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Marina's work is absolutely amazing. She shot my wedding photos in July 2015 and everyone has told me they look like they should be in a magazine (and I agree!). She is so incredibly talented - she listens closely to what you want, gives good direction, and will go to great lengths to capture a shot! She has a fantastic eye for photography and, while you might not know what she's doing while she's photographing you, when you see the final product, you're blown away. I wanted editorial style shots, which is not typical for wedding photos, and Marina completely ran with it. She went above and beyond to capture the feel I wanted for our photos. She did such an amazing job, in fact, that my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law booked her for their upcoming wedding! Marina is a true artist and I highly recommend her to anyone who wants stunning photos!
Ethan and I chose Marina to photograph our wedding and we could not be happier with our decision. From the beginning, she told us what we could expect from her and on our wedding day she exceeded our expectations. She was available to answer any questions we had along the way, and she put our minds at ease when addressing any concerns we had. A bridal party of 20 people was no challenge for her, in fact, she embraced it!
Marina and her assistant were there ready to go when we arrived at the venue on our wedding day. She has some great ideas of poses and scenic areas and she managed a large bridal party without a problem. She and her assistant captured every angle; they even used the balcony at the venue to capture full views of the ceremony. We took advantage of the photo booth that she offers, and we highly recommend it. She sets up the backdrop and brings props, the guests have a blast, they can take the silly photos with them, and we have a whole album of fun photos of our guests! Marina and her assistant worked very well with each other as well as with other vendors; they managed to work the photo booth and the dance floor at the same time with great success. She captured so many special moments without us even knowing where she was! That is the sign of a truly talented photographer - completely unnoticeable, yet right in the middle of everything!
We highly recommend Marina to anyone looking for a great wedding photographer - she was a delight to work with and she provided great quality pictures of some of the best moments of our lives.
From the start, Marina worked with us in a most professional manner to make sure all requests were met for documenting our wedding day. We also took advantage of the fact she now offers a videography service! The day itself was absolutely wonderful, she made it a point to know the wedding party by name, and everyone felt comfortable with her. In fact, a lot of people stated they were impressed by how professional and fun she was. Also, our pictures look great! I would recommend Marina a hundred times over. Worth every penny!
Marina did a great job on our wedding and engagement photography! She gave us TONS of beautiful photos to choose from on the most beautiful flash drive I have ever seen! The pictures came out great...you can't even really tell that it's raining on us and behind us, except in the ceremony where we all have umbrellas. And she was a trooper standing out there in the pouring rain... Her umbrella even blew inside out at one point! She is super sweet, and it's easy to feel comfortable with her. And she allows you to use your digital prints online or anywhere and even to have them printed up elsewhere! I will still have them printed through her because I know that she will take the most pride in printing them beautifully. I would have liked more close ups of my husband and I. All the formal photos are from far away, but, then again, I never gave her a must have shot list. She also included a free photo booth which was great! We were so delayed by the weather that everything ran really late and she even stayed an extra hour for me and then didn't even charge me because she felt bad! Wonderful experience and very reasonable pricing! Thanks, Marina!
I found Marina on Wedding Wire almost a year before our wedding. She was quick to respond to my emails and since we live in Chicago was completely fine with skyping so we could "meet" to see if she would be a good fit for our wedding. From the second we started our chat we knew she would be perfect. She was sweet and professional and answered all of our questions in less than an hour.
Marina showed up on time, even a little early and was there every second that I needed her from 2pm to 10pm. She got the most beautiful shots of all the girls and was able to capture some great candid moments! She had an assistant working with her who was able to get great photos of the guys getting ready so she could stay with me. She worked quickly which was great because we were about half an hour behind in getting ready! Even the shots at the church and reception are awesome! The "photobooth" that she does was a huge hit with our guests and those pictures are hilarious!
Our favorite photos are of just my husband and I that we didn't plan on taking. Marina looked across this open lawn just as we were about to leave to go to the reception and said "The lighting is perfect right here! Come with me! We have to get this!" I'm so glad she said that because those particular photos are stunning!
She really knows what she is doing and I will recommend her to anyone I know getting married in that area! She is efficient, professional, and has a great eye! We even got our photos back exactly 3 weeks after our wedding as promised! Thank you Marina for everything! We will be keeping her in mind for family photos someday!
Marina was wonderful - very professional and friendly - she helped add to the fun of our day. She made great suggestions, was patient and considerate and she even brought a ton of props for an impromptu photo booth just in case.
