Despite an ever-growing base of more than 1,000 clients, Amy Tripple prefers to say she's honed her skills through her main source of inspiration: her own three children. The former elementary teacher employs her advanced child-handling skills as she captures candid images of young ones, preserving childhood memories more easily than laminating a beloved stuffed animal. The National Association of Child Photographers member also shares her know-how through regular classes that cover the basic elements of DSLR photography and how to manipulate the resulting images in digital scrapbooks and Adobe Photoshop.
Bill Buchelt, élan Photography's lead photographer, calls upon his 20 years of experience and a portfolio boasting such subjects as Michael Jordan and Julie Andrews to capture patrons' personalities in flattering photos. Buchelt photographs families, individuals, and seniors posing naturally in a comfortable, professional studio or among the verdant greenery of a nearby park. For a more specific shoot, the studio's photographers travel for on-location portraits and corporate sessions and offer complete wedding packages to capture couples' vows, dances, and cake-induced food comas.
The first Ebert Studio opened almost 100 years ago on Chicago's west side. Since then, four successive generations have preserved memories for countless families in studios that now reside in Oak Park and Hinsdale. At the helm today is Jeff Ebert, the great-grandson of the studio's founder. Jeff makes a very small distinction to give you the big picture—"It's not so much that it's photography," he says, "but it's photographing people."
Making people feel comfortable and look better is just one part of his job. The next part is to create "a piece like a painting that can be hung above a mantle and somebody can be proud of for years and years to come." As the latest in a line of artists stretching back to 1915, Jeff does that well, harnessing the power of passed time and using it to build a portfolio that showcases families, weddings, animals, and individuals. Some of his notable subjects have included Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and film director Christopher Columbus, known for his historical documentary of babysitting, Home Alone.
3-D/4-D ultrasounds at Stork Snapshots offer a crystal-clear view of a fetus’ face as he or she doggy paddles around in the womb. Mothers-to-be between 24 and 36 weeks pregnant meet with a certified ultrasound technician in a comfortable setting that eschews the cold sterility and derisive clowns of a hospital. The spacious, physician-owned studio accommodates up to four additional guests as stunning images reveal active offspring sucking their thumbs and wiggling their toes. After the session concludes, its memory remains in video form on a DVD, still images on a CD-ROM, and on glossy prints.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Infinite Min Photos snaps elegant rectangular representations of families, kids, mothers-to-be, pets, and other corporeal subjects. Grab some friends, family members, or a pet hedgehog's family members and head to Infinite Min's studio, where a skilled shutterbug will apply makeup and beautifying prep-work if desired. The lens-wrangling session has no set time-limit, lasting until the photographer has captured the subject's desired look or the camera becomes eligible for overtime pay. After running through customary poses and synchronized imitations of the Fonz, customers receive 25 3"x5" prints of one or more poses, plus a CD stuffed with retouched, digitally remastered versions of those same 25 images. Photo shoots can be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.