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.
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 first Ebert Studio opened almost 100 years ago on Chicago's west side. Since then, four successive generations have preserved memories for countless families in studios that now reside in Oak Park and Hinsdale. At the helm today is Jeff Ebert, the great-grandson of the studio's founder. Jeff makes a very small distinction to give you the big picture—"It's not so much that it's photography," he says, "but it's photographing people."
Making people feel comfortable and look better is just one part of his job. The next part is to create "a piece like a painting that can be hung above a mantle and somebody can be proud of for years and years to come." As the latest in a line of artists stretching back to 1915, Jeff does that well, harnessing the power of passed time and using it to build a portfolio that showcases families, weddings, animals, and individuals. Some of his notable subjects have included Cardinal Francis George, Walter Payton, and film director Christopher Columbus, known for his historical documentary of babysitting, Home Alone.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Not your mall Santa! Your child will not only get to meet Santa but have their own personal time to share several activities. Santa's playdate lasts 15 minutes. Your child is so busy they do not even know our award-winning documentary-style photographer is in the room with them.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Bringing happiness to children.
What do you love most about your job?
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"We loved it! The room is so great! Santa is wonderful!"
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.