Bri Short Photography | Best Wedding Photographer in Chicago, Illinois Bri Short Photography | Best Wedding Photographer in Chicago, Illinois

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“Bri did our engagement photos for us. After looking at the photos she does on social media and her page we know she was the one. We are non-traditional and didn't want to take a bunch of posey photos. Planning with Bri was so easy. She contacted me less than an hour after I sent her a message. She was able to accommodate where we wanted the photos and gave us great recommendations on the best time to do them. Bri was so easy going and made us feel comfortable during the whole shoot. She made us feel like it was just us regardless of everything going on around us. We really wanted photos by the lake since we are doing a destination wedding, it added that extra waterside feel. After we took a few city shots she knew the perfect place to go to get a great background. I would recommend Bri a million times over and hope to work together again in the future.”

~Yesenia & Oscar (Engagement Aug 25, 2018)

"My now husband and I decided to have a small, intimate wedding at The Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Since the view where our ceremony took place is beautiful we both decided to hire a photographer to capture our ceremony and then take post ceremony pictures. As we both did our research to hire a photographer who could capture our special day, Tony and I decided to contact Bri. As soon as we could, we looked her up on Google. The search led us to her page, where we were able to see her fabulous work. Through her page we were directed to her Instagram and we were able to see more of her work. I really loved it because it was definitely the type of photographer my husband and I had in mind to hire for our wedding. Tony and I had been thinking about hiring a photographer who could capture the REAL moments. After stalking Bri’s Instagram –ha ha ha-, I went back to her page and read her biography and I really liked how she described herself as a person and as a photographer. Bri will make sure you feel super comfortable in front of the camera; she will also follow you into the water, if that is where you and your husband/fiancé end up. What we really liked about Bri was that before personally meeting her, she took the time to get to know Tony and I as a couple. I think this is important because I had the opportunity to express what was important to both us and I was able to give her a brief summary of our love story. Before getting our photos taken I think one of my main concerns was that we had hired a photographer for 3 hours and I was not going to have enough “poses” for those three hours –ha ha ha-. I was so wrong, Bri will let you be you and there is no need to pose because neither my husband nor I are models. The three hours we spent with Bri were amazing! As a photographer she is very professional from beginning to end. As a person Bri is a sweetheart and a great person to talk to. I would definitely work with her again and will recommend to friends and family.”

~Karla & Antonio (Wedding August 25, 2018)

“Bri is the BEES KNEES!!!!!! I loved her work that she did for a friend's wedding, so I hired her for my wedding and engagement pics. She went above and BEYOND for the engagements (wedding is in 2019). For real. Not many photographers would take my crazy ideas seriously and run with them. She literally got into a swan boat to take pictures of us and did a great job of making us look good. Love it. She's great. You can't go wrong!”

~Tory & Danny (Engagement August 11, 2018)

“When we got engaged a year ago we knew we’d do a destination wedding, we picked the date of the wedding in less then a week and the first thing I did was email Bri. She had done my sisters wedding and her photos were perfect, of course I couldn’t settle for anyone but the best. Bri is the best photographer, not only is she extremely talented she is also fun, kind, professional and welcoming. She pours her heart into each aspect of her profession, from the first emails to receiving our beautiful photos I knew I had made the right choice. Bri traveled to Colorado with us and captured our day in the most magical way. My husband can be difficult when it comes to having his picture taken (she had her work cut out for her, trust me) she took her time and went out of her way to make him (us) feel so comfortable. Our wedding photos are to die for and looking through them I relive each moment and each feeling. They show the “realness” of the day, filled with true emotion. I love being reminded of how perfect our day was. Bri went above and beyond the call of duty; my (other) sister had lied to me saying the military wouldn’t let her come home from overseas for our wedding. Bri was there to photograph the surprise homecoming for my sister at our rehearsal dinner. She captured each moment of the unexpected return, such a joyous moment for the whole family. We are so fortunate and thankful for Bri — the time spent and the love that she pours into her clients and art is unmatched.” 

