Erika Dely snatches fleeting moments right out of space-time as she goes about her work. During each shoot, she takes an amalgam of spontaneous and posed pictures to retain both photojournalistic realism and formal sophistication. She can also subtly enhance photos with desaturation, impressionistic filters, and macaroni noodles. Though she prefers working on-location, Erika also crafts personality-rich images in her studio upon request.
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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Danielle Eileen Photography is a full service, boutique studio. While working together you can expect to walk away smiling! We will walk you through your experience from beginning to end, including your ordering process.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
What started as a childhood hobby turned into a passion that needed to be shared.
What do you love most about your job?
I love capturing memories and creating family heirlooms.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
Signature service: Wedding photography
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Canon, Apple
Pro Tip: We work with everyone on a personal level.
Headshots are my first and main specialty. Most of my business comes from actors and business people. I've been shooting headshots for 17 years now.
I'm trained as an actor and director as well, and part of my skill in getting great headshots is understanding the art of directing someone to get them at their best.
I have makeup and hair stylists available.
Marc Hauser’s photographic expertise started as a 13-year-old freshman at New Trier High School, when the Wilmette native launched his boyhood hobby into adulthood with an apprenticeship under Playboy-contributing photographer Stan Malinowski. When one of the magazine's art directors visited Stan's studio, he noticed Marc's prints on the table and turned to Stan and asked, "Would your assistant like to go to California next week and shoot Carly Simon?" From there, notable assignments began to sprout, including John Mellencamp in a muddy field for his cover of Scarecrow and Led Zeppelin in a construction site in London.
Marc's style aims to capture subjects in their natural state—such as shooting family members while they're distracted and talking to each other. He often goes to great lengths to capture a unique photograph, such as speaking in funny voices to amuse kids, and barking to get dogs' attention. Above all else, he makes sure his clients feel comfortable so he can focus on getting the right shots, creating unique and striking images captured using simple parameters: shooting in black and white, with one light or natural light, around a table in his studio.
This approach to portraiture has earned Marc more than 100 awards, including Clios for advertising and a Grammy, and has landed him jobs with Rolling Stone, PepsiCo, Artista Records, and Microsoft, as well as acclaim for his images of well-known figures such as Aaron Copland, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Jordan, Dr. Timothy Leary, Sophia Loren, Patty Smith, Woody Allen, and John Waters.