Your loved ones are your LEGACY , the only thing that really matters, and we know just how important they are to you. You will never regret having a portrait made for the people you love, you will only regret not having done it.
We specialize in people, and people who love their families love our portraits.
We know that every detail deserves our attention, that is why a portrait session at Behnke Photographers is an all-inclusive experience, similar to commissioned artwork. It is a four-part process that allows us to create a truly remarkable portrait for you.
Why a Behnke portrait? Because you deserve it.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
The Photographers Bert and Cindy Behnke are internationally recognized for their portraiture. Their work graces the homes of those looking for the finest portrait photography in the entire Chicagoland area, all over the United States and in homes across Europe and Asia. Their dedication is to creating incredible portraits for those who want the very best.
The Behnke Philosophy We consider it an honor and a privilege to be considered the family photographer for our clients. We believe your family is your legacy; nothing is more valuable, nothing is more personal, nothing is more important. We strive to capture a moment in time that preserves your history, tells your story, creates a family memory and gives you a lifetime of pleasure.
Honors & Awards Bert and Cindy have both earned the Master of Photography degree and the Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world’s largest photographic association. Among their numerous awards for portraiture, Cindy has been Illinois Photographer of the Year , PPA Photographer of the Year and recipient of both the Kodak Gallery Award and the Fuji Masterpiece Award. Bert was presented the International Award by PPA and Portrait Photographer of the Year by the International Photographic Council at the United Nations in New York. He also served as president of the 30,000+ member Professional Photographers of America.
History Our business was founded in 1956 as Behnke Studios in Cicero, Illinois by Al & Connie Behnke, Bert’s parents, in 1964 it was renamed Behnke Photographers and relocated to a storefront on US 30 in Frankfort. The Behnkes built their next location on LaGrange Road in Frankfort in 1971.Bert Behnke purchased the studio in 1985. Cindy joined the business in 1991 after beginning her career in southern Illinois. In January, 2002, Bert and Cindy opened their dream studio in Frankfort Township/Mokena where they operated it until October of 2016 when they made the move to the historic downtown of Frankfort, their next dream!
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