- Chicago, IL
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Abbey N. said “Valery is so talented and kind. She is truly an amazing artist and went above and beyond for our daughter's sixth birthday party. Kids and parents…”
I love helping people in the Chicago area document life's most important moments.
This review is painful to write, but it is indeed necessary with all of the bumps in the road we experienced. We met with Zach virtually, and we’re excited to work with him. He seemed laid back, knowledgeable, and on the same page as us. We explicitly asked for posing and gave physical consent for us to be posed, hair to be fixed, etc. Zach agreed this was no issue and completely understood that we are not naturally photogenic and not really the type to know our angles.
The wedding day comes, and Zach is 20 minutes late, and this is after he asked us to start 30 mins earlier than we intended. He also didn’t answer the phone until the third try to reach him. I digress. Luckily, my husband and I had a plan of locations, as it seems Zach wasn’t aware of the location, nor was early to do any scouting. We did our first look, did family portraits, and left. He did not offer any ideas, poses other than look at each other, kiss and walk towards camera. It also seems family portraits are the bane of his existence, as we didn’t get many, none of me and my sister, none of both sets of parents etc. Day off, as the bride it’s easy to overlook what’s going on, but i felt like i was directing the entire day.
Another thing is 1/4 of our photos was us and our families sweatily setting up our reception space. Completely unusable, only would need a few of those. Also, there wasn’t many showcasing the space, but lots of close ups. Let’s just say there was 15 photos of favors but none of my siblings at the entire event.
Let’s get to the most important part of this review. There was no family portraits of us and parents and siblings at our ACTUAL WEDDING VENUE! The first look location is for formals and extras not to be encompassing. The wedding reception photos were all candids and mostly people’s backs. No “posed candids” (i.e. go hug your brother) we’re taken or directed. Zero photos or photo ideas were directed by Zach. He also seemed distracted and my guests told us he was on his phone and at his car multiple times within the 6 hours he was there. Many times throughout the night i had to hunt him down for photos to be taken. Also my list I gave him was somewhat fulfilled but was treated as a checklist, not to capture memories. For example, we had an audio guest book. I asked for photos of guests using the phone. I got one photo of a distant friend using it. Not the groom, not the grandmother, not the mom, dad etc. Speaking of parents, my MIL was not in a single photo at the wedding event. She was devastated and so are we. We only had 48 guests, and barely anyone was in photos besides a select few of apparently who Zach thought was photogenic. Zach was the vendor we spent the most money on, as it was a small intimate event, and the whole situation was so disheartening. I will say I liked may photos me me and my groom and his editing style was good but the album felt
so incomplete. My advice is book an engagement session, and unless you are a model hire someone who will take photos not from knee level and leave you with awkward double chins and weird posed hands, spend the extra money on photos, you can’t go back and it’s the most important part of the day to be able to capture the memories forever.
Response from Zach Caddy: Photographer:
I’m so sorry to hear that this was your experience. I wish I had understood your expectations better so I could have met them.
I hired Zach to take photos at my Xmas party. He maneuvered around the party and took incredible shots!!! I would highly recommend him :)
We are so glad we hired Zach to photograph our small wedding. We were initially drawn to the images we saw on his website, his use of color, and beautiful composition. Despite it being a late November day, the weather cooperated and we were even able to do a quick shoot before the ceremony. Zach made us feel at ease and the photos are a reflection of that: natural poses, genuine expressions, and beautiful candid shots. We got our images within 2 weeks and can't stop looking at them. Hiring Zach was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding and we can't recommend him enough!
Zach was so much fun to work with at our wedding! He instantly put us at ease and brought out the best in our group - even outside on a muggy, 90 degree August day. His photos have so much energy and feel exactly like being at our wedding. I can't recommend him enough!
I usually feel like I look so awkward in photos, but going through the wedding photos Zach took has been such a joy! He was so kind and considerate during the shoot, and I couldn’t be happier. He knew exactly how to bring out the best in every subject he photographed, and captured so many moments in such a beautiful and artistic way. The day of the wedding there was some seriously strong wind, and I was worried about how that would affect everything, but Zach knew just how to make that work and got some really dynamic shots. I will cherish these photos forever. I could not recommend him any more.
