Nowadays, most people get their photograph taken with their family, breaking the old tradition of getting pictures taken with a pet betta fish or voodoo doll. Make memories with people you care about with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a one-hour photo portrait session, two retouched images on a CD, and one printed 8"x10" photo at Randall Studio in Bolingbrook (a $220 value). Appointments can be made on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One scroll through photographer Ashley Bonham's portfolio and you'll start to notice a theme. Each photo features either a wide-eyed infant, a smiling kid with missing teeth, or both. That's because Bonham, who decided to pursue a photography career following the birth of her first child, specializes in youth portraits. Along those lines, her studio, Eye Candy Photography, also offers family portraits and wedding photography.
Despite an ever-growing base of more than 1,000 clients, Amy Tripple prefers to say she's honed her skills through her main source of inspiration: her own three children. The former elementary teacher employs her advanced child-handling skills as she captures candid images of young ones, preserving childhood memories more easily than laminating a beloved stuffed animal. The National Association of Child Photographers member also shares her know-how through regular classes that cover the basic elements of DSLR photography and how to manipulate the resulting images in digital scrapbooks and Adobe Photoshop.
If you've ever marveled at a photo of a NASA space shuttle as it rockets into the stratosphere, chances are you're looking at the work of Frank Jackowiak. The expert photographer counts NASA among the many clients for whom he captures inimitable images. Others—including Canon, Chrysler, Nikon, Sears, EAA- Experimental Aircraft Association, and Air & Space— have led him to hone the expert skills he now uses to guide fledgling shutterbugs at his Naperville studio. Here, Jackowiak taps into his experiences teaching college courses to teach students how to work their digital or manual cameras, starting with basic camera operation, and progressing to topics such as composition, lighting, and squeezing one eye shut. In doing so, he also helps unearth each student's inner artist, encouraging them to pursue whichever type of photography inspires them most.
Photographer Kosta Sobevski has a knack for snapping shots at flattering angles—his expertise helped a team to win the Leo Passage Gold Trophy for fashion and styling work in 2012. Sobevski and his team of shutterbugs aren't limited to fashion photography, though; they can capture subjects ranging from live sports to family portraits with equal skill. Patrons can request shots developed into prints, perfected with editing, or even optimized for the Web.