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Business Profile: Thomas' Photographic Services

This week is the grand opening of Thomas' Photographic Services studio in Homewood. Owners Colin and Angela Thomas specialize in location and editorial portraits with a creative eye for detail.

What made you decide to open up a photography studio here in Homewood?

Angela (Colin's wife and business partner) and I have been working as commercial photographers for the past four years and in that amount of time we have seen our industry change in several different ways. As the economy continues to recover, we are now in a unique position to expand. When we decided that we were in fact going to open a studio, there was no question of which town that would be (in): Homewood. We have a history here. Angela grew up in California but I was born and raised here. I am fifth-generation and there is a sense of pride that goes along with that. The first time I brought Angela to Homewood, she thought she was driving through Mayberry. For its size, Homewood does have a great small town feel with so much to offer its residents. I hope that what we have to offer the town can enhance its charm and let others feel as proud of Homewood as we do.

Has photography always been a passion of yours?

Angela always had a passion for photography, and in some way, shape or form knew that this was the field I was supposed to be in. I wanted to be a landscaper and was one for the longest time before coming home to photography. I never even owned a camera until I was in my 20s. Angela started much earlier than I did by taking darkroom classes in high school and continuing with photography into her college career. My education was a little less formal at the start. I have always been in the arts in one form or the other, so composition and subject matter was easy for me. Add to that my love for nature and hiking and you have the opportunity to make great images. It was several years before I sought out a formal education in photography. Harrington College of Design in Chicago was the place I went to get that formal education. It was also the school of choice for Angela. She and I both attended this school over others, such as Columbia, because Harrington stressed the commercial aspect of photography as well as how to make a good image. Obviously, it was also here that I met Angela.

Tell us about what we can expect from your studio/gallery?

Our store will offer a variety of photo related services. The front half of the space will be dedicated to a gallery/store where people can come in, admire artwork and make purchases.  The back half of our location will be dedicated to portraits where we can photograph people, pets, cherished items and anything else you can think of that fits through the door. We also offer location photography services and photo retouching and manipulation. In the near future, we plan on having gallery nights, classes, music and events throughout the months. This will be a place to learn as much as (it is) a place to get a portrait taken. 

What makes your portraits stand out from other portrait studios?

Our portraits stand out because we are free to change everything. Sure we can use the same light setup for just about everyone who walks through the door, but we can also add a more unique perspective to each image simply by lighting them differently. Whether we are coming to them or they are coming to us, we make sure to listen to clients and give them exactly what they want and need. We also take pride in printing portraits and artwork in house on museum quality papers which, with proper care, will last hundreds of years.  

What are your favorite local spots to eat and or shop?

Homewood and Flossmoor both have great shopping and we always try to spend locally whenever possible. Cilantro and Asian Harbor always seem to be getting our money and Eat Rice has some great steamed dishes that I always order. Climb On: we hope to get there more as we settle into our new schedules. I can't wait for Little Tokyo's new location to open up. The Flossmoor Station has great root beer. If ever I am a happy man, it is when I have a good root beer!  

Tell us about your studio opening and specials...

From May 1 thorough May 7 we have a different special each day. We are offering everything from art sales to $10 portraits. There is also a day that people can come in and pick our brains on anything photography related. Want to know how I got that shot of such and such? I'll tell you! For more information on Thomas' Photographic Services, check out their website.

Ladydemo May 02, 2011 at 04:40 PM
We encountered Thomas photography through the Homewood Yearbook project. The Homewood Yearbook Project was an individual idea of their's and what a wonderful idea it is. Since we have a number of animals of multi species, the Thomas's took this challenge and had great success, with all species and all of us!! It was a pleasure working and doing business with them. Their artwork and wildlife photos are absolutely exceptional, better than we've ever seen. Needless to say, the Thomas's have a tremendous amount of patience for the hard to get photographs. Congradulations on their new studio and open house, I'm certain that we will be frequent patrons. We look forwards to their upcoming events. A wonderful addition to Homewood.
Lynn Shafer May 02, 2011 at 06:36 PM
I think this is a great business to have here. What is the exact location, please??? Lynn Shafer Tiglil418@aol.com
Lilly Melin May 02, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Lynn, you can get their address and contact info from their site :) http://www.thomasphotographicservices.com/
Angela Thomas May 02, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Hi Lynn, Our address is 18705 Dixie Hwy here in Homewood. We are in between Family Liquors and The Art Corner.
Peter Bosy May 03, 2011 at 02:33 AM
...you've learned so much more (of life and the real world) than I could have taught you while you were students of mine at Harrington College of Design. Wish you both much success and hope to drop by between my present classes at Prairie State.
Melinda Fogarty May 03, 2011 at 03:43 AM
Anyone who has children and wants great photographs taken of them should stop by the studio and have Colin and Angela take photos of them. They are great with kids (and adults, too)! They always know how to get a smile out of anyone and then capture those smiles in a great photo! I can't say enough good things about them.
Kate Duff May 04, 2011 at 06:44 PM
The last three business profiles have been personal favorites of mine: Thomas' Photographic, HF Pet Sitters, and Climb On. Nicely done, Patch!
Lilly Melin May 04, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Thank you Kate! I try!
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) May 05, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Thanks very much, Kate. Do you have any other recommendations of businesses to profile?
Erin Roeper May 20, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Colin was just here at our home to photograph it for the Homewood Yearbook Project. What a friendly, charming, professional young man! I recommend that other home owners take advantage of this special opportunity to meet Colin AND get a professional picture taken of their home.
margaret January 13, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Just had some family photos taken last month and was VERY pleased with them. I would recommend them to anyone and would definitely use again!!

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