Bill Buchelt, élan Photography's lead photographer, calls upon his 20 years of experience and a portfolio boasting such subjects as Michael Jordan and Julie Andrews to capture patrons' personalities in flattering photos. Buchelt photographs families, individuals, and seniors posing naturally in a comfortable, professional studio or among the verdant greenery of a nearby park. For a more specific shoot, the studio's photographers travel for on-location portraits and corporate sessions and offer complete wedding packages to capture couples' vows, dances, and cake-induced food comas.
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.
At Jill's, familial freeze-frames are crafted in a relaxed studio environment, where photographers collaborate with clients to execute both traditional portraits and candid snaps. Pose your progeny in springtime regalia among live ducks and bunnies, immortalize an adorably horrifying Halloween costume, or book a family portrait session to capture a rare moment of brood bonding. Jill's expertly paces photo sessions to keep kids and infants captivated and families copacetic, producing an eclectic array of tantrum-less portraits to choose from by the end of the hour. Check out the "Things to Know" section of the company website for answers to common questions such as “What should we wear?” and “What makes time travel possible?” Guests can also opt to upgrade to a location or beach shoot for an additional fee.
It took the birth of her first child for Alicia Johnson to recognize her passion for photography, as she whiled away her spare time snapping shots of her baby. This newfound hobby triggered the artistic impulses she’d felt her whole life, which have since manifested into a professional photography career spanning the last 16 years. Alicia still cherishes the opportunity to snap pictures of newborns—her favorite subjects—as well as children, families, and high-school seniors. Her calming manner puts infants and adults alike at ease as she harnesses natural light and flattering angles to compose each frame. Alicia’s loft studio in Naperville, located inside the historic Fifth Avenue station, provides chic backdrops and props while on-location shoots let subjects pose against an organic background or favorite tropical-themed screensaver. Alicia’s Photography also offers editing services, as well as traditional prints and images grafted onto canvases, jewelry, iPhone cases, and electronic mediums such as website galleries and DVDs.