Read what others are saying about Esme Photography! Our clients’ feedback is always appreciated.

We used Esme Photography for our daughter’s senior year high school photographs. Esme was a true professional and a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. She was very flexible in getting a date and time scheduled. She listened to what my daughter had in mind and made several site recommendations – all of which were spot on as to what we were looking for.

The day of the photo shoot Esme was 100% focused on my daughter and capturing her true personality. She is extremely creative – some of my favorite shots were ones that we hadn’t really planned on. She has a unique ability to capture the beauty and emotion that you sometimes don’t even realize is there.

Turn around time on our photo “proofs” was very quick. And, once we made up our mind as to which photos we wanted, we received our beautiful prints quite quickly as well. We couldn’t be happier with how our daughter’s pictures turned out to capture this milestone in her life. Esme’s attention to detail is unparalleled. She is truly a wonderful photographer. I would highly recommend Esme Photography for any photo occasion.

—Carrie Willcutt | November 2017 | Barrington, IL

We had such a great experience with Esme Photography. Esmeralda was so great with our daughter, and she went above and beyond for our photo shoot. We all had so much fun, and our photos turned out beautiful. We will defiantly come back in the future.

—Stephanie Ventura | November 2017 | Cary, IL

I saw Esmeralda’s work when she was working a friend’s party. The pictures she took were so clear and fun, I had to try. I hired her to do photos for my daughter’s prom as well as a family party. I can tell you this, I will never do my own photos for Prom again. Esmeralda was able to get shots with such grace and clarity that I could never have even hoped to achieved. Her artistic eye and skilled hand wowed everyone who saw the pictures. Reasonable prices and exceptional talent, hiring her was the best decision I could have made. The pictures for the family party were precise and intimate. She was personable and friendly. I couldn’t be happier.

—Gina Urso | May 2017 | South Barrington, IL

Esmeralda from Esme Photography captures the heart of the subject….. She is a true artist whom utilizes her creative talent from the moment she is given the photography assignment. She has a unique sense of what is the best “perspective” to document the moment. Her keen eye behind the camera is evident….. It is practically impossible to pick a favorite photo from her collection. As she captures the most artistically creative photos. She is a photo journalist at heart.

—Nicole Nehf | November 2016 | Barrington, IL

We are so incredibly happy with our pictures from our session with Emmy. She went above and beyond in every way: kept our kids engaged, had amazingly creative ideas, was open to our ideas, and was 100% committed to capturing the best images possible. Emmy is talented, fun and professional – the best combination! We feel so fortunate to have her in our lives, and are extremely grateful for the beautiful images she captured. There is no doubt they will be treasured forever!

—Kyla Marabella | November 2016 | Barrington, IL

​Esmerelda met me and my three twenty-somethings in Lincoln Square where two of them live. Despite my best effort to have all of us somewhat coordinated clothing-wise, two of them fell ‘a bit’ short in that category. The photos were so artfully done-no one will ever know! My other request involved doing whatever she could to have me look better than my 55 years -DONE! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE​.

—Laura Keller-Denten | November 2016 | Lincoln Park, IL

Esmerelda Kaiteris is a total pleasure to work with. She is the consummate professional with her photography. Esmerelda came to work with me on site and quickly captured a sense of the essence of what I do. She has an incredible artistic eye and can find a powerful array of colors and background to to convey the message/image that you want to create. I highly recommend her.

—Karen Staib Duffy | Quantum Development Coaching | November 2016 | St. Charles, IL

After some colleagues of mine recommended Esmeralda, I found her and asked her to do my professional headshots. She was great to work with, got me in right away, provided a locale and helped me choose my wardrobe. If you hire Emmy, you won’t be sorry. She’ll be fun, open to your ideas and will provide you with great images!

—John Julian | The Julian Law Firm | August 2016 | Barrington, IL

I recently hired Esmeralda for a series of indoor professional headshots for new executives of our firm. I was looking for more than standard passport photos or something the guys could do at the mall, and was referred to her through a mutual friend. By phone and email, I was immediately put at ease as to her handle on things – I’m in Florida and she and my executives are in Chicago (I wouldn’t be there in person during the shoot). Esmeralda was responsive and professional. She delivered an amazing experience – her work is so good, I took the entire portfolio of shots. If you’re looking for an artist who truly understands and uses light, hire Esmeralda! I recommend her highly.

