Gia Dragoi Wedding Photography

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ABOUT GIAPHOTOS

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Originally from Romania, I grew up and studied Photography in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I currently live in Chicago with my husband, and my puppy Smokie, who is the subject of my many pet photos. Most recently, my work has been officially recompensed with the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Best of Chicago Wedding Photographers Award by the US Commerce Association (USCA).

For me, Photography is more than a job; it is my passion, my career, and my life. As I think my images show, I love to photograph most of all happy people in exquisite settings. I take most of my photos in a photojournalistic way and my approach to wedding Photography is that of a narrator, and my style is a mix of photojournalism and creative portraiture. To that end, I'm more interested in capturing the moment, rather than a fake smile, and so, after many years of experience, I know when to capture life as it happens without restraint.s.m.

Wedding Photography Flow Process

SERVICES

Capturing Unforgetable Moments for a Lifetime of Memories

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life, and we will be there to help make it, from a Photography stand, as great as possible, stress free and capture the most important moments of your special day. The only thing you will have to do on one of the most significant days of your life, is to relax and enjoy every second of it without being worried about any photographic aspect along the way.
I will make sure to capture every detail of your special event, from the smallest design of the wedding gown to table settings and expressions of guests, while making every image a memorable moment that you will be able to enjoy and remember for the rest of your life. Every aspect of this day will be captured in unique and memorable photographs, to have and to hold, to look at and to share with your future kids and grandkids.

Capturing Unforgetable Moments for a Lifetime of Memories

From a quality point of view, I feel it's very important to set up an engagement session before the wedding. You get to know the photographer and the photographer gets to know you and by the time the session is finished, you know exactly the way your photographer works, and the quality of work you can expect from him/her.
Normally at an engagement session the photographs are even more photojournalistic then at the wedding due to the fact that there is more time alone and free to be as creative as you want to be.

Capturing Unforgetable Moments for a Lifetime of Memories

Baby photos are something that each parent can't wait to have. Nowadays, each step that a baby takes, from that first day in the world to the first day of school and everything in between, us, parents get photos of just about every movement. However, sometimes it's nice to have some professional photos taken. Although getting a baby to smile and model on cue is rather hard, but not impossible.
I try to capture the best facial expressions and movement a baby makes by keeping him/her in their environment and keeping them comfortable. Some of the best photos are taken outside and in nature, but when that's not possible, a nice indoor session is always welcomed. Also, having props and costumes make the photo funner and leaves room for more creative ideas.

Capturing Unforgetable Moments for a Lifetime of Memories

Trash the Dress is a new post-nuptials trend that calls for trashing the prized wedding dress. You’ve said your vows, exchanged rings, and made a commitment to each other. You're married for life, which means you’ll never need the dress again.
So, why not trash the dress and get some great fun pictures while you do it? In most circumstances the dress gets only get wet or dirty, and in rare cases it gets completely destroyed, this is up to the bride and groom.

Capturing Unforgetable Moments for a Lifetime of Memories

Our Albums are all uniquely designed for you. We don't use templates, and we don't use any one else's designs, so your album will be as unique as you are. At Gia Dragoi Photography, we take our time to make your album as great you desire. We will take into account all your ideas and suggestions and you will have the last ok before we send it to print.
Your wedding album will be the most important piece and the wrap-up of all these significant moments that took place during the ceremony and the reception, and if you want, from the engagement session too.

Looking for the perfect engagement photos?

From a quality point of view, I feel it's very important to set up an engagement session before the wedding. You get to know me and vice versa, so by the time the session is finished, you know exactly the way I work, and the quality of work you can expect from me. Normally at an engagement session the photographs are even more photojournalistic then at the wedding due to the fact that there is more time alone and free to be as creative as we want to be.

WORK PROCESS

Capturing Unforgettable Moments that Last a Lifetime.

1. Preparation

From the moment a contract is signed, I start the preparations for the wedding, as we all know, preparation is key in every project.

A few months before the wedding, I get in touch with the bride and groom to set up the engagement session. We need to get that finished in order to have photos for save the date, invitations or anything else needed.
A couple of weeks before the wedding I double check the information for times and locations for ceremony, reception and wedding party photos.
I time the driving distances between home and locations for the wedding and make sure I allow myself more than needed time between each venue.

2. Wedding Day

My style of Photography is mixed between photojournalistic and traditional. I know most couples these day like the "reportage" Photography, however family and friends are more used to the traditional, posed type. Because of this I do both and everyone is content.
Ceremony will be covered from every possible angle, covering bride being walked down the aisle and groom waiting for her, along with the rituals of the ceremony. From there we go to the wedding party locations, that have been previously chosen by the couple and all permits have been taken care of. Throughout the reception, I always make sure that there is at least one photo of every couple there, and photos of the bride and groom interacting with their guests and dancing.
3. Post Production

I personally believe that every photo I deliver to my client has to be the absolute best. I use only digital cameras and equipment, all Canon, always having back-ups in case of emergency, therefore the post-production has to be done accordingly.

Once I get all images in my computer, I go through all of them and edit them for best printing quality, working on contract, luminosity and color.
The files that the couple gets, just a few weeks after the wedding, are always digital and in high resolution, on a DVD along with the copyrights.

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Why Choose Us?

We're Professional

We take pride in the professionalism we have and like to provide to all of our clients. We give free consultaions and take into account everyone's ideas and thoughts.

We're Punctual

As a professor of mine once said "if you can't be on time, be early." I try to live by that rule in professional and personal life. The last thing a couple needs on their wedding day is for vendors to run late or not show up. I get to every photo-shoot early and make sure everyone involved is calm and relaxed.

We're Flexible

Considering that we live in the Chicagoland area where the weather is very spontaneous, it's only natural to reschedule and postpone photo-shoots. Also, I always have a couple of indoor locations that can be used in case of sudden weather change. There are no extra charges for rescheduling, regardless of the reason.

We Love Your Input

I don't believe that there is such a thing as a bridezilla. Only women/couples who know exactly what they want from their wedding or engagement photos. And because it is your wedding day, not mine, I like to hear what you want and any ideas and thoughs for photos are welcome.

We’re Creative

Most photos are done with a photojounalistic point of view, however, for weddings I also like to have the traditional, staged family photos. You do have a final say in what kind of style photography you like. I do like to have most candid and artistic styles, but it's your wedding and we'd like your input.

We Care

Having been a bride myself, I know the importance of the wedding day and everything leading up to it. I want to be certain that you get everything you wanted for that day.

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