Romantic & Dreamy
Diane Sotero Photography
The Big Day
Delivery & Booking
Where are you based?
I'm based in Chicago and Portugal, but absolutely love world travel. If you're planning a wedding, no matter the miles from my home base, let's connect.
Did you study photography?
Yes! With a degree in photography, I use an artful curated approach to create beautiful, light-filled images that evoke a sense of emotion and beauty. In addition, I value the opportunity to further my education by attending workshops each year to continue learn and refine my craft.
How many weddings do you book a year?
I personally take up to 12 weddings a year to ensure best experience for my clients. But there is no cap for our associate photographers. We typically get booked about 8 months to 12 months prior to the wedding date.
How much does it cost for destination wedding?
Destination and international weddings are my specialty! Because of my vast experience in destination weddings, I am able to offer one simple, all inclusive pricing for my destination clients. I also offer pre-wedding sessions, day after session, or rehearsal dinner coverage
Do you have an assistant?
I am the primary photographer on your wedding day, but I bring another photographer who assists me and may also shoot additional angles during certain points of the wedding day.
What is a "first-look"?
Your wedding day should be enjoyable and relaxing, not rushed. Seeing each other before the wedding is a wise choice for several reasons. You will get to have a romantic first meeting without all your guests watching and I can capture your first emotions of seeing each other in even more details. We will have more time for photos of the two of you and you will be able to have most of your photos done before the ceremony, It makes for a very relaxing day and more time with your guests.
How many images will I receive?
For sessions, you will receive 60+ images.
For wedding, you will receive about 75 images per hour that I shoot, depending on your wedding size.
We want to book you for our wedding date, what is the next step?
I am so honored you want me to be a part of your wedding! Once I receive a non-refundable retainer of 50% along with a signed contract, your wedding date is booked. The remainder of your balance will be due four weeks before your wedding date.
AMAZING!! After months of researching for a wedding photographer, Diane's work caught our eyes and we couldn't be happier with our decision. Her style is natural, light and romantic which was exactly what we were looking for. She was always prompt and professional with emails from the beginning and went out of her way to make sure she captured our vision. She is also friendly and very patient which made the whole process a lot easier. Your wedding day goes by a blink of eye so when we received our incredible wedding gallery, it was like reliving our special day all over again. We are also glad we had an engagement session with her since it was a great way t get to know her and get comfortable in front of the camera before the big day. Diane is extremely talented and passionate about photography and it shows through her work. We had such a fun, wonderful experience with her and hope to work with her again soon.
“Diane was absolutely incredible to work with. She knew exactly what she was doing and moved us though our family session so smoothly, keeping everything so calm and fun. She helped us to choose the artworks for our homes and made a beautiful album and framed canvas for our living room. The quality of the products are incredible. I would work with Diane again in a heartbeat. She was really amazing and I’ve already talked two of my dearest friends into using her for their family photos!”
“Diane was recommended to us by a photographer friend, which is a great compliment itself. She was fantastic to work with! Diane was very attentive to our wishes, and very accommodating. She spent a lot of time preparing for our wedding, helping to come up with a photography timeline that worked for us, talking with me about the venue and the kinds of photos we wanted. She is a lovely person, and lots of fun to be around. And the photos are fantastic!!!!!!! I highly recommend her! “
“Diane was extremely creative and professional. She really made our day special. I would recommend her not just for weddings, but to capture any special moment in your life. She made us feel so comfortable and was a pleasure to work with.”