—Jack Chadam | IWS, National Marketing Manager | November 2015

Courteous. Friendly. Warm. Professional photographer who captured amazing posed and candid moments of my wedding. Surpassed my expectations on all creative and innovative levels. My son has ADHD and she somehow magically got him to be still for some special moments with my husband and father! Wow! She was extremely helpful even with things that had nothing to do with photography on the morning of the wedding. Just the person I needed on my stressful, rainy wedding morning. Am now trying to think of other times I may need a photographer for so that I can use her services again. Thank you Esme Photography. You did an amazing job. I highly recommend her!

—Lori Denker | Corrente Wedding | June 2015 | Long Island, NY

Austism October Cover

Esme Photography sourced the location and did the cover photo shoot for Autism File, October 2013.

Thank you so much for the beautiful photographs you took, for the cover of the Autism File, in October. To say that I was stunned to have been asked to be on the cover with my boys was an understatement. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help! You were able to ease my anxiety in so many ways. I appreciate that you found the time in your schedule for a last-minute booking and that you found a great venue for the photo shoot; making it seem like a perfect fall day-even though it was 90 degrees outside. I also can’t believe how you were able to keep my two “very active” young boys, focused and enjoying the moment.

The photographs you took were stunning! Even the editor of the magazine had a difficult time choosing just one photo. Not only does my family have a keepsake from being on the cover of an international magazine but we have many beautiful photos that will be cherished for generations to come.

I’ve already passed on your information to many of my friends and I’m looking forward to the next photo session with our family.

P.S. I need you to send me more of your business cards. I’ve already given them all away.

—M. Milik | Chicago, IL

I was really happy with the amazing pictures Esmeralda took for my son’s baptism. She was able to capture every moment and every detail of our special day. Esmeralda really has a passion for photography and it shows in all of her work. She is also wonderful to work with, has a great personality, and makes the day more fun for everyone. Thank you Esmeralda! We look forward to working with you for our daughter’s first communion!

—M. DiNovo | Chicago, IL

Esmeralda recently attended my baby shower in New York to help capture the memories of the day in her photographs. When I received the files of photos I couldn’t have been happier. The results were more than I could have ever wanted. She took EvErY detail of the decorations that my family spent hours creating-from the seating cards, to the flower arrangements, the hanging lanterns, the beauty of the decorations, the delicious food, the ambiance and the feelings of love and family that was exuding throughout the room to even the confetti on the tables. She captured the ambiance of the affair all with her photography!

Esmeralda was able to capture the candid moments of the day as we didn’t even known she was watching. She gave me the most precious gift through her photos because in twenty and thirty years I will remember the hugs from my best friend, the sweet glance from across the room to my mom, and even the expressions of tenderness as I opened the teeny tiny outfits from my cousins.

Thank you not only for your professionalism and expertise but for knowing what moments were important to capture without anyone having to tell you. My favorite pictures though were the ones of my guests and me. I tend to clam up when I know pictures are being taken but Esmeralda was able to photograph the guests and me in candid situations, when we had no idea she was even taking the photos. She has an artistic eye and a knack for knowing what moments are meant to be captured.

—H.D. | Bayside, NY

George and I would like express how pleased we were with our engagement party photos and especially our wedding and my bridal shower photos. From the beginning, I knew that the photography for our wedding was our biggest priority and we researched all over to find the best. We found it! We cannot believe how fortunate we were to have found Esme’s Photography for our different events. Esmeralda’s efforts surpassed our expectations. She listened to our vision of how we wanted our event captured and we were so pleased with the time and creativity our photographer put into capturing our special day. The pictures by far exceeded what we were expecting. They were creative, artistic, organic and timeless. Thank you so much for providing such wonderful work. We now have absolutely exquisite, beautiful images to remind us of our special day forever.

—George and Elaine K. | Pasadena, CA

Esmeralda’s beautiful photography captured our family in moments of tenderness, warmth and joy. Esmeralda’s patience and creativity were her best assets during our photo shoot with our one-month old daughter. Only a true professional would take the time as Esmeralda did to wait for a crying fit to subside and then cheerfully snap away. Esmeralda has a gift for capturing beauty in every shot she takes. She was full of energy, which helped keep our baby focused. She was very accomodating and when we wanted to get something specific she really worked with us. We will treasure these pictures always. It was great shooting with Esmeralda. Thank you for your photographs that captured the emotions so beautifully during this joyful time in our lives.

—Maria, Harris and Baby Marina I. | Inverness, IL