Marina has a great eye - she is a very talented photographer. Finally, she was quick to send us our photos right after the wedding and continues to be a pleasure to work - despite her busy schedule she finds the time to follow up and respond to questions in a timely manner.
We felt very lucky to have found Marina and to have her with us on our wedding day!
Marina was WONDERFUL!! She was very helpful and reachable during the planning phase. She showed up early and stayed late during our special day. The pictures came out absolutely beautiful and they were available quickly after the ceremony. I would 100% suggest her as a photographer for your special day!!
Wonderful experience! Beautiful pictures!
Marina was fantastic! Extremely professional and social. Everyone enjoyed her presence!
I absolutely love my wedding pictures.
Marina was very professional from the beginning. She was organized and helped us to make a plan for our wedding photography. She is a ton of fun and our wedding party and families loved her. She was prompt with getting our photos back to us and they are absolutely beautiful. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer.
Marina was absolutely fantastic! Her photos are beautiful and she is a pleasure to work with! She makes you comfortable with her the moment you meet her! At our wedding she didn't put down her camera once! I highly recommend her to everyone!!
Marina was so much fun and she was awesome to work with! The value she provides is incredible. My husband and I contacted a few photographers prior to selecting Marina for our wedding day - and we are so happy we went with her. She provided us with an engagement session as well (fall 2013) and we had so many pictures that came out great, that we used one as our 'save the date' postcard and a bunch of others on the backside of our table numbers at our wedding. She was early on both occasions (which she promised she always was) and she was quick to respond to my emails. She also included a 'photo booth' in her package and she got some great shots of our guests having a blast with the photo booth props she provided. We received our wedding photos in just over 3 weeks in the online gallery and on a beautiful flash drive that she mailed us. She is very talented and can either go towards more traditional/classic photos (posed) or modern/candid shots (think: wedding party all jumping at once, or catching the bride and groom giggling). We loved the variety of shots she took of us! We highly recommend Marina and couldn't be happier!!
Marina was absolutely amazing and we would highly recommend her to everyone! I was stressed beyond words and as soon as Marina arrived, she took over and organized everything and everyone and my stress level quickly dropped. In fact, when one of the bridesmaids forgot her necklace, Marina immediately took off her own necklace and let her wear it all day so she matched everyone else! We were also under some time constraints and despite that, everything flowed so smoothly and without any issues. At the last minute, we asked her to stay an extra hour and without hesitation she continued taking pictures until the action died down. From the first moment we talked to the moment we received the stunning pictures, she was professional, realistic, kind and understanding. Probably the best decision I made while planning our wedding- well, besides the groom! ;-)
We couldn't have asked for a better photographer! Marina was simply incredible. Everyone who sees our photos marvels at the quality and artistic composition. Seriously, I can't imagine going with anyone else. The memories of our day that Marina captured exceeded even our highest expectations.
Kevin and I chose Marina based off other reviews that we had read about her through various web searches Thank God we did! She was singularly the best vendor/service provider we had throughout our entire wedding experience, hands down. She is an amazing, amazing photographer who is both incredibly talented and also a wonderful person to work with.
Marina really goes out of her way to make sure that she does the best job possible. She had a great assistant with her, was completely unobtrusive and respectful, and when we received the pictures I was just in awe of her talent and so grateful that we had picked her. Our wedding was probably not the easiest for her to shoot: it was one of the hottest days of summer, humid beyond imagination, and (as we later found out through friends) had a few impediments thrown before her that she dealt with grace and professionalism.
If you get Marina as a photographer (book her early!!!!!) you will have wedding pictures that are unique and stunning. She does not do generic pictures--she has an amazing range that captures the beauty of your day in ways you couldn't have imagined. Everyone that has seen them so far is absolutely blown away and thinks that they look like something you see in a magazine--just spectacular. And she is funny and so sweet to work with. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
Marina was simply AMAZING at our wedding. Throughout the chaos she kept a smile on her face, directed us where to go, helped me with my dress, kept my dogs off me and the maids, didn't seam stressed - which helped with my stress, and waited for me at my house for over an hour while we were late at the salon...she was silly and professional at the same time. She got great shots because our chemistry was wonderful! She did more than your average photographer by helping me through the ceremony and with all the rush. I would recommend Marina to ANY bride - she is a PERFECT choice AND nicely priced :)
Thank you for all you did for us on our special day Marina!
Jessica and Michael Gagne