My obsession with photography dates back to elementary school when I discovered
that the camera could carry some weight on the playground. Our house had a
darkroom which was not ventilated. The fumes, together with the Stones, Dylan
and Abba were intoxicating. It’s no wonder I spent most of my childhood there.
After 40+ years of shooting, my relationship with photography is healthier than ever.
I work to balance commercial assignments, personal work and pro bono work. I have
begrudgingly lived through the transition from film to digital. If I ran for president, my
platform would be the world needs fewer, better photographs and I would heavily fund
the ‘slow photography’ movement. Putting my time where my mouth is, I have adopted
a forgotten photographic process, the photogravure, and am deeply diving into its preservation.
Hilary is very supportive of my photogravure obsession. So much so that even when
she can’t sleep, she asks about it…
Based in St. Louis, Sam Fentress has been photographing architecture and interiors since 1982. Raised in Nashville and Detroit, he graduated from Princeton University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago.
His work documenting the built environment in St. Louis and beyond has been published in over 100 magazines worldwide. He has photographed in 49 states, Spain, India, Saudi Arabia, and China.
With Osmund Overby he is the co-author of William Adair Bernoudy, Bringing the Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright to St. Louis, published by the University of Missouri Press in 1999, with a foreword by Gyo Obata.
Whitney Curtis is a photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri, who tells visual stories for a wide range of editorial, commercial and nonprofit clients.
After graduating with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Whitney worked as a staff photojournalist at The Kansas City Star, northern Utah’s Standard-Examiner and the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.
She is an alumna of the Eddie Adams Workshop, Missouri Photo Workshop and NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion Workshop. She has also received hostile environment and first aid training. As an editorial photojournalist, her work has been honored by the Associated Press, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism and Women in Photojournalism. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions at the United Nations Visitor Centre, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Monroe Gallery of Photography.
BORN IN ST. LOUIS. WENT TO WGHS. STL PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THAT. FIRST CAR WAS THE MOTHERSHIP. PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL & BASKETBALL. WENT TO SCHOOL IN CHICAGO. PLAYED COLLEGE BASKETBALL. STUDIED SPORTS MEDICINE. LIKED BIOLOGY. HATED CHEMISTRY. LEFT SCHOOL. SOLD WOMEN’S SHOES. STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING WITH MOM, LISA. HAS PHOTOGRAPHED NEARLY EVERY SPORT POSSIBLE. HAS BEAUTIFUL WIFE SARAH. PUG NAMED STELLA. IS 6’3" BUT CONSIDERED SHORT IN THE FAMILY. LIKES GOODFELLAS, DO THE RIGHT THING, & THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (AND IS NOT AFRAID TO ADMIT IT). HATES MAYONNAISE. BUT WILL EAT COLE SLAW. WENT TO HALLMARK. GRADUATED 1ST IN CLASS. WAS RECIPIENT OF THE MAMIYA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE. ENJOYS BEER, VODKA & BOURBON. LISTENS TO DE LA SOUL & A TRIBE CALLED QUEST. CAN’T STAND COUNTRY MUSIC EXCEPT JOHNNY CASH OF COURSE. WEARS A HAT ALMOST 365 DAYS A YEAR. HAS A BIG NOSE AND BIG FEET. SOMETIMES IS KNOWN TO ROCK A (NOT SO) SWEET ‘STACHE. TRIES TO BE A BETTER PERSON AND BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER EACH DAY. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, NOTORIOUS B.I.G. PEOPLE, OR 2PAC PEOPLE, I’M DEFINITELY A BIGGIE SMALLS GUY.
I’m an on-location photographer and director. My aesthetic approach is driven by real, textural, compelling moments, whether shooting stills or motion.
I specialize in capturing authentic imagery depicting lifestyle, work and industrial scenes for corporate and agency clients and have years of commercial experience including large global image brand libraries, advertising campaigns, editorial and short form motion assets for web & broadcast, as well as one full length documentary.
Partial list of clients and project partners include: ebay, Mississippi Tourism, Marley Coffee, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, AMD, Deutsche Bank, Intel, Nike, AMEX, American Airlines, GE, Disney World, Time Warner, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, J. Walter Thomas, People Magazine, AG Edwards, CDW, Y & R, Fleishman-Hillard, McCann-Erickson, FutureBrand and more.
