Olan Mills Inc. 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 re-create the 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.
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.
Although she's made a career out of photographing luminaries ranging from politicians and bands to performers on Saturday Night Live, the photographer behind Mischievous Me also has a softer side. When she's not snapping shots of commercial clients, she spends her time coaxing out sensuality at her boudoir photography studio. With an eye for detail and a love of romance, she captures all facets of subjects' inner pinup girl, crafting lovingly shot portraits that often earn her business rave testimonials.
KHB Photography is comprised of three seasoned and passionate photographers, each with their own unique skill set and area of expertise. Founder Kristin H. Bodnar photographs families and couples, taking great pride in her ability to keep the atmosphere at her shoots lively and fun. Mandie Lousier excels at wedding and engagement photo shoots, where she uses romantic lighting to create whimsical images. And Kristin Phillips is the staff lifestyle photographer—a pro at snapping up candid and authentic moments of families in their natural environments.
Kimberly Woods loves fall, Facebook, and the color purple. One thing she hates? Being photographed. But only because she feels more comfortable on the other side of the camera. Her obsession behind the lens started when she received her first polaroid as a young girl, a day that forever cemented her fate to follow in the footsteps of her photographer father. Since then, she's dedicated her professional life to uncovering new and unique ways to capture the world around her, and continually refines her skills by attending photography conferences and expositions throughout the year.
During sessions, Kimberly prefers to coach subjects freely rather than having them sit in forced poses. She performs in-studio and on-location sessions for maternity photos, family photos, engagements, and boudoir shoots, and travels to shoot photos for commercial businesses and special events. Kimberly can even organize special shoots for pet owners looking to snag a one more family photo with their pooch before he goes off to college.
Outside of the packed theatre, a sleek sedan glides its way to the curb. An expectant hush falls over the gathered masses as the door opens to reveal the car's famous passenger. There is a pause, and brief silence, before frenzied cheers are punctuated by a flurry of popping flashbulbs. Scenes like this, common in entertainment capitals all over the world, are what the photographers at Photo Booth of the Stars seek to replicate on a small-scale at private event engagements throughout Chicagoland. Their brand of memory-making has proven especially popular at weddings, where reception guests can pose in front of backdrops that celebrate matrimony with pictures of hearts, rings, and the best man giving a thumbs up.
Photographer Grace Trudeau was a full-time model before she picked up her first Nikon DSLR. Drawing upon her experience on both sides of the lens, Grace gives clients posing ideas and shows them her images as she shoots so they can see how they look. During each session, she wields two Nikon DSLR cameras and a trio of lenses , whether she’s working under the soft lights of her home studio or on-location on a farm, at the beach, or in the woods. At the end of each session, Grace custom-edits images, enhancing colors or injecting textures to add depth. Next, she prints out the resulting images onto canvas prints, statuettes, holiday cards, and accordion books; or transfers them onto iPhone cases, mouse pads, and shirts.
When she’s not shooting and editing, Grace is donating her time to various charities and mentoring beginning photographers. At her studio she teaches them about DSLR camera settings, the basics of shooting, and how not to smear peanut butter on your lenses. She then leads them through a real photo-shoot; and invites them to edit their photos alongside her while she gives advice.