~Taylor and Neil (Wedding August 3, 2018)

“Bri was the 2nd photographer we met with last year - we were looking for someone to do both engagement and wedding photos and from the get go, I loved her enthusiasm and genuine interest in who my husband (Ben) and I were - what made us tick as a couple, etc. She loves LOVE -- and that made me excited about all of the "fuss" that generally comes with planning a wedding. I feel like over the last year, we've become friends and there's this special connection... Bri made it possible for us to re-live our best day ever over and over again through her beautiful photographs! So, thank you!! She was the consummate professional - always on time (if not early), our meetings had an agenda, and when shooting - she had a plan. We'd work with her a thousand times over and can't recommend her enough! One of the best parts?? When she sent us our photos, there was the SWEETEST thank you card. Bri - you're the best!!”

~Katie & Ben (Wedding July 21, 2018)

"Bri was an absolute dream to work with. From booking to planning to shooting, the entire process was such a breeze. She is so accommodating and easy to work with. My husband and I are bit awkward and camera shy, but Bri made us feel so comfortable during our engagement and wedding sessions. Our wedding was on one of the hottest days in Chicago, but she did such a great job of capturing our chemistry and the beauty of the city. She is not only a stunning photographer, but she is also very relatable and down to earth. We would highly recommend Bri as a photographer and will definitely be mentioning her to our friends getting married in the future. We couldn't be happier with the way our photos tuned out!"

~Amanda & Dave (Wedding June 16, 2018)

"Although Bri's editing and eye for candid photos full of emotion initially drew me towards her, meeting with her in person for the first time really sold us. She was personable, professional, and excited about her work. Up until the actual delivery of the photos (which arrive in SUCH a cute little package, just emphasizing the excitement of receiving it), she was prompt, professional, and quick to respond. Although we experienced a few hiccups along the way (none of which were on her), she handled them with grace and decisiveness. Could not recommend someone more."

~Julia & Chris (Wedding May 27, 2018)

"My fiancee and I got engaged in the September, but due to my work, we were not able to plan an engagement photo shoot until the winter time in January. But this made for a beautiful winter engagement photo shoot that I have come to cherish, and a lot of that I owe to the wonderful work Bri did. I am truly grateful my fiancee knew Bri from high school and had heard that she was in the photography business these days. She did an amazing job with our engagement photo session! She ran the session as I had envisioned, letting us choose how we wanted to be captured on camera as well as where we wanted to be photographed on site at the Grove in Glenview and then providing ideas when we asked or came up short. She made me feel at ease from the get go when she took a few minutes to genuinely get to know us both by asking questions about how we met, and what each of our lives looked like. On top of that, she charged a very fair price for our 30 minute long session (which actually ended up being an hour with no complaints form Bri), especially in lieu of her traveling from Chicago out to Glenview, and then was quick to get us our photos from the session. Her website was a breeze to use, from downloading the photos to viewing them online as well. Never once did we feel uncomfortable during the session. I highly recommend Bri, a very talented photographer who will capture the beauty and essence of an engagement. Had we not already booked a wedding photographer, I would have undoubtedly chosen Bri."

~Christi & Dan (Engagement January 21, 2018)

“I have so many great things to say about Bri, it took me forever to even figure out where to begin! I have watched her grow as a photographer since we met in college back in 2013. She had photographed me as a model for some of her class projects, and even back then there was always something special and natural about her work. Fast forward 4 years to when my husband proposed to me, and I knew exactly who I wanted to have photograph our wedding journey. I remember calling Bri and dropping the bomb on her that our wedding was going to be on Anna Maria Island in Florida, and her immediate response was “Let’s do it!!!”. We started out with our engagement shoot in our hometown of Chicago at Promontory Point. It was here that my husband and I found out very quickly that kissing and portraying different emotions in front of a camera together was a new challenge for us. But, Bri knew exactly how to break the ice and make us feel comfortable. We were laughing and having fun the whole time. To us that was the most important part because it spurred that organic chemistry you can feel when you see a couple together, and it really shows in our photos. Looking back, it’s funny how nervous we were at the start, and now we talk about how our photoshoots were one of the most fun and memorable parts of the whole experience. The engagement photos with her were a perfect way to get comfortable in front of the camera and get us even more excited for our big day! In the weeks leading up to our wedding, we had many conversations with Bri. We drew from her experience with other weddings to frame our timeline, make last minute changes, and most of all prepare us for what to expect. Once wedding week arrived down in Florida we had a lot of things to worry about, but the one thing we didn’t have to stress about at all was our photographer. She spent the entire day before our wedding scouting locations on the island for our “First Look”, meeting with our wedding coordinator, and familiarizing herself with the venue. Once the big day finally arrived, Bri showed up bright and early to hair & make-up with her running shoes strapped on tight! She coordinated the show, helping call my parents and husband, and making sure that everyone stayed on schedule. Bri truly has a good eye for people, and during our “First Look” she helped us capture the most original parts of ourselves. She also chose scenery that we would not have thought to include, but with this she was able to capture the essence of what makes that quiet little island such a special place to us. Her attention to detail thrived through out the day, capturing all the emotion during our ceremony, and all the mayhem that followed. Many of the things you spend the most time preparing are the easiest to overlook. Bri made sure not to miss these little things, like our flowers, centerpieces, and the cake (before everyone ate it). You only get to experience your wedding day once, but Bri’s photos have allowed us to keep these moments with us forever. We’re so thankful for her preparation, her vision, her guidance, and most of all, who she is as a person. Choosing her was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding journey!”