I have had the unique privilege of having one of my images selected for a USPS First-Class Forever stamp.
I have 2 published books: Hidden History of Mississippi Blues (History Press) and Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential: House Parties, Hustlers & the Blues Life (Arcadia Publishing).
I’m a commercial / advertising and editorial photographer specializing in food, product, farm & lifestyle imagery.
Clients and collaborators find me to be creative, flexible, efficient and results oriented. I am down-to-earth; passionate and far from perfect. I don’t take myself too seriously and I firmly believe being on set should be fun. I value my crew as much as my clients. It’s these things combined that allow for the creation of authentic, artistic and head-turning imagery.
I currently make St. Louis my home, where I live with my husband, Joe, and our cat, Claire. When not out and about with my camera, I spend much of my time working on my cooking skills and trying to make my own garden grow.
I am available for advertising agency, brand, corporate or editorial shoots worldwide.
I am a commercial photographer and director who loves working with real people to create authentic moments
I studied photography at Columbia College in Chicago, and soon after found my way into the film world. Regardless of the size of your brand or the team working on it, I work hard to create collaborative and fun shoots that take productions from concept to reality.
Real people, real life, real moments. Let’s make some together.
Offset I spend as much time as possible with my wife and daughter. I am also an avid biker, runner, and all-around adventure seeker.
star·board & port ˈstär-bərd & ˈpȯrt
1: a nautical term referring to the left and right sides of a waterborne vessel.
2: S&P is driven through George’s attention to detail and precision in conjunction with Chase’s creative visualization and communication.
Starboard & Port was born on a sandy beach in New Jersey when two creatives came together through their fondness of travel and photography. With a clink of a bourbon glass, they headed out West to plant roots in Springfield, Missouri. The foundation of S&P is simple; innovators perfecting their craft while creating remarkable images. With over 20 years combined experience stretching from the Atlantic and Pacific, both Co-Captains of Starboard & Port bring something unique to the table.
3400 sq ft downtown studio
Full kitchen, client lounge, conference & work space
Having grown up as a shy, quiet kid, I was stunned to discover that my personal style is so loud! I am particularly drawn to bold colors, lines, geometry, and patterns. Heavily inclined toward a modern aesthetic, I tell visual stories with clean compositions and an authenticity that helps bring your brand to life and connect more deeply with your followers. My work is a great fit for passion-driven businesses and those who aim to make their customers’ lives brighter, happier, and more energetic and fun.
You can almost always find me in a comfy chair sipping on a good latte from a local cafe—or homemade, if I’m working in. You’ll know me by my bright pink hair and well-worn jeans.
Jon Hamblin – Director of photography + photographer based in Chicago, Illinois. With more than a decade of experience creating branded content for websites, commercials, documentaries and brand films, I bring practical ideas to help projects thrive.
I specialize in creating hybrid video and photo assets for production companies, agencies and corporate clients. I have a passion for shooting in agricultural, construction and manufacturing environments. I take pride in my ability to work with nimble crews to create remarkable visuals.
Based in Chicago, Illinois
Zoe Rain (American, b. 1993) is a photographer and filmmaker based in Chicago, with over a decade of experience in nearly every subject of the commercial photography field. Zoe’s work gained quick notoriety with its iconic and distinguished signature style, and has since seen the cover of Rolling Stone, subway car ads and Billboards across the country. After being hired as Macklemore’s full time tour photographer, she has since worked with some of the world’s largest musicians, including Chance The Rapper, Ed Sheeran, Kesha and Vic Mensa. Zoe’s high-impact photography and creative direction has been leveraged by some of the largest brands in the industry. She has been hosted to speak at Apple Talks, as well as industry panels across the country.
I don’t enjoy talking or writing about myself; I like my photographs to do that for me. Yet I know it is helpful for those reviewing my body of work to know a little about me and how I approach my profession. The photo I’ve elected to include of me is from my first visit to Poland at the age of 10.My Ciocia Nusia bought me my first camera, igniting a curiosity that has matured over time and experience but remains the cornerstone of my approach to my work. Photography has provided me with the opportunity to work with subjects and attend events that I would otherwise have missed, thereby enriching my professional and personal lives. I love the creative side of photography and each year complete independent photographic projects, so I continue to learn and never become complacent. My goal is to help such organizations develop their voice. When working with clients, I firmly believe collaboration is important to ensure the product is of the highest quality, meets the clients’ needs and desires, and is delivered timely.
