Kind words from wonderful clients!

“Advanced Imaging handles ALL our lab work. We maintain the highest standards of customer service and image quality, and doing that would be difficult if not impossible without Advanced Imaging on our team and Neil Buchelt’s exacting standards.”
David Sutton, Sutton Studios
“Neil and the staff at AI have been a key member of my team for going on ten years.I have to say that I owe a great deal of my success to AI’s attentive service and to their commitment to helping me produce the best possible, highest quality product I can. I am grateful for having found a lab that not only produces fabulous work but is a true partner in my business.“
Phil Goldman, Photographic Design, Inc.
“Hi Neil! You guys take such good care of me and have helped me and my business tremendously. I have had a really good month and I have some additional orders to submit. I am very thankful for that and for y’all! You guys are terrific!“
MAP, Photographer
“Hi Neil, Just wanted to let you know that the new prints came out perfect. And to also thank you for taking the time to listen to our request and help us get what we were looking for. We appreciate the time and effort you took to make this happen. Thanks to you and your staff.“
Stephanie and Ken, At Home Studios
“I have been a devoted customer of Advanced Imaging for 10 years. This lab is the very best example of a family owned business. Everyone is professional and excellent at what they do. They truly care about their customers and will work with them to get the best possible printed images. Neil has even developed new products at my request! They always answer the phone! I cannot say enough about this lab and how happy I am to have found them!”
Sue Mazeika, Photography by Sue
“Neil, the gallery wraps are beautiful. I could not be happier with the quality of your work. And, on top of that, the spectacular customer service, the advice, and the price break. This is textbook for how a business cements customers for life.”
Kim Garber
“Hi All, These pix are beautiful! Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for working on this order…I have already sent some out and they have gotten rave reviews. Thanks so much Neil for your great communication as well.“
Janel Mitchley

Meet the well oiled machine

Neil Buchelt
Neil BucheltThe Head Honcho
Neil teamed up with his brother, a professional photographer, in 1995 to open Advanced Imaging, Inc. They knew the industry would eventually head in a digital direction, and the name Advanced Imaging captured this vision. Neil earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and an Associates Degree in Aviation Flight from SIU. After college he taught aviation both 1-on-1 and in the classroom. Here he cultivated his listening and problem-solving skills. His door is always open, and he takes pride in the fact that you can call the lab and speak directly to the owner. When not brainstorming up new ideas, meeting with clients, or entertaining his staff, Neil enjoys spending time with his family and brewing beer.
Marie Buchelt
Marie BucheltThe Guardian of the Gates
Marie is usually the one who will answer the phone when you call or greet you with a smile when you visit. Marie has many years of experience as a mom, a grandma, and a legal secretary. She’s been here from the beginning, when she and her two sons decided to open the family business. She is the accounting department, human resources, and so much more. When not at Advanced Imaging, Marie enjoys spending time with her kids and grandkids.
Jake Pakosta
Jake PakostaThe Faithful Minion
Jake does a little bit of everything, from color correction to filling and shipping orders. He often graces us by singing along to the radio in his most angelic voice. Jake was first exposed to photography as a sophomore in high school, where he took the class as a joke. After high school, he continued his education at College of DuPage, where no matter what other classes he took, he always went back to photography. (Funny, right?) After a few years selling fine art in a local gallery, he decided he wanted to have a hand in creating the photographs and made his way to Advanced Imaging in the summer of 2011. When not shooting or working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family experiencing all that Chicago sports has to offer.
Pat McGleam
Pat McGleamThe Digital Surgeon
Pat has been doing our retouching since before Photoshop was even a thing. Remember Photoshop Version 1.0? No? Pat does. Pat earned his Bachelor of Science in Photography from UIC and spent the next thirty years as a staff photographer and freelance photographer. He is now a retouch and restoration specialist. He’s been involved professionally with Adobe Photoshop since 1995, and as a long time member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals he is well versed in the many aspects of image manipulation. He has been with Advanced Imaging since its inception. Pat lives in Saint Charles with his wife, Melissa, and their very large cat, Dr. Henry Jones.
Amanda Pomplin
Amanda PomplinThe Lab Tech
Amanda, our newest addition to the Advanced Imaging team, cranks out our color correction, filling and shipping orders and whatever else needs to get done. Amanda’s love of photography began early on in life. Her Papa always had a camera in her face since she was the first (and favorite) grandchild. Naturally she wanted to play with her own camera and was gifted a Kodak Star 110. In High School she upgraded to a Canon 35mm SLR and took photography. Attending College of DuPage, she transitioned to a digital SLR and received a degree in photography in May 2017. Shooting long exposure shots at night and family portraits are some of her favorite subjects. While not shooting or binge-watching DC Comic shows, she is hanging out with her 47 cats. Just kidding, she only has 4, she is not that crazy!