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Betty Stuart always had a talent for documentation. After graduating from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism in 1940, Stuart applied her shrewd journalistic eye to the field of photography. As she took on more professional jobs, she honed her skills behind the lens and learned how to blend into the background of weddings and other events so as not to interfere with candid moments.

Before long, Stuart joined forces with her husband, John Boyd Rodgers, to found Stuart-Rodgers Photography. The nascent company soon added corporate, commercial, and school photography to its list of services and, due to high demand for the couple’s innovative journalistic approach, expanded to three locations throughout Chicagoland. Today, Stuart-Rodgers's team of professional photographers maintains elements of Stuart’s original photographic vision in every shot, including her knack for capturing angles that draw attention away from subjects’ unflattering tentacles.

1580 Old Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park,
IL
US

Black Label Boudoir's founder and photographer, Dina Sampras, highlights the distinctive beauty of each of her clients through elegant and relaxed private boudoir sessions. Subjects are put at ease by Dina's reassuring guidance as they slip into alluring lingerie or camouflage-colored rain ponchos to create gift-worthy photographs for anniversaries, birthdays, and weddings. As clients shift from pose to pose, Dina captures the most flattering angles using natural lighting and contrasts tailored to the situation, resulting in muted color or black and white shots that are truly unique to each client’s personality and sensuality.

Dina caters to clients with individual packages and pinup parties that spice up girls’ nights out by helping each woman unleash her inner, domesticated spirit tiger within the company of encouraging pals.

3150 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park,
IL
US

Physicist turned "Capture the Moment" photographer. Worked in 38+ countries photographing people in their natural surroundings. Fell into working with kids as the main part of my business. Printed all my own images up to 30x40 from 1973 and now digital since 1998. Take real pride is satisfying a clients needs.

1292 Old Skokie Rd
Highland Park,
IL
US

Dan Gelfond spent four years working as a video interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. In that time, he used his videographer's eye and interviewer's wit to help collect the testimony of thousands of Holocaust survivors and witnesses, immortalizing their stories. He also discovered his passion for preserving memories through video, a love that became a career when he founded Keepsake Family Tree Video.

Dan records major events, such as weddings or mitzvahs. He also lends his expertise and professional equipment to the production of corporate videos or event recordings, including vital trainings, all-hands meetings, and that one time Thompson left a thumbtack on the boss's chair. Additionally, he rescues old memories, like kids taking their first steps, from outdated and fading VHS or camcorder tapes by transferring them to DVD. His original creation, the Living Legacy DVD, remains his most notable service. As outlined in the Chicago Tribune, Dan employs the same skills he used working for the Visual History Foundation to interview a beloved family member, forever preserving their stories, advice, and wisdom. He travels anywhere in the world to conduct these interviews, bringing his professional lighting equipment, microphones, and, most importantly, demeanor.

2600 Forest Glen Trl
Riverwoods,
IL
US

By their own estimation, the photographers, video editors, lighting technicians, and other staff at Chicago-based Complete Music And Video are involved in more than 13,000 weddings each year. They cover five major facets of wedding and event production: Using DSLR cameras, their photographers take a candid, photo-journalistic approach, which allows them to capture intimate details, such as fingers gently touching over a tablecloth, or large-scale ones such as horses bursting out of the wedding cake. Similarly, their videographers can preserve the best moments—or an entire evening—using state-of-the-art HD cameras.

Meanwhile, the DJs work with clients to craft evening announcements as well as toe-tapping playlists. Lighting technicians, on the other hand, use overhead lights, monograms, lighted tables, and other elements to conjure any atmosphere you desire. Additionally, Complete Music And Video will let you and your party guests take memory-capturing into their own hands with enclosed photo booths, each of which contains a selection of playful props.

1432 Regent Drive
Mundelein,
IL
US

Though some photographers don't want to take on the responsibility of shooting weddings, Yanko Ivanov is not that photographer. Instead, the professional shutterbug behind Wedding Photo World dedicates the majority of his photography work to weddings and engagement sessions, ecstatic to capture fleeting moments and later share them with couples and their families through prints, online galleries, and high-resolution DVDs.

1575 Sage Court
Gurnee,
IL
US