Reviews

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"Absolute BEST photographer in Chicago! We got Colin's name from a trusted friend who also happens to be a wedding planner Katie Kozlowski of Detaggli Weddings (the best planner in town!) and we could not have been more thankful for the recommendation. Not only is Colin an incredibly talented and versatile photographer, but he was an absolute joy to work with along with his second photographer. Between the two of them, they made sure to cover all the key moments and really captured the spirit and emotions of our wedding day. He also met with us several times before the wedding, he was super responsive to all of our emails, and he even drove 30 miles out of his way to scope out the location in advance. Colin remembered specific requests I had throughout the evening and he truly captured the details in a unique and artistic way, even incorporating a spontaneous use of props. Colin made everyone feel at ease and managed to get us all to cooperate throughout the day. He sent our slide show and we've received nothing but rave reviews from our friends and family. We had an incredible experience working with Colin and I can guarantee you will too!" -Kate M.

"It was an amazing experience working with Colin both for our engagement shoot back in October and for our wedding over Memorial Day weekend.

Colin is very friendly, personable, and professional. He had wonderful suggestions for shoot locations, but also asked for our input. Our wedding had a Chicago theme as the majority of our guests were from out-of-town, and I liked how Colin picked locations unique to Chicago to take pictures (rather than the usual touristy landmarks). Both of us can be camera shy, but Colin put us at ease and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. It helped working with him on the engagement photos so we were relaxed and accustomed to him by the wedding. I liked how he gave us directions, but also let us be ourselves throughout the shoots.

We also had the pleasure of working with his assistant Renny on our wedding day. Both Colin and Renny were on time (if not early), excited, and worked well not only with the bridal party, but with the wedding guests. They were also patient with our many family members who also wanted to take similar group photos during the reception! The weather did not hold up after the ceremony and we ended up having to change shoot locations, but still got beautiful photos. Also, both of them had a lot of experience shooting at the reception venue.

Colin is a very talented photographer...all of the pictures turned out amazing!! He gave us all of our photos and the slideshow a month after our wedding. We received so many compliments from our family and friends about the quality of his work. His work is timeless...

I highly recommend Colin and his team to anyone getting married!" -Erica L.

"Colin is the most incredible photographer I have ever worked with. He goes way above and beyond what I've seen other photographers do and his demeanor is professional yet casual enough to not make you nervous or have the feel that there is always a photographer around. He produced some of the greatest pictures from our engagement shoot to the final pictures at the wedding. His turnaround time on the pictures is super fast. He is a pro at capturing the moment and his assistants are also great at what they do. I had asked Colin for some extra pictures of the city to assist with our wedding invitations and without hesitation, he took the pictures and had them back to me in 2 days. It's the little things like this that make him a wonderful photographer. His responsiveness is excellent and there was never a time when I had to wait for a response from him. I simply can not thank him enough for all he did to capture our day. He was so much fun to work with and I would recommend him to anyone I know (even clients... I'm in the biz)." -Shelene C.

"I can't say enough nice things about Colin. Not only is he the greatest photographer ever, but he is such a nice person to work with and be around. I am extremely happy with how our pictures turned out, people that weren't even at our wedding said that after seeing the pictures they felt like they were there. He really captured the spirit and mood of that day." -Brooke M.

"I recently had the opportunity to have Colin Lyons as a photographer for my engagement shoot and wedding ceremony/reception. One word describes Colin - the BEST. Colin is the absolute best in all categories. I'll start with the obvious - his photography skills. Colin is a high-end photographer and his work shows it. Colin is creative, is a genius at capturing the emotions/feelings of feelings of the day, knows the perfect details to capture, and does the perfect editing to create photography that is absolutely breathtaking. My husband and I could not be happier with the work that Colin has done for us. We are so lucky to have found him. Secondly is Colin's professionalism. One thing I never realized until the day of my wedding is that you want a photographer who is unobtrusive, works well with your videographer and other vendors, but yet is still able to capture the beauty of the day. Colin excelled at this. I didn't even realize Colin and his assistant were around - but they were everywhere capturing just the right shots. Colin knows how to work with vendors to ensure he does not interfer with the video footage, and he knows how to allow you those special times with your guests without being 'in your face'. Colin lets you just do your thing and captures that in amazing photography. Cost - you know you get what you pay for, right? That being said, sure - Colin does cost slightly more than the big photography companies such as George Stree, Edward Fox, etc. We had spoken with those companies prior to choosing Colin. Was Colin more expensive - sure, but was it worth it? Hands down it was worth it. There are other photographers in the same league as Colin who are charging 3x, 4x, more than Colin's fees. Colin has an extremely fair price for the quality of the photographer that he is. He is a high-end photographer with fair prices. All of the above are reasons why I recommend Colin. He truely is the absolute best. On top of all of this, I want to speak about Colin as a person. I did not know Colin prior to choosing him for my wedding photographer. Through our meetings with him, then engagement shoot, and finally our wedding - I had the pleasure of getting to know Colin as an 'individual'. What an incredible, genuine, honest, thoughtful, and just all around nice guy. It was SO nice working with Colin. He made us feel comfortable, and it like we were hanging out with a friend. Not only that, Colin was the man of many trades at my wedding. He was the 'dj' in our limo rides, gave directions when the limo took a wrong turn, stood by me (the bride) when my wedding party got busy to ensure I was not left alone. He is an absolute gem. I HIGHLY recommend Colin as a photographer for your wedding or any special occasion. He truely is the absolute BEST in every category." -Angela I.

"Colin did an amazing job for both our engagement & wedding photos! He not only is very professional but also super easy to work with and flexible with our needs. We live in NYC and had our wedding in downtown Chicago, so Colin's knowledge of the best places to shoot in Chicago were great!

Everyone at our wedding has loved the pictures that Colin captured. We couldn't be more pleased with the quality of the work & variety of style. Our vendors commented as well on how great his pictures were and how he really captured the night!!" -Michael P.

"Colin is just all around great to work with. He's very helpful and responsive. Colin worked with us on our engagement photos and our location photos for the wedding day to make sure the locations were exactly what we wanted... ome of my favorite pictures from our wedding were at locations of Colin's suggestion. In addition, he also captured beautifully the locations that we requested. My husband was not looking forward to hours of photographs, but Colin made it comfortable, natural, and yes, even fun! If you're thinking of hiring Colin for your wedding day, you will not be disappointed. Thanks, Colin!" -Kristin G.

"From the initial meeting to the engagement photos to the actual wedding day, Colin did a phenomenal job! We were impressed with his talent, creativity, demeanor, and ability to bring out the best in my wife and I during the shoots. His assistant did a fantastic job as well and it is nice to see a team on the same page. We loved that he surprised us with sparklers at the end of the wedding for a fun end to the night. You just feel very comfortable with him and his team and it makes the whole wedding that much more fun and crazy!" -Nate B.

"We had Colin and his assistants photograph our wedding in Oak Brook and we were so happy with everything! I had friends who said their wedding photographers annoyed them or were bossy or cheesy so we were thankful that we had such a great experience with collin! It was like having (very talented) friends come to the wedding and photograph us, and they really helped me feel more at ease during the more formal shoots." -Jenny C.

"Colin was extremely fun to work with – and made our friends and family feel at ease. He was not pushy or aggressively trying to take photos – like some photographers often do. He was a photo ninja…never missing a key moment. Colin is passionate about his work and eager to please the client…plus he is enjoyable to be around. I absolutely love all the pictures that Colin took throughout our wedding week….and we still get tons of compliments on our photos from friends and family." -Katy G.