Kirsten Miccoli is an internationally published fashion, beauty and advertising photographer based in the United States. Kirsten began cultivating her passion for photography at a young age. At 13, she was creating complex staged self portraits using props she collected and wardrobe from her mother’s closet. Years of this practice gave Kirsten a very strong foundation and a unique approach to directing talent. Kirsten attended Columbia College Chicago and graduated with her BFA in 2010. She continues to use her documentary background to capture seemingly candid moments in even the most staged scenarios. At the age of 32, Kirsten now owns a studio in Chicago, IL but often travels shooting for clients all around the world. With over 12 years of professional experience, Kirsten has worked with many well known brands and celebrities. Overall, Kirsten enjoys being part of the creative process from start to finish. She loves working with others and bringing ideas to life. Whether she is meticulously constructing a new image or capturing the existing beauty of her subject, her love for photography and directing shows in every frame
My work spans many different genres – from shooting people to focusing on things we wear, the things we eat, to the places we live, to the things we love, and the things we crave. I love to capture it all. People ask me to help them tell stories through a lens. I can do that – I love it.
Chris Strong is an Emmy award-winning photographer and videographer with a strong base in the music industry. He has directed and produced several music videos, has shot the cover artwork for over 65 albums across all genres, and has worked recently with the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples. Based in Chicago, USA Chris works with clients across the globe.
Based in Chicago, Illinois
Still life photographer and tabletop director, Tyllie Barbosa, creates food and product images that capture the best of a brand’s personality. Whether creating for McDonald’s, Oscar Mayer, Kellogg’s, Quaker, Kerrygold, Ziploc or Ulta Cosmetics, she’s been infusing client’s imagery with vitality and character since 2005. Tyllie’s upbringing in Bahia, Brazil permeated her artistic sensibilities with a deep appreciation for food, music, family and sunshine. She radiates Brazilian warmth and hospitality, and it manifests in both her work style and aesthetic. Whether shooting in her 4500 sf daylight studio in Chicago’s West Side, or remotely anywhere, Tyllie is a trusted creative ally to Creative Directors, Art Directors and Brand professionals worldwide. Discerning brands trust Tyllie for both her strong sense of composition, and delicious attention to detail.
My true north: I am a photographer, storyteller, and traveler. Growing up with a mom who always had one eye behind her Canon AE1, my appreciation for capturing images is well-rooted in my genes. Specializing in connecting with subjects on a personal level, I strive to capture sincere expressions and moments. New projects and environments energize me, and I am always eager to travel to catch the story.
A few ideas for photo assignments or projects I am especially interested in:
Women in farming, organic agriculture in general, projects about the American Midwest, art activism, women fighting for social justice using art, stories regarding orthorexia, ESL teachers abroad (specifically Japan, where my experience was), rural Japan, death and dying, hospice care, aging in rural areas . . .
Lucy is a Chicago based portrait, food and lifestyle photographer. Her thoughtful compositions, documentary approach and bold use of color result in artful storytelling across all subjects.
Recently her work was included in American Photography 35 and 36. In 2018 She was selected as one of The Lit List’s 30 under the radar photographers and received a Communications Arts award for Advertising photography.
When not taking photos, she’s often at her studio or snacking out and about in Logan Square. She deeply appreciates a good cup of coffee and would love to read your tarot cards.
Sandy Noto is a food and travel photographer. Her specialities include pantomiming to order delicious meals abroad, finding the cutest pastry shop in any city and inviting herself over to your next dinner party. She is particularly proud to have photographed 256 restaurants and counting without any major mishaps, just a few creative messes. Her style is bright, energetic and happy. When she’s not writing about herself in third person or working as a photographer, Sandy can generally be found at home in Chicago baking or hanging out with her pets and husband, Eli.
Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, The Wall St. Journal and Chicago Tribune and she’s worked with broad range of food and travel focused brands. She’s partial to any assignments with a collaborative component or an opportunity to travel.
Kyle Monk has an elegant and unique style blending minimalism with story telling. His work specializes in a range of expertise, covering a broad gamut, from commercial and fine art to documentary. A perfectionist, he believes his education will never be complete and lives to challenge his talents. Kyle’s easy going personality and modest demeanor give comfort and the confidence to all the subjects he works with, even if they have never been photographed professionally before. He is constantly reinventing himself, collaborating with other artists on personal projects and always striving to push his photography.
David Johnson is an internationally published editorial photographer based in Chicago, Illinois.
While pursuing a theological studies degree and training to become a national level sprinter, David’s work as a volunteer youth mentor brought him on several trips overseas where he began to grow as a photographer. As opportunities to share his images increased, he soon discovered photography’s potential to fulfill a lifelong desire to understand people and their stories. David’s work has brought him around the globe traveling throughout East Africa, Central America, Asia, India, and Eastern Europe. His images are prominently featured in the award-winning global re-branding for Motorola Solutions and have appeared in Times Square, Fitness Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, and many other national and international forums. He has done extensive work with several non-profit and international aide organizations helping to raise funds for under-resourced communities in the developing world.
Max Thomsen is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Chicago, IL. Max’s passion for storytelling came from his youth while he was constantly pouring over his parent’s collection of movies and old National Geographic Magazines. Steve McCurry’s famous National Geographic cover of the Afghan Girl and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction hooked him on visual storytelling. With his strong work ethic and passion to collaborate with a team, he has continued to exceed the client’s expectations. Whether it’s working one-on-one with a subject on location or directing a crew in the studio, Max draws from his years of experience to capture the client’s needs. When he is not working, Max draws inspiration from traveling, reading, and the cinema.
I grew up on the south side of Chicago + some say I still carry the accent. Apparently when I order a "salad" or say I’m from "Chicago", I sound like a Super Fan. Nonetheless, I’m fond of my accent + I’m pleased to be connected to such an iconic city. Growing up in a working-class family built the fibers of what I am today. I’m still based in Chicago, conveniently located in the River North area.
When not traveling, I’m at home with my husband, daughter + our two dogs. I love all of them, equally. I find great comfort in cooking at home, but always enjoy a night out in heels. I love cleaning, it’s my therapy. I donate my free time to the local animal shelter down the block with photography services + foster dogs in need. As hard as it is not to get attached, it brings me great joy to have assisted in a second chance. I have a shoe addiction + love a good sale. I can’t walk past a dog on the street without saying hello, which I have passed that love of dogs along to my daughter. Since my husband introduced me to Korean food, I love it and there’s no turning back. We got married in Italy, but neither of us is Italian.
“There is no ceiling to how adept one can become.”
This mindset has served Serhii nicely, even though his job is partly to, well, take pictures of ceilings. The architectural photographer has captured some of Chicago’s most celebrated buildings during his career, and he enjoys the step-by-step process that goes into creating imagery of built environments. To Serhii, architectural photography is a puzzle, one pieced together after hours of careful observation, meticulous planning, and painstaking composition.
Curious and persistent, Serhii is constantly learning how to improve at his craft, and he sees new challenges as opportunities, not obstacles. Serhii’s dedication to his work is clear; in fact, when he’s not on assignment, the photographer is busy with self-commissioned projects. Never too far from the world of architecture, if Serhii isn’t spending time with family and friends, he’s probably playing his favorite video game, appropriately called Cities: Skylines.
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I’m an editorial and commercial photographer based out of Nashville, TN. I grew up in Louisville, KY and it will always be my home. Because of that I’m partial to bourbon, horses, and baseball bats.
When not working I enjoy exploring Nashville with my wife, playing the guitar, buying records, or planning my next big trip.
I love my job not only because I get to create something new everyday, but I get to meet new people and connect with them on something more than just what’s on the surface.
So let’s make a connection. Tell me your story!
Tennessee Native, Nicholas McGinn took the photography industry by storm impressively landing multiple national campaigns his first year in the industry. Since then, his precision, utmost attention to detail, and unique understanding of lighting has lead to his skyrocketing rise among the worlds top architectural and interior photographers. It should only be expected that photography goes back five generations in his family.
Nicholas is a perfectionist with a photography portfolio of architecture and interior to prove it. His fastidious preparation, commitment for excellence and genuine demeanor provide an experience unlike any other.
Nicholas currently travels the country shooting for various corporations, firms and designers.