Studio Terra | Robert Rydin Photography

Elgin, IL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I will shoot and shoot until I know I have the image my clients, and I, will be delighted with. I often shoot "tethered", meaning my camera is connected directly to a large screen so my clients can see exactly what the image looks like, and we can collabortate to make improvements until we have "the shot".

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Making people look their best - and having fun doing it.

Location

Elgin, IL 60120

Background check

Complete

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

66

Reviews

37 Reviews
  • Amber E. Jun 19, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I had a great experience working with Robert for professional head shots. We shot a wide variety of poses/backgrounds and I received my photos VERY quickly! I would recommend Robert to anyone looking for head shots.
  • Victor M. Jun 11, 2017
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Robert he's a great photographer I really enjoy working with him looking for for more project. I highly recommend him Victor Manuell
  • Lori G. May 31, 2017
    Event Photography
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    Robert was very understanding of the unique needs for our shoot (dance studio) and really helped us deliver the product our customers have come to expect. He worked with our budget and was very responsive to special requests. Highly recommend!
  • Stephanie B. May 23, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Great work from a seasoned professional at a very reasonable price!
  • Teresa L. May 16, 2017
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    Robert was extremely patient with my new puppy and very easy to work with.
  • Michael S. May 5, 2017
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Robert was great, seemed to know what i was looking for and delivered!!
  • Dottie M. Apr 20, 2017
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Excellent experience
    Robert was great - he was patient as we worked out the location set up and took his time with each person to capture just the right feeling. this was in a corporate setting and he took great care to keep things moving to minimize disruption to our work day. He shared photos as he went to ensure we were getting what we needed. Can't wait to see all the finished photos after he works his magic. I would absolutely hire him again
  • Shannon T. Mar 12, 2017
    St Charles class of 2017
    Robert was great to work with , he has high quality equipment and produced some incredible senior pictures of my daughter.
  • Jazmin G. May 12, 2016
    Family Portrait Photography
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    Robert did a wonderful job with the family portrait. The pictures turned out better than I expected! My only regret is not bringing my dogs with to include them in the picture. Maybe next time!
  • Julie T. Apr 21, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    I needed professional shots for my new job. Robert put me at ease and made an exceptionally nerve-racking experience fun. He made me look fantastic. Overall highly recommended
  • Suzanne P. Apr 20, 2016
    Portrait Photography
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  • Kirsten B. Apr 11, 2016
    Pet Photography
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  • Barbara R. Mar 7, 2016
    Portrait Photography
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    the photos were unconventional, animated portraits of an executive. Robert did an exemplary job of drawing out the personality of the executive; the photos portray the person as relaxed, engaging - everything we hoped for.
  • Leo P. Mar 1, 2016
    Boudoir Photography
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    Recently I hired Robert Rydin to shoot my boudoir. I was extremely impressed with his meticulous attention to details and willingness to get the best results. Robert made me feel comfortable with his professional and discreet demeanor. The result was absolutely superb. The pictures had such a great, impeccable quality . Robert was able to capture my natural beauty through his impressive and experienced techniques. Robert was very patient and followed up with me constantly until I was entirely satisfied with the end product. Thank you Sincerely,
  • Sylwia P. Feb 26, 2016
    Modeling Headshots
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    Robert R. Mar 2, 2016

    This is the only review I have had that did not get a good rating. I'm not surprised. The review (with no explanation) was written by the mother of a 9 year old child who she wanted to become a child model. As the shoot began with professional flash lighting used by all studio photographers - the young man could not open his eyes - and mom explained that he has always had a sensitivity to bright lights. So…getting no where with him, I had no choice but to stop using the stone equipment on rely on the much dimmer tungsten modeling lights - which required a slower shutter speed - a High ISO - all of which makes for less than optimal images. So I explained to her that her son will not likely succeed as a model if he cannot tolerate professional studio lighting - and suggested he see an eye doctor to see if anything could be done. She did not take kindly to this advice - thus the rating of 2 stars.

