About Rich Chapman Wedding and Lifestyle Photographers
As a former staff photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times, I bring a blend of portraiture, spontaneity, and a commitment to visual storytelling of the greatest day in a couple''s life. My clients receive all the high-resolution digital negatives and an optional handmade custom-designed wedding book made in Italy. I have many references that I am happy to share! Please visit my website: richchapmanphoto
photographers starting at $2,500 and up
Type of Venue
- Inside / Outside
- Not Sure
Type of Service
- Fine Art
Type of Style
- Black & White
- Additional Photographers
- Additional Prints
- DVD / CD
- Mounted Prints
- Photo Montage
- Photo Restoration
- Online Proofs
Reviews for Rich Chapman Wedding and Lifestyle Photographers
Our experience was phenomenal with Rich Chapman Wedding and Lifestyle Photographers. They were very professional and easy to work with. They captured every special moment that happened on my wedding day. My wedding album was absolutely stunning and everything I wanted! I highly recommend them for any type photography!This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Rich Chapman did an excellent job with our wedding pictures. We would highly recommend him to everyone!
Vendor response: Thank you very kindly Megan, much appreciated!
This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
You can't go wrong with Rich
Rich did an amazing job with our wedding. He was easy to work with, professional in all ways and, most importantly, provided us with beautiful pictures that will forever remind us of a great day.
Vendor response: Thank you so much for the endorsement, Colin, thank you!
This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Rich made an amazing day even that much better.
Vendor response: Thank you Mike, I loved working with you and capturing the big day!
This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Rich is the best photographer I have ever seen! He went above and beyond what I dreamed for our wedding photos! We got teary eyed just looking at the photos, because he documented moment by moment of the whole wedding. AMAZING!!This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
A Pro's Pro
I’m a professional photographer myself, so I set a high bar for my wedding photographer. Rich Chapman and his son did a fabulous job that exceeded even my expectations. His photos are technically excellent, of course, but more importantly, he captured the love, joy and fun of our ceremony and reception. He was even ready when a vintage B-24 Liberator unexpectedly flew over our ceremony! Rich and his son make a great team, and they went about their work with charm, class and utmost professionalism. They understood that we were there to celebrate with family and friends, not to pose endlessly for the photographer; I was impressed with the great wedding portraits they captured, and how efficiently they did this so we could get back to the party. We know that magic day will come alive for us every time we look through Rich’s work. My wife and I and our family and friends will cherish these photos forever.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
You want the best?
We can't thank you enough for the great job you did at our daughter's wedding. From the initial consultation to the delivery of the photo book, everything was done first class. There are plenty of wedding photographers in the Chicago area, but there's a reason we picked you and your son to document our daughter's big day. While you captured every memorable moment with your stunning photography skills, we found working with the Chapmans was a piece of (wedding) cake! It's a pleasure to work with such down-to-earth perfectionists. If anyone asks if we know a good wedding photographer, we will be honored to put them in touch with the best! Ralph and Karen GreensladeThis is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Rich and Rich Jr. were amazing! I highly recommend them, they were very professional and exceeded my expectations!This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Working with Richard
When first meeting Richard he makes you feel totally and completely comfortable. His energy and demeanor are very welcoming. We met at a convenient location for both of us where we discussed the vision for photographing our wedding. He showed us his previous work then asked us to describe the style we were looking for. It didn't take long for all of us to paint a picture of what we wanted, which he eventually ended up capturing to perfection. We set up one more meeting a few days before the wedding to go over must have shots and lay out a schedule for the day. With his experience he offers up a bunch of great ideas that later we were very glad to have. As for the day of the wedding, Richard went with my wife to gather all the preparation for the wedding while his son joined the men to capture our own preparation. His son did a great job capturing everything on our end being there for every fun moment but never in the way. During our actual ceremony neither Richard or his son were very noticeable. They have an amazing way of blending in to the ceremony while still being able to nail all the perfect shots. When looking back at the photos it almost seemed impossible that they could have been everywhere to gather those moments as only a two man team. When we gathered after the ceremony, Richard did a great job leading our wedding party and guiding us all into place for the classic formal shots. We had a rather large wedding party and he still managed to get every shot with out taking too much time. Our personal favorite shots came out of the bride and groom photo walk. We were very fortunate to have a beautiful day for photos and Richard used it amazingly to nail some remarkable images. The wedding took place at a country club but the way he used his imagination and creativity he made it seem as if we were off in a beautiful forest preserve somewhere. The work truly does speak for itself. Their two man team captured every detail of the reception and ceremony. My wife and I could not be happier with their work. We both would highly recommend working with Richard. Not only are they fun to work with but they are also extremely talented at what they do.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Best wedding photographer I've seen!
