories that we will cherish forever. The day of, she was awesome to be around and handled all of the logistics of family photos seamlessly. She's also super fun to hang out with and I loved having here there! I cannot recommend her enough.
Reviewed On 10/16/2019 by Alyson T
I did a super fun boudoir shoot with Elena this summer! We did the shoot in the comfort of my apartment and Elena made the whole experience comfortable and fun. Elena has a way of directing the shoot that made everything feel so breathless and ...
easy, and the photos came out AMAZING!
Reviewed On 10/05/2019 by Katie B
Elena Bazini is an AMAZING talent. She is everything anyone would want in a wedding photographer-easy to work with, her team was fantastic, her style is easy going/capture-don’t create-the moment, flowing with the celebration-not interrupting i...
t, and most of all, putting you at ease on one of the most important days of your life. Not only did the photographs exceed our expectations but the whole experience of working with Elena and her team was just a dream. Her website is very professional and well maintained and serves as a testimony to her expertise and vision. We enjoyed our time with her and highly recommend Elena and her team.
Reviewed On 9/27/2019 by Haley T
Elena (and Cathy) were absolutely fantastic. Not only is Elena a great photographer with an impeccable and creative eye, but she emanates warmth and makes everyone around her feel comfortable in front of the camera. She was such a joy to work w...
ith and we're looking forward to seeing her photos (we love what we've seen so far)! Would recommend to anyone lucky enough to book her.
Reviewed On 6/05/2019 by Elizabeth K
We got married in March in Chicago. Knowing that there was a real risk of snow, we wanted a photographer who would embrace that if it happened, and Elena's blog completely sold me. Well, we didn't get snow, but we also didn't get a pleasant day...
- it stormed like crazy, which meant that a lot of the photos we hoped to get weren't possible, and our venue, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, leaked like crazy! Elena was completely upbeat and helpful throughout the less-than-ideal situation, even bringing a bunch of clear umbrellas for our friends to use, and she worked fast to get images in the limited amount of time the rain left us for pictures. Many friends commented to us that Elena was completely sweet and very relaxed and how much they liked her. The venue was so cold and wet, and my dress so filthy by the end, that I had an image in my head after the wedding that we all looked like miserable drowned rats...but when we got the pictures, I was thrilled to see that in the limited amount of time we had, she got so many lovely images, with the beautiful colors of the flowers in the conservatory, and she captured the happy spirit of the evening. She also got a lot of really lovely images of my son, which was so important to me, and she figured out how to get a group picture, which I really wanted. Also, we only needed a photographer for a couple of hours, not the usual all-day affair, and Elena was completely happy to accommodate that. She was completely wonderful to work with and I would recommend her to absolutely everyone! As a funny side note, Elena posted an image of my son on her blog, and one of my colleagues saw it - it turned out Elena had been her photographer too, a couple years earlier! I'd been looking at pictures Elena took at my friend's wedding, framed on her desk, for a year and had no idea!
Reviewed On 6/02/2019 by Kimberly B
Elena was the photographer at my brother's wedding and after seeing her photos, I knew I wanted her to photograph my wedding as well. She is so nice and easy to work with and she has a way of capturing beautiful moments without being intrusive ...
into the wedding at all. I would definitely recommend her and hope I get to work with her again!
Reviewed On 12/26/2018 by Jenny K
There are not enough wonderful things to say about Elena! We met her at our friends' wedding, took one look at their photos, and we were hooked. It was an added bonus working with her husband, David, as well.
Elena has an incredible eye, an...
d an outstanding ability to capture even the subtlest of moments. Our wedding photos were fantastic and her work speaks for itself. We really enjoyed spending the day with her and David, and feel so fortunate to have worked with them.
She's the best!
Reviewed On 11/06/2018 by Megan M
Elena is amazing! She is so incredibly talented, our photographs turned out beautiful. I am absolutely thrilled with them and we have received so many compliments. She does a fantastic job of capturing the small moments and emotions throughout ...
the day which stood out to us when selecting her as our wedding photographer. She was also really helpful throughout the entire process. She always responded promptly to our e-mails and was very organized. She had good ideas for photo locations that worked with our schedule for the day as well as back up locations in case of rain. Elena was such a pleasure to spend our day with, very easy going and enjoyable to be around making us feel so comfortable. I am so glad she was our wedding photographer!
Reviewed On 11/03/2018 by Lisa Z
I haven't seen the pictures yet, but I can say that having Elena and her staff photograph our wedding was an honor. She fit into the group naturally, offered candid advice when appropriate, and has a great sense of humor. Looking at her previ...
ous work, I know the photographs will be beautiful too! Thank you, Elena!
Reviewed On 10/28/2018 by Jennifer N
Having Elena capture of our wedding was hands down one of the best decisions we made for our day. She was such a pleasure to work with and the moments she captured were simply incredible. My husband and I had a blast spending the day with her. ...
She made us feel comfortable and ensured all of our photoshoots throughout the day went smoothly. Her photos melted my heart instantly and immediately reminded me of the countless special moments of the day. She is simply amazing!
Reviewed On 10/18/2018 by Tracy H
Elena has the unique ability to capture not only the "big" pictures that you think that you want, but all of the small moments that will really speak to you later about your day. I am not a "photo person" and I was actually nervous at the idea...
of having my photo taken all day long, but Elena made me feel at ease and beautiful the entire time. She was creative in her approaches and made sure she covered everything that we asked...and more. Her style is warm and approachable. She helped make our day even more fun!
Our photos were edited and delivered quickly. Our friends and family could not stop complimenting her and her gift of noticing the details and her ability to tell the story of the day through images. Our pictures are truly a gift to us as they now will forever record all of the beauty and emotions of a very special day. Elena and David are an amazing team. They are both extremely professional and show their passion for photography in every thing that they do.
Reviewed On 10/07/2018 by Lauren L
Elena is simply amazing. We knew the wedding photos were the most important part of preserving our wonderful wedding memories and Elena did not disappoint. She captured every moment of the wedding perfectly. Elena is also so incredibly kind ...
and welcoming. She makes everyone feel so comfortable, which is so important for a photographer. You can tell she really feels honored to be part of your special day. The day of the wedding I couldn't believe the lengths she was willing to go to so that we could get the perfect shot. She literally climbed up on a high median in the middle of a busy street to capture us. It was phenomenal. You simply can't go wrong with Elena and her team!!
Reviewed On 10/05/2018 by Kate A
I cannot overstate Elena's contribution to our wedding experience. If you're fortunate enough to book her, you've already made the best and most important decision about your big day! Elena is immensely talented as a photographer; she is in a c...
lass of her own and clearly stood out to us as we sifted through the portfolios of dozens of wedding photographers. But it's not just her skill that makes her amazing. She's the person you want to have around for such an important (and long) day. She was professional and efficient but also fun and at ease. She captured every moment perfectly, and we were able to enjoy those moments without feeling like we were posing for a photo every second. We enjoyed her presence almost - ALMOST - as much as the exquisite collection of photos we now have to enjoy for the rest of our lives. Thank you Elena!
