Although capturing a friend’s smile in a photograph preserves pleasant memories, capturing tigers in a photograph just makes them angrier. Keep predators out of portraits with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a photo-shoot package at Marc Hauser Photography (a $1,750 value). Up to eight subjects can participate in the shoot, including pets. The package includes:
- One-hour photo shoot conducted by Marc Hauser
- One 11" x 14" print
- One 8" x 10" print
- Two 5" x 7" prints
Marc Hauser immortalizes sitters in a simple, classical portrait style. Subjects can don outfits of their choice—be they finely tailored business suits or the cardboard sweaters they received for their birthdays—to start studio time, during which Hauser mans the shutter for one-hour snap sessions. "I do anything to get a good picture," he once told the Chicago Reader. After entrapping powerful poses and showcasing shiny smiles, customers receive four prints that come in perfect sizes for resting atop fireplace mantels or carrying to clubs to convince bouncers of their identities. High-resolution digital images from the shoot can be purchased at $250 per image ($350 for up to five; $500 for up to 10; $850 for all), and customers can acquire extra prints for 50 percent off on the day of their session.
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 HauserTown 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.