I had the pleasure of meeting Rich Chapman at two of my friend’s weddings, which after seeing their amazing photos I recommended him to my sister. Two years later, I booked him and his son for my own wedding! I’ll start from the beginning… We live out of state and were travelling back to Illinois for our wedding. Rich was always very responsive to all of my emails and questions. He even travelled to Woodstock on a random Saturday that my husband and I were in town so that we could meet with him a few months before the wedding. Even though he was crunched for time that day, he went out of his way to make it work for us and did not make our meeting feel rushed. Woodstock is 70 miles from Chicago and he was willing to drive there in the morning, even though he had to be downtown by noon. Not something many people would agree to on their Saturday morning! Rich and his son were so easy to talk to. Just having coffee with them for an hour, you could feel their excitement and passion! They truly made you feel as if you were their only wedding and they wanted absolutely everything to be about YOU. We had such a great conversation and my next comment is just one example of Rich’s extreme attention to detail. During our meeting at Starbucks (I chose the place for the seating) we were telling Rich how our favorite place to get coffee was Dunkin Donuts. Less than a week later we received a card in the mail telling us how great it was to meet with us, and he included a DD gift card! I was floored at how genuine and thoughtful this wedding photographer was! Over the next few months, Rich and I exchanged emails as needed. He was always very prompt and would respond to any question I had within 24 hours. At one point we decided to add an extra hour to our contract. Within a couple days we had a new contract and all of the updated documentation in our mailbox. Very soon it was wedding week! At the beginning of the week Rich contacted me to get a “shot list” for the formal church photos and just the photos in general. This had been something that was on my list forever and I just kept putting it off. It was great to receive a reminder email from Rich to keep me moving. I encourage all brides to work on this at least a month before your wedding so you can write down ideas as you think of them. Rich is up for anything, so don’t be shy, tell him exactly what you want! On the morning of the wedding Rich and his son arrived about 30 minutes early, which I thought was fantastic. They got right to work taking the “detail” shots. These are often photos that everyone is glad they have in the end, but let’s be honest, we want to get to the good stuff! I really appreciated that he came a bit early to do this so it didn’t eat into “my” time. Another place where I encourage brides to be vocal – it’s up to you to say if you want more/less of the detail shots, so speak up! One thing I really loved about the detail shots is that Rich incorporated all of the typical items, but added my wedding theme as a finishing touch. He used a piece of burlap as the background (I had a more country-themed wedding), instead of just putting the items on the couch/floor. His son also hung my dress on the front porch and took a photo of the entire house with it handing there, which had this grandeur looking effect. In each of the photos my favorite part was Rich’s attention to every detail. He told you how to hold your head, your hand, cared if wispy hairs were in your face…the whole nine yards. I loved that on that day I felt like he wanted everything to be absolutely perfect. Also, I never imagine how chaotic the group shots were going to be…especially after the ride in that party bus. However, Rich was so calm throughout the entire day. I don’t know how he does it! He moved quickly to capture every shot and in some instances, had less than a second to snap the button, but he got it. One recommendation I have here is for the group shots, have someone in your bridal party stand with Rich to get everyone set up and make sure you can see everyone’s face (pick your most vocal, but trustworthy one :)). I always seemed to have that one bridesmaid or groomsman that liked to hide halfway behind someone else’s head! Looking back to that day, I’m not we kept everyone in line long enough to get as many shots as we did. However, every step of the way Rich was right there ready to shoot. He even came in the party bus with us, which I thought was awesome! Although informal, he got some really fun shots of the entire group and some great “in the moment” shots of my husband and me. For the shots that included just me and my husband, I do not have one bit of constructive criticism here. He was perfect! I loved how he told us how to pose, where to stand, and to even move my head or hand ever so slightly. I also loved that after the bridal party left and we were doing just the bride/groom shots, he had been taking mental notes of the grounds and insisted we go back to certain places because he had a photo in mind. These were things I wouldn’t have thought of, but are some of my favorite photos! (the saloon at closing time, the carousel). I wish I could attach photos to this review! To all brides…even when you get tired, keep taking photos! Insist that your bridal party hang around for “one more” (5 group shots later…) At the end of the night, spend more time than you want to taking sunset