Reviewed On 8/01/2018 by Marina A
To put it simply: Elena and her team are THE BEST! Not only that, but picking her was easy. After reaching out to her initially, we spoke on the phone and my husband and I both knew she was the photographer for us. She is amazingly talented, an...
d getting to work with her on our wedding day made everything so much easier. She's an expert at making the stress melt away with how easy-going she is. Her and her team really are the "Dream Team." We loved her portfolio, and the images she captures are worth more than just 1,000 words. The value in her work is truly priceless, and I am still reeling that THE Elana Bazini was my wedding photographer! She really is one of the best, if not THE BEST wedding photographers in Chicago. We would hire Elena again in a heartbeat after the experience we had with her on our wedding day. She knew exactly where to take the perfect shots and how to pose us, even if we initially felt we were awkward photo-takers. By the end, we felt like seasoned models thanks to her.
I would give Elena more than 5 stars if possible. If you are looking for an amazingly smart, professional, dedicated and talented photographer, look no further than Elena Bazini! <3 <3 <3
Reviewed On 6/11/2018 by Annie G
One of the best decisions I made for my wedding was hiring Elena! Her laid-back and confident personality was exactly what I was looking for and meshed perfectly with our family full of women who like to take charge! She turned every setting in...
to an opportunity from parking lots to stone brick walls and I could not have been happier! She completely captures the day in
ways I would have never imagined. My husband is not the world's biggest fan of taking pictures and she managed to capture all of our natural moments of
smile and laughter throughout the day which is exactly what I was hoping for! Elena was extremely professional throughout the entire process but
also super friendly and easy to approach! Beyond happy with my choice!! Thank you!!
Reviewed On 5/21/2018 by Ali W
If you are looking for an incredible wedding photographer… look no further! Elena is THE BEST. I stumbled upon some of Elena’s work when scrolling through Facebook. One of my sorority sisters used Elena for her wedding and the pictures were abs...
olutely stunning. I knew that my fiancé and I had to meet her and see her availability for our wedding date. Our first meeting with Elena was great. We were able to see her portfolio and just loved how all her shots looked natural vs. staged. Elena is very professional and knows exactly what she is doing. We ended up booking for her for our wedding date and also scheduling a time to do an engagement photo-shoot prior to wedding. The engagement photo-shoot was so fun! We laughed a lot and Elena made us feel so comfortable. It was also very beneficial to have photos taken before the wedding because we could see what we liked and what we didn’t prefer. Elena was super quick in getting us the engagement photos- it was just a couple days later that she delivered them to us via email!!
Fast forward to our wedding date… literally I cannot express what a wonderful job Elena did. October 28, 2017 was a cold and cloudy day in Chicago, but I still wanted to get some photos outside. Elena had no problem with that… she found the perfect location on the River Walk and even let me wear her coat while we were in between shots! So nice!!! Elena captured every moment: from getting ready, to my first look with my parents, to seeing my husband for the first time, wedding party photos, the ceremony, toasts, first dances and of course candid’s on the dance floor! Everything turned out SO WELL. Elena also delivered out wedding photos very promptly—at least 2 weeks before we expected them. All in all, I cannot stress how great Elena is… she was such a joy to work with- I highly recommend her!
Reviewed On 5/07/2018 by Megan W
Elena did my engagement photos and a boudoir photo shoot and I could NOT be happier how both turned out! During the boudoir she made me feel comfortable and confident in my own skin while also being professional. Elena has this calming energy ...
that you automatically feel in her presence. She gave me amazing poses and I can't wait for my fiance to get the book on our wedding day! 10/10 would recommend her and do another shoot with Elena!
Reviewed On 3/15/2018 by Sarah B
There are not enough good things to say about Elena. As someone who used to work with a wedding photographer, I knew that photography would be an important part of our wedding. From the moment I saw Elena’s work, I knew I wanted to work with ...
her. Her photographs emote joy, love, and a zest for life…which also pretty much describes Elena! She is incredibly easy to work with, and makes you feel like you are in the best hands. This was really important to us, as we found wedding planning to be pretty overwhelming! Shooting with Elena is like hanging out with a friend during one of your best days. She never makes you feel “posed” or “cheesy” …which was a major concern of my husband’s. We had the best time during both our engagement photos and during the wedding. Elena was incredibly patient, answering all of our questions and emails, and helping us to solidify our day-of-timeline. Even my dad made sure to tell us how much he loved working with Elena, and how much he loved her smile! The experience would have been enough, but the memories and photographs she has left us with are priceless. Elena, I cannot thank you enough!!
Reviewed On 1/31/2018 by Phil O
Elena is an incredibly skilled photographer, can't recommend her more. Not only that, but she's just an amazing person to work with and took our vision into something tangible and added her own unique artistic touch. Her eye for the moment elev...
ated our wedding into something that we can continue to enjoy for years to come!
Reviewed On 1/28/2018 by Amy L
Elena and her team did a phenomenal job capturing our wedding day in Chicago on one of the rainiest days of the year! She captured everything from small moments to big moments from our day in such a special and creative way. Elena was great abo...
ut getting us setup for off site photos that still stayed true to getting exactly what we wanted even during a downpour! She was easy to work with and very flexible to day of changes. Her photos are beyond exquisite and we couldn't be happier reviewing our photos and starting to work on designing our album with her! My husband and I live out of town in Washington, DC, and planned everything with her remotely for our wedding day in Chicago. She is incredibly responsive and turns things around very quickly. We highly recommend working with Elena and her team to capture all the moments you will always want to remember from your special day!
Reviewed On 1/09/2018 by Laura S
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!!
We hired Elena Bazini to do our daughter's and (now) son-in-law's engagement shoot and wedding photography after checking out Elena's website and blog, (which illustrate her very impressive portfolio—be sure to go to...
her website to see for yourself. They are her best recommendation, for sure!), and then meeting with her. The couple did a really early, summer morning engagement shoot, (Elena actually suggested it to be able to get the prettiest summer light), and the photos turned out sooo GREAT! Some people have described them as "simply stunning." (We agree!!) Most importantly, the couple had a lot of FUN with Elena, and they knew immediately they had chosen the right person to shoot their wedding. Elena (and Liz) did not disappoint!
There were multiple indoor and outdoor locations for wedding photos, a large wedding party (including four little ones who were flower girls and a ring-bearer), and lotsss of family; and even with all those "moving parts" and though the weather wasn't ideal at times, none of that affected the outcome of the pictures she took. Our guests have told us the wedding was gorgeous, and the celebration was unforgettable and so much fun, (we agree!!), and the moments Elena (and Liz) captured were truly wonderful and have made lasting, beautiful memories for us all. And, people who have seen the wedding photos have described those pictures as “STUNNING,” too! (We totally agree!!)
Elena is so talented and her direction was spot on. She is very creative and really skilled, and so she knew just what to do with the lighting and how to use the elements to her advantage to take AMAZING photos. She was so organized, before (she and the couple discussed ahead of time locations and which special photos they wanted to have, if possible), and then during the wedding day and into the evening; she made really good suggestions but also knew what specific photos the bride and groom had in mind, as well, and Elena and Liz delivered! Everyone enjoyed working with Elena because she is so enthusiastic and a true pro!
