Introducing our team: Makeup artist Tanya Renelt

You know those people who have some sort of voodoo calming power? Well, makeup artist Tanya Renelt is one such lady. With a background in the healing arts, her gentle spirit puts anyone sitting in her makeup stool at ease.  Tanya has a soft touch, creating flawless, effortless looks. If her smiling eyes and sense of presence aren’t pleasant enough, her transformative makeup will take your breath away.
When she’s not doing makeup, Tanya’s busy being a mamma to her three children, spending time with friends, and learning about natural healing methods.

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Meet our team: Makeup Artist Emily Wolf

In our early days as a studio, the stunning lady below, Emily Wolf, was one of our favorite models to work with, helping us to build our initial portfolio.  We had such a ball the first time we worked with her (she has the most contagious sense of humor) that we invited her back for a second shoot. Then, upon learning about her exciting career move to makeup artistry, we immediately called her back for a third, only this time to transform a client.

She’s an amazing wealth of knowledge, not only in the world of makeup, but also in the field of photo and film production. With a background in acting, she knows how to work both sides of the camera (she recently appeared on Chicago PD).  She loves making clients feel like the most beautiful version of themselves.  Other interests include fashion, travel, music, food, and exercise, oh, and an obsession with Sons of Anarchy- Jax Teller. MEOW!

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Introducing our team: Makeup artist Jaycie Kurfess

Introducing the Certified Makeup Artist Jaycie Kurfess

This lovely lady below is makeup artist Jaycie Kurfess. She’s one of the hardest workers around filling every weekend in the summer with double and triple-header weddings. When the stars align, we’re able to commission her skillful eye.

Her love of makeup dates all the way back to childhood when she first fell in love with painting.  Experienced in bridal, corporate, and editorial makeup, she’s a multifaceted gem, not to mention an absolute sweetheart.

When Jaycie is not working, her favorite thing to do is spend quality time with her husband and close friends. She is guilty of starting awkward conversations with strangers, watching marathons of SVU, eating the last cookie in a box and taking an excessive amount selfies with her dog, Roy.

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Makeup artist jaycie kurfess



Meet Our Team: Makeup Artists Heather Brzek

We feel lucky beyond measure to have the most amazing team of creatives at our studio. Over the last four years, we’ve adopted into the Revealed family a group of  ladies who are as fun to work with as they are talented.

The first to start with us was Heather Brzek, momma of two with a third on her way. She takes a light touch to makeup that accents natural beauty, but knows how to amp it up when the time is right. She does an incredible cat-eye liner and gives the best hugs.  Thank you Heather for all your amazing work!!

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Free tix to Indie Wed

For the second year in a row, Revealed Studios is participating in the Indie Wed Wedding Show & Market on Saturday, January 31st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come stop by our booth and enter to win a free Revealed portrait session. Laurie and Maggie will be on hand to answer any of your questions about boudoir and the other types of photography we offer.

We also have five free Indie Wed tickets to give away. First come, first serve. Drop us a line at if you are interested.

Hope to see you there.


(taken from website) Indie Wed is THE alternative to traditional wedding expos.  For those in the midst of wedding planning, Indie Wed offers a one stop shop for all the best wedding artisans and professionals around the country.  Indie Wed is the longest running independent bridal fair in the U.S.



Saturday, January 31st, 2015
10 am – 4 pm
at the Ravenswood Event Center

entrance at 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave

Plenty of free parking is available along Ravenswood Ave.
Venue is also 1/2 block north of the Irving Park brown line  station.

Indie Wed will feature:

*100+ amazing vendors from the Midwest and beyond
*two full floors of vendors
*food tastings
*musical performances
*wandering models featuring spectacular bridal fashions
*a special 3rd floor lounge with lots of surprises
*and much more

Tickets are priced as follows:

* Early Bird (through Dec. 19th) = $12 per single / $20 per 2-pack
** Online  (through Fri. Jan. 30th at noon) = $15 per single / $25 per 2-pack
* At The Door  = $20 per person CASH ONLY



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Travel Photography by Maggie Rife Ponce

Maggie has been taking a much needed vacation in Thailand. We’ve been missing her, but she sent us these beautiful photos to share with you.

On a personal note, I, Laurie, am so grateful for Maggie manning the Studio while I was on bed rest and maternity leave for twins.  She did an awesome job and was sooo busy. Love you and thankful for all you do.








We jumped a fence for this one….

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Male Boudoir Photography and Fitness photos with trainer Dusten Nelson

While our clientele at Revealed Studios is mostly female, we love the chance to stretch our creative wings.  This shoot below was a great change of pace; Stepping out of our beloved studio adorned with soft fabric, feminine touches, and clean floors, we ventured to a grittier location to photograph friend and fitness guru, Dusten Nelson. Starting in the early morning, just as the sun broke the horizon, we criss-crossed down Chicago streets, heading south to an abandoned grain production facility.

After using some, eh hem, covert means to get onto the grounds, we quickly started shooting.  Dusten, a professional trainer (he’s the motivator behind our other client Miss M’s amazing transformation) wanted some pictures to showcase all the hard, physical work he was doing to prep for an upcoming show in December, while also capturing his personality too.

A little fun makes for the best photos

So, how does one do those two things?  Our answer, play and good lighting!  Dusten said of his shoot, “I’ve worked with a number of photographers, and this was the most entertaining. I was surprised how good the photos came out because of how much fun we had while taking them.”

We encouraged Dusten to jump, hit, run, and even swing during his session.   Combining a this approach with some amazing natural light, we tried to create images that were approachable and light at first.

The second half of the shoot took us inside the actual grain silo where the scene looked like a horror movie waiting to be filmed.  We were a wee bit nervous as we crept further into the space.  Like a rabbit hole, rooms lead to more rooms, creating a circuit of tunnels and containers that were once functioning storage structures.  The dark walls, dirt covered floors, and graffitied background was perfect for the harder look we were after.  We relied almost completely on the natural light pouring in from small slits and reflecting off the nearby cement walls.  The highlights and shadows were exactly what wanted to define and carve out his figure, while the surrounding environment created the perfect mode for an intense feel.

We completely agree with Dusten!  It was so, so fun.  If you’re interested in a create photoshoot like this one, call us at 773-273-9063 or e-mail info@revealed-studios for more information.


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