Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio 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 recreate 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.
The photographers at SanJa Photography don't pose their subjects. Instead, they let them be themselves and capture moments as they unfold. The photographers shoot at various indoor and outdoor locations, and they are skilled in many areas, including wedding, family, and engagement photography.
It wasn’t until she had grandchildren that Toni of Snickerdoodles Photography LLC picked up a camera again, rekindling a childhood passion for photography. She then decided to turn this passion into a business with coshutterbug Laurie, and together, they helm sessions that include newborn photo shoots. They specialize in portraits and welcome families and pets, with a collection of props to use during indoor and outdoor sessions. The photography duo also offers event services and themed mini sessions.
Leslie A. Rusk discovered photography while documenting her son's early years. Like any camera-wielding mom, she snatched every moment she could from the ether. Her memory-hoarding quickly matured into creative skill. Now as the professional photographer behind LAR photography, she takes exclusively outdoor photos, specializing in natural light and capturing crisp, saturated hues that give her work a fanciful quality. She also tried her hand at food photography for Fair Oaks Farms, where all oak trees are paid fair modeling wages.
Husband-and-wife photography team Bert and Cindy Behnke would be formidable competitors—if they didn't run Behnke Fine Portraiture together. Both earned master of photography and photographic craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), along with numerous accolades. Cindy has been the Illinois and PPA Photographer of the Year, and Bert won the PPA's International Award and served as the organization's president. They strut their shutter-snapping skills at their studio in Mokena, tucked amid 2 acres of wooded areas that give clients a scenic alternative to in-studio shoots.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the team at Innovative Imagery are responsible for encyclopedia volumes' worth of memories. Photographer Meagan Conrad and shoot stylist Maura Maguire work together to capture fleeting moments without diminishing their natural feel. After Maura accentuates photo subjects' features, Meagan snaps them in various environments, from the dainty place settings of a baby shower to the great outdoors for engagement and maternity shoots to the tousled bed of a boudoir session.