Not only will we highly recommend Elena Bazini, but we can't wait till our next celebration because we will gladly hire her to be a part of it, and to record those events, too. What a wonderful, lasting gift she gives to others with her artful photography! Thank you, Elena!
Reviewed On 10/14/2017 by Natalie S
Elena was wonderful. When we first met her, we quickly agreed to work with her simply because of her sweet and comforting personality. She made us feel at ease in front of a camera, which can easily be awkward if you aren’t used to being photog...
raphed all day (most of us aren’t!). Our first shoot with her was for our engagement photos, which was just so much fun. We got lucky and had snowy weather, which Elena captured perfectly. And the wedding photos are off the charts. I never imagined having memories captured so beautifully. I honestly feel like I’m reliving my wedding day in an even better version when I look through the photos from Elena! In addition to being exceptionally talented, Elena is professional, responsive, and truly loves what she does. She is wonderful to work with and will give you the best photos for your wedding!
Reviewed On 10/06/2017 by Liz C
There are not enough words to describe how perfectly Elena captured our wedding day. I am in love with every single photo she took. We've already gotten so many compliments on our photos. She was amazing about staying organized and making ...
wonderful suggestions. She was also very professional and easy to get in touch with prior to the wedding. Elena took such fun candid photos throughout the day. Most of the time, I wasn't even aware that she was capturing the moment! I would highly recommend Elena! She is absolutely wonderful!!
Reviewed On 9/25/2017 by Stephanie F
You have found your dream photographer! Elena Bazini is truly beyond compare . Her photos are simply stunning. She makes you feel at ease and SO comfortable on your biggest day. Her laid back personality is what every bride needs on a day that ...
nerves can be high. She made us feel like the day really belonged to us and brought out the FUN and JOY. It was because of her that I was able to pause and really relish the present moment. Without saying it, she somehow reminds you to take in every second and realize the reason you there (love!). She radiates pure love! You don't realize you are having your picture taken because you are smiling and laughing along with her the entire day. She knows exactly what shots to take and what is most flattering! She captures EVERYTHING. Not only you, but the surroundings and every detail. She brings out the beauty in environment around you and reminds you of all the love that surrounded you. Her eye for detail is impeccable. It was through her pictures I was truly able to appreciate the beauty and the (sometimes gruling) year of hard work and endless decisions that went into the the dresses, suits, flowers, venue, food, cake, lighting, every detail that you don't get to fully appreciate because the day becomes a bit of a blur. She reminds you that all that exhaustion of planning was truly worth it!!! Through Elena's photos, that blur becomes a beautiful memory that she has meticulously captured for eternity. Thank you Elena! You are a perfectly phenomenal photographer! Love, Stephanie and Jared
Reviewed On 7/25/2017 by Kathleen W
Elena is awesome! She was the photographer for my wedding. She has such a great, easy going personality, and she makes you feel so comfortable. The photos she takes are stunning. I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends.
Reviewed On 7/19/2017 by Katie K
Why aren't there more stars?!? Elena far exceeded every expectation we had. From our first meeting, she exudes creativity and kindness and was such a joy to work with. We got to know Elena quite well, as we did an engagement shoot prior. I high...
ly recommend doing this, as we learned her style and she made us feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera, and had a blast while doing so. I even reached out to Elena to do a boudoir photo shoot as a gift to my husband. I was unsure of the idea but knew I wanted to do it and Elena made all of my worries go away. She made me feel beautiful and sexy and the photos were classy and artistic and so much more than I ever could have imagined. If it's on your mind - don't shop anywhere else! Leading up to the wedding, Elena was timely with all of her correspondence and took the time to come to our walk through. The day of the wedding, our wedding party, friends, and family kept saying how much they loved Elena - she is professional, kind, creative, and makes you feel amazing in front of the camera. Every image she captured perfectly encapsulates our day. Her candids are so raw and the way she plays with lighting is so classic looking. I could go on and on about this lovely lady, but if you're looking for a 5+ all-star photographer, Elena is a must book!!!
Reviewed On 5/30/2017 by Stephanie F
We couldn't have asked for a better photographer! We LOVED working with Elena and her husband David. Both our engagement and wedding photos were stunning! We've already received a ton of compliments and we have yet to share our whole wedding al...
bum on social media. Elena captured all the key moments and then some. She was more than willing to accommodate our special requests, added to the energy of the day, and her final product exceeded our high expectations! Elena and David helped make our wedding day so special! I would HIGHLY recommend Elena!!!! Best decision we made!
Reviewed On 3/31/2017 by Jenny D
Elena is incredibly talented. She did such an incredible job not only capturing all the moments, but also by capturing all the emotions and everyone's personality! My husband and I felt like we lived the day all over again looking through our...
wedding photos. Elena is highly professional, creative, and totally exceeded our expectations.
Reviewed On 1/13/2017 by Eileen W
Five minutes into our meeting with Elena we knew we were going to hire her! During the initial consultation, we were blown away with how incredibly talented she is. We immediately knew that we wanted her to be the one to capture the story of ou...
r wedding day. When we saw our wedding photos we literally cried tears of joy…she’s that amazing! She is professional and FUN; the perfect combination. Our wedding day was full of countless jokes and laughs thanks to her and her amazing assistant :) (Special shout out to Olu !!) Elena and Olu must be part ninja. They were able to capture so many incredibly intimate shots of us and our guests and we don’t even remember seeing them around.
Throughout the wedding planning process Elena patiently and promptly answered our numerous and detailed questions. There was never a time when we weren’t able to get a hold of her. She always wanted to know what we were thinking or how we wanted things done. We didn’t have a strong preference as to where we wanted to go for our day of photos. Elena is so creative and an expert in her field that we told her to go ahead and run with it! She came up with amazing locations that fit our wedding theme perfectly. Hands down, she was our favorite vendor to work with. I wish I could give her more than 5 stars!
Reviewed On 1/11/2017 by Angelia R
Elena and her team photographed our wedding at The Drake Hotel in October and we are beyond thrilled with their work of art. I found Elena on a CBS article with a list of the top wedding photographers in Chicago. When we looked at her portfolio...
, we were absolutely blown away. From the moment we hired her, we hit it off and immediately felt as ease knowing that she understood our vision. Her talented ability to create photos and capture memories that will last a lifetime is unlike any other. We thoroughly enjoyed having her around with us the entire day because she fit right in, was professional and creative, and fun to be around. She is an expert photographer and knows all the right angles. Elena is accommodating, professional, outgoing, and passionate. Her love for photography and being behind a lens shines through in her work, and her eye for creativity is impeccable. She had a bright attitude the entire day, and it made me feel comfortable knowing I had one less thing to worry about on my wedding day. No matter who it was, Elena made them feel comfortable to be in front of the camera to be photographed. She is a phenomenal photographer, creator, artist, and editor.
I find myself continuing to look at all of our pictures and sit there with a constant grin on. I’m still in awe that Elena was able to capture all the personalities of not only the wedding party, but the guests, and all the love that filled the room at our wedding. If we could, we would love to relive that day over and over again, and with Elena’s photos, we can. We are incredibly grateful that we have her photos to look back on because the entire day went by so quickly. Our wedding photos came out beautifully, and I didn’t even know we could look at good! She did not miss a beat and truly captured every single moment. The colors, framing, and feel of all our pictures were astounding - Elena is without a doubt an experienced, professional photographer who knows what she is doing!
