Member Since: 4/12/2011
We had Engagement Photos, Wedding Photos, and a Photo Booth with Ann & Kam Photography.
I am SO GLAD I did the engagement session with them. I realized my then-fiance and I had never taken REAL photos before and it took a bit to get a feel for each other, posing, and Ann & Kamran.
Our engagement session had a library and wine picnic theme. I sent Ann my ideas and I appreciated her honesty in which locations would have better or more dramatic lighting. She did her homework and didn't just show up to the session and wing it. It went so smooth and was so FUN that I didn't really want it to end :) They are really nice people and funny, in addition to being talented photographers.
My wedding photos were so amazing. I can't even find the words. They found amazing shots and beauty in places I wasn't imagining it to be.
They are AMAZING manipulators of light and their candid style makes you feel like maybe you were there, even if you really weren't. I feel like I'm spying on an intimate moment in so many of my own photos, and that was SO MUCH what I wanted.
When you look at the photos, you won't see the chaos, the wind, the stepping on the veil, the tripping, or any of the real life that occurred that may have looked less than lovely. They turned each thing that I perceived to be mayhem into a genuine moment capturing US. A trip looks like him helping me up. A gust of wind looks like him fixing my hair. They are seriously SO GOOD at what they do.
And they'll do whatever it takes to get that good shot. Hanging off a balcony, laying in the grass, climbing under and over things.
They stuck to the timeline, and really tried to keep everything on track. Even when I was running late myself. And even when other pieces were trying to slip through the cracks.
I could see Kamran reading off the list of shots we wanted, to make sure we had all of the ones I'd requested, also. I really appreciate that because I have a lot of parents, and sibling groups, and I didn't want anything to be missed.
They were the epitome of efficiency and beauty.
The photo booth was awesome. It didn't take up too much space, and the guests LOVED it. Ann & Kam had props and manned the booth all night.
I love that we could see the photos right after they were taken. They know if you need a re-do ;-) !!
And the personalized website is SO personal. I have never seen one like it. They had small cards at the wedding for our guests- On the front was an engagement photo, and on the back is the link to our photo page. Our guests LOVED this.
http://rivera.annkam.com So simple!!
In 5 years, I may still remember a lot from this day, but it really does FLY BY you faster than anything I have ever known. In 20 or 30 years, I will probably remember mostly what's in these photos. Our children and our grandchildren will ONLY know these photos.
If you're going to spend money on something, make it the photographers, and make it Ann & Kam. You will be so glad you did for the rest of your life.
My one regret is that I won't be getting married again to use them again! So please, use them for your wedding!! They are fantastic people and deserve your business. And you deserve the memories they're going to provide.
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Member Since: 10/23/2012
Ann and Kam are wonderful, and we recommend them for any and all special moments you want to capture. We related to them instantly with their personal approach and laid back demeanor; they are the kind of people you want to be friends with. We loved their ability capture true emotion that helped tell the story of our relationship and wedding. They worked in a collaborative manner and provided their expertise and advice that was spot on. Ann and Kam are true professionals and their pictures of our wedding and engagement will grace the walls and shelves of our home for the rest of our lives. We are so grateful that we found them!
Member Since: 2/3/2012
I don't know what my wedding would have been like without Ann and Kam. My husband and I count ourselves truly lucky to have found them. They made everything so easy and so special. Yes, they are top-notch photographers, but they are also fantastic people - and when you're trusting someone with documenting one of the most important days of your life, it helps to know that they will go above and beyond because they really care about YOU. It's personal for them and I think it shows in the quality of their work. Ann and Kam work together professionally to make you feel relaxed and at ease. They give direction for shots, but are also open to suggestions. Their candid work is amazing and I feel as though I'm reliving the exact moments of my wedding as I look back at the photos. Not only were my husband and I over the moon about Ann and Kam, my family loved them too. They fit right in - not too intrusive, but present to catch all of the great moments. Ann and Kam also have a wonderful work ethic. They are hard workers committed to the quality of their craft. I'm extremely picky, but Ann and Kam worked with me through every step of the process to make sure I was happy and satisfied. I have gotten numerous compliments on the wedding photography and what's most important is that I'm in love with all the photos and videography. Ann and Kam helped us capture the love and joy of our big day which we will treasure for a lifetime. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, Ann and Kam!
