At seven locations throughout Chicagoland and northwest Indiana and several international sister sites, Eivan’s photographers and videographers preserve memories with a fusion of traditional, photojournalistic, and candid styles. The company's photographers capture family and engagement portraits and have earned recognition for their personalized touch at weddings.
They took home a win in the photography category of TheKnot.com's Best of Weddings competition in 2011 and 2012 and earned one of WeddingWire's 2012 Bride's Choice Awards. A crew of professional cinematographers records the details of the big day, adding soundtracks and special effects. With color-correction technology, the filmmakers can brighten up dark footage or blot the red out of the bride's cheeks during the maid of honor's toast.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We love photography and feel that capturing pictures of you and your family is like freezing time. Years later you can look back and see how much effort we put in to the picture of the ones you love and care for. We capture memories that last forever, why not make it a good picture.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
They say if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. We love photography so much that we Lund out first hand that statement is true.
What do you love most about your job?
We love meeting new people and watching kids grow. Photographers are like doctors, once you find one you like you never go anywhere else. We see people every year, year after year. We see the kids as they grow...it is amazing.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"Simply some of the BEST work I have ever seen done...PERIOD!"
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