Professional shutterbug Shannon Jacobs captures the culmination of formative high-school experiences through senior portraits. She strives to create personality-rich images that celebrate students' accomplishments by filling each frame with personal belongings, unique settings, and invisible friends who’ve been there since the beginning. To that end, she offers packages that include both studio sessions and on-location shoots as well as prints and digital files. When not taking photos herself, Shannon leads learners through the technical aspects of photography during workshops, allowing parents to capture kids in spontaneous moments and flattering light.
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What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
My photography is neither photojournalistic or posed. It is simply an expression of the family's and individual's personality.
There is typically a great mix between posed and candid photos depending on the client's style and taste, after all these are YOUR photos not mine.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started Nicolena's Photography because of the support and courage I was given by employers and family who had seen my work. I began taking photos of the children I cared for and friends/family and now it has bloomed into a full fleged business. I couldn't be more thankful for my return customers.
What do you love most about your job?
The happiness the perfect photo brings, or the emails that follow. I love it when a parent, or client let me know that we perfectly captured them or their child.
Especially when I get an iconic look or expression.
I enjoy making adults at ease during the process and bonding with the little ones.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The best feedback I have received is the numerous return customers we have.
It has been a privilege to watch families grow from couple sessions, to newborn sessions and now yearly family photos.
We also thoroughly enjoy the numerous holiday cards we receive featuring our photos.
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.