Originally from Romania, I grew up and studied Photography at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I currently live in Chicago with my husband, and my puppy Rocky, who is the subject of my many pet photos. Most recently, my work has been officially recompensed with the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 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.
What People Say?:
Gia is wonderful! Not only is she incredibly easy to get along with, which is an essential attribute you should seek in a photographer, but her photography is phenomenal. She has an exceptional eye for detail and if you are looking for a blend of creative as well as traditional, Gia is for you. Additionally, it was important for us to have a photographer that had previous experience with ethnic weddings and she does. It was important for us to not have to explain things regarding the ceremony and what kind of pictures to take and all that jazz. With Gia, we didn't have to - she knew what she was doing and we're very happy with the work. On our quest to find a photographer, we kept seeing the same old shots and really boring photos - not with Gia. Gia has a vision and executes. She's not the kind of photographer that you would get with one of the those expensive-big-company-but-unpaid and unskilled-photographer-shops that are creeping up all over the city. She's cutting edge in a great way and her work proves it.
Gia photo!!! One word, BOOK THIS LADY!!! She was totally nice and down to earth, and she knew exactly what she was doing! We came from out of town, and the first photo shoot was on a cloudy day! We chose our two locations, and she drove us there to have our photos done. The garden photos turned out GORGEOUS!!!, however the beach was not so hot, as the clouds covered Chicago's skyline. Needless to say she was fine with us redoing our second location shots, free of charge. The second photo shoot was the perfect day and the photo were absolutely STUNNING!!! Gia does wedding as well and she covers wedding outside Chicago, so if you need to have absolutely great memories for your special day, I would recommend Giaphoto!
What was your favorite wedding photo? It is very difficult to pick a favorite photo. We love the one that captured the rings exchange. It is so real, so expressive, and full of emotions. One glance at it and we are back to that memorable summer day. How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? We even forgot she was around. She was very personable and courteous with all our guests. She was great at getting the right angles. We loved all the details captured, like jewelery and accessories which had a sentimental value to us. What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? Our package included engagements pictures and albums. How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? We felt like she was part of the family. My mom still remembers her name. I saw her chatting and laughing with our guests. They were very comfortable with her. I am not very good at posing, but Gianina made me feel like I am posing for a living.