Member Since: 8/22/2012
Absolutely wonderful! I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone to use them for their professional photography needs! My wife and couldn't have been happier with how everything we've done with Ann & Kam (engagement pics, guest book and, of course, the wedding itself) has turned out. After receiving our wedding pictures, we were giddy over how awesome they turned out, and the amazing quality of each picture; they captured so many wonderful moments of that day perfectly So much so that the biggest issue we have now is narrowing down which ones we want to display. Beyond the quality of the photos, their professionalism working with us was top-notch!
On the wedding day, they took charge of a rowdy and excited bunch that was our wedding party in a fun way that made all of the pics (group and just the two of us) very fun and enjoyable. At the reception they also helped us take a step back from everything to appreciate and the enjoy the day even more, which, in hind-sight we are so grateful for!
When the times comes, we will most definitely contact them again to take some professional pictures of us with our child(ren), because the quality of what we already have on our walls from them is superb!
Member Since: 3/6/2011
Ann & Kam were so wonderful to work with for our wedding. We first met them during our engagement session downtown Chicago in March. Their relaxed approach was so comforting and they are just so caring - They even offered me their gloves because it was so cold!
Ann & Kam have the ability to just become part of your day and capture all of the special moments - they are photography ninjas! A few times Kam even scaled objects to get that "perfect shot." We loved their use of natural lighting, their ability to make us laugh, and their avoidance of all the awkwardly staged wedding poses - they just went with the flow. We've only seen the sneak peek from our September wedding, but are in LOVE with what we've seen so far. All of our friends and family have told us these are the best wedding photographs they've seen! Even my colleagues who were not at the wedding teared up from the sneak peek because you could just feel the emotions in the photographs from Ann & Kam! I can't recommend them enough to future brides!
Member Since: 9/27/2012
Wow! Ann and Kam are by far the most amazing photographers! I don't normally write reviews, but I want every bride to know how talented they are and you will be so happy with your decision if you choose them.
We first met Ann and Kam when they did our engagement photos, and there are no words to describe how amazing they were. We had our pictures taken in May and we are still constantly getting compliments. They are STUNNING! Their use of lighting, different angles, knowledge of how to hold your hand or prop your leg was so helpful. And I could not believe how creative they were. This was what impressed me the most and made our pictures look so much better than the cookie cutter engagement photos. We took amazing pictures on top of bridges, in beautiful parks, and at one point Kam laid in the middle of the street just to get a shot of us! (It's actually one of my favorite pictures now!) I feel like they really captured our love for each other, and I smile every time I look at them. I appreciated that they took the time to learn how we interacted with each other and used this to capture all of the little details. We loved every picture and felt that they were very representative of us as a couple.
Also, they are a husband and wife couple and they each have different perspectives which gave us such a wide range of photos. They work so well together and we LOVED working with both of them. They made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and said funny things to make us laugh!
Engagement photos and wedding photos are the only memories you take from this sacred and once in a lifetime moment in your life. And I am so happy with my decision to work with Ann and Kam. They will also be shooting my destination wedding and we feel so lucky and excited to work with them again. Choosing the right photographer is a big decision, and I can honestly say that these photographers are so incredibly talented and you will love working with them!