I feel like Zach held everything together! We were initially drawn to Zach's work from his website, where we loved his photos and his ability to tell a story. His description also stood out to me in that he seemed real and down to earth. I admit on our engagement shoot that I was a little awkward in front of the camera, but he definitely helped me out and I was surprised at how beautiful and natural our photos looked even with my awkwardness. By the time our wedding came around, I felt more relaxed because it was like we had a friend taking our photos. I was glad to have his cool and collected energy around in the midst of all the stress. On top of that, I couldn't tell you how many times Zach stepped in to help in random situations-from fixing ties to communication, he was there for us. I can honestly say that he was the most valuable vendor in our wedding. After the wedding, we received our photos so fast and it was so special for us to be able to relive the wedding through the pictures while we were on our honeymoon. I was most pleased with the candid moments that Zach captured. As a dancer, I am interested in the movement and artistry in photos and I love how Zach is able to capture and convey the feeling of your day. We will cherish his photos forever! Hire Zach if you want a reliable and professional vendor along with an efficient, kind and artistic photographer.
Zach was awesome! Super friendly, personable and professional! Had great photo ideas too!
I couldnt be happier with the pictures taken for my daughter’s birthday.
Some weeks ago my husband and I had our courthouse wedding in Chicago, the same day of our twelve-year anniversary. We invited our closest friends and they gave us an amazing surprise: they hired a photographer, Zach. We are so grateful to our friends and Zach because now we have great pictures to remember our special day.
Zach was simply the best. He had so much patience (hey, we are not used to take directions for photos) and so many great ideas. Even though it was a cold day, we really enjoyed walking around Chicago and taking wonderful pictures guided by him. We are definitely asking Zach to take photos for our wedding reception next year.
Our best wedding decision was to chose Zach as our wedding photographer.
Zach was incredible. He has very honest pricing, and it never felt for a second that we were being taking advantage of because it was a wedding.
On the day of our wedding, he went above and beyond just being a wedding photographer. He arrived early and helped us finish up decorating the reception hall. He has a great attitude and way of engaging with people. My husband and I and our guests instantly felt completely comfortable around him.
We got married at the South Shore Cultural Center. Zach took us outside right after the ceremony to capture some of the most beautiful pictures with waves crashing on Lake Michigan and light from an incredible sunset in the background.
Two days after our wedding he had our pictures ready and they are STUNNING. He captured everything, from every angle. The hysterical laughs, the happy tears, the funky dance moves, the intimate glances. Looking at the pictures, you would think there were multiple photographers.
The pictures are timeless with no gimmicks. Seriously, if you’re looking for a photographer for a wedding or any other event, look no further than Zach Caddy.
We can not say enough AMAZING things about Zach!!! On as hectic a day as a wedding day, Zach was patient, professional, and kind. He captured amazing shots that we never dreamed we would have. He captured special candid moments, he gracefully organized group shots, and he checked in with my husband and I throughout to ensure we were getting exactly what we had anticipated. On top of it all, he returned our pictures to us within DAYS! We are having a blast sharing Zach's incredible, unique, and beautiful pictures with family and friends. We would recommend Zach to anyone and everyone - he is a true artist and a fantastic person!!
My husband and I could not be happier with how our photos turned out for our wedding! Zach is incredibly talented. He has an eye for originality that's hard to find making our wedding photos seem like one in a million. He was professional, organized, and even showed up a tad early and was able to snag a few photos of my bridesmaids and I before the ceremony. On top of all of this, he sent us the photos 2 days later!! We were blown away his quick turn around. We would recommend Zach to anyone and everyone and were honored to have him be a part of the most important day of our lives.
My husband & I married at the Chicago court house & planned to take pictures there & in Lincoln Park (zoo, park & Fullerton beach). Zach’s pictures retell the story of our perfect day. He is the one you are going to want. His calm but knowledgeable approach is a great match for every couple. He knows what works for both in & outside pictures. Now we’re just going to have a hard time choosing the best ones!
