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In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its twelfth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.

Please follow the links below to read most recent reviews by earlier clients on WeddingWire and The Knot, and connect with us on Facebook to see how we’ve done.

https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/yk-photography-lake-forest/ba57f8e21b24b472.html

https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/yandk-photography-lake-forest-il-770362

We would like to send a big THANK YOU to our beautiful couples for the love, inspiration and support! We couldn’t be happier that we were able to witness all these amazing moments on your wedding days! Below are a few of our favorite reviews:

Yanko and Kalina are truly talented photographers! When I met with Yanko for the first time, I could feel his passion for photography and for his wife as we spoke. That’s what made me choose Y & K photography – their sincerity, talent, passion for photography and love for each other. What’s better than having your love captured by a couple who not only believes in happily ever after, but lives it? Nothing! Our engagement photos turned out incredible, and our wedding photos were beyond perfect! I wish there was more time in the day so we could have kept shooting and having fun because I truly cannot get enough of my photos!

My wedding day was magical. Yanko was so fun, funny, and easy to work with. I wish him and Kalina weren’t double booked on my wedding day, so I could have had them both work their magic together. But, their entire team of photographers is great at what the do, and Vesko was a great second photographer. Yanko and Kalina truly care about the couples they work with and are people you can consider good friends at the end of the day. They have such a creative eye, you can’t fail by choosing them as your photography team!

My wife and I are so grateful to have had Yanko and Kalina photograph our wedding. All of the pictures are stunning! We were even given an engagement photo shoot included in our wedding package. Both Yanko and Kalina are full of positive energy and very creative with their ideas. They are very friendly to the point where we would consider them friends more than just a vendor. We look forward to having them photograph our baptism and baby shower in the future!! Thank you Yanko and Kalina for helping us enjoy our wedding day and keep it stress free!

Such wonderful and talented dynamic duo photographers!!! Yanko and Kalina caught every special moment, captured every detail, and never missed out on a photo opportunity. I would highly recommend them for any occasion!!!

My wife and I were fortunate enough to have Yanko and Kalina as our photographers for our wedding. They took great photos of the entire day and made us feel very comfortable. Can’t recommend them enough, one of the best decisions we made for our wedding!

Not knowing what to expect was scary enough on my wedding day but I was so fortunate to have Kalina there with me the whole time! The photos that she got captured the day so perfectly and I am so glad I chose them as my photographers. From the start my husband and I felt as if we made a new friend. We met over FaceTime and talked for about and hour with Yanko and he helped us even plan parts of our wedding! We feel so blessed to have had such amazing photographers and friends be a part and capture our big day! Thank you so much! I highly recommend them for anything that you truly want captured with heart!

As one of the other reviews said, choosing a small studio than a big one with many photographers makes a difference. My friends chose a big studio and they had one photographer for their engagement session and different one for their wedding. And they still do not have their wedding photos from their august wedding. Mine was in September, and we had our photos just a week after our wedding! And we couldn’t be happier with the quality! I loved Yanko & Kalina’s style, I studied their work before we booked them, and we couldn’t hope for anything better! All of our guests complimented us on how they worked and how they were everywhere we needed them without even saying a word. Can’t wait to receive our wedding album!

My wife and I had a great experience with Yanko and Kalina. We were not sure if we wanted to do an engagement session, but we are glad we decided to do it. Not only we received amazing photos but we also used them for our save the date cards. And we knew we are getting amazing wedding photos, we knew we were meeting friends on our wedding, not just a photographer. We will be definitely calling them for family portraits in the future!

I had Y&K Photography as my wedding photographers last year, and this year I am the best man – my friends decided to book them and the experience was the same – great as always, beautiful photos. We couldn’t be happier for choosing a small business vs a big studio.

If you haven’t booked your photographer yet for your wedding look no further than Y&K Photography! I feel like my husband and I won the lotto with finding Yanko and Kalina to take our wedding pictures! The first time we met with Yanko for our initial consultation he took the time to explain to us what their packages entail and what makes them stand out from other photographers. We saw sample albums which you are not required to purchase from them if you don’t want to and there are absolutely no gimmicks when working with them.

We had two engagement sessions with them and after the first session we decided to add Kalina as our second photographer because we fell in love with having them as a duo. Kalina even brought treats for a dogs during the shoot! After meeting with two other vendors for photography needs and getting ridiculous quotes we found Y&K Photography to be very reasonably priced. They worked with us to make sure that our wedding timeline was going to work for everything that we wanted to do.

They were by far my favorite vendor and the amazing pictures that they took of us will last us a lifetime. I am so glad that we found someone that was just as excited about our wedding day as we were. They captured the most beautiful moments of the day and took over 3,000 pictures!

