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"After viewing the work on her website, it is abundantly clear that Jaci Sumner is not only one of the best photographers in Chicago and Wisconsin — but also one of the best in the country" - PhotoReviewHQ
"Thinking outside the box comes naturally to Jaci Sumner. That's apparent to anyone who walks into Gloss Photography Studios. The studio feels more like a funky living room than a storefront, complete with Stella, napping in the corner. Sumner knows how to mix it up, yet bring her signature sense of artistry to each type of shoot." -Shorewood Today article
"Jaci Sumner has always been creative and heavily involved in the arts. "I always felt my personality played a huge part in my portraiture and allowed me to photograph the love and happiness in its raw form." Her experience with both editorial and high fashion blend seamlessly with her artistic talent. The quality of service compliments the fine art photography every time. Jaci knows the only way to capture the essence is to know her clients on a personal level." -interview article by the Wedding Planner & Guide
"Jaci was our photographer for our wedding on July 18, 2015, and we could not be happier or more excited about the results!! On our wedding day, Jaci arrived early and was incredibly friendly, professional, calm, and easy to work with. Her fun, hilarious, and outgoing personality made the day so much more enjoyable for us! Throughout the day, I had many specific pictures that I wanted to make sure to get, and Jaci delivered on all of them. Not only did she take beautiful photos, but she also helped out with other tasks throughout the day. For example, my husband and I were about to do the cake cutting, and she checked to make sure we knew what we were doing (which we didn't, really!) She gave us a quick rundown of what to do which made us feel confident and was good for the photos! We also had some stormy weather during our ceremony and on the ride over to the reception. Before I had even thought it through, Jaci had a plan ready to ensure that my husband and I still had beautiful photos of just the two of us outside in case the bad weather continued. (Luckily, the sun came out later, and we were ultimately able to get tons of incredible photos outside!) Jaci also worked wonderfully with my mother, who was very set on getting certain photos, and with our groomsmen, who of course are a big, loud, and rowdy group! She went above and beyond in every way!! I am so impressed by how she captured such heartfelt, emotional moments from the day, and did so while making everyone laugh and have a good time! In the end, the photos turned out amazing, and I have so many beautiful ones to choose from, I don't even know how I will decide which ones to frame! If you have looked at her portfolio, you will see that Jaci is a true artist with unique, creative, and edgy vision that shines through in her stunning artwork. This all came through in our wedding photos. Do not hesitate to use Gloss Photography for your wedding - You will be so impressed and happy with the results! I definitely plan on hiring Jaci again for future portraits/photography!"
- Lauren + Jim
" My fiancé & I hired Gloss Photography Studios (Jaci Ruben) to do our wedding photography and are thrilled so far! Our wedding is not until next May but we just did our engagement shoot so I had to post. We couldn't be happier with how it went in all aspects: 1. The shoot itself. Jaci showed up on time and full of excitement. Her spontaneity and eye for unique places in our neighborhood created such a fun atmosphere. While she is clearly one of the most professional and talent photographers she makes you feel as if she is more of just a friend with a camera during the shoot. We had a great mix of edgy and classic photos in our shoot which is exactly what we were looking for. Jaci took time to get a feel for our preferences beforehand and offered various suggestions based off our thoughts. Some photographers just stick to their usual spots but what we loved about Jaci was her willingness to do some of the "usual" spots AND explore our neighborhood which she had never been to. This was such a fun afternoon. 2. Timeliness of Proofs. Jaci turned our proofs around insanely fast which was awesome. Not only was she quick but when she left the shoot she let us know when she expected to be done and performed consistent with what she said. Huge in my book. 3. Quality of Proofs. What can I say here other than she's clearly a professional. We are thrilled with our pictures from the way she staged us, the angles she shot from, the coloring of the proofs, everything. We've gotten so many compliments on our engagement photos already and that was just from a facebook 4 photo sneak peek! I cannot wait for our friends and family to see the rest. 4. Communication. Jaci has been so responsive throughout this whole process with the 100 little questions I tend to come up with(from where to shoot, what to wear, what we can do with the pictures after she takes them, etc). As a bride to be I'm learning not all vendors are like this so I truly put some weight to this. I'll post an update next May after our big day but in the meantime, I'd highly recommend getting on Jaci's calendar"
- Michelle G.
