Name: Abhishek & Payal Patel
Business Name: Bokéh Studios
Where are you based out of? Chicago, Illinois
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Part-time photographers
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Engagements
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Canon 5D Mark III
How would you define your style?
We would define our style as lifestyle photography for weddings and engagements. It’s candid, yet done so with some direction and styling and it also has an approachable feel and a relaxed result. We also like to capture candid and spontaneous photos of people, décor and the action as well! We look for intimate spaces for portraits and prefer to learn about the couple prior to their wedding day so that the interactions the day of are seamless, which ultimately enables us to create lifelong moments.
What motivated you to become a photographer?
We got our start in photography after being avid photographers at events, family outings and just enthusiasts, which eventually led to an opportunity shooting a friend’s engagement photos in Chicago. Since then, we’ve grown into a full studio specializing in weddings, however, we also capture occasional family sessions.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
We know how important a couple’s day is. And we know how important it is to trust your photographer or videographer. You get one shot at this—it’s important to do it right. We are here to guide couple’s through the process and we love getting to know people, what’s important to you, how you met, etc. Getting to know the couple’s story allows us to incorporate their personalities into their event and make their images unique.
How do you accomplish that?
Telling a special story is a gift and an art we cherish. Through our passion for creativity, we uniquely capture couple’s stories about one of the biggest days of their life: their wedding day. We thrive on building relationships with our couples through our recognizable photography and videography so we can showcase their distinctive personalities. When you work with Bokéh Studios we tailor their experience to fit their vision. Create your own story is our tagline.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
We have been very fortunate enough to watch our friend’s photography businesses’ grow throughout the years so that has helped alleviate any major struggles. We have spent an exquisitely long amount of time behind the lens, but our initial love of the camera came from getting our own photos taken by remarkable photographers that have all turned into great mentors and friends and helped us turn into a successful wedding photography and videography business.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Our years of dedication to the art of professional photography and videography has been noticed and awarded on national and international levels. We’ve been featured in the Daily Herald, Gay Bride Guide, Wedding Guide Chicago, Borrowed & Blue, Love + Wander, Windy City Media Group, The Big Fat Indian Wedding and more!
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Chicago is a strong and vibrant city and provides a great starting point for remote businesses, however, it is a very competitive landscape. There are a lot of very talented photographers that vie for the same attention when seeking potential couples, but there is a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. The architecture and history of the city also provide a great landscape for capturing the essence of what it means to live in an opportunistic area and there are also many big businesses and small businesses to connect and collaborate with.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
We use the wooden 4GB and 8GB USBs!
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
We wanted to provide our clients with a unique offering with our USBs and Photographer Supply Company were able to deliver the perfect solution. We can’t wait to share our client’s photos with these!