Winner of several contest awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association including photographer of the year in 2012, Steve Matteo still remembers his early days as a news photographer for a small suburban weekly, rushing back to the newsroom to watch the film slowly develop and a sliver of history take shape. Though he went on to tackle more exciting assignments and career changes—working at the Daily Herald, compiling images for UIC's yearlong City 2000 photo project, and photographing Princess Diana's visit to Chicago in 1996—one thing hasn't changed: the thrill of knowing that his camera has memorialized a story forever.
Today, Steve is equally at home shooting for Fortune 500 companies and clients such as Northwestern University as he is creating individual portraits. When he photographs a wedding, he uses the same ingenuity and photojournalistic eye that he honed while working as a sports photographer for HBO Sports and as a news photographer for the Associated Press. His wedding photography, meanwhile, has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, garnered a 2012 Bride's Choice award on WeddingWire.com, and won the 2012 WPJA Photographer of the Year.
Photographer Peter Furla sees a potential shot wherever he looks. To him, the "L" stop at Randolph and Wabash is a backdrop for an engagement photo. One of Chicago's old, time-worn buildings is the perfect spot for a newly married couple—still clad in tuxedo and gown—to pose for their wedding photos. Or maybe the photographer stays in-studio, allowing himself complete control over every shot. It's in the studio that he often creates portraits for children and families.
Peter Furla developed a creative eye at an early age thanks to his father, who originally opened Furla Photography in 1945—a family owned operation in business for two generations. Peter started working alongside his father in 1978, and he hasn't stopped snapping photos since. His work has led to numerous awards and features in well-known publications.
As a complement to Peter Furla's photography, Chris Chibucos runs FurlaVision, the studio's video arm. Mr. Chibucos and his team—who have won their own fair share of accolades—shoot and edit high-definition footage of weddings and special events. The result is a finished product as stylish and panoptic as a documentary film.
We have a professional portrait studio. We process photos, both digital and from film. Transfer your old movies, video cassettes, photos & slides to DVD. Order personalized photo cards for all holidays and occasions. We can also provide a professional, experienced photographer for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs or other events.
British ex-pat and award-winning photographer David Simm counts celebrities, business tycoons, and the Archbishop of Canterbury among his former clientele, and currently holds the title of chief executive of the Professional Wedding Photographers Network. Stateside, the artist supplements his nuptial snapshots with family portraits and corporate photography. A master of composition, color, and restoration, Simm also sells instructional programs that cover Photoshop, proper lighting, handling multicultural weddings, and preventing photobombs from quirky uncles.
The physical-to-digital technicians of Pixcel understand that old media can slowly deteriorate from age, improper handling, or the focused fury of Leonard Maltin’s trained moths. Through their transfer services, the staffers can skillfully turn photographs and slides, VHS and camcorder tapes, and film into everlasting digital files, able to be stored on hard drives or burned onto physical discs. They can also upgrade the quality of images, increasing clarity and producing brighter colors through frame-by-frame scanning, film restoration, and color correction.
Before ever capturing the intimate, personal moments of a couple’s wedding or a child’s smile, Bill Melonides focused his talents on a broader audience. As a student at Columbia College in Chicago, Bill worked as an intern on several motion pictures and TV shows and soon moved his attention to still photography, with its artistic simplicity and darkrooms’ relaxing chemical baths. Several years later, Bill honed his shutter eye and became the head photographer at MVP Studio Photography, where he specializes in memorializing weddings that share the traditions of his Greek Orthodox heritage.
Wielding high-resolution digital SLR cameras, Bill and his creative staff photograph weddings of all faiths along with portraits of children and families, finishing off each session with sets of retouched, color-corrected prints. MVP Studio also provides a range of photography services, from securing handmade wedding albums with library bindings to converting old VHS tapes to high-quality DVDs that won’t jam as often in the VCR.