$99 for a One-Hour Professional Photo Shoot and Print Package at Marc Hauser Photography ($1,750 Value)

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Renowned photographer of celebrities snaps up to eight sitters, including pets, and develops gift prints.

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Expires Mar 27th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24hr cancellation notice required; no charge for first cancellation and $50 fee for subsequent cancellations. Valid for up to 8 people; extra $50 fee for each additional person. Photos not valid for commercial use. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$99 For Photo-Shoot Package For Up to Eight Subjects ($1,750 Value)

  • One-hour photo shoot with four poses, conducted by Marc Hauser
  • Two 11"x14" prints or one 16"x20" print

Bring props and pets to accompany your one-hour session with the spirited, acclaimed portrait photographer of professional athletes and movie stars. 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% off on the day of their sessions.

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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.

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