Member Since: 9/26/2013
We are sooooo excited to have Ann and Kam as part of our wedding in a few short weeks. We are both wedding photographers, so getting married and hiring vendors to be a part of our special day was a very challenging task. When it came to who would photograph our wedding, it was especially difficult. When we met with Ann and Kam, we became instant friends. They are such an amazing, sweet, down to earth couple, and they are soooo talented! We knew with out a doubt that we had to have them photograph our wedding. The planning process has been amazing, Ann is so organized and helpful with advice and open to photo ideas for our big day. Our engagement session was also amazing, we did photos in downtown Chicago, walked around and chatted about the big day - they spent the time really getting to know us better. The photos from our engagement session were fantastic, we can't wait to showcase them at our wedding! They even made us a personal website gallery to share with friend and family for easy view of our photographs! I can not wait to have them as part of our wedding day, to do the very important task of documenting our memories from our special day so that we can cherish them forever and ever. Having a husband and wife team is really a dream team for your wedding photography needs. They work amazing together, have great ideas and are so personable with you. The photographs they capture are so beautiful. They really are a dream team and we are so excited to have them at our wedding celebrations!!
Member Since: 1/28/2013
Ann & Kam are a couple the sweetest, most down-to-earth people I've ever met. It just makes it that much more amazing when you see their work. My fiance and I have never had professional pictures taken of us but I have a great love for photography and respect for great photographers. I knew the style of pictures I wanted for our engagement session and wedding, and happened to stumble upon them in my research.
I knew right away that they would do a great job, but was still a little nervous about whether or not we'd be able to "act natural." Ann and Kam made us feel SO comfortable from the minute we got together with them for our engagement photo shoot. Although I had a few ideas of shots I'd like and the location, they were the ones that came up with most of it and made us so comfortable that we forgot photos were even being taken of us!
Ann is great at getting back to all emails, calls and texts very quickly and gives great advice if you're worrying about ANYTHING at all.
I can't wait until the wedding, where I know Ann & Kam will do an AMAZING job and capture every memory that we get to keep for the rest of our lives!!
Member Since: 12/2/2011
Ann & Kam are a wonderful couple! I love all my engagement/wedding pictures. They put so much energy in everything they do, they were always on time for every appointment and they were really responsive. You can see they do have a passion for photography and they will try to achieve perfection in every single picture they take regardless of the weather conditions and time of the day (I'm telling you this because my wedding was on January and it was extremely cold, snowy and windy, and we spent several hours in the street shooting our engagement and after ceremony pictures). Every time we met I felt like I knew them forever, even my bridesmaids and best men who came to our wedding from different parts of Latin America, Asia and Europe, they still remember how much fun we had with them.
Member Since: 9/16/2013
Ann and Kam made wedding photos fun. We had no plan and they came up with great ideas and led everyone in a way that no one felt pressured. The end result was beautiful photographs. The process was painless. You need Ann and Kam, trust us!
Silva and Paul
Member Since: 3/19/2012
Ann & Kam did a fantastic job capturing our wedding day! From the beginning, my husband and I felt that Ann & Kam understood our vision and the moments we wanted captured during our wedding day. Also, they were able to customize a package so we were able to get exactly what we wanted. Throughout the wedding process Ann was there to help plan for the big day and came up with perfect locations for our first look and group shots. From the beginning moments of us getting ready to our dance shots at the end of the night, our entire wedding was captured perfectly. Furthermore, our wedding video that Kam put together was unbelievably amazing! It will be watched for years to come. We have received so many compliments on our photos and our video, and I would highly recommend Ann & Kam!
Member Since: 1/30/2011
We knew going into our wedding that one of the most important investments would be the photography. We couldn't be happier with the quality of photos and customer service that Ann and Kam provided. We received numerous compliments from family, friends and strangers on the engagement and sneak peek wedding photos and we are so excited to see the rest and our video! I was the bride that asked perhaps too many questions and Ann was always so patient and willing to hear my ideas and share her knowledge and expertise. Finally, I am so grateful for their flexibility on the day of. As much as I desperately wanted to stick to the plan, things do change out of your control and you just have to go with the flow. Bottom line, my husband and I highly recommend Ann and Kam! :)
Member Since: 9/29/2012
I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience than working with Ann & Kam. I found Ann & Kam on the Knot and absolutely loved her portfolio. Once we met with Ann & Kam, we knew that we had to book them! They are such kind and thoughtful individuals that made us feel so comfortable on our wedding day. My husband and I weren't planning on doing engagement photos, but we chose a package that included them and I was really happy that we did. The engagement session was a great time to get to know Ann & Kam and get a feel for their style.
