The Wild Phern Photographer

The Wild Phern Photographer

crown Top 5 in Chicago
crown Top 100 on Wezoree

Grand Rapids based photographer serving all of Michigan & Chicago. Artistic & intentional imagery in vibrant colors.

star 5(18)
budget $6 700
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18 Reviews for The Wild Phern

out of 5. Recommended by 100% of couples
Lacie R. Married couple on 04 Mar 2023
Phern is very professional and knows what she is doing. She does beautiful work and we are SO happy we hired her. There were many wedding pictures that we never would’ve thought to ask for, and we are so glad she suggested and posed us for those pictures. They ended up being some of our favorites out of the whole album! Aside from the beautiful work she does, she is super organized and helpful with planning the day-of timeline. Overall, I cannot say enough how grateful we are for Phern! As a side note, I did a boudoir shoot with Phern as a wedding gift for my husband as well, and she gives a discount to her brides for boudoir shoots. I was so nervous going in but she made me so comfortable and beautiful!
Alycea B. Married couple on 20 Aug 2022
If I could give you 1000 stars of excellence I would! We were married in August 2022 and we had the pleasure of working with The Wild Phern, and her skillful artistry and attention to detail left an indelible impression on both me and my partner. From the very beginning The Wild Phern took the time to understand our vision and preferences for our wedding album. Her warm and friendly demeanor made us feel instantly comfortable by allowing us to express our desires, listening attentively, and offering valuable insights and suggestions to enhance the overall experience. On the day of the wedding, Phern arrived early, fully prepared and equipped with top-of-the-line photography gear. Her calm and composed presence blended seamlessly with the joyful atmosphere, ensuring that she captured every precious moment even amongst the chaos. Her ability to be in the right place at the right time was truly remarkable. What impressed us the most was Phern's versatility. She effortlessly transitioned between capturing candid shots, posed portraits, and stunning landscapes, showcasing her versatility as a photographer. Moreover, Phern's creative use of lighting and innovative angles added an artistic touch to the final collection, making each photograph a work of art. Following the wedding, Phern promptly delivered the edited photos, and we were astounded by the quality and attention to detail. The colors were vibrant, the composition flawless, and every photo had been meticulously retouched to ensure perfection. Her commitment to delivering a premium product was evident in every image. She takes so much pride in her work that to this day will re-edit a picture and send it over! I would wholeheartedly recommend The Wild Phern to any couple seeking a wedding photographer. Her talent, professionalism, and ability to capture magical moments are unparalleled. Working with her was an absolute pleasure, and I am grateful to have such breathtaking memories of our special day. If you want a photographer who goes above and beyond to deliver excellence, look no further. Thank you, Phern, for immortalizing our wedding day in the most exquisite and heartfelt manner possible. You will forever be apart of us!
Jennifer R. Married couple on 23 May 2023
Phern goes above and beyond to capture the heart, joy, laughter and memories of your special day. Her vibrant personality matches the style of photos you’ll receive! As a wedding venue manger, we love having Phern in the house because not only does she make our couples happy, she is professional, polite and efficient at what she does so our couples can relax and enjoy their special day!! 10/10 every time! Thank you Phern for being a true professional! We can’t wait to have you back!
Sydney M. Married couple on 13 Jul 2023
Phern is an absolute blast to work with and magic behind the camera. We first hired her to do engagement photos to test her out before committing to a wedding photographer. She set up a call with me to see if we would be a good fit, to establish a relationship, and ensure she would be the right person to tell our story. She was professional and incredibly friendly. This was our first professional shoot and Phern made sure we were comfortable and directed us into stunning poses. We then hired her for our July 8th wedding! We asked her if we could do our real engagement photos on Mackinac Island. She was more than happy to follow us around on our tandem bike, and even hung out with us for the day. We gave her a lot of creative freedom with this shoot and the results blew us away! Some of our all time favorite pictures came from this session and we even landed on the Grand Hotel Instagram page! On the day of our wedding, it was like having a really good friend there to capture the best day of our lives. Phern kept us on schedule, worked very well with our videographer, made sure we had all of the family photos we asked for, and even helped me put deodorant on while in my dress. She also carried her step ladder the entire 8 hours she was there! She’s a beast!! Phern is worth every penny. I cannot recommend her enough!
Laura D. Married couple on 17 Aug 2023
10/10 experience! Phern made my s/o and I feel so comfortable! She was attentive, efficient and helpful!! She gave us her advice/ tips! She made the entire experience so easy and exceptional. I’d hire again in a heartbeat !!!
Anna K. Married couple on 07 Nov 2023
Phern’s photography is clearly drop dead gorgeous, but what you don’t see is that behind the camera there is a woman who is exceptional at making her job look effortless. She is professional and an incredible resource for getting the day-of on a clean timeline. We genuinely have not been able to put into words the incredible magic that Phern created with our engagement & wedding photos. She made the process so effortless and when we wanted her expertise she graciously took the burden of planning photos off of our never ending list of wedding needs. She always asked if there was anything we wanted, but came prepared with a plan if neither of us were sure. At our wedding Phern just blended into the background and was able to capture some of the most incredibly special candid moments of our wedding. So many of our loved ones have praised Phern’s ability to capture our wedding in the moment without us feeling like a star on a reality TV show (which was exactly what we asked & she delivered!). We are so obsessed with our photos and loved working with Phern. She made everything easy and we want to do it all over again!
Brittany O. Married couple on 14 Nov 2023
We have worked with the Wild Phern Photography at multiple events and she is awesome to work with! She is great, well organized, and on top of her game! She also takes beautiful photos, and captures the true emotions on wedding days. As a wedding coordinator, we work to collaborate with each vendor, and she makes it so easy to do so! Loved working with her, and would recommend her to any couple looking for someone to capture their day!
Cat F. Married couple on 14 Nov 2023
Phern is not an average photographer. She isn’t just trying to take some good photos, she is an artist. She see think others don’t. Phern is super professional. For me, as a videographer, is important to work beside reliable professionals. An amazing artist who can’t keep up with a timeline or other vendors, isn’t a good idea either. Fortunately, you won’t have that issue with her. And here is maybe one of the most important things about her: she’s an amazing human being. Check her portfolio, and if you line what you see (and you will), stop searching.
Emily W. Married couple on 16 Nov 2023
I am a wedding planner that has worked with Phern and her brand really emulates who she is. Such a fun presence to have on your wedding day and the pictures are just the icing on the cake!! You will not be disappointed if you hire her for your big day.
Meghan S. Married couple on 19 Nov 2023
Phern is just the greatest! As a makeup artist, I’ve worked with her a couple of times and she is so organized and professional and was fun to have around the wedding morning. Her work is so creative and absolutely stunning, and I couldn’t believe how well she captured the wedding makeup! I’d recommend her a million times over to my future brides for so many reasons.
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Phern Cain
Photographer Phern Cain About me

