Outside of the packed theatre, a sleek sedan glides its way to the curb. An expectant hush falls over the gathered masses as the door opens to reveal the car's famous passenger. There is a pause, and brief silence, before frenzied cheers are punctuated by a flurry of popping flashbulbs. Scenes like this, common in entertainment capitals all over the world, are what the photographers at Photo Booth of the Stars seek to replicate on a small-scale at private event engagements throughout Chicagoland. Their brand of memory-making has proven especially popular at weddings, where reception guests can pose in front of backdrops that celebrate matrimony with pictures of hearts, rings, and the best man giving a thumbs up.
The celluloid specialists at ScanDigital turn grainy 3"x5" photos and dented VHS tapes into dependable digital files that fill the future with the pleasant retrospections and introspections of a warm and wonderful past. With $100 worth of services, you can digitize roughly 200 photos, 175 negatives, 150 slides, six 3" 8mm film reels, or five videocassettes; mix any of the memory mediums of ScanDigital services (click here to see all the formats). The digitization process includes photo color correction and cleaning and prepping film to ensure the highest possible transfer quality. Go online and fill out a form that generates a shipping label, then mail the materials. After about three to four weeks, you get back the original copies along with their new, high-quality clones on DVD.
Although she's made a career out of photographing luminaries ranging from politicians and bands to performers on Saturday Night Live, the photographer behind Mischievous Me also has a softer side. When she's not snapping shots of commercial clients, she spends her time coaxing out sensuality at her boudoir photography studio. With an eye for detail and a love of romance, she captures all facets of subjects' inner pinup girl, crafting lovingly shot portraits that often earn her business rave testimonials.
Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
LorEnn's Hallmark boasts six locations peppered around the Chicagoland area, each brimming with a broad assortment of cards and gifts designed by Hallmark's talented team of artists. Shelves filled with the brand’s signature greeting cards help thoughtful shoppers find just the right words or cartoon thought bubble to express feelings of love, congratulations, or sympathy, with creative designs for all manner of occasions. Colorful gift bags await to conceal Precious Moments figurines, ornaments, books, and decorative housewares, and albums and picture frames help preserve and protect photographs or other memorable keepsakes from the ravages of time and indoor rainstorms.
Kimberly Woods loves fall, Facebook, and the color purple. One thing she hates? Being photographed. But only because she feels more comfortable on the other side of the camera. Her obsession behind the lens started when she received her first polaroid as a young girl, a day that forever cemented her fate to follow in the footsteps of her photographer father. Since then, she's dedicated her professional life to uncovering new and unique ways to capture the world around her, and continually refines her skills by attending photography conferences and expositions throughout the year.
During sessions, Kimberly prefers to coach subjects freely rather than having them sit in forced poses. She performs in-studio and on-location sessions for maternity photos, family photos, engagements, and boudoir shoots, and travels to shoot photos for commercial businesses and special events. Kimberly can even organize special shoots for pet owners looking to snag a one more family photo with their pooch before he goes off to college.