I would highly recommend reaching out to book her for your wedding. It was hands down the best decision I made, and we are forever grateful and blessed she was a part of our wedding. Countless guests from our wedding are still telling us how they’ve never seen more beautiful wedding pictures, and I couldn’t agree more. We will definitely be finding another reason to see and work with her again in the future because she is a true artist and a beautiful person inside and out. Hands down worth every penny and I would rate her 10 stars if I could! (See her blog post of our wedding here http://elenabaziniphotography.com/drake-hotel-wedding-photography-chicago/.)
Reviewed On 1/10/2017 by Kelly B
One of the best decisions that my husband and I made in 2016 was hiring Elena Bazini as our wedding photographer. Definitely check out her blog to see the range of work she has. (Here’s the posting for our wedding!
From the start, we were so appreciative of how quickly Elena responded to all of our emails with questions that we had—which is awesome when you are trying to get so many things figured out for such a big event.
On the day of our wedding, Elena was early with her second shooter (husband, David—also amazing!!!) and was immediately a calming influence (much needed on a wedding day). Elena captured the most beautiful pictures of our families, knowing that my father is ill and that any photo captured with him would really be something I would cherish forever. I am so grateful that I will have these beautiful pictures forever. She also got tons of “beauty shots” of our dog Penny, a little diva—who was an honorary bridesmaid. ☺
Elena was also incredible at finding the best locations for the most dramatic shots. She suggested a bunch of places in the Art Institute (our reception venue) that we never would have thought of—but turned out absolutely beautiful. She was excellent at catching the most candid perfect moments—like when a World Series Champions bus pulled to the curb on Michigan Avenue (the weekend after the Cubs won the World Series) and we got a shot of my husband and I, with our dog, celebrating the win. Or the expression on my face when my husband admitted during his speech that I was right about hiring a wedding planner (duh)…
We wanted a good mix of staged shots and “in the moment shots” and we were so impressed with the variety of shots we received.
This truly does not even begin to describe how happy we were with Elena’s work. She truly captured moments that we will cherish for our lifetime.
Reviewed On 12/31/2016 by Bradley G
We couldn't have been more happy or more luckily to have Elena and her assistant cover our wedding. From the moment we met Elena during our initial consultation, we found it a breeze to work with her. She was able to relate to us and take the ...
time to collaborate on the look and feel we wanted for our engagement and wedding photos. It felt like we were working with a true professional and friend, rather than just another vendor. You'd be hard pressed to find someone else that would put the time, care, and talent more than Elena.
Reviewed On 12/20/2016 by Sarah P
Five stars is not enough for Elena Bazini Photography. Yes, Elena is a talented technical professional, but my husband and I have found that her artistry is immeasurably enhanced by her kindness, her thoughtful and curious nature, and her love...
and zeal for people and story. We cannot thank her and David enough for capturing so many incredible moments from our wedding day (and the time we spent together in 2015 during our engagement shoot! So much fun!). Truly, five stars is not enough. And speaking of stars, Elena is absolutely a rising star in the industry; we highly recommend that you book with this talented young woman while you can still get in at the ground floor!
Reviewed On 11/20/2016 by Sarah A
Elena Bazini is an artist and an incredible person. I was referred to Elena through another vendor and fell in love with her work and professionalism right from the beginning. We had a lot of fun getting to know her throughout the process and...
truly felt like she was genuinely excited for us as a couple and happy to be a part of our day. Not only is she great to work with, she has an incredible eye and knows how to capture and tell a story perfectly. Her photos are absolutely beautiful. From our engagement photos to our wedding, she has captured who we are as a couple and so many special moments during that time that we will never forget. Her photos are something we will always cherish and we are so grateful Elena was there with us to help capture and celebrate such a special time. I highly recommend her and can honestly say this will be the best money you spend for your wedding day. On a side note, Elena will go out of her way to make sure you get what you want, but my advice is let her do her thing. Like I said, she is an artist and you will not be disappointed in the end result!
Reviewed On 11/16/2016 by Aline B
I couldn't have wished for a more professional and sweet photographer for my wedding.
Sweetness is one of the most important things to me and her enthusiasm and joy during the entire event touched my heart profoundly. If she didn't have a came...
ra in her hands I would have dressed her up with one of the bridesmaid dress 10 min after I met her ! :D
She's also awesome with kids having them go from frown to smile in 2 seconds with one of her magic tricks.
She's flying everywhere at the same time and as a result we were able see, after wedding, all we had missed from our dear ones.
Oh.. By the way, did I mention the pictures were great too ? ;)
It was so nice to meet Elena and her husband that we felt bad not being able to spend as much time talking to them as our other guests :D
I wish Elena all the love she's spreading herself in the world.
A huge thank you from France !
Reviewed On 10/30/2016 by Hannah M
I first saw Elena's work when she photographed a friend from high school's wedding. And I LOVED every single picture, stalking them regularly on Facebook.
So when it came time for my wedding, I wanted just that. No other photographer inspired...
that feeling of awe with their pictures. I felt like I was not only at the wedding, but I knew everyone and their personalities as well. When we met with Elena I knew immediately it was a right fit. Now, granted, I am very much a one and done kind of person. When I know something's right, I go with it and never look back.
Jump to a year and a half later with our wedding - Elena and Sarah were incredible. On time, and immediately started snapping photos but then I forgot they were there most of the time. Obviously, for the portraits we were staring right at her but other than that I never saw her. But she saw us. She CAPTURED us. We didn't see her but she is a ninja. A beautiful wedding photographer ninja. We just got our pictures back, about 4 weeks after our wedding and I literally could not be more pleased. She captured our wedding. And it felt like OUR wedding in the pictures. It didn't feel like we were looking at some random, generic wedding. She captured everyone's personalities and reactions and they're just beautiful. She caught things I didn't even know were going on but now cannot imagine not having a picture of. She captured our memories. And I could not be more grateful.
When we first started planning our wedding, my now husband asked me "What are the three things you want, no matter the cost, that you do not want to compromise on?" And I said "Photos, video and my dress." We did not compromise on any of them.
My advice for any bride or groom: Do not sacrifice your photos for something else in your wedding. You're not going to look back in twenty years and say "Remember that chicken piccata we had at our wedding?" You just have your photos. I have no regrets for my wedding and the main reason it because I have it perfectly encapsulated on film to look at forever.
Elena is truly the best. She knows what she is doing. She is professional, warm, kind and just truly great at what she does. She is worth every penny and more and you will thank me in the end.
Reviewed On 9/02/2016 by Michelle H
Elena captured our wedding day absolutely perfectly! She is amazing at getting those beautiful candid moments and turning them into art. She was great to work with throughout my whole wedding planning process and definitely put us at ease. She ...
is super responsive with all communications and delivered everything she promised... and more! Thanks so much Elena!
