In Focus Studios

In Focus Studios

Thornton, IL
708.462.2304   Visit Website
 
4.1
out of 5.0
Quality of Service
4.2
Responsiveness
4.0
Professionalism
4.0
Value
4.2
Flexibility
4.2
0.0

My daughters wedding is coming up in June of 2012 and up until December of 2011 we thought we had hired the best photographer out there. Unfortunately since January of this year we are not able to get a hold of her. Her email has been deleted and her website is no longer available. We had two addresses and both seem to be vacant. We still get an option to leave a message on her phone but she does not return our phone calls. If anyone has any idea how to get a hold of her please comment on wedding wire. If looking to hire a photographer ~ please do not call Rachele Schindler. We lost a lot of money in this deal.

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Noreen
1 Review
09/24/2011
2.2

I believe Rachele is not out of business, which is good. I would never do "business" with her again. Do NOT hire her.

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1.4

Be extremely wary of working with Rachel Schindler as a wedding photographer.

She is very friendly and sells her services well. However, after our wedding she stopped returning any calls. We called countless times, and we were beginning to believe we would never receive any of our wedding photos. She only mailed them (still without a note or call) after we had an attorney contact her.

When I was researching contact information when trying to get our pictures, I also discovered that Rachele has operated under the name Cherry J. Holiday Studios. This company is no longer in existence, but had an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Be cautious!

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5.0

OK not even kidding Rachele is Amazing if you dont have her you do not have the best! she goes out of her way to work with you and she is there when you need her. I have already seen a sneak peek of one wedding picture and its amazing!!!! Rachele is more then your normal photographer besides doing my wedding she also did my engagement pictures and yes they are amazing I never knew i could look that good in a picture. I plan on having Rachele take ll my professional pictures from now on. ( right now its July, and i m super excited for the holidays so i can see her again! ( and if you are like me I was a bride on a budget do not cut out your photographer cost these pictures are going to be the one thing you still like at 15 years or 30 years down the road I am very disappointed at my own mother for not having wedding pictures you will not regret having in focus do your wedding or any event!!!!

I felt the need to add this~ I have already had people tell me and friends telling friends how amazing Rachele is I have a friend who is a boot camp bride and when her hubby comes back she wants a real wedding and already told her husband she found her photographer!

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5.0

I really enjoyed my experience with In Focus Studios!!! They were, in fact, the MOST VALUABLE vendor I had contracted for our wedding. I was a DIY bride to the fullest, and I trusted, Rachele, with capturing our moment. She excelled in that area, 10 FOLD :)
I highly recommend her services. She is comforting as a friend, has advice like your grandmother and make planning a tad bit less stressful. You are much appreciated, Rachele!!! James and I, Thank you :)

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Valerie L.
5 Reviews
06/24/2011
5.0

In Focus Studios is amazing! Rachele was wonderful and I would never turn to anyone else to capture my most precious memories. She more than exceeded my expectations of any photographer. I was able to call and talk about any of the concerns or worries I had about my wedding. She gave great advice and had the most awesome ideas that even went beyond the photography realm of expertise. I wasn't sure we'd be able to actually have our engagement shoot done before our wedding because my fiance and I kept having to cancel and reschedule due to our wonderful Chicago weather. She accomplished not only the E-Session before our wedding, but even made a personalized art board for us to display. It was lovely! Her service is undoubtedly the best you could experience and not only that, she is an incredible person. She is so easy to work with. I do NOT like how I look in any pictures of myself, but my worries about how I'd photograph on my wedding day just dissolved at our engagement shoot. After seeing a few of the photos as we were shooting, I actually thought I looked beautiful and sexy, and let me assure you, those words and thoughts never come from me! Come the wedding day, Rachele had my full trust and I was willing to do whatever she asked because I knew I would be thrilled with the outcome! Her second shooter, Ellie, was also amazing. I only had the privilege of meeting her and having my photos taken by her on the day of my wedding, but her professionalism and talent was obvious. The chemistry the two of them have is remarkable. I had thought I'd hate having my photo taken, like I usually do, but Rachele has changed that. I love it now! I know it may sound extreme, but it's the truth, I have actually gained self-confidence because of her! I cannot find the right words to fully explain the praise In Focus Studios has earned!!!

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5.0

Rachele was a phenomenal photographer! She went above and beyond our expectations by far (even helped me with a few important things with getting ready!!). From the very beginning we clicked and I felt like I had hired a dear friend. From the engagement photos to the wedding itself, she truly met every need and made us so comfortable. Joe and I were delighted to work with such a talented person!! My guests even commented on how great our photographer was with getting every shot and somehow not being right in the middle of things! We highly recommend In Focus Studios!

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5.0

Where do I start...one of the BEST contract services decision I've made in preparation for my wedding!!! When I decided to go with In Focus Studios my attention was grabbed by the variety and beautiful photos on the site, positve reviews and great business ratings. After receiving my consultation I was sold with the great customer service and the ability to have my questions answered thoroughly. Needless to say I have not been disappointed since signing the contract!!!