photos. Often by that time you are “done” and want to do anything but take pictures, but honestly, go do it! At the end of the day, the photos are what you have left. I feel like I have so many more photos than a lot of my friends and I am so grateful. Be patient and let Rich get that perfect shot. You won’t regret it. At the reception, Rich also did not disappoint. He did a great job of figuring out who the important family members were and focused on them during the general reception/dancing. Don’t worry, he got shots of almost everyone on the dance floor, but I was amazed when I got the pictures how he seemed to be reading my mind of who I would want more pictures of. Capturing people dancing in that perfect moment (when you don’t have a goofy smile on your face) is hard to do, and Rich did it! When it was almost time to go, Rich came up to me to let me know that I had about a half hour left, which I really appreciated. He asked if there were any last-minute shots I wanted (and there was) so I was really happy he gave me a heads up. (PS. Spend the money for the extra hour, the numerous dancing photos are worth it!) Several days after the wedding, when we were on our honeymoon, Rich sent us a special “sneak peak” slideshow of some of his favorites from that day. I almost cried! It was truly amazing. I think I watched it over 20 times on my honeymoon. It was honestly about 20 of the best photos from that day, capturing every part of the day. I forwarded it on to almost everyone I knew. I loved having this to give to people, as often your friends and family get overwhelmed when trying to view the 100’s of photos at the end. Exactly a week later, Rich had all of the pictures posted online and emailed us our proof sheets. The quick turnaround amazed me! Often brides wait months for their photos. What I also love about Rich’s wedding package is that you get the rights to ALL of your photos (with no branding on them). When we received our thumb drives in the mail…even more surprises! He had everything neatly wrapped in a burlap sack (again, so thoughtful!) and included another photo surprise. I suppose I don’t want to give away all his secrets in this review! Anyways, if you even made it this far in reading my novel of a review, you’ll see that my husband and I were 100% satisfied with having Rich as our photographer. We couldn’t have asked for anything more! Some people at work even told me that they passed on the link to our photos to their families and friends and told them that our pictures were “some of the best they’d ever seen!” I couldn’t agree more. Thank you again Rich – our day was captured perfectly!This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
A total pro
I worked with Rich Chapman for many years at the Sun-Times and was honored when he agreed to photograph our wedding. He was a delightful yet unobtrusive presence throughout the preparations, ceremony and reception. The photos were excellent, abundant and beloved by our guests. Rich is very responsive to the couple's needs and very flexible in how the photos will be handled. Any wedding party would be lucky to have him.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
You will be so glad you did
Fabulous! Professional! Great attention to detail! Best Decision we could have made! My husband and I will be forever gratetful for our beautiful and heartfelt wedding memories captured on film by Rich Chapman Photography. The satisfaction and reassurance knowing who our photographer was going to be and that he understood our vision was such a blessing. We were able to enjoy our special day and have confidence that Rich was capturing all the little moments that still bring tears to our eyes and laughter to our hearts. Rich and son made sure we captured all the photos on our "Must have" list and were constantly keeping a look out for creative shots that have turned out to be some of our favorites! Our wedding album is amazing...much better than others I've seen and the whole process of selecting the photos and incorporating our suggestions went very smoothly! Rich worked dilligently to deliver our albums (one for us and two parent books) within 5 months after our wedding (very fast!) so we could wrap them just in time for Christmas. I continue to refer Rich Chapman Photography to friends and am exciting that he will be shooting my brother in law's wedding this month.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
For my wedding day I wanted to walk away with photographs that would take me back to the beautiful day. Rich Chapman and his team symbolize the power of photography and demonstrate talent which is evident in their work. His genuine, respectful, and hardworking team consisted of his talented son and committed wife. They were willing to go anywhere my husband I wanted to go (including the limo!) and were always ready to capture the perfect shot! From the moment we met Rich, I had no doubt in my mind that he had the professionalism and determination to provide us with the photos that we wanted. Every time I look at my photographs I am brought back to my special day. I can feel the love, passion, and happiness that Rich captured in each photo. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Rich Chapman Photographers in order to capture our special day!This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
This is the photographer you want!