Reviewed On 8/28/2016 by a member
One of the best decisions we made during the planning process was hiring Elena and her team! The moments she captured were absolutely magically. We met for the first time for our engagement shoot where Elena managed to put us at ease immedi...
ately. Until I met her, I would always say I wasn't photogenic. Well after working with Elena, I realized I was wrong. She managed to capture us beautifully and in the most intimate way possible. We are so lucky we were able to share the most important day of our lives with her. Even more so, we are grateful to have our perfect day documented in the most gorgeous way possible. Thank you Elena - we loved working with you!
Reviewed On 8/20/2016 by Corinne K
We cannot say enough good things about working with Elena!! From our first meeting I knew she was the photographer for us - my now-husband made me refrain from emailing her the second we left her office to tell her we wanted her as photographe...
r so I wouldn't seem like a total creeper :) Our engagement photos were a great way to get to know Elena and learn how to act in front of the camera, and they turned out so well! When it came to our wedding day, not only was Elena (and her second shooter, Wes) super fun and easy to work with, but our photos are out-of-this-world good! Elena truly captured the spirit of our day and all the little moments we never want to forget - like the elation when the busted zipper on my dress finally zipped, the tears shed by all during my dad's beautiful toast, the raucous laughter during the best man's speech, and the incredibly jam-packed, high energy dance floor! People often say that their biggest wedding regret is not hiring a videographer, but I don't have that regret because Elena documented our day in such a complete and beautiful way that looking through all of the photos brings us back to that day immediately - it's like we're there reliving it all over again. We were blessed to have a team of all-star vendors but Elena takes the cake. Thank you, Elena, for giving us the precious gift of our wedding photos - we will cherish them for the rest of our lives!
Reviewed On 8/16/2016 by a member
Elena Bazini is magical. If you’re looking; you just found your wedding photographer, because who doesn’t like magic?
It’s the kind of magic where you see the moving parts, you watch her in action, but also watch her appear and disappear into ...
the energy and joy of the wedding. You end up amazed and in awe. The magic is in her process. Looking back we said, “We didn’t even see her there”! But there is no hiding that she was there…capturing that full bodied laugh, the tremble of a groom’s hand, the upwards eyes of a mother trying not to cry, and the bride’s quiet moment of reflection (when she thought no one was looking).
It was a whirlwind of a wedding – a blur of passion and happiness. The ease at which Elena and her team fit into those moments was astounding. We did not forget she was working…but with her love of craft and grace she effortlessly moved through our moments and captured them all.
Elena possesses the foundation of professionalism and creativity, yet also warmth in her demeanor that allows for easy communication. She was not only our photographer. She became a friend. Amongst all the wedding preparation and decision making we joke that it was a ‘stroke of genius’ hiring Elena to join us in Anguilla. It was one of the best decisions we made. There was no stress, no worries before or after, just empathy, open communication and stunning photographs. Whether near or far, Michelle and I cannot recommend Elena highly enough. Michelle and I base our admiration not only on our experience, but through watching Elena shoot the weddings of two close friends. She melted into the walls and managed to be everywhere at once. Each wedding was quite different but expertly shot.
Michelle and I are planning a viewing party soon to gather our friends and relive those days in paradise. We couldn’t be more proud of reliving those moments through the images of Elena Bazini.
This review is officially two fold:
1) Another thank you from the both of us <3<3<3
2) We add our names to the list of overjoyed clients, couples, and friends who cannot wait for another chance to work again with Elena. Maybe a reunion is Anguilla?
Michelle & Ryan
Reviewed On 8/02/2016 by Jordan M
I cannot say enough good things about Elena and her stunning photos. She took the photos for our engagement shoot in the fall of 2015 and our wedding in June 2016. Elena is so kind, easygoing, and so easy to be around which is extremely importa...
nt when your not super comfortable in front of the camera. Our wedding day was extremely hot and I never heard her or her husband complain one time. She was amazing at getting us to relax and laugh in front of the camera and the photos we received from her were absolutely amazing. She was able to capture the joy, laughter, love and every other emotion you are feeling on your wedding day.These photos are something I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. She was also so quick in getting us the photos and I cannot tell you how many people have reached out to me saying they are the most gorgeous wedding photos they have ever seen. I highly recommend her to everyone. Thanks again Elena!!
Reviewed On 7/27/2016 by Knottie1469661462
You only do this once, so do your photos with Elena Bazini. We got an amazing product back, one that will bring enjoyment for a lifetime, and maybe a few generations beyond!
Elena has such a calm and easy going manner. It was completely natura...
l to be in front of her camera and just let her capture the day.
You cannot go wrong hiring Elena for your wedding. Enjoy your day and let her find all the special moments for you!
Reviewed On 5/25/2016 by Christine M
I highly recommend considering Elena Bazini to be your wedding photographer! When we were looking for a photographer for our wedding, we wanted to work with someone who is fun and easygoing but professional and can capture more of the candid mo...
ments of our wedding day, and we found all those qualities in Elena. She is so easy to work with and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera, but when it was time to follow a timeline or get groups together for a family pictures, she is good at leading people but in a nice way. We recently received our wedding photos and love them so much!!!! Every time we go through them, it’s like we are living in the moment again, and for that we will be forever grateful to Elena for capturing memories that we will cherish for a lifetime.
Reviewed On 5/01/2016 by Cassie S
Elena Bazini is clearly one of the best photographers in Chicago, and it's not only because of her skills behind the lens, but truly to her dedication and passion to the craft. Being the typical groom, my thought was truly that all photographe...
rs are the same, and there's only so many ways to take a picture. Boy, did Elena prove me wrong! Right from the beginning, I could tell how passionate Elena was to making this a day to remember through her communication and ability to get to know us and what we were looking for. During our first consultation in her studio, we were able to see the many masterpiece shots she had over the years and we were blown away. We specifically fell in love with her "Snow Bride" shot, being that our wedding was in March and we didn't know what the weather was like. We were excited to see how creative and unique her work was, and felt great knowing we found one of the best. As we planned out our big day, one of the concerns for us was where to take pictures after the ceremony. Because of Lent, we needed to be out of the church within 30 minutes of the service, and had a poor choice of backdrops at our venue. Elena was very helpful in helping to figure out a great in-between spot by driving all the way out to the northwest suburbs two weeks before and finding a garden area and floral store right in downtown Arlington Heights. This was something I would never expect from any photographer, yet Elena was passionate on making sure everything was perfectly planned. Throughout the big day, both Elena and David made us feel very comfortable, and were extremely flexible in their shot choices (David even risked getting a parking ticket to ensure we had the best photos...talk about dedication!!). When we finally got our pictures, I had my doubts on how she could top a shot like the "Snow Bride" shot we saw so many months ago. Little did we know that we would have our own masterpiece collection from that evening, with SEVERAL shots that could easily make any photographer's Hall of Fame. We couldn't be happier to have worked with Elena, and will definitely plan on letting all of our friends know where the best photographer in Chicago is!
Reviewed On 12/31/2015 by Alyssa P
Booking Elena as our wedding photographer was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding!
Photography was very important to us - we knew we wanted someone who would capture our day with beautiful images, but also someone we would ...
enjoy working with and who wouldn't miss the little, fun moments throughout the day. Elena was so much more amazing than we could ever have imagined. We can't stop looking at our wedding photos!
