If you are looking for an amazing photographer to work with, you have found the one. Andi took every step possible to make sure our day was perfect. She made a timeline for the day so we made sure we were ready for pictures. She captures every detail from shoes to guests at cocktails hour. Lastly, she makes sure not to miss any laughs, cries, or the perfect opportunity for a sunset :) We could not have asked for a better photographer !!
We found Andi through another photographer in the Madison area (since she was not available on our wedding date). I went to her website and totally fell in love with her portfolio! We set up an appointment with Andi in Wausau at a coffee shop to meet her, and we were so impressed with how warm and friendly she was and with how attentive she was to our preferences and needs. She also traveled to Madison twice (for engagement pictures and for our wedding day) at no extra cost. Here are the top reasons why Andi was a great fit for us: --She works hard for you. She will crawl, climb, and walk anywhere to get the right angle for you. --She has a great attention to detail. She caught a picture of my nephew half-asleep on my brother's-in-law arm at the ceremony and you can see my husband and me in the background. It is the most precious photo! --She laughed and joked with us, which brought out natural laughs and smiles. --She was on time and prepared. She even brought our invitation that we'd mailed her and used it in some photos with my shoes/jewelry. I didn't even know she had done that until we got the photos back, and it was SUCH a great surprise.
Her rates fit any budget. (Go with the Platinum Package if you can -- it is worth every penny to have two photographers. You basically get two chances to capture every special moment, rather than one, and in most cases you get two different angles of the same moment, which was so special to me!) --We didn't notice her. This wasn't something I'd thought about until I began writing this review, but for the super important/personal moments (walking down the aisle, during the entire Mass, during our first dance, etc), I didn't notice her taking pictures, but she still got amazing shots. It was so nice that she captured our day without interrupting our memories of it. Incredible. --She is relaxed and flexible. She was willing to do whatever I wanted and helped us make our day our own. --She put us in natural poses and encouraged us to do our own thing. I think the #1 reason why our photos are so great is because we're standing/sitting in natural poses. --She doesn't over-edit her photos. They are clearly professional quality, but we don't look like processed, plastic Barbie dolls. Andi is amazing. I highly, highly recommend her!!
Andi loves photography and it shows. She has made a career of it, so she knows what she's doing, but you also see her passion in finding the right location and getting the right shot. She knows how to handle different lighting situations, and has an eye for spotting great backdrops.
Andi photographed our engagement session in San Diego, CA, and wedding in Madison, WI; the wedding included a second photographer, Jenna. Andi and Jenna went above and beyond expectations. They are both very disciplined, professional, patient, and try their best to provide the best work possible. Andi Stempniak Photography is highly recommended, and don't let location limit you. She travels and does her homework for locations she's not familiar with.
We HIGHLY recommend Andi for your wedding photography! She and her second shooter exceeded our expectations in every possible way and our experience beginning to end with her was fabulous. We wanted both excellent “posed” (but not too posed-looking) portraits, and the spur of the moment, capture-the-essence and emotion, candid shots of both our wedding party AND our guests. And wow, did she deliver! We have more wonderful shots than we know what to do with, and treasured photos of our dear family and friends enjoying this special day.
My ceremony shots, which can be difficult to capture with the different speakers, musicians and facial expressions, ended up being some of favorites. When I look at them, I am transported right back to the most important part of the day and the sheer joy of it all. The editing was spot on- flattering with an airy feel, and not at all over done or too “trendy.” We look like our best versions of our true selves. I was delighted to get a few sneak peek shots right away, perfect for posting after the big day! She was also quick with the turnaround in the final delivery as well. She clearly loves her work and really listens to her clients. Hire her!!