For our wedding photos, I was planning on taking photos at a barn/open field. It had been raining the entire week leading up to our wedding and Ann was great in finding alternate locations and making sure that I didn't stress out too much. In the end we were able to still go to the barn and the photos were exactly the way that I was hoping they would turn out. Ann & Kam were fantastic the entire day of the wedding and were able to capture so many great moments.
We got to see a sneak peak of our wedding photos within a week of our wedding and had all of the images only 5 weeks later. The website they set up the photos is very easy to navigate and download the photos from. They took time to meet with us after we had our photos to go over album options and layouts. They added so many special touches to our wedding and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. From our first meeting, to the engagement session, to the preparation of the wedding photos, the wedding, and the follow-up afterwards, every experience we have had with Ann & Kam was fantastic. I can't say enough great things about them!
Member Since: 8/23/2011
There are no words that can express the happiness & Satisfaction that I recieved from the work that Ann & Kam did for our wedding. I am overjoyed and speechless by the hardwork they put into our wedding. Ann was always just a phone call or an email away, and always willing to meet with me if I was getting too stressed out with wedding planning. Anytime I had an idea, a breakdown, or just needed a friend, Ann was always there for me. She listened, truely listened, to what I had to say, understood my vision, and captured everything perfectly. I couldn't ask for anything more. From the second I met with Ann & Kam downtown, I knew instantly that I HAD to have them. They worked with our budget, and made me feel absolutely wonderful about my decision. I loved working with Ann & Kam, they are such an amazing couple themselves, they understand eachothers ideas, and creativity just pours out of them both. For our wedding, the 2 most important things were my photographer/videographer and my DJ. Since the day flies by so quickly, I wanted to remember my day from start to finish through my photos and video. Ann & Kam captured every moment: tears of joy, smiling faces, moments of love, crazy dances, and the atmosphere/ambiance. I couldn't be happier with their work. Thank you so very much from the bottom of our hearts for being such an amazing part of our day. I am forever greatful to you and Kam for making our memories last a lifetime.
Member Since: 6/28/2011
Ann and Kam were awesome. They worked with us from start to finish, through all the steps of our not-quite-traditional wedding. They did fantastic engagement photos for us in the Field Museum, and we adore our wedding pictures. We were also able to get digital copies of all our pics, which was a top priority for us. Plus Ann did a great job handling my... slightly raucous... family. Lot of love. Highly recommended!
Member Since: 10/4/2010
Ann and Kam were nothing but spectacular. Both were incredibly professional but yet very fun to hang out with. I found Ann on Offbeat Bride. The two of them work seamlessly together, yet each have a distinct style. I wanted someone who could do the traditional family shots but also had an artistic vision to get those unique angles and capture emotions...and they did that so well! But honestly, there are a lot of talented photographers out there...it was their attitude and personality that really make them worth the money.
-They were everywhere they were supposed to be without being in the way at all. I was shocked at the pictures they managed to get, yet nobody noticed they were there.
-There was a slight disagreement with the venue people, and they handled it very professionally and took care of the issue quickly and discreetly.
-Our wedding had several offbeat elements, and not only did they roll with it, but they were excited to shoot something different.
-I am a plus-sized bride, and Ann knew how to direct me into poses that flattered my body without making me feel self-conscious or being blunt about it. This is an invaluable skill for any photographer, but it especially impressed me that someone with the portfolio that Ann has would be so good at working with brides of all shapes and sizes.
-I didn't have a pre-made list of detail shots, but Ann and Kam, being the pros, got all the shots I wanted.
-They were great at wrangling our loud, rowdy families during the family portraits.