We live in New York, but got married in Chicago in November 2015. I first spoke with Elena over the phone after loving every picture I saw on her website. She was so friendly and fun that I immediately knew we wanted to book her. She helped us put together the perfect package, and we had our engagement photos taken in Chicago in January. That day was a blast, and she got so many great shots! She is so creative and spontaneous and she creates beautiful shots seemingly out of nowhere.
Leading up to the wedding, she worked very closely with us to come up with the perfect timeline and figure out where we would take photos between the ceremony and reception. She listened to everything we were concerned about and the specific images we were hoping to capture. She took our ideas and hopes and added suggestions. She molded our initial plan into an itinerary that made sure to include every single shot we wanted (including photos at Starbucks!).
The day of the wedding she was, unequivocally, the BEST, most professional photographer. She and her team (including her husband, David, also a talented professional!) ran with us everywhere! They showed up early and made sure to get all the little preparation shots, captured the ceremony without being distracting, and made the wedding party photo experience so much fun! Elena even switched plans mid-stream when one of the photo locations we had planned on was closed, and we didn't miss a beat. The best part of our experience was the end product - we spent an entire night going through photos and felt like we were able to be guests at our own wedding.
We truly could not be happier with our photos! We not only had an expert photographer, photography team, and perfect wedding photos, but we gained a friend. We highly recommend Elena to capture your wedding day. She is the one vendor that will make your day perfect!
Reviewed On 12/26/2015 by Christine W
What an incredible experience working with Elena! She has such a talent in capturing the most beautiful candid moments that appear Wedding magazine worthy. Our family and friends continue to praise her work! My husband and I cannot begin to rec...
ommend Elena enough for others' weddings. So lucky to have worked with Elena! Two thumbs way up!
Reviewed On 12/14/2015 by Jennifer N
Where to begin?! Our experience working with Elena (and Liz!) was such a joy from start to finish!! Not being a couple that is the most comfortable in front of the camera, we felt some pressure going into both engagement pictures and photos o...
n our wedding day. However, any feeling of anxiousness immediately dissipated in Elena's presence. She put us at such ease and so was kind, warm and easy to work with. I truly felt like I had a dear friend with us for our entire wedding day. Not only was the experience wonderful but the final product was impeccable! Our photos exceeded our greatest expectations. The beautiful way in which Elena and her team captured our day was truly the most precious gift we could have asked for. I would recommend Elena to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!!!!
Reviewed On 12/08/2015 by Phil d
My wife and I can't thank Elena and her team enough. Top notch rock stars. My wife and I are a bit shy in front of the camera. From engagement photos through our wedding, Elena was nothing but helpful. Completely put us at ease and capture some...
incredible, incredible moments. They couldn't have come out any more incredible.
From booking her, through planning, to responding to emails, to our wedding day, Elena and her team are the ultimate professionals, and the results reflect that. We're thrilled to see the moments that were captured, and our family and friends can't stop raving about them.
We can't thank and recommend Elena enough. Seriously. Save yourself the time. Send her an email. And get her booked NOW!
Reviewed On 10/15/2015 by Elizabeth K
Elena is truly such a joy to be around! From the moment we met her, we knew we wanted her to document our wedding. She is professional, yet personal without ever feeling invasive. She gives the appropriate amount of instruction and creative adv...
ice while taking photos- my husband and I had never gotten our photos taken before and we had some nerves! Elena speaks up and tells you what to do every step of the way (in the best way!) She also listens to what is important to you, and makes sure to capture it. We are bummed are wedding is over, because we enjoyed Elena's company so much. She is a gem who produces such quality work (win win)! We were very pleased with our decision to have Elena photograph our engagement photos and wedding- highly recommend!
Reviewed On 10/13/2015 by Erin S
The compliments keep rolling in from our friends and family on the amazing moments Elena captured on our wedding day! In addition to being one of the most kind, calm and reassuring people you could want by your side on such an important (& oft...
en frenzied) day, Elena did an unbelievable job at capturing the most genuine moments, emotions and small details of the day...many of which we would have missed if it weren't for the amazing photos we have to look back on. Looking at them now brings back the best memories and we know they'll continue to do the same as we grow in our marriage. Thank you again to Elena for capturing our day in such a unique, beautiful & genuine way - we highly recommend her to all looking for amazing photographs of their wedding. Cheers!
Reviewed On 10/13/2015 by Julie W
It's very difficult to put into works how wonderful, amazing, sweet, caring (you get the idea) Elena is! Elena was one of the very first vendors we picked because the choice was obvious. I was quite the drama bride and Elena always kept me ca...
lm and eased my stress by providing her expert opinion. Elena is a wonderful person, but her final product is just as wonderful! We LOVE our engagement and wedding pictures! Elena captured all the moments we wanted and more. We love looking back at our pictures and re-living the moment from start to finish. We are delaying selecting photos for our wedding album because it's just too dang hard with so many wonderful options. A perfect-fitting photographer is just as important as the perfect dress (and perfect partner), and Elena was the perfect addition to our special event.
Reviewed On 10/04/2015 by Stephanie K
If you're looking for a phenomenal photographer to capture one of the most important days in a truly unique and special way, look no further. Having seen the work she did for our good friends, Elena was the first partner we booked for our weddi...
ng - we were not willing to risk missing out on her talent and unique eye! And it was one of the best decisions we made. Looking through the photos Elena and her team took of our wedding made us laugh, cry and ultimately relive the memories and moments that made it so special in the first place. On the day they were cool as a bunch of cucumbers, despite the chaos surrounding them, which was hugely helpful. And even though we never saw them snapping away, they caught all of the most important moments - and many we didn't even know happened. Such a treat to see :) We can't recommend Elena, Micah and David highly enough!!!
Reviewed On 8/08/2015 by Meghan B
Amazing, sweet, talented, and all around wonderful!
My husband and I were married in Chicago in June 2015. After searching through many photographers online we fell in love with Elena's photography and personality as soon as we met. I go to...
school out of state and she was so accommodating with meeting via FaceTime. Here smile and positive energy were so contagious from the very beginning. Her calming presence makes everyone feel so comfortable. We have gotten so many compliments from our wedding party, parents, and even guests about how great she and her team were!
The pictures were outstanding! Not only are my husband and I IN LOVE with how they turned out but everyone we show cannot get over how amazing they are! Each shot is so unique and we can't stop looking at the photos.
She captured the happiness of our day perfectly! You feel so comfortable having her around you are able to truly enjoy the moment and not worry about what pictures are being taken.
I really can't stress enough how perfect Elena and her team are to have as your photographers on the most amazing day of your life. We are so grateful for the memories she captured for us. You will be happy you've chosen Elena :)
Reviewed On 7/14/2015 by Emily C
Wow, where do I start....I have so many good things to say about Elena! She shot my brother-in-law's wedding and captured such beautiful, fun, and memorable moments of the night. We knew we had to have her as our photographer!