The Wild Phern is a Grand Rapids based wedding photographer serving intentional couples in Detroit, Chicago, and worldwide. Phern specializes in movement-based direction, documenting real moments, and delivering images in true-to-life colors. Clients' comfort and excellent experience are the priorities throughout the entire wedding planning process to ensure delivering wedding photos that will be treasured for generations. Phern also assists with planning to help you maximize your chosen coverage option, as well as create fully customized packages to best fit your wedding day priorities.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average price for The Wild Phern wedding photography services?


What avaliable photography services that can be provided by The Wild Phern?

The Wild Phern offers the following photography services: Additional Hours, Post-wedding Photoshoot, Boudoir Shoot, Destination / Travel, Rehearsal Dinner, Engagement Parties, High-Res Images, Second Shooter, Wedding Portraits, Wedding Albums, Proposals, Engagement Session, Elopement, Bride-only Session, Printing Rights

What primary photography style does The Wild Phern identify with?

The Wild Phern works in the following photography styles: Fine Art, Natural, Editorial, Photojournalistic, Traditional / Classic, Artistic, Dramatic, Lifestyle, Modern, Night

What photography materials does The Wild Phern provide for wedding events?

The Wild Phern provides the following photography materials: Digital files, Digital rights, Online gallery, Same/next-day sneak-peek images

Which wedding events does The Wild Phern service?

The Wild Phern provides photography services for the following events: Wedding, Wedding Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, Bachelor / Bachelorette Party, Cocktail Party, Holiday Party

What percentage of users recommend The Wild Phern and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Wild Phern is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

Vendor Insight

In the heart of Chicago, one finds the passionate lens of Phern Cain, a photographer renowned for her ability to immortalize the most profound moments of life's joyous celebrations. Specializing in capturing the essence of matrimonial bliss and a variety of associated events, Phern's work shines in wedding photography, earning her two prestigious Wezoree Awards.

Clients praise Phern for her energetic and friendly personality, often highlighting her ability to blend seamlessly into the festivities. Her professional yet approachable demeanor has been likened to having an additional bridesmaid, adept at creating a comfortable atmosphere where every snapshot resonates with genuine emotion.

Phern's expansive portfolio showcases her mastery over a diverse array of photography styles ranging from natural and fine art to dramatic and editorial. Each photo tells its own story, reflecting Phern's expert eye for detail and composition. Her photography services are comprehensive, offering everything from high-resolution images to destination shoots, ensuring every angle and moment are captured.

With her refined skills, Phern caters to a diverse clientele, embracing cultural and traditional nuances across American, European, South Asian, and many other cultures. This versatility ensures that she is well-equipped to honor the unique heritage and customs of each couple.

Phern’s work goes beyond the camera; her clients consistently commend her organizational prowess and passionate dedication. Her ability to serve as both a visionary photographer and a de facto wedding coordinator speaks volumes of her commitment to her client's overall experience.

Reflecting on testimonials from couples like Alisha, Roberto, and Brooke, it is abundantly clear that Phern is not just a vendor but a cherished addition to their special days. It's no surprise that Phern’s reputation is flourishing within the Chicago area and beyond, making her a sought-after photographer for anyone looking to capture their love story through a beautifully curated lens.