Member Since: 4/14/2012
Chris was more than we could have ever hoped for.
We first contacted him 16 months before the wedding and he was prompt (responded within 12 hours), professional and accommodating.
We did an engagement shoot with him a year before our wedding and he was a joy to work with. He captured our personalities in beautifully shot photographs that people raved about.
Throughout the process, he was helpful, understanding and very responsive.
The wedding itself was amazing. Chris arrived on time and got right to work with his assistant. He was easy to talk to and helped relax us all. He arrives looking like a special ops photographer, with everything he could need at hands-reach hanging from belts and straps. He was open to ideas and suggestions, knew the photos I was looking for and ensured we got the shots we wanted with the limited time we had. We had so many positive comments from our guests about Chris and his assistant, Chris.
When we got our photos less than 5 weeks after the wedding (with the expectation of 8-10), I was thrilled. When I actually looked at the photos, I sat there in awe, laughing and crying and completely reliving the day. Chris captured it all, even moments we didn't even know about.
All in all, if you're in the tri-state area and looking for the best photographer available, look no further. I recommend him to everyone I know getting married and would love to work with him again in the future.
Member Since: 1/2/2012
As someone who used to work in the wedding and events industry in Kalamazoo/SW MI, when I got engaged, there were certain things I knew I had to do right away. Booking Chris McGuire to photograph my wedding was one of those things on that list. After working with him to capture my June 2013 wedding and viewing the amazing pictures that resulted, I knew I had made the right choice.
Chris was so easy to work with from start to finish and was always available to answer any questions I came up with throughout the planning process. Even after the wedding he stayed in contact until everything had been delivered and made sure I had no remaining questions.
I am not a fan of overly posed pictures, nor do I like to take super posed pictures (I feel so awkward!!). So I really appreciated the fact that Chris made myself, my husband, and everyone in our wedding party very comfortable and got us to relax, and was able to capture some amazing candid moments that are truly once-in-a-lifetime shots - nothing that could ever be posed and planned. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time :)
I highly recommend Chris McGuire Photography - you will not be disappointed and will have amazing photos to remember your big day by that no one else could capture.
Member Since: 10/5/2013
Chris was our wedding photographer and also did our engagement shoot and we could not have been happier with his work. He really went above and beyond what we were expecting. Not only did he work to make sure that he got all the shots we wanted, but he came up with some great ideas we never would have thought of (including sunset photos during our reception that turned out amazingly). We felt awkward at first being photographed, but he put us at ease right away and made the whole process a lot of fun. He also was very flexible during the planning process - meeting with us over Skype since we lived in a different state.
Finally, we were blown away by the end product that we received. Our photos turned out beautifully and Chris was able to capture the special moments of the day in a way that we could not have imagined. We would absolutely recommend him as a wedding photographer and would use him again ourselves for other special events.
Member Since: 11/16/2013
After looking through some of the photos that Chris had done of weddings in our area, I knew that we had to have him photograph our wedding! Being a perfectionist myself, I wouldn’t have been happy with anything less than the best. Chris exceeded any expectation that I could have ever had for our photos and gave us hundreds of images that allow us to relive our special day over and over.
Chris was extremely professional and was always at the right place at the right time. There was not a special shot or moment that was not captured. He made everyone at ease and made the process of taking thousands of photos a fun part of our wedding day. He has a great eye for capturing the perfect shot and unique angle. He was even open to trying my ideas for some photos and made a special point of covering everything we had talked about.
We received our photos less than 3 weeks after the wedding, with a sneak peak just 4 days after!! Chris was prompt, professional, and an overall joy to work with! If you want the best, you have to go with Chris!
Member Since: 5/14/2013
My now husband and I originally found Chris McGuire on The Knot and were so glad that we did. He was so easy to work with prior to the wedding. When the actual wedding day came, we knew there was nothing to worry about and that we were in very capable hands. Chris is incredibly professional but relaxed and low key. He was so low key, in fact, that at some points I didn't even realize that he was there! He got all of these incredible candid shots that my husband and I will always treasure. We are so, so grateful that we had the opportunity to work with Chris and given the chance would absolutely use him all over again.
Member Since: 1/15/2013
Hire Chris! His work is absolutely tremendous! I had a feeling he was the photographer for us by the work on his website…then I met him and instantly knew he was the photographer for our wedding!
