My Passion is to create images that have an emotional impact and personal attachment to make the memories of your portrait or special day last forever.
photo by robert ltd. has been in business over 65 years. Started by Robert Gerrits in Chicago in 1951, then moved to Arlington Heights where Jim Martin took over the business that has been on Arlington Heights Road 20 years. “Providing quality photographic portraiture and wedding photography has always been my goal. My passion is to create images that have an emotional impact an personal attachment to all my clients,”says Jim Martin.
Jim started out as a photojournalist working for the local suburban newspapers covering local events, disasters, sports and human interest pieces. He taught photography at University of Illinois at Chicago and has been a full time wedding and portrait photographer at photo by robert for 30 years.
“Having a loyal portrait clientele that returns year after year makes my job rewarding”.
My business has had a A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for over 20 Years. I am a member of the WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photographers International and attend seminars every year to keep up with the latest trends in the photography industry.
Jim is currently a Photography instructor at Harper College's adult continuing education program.
I needed a business head shot. Jim was easy to work with - I hate getting my picture taken. In making the appt, he also gave me great advice on the clothes to wear (based on what comes across well in a picture). He also did a bit of PhotoShop afterwards to make my picture turn out great! All at an exceptionally reasonable price.
Jim was absolutely wonderful. We had our wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic, and were only able to have a closed church ceremony. Jim made sure to take all of the pictures we wanted (and then some!) and offered to split his time between our wedding day, and the new reception date that we picked (we had to reschedule our reception for almost one year later due to the restrictions) It was raining on our big day, and we initially planned to go to the park for pictures as well, but Jim graciously offered his studio for posed pictures, and let us know that we could plan a date in the near future for outdoors pictures if we wanted. If that isn't the epitome of service, kindness and professionalism, what is? I cannot recommend his services highly enough, and we will definitely be using Photos by Robert again for all of our photography needs. Five stars!
Marita & Niko
Thank you so much for coming to our wedding and for capturing all of our special
moments. The pictures are perfect, beautiful and there are so many. Thank you!
You are so sweet, fun and hardworking. We are so happy you were able to make
our day special and everlasting.
Becky and Scott Wilson said:
We LOVE our pictures!! Thank you so much for taking the time and helping us get a great
Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
3/27/2018 I had professional headshots taken here recently, and LOVED the pictures. Jim did a great job. The appointment started on time, was quick, and the edits looked awesome. I am very happy with my experience. I would definitely recommend this studio to anyone looking for a photographer.
Arlington Heights, IL
3/20/2018 Wedding on St. Patrick's Day was a cool by sunny day. Pictures were great, Jim and Carlos our photographers did a great job even though they had some major time limits.Pictures have arrived and we have over a thousand to choose from, that will be difficult. Easy to work with, showed up when requested. Did everything we wanted, no matter how hard. (Including crying flower girl.)
Professional and friendly, my kind of vendor.
Steven Weirich Compass R.
Arlington Heights, IL
Jim took our engagement photo's this past summer. A very hot day I must add. Jim was a true professional. Getting shots we will cherish the rest of your lives. I would recommend Jim Martin to anyone looking for a great local photographer.
I loved our wedding photos! I would recommend Jim to anyone!
Jim was very professional and made our wedding day spectacular. I would definitely recommend him. pictures were amazing.
Lake Forest, IL
Jim photographed our wedding nearly 25 years ago and has taken photos of our family ever since, most recently just a year ago when he did portraits of our 12 year old twins. I wouldn't trust anyone else with such an important job! He is superb. We drive from Lake Forest because the quality and professionalism is worth the drive.
Jim did a super job with our wedding pictures! The photo book he created is wonderful. Everyone that has seen it always remarks they have never seen one as nice.
Bob & Kay Holzer
I gave Jim an old photo of my grandparents that was not in great shape, and Jim made it into a beautiful portrait of them that continually brings a smile to my face and to my heart. He is a photography and portrait master.
Jim is our family photographer, since more than ten years ago. Even it has taken beautiful photos to my dogs and has shown an incredible patience and dedication. We are always happy with the results.Jim is a great