Sitting for a photo was once a long and arduous process, as evidenced by the unkempt facial hair grown by our earliest presidents during their portrait sessions. Capture a clean image with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get an in-studio portrait package at Wehmeier Portraits in Orland Park (a $410 value). The package includes the following:
- In-studio photo session (a $75 value)
- One 11”x14” portrait print (a $175 value)
- Two 5”x7” portrait prints (a $160 value)<p>
Rob and Elise Wehmeier, the eponymous creative team behind Wehmeier Portraits, welcome families, individuals, and friends into their professional photo studio. As soft music plays and comfortable, child-friendly spaces ease subjects, a camera shutter immortalizes the moments played out between up to eight subjects or one’s oddly photogenic bowling-ball collection. Afterward, clients select favorite shots with which to anoint one 11”x14” print and two 5”x7” prints, ready for hanging in family spaces or for placement beneath the pillows of soon-to-be confused children missing baby teeth.
The Wehmeier Portraits studio has a warm, family feel to it. And that’s no surprise, given that Rob Wehmeier and his wife Elise run the place. Inside, there is a living room with a leather couch, a baby-changing area, and a selection of beverages and snacks—amenities all designed to make families feel at home on the day of their portrait session. As parents themselves, Rob and Elise understand how short youngsters’ attention spans can be, so they encourage kids to play while they set up the studio. Clients return to the leather couches five–seven days after their session to view projections of their photos.
Rob has been a professional photographer since 1991, and he has knack for arranging subjects into poses, whether it’s directing a large family into a unified group or guiding a solo high-school senior into the shape of a diploma. The Wehmeiers' studio allows for some flexibility, too; it has one whitewashed wall, another wall for patterned backdrops, and a third wall for colored panels. Occasionally, the Wehmeiers haul their camera gear away from the homey studio to photograph weddings and on-location events.
9540 W 144th Pl.
Orland Park, Illinois 60462