His passion for the ART of photography and capturing those little moments you hope you will be able to remember for years to come is unmatched! So easy to work with! My husband didn't think we needed a photographer ('everyone has iPhones') and after we got our pictures back, he finally understood why I chose Chris.
Unbelievably easy to work with! Fun to work with! And, as one of my other friends that used him for her wedding said…he's a photography ninja! How he caught almost every tiny, memorable moment during our day is baffling to me!
We also had a photo booth-which I highly recommend! Spend about $200 in props and you will have some of the funniest pictures you can imagine!
Seriously, look no further, you have found your photographer!
Member Since: 4/24/2012
Living in Texas, it was difficult planning our wedding in Michigan. But we knew after booking our venue that the photographer would be the most important thing. After much research online (I mean A LOT) we finally met Chris via Skype and within a few seconds decided to book him for our big day. The ultimate BEST DECISION we made for our wedding :)
Chris' work definitely speaks for itself. (Just check out his website!) One thing that stood out to us was his candid shots and how each of the weddings he had posted looked extremely different, unique and beautiful in their own way. A lot of other photography sites show weddings where they all look the same and in some cases you cannot really tell them apart. This is what made us fall in love with his work. His work shows his attention to detail and his artistic abilities to capture happy moments. He has received recognition for his work too (again, part of our research) and shows a real passion for his work.
But what you may not know from looking at his site alone is that he is awesome to work with. He listened to us carefully, asked questions and really cared about what we wanted. He followed up with us as we got closer to the big day. He was on time with his very helpful assistant (also named Chris, we were super happy to have him there). He worked well with the videographers and took so many shots. He was not sloppy or careless. Instead he made adjustments and used one of the multiple cameras he had wrapped around him at all times. During the day I did not even notice him moving around. But after we got our pictures I could see that he took the most amazing shots. We were so blown away :)
In fact, he captured shots we didn’t even think of! You would think a bride would remember to take a picture of her long gorgeous train (that took forever to pick!) but with the rush of the wedding it was the last thing on my mind…thankfully Chris captured the most beautiful shot of my entire dress/train on the balcony. It is so beautiful it makes people just say "woooow" every time. I cannot even believe it is me. And this is just one example.
Side note: Weddings are hard to pull off, especially from long distance. Chris put us at ease and we were so pleased with his work. I did not worry at all about the pictures and that made for the best experience. So don’t procrastinate and book early!! (it is way more important than food and napkins :P)
Lastly, the delivered CD was so amazing (the pictures, the cover, just the classy presentation) that we ordered two more for the parents. They loved it as much as we did. These pictures make us smile, laugh and cry and we have the most amazing memories now framed to share with others forever and this is thanks to Chris. We are so grateful and truly blessed. I swear, these pictures are the most important thing to me (the bride) from the wedding. My husband would probably say seeing me walk in with my dad or marrying me was the most important thing (because he is a sweetheart lol)…but second to that, the pictures :)
Member Since: 1/1/2013
I couldn't have asked for a better wedding photographer! Chris was everything I hoped for and more. He picked up on my vision right away and make me feel comfortable. I knew that he would get the shots I wanted and call the shots. Chris was friendly, funny, hard working, honest, and thorough. I would recommend him to anyone in Michigan getting married! Worth every penny! Thanks Chris!
Member Since: 3/10/2012
Chris made our wedding day so easy. He took a traditionally awkward situation of taking hundreds of photos and made it feel very natural. He was so efficient and quick, our family members referred to him as the "photo ninja", always in the background switching lenses, changing cameras and getting the best shot possible. We were really impressed with the way the photos turned out, even the ones where we questioned our poses, turned out amazing and Chris made it easy to trust his judgement. He didn't capture just memories but created a beautiful story of our wedding day and we could not be happier with the results. Thank you Chris. - Jordan & Nick
Member Since: 11/18/2011
We planned our Kalamazoo wedding from our home in Washington, D.C., so we found Chris online. We saw that he had great reviews, so we asked the folks at our venue and they said he was their favorite photographer. We got our pictures back last week and could not be happier. He did a magnificent job. The pictures are truly beautiful.
Chris was very organized, both before the wedding and day-of. We spoke to him beforehand to talk about what we wanted. We provided a list of the pictures we really wanted, and then told him that we really wanted a mix of candid and formal shots. Chris gave us exactly what we asked for.