She made my hu...
sband and I feel at ease with her laid-back but professional attitude and we felt like we could be ourselves around her on our wedding day, an important quality we were looking for. She was so easy to keep in touch with via email with responses the same day or within 24 hours. She even helped us come up with some cool places to take location pictures at since we had time between our ceremony and reception.
She kept in touch after the wedding about her progress with our photos and even sent them all to me earlier than what she originally quoted!
Elena and her assistant where so fun to have with us on our wedding day. I am SO happy we chose her to help us capture the happiest day of our lives! I highly recommend her to anyone looking to capture those fun, candid moments of you and your loved ones on your wedding day.
Reviewed On 3/13/2015 by Knottie1426261223
We chose Elena to be the photographer for our November 2014 wedding, and it was one of the best planning decisions we made! For starters, Elena was fantastic to work with. She was easy to communicate with, quick to respond to emails or phone ca...
lls, on time to every appointment, and extremely organized. She also made us feel comfortable, both during the wedding and at the extra "engagement shoot" we purchased as part of our package. Most importantly, she "got" the spirit of our low-key ceremony. The result is a beautiful series of pictures that feel natural, not posed, and that capture how much fun we (and our guests) were having. We are so happy to have picked Elena, and can't recommend her highly enough!!!
Reviewed On 3/10/2015 by Cassie c
My husband and I live in San Francisco, but with close roots in Chicago and Milwaukee we decide to have our wedding in the Midwest. Elena was the only photographer we met with in person and loved her from day one! Wedding planning is an intimid...
ating and stressful process but Elena made us feel comfortable and does exceptional work, so we knew we would go with her immediately.
Living on the West Coast made it difficult to meet with vendors but Elena was always very responsive via email and incredible flexible when we were finally in town to meet with her. There were plenty of times where we were running late from meeting with another vendor and she was always so cool about it and willing to work with our schedule.
A time that sticks out the most to me is a few days before the wedding we met up to discuss the timeline. I was SO stressed out with everything that needed to be done leading up to the big day. I kind of wanted to punch my family and friends. We did a bit of wedding work but then just hung out drinking coffee and talked like normal people. It was so refreshing to talk about other things than the wedding. I left in better spirits and was able to breath. That alone was priceless to me.
Elena's work speaks for itself. She captures the entire day so beautifully. I couldn't have asked for more, but I got more. She becomes more than your photographer, she becomes a friend during the whole crazy wedding process. You absolutely cannot go wrong hiring Elena for your wedding.
Reviewed On 2/23/2015 by Audrey M
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE OUR PICTURES!!!! When it is your wedding day, the day flies by and it is easy to miss or forget details and moments. Elena did such a great job of capturing the day/sentiment and telling a story with her images.
very professional, polite, creative, fun and knowledgeable before, during, and after our wedding.
The day of our wedding, it was 20 degrees and windy, which was a challenge. I've been in situations when every picture had to be posed, directing hand placement, tilt of head, etc. and secretly worried that would be how we spent our day. To my delight, Elena gave a few gentle instructions when we first started, and then just let us be natural and QUICK! She artfully managed a group with a few camera-shy guys and frozen girls. We couldn't be happier!
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Reviewed On 11/11/2014 by Stephanie K
Elena has done now two weddings in my family. My brother's wedding was first and then she just did my Halloween wedding recently.
Elena is so fun to work with. She thinks of creative shots based on the couple's personality and she was amazi...
ng!! It was freezing on our wedding day so we had to scrap our outside photo locations. No problem!! Elena was able to take incredible shots of us in an old theater.
At the reception she completely blended in and she was always where the fun was!
I will be recommending her to everyone I can!!!
Reviewed On 10/11/2014 by Bethany K
My husband and I booked Elena after meeting her and seeing her work at a couple of good friend's weddings. She is so friendly and funny that it felt more like having a friend at your wedding. She manages to be super fun while still being very...
professional. She's up for anything random and fun, i.e. photographing a hula hooper we found near our hotel and sneaking up to the roof of the hotel for a first look, which makes for really fun and memorable shots. She took the extra effort to scope out good spots in the general areas we preferred for both the engagement and wedding photos. We have received the final photos and could not be happier with the results. They even feel extra special because of our fondness of Elena. Not only did she do a great job with the formal posed family photos, there were so many shots throughout the day and night that really captured the feelings of the moment. We would recommend Elena to anyone with an upcoming wedding!
Reviewed On 9/17/2014 by Michael N
Elena did an outstanding job with our wedding photos, and my wife and I could not have been happier with how they turned out. It's easy to relive the amazing time we had because the photos capture it all. Elena and her team were very organize...
d, professional, and creative and were able to help us realize all of the details we wanted. Her effort to take the time to get a sense of our style really showed in the final product.
I've recommended Elena to several of my friends and they also shared our successful experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her again.
Reviewed On 8/20/2014 by Rory P
When planning our wedding, my fiance and I agreed that we wanted to keep things as simple and intimate as possible. After a frustrating search for a photographer, I was delighted when a coworker recommended her friend Elena Bazini. I admired El...
ena's work the first time I saw it on her website--I loved her candid, photojournalistic style and appreciated the way her photos were vividly colorful without obvious editing and cheesy Instagramish effects.
However, meeting her for our in-person consultation is what sealed the deal. She was a great listener, and asked a lot of questions so she could fully understand our wedding vision. She was also much more flexible than the other photographers I had contacted, and happily put together a custom package for us that didn't include all the bells and whistles other vendors insisted upon. A seasoned veteran of the Chicago wedding scene and a recent bride herself, Elena provide a wealth of information and advice. In addition to her friendly and warm personality, Elena was also incredibly professional--she always very punctual and direct in her correspondence, and responded to all of my inquiries within a day, giving me piece of mind as the wedding drew closer.
Working with Elena for our engagement shoot and wedding day was fun, and totally painless. Neither me nor my fiance are very photogenic, and we were pretty bashful about being affectionate in public. Initially we were dead-set against doing an engagement shoot, but I'm so glad Elena talked us into it. Elena's cheerful and silly demeanor and gentle coaching helped us let our guard down and become comfortable in front of the camera. By our wedding day, my fiance and I were pros at posed photos. Elena was also able to capture a multitude special moments during the ceremony and reception as well.
We are over-the-moon with our photos. Everyone I show the photos to thinks that they are the best they have ever seen. We are also grateful that Elena has allowed us joint copyright privileges, meaning we are allowed to download, post, and print as many pictures as we want. All in all, I could not recommend Elena more highly.
Reviewed On 7/12/2014 by a member
That is how my wife and I would describe Elena Bazini Photography! After meeting several photographers, we decided to book Elena. She had an impressive portfolio, was reasonably priced, and she was so fun to meet with! ...
We did engagement photos months before our wedding, which was a great way for us to get comfortable with Elena's style and with being in front of the camera. She completely put us at ease, came up with great ideas, and was open to all of our suggestions. We were blown away by the engagement photos!
Then the wedding came. We expected the photos to match the high quality of the engagement shoot, and when we saw them, they exceeded our already sky-high expectations. Not only did we get stunning photos from each part of the day, but Elena and her assistant respected our wishes for them to take a "Fly on the wall" approach. There wasn't a single time when any of our guests were distracted by the photographers (which can be a problem at some weddings). And despite this challenge, the photos are all spectacular! We absolutely loved working with Elena Bazini. She helped us capture so many great memories from the greatest day of our lives! We are so grateful for that.
