Tim Klein is a photographer and director who captures and creates joyful moments of connection in stills and motion.
With a background in photojournalism, he is a true master at bringing out authentic feelings and actions within a produced setting. Based in the Midwest, he is called on regularly to work with award winning publications and a wide variety of brands including Apple, Discovery Channel, Forbes, Presence Health, The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, Yamaha and Zipcar.
“My photography is inspired by people, places and things. I was trained as a photojournalist so I find inspiration everywhere — from my travels abroad to my own backyard. My biggest source of inspiration is light, especially the way it can dramatically change a scene. I love the glow of morning light through fog, the graphic shadows of noon light, the light of an overcast day, and the dramatic rose-colored light at sunset.
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 photography, with an iconic presence and distinguished style quickly gained notoriety, including the cover of Rolling Stone, subway car ads, and Billboards across the country. After being hired as Macklemore’s full time tour photographer, she continued to work with the world’s largest musicians, including Chance The Rapper, Ed Sheeran, Christina Aguilera, Ke$ha and Vic Mensa. Zoe’s high-impact photography and creative direction has been leveraged by some of the largest brands in the industry, including the opportunity of keynote speaker at Apple, as well as industry panels across the country hosted by agencies including Soho, Havas, Leo Burnett.
Zoe’s passion for travel emanated through her photo journalistic projects, involving intimate collaborations with nonprofits such as the Thirty Thirty project & Construction for Change. This work includes Rain’s portraiture series “Woman of Togo”, which has been featured in galleries across the US.
Combining my own attributes and technical skills, I help brands tell their distinct narrative, establish their visual identity, and create memorable content for all usage and platforms.
My clients span commercial, editorial, restaurant, boutique hospitality, travel, luxury residential, publishing, B2B, B2C, D2C, and startup brands.
I earned my degree in Journalism from Boston University, and Editorial and Advertising Honors from The New England School Of Photography.
I have an extended network of producers, video crews, food stylists, prop stylists, studios, creative directors, and graphic designers that help to make every shoot a perfect success.
While currently growing roots in Chicago, I also have a strong client base in New York City where I spent the first ten years of my career and established myself in the creative community.
Lucy Hewett is a portrait, food and lifestyle photographer. Her work celebrates design, color and the simple pleasures of life and connection.
Midwest born and bred, she received degrees in both journalism and art from the University of Missouri and is now based in Chicago. Lucy makes photos of people and food and tells stories about art, travel, culture, hospitality, craftsmanship, home and design. Through her photos she aims to connect with subjects, become inspired and experience the joy of creating something collaboratively. She leads each project with kindness and curiosity and a healthy dose of hard work.
Martine Séverin is a Chicago + LA based lifestyle, advertising and editorial photographer whose vibrant work aims to push boundaries and celebrate inclusivity.
She’s lived all over the world including France, Belgium, England and Boston, but her roots are tied to her home country of Haiti.
Interested in creating fashion narratives that reference non-western norms, she strives to collaborate with brands who speak to a diverse audience.
Martine is also the host of the podcast, This is How We Create a show that digs deeper into the creative life of contemporary artists of color.
Photography is a skill you learn, creativity is a skill you nurture.
I have been a commercial photographer and creative director on projects for nearly 20 years. Creative thinking became my vice after years of competitive skateboarding came to a halt.
What some consider problems, I consider potential discoveries. There’s no time to stress, my curiosity has been sparked and I’m likely mentally on the way to a solution.
Building treatments and crafting storyboards allow clients to visualize my approach. Over time I have built an exceptional team of producers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photography assistants, digital techs, retouchers, and more that can grow based on the project.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hi! I’m CJ, a commercial and editorial photographer and retoucher located in Milwaukee, WI, but serving clients all over the country. I’ve been creating visuals all of my life, and shooting photos professionally since 2006.
I absolutely love working with clients that are willing to push their visuals to the next level and are open to experimenting together to create something that neither of us has ever seen before. I like to experiment with all kinds of light, colors, and creative processes to constantly push my photography. I’ve learned a lot over the years by building assets to match current campaigns for countless clients. This has taught me how to be a bit of a chameleon in my process and also helped me to hone in on my own definitive style. I love moody lighting that isn’t overdone – every highlight and shadow is very intentional and I tend to pay attention to all the details that most don’t. I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
I love connecting the perfect visuals with exciting brands to fully realize their creative vision. It would be great to chat with you about how we can create something beautiful together.
Based in the Midwest (Milwaukee/Chicago). Available for travel worldwide, anywhere, anytime. Exploration and curiosity drive my work as an artist and photographer. I specialize in editorial portrait and advertising photography as well as lifestyle, corporate, food, and travel. I have a BFA in painting, and over twenty years of experience as a photographer. Whether I’m one-on-one with a farmer in the orchard or working with a team in the studio, my goal is to bring a unique vision to the project. I aim to collect moments that are part of a larger whole. Inspirations: mountain views, southwest desert air, finding magic in the ordinary, and getting my hands dirty in a garden. Interests include: cheese (all dairy products in general), plant hoarding, postcard collecting, reading magazines, and and giving belly rubs to my blue heelers.
