Choose from Three Options
- $99 for a private two-hour photography lesson for one ($600 value)
- $149 for a private two-hour photography lesson for two ($1,200 value)
- $199 for a private two-hour photography lesson for three ($1,800 value)
Students bring their own digital SLR cameras to learn more about topics ranging from composition and using natural light to working with computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Instructor Steve Matteo's work has appeared in places such as Sports Illustrated and HBO. He uses this diverse range of work to help clients better learn to shoot children's sports, family photos, and vacation photos. Students can choose from a range of topics for lessons, including basic digital photography, sports, portraits, landscape and composition, candid/editorial, flash & natural light, photoshop/post production, portfolio review, and in the field shooting, which may require an extra fee. Students should read through their camera manual and be familiar with their camera's functions before attending. Lessons take place on select weekday afternoons and evenings, as well as weekend mornings and afternoons.
Steve Matteo Photography
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.