Wagner Photo-Grafx is a home based business so we are sheltering in place. As such we are available to photograph products in our full service studio via contact-less delivery methods. Please call Steve Wagner for details. (847) 275-3936. We hope you are all staying Safe and Healthy. We’ll get through this trying time together!

About Me2020-03-06T21:11:45+00:00

The digital revolution has brought about changes in photography, but a professional, schooled in the fundamentals, with years of experience, will take a better digital picture for you.

I inherited the photography bug from my father, who was versatile in many of the arts. From him, I learned the science and magic of the darkroom – out of those careful confines, bringing into the light a beautiful photograph. I also learned sculpture under his guidance which continues to inform every digital photograph I take.

Sculpture taught me the importance of dimension, choosing the optimum angle, understanding on an instinctual level how the light falling on an object will define it in the photograph. Jewelry photography is one of my specialties. In a very real sense, jewelry is sculpture on a small scale. But these considerations come strongly into play in all product photography.

When photographers were still shooting film, more of them thought about the lighting, composition and end usage that was necessary before releasing the shutter. For a photographer like me, with traditional training, that thinking is still there. Which means I’ll get it right for you the first time. This is something very important in a professional setting where cost and deadline are paramount.

Of course, I also photograph people. People are unique photographic subjects where attitude matters. Producing the right head shot is an art which I’m proud to say I have mastered.

I’m looking to connect with jewelers, and with art directors at agencies and corporations who appreciate the difference between the average photographer and one with the background to achieve your vision.

It’s who’s behind the camera that matters.

Message me on the CONTACT page, call me at 847-275-3936, or write to me at wagnerphoto@comcast.net. I want to take your pictures. Book your session today.

Always Searching For The Shot

My career choice was highly influenced by my dad, the art teacher.  Ceramics, mosaics, batik, jewelry making, relief and wood sculpture, and many illustration techniques were all parts of my childhood. My dad set up a dark room in our house the summer before I began 8th grade, and I caught the bug!  Although not a common practice these days, there is nothing like seeing an image. I capture materialize in the developing tray.

Jewelry 100
Industrial 100
Food 100
Small Products 100
Tear Sheets 100

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