My experience with the photographers has been amazing...for my engagement session they created comfort with me and my fiance to be in front of the camera. And then regarding the creativity of the sessions itself let's just say my family and friends were simply awwwhhhed by the beauty and unique feel of the photo session. Then for my wedding, In Focus Studios' photographers were nothing but professional, timely and ready to take on a day that in my mind will last a lifetime. And I can honestly say because of the services and photos captured that the memories will not fade because of the fabulous job done.

In Focus Studios has made me a lifetime client, and if value of the photos taken automatically translated to cost I would never be able to repay them for such wonderful work. Thank you In Focus Studios for delivering the best from beginning to end!!!!

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5.0

If you want outstanding photos, In Focus Studios is the place to go!
In Focus Studios is nothing short of amazing! Rachele is extremely talented and clearly loves what she does. One of the many great things about her is that she will take the time to get to know you as her client and then work together to create truly great shots. After a while, you’ll feel like you have a photographer who’s also a friend or even close family member. The only real problem you will have is choosing which of the many wonderful pictures you’ll want to print and share. Both our engagement and wedding photos turned out to be spectacular. I really can’t imagine getting a better deal or hiring another studio other than In Focus. Thanks again Rachele and Jason, we really can’t say it enough. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Jones

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5.0

Rachele and Jason were absolutely fantastic! They went above and beyond to make everything run smoothly and to capture special moments. They were with us the entire day and worked tirelessly to get great shots. Their professionalism is evident in their beautiful pictures. On top of her amazing skills as a photographer, Rachele is also a wonderfully funny and kind person. She explained many details and helped us make plans, which wasn't easy considering we live out of state. As a bride, it was so nice to have her there to talk with on the big day. She fit right in with all of our bridal party and family members. She even made sure everything was running on time and connected with the other vendors in advance....wow! For what little we knew about photography before our wedding, we certainly hit the jackpot when we booked with In Focus Studios. Needless to say, we highly recommend them!

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5.0

We got married on New Years Eve, Rachele was fabulous through the whole process. We met and loved her, and throughout everything she would call me all the time to check on my plans, we e-mailed all the final details, and the day of she was with us all day, she even helped me go to the bathroom!! She wasn't just a photographer she became a friend through the process. She really dedicated her time to me, and I think that is a great asset to have. Thank you Rachele for your time, and your beautiful photos!!

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5.0

I would just like to say that Rachele did a fantastic job on my wedding photos as well as Jason. Rachele was very easy to work with and she's really good at what she does. Thanks for doing my wedding photos Rachele.

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4.7

Rachele and Jason were very frienldy and professional photographers. Rachele is very good at making you comfortable when you really feel like your a wreck. Although we have not yet seen our wedding photos our engagemant photos are lovely. I am glad we chose In Focus Studios to photographer our very special day.

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5.0

I didn't want a day to go by and not leave a review on their services they provided! Rachele and Jason were the best photographers I ever met! They were so patient with me, my family and friends. Something happen while we were getting ready for the formal shoot and Rachele was so kind as to rectify the situation without me getting all upset! She was so helpful and supportive when something went wrong, was able to provide that shoulder you could cry or lean on. I appreciate all that they provided with the utmost care and professionalism! I got to see some of the photos as they were being taken and they were fabulous! The pictures were so sharp and crisp, I can't wait until I see all of them. I also got to see them on their blog as a client spotlight (which I love and feel so special about)! I would highly recommend Rachele and Jason because of their hard work and dedication for what they do! They are truly going to be my photographers throughout my stages in life! THANKS AGAIN AND BE BLESSED!

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5.0

We LOVED In Focus Studios. Rachele has a great presence and is able to direct people very well. You can tell she does it because she loves it. My fiance and I were on a VERY tight budget. He was layed off and my dad, who received a liver transplant in November, is no longer able to work. Rachele worked with us so we could still have a wonderful photography package. She will give us a CD with all the photos, so even if we don't get all the pictures now, we will still have the files for the future. Not everything worked out that day with other vendors, but Rachele was one person we could definitely count on.

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Anonymous
1 Review
2+ years ago
0.0

Don’t believe the fake reviews. It isn’t a coincidence that multiple people are saying the same thing about this scam. Also look out for Cherry J Holiday studios. Rachel will even go as far as to go to your wedding, and won’t send you the photos. I wrote a review on yelp and 3 other people contacted me with similar experiences. One even got a lawyer and Rachel sent the photos after that. She is twisted almost like she does it for the scam and she likes ruining peoples special day. I have receipts, emails, and the signed contract; whatever you want as proof. She will change her number and not reply to emails. She will get aggressive if you do get ahold of her. When we finally just said we just want our deposit back she refused to mail it and said if you want it you can come and get it. Wow that was so surreal, she is a legit criminal.

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