I am a photographer, designer and artist living and working in the north Chicago area. I have been an artist my whole life and spent most of my formative years painting and drawing which later turned to a passion for photography and design.
What do I love most about photography? I love to observe and capture the moments between people that tell their story and the innate ability of photography to freeze a moment in time that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Playing an integral role in people's most treasured moments has had a profound and moving affect on me that I'm not sure I can even put into words. It has always been heart-warming, humbling and a true honor.
I have consistently built positive relationships with my clients; connecting with them and helping them to feel comfortable with me and in front of the camera. I primarily shoot weddings, events, child & family portraiture as well as performance (dance) photography. I also like to dabble in architectural and fine art photography as well as work with various small businesses for products, professional portraits and editorial shoots.
As a graphic designer, my work is primarily within the commercial branding realm. However, Leello provides lots of opportunities for me to extend my skills to my clients in fun projects such as photo albums, slideshows, and more! I love to extend my painting and drawing knowledge base to create a healthy balance between aesthetics, content and functionality If you're interested in more of my graphic design work, please head on over to jv design.
I am a summa cum laude graduate of graphic design and photography from Columbia College Chicago. I have enjoyed and look forward to fulfilling and creative endeavours in both fields and I hope that the two will continue to intersect from time to time.