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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Glenview School of Arts offers art classes for children and young adults. Classes provide a fun and positive atmosphere for children to learn the basic principles of art and to build a strong foundation in art.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
School provides paper and lesson instructions. Students should provide their own Crayola colored pencils.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The Glenview School of Arts encourages students to develop the strongest and most varied portfolio possible.
What do you love most about your job?
Exploring student's talent.
Artistic inspiration can strike at any moment, but the formally trained painters at Tipsy Paint believe that inspiration can be encouraged. They host social painting classes for students of all skill levels, helping them re-create an original piece of artwork one stroke at a time.
With assistance from a BYOB beverage, attendees can unleash their inner artist or simply enjoy the low-key atmosphere while picking up a few useful painting tips. The instructors also offer opportunities for visitors seeking more direct feedback, including supervised open-studio times and formal, technique-focused classes that hone painting fundamentals and give insight into topics such as color theory.
A PADI five-star dive center, D. D. Dive outfits novice swimmers with all the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to swim beneath the waves. Their courses are made up of classroom sessions, pool work, and open-water excursions to prepare each student according to PADI guidelines. The instructors also offer classes in rescue diving and diving-instructor as well as dive-master training, all of which are useful skills when working to open a dive school for dolphins. Once certified, new divers can go with the school on a globetrotting trip to a diving mecca such as Bonne Terre Mine, Kona, or the Galapagos Islands.
Wine and Canvas sends local artists to restaurants and comfortable bars to guide students through featured paintings from the studio's monthly calendar. As instructors offer step-by-step instructions, pupils mimic the motions of their brush to re-create scenes inspired by nature, Impressionist masters, and alcoholic libations themselves. After the night has ended, students carry their finished masterpieces home to hang proudly on their walls or avant-gardely on their fish tanks.
At Classico Cooking School, home chefs of all ages, experience levels, and diets learn to travel the culinary world from the comfort of their kitchens. Lessons from a catalogue of more than 160 subjects and culinary styles are tailored for children, teens, and adults, and might take the form of a group class, a private party, or a corporate team-building exercise. The calendar boasts cuisines from regions ranging from Argentina to Japan, and dishes for vegetarians, meat-eaters, dessert lovers, and pie throwers, alike.