I am especially pleased with the results because Chris was working with some tricky conditions - we were on a rooftop and it was very bright and windy. I was worried that we would all be squinting and have hair blowing in every direction. But Chris managed to get tons of absolutely beautiful pictures of our family.
I also recommend Chris because he was unobtrusive during the ceremony. I have been to weddings where the photographer was running around during the ceremony to the point of distraction. I did not even see Chris once, and he still managed to get great pictures.
His pictures of the reception are my favorite because they show our guests having an absolute blast. He got great shots of almost everyone dancing and having a great time. We also had a few family members who refused to smile in formal pictures, and Chris managed to catch candid shots of these stubborn family members having fun and smiling at the reception.
Chris was also very easy to get along with and very professional. He managed to organize people for the pictures without much fuss, which was difficult with my large family. He was on time and flexible with our schedule, and he kept everything moving along, which we really appreciated.
We showed the pictures to family and friends and everyone agrees that Chris did a remarkable job. He really captured the day perfectly. We really could not be happier and we recommend Chris to anyone for a wedding or any other event. He did a great job and we are so thankful!
Member Since: 10/3/2011
Chris photographed our wedding in March 2013 & did a fabulous job! He was an absolute pleasure to work with! He did a phenomenal job on our photos & we will be sure to recommend him to anyone! Thanks Chris!
Member Since: 12/13/2009
Chris photographed our wedding this past August in Traverse City, MI. When deciding on a photographer for our wedding it was an easy choice, Chris also photographed my sisters wedding a couple years ago and I remember how beautiful her pictures turned out. I cannot say enough good things about Chris and his talent, he went above an beyond my expectations. From the first interactions we had with him he was always very professional, helpful, thorough, polite and fun to be around. My husband isn't the biggest fan of having his picture taken but Chris made us both feel very comfortable. The images Chris captured were incredible, I was speachless when I saw the sneak peak he sent us just days after our wedding. He did an outstanding job of capturing the most beautiful moments of one of the most important days of our lives. He was one of my favorite parts of our wedding and it was truly an honor to have Chris part of our speical day. I would recommend Chris McGuire Photography to anyone looking the PERFECT photographer to capture one of life's greatest moments. I can't wait to use Chris again in the future!
Member Since: 7/1/2012
Chris and Chris were excellent. We loved our Engagement Session before the wedding. And then came the wedding photos...
They were perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better team. They made our evening a night we will always remember.
Member Since: 12/22/2011
Chris photographed our June wedding, everything was perfect. Chris was wonderful to work with and so easy to get in touch with and answer questions.
On top of great professionalism, Chris is truly an amazing and talented photographer. He went above and beyond to capture every moment of our day including all of the special requests that we had discussed prior. It rained prior to our ceremony and Chris was great at making suggestions for pictures not planned as well as being flexible when the rained stopped to make sure we were able to get every shot.
Our pictures are priceless. So many people have commented on the outstanding work that Chris did.
I would recommend Chris to any bride, of all of the vendors I worked with during our planning process Chris was the best!
Member Since: 11/4/2012
My husband and I met with Chris about 8 months before our May wedding. Chris was incredibly amiable and helpful from the very first appointment. Throughout the time before the big day, he was very willing to email and meet to discuss details and ideas and was always excited and open to our specific vision. For the wedding day, he was able to incorporate every aspect of our wedding from getting ready to the reception. He fit in so many different locations and styles of photography before and after our ceremony. Throughout the ceremony and reception he was unnoticeable and never interfered with the natural sequence of events. When our pictures came back we were blown away by how many stunning moments he had captured and the beautiful quality of work he did. We truly believe that Chris McGuire is the best photographer in the area!
Member Since: 1/26/2012
Chris is an incredible photographer. Not only are his skills as a photographer flawless, but his professionalism is outstanding. We had much trouble getting responses when searching for a photographer prior to finding Chris, but we had none of those issues with Chris. He always calls or replies back promptly and was always helpful in answering our many questions. He was awesome at working with us to figure out exactly what we wanted out of our sessions. Overall, our pictures are absolutely amazing and we are so glad we chose Chris to photograph both our engagement and wedding!
