Wayne Toberman of Alexis Studios (OMP Member #165345) has hosted several events in the Chicago area for OneModelPlace.com. He is excited to announce that he is planning another networking event at his new studio on Saturday, June 11, and all OMP models and members age 18 and over are invited to attend for free.
Word of mouth led Wayne to discover OneModelPlace.com. “I found out about OMP from a member photographer who was renting space at my former studio some years back. I called the contact number, had a great conversation with the staff, and signed up immediately.”
OMP has opened a number of doors for the visual artist. “Initially the site helped connect me with local models, which led to other clients and commercial work totally unrelated to fashion or glamour work! Membership with OMP by itself had intrinsic value all on its own apart from just taking photos. The support from the staff over the years has been something else entirely. They are always willing to discuss an idea or concept, arrange a networking event, or recommend a meeting or two with another photographer if they have the answer I am looking for. OMP has become more than just a great place to make contacts – the community of artists have become friends who are always willing to help open doors.”
With his studio website currently under complete redesign, he feels his presence on OMP has been a lifesaver. “OMP offers everyone in the industry a professional site to call their own. They’re helpful, informative, and keep us all up-to-date with what’s happening in our respective communities. They also tell us who’s traveling/who’s new/who’s doing what. When combined with OMP-sponsored shoots or promotions which adds networking square into the mix, you’ve got a very good member support program on which to build and grow.”
After running a successful studio for most of the last decade, Wayne looked for two years for his current location. “A friend of a friend told me about another friend in a loft building near downtown Chicago, about four minutes door to door from the heart of Chinatown! We have over 6,000 square feet of commercial photography, video production and rental studio space. There are several permanent sets equipped with 30 hanging muslin backgrounds to choose from. We have a high-key cyclorama set; a daylight set; an 18’x12’ translucent white light wall set; multiple brick wall sets; a gallery set; a rustic loft set; and a 100-year-old open freight elevator to shoot against. In all, just about any look can be recreated. There is also a downtown skyline view and skylights in the ceiling. We’ve even gotten a request to hang swings from the beams! Not to mention the neighboring business is filled with fine woodworkers across the hall, who can build additional sets as needed.”
Wayne hosted an “In the Click” with OneModelPlace.com a few years ago, and attracted over 125 attendees. He is looking for an even bigger turnout on June 11. “This time, we have more room, first of all; multiple manufacturer displays (Fotodiox photographic equipment manufacturer and IT Supply computer products) offering special discounts; door prizes; a chance to shoot on professional sets; refreshments; and we have even booked a band! Plus lots of networking and free parking!”
Wayne describes what makes the studio a great place to shoot in. “Quite simply, with the selection of lighting, backgrounds, ceiling height, support equipment, video production support capabilities, and your imagination, there isn’t a lot that can’t be done at this studio. We also ask clients to sign in and provide some basic information about themselves so we can refer them to others when requested. For example, we get many requests for MUA recommendations. Come on out on June 11 and see for yourselves what we have to offer to you as a photographer, videographer, model, MUA, agency rep, or commercial client! ”
Alexis Studios is located at 629 West Cermak Road, Suite 412 (4th Floor), Chicago, IL 60616. Telephone (708) 514-2353. Guests are reminded that the Lobby Entrance and parking are off of Ford Street. Turn South onto Ford St. from Cermak, drive 100 yards to the parking lot, and park in the lot just after the second small brick building on the left. Enter through the Lobby on Ford with #629 over the door (there is no entrance on Cermak) and push the buzzer for ALEXIS STUDIO — SUITE 412 if the door is shut.
OMP models and members age 18 and over are invited to attend for free on June 11 from 6pm-9pm. You can RSVP by emailing Wayne at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, OMP ID#, and number of guests.