About

Wenc Photo is a Chicago-based service that specializes in photographing artwork for artists, galleries, and collectors.

portrait of juan ruiz

Christian RentasJuan Ruiz

Julia Hagen103rd Floor

Renee Baltzell, Tea bowl

Jerome TiunayanAbundance Mindset

Oscar JoyoLush

Ian MagargeeImprovisation in Guston Pinks

Van Dam OneThird Wheel

Wenc Photo, founded by photographer Matt Wenc, is a Chicago-based service that specializes in photographing artwork for artists, galleries, and collectors.

Artists need accurate images to successfully represent themselves in today’s digitally-driven art world. High-resolution images with proper lighting and accurate color can make all the difference when collectors, galleries, and jurors consider your work.

Whether you need images for a portfolio, a sales platform, social media, or print reproduction, Wenc Photo is your partner. I am dedicated to providing you with quality images at a great price.

Check out some examples of my work in the slide show above, and contact me to start collaborating.

Check out some examples of my work in the slide show to the left, and contact me to start collaborating.

Services

Location

Photo shoots take place at my studio in Mana Contemporary, located in the Pilsen neighborhood. Site-specific needs that require an on-location photo shoot are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Equipment & Process

  • Hasselblad X2D 100C medium format camera featuring a 100-megapixel sensor provides ultra-high resolution.
  • Hasselblad XCD prime lenses capture exceptional detail.
  • Professional studio strobe lighting with filters eliminates glare from glossy or reflective surfaces. This equipment is particularly effective when photographing oil paintings or artwork finished with gloss varnish.
  • Calibrite ColorChecker Digital SG target ensures accurate and consistent color.
  • Tethered studio setup provides immediate image previews within Hasselblad Phocus.
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Full Image
Detail 
Kayla MahaffeyGlare

Deliverables

I make every effort to provide my clients with final images within 3-5 business days of the photo shoot.

Rates

I provide three tiers of service to best meet my clients' diverse needs. All tiers include the delivery of your artwork in three file formats:

I provide three tiers of service to best meet my clients' diverse needs. All tiers include the delivery of your artwork in three file formats.

Need a different file format? Just ask.

File Types Provided:

  • High-resolution TIFF
  • High-resolution JPG
  • Web-friendly JPG

Need a different file format? Just ask.


Tier 1

  • Starting at $35 per artwork
  • 2-D artwork is cropped to the edge of the piece.
  • 3-D artwork is documented from one direction.
  • 3 files delivered for each piece of artwork.
realistic painting
Joseph Renda Jr.The Sky is Falling
Oil & spray-paint on aluminum panel

Image cropped to edge of artwork.

Tier 2

  • Starting at $40 per artwork
  • Client receives images from Tier 1, plus:
  • 2-D artwork on white background, with or without a drop shadow.
  • 3-D artwork is documented from an additional direction.
  • 6 files delivered for each piece of artwork.
realistic painting

Artwork on white background with drop shadow.

realistic painting

Artwork on white background without drop shadow.

Tier 3

  • Starting at $45 per artwork (2-D only)
  • Client receives Tier 1 and Tier 2, plus:
  • 2-D artwork is documented from the side.
  • 9 files delivered for each piece of artwork.
realistic painting

Artwork captured from the side.

Delivery & Payment

When your images are ready, you will be emailed an invoice that includes a link to download your files. Payment within 5-7 business days is appreciated.

Payment Methods

Wenc Photo accepts all major credit cards and ACH bank transfers.

Additional Fees

For 2-D artwork under glass or plexiglass, or containing metallic or iridescent materials, there is an additional $10 fee per artwork.

There is a three artwork minimum and a $75 fee for on-location photo shoots.

For travel greater than 20 miles from my studio, an additional $2.00/mile charge will apply.

Get Started

Begin the process of scheduling your artwork photo shoot by completing the following form. Expect a reply within 1-2 business days.

Photo Shoot Guidelines

When preparing for your session, please note the following:

  • Frames - 2-D artwork is best unframed, unless the frame is integral to the piece or must be documented for selling purposes. Frames can cause unwanted shadows and reflected color that impact image accuracy.
  • Glass or Plexiglass - Removing 2-D artwork that is behind glass or plexiglass before being photographed is preferred. If not removed, there is a $10 fee per artwork to eliminate reflections and glare.
  • Artwork Size - The maximum artwork dimensions for photo shoots at my studio are typically 72 x 72 inches. Artwork exceeding these dimensions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Contact

Connect

Address

Mana Contemporary
2233 S Throop Street
Studio 204
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Hours

Day and evening photo shoots are available by appointment only.

Contact Form

Use the following form to contact me with general questions. Expect a reply within 1-2 business days.