about me

photo by Sarah Barlow

photo by Sarah Barlow

The camera was a blue instamatic 110. I was 5 years old.

I took my first photo with it and the way I looked at the world was changed forever.

Many years, cameras, film sizes, light sources, and related technologies later, with the encouragement of a photography teacher, I leapt into taking photos professionally. Now I get to share my photography with so many more people. I like that a lot.

I’ve been fortunate enough to take photos all over the world. Currently a majority of my sessions take place in the Chicagoland area, but don’t worry; I’m definitely up for travel.


My photographic specialty is everyday life in the form of portraits, products, & places.


There's beauty in it all already. I help you make it easier for everyone else to see it too. 

Images help us make connections. They make us feel our feelings and remind us where we came from, who we are, and where we're going. My background in corporate communications and marketing merges with years of family and wedding lifestyle photography to bring the know-how in telling a cohesive story.

My photographic style is a lifestyle approach, which means blending a healthy dose of photojournalistic tendencies (capturing life as it happens) with occasional direction. This produces photos with a simple sophistication and above all – photos that look natural and real.

Sometimes they're full of activity and movement and other times they're all about stillness. But no matter what we're doing you are welcome to be yourself.  I’ll bring a fancier camera than that instamatic.

Let's go take some photos.


about you

You have your own style and It. Is. Great. You like to laugh. You’re not above dancing.

You know just how powerful photos can be.

You don’t want to sit in a studio. You don’t want to hold poses that make you second-guess yourself. You don't like wasting time. You want to feel relaxed during your photo session. You'd even like to have fun.

You're ready to capture and tell your story right now. You want photos to appreciate tomorrow and all the days after that, photos that are ready to share on your walls or on your website.