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WPD 2009 Top Pick Photographer Nomination and Clients Testimonials

Recently, we were nominated by Wedding Photography Directory as one of the 2009 Top Pick Photographers.  It’s really a great honor, and we are very proud to have the opportunity.  As part of the process, WPD requested some of my 2009 wedding clients testimonials, and I have collected a few of them.  And, I would like to share them with all of you.  It’s wow … so amazing … 🙂

These testimonials will be verified verbally by WPD, and I will share the outcome of the nomination as well, hopefully pretty soon.

Thanks so much everyone  … 🙂

Sincerely, Ian

Sari and David’s Testimonial:

“I stumbled upon Ian Dharma’s website while searching on the Internet.  We had met with several other photographers and had not found one that offered what we were looking for; quality, artistic photography, professionalism and a connection for the right price.  We experienced that with Ian and are so lucky to have found him.  The entire relationship, from our first meeting and the engagement session photo shoot, through the wedding night was amazing.  Our guests continue to comment on his work after viewing our event slideshow. He is an expert at capturing just the right moments (and those in between!), and we have already recommended him to our friends and family!”

Meghan and Karma’s Testimonial:

“We, Karma and Meghan Desai, had the honor of working with Ian Dharma for our wedding, which took place on June 27, 2009 in Chicago, IL.  A friend of ours had recommended Ian after seeing his photos from another friend’s wedding.  Ian was the first vendor we booked for our wedding because we instantly felt a connection to his photography and a calming presence that would contribute to the wedding.

Over the course of the next 8 months, Ian guided us regarding our album, photo-shoot locations and timings.  He gave attention to every detail from providing us with photos for our save-the-date invitation to editing several pictures in a short time span to show at our reception.  We were really impressed and pleased with his quick responses to our questions and needs.

He also went above and beyond what we had agreed upon prior to the wedding.  For example, Ian took us to downtown Chicago for a 5 hour wedding shoot the day after our wedding because he felt we wouldn’t have enough time during the day of our wedding to get a quality array of pictures.   Some photographers might have done this, but I doubt any wouldn’t have charged extra for the additional service.

Numerous friends and family members have commented on Ian’s ability to capture the moments so precisely.  Ian was a great person to work with and a valuable asset to our wedding.  We are thankful he was our wedding photographer and feel that he is deserving of this prestigious award”.

Wendy and Joe’s Testimonial:

“We couldn’t be happier to have chosen Ian Dahrma to do our wedding photography.  His professionalism and artistic eye captured our most memorable moments.  More than a wedding album, I wanted a piece of art and got just that. (but more than one!).  We have his work hanging in our living room and get compliments like:  “oh- wow…” and “that is an amazing shot”.  I will never get tired of looking at Ian’s work, even if it is not our own wedding.  He inspires me every time.

I wish Ian the very best and I know he will be famous someday!”

Michelle and Sergio’s Testimonial:

“Ian was the first and only photographer I met with.  The moment I saw his work, I knew he was the one!  Ian’s pictures beautifully depict the moments.  He spent many hours with us shooting amazing pictures in Chicago for our engagement photos.  Ian was careful to be sure the weather would be “just right” for our engagement session.  While we couldn’t select the weather for our wedding day, he still amazed us with his creativity while shooting pictures inside the church, and later outside.  He has a talent for crafting the perfect picture using both the setting and the subjects.  Ian’s photos truly tell a story.  His pictures are original and his style is one of a kind!   Any friends that have seen our wedding pictures have commented that they wished they had known of Ian’s work before they had gotten married.  Ian’s passion for photography is evident.  I would highly recommend Ian to anyone looking for gorgeous, artistic wedding pictures.  Not only were we amazed by his talent, but he is truly a pleasure to work with”.

Leena and Saboor’s Testimonial:

“If we were to describe Ian as a photographer, we would choose words like exceptional talent, customer focused, self driven, punctual, observant, in-tune and the list goes on. This is coming from two people who are engineers by profession and coined as perfectionists by family and friends. We both were extremely selective and demanding of all our wedding vendors and photography was definitely on the top of our concern list. We selected Ian after interviewing a dozen photographers in person. Beyond Ian’s talented portfolio, he won us over at our very first meeting by being polite, prepared and accommodating to our budget. We had three separate events to cover in one week. Ian made time from his personal schedule to visit each venue in advance and to learn about us, our families and the event details. He provided excellent suggestions to improve our timelines and gave great ideas for making the events run more fluently. He came early every day and stayed late until we and our families were satisfied with the shoot. We trusted Ian to be the only photographer at our events and he by far exceeded out expectations. His response was exemplary and we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer to capture one of the most important milestones in our lives to date. We are proud and honored to recommend Ian to our family, friends and anyone who has a need for dependable, creative and focused photography”.

Jewel and Craig’s Testimonial:

“After meeting with several photographers and viewing their work, we decided on hiring Ian to photograph our wedding. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made. Our photographs turned out more beautiful than I can ever imagine. We received so many wonderful compliments and are grateful for having worked with him. Ian was very easy to work with. He made all of us feel at ease and in turn made the shots very natural. He has an amazing eye which is obvious in his work. I have actually recommended Ian to friends and would do it over and over again”.

Jennifer and Paul’s Testimonial:

“Please accept our sincere recommendation of Ian Dharma as someone who you should consider for the 2009 Top Pick Photographer. His artistic talent, professionalism, and genuine sincerity are just a few of the many reasons why Ian is someone who deserves consideration.

We first met Ian at the end of 2008 after our engagement. After meeting with several photographers, Ian immediately made us feel comfortable, and obviously, we were absolutely thrilled with his work. He was not pushy, never really made it a point to “sell himself,” and always gave us the sense that he truly enjoyed being behind the camera.

Throughout the whole year from our engagement to wedding, and beyond, he has been very easily accessible, often returning phone calls and e-mails within an hour or two! Our Engagement session was so much fun, and the pictures were absolutely breathtaking. After showing off our engagement pictures to family, friends, and co-workers, everyone was so impressed that one of the girls I work with booked Ian for her wedding. Paul’s cousin, who lives in New York, was so impressed with our pictures that she also chose Ian to be the photographer at her wedding—which meant that she would be flying him all the way to Buffalo, NY for the weekend!
Our wedding photos were also stunning, not that we expected anything less! We have received so many compliments and multiple inquiries about Ian, his work, and his contact information. We have never hesitated to recommend him to future brides.

His turn-around time for getting pictures posted on-line was very fast for both our Engagement photos and Wedding photos—this was especially nice for a bride that was so excited that she quite literally, couldn’t wait! We also received our pictures on disc extremely fast as well.
We really cannot say enough about Ian and the fabulous work he does. He is wonderful and easy to work with, reliable, and we always trusted his artistic opinion and talent. His work speaks for itself. It was so fun to see him again after our wedding at Paul’s cousin’s wedding, and we look forward to seeing him at the future weddings of our friends. We were so fortunate that we found someone who made our day so special and beautiful and who was able to so perfectly capture the memories of such a special time in our lives”.

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