~Ashley & Tom (Wedding November 24, 2017)

"Y'all, I would give her 10 stars if I could!! Bri is everything I look for in a photographer. She is so kind, relatable, and insanely talented. She did my engagement session in the Garfield Park Conservatory and I could not be happier with the photos. I feel like this was such a perfect setting because all of Bri's photos are very much ALIVE. There is so much life and joy in her photos, and to me, those make the best memories. Bri will be photographing my destination wedding in Maui, and I cannot wait to see how her imagination runs wild. I am forever grateful for these memories, and I hope everyone gets an opportunity to be photographed by Bri."

~Sarah & Sam (Engagement March 12, 2017)

“My husband Ben and I had not had photos taken since our wedding, and although I was really excited about the photo shoot I also found myself more nervous than I had anticipated! Bri was so patient and made us feel comfortable from the beginning! We had so much fun during our time with her! I love how natural, spontaneous, and fun our photos turned out! I truly feel that they capture the joy in our marriage. Bri was prompt and helpful in all of our correspondences, and she was so kind. We look forward to hopefully working with her again in the future!”

~Holly & Ben (Anniversary November 2, 2017)

"I am absolutely stunned by how great Bri was through the entire engagement and wedding photo process. She made us feel super comfortable the entire time and on top of that the photos ended up looking better than I could have ever expected. I LOVE all the artistic touches and different angles. Thanks for rockin’ out the Schmieder Wedding, Bri!"

~Sarah & Danny (Wedding October 21, 2017)

"Our anniversary session with Bri was everything! We hadn't really had our photos done since we got married 5 years ago and it was so great for us to have that time together. We drove together with Bri and got to know her and she is absolutely awesome! She kept us laughing all through our session and kept it fun even through the chilly weather and crazy wind. So thankful to have found an amazing photographer and new friend! Can't wait to see our photos!"

~Kayleigh & Steven (Anniversary October 15, 2017)

"Bri was fantastic to work with! Planning was painless and she was so helpful for both our engagement and our wedding photos! She does wonderful work and kept everyone smiling and laughing. We felt comfortable with her very quickly and she was very professional at the same time. The photo package was beautiful and we are in love with the images she took! I would absolutely recommend her to others for engagement, wedding, and portraits! Thank you, Bri!"

~Sara & David (Wedding October 8, 2017)

"Bri is unbelievably talented! Her use of natural light is fantastic and I could not be more pleased with our photos. She is kind, funny, and has a great eye for places and poses while making her clients feel totally at ease. I am so grateful to have beautiful third anniversary photos to treasure thanks to her!"

~Ashley & Clay (Anniversary September 19, 2017)

"I am so happy we found Bri! She was an absolute joy to work with. Bri is organized, fun, and has a keen sense of style. Her attention to detail shines through her photos. From the engagement session to the wedding, she was seriously down for anything (like smoke bomb photos). Whenever we had a question, Bri was quick to answer. We always felt really comfortable working together. It was so easy to just be ourselves and Bri did the rest. After the wedding, I was really looking forward to the wedding photos. . . and they were better than we could have ever hoped for. They even came in the most adorable packaging! You could really tell that Bri took the time to give us the most perfect gift. We absolutely love them! Bri's photography is so unique, relaxed, and exactly what we were looking for. Bri, thank you for being a part of our big day."

~Nicole & Ernest (Wedding September 1, 2017)

“It was a such a wonderful and easy experience working with Bri Short Photography for our engagement shoot and wedding day! Bri is organized, easy to communicate with and was always quick to respond with any questions we had. She made us feel comfortable even when we were nervous in front of the camera. She captured our wedding day beautifully and we have absolutely stunning and unique photos to remember our day. We received so many compliments from our wedding guests and family about how great of a job she did along with her second photographer Sarah. Thank you Bri for our beautiful photos, we couldn’t love them more!”

~ Kristine & Jay (Wedding August 5, 2017)

"Words can not even begin to describe how amazing Bri is. Not only is she amazingly talented, but she is genuinely one of the best human beings you will ever meet. This summer Bri shot our engagement pictures at my fiancé's family lake house. This session was one that I dreamed about since I met Bri five years ago, and it was more than a dream come true. If you feel that taking pictures will be awkward, with Bri it WILL NOT BE! She makes you feel so comfortable and she will keep the smiles coming for days. The passion that Bri has shooting is one of the most breathe taking inspiring things I have ever seen. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. She will do anything for the perfect shot!"

~Shelbie & Jeremy (Anniversary July 30, 2017)

"Working with Brianne (and Melanie) on our wedding day was beyond perfect! We honestly can't recommend them enough. They were incredibly professional and had great ideas for photos so we didn't have to be stressed about it at all. I've known Brianne since we were in high school, and it meant so much to have her as such an important part of our day. We will recommend Bri Short Photography to absolutely everyone!"

~ Brittany & Jake (Wedding June 24, 2017)

"It was amazing working with Bri and Mel for our wedding day! They were so fun and laid back. We felt completely comfortable at all times with them. :) Planning was very simple and easy because Bri was so quick to respond to any of my emails or texts. Our pictures were wonderful and we highly recommend these two for anyone's wedding day! The package we received with our photos was so cute and well put together. We really felt cared for and appreciated."

~Claire & Will (Wedding June 10, 2017)

"I highly recommend Bri Short Photography! Bri is an amazing photographer. My fiancé and I hired her for our engagement photos, and we couldn't have been more thrilled with the entire experience. She made sure we were comfortable while shooting, and created a fun and joyful environment. Our shots turned out awesome! There was no hesitation in booking her for our wedding this August. I can't wait!!!"

~Alexandria & Jimmy

"Where do I even start??? We LOVED working with Bri (and Melanie) on both our wedding day and for our engagement shoot. The planning process was so simple with Bri - if i had a question, an idea, whatever it may have been - I just shot her an email and she responded right away. Heck, she was even available via text. The overall experience in shooting with Bri was so laid back. You often wonder, eeesh, I'm going to have to get all romantic in front of this person - will I be comfortable? Bri brought out all the laughs, all the love that make it possible to take such amazing photographs - Bri and Melanie are so laid back and kind. It was a comfortable and fun experience. The final product - amazing! We received SO many compliments on our photos! Family told us that they TEARED UP when they saw our engagement photos (I'm sure the wedding photos will be much the same). I can't even believe the kind of product we received for the price we paid - when I was looking around for photographers, people were charging four times the amount for product that was not even a quarter of how amazing Bri's work is. I would absolutely recommend Bri to anyone that needs a photographer - in fact, I fully plan on hiring her again for any more moments that Josh and I share together in this new life of ours! (Bri and I are not related, we havn't been bff's since first grade, I'm just THAT with my experience!) Thanks Bri and Melanie! UPDATE: The wedding photos were (are!) absolutely stunning! We've received so many compliments on how they look like they belong in a magazine! They even got to us not even a month after the wedding! (I'd say about three or so weeks). She edited them so quickly and sent them to us by mail in the cutest packaging. I have friends who got married and hadn't received their wedding photos even 4 months after their wedding!"

