When 2-year-old Ellie shyly set foot in Emmalee Schaumburg's studio, the photographer doubted she'd get a single shot. Rather than throw in the towel, she let Ellie wander the studio and slowly grow more comfortable with this new woman and her strange camera. By the end of the session, Emmalee had earned Ellie's trust, and wound up capturing striking images of the adorable youngster. That patience and flexibility is always on display at Schaumburg Photography, where Emmalee specializes in images of newborns as well as families, children, high-school seniors, and weddings. She roams throughout Lawrence snapping shots at local parks and homes, or she’ll pose subjects amid the vintage bicycles, suitcases, and other props at her studio. Once her shoots wrap, Emmalee preserves clients' pictures with products such as DVD slideshows, holiday ornaments, and photo charms that add a personal touch to necklaces, bracelets, and ankle monitors.
Working from the belief that everyone is photogenic, Bombshell owner Carol Ann and master photographer John Gladman give all shapes, sizes, and blood types a vintage veneer with fun, flattering images. Clients complete their own hair and makeup beforehand, then spend their 15-minute session crafting three different facial expressions. Carol counsels clients for total pinupable authenticity, helping them nail the overall look and master the iconic surprised pout without requiring the studio's poltergeist to goose them. John then digitally hand-paints the image for that classic ’40s feel.
In his 20-plus years as a professional photographer, Nathan R. Cailleach has seen the industry transition from a film medium to a digital one, and he understands that clients often prefer one or the other. That's why he works with both, conducting sessions that result in glossy digital images or hand-printed black-and-white archival prints. Said sessions accommodate everyone from families and high school seniors to engaged couples and boudoir models, whom Nathan photographs both on-location or in his studio. What's more, he can also arrange for an in-studio makeup artist for headshot sessions, which can help aspiring actors build a professional resume or get into character for an upcoming role as "photo shoot subject no.4".