"Jaci from Gloss Photography traveled to Mexico to shoot our wedding. She is an incredibly gifted artist and a wonderfully patient person to work with. My wife and I will cherish her unique and beautiful images for the rest of our lives and we will continue to recommend Gloss Photography to friends and family for any occasion."
"I recently enjoyed a session with Jaci who shot pics of my two year old and only wish I could rewind time and hire her for my wedding. She listened. She encouraged my son to just "play" instead of forcing poses and smiles which in turn produced fantastic natural looking smiles and absolutely awesome photos. Jaci was swift...which is great for brief attention span of a toddler. Yet, I didn't feel rushed. I would absolutely recommend her for any photography needs."
"Jaci is amazing. She has done such a wonderful job each and every time I have used her. She has done head shots for me, as well as a pet shoot for my dog, which was donated through project stella. I have also referred friends and family to her, one did a 'social media' shoot to help her get back into online dating. She also had a wonderful experience. There are not enough good things that I can say about Jaci, you will never be disappointed. She makes everyone feel confident and comfortable, which is a real challenge for most people when having their photo taken. Her images are beautiful and inspiring."
"I used Jaci for my boudoir wedding photo session. I did her 30 minute, 10 image package and it was by far the most reasonably priced package I found. I also used her recommendation for a hair/makeup guy, who was also cheaper than the industry standard. Reasonable prices aside, the quality of the pictures was AMAZING. The hair and makeup looked beautiful and the photos were very classy, elegant, and sexy. I had a really tough time narrowing it down to only 10 images... they were all seriously beautiful and exactly what I wanted. She is a true professional and is great at putting you at ease.... she's never pushy and she knows how to keep things moving to get a great variety of images. When I gave the photo album to my husband, he buried his head in the pillow and rolled around on the bed squealing with glee. No joke. Seeing his reaction to those pictures was probably my favorite memory of the whole wedding. Highly, highly recommended!!"
"After shooting a couple casual sessions with Jaci, we knew we had to snag her for our wedding. She's super fun and easy-going, and has a natural talent for putting people at ease. Jaci actually arrived EARLY to our wedding, as we were still frantically getting the space set up. She was incredibly flexible and just rolled with it, shooting the little details around the space while we tied up some loose ends, even offering to help us finish up the decorating (thanks for hanging those paper lanterns!)!! Jac's very efficient, and used the time she had with us to get the most shots, forgetting nothing. She slipped around quietly without disrupting the action, and our officiant mentioned being very impressed with how respectful Jac was towards shooting in a spiritual setting. I also appreciate how discreet she was in accepting our payment that day, making sure to step around the corner so our guests wouldn't see her processing my credit card. She's got a real sensitivity to the little details, and that kind of customer service is everything! Also, she had sneak peek pics for us up online THE NEXT DAY, which was totally incredible and completely exceeded our expectations. Thanks so much, Jac--you do great work!"
"My husband and I recently brought our daughter to Gloss for her 1 year photos. I had spoken to Jaci on the phone when setting up my appointment and she was very upbeat and enthusiastic. When we walked into her studio we were extremely impressed by the photos--works of art, seriously--hung about the walls. I was in amazement and even more excited to see how the shoot would go. Jaci was amazing with our daughter and the shoot took no time at all. The turn-around time for our proofs was very short and they were all so awesome it was tough to choose a favorite! I absolutely recommend Jaci and very much look forward to having our family work with her again."
"Jaci is so talented and so much fun! Her Wicker Park studio is swanky and cute. She is very inviting and easy to work with. I had a great pre-wedding boudoir photo shoot experience with her and the pictures are GORGEOUS. Perhaps a baby bump shoot is in our future?! "
"Anybody can get behind top of the line camera equipment and shoot amazing, timeless photos, right? WRONG! Besides mastering the technical aspects of photography, composition, lighting and color, Jaci has mastered the one thing so many of the countless cookie-cutter photogs out there are lacking. The thing you can't learn at the most prestigious school. The art of personality. Whether it's your first time in front of the lens or you get your pictures taken every week, Jaci will bring out things in you that you never knew existed. A great photographer is someone who can bring out in their subjects the many personalities that we all have inside. Someone who will make you feel unconditionally comfortable which allows you to be yourself and allows her to capture the human spirit in it's purest form. This is why we go to Jaci for our photos and would never dream of going to anybody else. We would travel across the country to shoot with her if we didn't live so close. Many of her clients do just that. If you haven't already, go see her just once and you'll see what I mean. I don't even need to talk about how fantastic her photos are, they do the talking for themselves. Just go to her website and see for yourself!"