~Dorothy & Josh

“I am so thankful that over a year ago my mom ran into Bri’s dad at the local grocery store in the town that Bri and I both grew up in. Luckily for me, I was newly engaged and on the hunt for the perfect wedding photographer. My mom quickly put a bug in my ear that Bri Short had her own photography business and that I should check it out. Making the decision to hire Bri was a no brainer and Tony and I are so thankful that we did. From booking to the day of our wedding everything was easy and stress free. Bri made the day so comfortable and relaxed. Two things that are 100% necessary amidst all the stress and nerves that a wedding day tends to bring. We were so lucky to have her by our side to capture every precious moment. It meant so much to have not only an amazing photographer but also a wonderful human being and childhood friend by our side on our wedding day. Bri’s photos from our wedding day are like a movie that you can watch over and over again. Her work speaks for itself. It is emotional and full of life. She was able to capture moments that we will treasure for a lifetime. There are no words to describe how lucky Tony and I are that my mom bumped into your dad. Thank you for your beautiful work and your amazing self. We cannot wait to hire you for our future life events! All our love and thanks.”

~Lane & Tony

"Today our engagement photo package arrived in the cutest little box imaginable. I have never been one to get emotional over pictures (especially not ones of myself), but I found myself tearing up looking through the gorgeous shots Bri captured. Her photography captures the essence of love in a way I didn't even know was possible! I am so grateful to Bri for helping make these special memories so beautiful. The process was very comfortable and casual and the product is captivating. If you're looking at booking a photographer for your engagement/wedding I would HIGHLY recommend that you contact Bri immediately! I cannot say enough good things about Bri!!!"

~Therese & Caleb

"I stumbled across Bri when she messaged me on a wedding website. I was very early in the planning process but thought I might as well look into her and I am so glad I did! I started looking through her website, Facebook, etc. until I had seen all her photos. It didn't take long for me to run to my now husband convinced I had found our photographer. We got on Bri's schedule about 10 months before our wedding and didn't once look back. She offered us an amazing price and plenty of guidance along the way. I was a bride with many questions and some weird picture wants. On the day of the wedding, Bri was early and ready to go. She ran around meeting all my crazy desires, going from location to location and enduring the 10 degree Chicago weather through it all. She was willing to do whatever I wanted but was also ready with incredibly creative plans and had all kinds of fun ideas that I jumped on. From the picture that makes the church look like Hogwarts and the one of our dog as the ring bearer to the sparkler photo and the amazing shots in the library, Bri did an amazing job! I cannot express how fantastic the pictures turned out. Many of them hang in our living room and I frequently find myself just staring. I can't even say I have a favorite because I love them all! If you want a vibrant, fun, creative, and talented photographer...choose Bri!!!"

~Amanda & Lawrence

“Bri shot our non-traditional wedding at Starved Rock this past summer. We had a small wedding ceremony with immediate family only. Although we were nervous about finding a photographer who would encapsulate our intimate outdoor wedding style, Bri was perfect. Our photos came out beautifully, the images were clear and captured all of the best moments of our day. The detail photos that she took prior to our wedding were breathtaking and showcased all of our handmade wedding touches. When taking newlywed photos after the ceremony, Bri made us both comfortable and we had a blast hiking through the park to locations Bri had previously scouted out. The perfect touch to end our experience with Bri was the beautiful hand crafted box that she mailed us containing a flash drive of our photos and three snapshots from our collection. Now we forever have a keepsake to remind us of our wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Bri for any type of wedding or event, her portfolio speaks for itself! Again, thank you so much!”

~Rita & TJ

“Bri did such a great Job photographing our special day. Not only was she willing to travel hours to our small town, she was able to make beautiful shots in a place she had never been before! We showed her our favorite places around and she made it work! Our wedding party all have amazing personalities and she allowed each one to show their stuff! Our family and friends loved her presence at the reception and she truly captured the amazing evening we all had! I love that I have digitals of all of our photos so I can print them anyway I want them, not just standard sizes or forms. I would recommend Bri to anyone!”

