Process2018-07-26T20:22:27+00:00

Our Process

Consultation2018-07-26T20:19:45+00:00

What do you want to say with your images?  Is there an emotion you would like to attach to your products? We consult to determine the usage and budget for production and implementation of your photos.  A thousand words is a lot of communication in a single picture!

Concept2018-07-26T20:20:27+00:00

We collaborate to determine your needs.  A single photo on white background or complicated scenario or idea translated into a marquis image.

Nuts & Bolts2018-07-26T20:20:58+00:00

We discuss How to Do It.  Studio vs. Location shoot, angles, lighting, focus, backgrounds, props, set building, styling, special effects and retouching are considered to show off your products.  We also cover Usage Rights language and payment schedules. A deposit is required for first time clients.

Planning2018-07-26T20:21:47+00:00

We organize a shot list and schedule. Special materials, backgrounds and props are gathered and crew booked if necessary. The shoot date is set.

Production2018-07-26T20:22:08+00:00

We’ll meet to collaborate on-set to capture images that tell your story. This is where the magic happens!

Proofing2018-07-26T20:22:35+00:00

Your raw images can be loaded to a web site for your review, approval and shot picks.

Image Processing2018-07-26T20:22:54+00:00

Even though we don’t use chemicals any more, rough images improve when finessed and retouched to be their best. Depending on your needs and the number of final images, this could take some time to finish.

Formatting2018-07-26T20:23:43+00:00

Digital images serve many purposes and applications. Everything I shoot is high resolution but for some usages that’s just too much information. Web images need to be reduced in size and optimized for quick loading on web pages. For print the full resolution image is required for the best looking print job.

Delivery2018-07-26T20:24:35+00:00

In most cases a single image can be delivered via email. For larger jobs we can deliver using Dropbox or a variety of other image transfer sites. If necessary, images can be loaded onto an external disk for physical delivery.

I highly recommend Steve to anyone who is looking for professional and friendly photography. Steve made us feel comfortable while doing an incredible job. Steve’s equipment is very professional and it shows in his work. Please feel free to contact me as a reference. I would gladly discuss my experiences with Steve! 

Mark_Clerkin, Yoga Studio Photos

In this day and age when everyone’s snapping pics, it’s good to know that there are still skilled photographers and professional image-makers like Steve Wagner and Photo Grafx – folks who understand the importance of getting the right shot for the right application.

Keely K., Gym Employee Photos

I enjoy working with Steve. He listens to my needs and is very responsive to them.

Gordon W., High End Jewelry

Steve Wagner was excellent! He completely understand what our needs were with regard to product photos that we needed for our website. Before we hired Wagner, we had hired two other photographers that could not get our pictures to look the way we wanted, but Steve was able to make them look perfect and took the time and effort to make sure we were happy. He is a perfectionist and goes out of his way to provide very high quality photographs for his clients. Steve was also very easy to work with and communicated well with us. I would highly recommend Wagner Photo-Grafx!

Cheryl A., Product and Jewelry Photos

Steve Wagner does amazing work photographing and editing our custom jewelry pieces. He is professional, organized, easy to work with and has great turn around time. Steve is always willing to squeeze us in if we have a last minute piece we need to get photographed and always a pleasure to work with We would recommend Wagner Photo-Grafx, Inc to anyone.

Megan C., Retail Jeweler

Steve produced wine labels for my three batches of homemade wines. He designed the artwork, procured the materials needed for the project, produced and delivered the desired products, and was in constant contact with me on alterations, changes and updates.

Gregg S., Wine Maker

Steve is the best jewelry photographer in the Chicago area! I can always count on him to produce stunning shots of my jewelry. Every time that he shoots my jewelry, it always captures everything so perfectly while looking natural.

Susan W., Jewelry Designer

I’ve been using Steve Wagner for all of our catalog shots for the last 3 years. Steve is professional and is very accommodating as to the needs of his clients. I would recommend Steve to anyone who is looking for an experienced photographer.

Michael B., Product Photos

Steve has been great to work with. We use him for all of our employee photos and website photos. He is on time, very professional, and the end product is always fantastic. I would highly recommend.

Zach C., Headshots

Steve came in on short notice and got some great shots of our industrial product. We have used him before, so we are a repeat customer.

Mark M., Industrial Products

Steve is a great photographer! He is very easy to work with and very flexible. Our team aims to get very specific shots of our products, and Steve is willing to go above and beyond to capture these photos. I highly recommend Steve!

Yesenia M., Food and Packaging