There are certain elements of customer service that shine through all the time such as timely responses, being kind and knowledge of the service being provided. Jaci provided all of this on top of excellent photos for me and my family. I had a vision of what I wanted and she took it and incorporated her own artistic eye and creativity to it. Jaci captured the fun and LOVE that flows through us everyday. She is great with kids and one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet, which makes it very easy to work with her. Jaci helped to make my vision come alive. It's more than just photos with Jaci...it's art.
- Danielle B
"I can't say enough what a pleasure it was to work with Jaci. I was recommended to her by a friend whose wedding she had recently shot for and I couldn't be happier with the result. As an anniversary gift for my husband, I booked a boudoir shoot. Considering it was the first time I had done anything even remotely like it, I was beyond petrified at the thought of disrobing in front of a perfect stranger. Jaci was so incredibly sweet, professional and impressively creative. Such a doll! She made the experience wonderful and the results were better than I ever could have expected. Thank you for everything, Gloss!! Oh, and my husband LOVED his gift :)"
“We used Gloss Photography for our wedding 2 years ago in Virginia and to this day, get get compliments on our amazing photos! As a destination wedding photographer we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Jaci was super flexible with the travel and lodging arrangements we provided and made herself at home with our freinds and family for the weekend. We recently saw her again for a maternity shoot in the Chicago studio and will soon be having her photograph our new baby! As Jaci put it during our proofing session, "we are stuck with her!" and shes not kidding! We love her work, she makes us feel comfortable and relaxed AND her photos are spectacular!! We most certainly are stuck with her for all of our current and future professional photography needs! We look forward to many more sessions with Jaci as our family grows. Her talents are unmistakable and her personality brings out the best in her clients for their photos. My wife and I wouldn't see or reccommend another photographer.”
"Jaci ... excellent doesn't even begin to describe her talent. She was recommended to me by a friend who had her as their wedding photographer...and it was a tough sell to my husband, who has very particular taste in photography. Jaci won him over in a heartbeat. She is creative, fun, and effecient. She snaps so many photos in such a short amount of time. And she was able to capture the raw emotion from our wedding. As everyone says, the day itself goes by way too fast. But thanks to Jaci - I get to relive those emotions, the day, over and over again.The only down side, Jaci has to deal with us for the rest of our lives ;) Because we'll be wanting her to capture all our special moments forever!!!! "
Our experience with Jaci was above and beyond any expectation I could have ever set in place which is why I am compelled to write this young woman a second review. I was told by several friends that if there is one area not to cut corners it was photography and I had heard so many horror stories about crappy photography and photographers to last me a lifetime. Jaci was accommodating, patient, professional and if we could have designed our perfect photographer, she was it. Jim and I just happened to get lucky. Jaci met with me to get specifics as to what we wanted photos of, with whom and when which made the day go smoothly. Even when the wedding reception was going on, she grabbed me quickly and said, "I know you wanted shots of your friends and we haven't gotten them yet. Should we go ahead and grab them quickly?" Thank goodness she remembered. Let me tell you that when family photos rolled around it was like herding cattle. Jaci remained calmed, pulled everyone together, took test shots and somehow managed to get everyone done in a matter of 15 minutes. Honestly, I cannot say enough wonderful things about Jaci; I really can't. She did everything and more than I asked for and the photos are the most beautiful pieces of art that I have ever seen! I don't feel that she is overpriced by any means. I hunted for photographers and there were far more who charge double what she does and their work isn't even a quarter of her talent. I can't wait to order our prints, books and canvas art from Gloss. True testament of her talent, there are far too many photos that captured the love that Jim and I have for one another, picking prints is going to be a complete dilemma. Thank you, Jaci, for everything. We cannot wait to have you capture all of our life moments and share those with you. You've been wonderful to both of us.
- Emily B
"Jaci is an EXCELLENT photographer. I stumbled upon her two years ago and I immediately fell in love with her work. She has since done two family photo shoots, a boudoir shoot, a newborn shoot, and a maternity shoot for us and we have LOVED all of them. We cannot recommend her more and the only issue is that we wish we would have met her sooner so she could have shot our wedding!"