~Katie & Jamie

"Last summer I married the love of my life and best friend, Tim. We are a very laid back couple who didn't want stale posed pictures. On top of that I don't typically photograph well. Bri was able to meet with us close to home to prepare and discuss our expectations. She was able to assure me that she could make me look like the best me I could be in photos. Bri was able to capture our love and essence of the day. She helped make us look natural and relaxed even when the weather turned from mostly sunny to rain. Bri came prepared with umbrellas and optimism to still ensure that we felt special and dry on our wedding day. Camera in hand Bri creates magic. She has an eye for angles and spontaneous photo ops. Working with Bri was nothing less than exceptional. We felt so comfortable and confident. Plus we had a lot of fun! Bri was extremely professional, yet friendly and flexible. Most importantly, the end result was fabulous! We were in complete awe when we saw our photographs. We are actually looking forward to using Bri's talents again when we have our first child. She has ventured into photographing babies and families and we can't wait for her to capture our growing family."

~Natalie & Tim

"Before finding Bri, I had met with another photographer. He had been in the business for years, which is what other professional photographers told me to look for: experience. So I met with this experienced photographer, and he shared with me his portfolio: cookie-cutter photo after cookie-cutter photo. All of the weddings were the same shots over and over again. His creativity definitely left something to be desired! So I began the hunt to find someone creative and budget-friendly. And then somehow I found Bri. From the pre-booking meeting to receiving our photos, Bri was a pleasure to work with! She was very accessible when I had questions and gave wonderful advice on how to arrange the pre-wedding photos for the wedding day itinerary. On the day of the event, my husband and I were able to enjoy the day knowing that Bri's creative eye would capture every unique moment. When we received our photos (in the cutest packaging!), it was clear that she had taken the time to edit and curate a beautiful collection of photos that will be treasured for years to come. I would definitely work with Bri again and have already recommended her to others."

~Lauren & Taylor

"When my husband and I started looking for a photographer for our wedding, we were trying to find someone who went above and beyond the typical "cookie cutter" wedding photos. After stumbling across Bri's website, we fell in love with her artistic style and knew she was the right photographer for us. Bri was very professional throughout the entire process and worked with us on putting together a schedule to make sure no important moments were missed. We actually had a little bit of extra time between the wedding and reception and Bri came up with some great locations and photo ideas that turned out great. When we received the edited photos, we were blown away. Bri did such an amazing job capturing our day and we couldn't recommend her enough."

~Nicole & Dan

"We love our photos. She did our engagement and wedding photos. I felt like they were all natural and creative at the same time capturing us. We are planning on using her again for a family photo session we are just waiting on weather. Bri is the best!!!! On a side note I do know that our wedding party wished they got a photo with their spouses for family group that was in and apart of the wedding. but, all still loved the pictures. Bri was great to work with and has a fun easy going personality to work with. which also allowed her to capture moments of my son who is autistic and can be hard to photograph at times..."

~Carrie & Nathan

"I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos Bri took of our wedding shower!!! We had a bbq themed couples shower last month and there were tons of people there so I decided to hire a photographer to shoot the event because I did not want to worry about having to take pictures myself or ask any of my guests to do the same. Bri has an amazing camera, the images were all so crisp and clear, and she took such creative photos that I would never even have thought to take. She was there with us for about 4 hours and totally blended in with the guests...I forgot she was even there from time to time but she managed to take soooo many wonderful pictures of all the guests, the details of the decor and the setting, lots of candids, and even captured our dogs staring longingly at us out the back door. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and I am highly recommending her to all my friends and family members as we have lots of special events coming up for which we can totally use her talent and expertise. Words cannot express how pleased we are with Bri's work. We are super lucky to have found her."

~Jessica Mucia

"I met Bri at a wedding in summer that I stood up in. It was her spunk, originality, friendly demeanor, professionalism, and her stunning photos that led us to book a maternity shoot with her in the fall. Bri assisted us in finding a location that would best fit the details we were looking for, and was willing to travel to whichever location we wanted to be at. Bri truly made the experience fun. Not only did she capture the natural beauty of our surroundings, but she captured the essence of happiness that we felt at becoming new parents. I would suggest to anyone that is looking for a photographer that is as creative and artistic as Bri with a camera, to book her for your event. We already can't wait to see her for family pictures this summer!"

~Theresa & EJ