$79 for a Family or Business Portrait-Shoot Package with Print at HauserTown.com ($799 Value)

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Photographers use fancy terms, such as “shutter speed,” “metering,” and “clicky metal box that makes time be still.” Let pros be pros with this Groupon.

The Deal

$79 for a business or family portrait shoot package ($799 value)

  • 60-minute studio session for up to six
  • Photo shoot
  • One 10"x10" exhibition-grade archival giclée print
  • Available in color or black and white
  • One-year access to an online gallery


Marc Hauser’s photographic expertise started as a 13-year-old freshman at New Trier High School, when the Wilmette native launched his boyhood hobby into adulthood with an apprenticeship under Playboy-contributing photographer Stan Malinowski. When one of the magazine's art directors visited Stan's studio, he noticed Marc's prints on the table and turned to Stan and asked, "Would your assistant like to go to California next week and shoot Carly Simon?" From there, notable assignments began to sprout, including John Mellencamp in a muddy field for his cover of Scarecrow, Led Zeppelin in a construction site in London, and the Doobie Brothers watching Amish people cross a field in front of McDonalds.

Marc's studio now practices a style of portraiture called "Hauser-Style", in which subjects in their natural state—such as shooting family members while they're distracted and talking to each other. The photographers often go to extreme lengths to capture a unique photograph, such as speaking in funny voices to amuse kids, and barking to get dogs' attention. Subjects can dress up and use props from the collection, such as stuffed elephants or loaves of bread. Above all else, the studio makes sure their clients feel comfortable so they can focus on getting the right shots.

After forging this connection, the unique and striking images captured use simple parameters: shooting in black and white, with one light or natural light, or around a table in his studio. This approach to portraiture has earned Marc more than 100 awards, including Clios for advertising and a Grammy, as well as the public's fascination—a billboard of his portrait of Dennis Rodman stopped traffic on the Kennedy Expressway.

In a Nutshell

Chicago-style studio that photographed celebrities such as Woody Allen and the Rolling Stones snaps portraits with a 10"x10" giclée print

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24hr cancellation notice required; extra $50 fee may apply for second cancellation. Valid for up to 6 participants. May bring pets or props. Extra $50/person fee for additional participants. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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