Jaci did an amazing job capturing the moments at our wedding. We got so many compliments on our photos!!! She was so nice and very quick. She was never "in the way" as I know some photographer can be. I loved her artistic touches, as well. Made the experience feel very personalized. Would definitely recommend her!
- Hanna S.
"Jaci is a wiz. So creative and cool for families, weddings or headshots. Well rounded studio. Sam and Jaci are great with edits and follow up for your order, making all clients feel special. Don't go anywhere else, you only get this kind of service from boutique studios. Rock on Gloss! "
“We came across Gloss photography , [and] Jaci never treated us with anything less than 5 star service. She was professional and fun and friendly. She was on time to the shoot, and encouraging of myself and my partner, both rather shy in front of the camera. She had lots of ideas for the pics, and was very easy to be around.We just got our proofs and they are beautiful. I give Jaci my highest recommendation.”
"Jaci is great! I was skeptical at first because I have three young boys (5, 2, 1) and have never been able to take a good picture of all three of them together. When we met Jaci onsite she took over and the boys loved her. She turned the process into a fun experience for the whole family. In the end, she captured each one of them beautifully and even got a few great shots of them together. Our first ones ever! Thanks Jaci, we look forward to our next session! "
“I'll begin by saying that I am not one to write reviews unless I am compelled by an outstanding customer experience. We hired Jaci to shoot our wedding and with that came a complimentary engagement shoot. Jaci's experience coupled with her imaginative eye equated to the most absolutely beautiful photos taken of us. Last night we sat with Jaci and reviewed all the photos and prior to the meeting we came to an agreement that we would only choose five photos to purchase. However we left the meeting buying the entire digital release package because there was no way we could choose only five as we loved every single one. Jaci doesn't over-edit the photos which is one of the biggest reasons I love her work. She lets the subjects, setting and light do all the talking. The editing she does to these photos is simply stunning and enhances a photo that I didn't think could get any better. Jaci was able to capture our distinct personalities in still photos which was the coolest aspect in my opinion. I cannot wait for her to work her magic at our wedding! I would reccommend Jaci for any type of shoot you are looking for, just scan some of her work at her website and you'll see why. Jaci - thank you for an awesome experience and for giving us these incredible photos we will have forever. Your professionalism and talent is second to none! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!” -Nikki B
"I am not a model, nor do i consider myself photogenic. Despite that, Jac made me feel like I had been born in front of a camera. The friendly atmosphere mixed with the professionalism and talent made my photo shoot a truly enjoyable experience. In the days where it seems as though everyone is a self proclaimed photographer, Gloss Photography reminded me what it is to have real vision and talent behind a camera."
"Gloss Photography Studios was an amazing experience! Jaci is an incredibly talented photographer who is truly passionate about her work. She has a personality that would make anyone feel comfortable in front of a camera. The studio has such an eclectic and exciting vibe... You really do feel like a model! I would recommend Gloss Photography Studios to anyone who is looking for the full photography experience- Jaci is hands down one of the best in the industry!"
"I have never felt so comfortable in front of the camera and above all the atmosphere was welcoming and laid back. You will get the most for your money at Gloss compared to the other studios in the area. Plus..there is a studio in Chicago and Milwaukee and basically anywhere you want your pictures taken. Jaci shot some pictures and we were able to see them very shortly after. Lastly, Gloss is very involved in charity work, including a project every year where Jaci shoots pet owners and their dogs with all proceeds going to the milwaukee humane society"
"Jaci is so professional, talented, open minded, and energetic that she makes anyone feel like the model they are. The charisma and atmosphere gloss studios portrays to their clients is what sold me on having them do my shoot. I recommend her to anyone and will continue to use her in the future."
"Thank you for photographing our wedding and giving us our CD in a very short amount of time, we could not have imagined a better photographer. You were amazing. We loved your vision, professionalism, charisma, kindness, and spirit. You felt like someone we knew and wanted at the wedding. And the photos- so beautiful for such a gloomy day, and well, just ordinary us. You made us feel comfortable and special at the same time. You're the best!"
-Becky & Chris
"I think their great because the photographer (Jaclyn) made me feel so welcome. We had a private un-interrupted session and that was awesome. I would totally recommend having your photos done there. The quality of the portraits are superb!"
"Gloss is the perfect mix of hip and professional that can do a 5 star wedding and also connect with HS seniors to bring out great photos. They do really creative work with baby portraits and families too. They are a new business not to be missed!"