Zach was wonderful to work with, and we are so thrilled with how all of our wedding photos turned out. He had some preview photos ready within 2 days of our wedding and had all of them back to us by the time we returned from our honeymoon. One of the things I appreciate most about Zach's photography is in how he captures people and moments - he doesn't rely on finding over-the-top backgrounds or contrived poses in order to make a great photo - instead, he somehow manages to transform seemingly ordinary moments into simply extraordinary photos. Thanks for being part of our big day, Zach!
I hired Zach for a few hours for a Fun Filled High Energy 50th Birthday Party. Zach navigated the crowded rooms with ease as he graciously approached guests for photographs both candid and posed. Zach had a nice calm and approachable disposition as he quietly and professionally fit in as he took so many memorable photographs for the family to enjoy for a lifetime.
Zach did an amazing job jumping in and photographing our daughter's bat mitzvah. He was on time, professional, took great photos, and shared them with us the morning after the party. Zach took initiative, and captured great moments and great memories. We will DEFINITELY use him again!
I am so glad I hired Zach for my wedding. We wanted a no-frills photographer, who would capture the important moments of our 50-person wedding, without interfering in them. Zach was the best. He was professional and easy to work with, helped me customize my photo package to make it financially feasible and practical, yet ideal for my wedding. He captured some beautiful photos that my husband and I will always cherish.And he was generally so likable, that I think by the end of the reception, my wedding guests had kind of befriended him. But most importantly, I had the electronic copies of my photos in 1 week!! So awesome!
I will definitely be using him if I have any other occasion that warrants a photographer. Highly recommended.
Hands down, Zach is the best! Great to work with and very happy with our photos. Our wedding was Sept 23, 2017. We don’t live in Chicago so we FaceTimed with Zach to “meet” him and make sure he was a good fit for us. He even gave us a recommendation for a harpist for our ceremony. Our photos were back to us incredibly quickly too. We highly recommend Zach, you won’t be disappointed!
We could not have been happier with Zach! He was extremely professional and attentive to our needs. He was so easy to work with! He took so many great pictures and helped us create those perfect poses. He sent us our beautiful pictures the very next day! I cannot tell you how pleased we were to have Zach as our wedding photographer. We highly recommend him and will use him again for future occasions.
Zach was amazing. Very professional the entire time. Watching him take pictures, you could definitely tell he knows what he is doing. Zach is also very approachable, down to earth, and overall a great guy.
Zach did a great job capturing our wedding and all of its special moments. He knew how to politely and professionally control the crowd. A+ in my book. We will definitely use him again in the future.
We hired Zach for our wedding event that took place 10/08/17, and he was absolutely amazing! He was very easygoing and pleasant to work with. He captured all the special moments, even ones I wasn’t expecting. I would definitely recommend Zach for photographer for any any upcoming events.
Zach was absolutely amazing and we haven't stopped talking about our experience with him! He was a joy to work with and made my sisters special day with all of her friends that much more special. I will absolutely use his services in the future and highly recommend!!
Wow! what an amazing experience! There is not a single thing i would change about our experience with Zach. He was punctual, polite, well dressed, talented, funny, relaxing. All of the things you need on your big day. The way he is able to capture the tiniest of moment is absolutely amazing. His photography was absolutely stunning, well executed, and of the highest quality. We received our photos 2 days after our wedding!! I couldn't of asked for any more, i asked and Zach delivered 110%
Zach did a really great job! He suggested a perfect loaction, helped me with awesome ideas, and exceeded all of my expectations!
We hired Zach for our Kentucky Derby breakfast and his photos are a work of art. Honestly, I was so stunned by how beautiful the final photos were when I saw them.
I would hire him again and again. He does exceptional work.
Zach is what you want in a wedding photographer! Punctual, lively and very professional! No regrets!
I hired Zach to photograph my daughter's wedding in Rockford. She'd planned on an outdoor wedding and then a unseasonably cold hard rain moved in on her wedding day. Zach did a fantastic job under difficult circumstances. He had to contend with the rain, cold, shivering subjects in a hurry to get to the warm tent, adapting to our "Plan B" that evolved a bit on the fly, and then working predominantly inside a crowded tent with lighting that was less than ideal. Nonetheless the photos came out beautifully. My daughter was elated when she saw them, and she normally dislikes photos of herself. Zach brought the ideal combination of unobtrusiveness yet confidence and the ability to guide us along. He was also a really cool guy who we'd have enjoyed having at the party as a guest, i.e. he fit right in with us and we enjoyed his presence, which helped us not feel self-concious during the photography process. Highly recommended!
