A picture is worth a thousand words, making photographs and stick-figure sketches the easiest solutions to looming dissertation deadlines. Take advantage of efficient visual-communication strategies with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a 30-minute photo shoot, follow-up proofing session, and one 8"x10" salon portrait at Ebert Studio, with locations in Oak Park and Hinsdale (a $315 value).
A fourth-generation portrait photographer, Jeff Ebert of Ebert Studio has captured the likenesses of Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and a bevy of other famous faces. Wielding an arsenal of awards and accolades, Jeff specializes in an amalgamation of traditional and contemporary photography techniques that can capture treasured moments in time, ranging from weddings and family portraits to celebrating Lumpy Rug Day with a favorite piece of shag fabric. During the 30-minute session, customers can solo ham for the camera or showcase orthodontia's toils with up to 19 friends, family members, or compliment-dishing mannequins dressed in family members' clothing. A follow-up proofing session allows customers to select the 8"x10" portrait that best reproduces their favorite image.
The first Ebert Studio opened almost 100 years ago on Chicago's west side. Since then, four successive generations have preserved memories for countless families in studios that now reside in Oak Park and Hinsdale. At the helm today is Jeff Ebert, the great-grandson of the studio's founder. Jeff makes a very small distinction to give you the big picture—"It's not so much that it's photography," he says, "but it's photographing people."
Making people feel comfortable and look better is just one part of his job. The next part is to create "a piece like a painting that can be hung above a mantle and somebody can be proud of for years and years to come." As the latest in a line of artists stretching back to 1915, Jeff does that well, harnessing the power of passed time and using it to build a portfolio that showcases families, weddings, animals, and individuals. Some of his notable subjects have included Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and film director Christopher Columbus, known for his historical documentary of babysitting, Home Alone.