Reviewed On 6/25/2014 by Crystall W
It was a pleasure working with Elena for our engagement photo shoot. Elena was welcoming and very helpful in making our engagement photo shoot an enjoyable experience. We started out a little nervous but Elena was patient with us and provided c...
lear instructions that alleviated all of our nerves. Elena was very familiar with the area, and knew all the perfect spots for beautiful photos. Elena has a great eye for a beautiful shot, and we will treasure the photos.
Overall, my fiancé and I were very pleased with Elena's patience, professionalism, skill, and artistic eye. We would happily recommend her to others and use her services again for future events.
Crystall and Kevin
Reviewed On 6/09/2014 by Whitney D
Elena was amazing to work with! She is extremely professional, has great ideas, and is very graceful in the way she achieves all the shots she would like to get while also keeping everyone in the crazy wedding party moving along at an appropria...
te pace. She spoke with me only once at the wedding to let me know about a transition she was making, and for the rest of the time she just got GREAT shots without needing my assistance or needing to ask me questions, which is such a huge plus on your wedding day when your vendors can function independently. She has an eye for moments and is able to capture them before they fade away. She is great with candid photos. My favorites are photos where she captured those moments. She really captured the whole essence of what my wedding was, and what I wanted it to be. I show off her photos constantly. Love her.. definitely go with her!
Reviewed On 6/08/2014 by Hana L
Elena photographed our May 2014 wedding in Chicago. She was a pleasure to work with from the beginning to end: enthusiastic, comfortable, and professional. She took all our special requests into account, organized group portraits quickly and ef...
ficiently, and remained mostly unobtrusive so that we didn't notice the cameras. When I asked if she could put together a slideshow of photos for my parents to show at the party they were giving for family friends in New York who couldn't make it to the wedding, she went above and beyond to get it ready in a short time frame. I was really grateful for her flexibility.
One of the main reasons we chose her as our photographer was because of her eye for color in her website portfolio, and indeed, the photographs we received reproduced the lovely saturated tones of our wedding. Moreover, she has a particular talent for capturing moments of laughter, no matter how elusive! Everyone has remarked on how happy we look in these photos.
In short, we were completely satisfied with the service we received, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer in the Chicagoland area!
Reviewed On 6/01/2014 by Valerie K
You can see how talented Elena is by looking at her photos. What you can't see is how easy and fun she is to work with. She is upbeat and friendly and brought a really positive energy to our engagement and wedding photo shoot (we got married ...
on May 31). She is responsive, professional and had a lot of wonderful suggestions for locations and photo ideas. My husband didn't think that he would enjoy having his picture taken for hours during the engagement shoot and wedding, but Elena put him at ease immediately with her laid back personality and he actually had fun hanging out and getting photographed (that is probably the highest compliment I can give her!). We met with Elena in person to discuss the wedding logistics and schedule, and there was never a moment when I worried that something would go wrong -- she was on top of the plans and really guided us through the entire process.
Can't recommend her highly enough. Great job.
Reviewed On 4/04/2014 by Kate
Elena’s photography is incredible, and we can’t stop looking at our wedding photos! She managed to capture the energy and excitement of every moment of our wedding. Each picture allows us to remember the joy of the day – which helps because it ...
flew by so fast! Elena herself is a true professional and artist. She is fun and so easy to work with, and she’ll guide you toward the perfect photo without feeling posed. I highly recommend Elena Bazini Photography for your wedding or any important event.
Reviewed On 2/13/2014 by Julie W
We could not be more thrilled with the absolute perfection of our wedding photos. Elena was able to capture every moment of our wedding in a magical way. She gave us the priceless gift of being able to relive that day over and over again. Wha...
t an honor is was to be able to work with such a talent! We look forward to having Elena capture all of our life's most memorable moments.
Reviewed On 1/07/2014 by marie m
Elena photographed our 12/14/13 wedding, and I had the photos by 1/5/14 - that in itself is a feat! Most people that I know are forced to wait months! The timeliness, however, is not the important part of this review. We were SO NERVOUS about c...
hoosing the PERFECT photographer for our wedding because my husband and I are the type of people that never remember to take pictures and we have very few nice photos together, so we had a lot of self-imposed pressure to get the best wedding photos possible! I was also nervous because I did not want to spend my entire wedding day with a stranger that I didnt feel 100% comfortable with (for example: some creepy photographer!) We began meeting with potential photographers about 6 months before our wedding, and we liked Elena within minutes of meeting her, its hard not to. We met with Elena again about 2 weeks before the wedding - she dealt with my crazy schedule and went out of her way to meet me at my dress fitting, and then we walked around the neighborhood of our wedding for photo inspiration, and then grabbed a drink to go over the final details & priorities. Elena came up with some great photo ideas for my husband and I, and she made strides on the actual wedding day to make sure we stayed on time in order to get all of the photos that we initially requested (yet forgot on the wedding day!). She really listens to what you want and stays focused on your vision. Elena captured exactly what we wanted for our wedding!
Reviewed On 9/24/2013 by mtenuto
My wife and I used Elena's photography services for both our engagement and wedding pictures. Elena was great to work with and more importantly, we loved the results.
Prior to the wedding, Elena went out of her way in order to meet with us a...
nd even arrived at the meeting early in order to scout out our venue. On the day of our wedding, Elena and her assistant were great with our families and very professional.
Most importantly - the pictures. They turned out great!! Our families loved the engagement pictures and were thrilled to hear that the same photographer was going to be shooting our wedding. Sarah and I received the wedding pictures and could not have been happier with the results.
We highly recommend Elena Bazini Photography!
Reviewed On 9/16/2013 by Colleen M
I recently used Elena Bazini for my wedding in July and I have nothing but positive memories from the experience! Elena Bazini has a truly amazing eye for photography! Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of what my wedding would look like ...
and she captured those dreams, making them a reality! When you have your wedding, the day really does go by so fast and all that you will be able to take away from it is your memories and the photos to remind you of everything wonderful that happened on the best day of your life. Elena combines traditional with modern to create a montage of photos that look like they belong in a magazine! Besides being a true artist, she is also a pleasure to work with. She is not pushy or demanding but rather patient and fun, dodging in and out of the shadows to capture every moment without interrupting your day. I cannot say enough about her and her wonderful talents. If you are looking for an amazing photographer, look no further, she is truly the best in the business!
Reviewed On 6/06/2013 by Jennifer E
Elena was a perfect fit for our funky wedding. We started with engagement photos, and it really helped us get to know her and her style. We also loved the outcome of the engagement shots. We appreciated her style and approach the day of the wed...
ding. She was prepared, met with us the week of to scout locations, and wrangled family members to get the full shot list we requested. Everyone has been ooing and ahhing over our photos, saying she captured the liveliness of the night and the emotion between my husband and me. Elena was also priced well for us, on a budget wedding. She worked with our budget, offering various packages we could choose from. I would recco her to anyone looking for a professional photographer who is budget conscious, or not!