Zach did a fantastic job with our photos. He was very professional and made us feel comfortable throughout the entire process. He took his time and didn't rush us at all. The photos turned out amazing.
We booked Zach for our wedding the first weekend of March. He is incredibly personable and easy to connect with prior to the event. Zach responds to emails quickly and answers all of your questions promptly. He is relaxed and easy-going which is exactly what a bride (and mother of the bride) need in a photographer. He arrived on time and was ready to go the minute he got there. Zach fulfilled all of our wedding photograph desires and he succeeded in surpassing all of our expectations. You cannot beat his pricing, especially for the amazing quality...it's a steal. Also worth noting is the fact that Zach is willing to travel. He came 5 hours for our wedding and never complained a single moment. We will certainly keep Zach in mind for any future engagements where a photographer is necessary. We highly recommend Zach as the photographer for your next wedding or event.
We actually booked Zach last minute for our courthouse wedding (2 weeks before the big day!) and Zach was incredible the whole time! From the moment we began negotiating terms for the photos, to the wedding day itself, Zach remained kind, courteous, and went above and beyond to be understanding and accommodating. Both during and after the wedding, Zach maintained a keen eye and a wonderful sense of humor and professionalism as he positioned my wife and I in iconic shots throughout the downtown area of Chicago! I definitely recommend booking Zach, and we can't give enough praise for him!
I could not have been more pleased with Zach. He was just terrific! Very professional and easy going. I received so many comments from my guests about how great their interactions were with Zach. He was always at the ready to capture important candid events as they occurred throughout the night. I will be recommending him to anyone in need of a photographer and will definitely be calling him for any future events myself!
Photo attached: This is just one of many beautiful/intimate moments captured by Zach...
Zach captured my daughter's baptism last Saturday and he did what he promised. He delivered superb. From church to the reception, he captured them all and the pictures were beautiful and meaningful. It was very solemn and meaningful photos that you can imagine. Thanks again and very highly recommended. I will definetely use him again.
He was professional and accommodated all the requests we had during the party and post party. I will definitely work with him again and recommend him to others.
Zach Caddy served at our wedding with top notch technical quality and professionalism that is unprecedented from other wedding photographers I know. I never once felt the photography took away from our ceremony, and I could rely on him to get the shots we wanted, and even some we didn't know we wanted! It was so easy to work with Zach because he is a low stress guy, while he also takes his job very seriously. He's comfortable to work with, kind, intelligent, and has a good eye for a great shot.
I was so impressed with the images, I wanted to share them almost immediately. He shoots in a much more natural style, using natural light in most all cases, and with a narrow depth-of-field. It's very artistic and clean. Zach also post-processes the images and filters out the duds so it's easy to look at the keepers. There are upwards of 400 photos from the wedding that he captured for us. We are so blessed to have had Zach shoot our wedding.
I found Zach online and contacted him. He got back with me and helped me the planning of my proposal in downtown Chicago. He captured it perfectly and took amazing pics that we are so grateful for. He was a complete professional. I checked out several local photographers. I liked his images the most and he nailed it fantastically. I highly recommend him.
Zach took beautiful portraits of me and my fiancé. When choosing a photographer I wanted someone who captured our soft side, and his photos do that. I didn't want to look like a runway model, I wanted to look graceful, elegant, and happy. He was courteous, responsive, timely, and very very flexible! Thanks for being the best choice I made at my engagement!
Zach was terrific. He finished the our engagement photos faster than normal, so we were able to get some family shots as well. He really captures the personality of each person. He simply let's people have fun and captures the moment. I would highly recommend him for any event.
Super professional and had the photos ready for us by the next morning.
His easygoing manner makes getting your picture taken enjoyable! He has a gift for capturing people's personalities. I highly recommend him.
