"I felt like you take photography from good to exquisitely over the top!"
I delight in recording the moments of my life. Photography is what I planned the highest priority expense of my wedding. When my boyfriend began talking seriously of marriage, the first thing that I wanted to do was to find an excellent photographer. I have very detailed and particular taste and love balanced and expressive pictures. I did not expect that I could wait long to look for and book a photographer as it was just 5 months before the time we had spoken of getting married. So even before my beloved one proposed, I had gotten references and scoured the options I could find for excellent photography.
When I first logged onto the Hopkins Studio web site my eye was charmed. I went through picture after picture, wedding set after another, grads, multiple family shots, and kept finding myself smiling. I was thrilled over the details, framing and the lighting in the photos. I loved how the group pictures captured joy, pleasant interaction, and the celebration of the moment on each face. I could see in the portraits the quality that my heart found delightful.
"I giggle at how we discussed wedding dates and your availability before I had even said “Yes” to my future husband. When you did have an opening, we happily changed our date to match your schedule."
I immediately called and tried to set up an appointment with you, Karen. When you expressed that you were not available on the day we hoped for our wedding, you gave me some good alternatives to try. When I looked at their web sites I knew what I saw was not my style. Hopkins Studio offered the taste, variety and joy I was looking for in my wedding photography. Classically lovely. I decided to ask if you might have any options around the date we wanted. Looking back now I giggle at how we discussed wedding dates and your availability before I had even said “Yes” to my future husband. When you did have an opening, we happily changed our date to match your schedule.
When we met I was so pleased to find your expertise and ease of working through details an easy fit for what I wanted. You not only are a photographer, you turned out to be like a wedding organizer or go-to person, knowing pick of the market for what was out there for chapel locations, flowers, videography, reception options, catering, makeup, and what felt like all the things I wanted to know. This saved me hours of searching and calling and getting more references and following up on them. I was pleased with what I found and the high quality of each of the options you recommended.
"Hopkins Studio offered the taste, variety and joy I was looking for in my wedding photography. Classically lovely."
It was delightful not only planning things out in such an efficient way, but also the joy of our photography time. The engagement photo session came at the end of an exhausting semester, and yet we had so much fun! The time flew by and was memorable.
Then we had our wedding day! It was relaxing and enjoyable to rest on your experience and eye to capture the moments with your husband and team of lighting support that day. I was so pleased as I saw things coming together, and as the photos flowed. It was delightful!
Two weeks later I was in a friend’s wedding (her sister had gotten married a year ago). Comparing, I realized you have the gift to go beyond traditional line-ups and colorful flowers. You bring in life, joy, and good poses and angles that are not always natural in typical line-ups of bridesmaids and groomsmen. You position the family in a way that brings out their best. Your photos capture some of the personality of the people you work with and then have the artistic line up that makes it come together with an attractive presentation. I felt like you take photography from good to exquisitely over the top!
It meant so much to get our photo album and go over and over the beautiful moments there. It has been shared many times and will continue to be shared again and again with much warmth and joy. Photos bring so much of life’s memories to view, and the way you have captured our wedding allows me to revel in the precious moments that make up one of my most important life-events!
Summing this all up, working with you at Hopkins Studios has been a most enjoyable experience. I wanted engagement and wedding photography that was able to capture the beauty of the moments of this precious time in my life. I have found working with you, Karen, and your team, to be above and beyond my expectations. Thank you for taking not just photos for my husband and I, but for exquisite and delightful concentrations of one of the most joyful days of our life. It has been an experience I prize and will treasure for the rest of my life. This is a rich gift that I cannot put a price tag on as the joy bubbles over the top of these images and continues to bring smiles as we revel in the framed memories.
We would highly recommend Hopkins Studio for your wedding! Karen is wonderful, so organized, professional and fun. She helped the day run smoothly by creating a timeline. She gave clear directions to everyone and made sure each shot was on point. She knew so many tricks to make sure the lighting was just right. What thrilled us the most was that the week we got back from our honeymoon, she had all are pictures, book and a few surprises ready for pick up! We highly recommend Karen Hopkins and her team for your wedding, and we will cherish the moments she captured forever!
Valerie Taylor Birkey
Karen has been the photographer for our family for more than 10 years. We have done studio, wedding, and site-based picture sessions. She is an outstanding person to work with and has even become a friend though the process. She also has an eye for detail and ideas for the best settings that make for truly memorable pictures. Thank you Karen! I expect we will soon have you do our family pictures again.
We wanted to say thanks again for the very pleasant experience we had working with you and your staff at Hopkins Studio. We appreciate the care that went into planning out the day, and how polite, professional, competent, prepared, calm, and cheery you and your assistants were on the day itself. We are super pleased with the photos (both quality & quantity of moments captured), and love the selection and arrangement you've put together in our book!! We're super happy we took Beth & Mike's recommendation and chose you as our photographer :)
- Laura & Mike
Laura (Trainor) Gabel
Master of Architecture, 2014, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
B.S. in Architectural Studies, 2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign