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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.

11 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge,
IL
US

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.

1804 Glenview Rd.
Glenview,
IL
US

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.

1440 Waukegan Rd
Glenview,
IL
US

The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.

7000 Mannheim Rd
Rosemont,
IL
US

The photographers at Za’s FotoXpress are equipped with more than precision-engineered cameras: they also bring familiarity with a variety of cultures and traditions. They carry their understanding to birthday parties, weddings, and other milestone events, where they zero in on the spontaneous moments and details that make each gathering unique. Once the last flashbulb has popped, they transform shots into fully edited digital images and slideshows, and can also integrate pictures into websites.

60712 n kilbourn ave
lincolnwood,
IL
US

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.

2504 Green Bay Rd
Evanston,
IL
US