Choosing our photo/video company took some time but, in the end it was well worth the wait. We met with three different companies to compare apples to apples and see what our options were. The first company I assumed we would go with because three of my friends had recently used them at their weddings over the last few years. However, I was wrong about that. We met with Mike from Essence Photo and Video (our third appointment). I should note that our appointment was for later in the day. However, Dave and I finished a cake tasting earlier than anticipated so we contacted Essence to see if they could get us in earlier as we were in the area. They were very flexible and got us an appointment fifteen minutes later. Instantly, Dave and I felt very comfortable with Mike, kind of like we had known him for years. It was nice to go into a private room with a comfy couch to sit on while hearing all about the company, album options, and viewing portfolios of photographers and videographers. Dave and I felt really comfortable and most like ourselves at Essence. A point I had made was we wanted to enjoy our night and not constantly get pulled during the reception for pictures which, thankfully, Essence was all about. They know you want to enjoy your night which is why they take care of most of the formals after the ceremony. We viewed three photographers’ portfolios and we fell in love with Eric’s work. Dave and I left our appointment, got into our car, and knew we wanted to book with Essence. I guess the saying is true…third time’s the charm. We signed a contract with them days later. Planning forms were all online to input and update our information on my own time and at my own pace. Being a mother of a 15 month old and a teacher, this was a life saver. Any questions were answered by immediately by Karen the director of photography. My photographer Eric and videographer Travis contacted me before the wedding to go over all my forms. I felt very comfortable with them and was anxious for the wedding to be here. Eric arrived at 11:00 AM and spent the next twelve hours with us crazy girls! It felt as if we’d known Eric for years (must be something about the company…insert smiley), as opposed to just meeting him that morning. He was so polite and helpful throughout the day and treated me as a precious gem which is how every bride should feel. He was so complimentary to all my girls and I and he really made us feel so at ease. Travis, our videographer, we didn’t have as much contact with but, when we did he was nothing but nice. Both men were very polite and non intrusive to and with our guests! I could not have asked for better individuals (Eric and Travis) and service on my wedding day, and I haven’t even seen the final product yet but, I know everything will be superb! Dave and I are so happy that we chose to go with Essence photo and video. If you’re looking for a company that will make your night about you, treat you like gold, listen to your wants and needs, give creative direction, and make your day about you, then I would HIGHLY recommend you go with Essence Photo and Video. We weren’t disappointed, and I promise, you won’t be either.
All the best,
Great! Professional and very patient with large families and wedding parties! Only gave them four stars because they missed some pictures on my "must-take list."
A great wedding photography and videography company-rated one of the top vendors by the knot. THey have some unique photography styles and are reasonably priced. I thought I would have to make my own wedding album but with their options it was possible to do both.
I simply loved our photographer - and so did our bridal party and guests - his style was more journalistic and the shots he took were amazing! The videographer was not invasive, most guests didn't even remember him being there & I can't wait to see the footage. The staff at Essence is always courteous and helpful and they treat you like their one and only client.
Pleasantly surprised by how good this place is for the price. Very professional. Our photographer even stayed late for no extra cost. Highly recommend these guys. Ask for Travis.
Overall I think Essence did a great job. Our photographer was great not only behind the camera, but also in front of it. He did a great job of keeping a light fun mood and getting great pics. Our wedding video also turned out good. Most of my friends and family didn't even see our videographer. She did a great job of staying in the background yet captured everything. We have yet to get our photo album back yet (we ordered it late) but I am sure it will be great. Plus, we get the ALL negatives to our pictures 1 year from our wedding date. I love that!
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