I am a wedding photographer that specializes in outdoor weddings with a photojournalistic approach using primarily natural light. I am Chicago based, but shoot worldwide, and provide a well-documented story of your entire day.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie, from Bassos Weddings.
Where have you been featured?
Martha Stewart, Wedding Wire, Wisconsin Bride
Why do couples love working with you?
I’d like to think it’s because I feel more like a friend hanging out taking pictures, rather than a professional photographer posing them on a photo shoot. I feel like people feel really comfortable with me, but I suppose you’d have to ask them 🙂
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I love being able to candidly spy on people looking their best, celebrating love, and usually in a great mood. I also love being able to witness all these really intimate and emotional moments. There’s something so special about seeing a bride put on her dress for the first time. That, and the first post-ceremony, “holy shit we are married,” kiss. I love those.
How did you get started?
I saw the lomography.com website in like, 2005 or 2006 and became obsessed with photography. My friend was getting married in Chattanooga and she said she’d pay my gas to shoot her wedding and I did and I loved it!
What 3 words best describe your wedding photography style?
Authentic, Candid, Intimate
What budget range do you cater to?
Stephanie loves what she does and it shows. You can see it in her face while she is working and it’s such a special treat to be able to work with someone who is so genuinely passionate. She has this natural ability to capture moments that look effortless and natural. She will also remind you to stand up straight (thank you!). She is the quickest editor in Chicago, I swear. I had my wedding photos in less than a week after my wedding and she shot 3 in a row! She also brought a second shooter and he was amazing, too! We feel like we got such a great value for the quality of the photos we received as they are something we will cherish our whole lives. Stephanie is simply a great human being. She’s sweet, hilarious, sensitive and flexible. Don’t wait to book her because she fills up fast!
I was instantly captivated when I discovered Stephanie’s work and knew she was the only photographer I wanted to shoot my wedding (even if it meant planning the actual wedding date around her schedule, which we did). Her astute eye + technical prowess make for portraits with a real sense of authenticity. Her editing is minimal and soft, allowing the true beauty of her photographs to stand alone. In addition to being a wildly talented photographer, Stephanie is quite simply a wonderful person. We loved sharing our wedding day with her and her lovely assistant Rachel.
Stephanie’s photography is absolutely beautiful and real. Multiple people have told me that her photos of our wedding look like something you would see in an art museum. Her turn-around time blew us away, and working with her felt like working with a close friend. Choosing Stephanie was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions we made for our wedding.