Lifestyle Photography in Illinois
Peoria, Elgin, Bloomington, Champaign, Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, Rockford, Naperville, Springfield
Are you searching for an Illinois lifestyle photographer? Would you like to capture your family in stunning portraits or do a creative and tasteful maternity photoshoot? When you invite one of our lifestyle photographers into your family to document your next family, couple, pregnancy, or teen/senior portraits, you will receive photographs that you will treasure for years to come.
In northern Illinois, family photos taken in one of the premier Japanese gardens in the country will depict the peace and serenity of this beautiful site. Sparkling waterfalls, formal gardens, koi ponds and a teahouse make beautiful backdrops for the Illinois family photographer. In the heart of Chicago, which sets a lakeside view of Lake Michigan, families will find both entertainment and elegance. Chicago's, Millennium Park, offers spacious areas surrounded by the sites and sounds of the city, making for ideal family photography opportunities. In the river country of western Illinois, family photography prospects include scenic sites along the Mississippi River. The Wildlife Prairie State Park or Spoon River Valley are just a couple of the many interesting locations this river country has to offer. With the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois, lifestyle photographers will enjoy the many acres of beautiful forest to use as a backdrop for photographs. If your Illinois family will be in the Central part of the state for a vacation, there are many interesting, historic sites. This part of the state features the State Capitol, Springfield, the famous Route 66, and even Amish Villages.
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Map of Lifestyle Photographers Serving Illinois
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I love capturing pure, unfiltered joy. I love emotion. I thrive seeing relationships and their special intricacies that make the people in them tick. I love belly-flopping, hair-raising adoration. A sudden intake of breath. I love light reflected in eyes, especially children’s eyes. I love capturing the split second before a person suppresses an unexpected feeling that they feel too embarrassed to share. I love creating a safe environment where people can truly be the best version of themselves. I love to encourage relationships and help people create new memories together, which they will always cherish. I want to see the connection between people. Images that say more than “this is what they are doing”…a moment in which we can all relate to on some higher level. My camera unlocked a language within me that I had always understood but never knew how to speak. I can finally express all the little things I noticed around me. Can’t see what I see? Here, let me show you in this photo. I get all emotional thinking about what made me fall in love with photography: the ability to record these indelible moments to remind you that you actually lived. You loved. You were loved.
If you are looking for a photographer that will capture the fun, messy "stuff of life" than look no further, because that is what I do. I create frame worthy imagery that moves away from the slick studio setting in order to paint an honest portrait of your family; all of the laughs, messes, goofs, love, and excitement... I became a photographer when I was 13 and never looked back. I am a darkroom and digital photography teacher and the owner of a lifestyle and wedding photography business too. Photographing people is my jam and I am fun to be around and am really great with kids of all ages. Send me an email if this sounds like a good fit for you.
My photography style has been shaped by my own children and grandchildren. I wasn't content with occasional family shoots or snapshots. I wanted to capture each persons unique personality. Now as a grandfather, I want pictures that are honest, genuine, and authentic. I'm passionate about helping families find beauty in the ordinary moments of life! There's nothing more beautiful than the delight of child, an intimate moment between a dad and his son, or the tender expressions of love between a mom and her daughter. These everyday moments seem so ordinary, but when captured through pictures, become more treasured over time. Your family is beautiful and deserves to be photographed. I love capturing unscripted moments that are genuine and hones. No dress 'em up, size 'em up, line em up, and shoot em up. No wonder people don't care for family photo sessions! I believe that real is the new beautiful. All you need to do is relax and be yourself. Don't worry about having the right look or pose, or even what you should wear. I will spend time with you and your family capturing beautiful moments that you will treasure. I would be honored to photograph you and your family!
Ruthie’s roots are in photojournalism and art. She received a scholarship to attend Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she majored in photography and minored in drawing. She interned at the Irish Times Newspaper in Dublin, Ireland. Upon graduation, she launched her photography business and in 2006, was hired as a Staff Photographer by Sun-Times Media. There she worked for almost 7 years covering memorable events such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2008 Olympic Trials for Track and Field in Eugene, Oregon, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. During her tenure at Sun-Times Media, she earned 18 State and National Photojournalism awards. In the summer of 2012, Ruthie and her husband welcomed their first child, and she made the decision to give up her staff position to focus on her business and her new role as Mom. Ruthie and her husband now have two young sons and a huge cat. They try to live simply and enjoy outdoor recreation, live music, a good glass of wine and travel. In 2017, Ruthie and her family relocated from the Chicago area to Madison, WI. Before a long day of photography Ruthie's pre-game ritual includes 8+ hours of sleep, a burger, a playlist of Hall & Oates, and an iced white chocolate mocha. On assignment, Ruthie is usually doing whatever is necessary to get the best possible photo, whether it be sloshing through a ditch, balancing on the roof of a skyscraper, flying in a blimp or standing in a bathtub. She loves EVERY minute of it. Ruthie's goal is to go above and beyond for her clients while also capturing as much personality, life and storytelling in her images as possible.
I have a BFA and MFA in fine art photography and started my career in 2011 in Chicago. I relocated back to my home in East Tennessee in 2014 and have photographed 225+ weddings and counting. I got married in 2019 and live with Angie and our Aussie dog Jessie in a cabin in a remote part of the Smoky Mountains. I consider it an honor to document your life and would love to use my experience to create artistic and joyful work with you.