The Custom Photographer

Canon SAR studios

 At The Custom Photographer, our approach to documenting your event is completely unobtrusive, while offering you the best images and video with a friendly and comfortable experience.  We can meet with you to show samples and share knowledge.  

Being comfortable with your photographer is just as important as the images taken.  Contact us to setup a meeting or simply discuss more about our services.


We photograph weddings, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, concerts, real estate, bands, portraits, corporate events, architecture, art, head shots, etc.


The Custom Photographer, Chicago photo and video, was started in 1999 by Steve Rotter, who has been involved in photography, video production and audio engineering since the 80s.  We went under the name of SAR studios until 2014.  The Custom Photographer has teamed up with some of the best vendors in the business.  We serve all of Chicago and suburbs, along with parts of Indiana and Wisconsin.  On this site you will find photo and video samples, along with info on how to customize a package that is right for you.  We love what we do!

We use pro series cameras bodies and lenses by Canon in our photography and video productions.


We donate a portion of our proceeds to the Humane Society to benefit animals in need: HSUS


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