Member Since: 6/30/2009
Chris was absolutely awesome to work with. His professionalism was flawless: before and after the wedding he was constantly available with prompt responses to any and all questions. For a long-distance bride, he was easy to get a hold of at any time. At the wedding, Chris had a great "bedside manner," totally relaxed and competent. He put everyone at ease. Despite the scheduling failures and chaos of a big wedding, he was calm and smiling throughout.
He also couldn't have been more attentive to what was important to us. He listened to what we wanted from our pictures - even things that were different from what we had seen in his pictures before - and delivered. He even "got us" so much that, when we saw the pictures later, it seemed like he knew exactly what we would have wanted him to focus on! He also put a lot of creative energy into making our pictures perfect for us, making us a surprise backdrop for the photo booth that matched our theme (the surprise was weeks before the wedding, not the day of, which we also appreciated). And, at the ceremony and reception he was ubiquitous but completely unobtrusive.
Chris showed a lot of skill and competence, and chose a high quality lab for prints, which was really important to us. But even more importantly, he has an unbeatable natural ability to take photographs that, in the words of his motto "tell the story." Money can't buy talent like his! He captured moments and faces that will help us remember the loved ones who surrounded us at our wedding, as well as our own emotions from that day, for many years.
Chris is not the cheapest photographer in Kalamazoo, but he was absolutely worth every penny. Thank you Chris!!
Member Since: 2/1/2013
True to his slogan, Chris was able to tell the story of our wedding at the Kellogg Manor through his very talented and artistic use of his camera. Chris is not only very approachable, friendly and professional, he also has an amazing talent for capturing the mood, expression and colors of our big day. We will not hesitate in recommending him to our family and friends.
Member Since: 3/11/2012
Let me start by saying CHRIS IS AWESOME! I'll tell you why, but the bottom line is, Chris is an incredible photographer who will take amazing photos on your wedding day.
I got married two months ago in East Lansing, MI on campus at Michigan State University. I live in Chicago so my planning was done long distance. Chris made it very easy to communicate and always made himself available. On a trip to MI before the wedding he was able to meet with us on short notice in his home studio to get to know one another and chat about what my husband and I wanted. We were pretty clueless. Chris helped guide us in developing a time line and articulating our needs and expectations for the wedding day.
We talked on the phone before the wedding and Chris asked lots of questions to make sure he had all of the details squared away and we were on the same page. It was very reassuring and helped ease my stress and nerves to know that he was so on top of things.
The day of the wedding Chris was on time and ready to go. We had him come to the hotel and then drive to the ceremony site. As soon as Chris showed up everything seemed very real. He had such a relaxed and calming presence throughout the entire day that really made working with him a breeze and a lot of fun. He started by taking pictures of my dress and the sentimental items like my jewelry, a pin from my grandma and the garter belt.
When we arrived at the ceremony site Chris took pictures of me and the bridesmaids outside. He did a great job at finding good lighting, background and directing everyone. During the ceremony he stepped up and helped out when we were in a bit of crisis when our videographers were late because of a car accident on the highway. He took my info binder and offered to call them himself to see where they were. I was really impressed that he jumped right in and took charge! The ceremony was beautiful and Chris really captured that in the pictures. There's an amazing shot with the Greek crowns on our heads where I'm looking sideways at my future husband. I'ts amazing!
One of the highlights of my day was taking photos with the bridal party in between the ceremony and reception. We just had a TON of fun. We went to the Sparty statue and Chris took some seriously cool shots of the bridal party hanging out of the MSU bus windows and Nate and I in front holding hands. He has the creative edge to make money shots like that happen. The most amazing pictures are in the gardens on a bridge where Chris just let my husband and I relax and snapped some natural shots of us. They are really incredible. The lighting and coloring of the photos are breathtaking.
The reception was A BLAST! Chris was on the dance floor snapping some really fun pictures of the guests and my husband and I dancing in full party mode. They are really fun pictures!
Chris is a very talented photographer who is obviously skilled and knows what he is doing. He treated me like I was his #1 priority the entire day. I'm sure being a wedding photographer can be exhausting, but it truly seemed like Chris loved it and had a great time. That's what made the day and the entire experience.
I did a lot of research to find an amazing photographer, and I DID! THANK YOU CHRIS, YOU ROCK.
Member Since: 4/26/2012
Great photographer! We didn't even know he was there during the ceremony! Pictures and photo booth turned out great!
He also did our engagement pictures and a guest book for us.
I would definitely recommend him to anyone!
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