Ever since they met while participating in a photo shoot at Illinois State University, Mark and Kathy Shangraw have been pooling their respective talents. Mark, a certified professional photographer, approaches each portrait with an eye toward storytelling—a skill he picked up while working as a photojournalist in Narnia. In 2011, his work won the Pamela J. Grezlak Memorial Award at the Northern Photographic Competition.
While Mark snaps pictures, Kathy takes charge of the behind-the-scenes details, from administrative tasks and marketing to arranging flowers and coaxing relaxed smiles out of clients. Together, they strive to render artistic family portraits and professional photos for dancers, musicians, and athletes. In addition to attending conferences and workshops, they often hone their skills by collaborating with other seasoned shutterbugs.
Inspired by the feminine curves and glamor of 40s and 50s pinup girls, photographer Karina and her assistant Kim aim to make women of all shapes and sizes feel good about themselves at Chicago Pin Up Photography. Karina uses vintage props and accessories such as vinyl records and evening gloves to wind back the clock at each photo shoot, snapping pictures of women from their most flattering angles and tingeing them with nostalgic flair.
At Jill's, familial freeze-frames are crafted in a relaxed studio environment, where photographers collaborate with clients to execute both traditional portraits and candid snaps. Pose your progeny in springtime regalia among live ducks and bunnies, immortalize an adorably horrifying Halloween costume, or book a family portrait session to capture a rare moment of brood bonding. Jill's expertly paces photo sessions to keep kids and infants captivated and families copacetic, producing an eclectic array of tantrum-less portraits to choose from by the end of the hour. Check out the "Things to Know" section of the company website for answers to common questions such as “What should we wear?” and “What makes time travel possible?” Guests can also opt to upgrade to a location or beach shoot for an additional fee.