-They showed up early, were professionally but discretely dressed, and got to work right away.
- They had fun! They were cracking up just as much as we were taking photo booth pictures. Their contract was up at 10pm, and after they packed up their equipment, they came back and polka'd with us before taking off!
-We got photo-booth pictures with-in a week, and a sneak-peak of shots a few days later. We got the full set of pictures just shy of five weeks after the wedding.
-Although we spent $3500, this was one of their more expensive packages. They have much more budget-friendly options, but we had a generous family member pay for our photography so we decided to upgrade!
The overall experience was fantastic. Ann and Kam are totally worth the money, and I am so glad they were the ones to capture our wedding.
Member Since: 5/4/2012
Ann and Kam were fabulous from start to finish. We tried them for our engagement shots and were really impressed by how well they communicated, which was explained when I learned that they're a husband-wife team. They listened to what we wanted and served as great resources during wedding planning. We were never jerked around - everything was clear and fair. I always felt like they were available, responsive, and genuinely care about their art and our happiness. We looooved the engagement pictures and hired Ann and Kam for photos, videography, and a photo booth at the wedding. The sneak peek that Ann sent to me within days of the wedding has me super excited... I've never seen pictures of us where we look so good! They captured a rustic-themed outdoor wedding just as well as our cosmopolitan downtown engagement shots.
Equipment is top notch, professionalism is top notch, eye for detail is out of this world - I recommend them without hesitation.
Member Since: 2/22/2012
I would 100% ABSOLUTLY RECOMMEND Ann and Kam!
My husband and I got married in an old gothic cathedral and our reception was in an old historic mansion on Lake Michigan. Our venue was beautiful and I knew I wanted someone to capture all the elements of our beautiful day. I wanted artistic pictures that captured the elegance of our venue. My problem is that I’m NOT an artistic person. I knew I wanted gorgeous pictures. But I had no great ideas of my own. That’s when I met ANN :)
Ann and Kam had TONS of ideas on how to work the space. Needless to say, our pictures are amazing, stunning, gorgeous, and everything we wanted!! We have hundreds of pictures that we love! Ann and Kam are passionate about their work. They make a remarkable team! From the first day I met Ann, to the wedding day she was extremely professional. She was on top of emails, phone calls, and was always on time. The day before the wedding I decided I really wanted Ann and Kam to come an hour earlier. It was no problem, they did! And our wedding video is a masterpiece!! I’ve watched it about 40 times already!! I couldn’t be more sincere in my recommendation of Ann and Kam. They are the BEST!
Member Since: 2/7/2011
After searching and searching for a photographer for our Feb 11th Lake Geneva wedding I found Ann's website. Our wedding was a bit "off beat" so when I saw her feature on offbeatbride.com I knew we made the right choice! We spoke over facebook and email for the 9 months leading up to the wedding. She answered all my questions and even got my sister's approval! (another professional photographer in Florida). The day of the wedding was VERY cold and windy. She got us all to suck it up since she knew how much outdoor pics meant to me! Her and Cam did an amazing job! Ann with the girls and Cam with the boys. She was very patient as of course the girls were not ready on time. The pictures....AMAZING!!! The groom and I did not wear white and she was able to really make our colors pop while keeping the bridal party (who were in white) still popping out of the snow as well!!! They were fantastic!!!! Thank you Ann and Cam! I can't wait to see the rest of the photos!!!
Member Since: 11/8/2007
Ann and her husband Kamran are amazing. They take fabulous pictures and manage to make even the most camera shy feel comfortable. Every penny spent on photography will be worth it!
Fun, Fresh, Fearless
We are a husband-wife cinematography and photography team. We love becoming friends with our amazing couples while creating personal, emotional and creative wedding films and imagery. Together we will have fun while creating memories that you will share for a lifetime.
- Starting Price Range: $2,000-$2,999
- Other Styles: Boudoir, Trash the Dress
- Specialty: A Variety/Blend of Styles
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
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