  • Steve E. Feb 10, 2016
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Robert took head shots for me. He was responsive, professional and knew what he was doing. I received the pictures back today and everything went well.
  • Susan C. Jan 30, 2016
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Great photo shoot with Robert! He put the boys at ease right away and got some great shots. Would highly recommend him!
  • Jaime M. Jan 26, 2016
    Robert was hired to take 75+ product shots of dinnerware for use of catalog, online and various marketing material. He was very professional, provided everything we asked and was very flexible with scheduling as well as working at our location. We enjoyed working with him!
  • Bob B. Dec 6, 2015
    Corporate Headshots
    Verified Review
    Brilliant! Robert did a great job. He had the right lighting, sets and gear for any kind of photo shoot.
  • Diana D. May 19, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I needed a professional headshot photo in a short timeframe. Since I never had professional photos done before and had no idea how to find a good professional in order to help me out, I was initially relatively intimidated by the process. Looking up the websites from several photographers, most were only advertising wedding and recreational photography services. Robert put me at ease from the very beginning, showing me some sample headshots he took and explaining me the whole process as well as what I could expect. During all of my interactions with Robert, he has been very professional. Also, it is obvious that he is passionate by what he is doing. He overall did exceed my original expectations, delivering some excellent headshots in a very short timeframe!
  • Lori O. Apr 29, 2015
    Portrait Photography
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    Robert was quick to respond and quick to make time for us to have photos taken for my graduating senior. The session was easy and relaxed and he made us feel very welcomed in his studio space. He worked with my son inside the studio and took some great photos outside in historic downtown Elgin. I would highly recommend Robert for his promptness, professionalism and quality of work!
  • Kathy V. Apr 16, 2015
    Headshot Photography
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    I needed a Linked In professional job hunting photo fast, and polished. Robert understood my needs as a CPA based on his extensive work with other professionals. Our session was on time, efficient, and the results were ready promptly. I was very happy with the results.
  • Neil P. Apr 11, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Robert's a very personable guy and puts you at ease right from the beginning. He takes his time and shoots as he converses with you. You really don't even know your being photographed half the time. I actually had a good time!
  • Christy W. Mar 17, 2015
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    We wanted a group studio photo of our children, but our toddler refused to cooperate and was super cranky! However, Robert was endlessly patient and still made beautiful photographs! I am so glad we found him and would definitely recommend him to everyone!!
  • Britton D. Mar 10, 2015
    Event Photography
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  • Cynthia A. Feb 15, 2015
    I hired Robert to shoot some boudoir photographs before Valentine’s Day. He is really talented, nice, and was very easy to work with in his studio. Despite being a mature woman, he made me appear elegant and pretty but with just enough spice to create an edgy/sultry look. I first noticed his work in a fine art show and he is equally talented with people. I am planning on using him in the future for a professional portrait as well. Highly recommend him.
  • Dolores B. Jan 24, 2015
    Pet Photography
    Verified Review
    We had a lot of fun shooting 3 dogs in the snow. I've owned 8 Scotties....and this is the first time I've been able to get a visible picture of one's face! These will make wonderful mementos of my furry friends. Thanks, Robert!
  • Anna W. Jan 20, 2015
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    Our experience with Robert was very smooth from start to finish. He was very flexible with our work schedule, which allowed everyone to complete their photo session in a timely manner. Additionally, his turn around time and follow up on the portraits couldn't have been better. We will be returning should we need additional business headshots (or any photos) in the future. Thank you!
  • Daniela F. Dec 15, 2014
    Headshot Photography
    Verified Review
    I really liked it he was easy to work with ,and I really liked the pictures
  • Tomi O. Aug 19, 2014
    Portrait Photography
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    We hired Rogert Rydin to photograph our family of 11 including 5 children from 1 year to 11 years old.we were in Independance Grove for an out door shoot. Our photo's turned out remarkably good for having so many of us. I would recommend Robert to your family. I do wish He had been a little more proactive in putting us in the groups so that we were centered and in the correct spots height wise etc. admittedly we are a very loud and happy group and perhaps he had a hard time getting us to listen. I do believe you will be happy with his photographs. Tomi O'Reilly
  • Scott N. Aug 15, 2014
    Event Photography
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    Robert was the photographer at our daughter's Batmitvah. We were excited to get a photographer of his caliber at our event. The photos from the event are outstanding and creative. The added bonus was that Robert was the consumate professional and his debonair style added to the event.
  • Nathan M. Aug 12, 2014
    Commercial Photography
    Verified Review
    Impressive photography!! He took a low lighting indoor commercial space and made it look fantastic! Followed all of my directions and made my product look incredible. I would definitely recommend!
  • Iris A. Apr 27, 2014
    Robert was a very fun photography to work with. I felt very comfortable and he was great at giving direction. I will definitely continue to use him as a personal photographer and refer him to anyone looking for a great and professional photog to work with!
  • Alexis C. Apr 22, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Robs studio is awesome! He took the greatest pictures and takes his time to make sure we get a good picture! Great guy !
  • Jax T. Apr 21, 2014
    I have worked a few times with Robert and can absolutely recommend him He is professional, artistic and easy to work with. If you need a photographer personally or professionally he is an outstanding choice.
  • Bob C. Apr 21, 2014
    Recently I commissioned Robert to provide professional photo's of the Holy Name Cathedral Campus in Chicago, IL for our construction portfolio. Our goal was to get photo's of the Cathedral as well as other buildings on the campus. We were on campus for about 4 hours and he took both interior and exterior shots. The Cathedral is very large but he worked very hard to keep the entire structure in frame. His work is outstanding and Robert is a pleasure to work with. We all know that time is money. Robert is punctual and is respectful of your time while creating one of a kind works of art. I would not hesitate in using Robert in the future for additional assignments.
  • Suzanne C. Mar 12, 2014
    Portrait Photography
    Verified Review
    Roberts attention to detail immediately put me at ease and made me feel like he understood exactly what I wanted. He takes the time to care and as a result my photo's came out absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants quailty work done at an affordable price!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Communications with a new client as to what they are looking for in photography. For example, in doing graduation portraits, what the young graduate wants may be very different (more edgy?) from what the parents want. So I need to cover all the bases in the shoot.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All kinds. From large corporations (Jack Daniels , Northern Trust, Chicago Archdiocese for example) to children, professional head shots, model composites, - and fine art buyers.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There was a time not long ago when I would encourage clients - particularly aspiring models/ actors/ and even business professionals - to hire a makeup artist (MUA) for a shoot. No more. I now employ state of the art software applications in my "post production" process to create the same effects achieved by a professional MUA. And this process can be dialed up or down to provide the client's preferred level of image enhancement.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The amount of "post production", or time spent in the digital darkroom reviewing, ranking, perfecting and presenting the final product - out of potentially hundreds of frames taken during a shoot.