Yanko was an awesome photographer. He knew what pictures would look great, what were typical , and was open to me throwing ideas at him and we took pictures. The spontaneous ones are some of my favorite. He worked quickly and efficiently so I didn’t feel like I was back in high school before prom smiling for 5 minutes some grandma could get just the right picture.

He let me know when he was taking them so they weren’t surprises or awkward. He had our pictures ready to go the Monday following our Saturday wedding. We have full rights to our pictures. They all came out wonderful. I love them!

The best decision and investment we made! My husband and I are not “camera friendly” but Yanko and Kalina made it so easy and we love our photos! The mix of the different photo styles is what we love the most!

We had the pleasure of having Yanko photograph our wedding. Although we used him through another company, I would prefer you go directly through him. He was amazing. I was very nervous not getting to meet him beforehand but he made me feel so comfortable. He was great at making suggestions on what poses and locations would look good.

He even showed a lot of the photos to me on his camera before we moved on to the next one. He was funny and entertaining as well. I got a lot of compliments from the bridal party and several guests. I would definitely recommend him to any of my friends, family and acquaintances. Thank you so much Yanko! You captured our day as I didn’t think was possible!!! I also have to admit when I saw his name I was a bit concerned there might be a language barrier. But he speaks perfect english, never had a problem!

Yanko and Kalina were amazing in every way. The pictures look amazing and everything went off without a hitch. They are very personable, kind, and caring people. And they understand how big of a part they played in our big day. The price for what they provide is second to known. Highly recommended for anyone looking for great photographers for a low price!!!

Beautiful photos and great experience! Yanko and Kalina were both wonderful. They went above and beyond for both our engagement photos and at our wedding day. We had a great experience with them, and would recommend Y&K to anyone we know. We had great candid photos capturing great moments of our wedding. Yanko also helped us with ideas of posing and made sure we get a photo for all our guests. We got so many compliments on the photos from the wedding!

We couldn’t make a better choice of wedding photographer for our wedding! Yanko and Kalina were so professional and knew exactly which photos to take as we met before the wedding when we booked them. We talked about the details ahead of time and which poses I like, so the day of the wedding was just stress free day and we had a wonderful experience! We love our photos and we l can’t wait to see our wedding album!

These images are worth more than 1000 words! Expressing feelings and emotions comes easy for these two, they are by for the easiest vendors I had to work with (over my dj/cake designer/event planner). Ideas and thoughts of how the picture or image would turn out arises to them rapidly.

What I really like is the experience they have, both of them were able to determine prior to taking a picture how it will turn out, what the lighting would be like and which area/pose to focus on. There is no question in the accuracy and finite detail of their work, and the equipment they use is the level best. As some of you may know when it’s your big day and you have your hair set right and cloths all pressed the last thing you want to be doing is running around in the wind outside. With having the both of them there to assist and do a very quick photoshoot made things so much easier.

We had over 250 people in our engagement alone and going around and meeting everyone while getting things set up and coordinate for the event takes quite a bit out of you. We missed greeting quite a few people that night and felt so bad after-words that we didn’t even get a moment to see them. Yanko and Kalina had worked day and night to turn around our pictures so we were able to not only view the pictures instantly but relive the moments!

Another item I want to highlight is expressions, it’s easy to take a picture when your subject is ready for you, but when you have to decide which expression/emotion/body language you need to capture, it makes its rather challenging. Yanko and Kalina are constantly waiting ready for those moments, there was never a moment during my event where I was looking for them to snap a quick picture with one of my guests, they were around my fiancé and I at every moment. And to top it all off Yanko was able to make an incredible performance on our event night and sang a live song right after our dinner for our first dance! That was a surprise my fiance was extremely excited about! One could easily tell that both Yanko and Kalina have a passion for photography and I hope to see them again for the wedding!

Great Photography! WE wanted 2 photographers and we had both Yanko and Kalina. They were incredibly professional, kind, helpful and fun to have on our wedding day! They were everywhere capturing all the moments with friends and family. I would highly recommend Y & K Photography to anyone looking for an easy and fun time during the entire wedding. We did not have to worry about anything. We met when we booked them, it was very important for me to know my photographer before my wedding. We loved how easy going they were during the entire day. We are so happy with our pictures!

Best photographer! Our photographer was Yanko and he was absolutely amazing! As soon as he arrived the morning of the wedding he was all work and energetic, while I was busy worrying about my hair and the rest of the details. He was calm and had so many great ideas for photos that I never once worried about photos. he worked so well with fussy relatives and I couldn’t have dreamed the family pictures to go so well. He was everywhere with his camera! We couldn’t be happier with our pictures, we are looking forward to receiving our wedding album!