Artist Rine Boyer approaches her work with the idea that a person’s surface is only that, and we are “always trying to understand what the other person is about,” as she explained to Chicago Weekly. To represent the person within, she uses iconic shapes, including everything from bicycles to watering cans, to create shadowing within her commissioned portraits. For the convenience of her clients she bases drawings and paintings on an uploaded image.
Professional photographer LaDonna Raeh Robinson aims her camera at anything that can attractively flatten into a photo—and has done so since she was 8 years old. After a diversion led Robinson into the field of computer science, she rediscovered her natural talent for capturing unique and memorable images by taking photos for her company, which snowballed into bigger projects and eventually her own business. Today Robinson poses her subjects in the studio for professional portraits, wedding photos, or kids' shoots.
Framing Mode & Gallery bolsters art collections and local artists alike inside its custom framing shop and art gallery. Framing artisans with more than 20 years of industry experience craft custom picture borders fitted to each piece's dimensions, using metal and wood frames, ultraviolet protective glass, and built-in rocket boosters to befuddle would-be art thieves. A collection of framed original works—including posters, limited-edition signed prints, and paintings—stands ready to cover blank household walls. The shop invites painters, metalworkers, and mashed-potato sculptors to display their works inside its gallery space, which hosts events to promote the inspired pieces of local artists.
A small, contemporary frame shop nestled in the West Loop, CMM Framing strives to offer custom framing solutions for clients ranging from artists and designers to galleries and corporate customers. The shop's framing experts each boast several years of experience and prefer to personally oversee and control the quality of individual projects from beginning to end. With hundreds of frame and mat samples on hand, they cater to individual tastes with custom creations, all the while preserving flat mementos—such as drawings, paintings, or trophies that were accidentally dropped in front of a steamroller—within 99% acid-free archival materials. Customers can browse an online gallery of past products to gain ideas, catching glimpses of eye-popping Peter Max–esque prints expertly framed against dark, glossy wood or understated crème-colored backgrounds.
Signature service: Wedding & Portrait Photography
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: Professional camera equipment and accessories
Pro Tip: We provide classy and comfortable photography sessions that cater to capturing your life.
Practice your moody book-jacket look or beam your brilliant smile with today's side deal to atstudio. For $80, you'll get a one-hour portrait session and three digital negatives from expert photographers Amaris Granado and Thomas Slack, and their associates. Pose and strut for the camera in the charming studio located in a loft building in Chicago's North Center, or shoot your portrait session on location. On-location shoots can be taken at the following local landmarks: North Avenue Beach, Kinzie Street Bridge, the LaSalle Board of Trade, Millennium Park, and Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building.