We were referred to Rich Chapman, by a friend, and are extremely thankful that he was available to photograph our wedding! With approximately 450 guests, we were looking for someone who could be adaptable in many different situations and capture as many moments as possible. After meeting with him and his son, we felt very confident that we had made the right choice. They were so easy to talk to and were interested in what WE wanted.....not just how to get the job done. They kept in contact with us before and after the wedding and were quick to respond to our emails and phone calls. Rich, his son, and Kent exceeded our expectations by being professional, quick on their feet, creative and most importantly, FUN! They all have this sense of humor and personality that make you laugh and smile. We felt like they were a part of our family and friends. We have also received many compliments on the photos and are brought to tears and laughter every time we look at them. One of our favorite moments (notice I said one) was when he released a sneak peak, short video of our wedding photos! It was amazing! I highly recommend Rich Chapman Photography for your wedding and any other occasion. No question!This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Best of the Best
Hiring Rich Chapman Photography was one of the best decisions we made throughout our wedding planning process. Rich, his son, and his wife are incredibly professional, personable, and passionate and will do whatever it takes to get the “perfect shot.” From our initial meeting, to the engagement photo session, to the big day, Rich and his team made us feel incredibly comfortable in front of the camera. In all of our pictures, we look like the best possible version of our selves without looking cheesy or fake. The team made sure we got all of the standard shots and then took it to the next level by asking for suggestions and letting their creative juices flow. One of our favorite parts is that Rich gave us access to all of the digital files. This way, we can print the ones we love now and in 2, 3, or 4 years, we can still go back and print as many as we want. Overall, you cannot find a better photographer to capture the best moments of your big day than Rich Chapman Photography.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Rich Chapman, Photographer Extraordinaire!
Artistic ... very easy to work with ... a story teller ... talented ... enthusiastic ... a real pro! These are just a few words we would use to describe Rich Chapman, our wedding photographer. We knew from our first meeting with Rich, that this kind, energetic, talented photographer was the perfect choice for our wedding. Rich expertly guided us every step of the way from the planning process through the wedding and on into the final photo selection. Rich was always prompt, enthusiastic, professional and accommodating ... willing to do whatever it took to provide us with fabulous photos. Rich didn't just take "pics," he used his extensive photographic expertise and impressive artistic talent to tell our wedding story, and the results are spectacular! Rich and his son make a great team, and between the two of them we received a bounty of beautiful photos of our wedding in a very timely manner. We highly recommend Rich Chapman and his son to anyone who wants the best for their wedding! PeggyThis is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
I was referred to Rich by a friend. Rich and his son were a great team, and were very friendly, courteous, and professional. Rich is an amazing photographer, who shows passion and perfection in his work. We were very happy with the pictures, and had many comments from friends and family on the quality of his work. We loved many of the candid shots and he captured all the important moments of our wedding. The family and friends group pictures were beautiful. Rich has a talent for getting the photo perfect. We were very happy to have chosen him for our photographer. We highly recommend him.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
Rich is perfection!!
When looking for a wedding photographer we came across a photo of Rich's by searching on google "Chicago skyline wedding photo" and we fell in love with the pictures he had in his portfolio. We met with him a few times before the wedding and we feel he was very thorough in getting an understanding of the way we wanted our wedding day to be captured. He is a quirky and genuine person who wants you to have beautiful memories of your day. We did a first look approach with a photo walk around the city of Chicago and he did such a wonderful job. He delivered on some seriously stunning photos of our big day. I love how he prefers to capture moments as they occur rather than staging "posed" photos, however in some instances a little more direction such as "un bottom that top button, your jacket looks funny" would have been nice. (and that's me just being nit-picky!!). He got so many lovely details of our wedding and really didn't miss one moment of the day. He was also very accommodating, responded to emails and questions quickly, and got my photos back to me in record time. I would hands down recommend Rich and his son for anyone's wedding or event! I can't stop getting compliments on the pictures from our wedding day and we had such a great time shooting together. He is a perfectionist and his work is certainly perfection.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
MOST amazing photographer for weddings!
Rich is hands down the best decision we made throughout the wedding planning process (aside from the decision about WHO to marry, of course ;) ). I felt comfortable and safe leaving my memories in his hands, and he did not disappoint. He was imaginative, directive, fun, skilled and a pleasure to work with. He saw shots coming that no one else did, organized everything ahead of time and kept the operations running smoothly. He was prompt about sending the images after our big day, and I felt like I was re-living each moment. He left nothing out, covered an amazing number of wedding guests and special moments skillfully and artfully. I can't even imagine what I would remember about the wedding without him.This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.
You must hire him! :)
Rich and his son Richie were such a pleasure to work with. In fact, it really did not feel like work, and rather that they were an extension of our friends and family. We are unbelievably thrilled with the photos, and photo albums that they compiled - we cannot stop reliving the joy and excitement of our wedding day. The Chapmans had done a few of our very good friends' weddings previously, so we knew we had a great team to work with, but they wildly exceeded our expectations. I am sad the the 'process' is over, but I am confident that I will see Rich and his family again covering more of our loved ones' weddings, and will likely reach out to him when we start expanding our own family - I hear his baby pictures are just as fabulous :)This is the subjective opinion of an independent reviewer and not of Decidio, Inc.