Keren is a fine art wedding photographer based in Chicago. She uses natural light to create authentic, intimate and timeless images for couples. Services include full coverage, albums, second shooter, engagement sessions and digital files.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Keren, from Keren Sarai Photography.
Where have you been featured?
My work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Modernly Wed, Wedding Chicks, Ruffled, Trendy Bride, Wedding Loft & ISS Magazine
Why do couples love working with you?
I think that most couples love working with me because they see the attention and care that I give to everyone. My couples end up feeling more like friends than strangers which makes for an overall more comfortable experience.
What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
One of the things I love most about being a wedding photographer is that I get front row seats in witnessing one of the happiest days in the lives of many couples. I love seeing the emotion and excitement of the day through my camera.
How did you get started?
I started photography as a hobby after I begged my husband for a nice camera for Christmas. He obliged and I was hooked! I quickly dove into learning the ins and outs of the camera and couldn’t get enough from photography blogs. I had a college friend who was putting on a low-budget wedding and asked me to take a chance and photograph their wedding. I went for it, fell in love with shooting weddings and never looked back.
What 3 words best describe your wedding photography style?
Authentic, timeless, and romantic.
What budget range do you cater to?
My wedding packages begin at $3,900 and typically couples will spend between $3,900-$5,000.
Keren was one of the greatest decisions we made! From the initial meeting to well after our wedding, Keren has been there for us every step of the way. At our first meeting, we knew right away that Keren was the photographer for us! Of course, I had done prior research and fell in love with her photo’s and photojournalist style, but it was her knowledge, professionalism, and easy-going personality that sealed the deal for us! We loved how comfortable she made us feel with the whole process and was very honest with how important that was to have our personalities shine in the photos. She made us feel SO special throughout the whole process surprising us along the way and being a great resource. We had the best time getting to know her better at the engagement photo shoot and at several different meetings. Keren was absolutely wonderful on the wedding day!!! She was always very professional and made everyone in the bridal party comfortable. We are BEYOND happy with how the photos turned out. She has a deep talent for wedding photography and her photos were breathtaking! We get so many compliments on how well she captured the emotion of the day. Keren is hands down THE best wedding photographer and well worth the investment. These are photos that are going to be cherished for a lifetime and we could not have been happier to have Keren capture them for us! I already can’t wait to do an anniversary shoot in the future with her!
I cannot say enough about how wonderful it was having Keren as our photographer! From our first meeting, my husband I not only loved her because of how gorgeous her photos were, but also because we could tell she goes above and beyond for her clients. Throughout our engagement, Keren consistently checked in with us, including sending us movie tickets so we could make sure we kept the romance around during the crazy wedding planning time. When it came to our engagement photos, she drove up to Milwaukee (where my husband proposed), and spent hours with us taking photos and making us laugh and feel so so comfortable. The months leading up to the wedding, she was SO ON TOP OF IT! She made sure she had us fill out forms (nothing overbearing) about the pictures we wanted, and sent out a timeline so we would know what to expect from her the day of and who else we needed around at what times for pictures. As a bride who spent so much time planning for this day, I cannot tell you enough how much it meant to me that she did this well before the hectic time a week or two before the wedding. The day of the wedding, Keren and her second photographer Erica were so so so so great! Every moment was captured without any interruption of the day. They were efficient at getting through family and bridal party photos, and they made sure that it all felt natural and everyone was comfortable. I have not seen the photos from the day yet (it is only two weeks after my wedding), but I am SURE that they will turn out absolutely beautiful, especially since I was completely in love with our engagement photos. For me, the most important vendor I needed to book was my photographer since the pictures are the only things I have to remember the day. I have absolutely no regrets about booking Keren, and I would try my best to persuade anyone thinking of using her as their photographer to do so without hesitation! Thank you so much, Keren!
From our initial meeting with Keren, my husband and I knew we would choose her as our wedding day photographer! It was evident what a genuine and warm person she was after our first few minutes chatting over Starbucks. Keren listened attentively and offered suggestions as we excitedly shared wedding day details. Keren told us that she decided to solely become a wedding photographer because she realized that shooting couples in love (on one of the most important days of their lives), was her true passion. Well, her passion for wedding photography is truly reflected in her photos. Keren’s photos are absolutely beautiful and timeless. She has an eye for detail and knows exactly where to shoot to incorporate natural light, giving her photos a romantic and magical feel. We have received numerous compliments on our engagement photos and the “sneak peeks” of our wedding photos. We feel that part of the reason that Keren’s photos are unique is the fact that she keeps her subjects moving. The photos have fluidity and her subjects have genuine expressions. “Forced”, “fake”, “cheesy” and “posed” are words that won’t even cross your mind when you look at Keren’s photos. Keren communicated frequently leading up to the wedding day. She responded promptly to e-mails, offered suggestions, and answered our questions. She also sent little notes and gifts our way, which was such a pleasant surprise! Keren is enthusiastic, efficient, professional, smart, easygoing, and extremely sweet. We were very impressed with her ability to work collaboratively with her assistant, Erica. Keren and Erica were a dynamite team! Keren was cognizant of the time to ensure that all the wedding day shots that we desired with family and friends (as well as the pretty details), were captured. We highly recommend Keren Sarai Photography to all couples seeking a skilled and extremely competent wedding photographer. This will likely be one of the best decisions you will make for your wedding day!