Chicago based headshot, portrait, and fashion photographer.

“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” - Alfred Eisenstaedt 

I can’t tell you how much I agree with this statement!  Too many people in this biz just click the shutter without connecting to their clients, which turns a photo shoot into a lifeless, boring exercise in tedium and results in cookie-cutter photos that all look alike.  I like to get to know my subjects, not only on a professional level, but on a personal level as well.  All of this information helps me create beautiful, personality-filled images of you or your event. 

That said, I’m always willing to meet with you prior to a shoot for a free consultation.  If you don’t like me (hey, it could happen!), or we simply don’t click, it’s probably not worth our time or your money to work together. 

I bring 20 years of modeling experience to my photography business.  I’ll help you pose and tell you what to do - and what not to do - to optimize our chances for getting a great shot.  If you are a performing or creative artist, I can offer my experience from the other side of that lens as well, as I have a degree in music performance from a little conservatory out east (in other words, I’ll never ask you to hold your flute THAT way).

For the better part of the year I work out of my home studio in Evanston, Illinois, and out on location (primarily the Chicagoland area and southeastern Wisconsin).  January through March I can be found shooting on location in Sarasota, Florida.  Live in another part of the country?  Not a problem!  I'm always open to travel and exploring new locations.

In addition to headshots and portraiture, I love shooting pets, recitals/concerts, and small celebratory events.  I’m always up for a challenge and pushing my creative talents, so send me a message if you’d like to talk about your needs.  I look forward to meeting you!

 


 

Sandy currently lives in Chicago during the construction season and Florida during the snow season, and loves visiting her homeland (Wisconsin) and traveling via motorcycle.  When not writing about herself in the third person, Sandy enjoys baking, birding, raising monarch butterflies, watching hockey, wrangling her two crazy cats, and fabulous Halloween costumes.  In her spare time she volunteers for the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a group that rescues migratory birds who have trouble navigating those shiny buildings downtown.  She is known to her Facebook friends as “The Most Interesting Hand Model in the World” .

 

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