From within a home-based studio in Hyde Park, the experienced shutterbugs at Forty Dollar Photography capture stylish, unique images of clients. Their services range from professional headshots to family or pet portraits, all of which can be speedily processed through their in-house print studio. The photographers also travel to clients’ location of choice to shoot weddings, engagements, and other special occasions.
Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.
They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.
Jake Miller, the photographer behind Photo by Jake, documents subjects that range from fashion shoots to Vegas trade shows to weddings from behind his lens. He draws from an advanced knowledge of studio lighting to capture flattering shots in his studio, and also works with natural light during on-location shoots. As a student of the fine arts at City College in Chicago, Miller imbues his work with a creative touch.
Chicago-native Victor Powell was on the path to becoming an electronics engineer when his life changed course. John Tweedle, one of the first African American photographers to work for the Chicago Daily News, became Powell's mentor, allowing Powell to learn at the feet of a man who once photographed Martin Luther King Jr. Years later, Powell has lived up to Tweedle's legacy. His impressive portfolio includes the likes of Barack and Michelle Obama, the CBS News team, and many of Chicago's high-powered male and female executives—in addition to his more personal and intimate family portraits.
Chicago Photo Safaris founder Gary Gullett enlists an eagle-eyed staff with a passion for helping amateur photographers capture their surroundings in captivating ways. A team of drivers, classroom instructors, and tour guides delivers photography education across all seven continents, as well as Amelia Earhart's secret eighth continent. The staff members boast photography experience from institutions including Professional Photographers of America and National Geographic.
Guitar Chicago caters to music lovers of all ages by helping them achieve their melodic and rhythmic goals through relaxed, effective instrument instruction. Teachers schooled in myriad genres draw sound buckets from wells of music knowledge and performing experience in order to fortify the skills of both beginning musicians and experienced bards. Fledgling chord learners can take advantage of the school's in-house instruments for no additional charge, eliminating the risk of accidental busking when carting pianos on the bus. Ideal for hectic lifestyles, Guitar Chicago boasts flexible lesson times and easy online scheduling and is within walking distance of public transit.