It's generally understood that no business operates successfully without key players/leaders and a competent harmonious staff. Through the decades we've had staff members relocate, retire, go off to school, start a family or begin new careers of their own. It's been the ongoing stability of the core of our organization that continues to steer our destiny:
As founder and CEO of Buschauer Portrait Design, Al is actively involved with multiple studio functions including: principal photographer, digital artist, marketer and fine art print maker. He oversees the general operation of the studio, making sure we are operating according to our vision, passions and customers' needs.
If accolades matter, he admits to having enjoyed considerable success in his career, winning numerous awards locally, regionally and nationally. He's had work on public display at Florida's EPCOT Center and images chosen for the Photography Hall of Fame. He was invited to teach other professional photographers on the lecture circuit, across the United States, during certain phases of his photographic journey. He found teaching both inspiring and rewarding when he saw others get excited about reaching their potential as artists.
When he's not working, he spends his leisure time playing his guitar, taking his pup Daisy Mae for runs in the woods and riding his motorcycle.
As co-owner and business partner, Savannah is likewise active in multiple aspects of our studio functions. Back in the years when we were still photographing weddings, Savannah's own photographic background kept her busy photographing weddings and couples portraits on her own, for 18 years under the Buschauer name. Since then, as our business has evolved, she lends her expertise more toward the framing division of our company. Our customers welcome and trust her artistic eye and helpful suggestions. These days, she still occasionally assists Al with select portrait sessions, particularly those on location.
Savannah is involved in various aspects of our marketing... and edits most of the material published on line or in print. None of our written material is un-important. Al admits to regretting more than once, having printed or released written material without the benefit of Savannah's editing skills, because his zeal to "get it done" won out.
Savannah joined Al several years before before the opening of their Barrington Studio. One of her main ambitions and pleasures in life is writing. She has a deep love for "critters" and a long list of animals she's rescued over the years, both wild and domestic. She enjoys reading, watching movies, gardening and riding her motorcycle with friends from Willow Creek Church's High Road Riders.
CGO (Chief Greeting Officer) of Buschauer Portrait Design, Daisy Mae adds a unique element to the studio. While not directly involved in day to day decision making or operations, she certainly knows how to make our clients feel welcome, putting them at ease before and during their photo shoots. Al brings her to work each day, usually following a brisk walk at a nearby forest preserve.
Her Value: incalculable Her Yearly Salary: about 1000 treats
When Daisy Mae isn't "working", she spends her down time lounging in the studio's front window catching warm rays of sunshine or napping in her plush "cave bed" under Al's office desk.
And yes, periodically she visits friends and dog loving clients when Al has obligations out of town.
In July of 2002, Al joined forces with Hands of Hope, a Barrington Hills based organization that helps African women and children in desperate straits due to HIV/AIDS, hunger, lack of clean water, no provision for education and no means of supporting themselves. His first mission trip to Africa was with HoH in 2006. He returned in 2007 with a group from Willow Creek Community Church.
These following images from Africa have been in featured in exhibits in Illinois and Washington DC... creating awareness and hope for a brighter future. (See Efforts In Africa on the Website)