Curtis Newborn, Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Obscura Companies, with brands that include Curtis Newborn Photographic & Obscura Studios, announces the recent merger of into the family of Obscura brands.

“I believe that the combined resources and talent possessed by the team at strengthens and enhances the creative and marketing services that our company can offer to businesses throughout Chicagoland”, said Newborn.

Al MacDonald, the founder of, is bullish on the future of this growing group of companies. "We believe that pooling the expertise of our companies will greatly contribute toward expanding our product offerings and creative services”, stated MacDonald. is a full service photo studio specializing in food + product photography. With studio space in Schaumburg, Illinois, they are conveniently located adjacent to Woodfield Mall and just off I-90. The 5,400 square foot space includes an office area, client lounge, conference area, massive prop room, studio space, plus a full kitchen and a set wall storage area. The studio space is one large bay capable of easily handling 4 sets. Access for props, sets and supplies is made easy via an overhead drive-in door at the rear of the studio.

The combined staff consists of Curtis Newborn, photographer; Al MacDonald, photographer; Renee Zomaya, Art Director, prop stylist and set designer, and Doug Benson, Sales & Marketing. Additionally, the Obscura Companies bring with it a fantastic partner network of talented food & prop stylists, assistants and set builders, as well as marketers and creative people. specializes in digital food photography. Our photography team exemplifies the best of innovative visual problem solving, and values strong relationships with top stylists and writers. Our experience with diverse food + product clients gives us the ability to offer you full service capabilities, for both established businesses and new product concepts. is your one-stop source for a broad range of custom visual communications… everything from recipe development and video production, to design and sourcing of retail food packaging.

For more information or to schedule a studio tour, please contact us at or call our studio line at 630-283-0038.