Zach was wonderful. He took pictures fort husband's extended family. He just made everyone feel comfortable and the photos turned out great! Also-- his pricing is dirt cheap!
Zach Caddy was extremely easy to work with. He made us all feel comfortable and has a great eye for catching those candid moments you want to keep for a lifetime. The quality of photographs was excellent, he was very reasonably priced, he processed the photos in a very timely manner and I will absolutely use him again. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Zach did me and my girlfriend's couple photos. He was very easy to work with (relaxed and comfortable behind the camera). Our pictures turned out so great! We were both so happy with the quality of the images for such a great price. I would definitely suggest Zach for your photography needs.
Zach did an amazing job with our wedding photography. He captured every special moment and was very good at working with many family members, taking great candid and posed shots. He got the pictures back to us quickly and they turned out beautifully. It was a great experience from beginning to end. We would certainly recommend Zach to anyone.
Zach took my engagement and wedding photos and did an amazing job! He is very down to earth and easy to work with. Also the quality of the photos are excellent!
Zach was our wedding photographer in St. Louis, MO and was wonderful! He was very open to our suggestions and easy to work with. He was friendly and professional. He was easy to get in touch with before hand and made our wedding pictures available to us extremely quickly after our big day. And we love the work he did for us! He consistently went above and beyond expectations! We would highly recommend him to anyone!
Beautiful pictures, elegant and stylish. As for the photographer, he was willing to meet with us prior, adaptable, and creative when it came to getting the shots just right. The wedding photos were edited and given to us between 2 weeks after wedding. He was insightful, a good listener, and determined to get good shots but not at the expense of our wedding environment. Highly recommend, I will hopefully use him again.
Zach is an extremely talented photographer! He captures the most meaningful moments and produces quality, stunning photos in a short amount of time. He was easy to work with and made the atmosphere humorous and enjoyable. His prices are downright affordable and worth absolutely every cent. If you're wanting memories that will last a life-time, he can capture them for you!
Price Range: $350/hr for most weddings and events!
Whatever the event I'm photographing, I pride myself on quick turnaround (you'll have your photos back within 10 days of the shoot), flexibility, and being a calming and helpful presence throughout our time together.
I specialize in wedding photography, but also love doing engagement photos, family sessions, individual portraits, or any sort of event.
Hi, I'm Zach! I live on Chicago's west side in Humboldt Park. I still can't believe I get to be a photographer in my favorite city. My dream job in my dream city? Come on!
I've picked up a camera just about every day since I first fell in love with photography back in 2013. Though every shoot holds something unique, it takes a lot to catch me off guard after nearly a decade in business.
My interests are all over the place, so I can't wait to see what we have in common! Will we connect over lit, music, or film? Maybe motorcycles or hiking. Might be mixology or cooking. Or we can compare tattoos! I'm sure we'll find something.
I pride myself on my ability to quickly connect with my clients, making them feel comfortable, cared for, and confident that they look great. I’m good at going with the flow: not every event I’m at goes exactly according to plan and I know how to be flexible and roll with the punches. Being a helpful and calming presence in the midst of your wedding or event is second nature to me. Basically, I try to treat people how I want to be treated: with fairness and understanding!
I love making new friends, so drop me a line and let’s get to it! Can’t wait to take your new favorite picture of you.
|December 10, 2021 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
|February 23, 2019 • 3:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 17, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|April 20, 2018 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|March 03, 2018 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm||Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party|
|December 17, 2017 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||Wedding Engagement|
|December 05, 2017 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm||Wedding Engagement|
|October 14, 2017 • 2:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 08, 2017 • 3:00pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 26, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Bachelorette Party|
|August 20, 2017 • 9:00am - 12:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|June 17, 2017 • 10:00am - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 11, 2017 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Talent Competition|
|May 06, 2017 • 8:00am - 10:00am||Fundraiser|
|April 28, 2017 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 25, 2017 • 9:00am - 9:30am||Personal Occasion|
|February 18, 2017 • 9:00am - 1:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 20, 2016 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|November 19, 2016 • 2:00pm - 11:00pm||Quinceañera|
|October 15, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|July 03, 2016 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Birthday (Child)|
|January 16, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 31, 2015||Wedding Engagement|
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