David launched his photo career while pedaling 3,254 miles across the United States as a bicycling photographer for the American Lung Association. In addition to making still photographs for editorial, commercial, and non-profit organizations, David also directs, shoots, and edits video projects for local, national, and international clients.
David and his family live in Madison, Wisconsin with a dog named Winnie, a coop full of chickens, and seven bikes. David works with editorial and commercial clients, including The New York Times Magazine, Organic Valley, Harley Davidson, Outside Magazine, Ford, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Volkswagan, Runners World, Duluth Trading Co, amazon.com, The Guardian, Saris Cycling Group, AARP, City of Hope, Golf Digest, Accuray, Buell Motorcycles, Time, Ironman North American, American Lung Association, JanSport, & UPS
True story, I was named by the guy on the side of the Yogi Tea boxes. Regardless of my super cool Indian name, I am, in fact, not Indian at all. I am the grandson of a Minnesotan circus tight-rope walker and the nephew of a Virginian goat farmer. As a young boy, I lived in an ashram in New Mexico and spent my adolescence cleaning boat shops in the Pacific Northwest to afford my bicycle habit while racing cyclo-cross in Europe on the US national cycling team. I came to photography through the fermented horse milk fog of hitchhiking through Mongolia. At the age of twelve I learned that it is called the Pulitzer Prize and not, as I had long held to be true, the Pull It Surprise, which would later save me from many embarrassing moments, considering the grants I have received from the Pull It, I mean, Pulitzer Center. Upon completion of my graduate studies in photography at Syracuse University, I moved to Istanbul, where I spent much of my time trying to mentally will my phone to ring with glamorous and exciting assignments. Yadda yadda yadda now I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife and our adorable kitty, Earl Greyscale. Some times I enter awards and sometimes I win some, like American Photography and even an Addy. But to date my crowning achievement has been exhibiting my Lands in Limbo project at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
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.
The world is oversaturated with pictures! So I prefer to create stories instead. You want color? Fun? Humor? Want to create something that pushes past typical and into original? I’m your photographer. I’m Katelin Kinney, creative, introvert, lover of ice cream, and a sucker for baby animals. I like to shoot anything from products, to lifestyles, to beauty….BUT, I want them to be the truly unique projects- the ones that come across your table only a few times a year at most. Let’s get weird and unique and bold. When that perfectly odd project comes across your desk I hope you think of me, because I’m going to rock it for us.
Fascinated with creating a narrative with light, composition, and texture.
Jena Carlin is a freelance commercial and editorial photographer, videographer, and cookbook author with nearly ten years of experience. After receiving her BFA in painting (with a minor in photography), she dedicated herself to storytelling through the medium of photography. While food photography is her specialty, she is also passionate about lifestyle, product, and fashion photography.
Executing photo shoots from conceptualization and art direction to final imagery, Jena does not stop there. She is also an experienced set stylist with a unique eye for building a scene. Her background in art has led to work painting room sets and textured surfaces and custom backgrounds for her many clients. This dedication to the whole process has led to many exciting clients including Kohls, Reader’s Digest, Maurice’s, and Martha Stewart where her work has been published nationally.
Starting out with my mom’s Polaroid taking pictures of skateboarders and BMX riders as a kid, to becoming a musician as a teen, the arts have always been a big part of my life. While being a musician I found myself working with other artists doing design and taking photos. I decided to take the next step to pursue photography full time and haven’t looked back since.
Aaron Conway is a photographer, creative and previous sculptor based in Cincinnati, Ohio and available for travel.
A passionate creative, talker, outdoors enthusiast and dog lover; if you like dogs let him know, they love coming to the studio.
His studio is located in the West End of downtown Cincinnati near the Over the Rhine district.
Geoff creates videos and images that inspire excitement and build a connection between his subject and its audience. His easy-going and comfortable nature allows him to tap into the most relatable aspect of every project and identify the simplest point of entry for the viewer. This means that every visual encourages engagement through action, emotion, and beauty.
He has over 15 years of experience in commercial image creation and production working with clients of all sizes—all over the world—for commercials, advertisements, trade publications, culinary magazines, and more. Born in Okinawa, Japan, raised in the family bakery in Southern Illinois, and trained in black and white film photography, Geoff has developed an approach that is worldly, curious, and wise.
My relationship with photography dates to elementary school when my family moved into a house with a darkroom. I spent most of my childhood there. In junior high I happed upon Cheryl Tiegs modeling for a shoot in Washington Square. I poached some frames. The pics scored me the job of photo editor of our high school newspaper. This was my big break because my then-classmate Jimmy Hirsch went on to be a staff writer for the New York Times. He somehow talked them into giving me an actual assignment. It went well and they gave me a couple more. It was official. I could legitimately say I shot for the New York Times. That was 1986.
A couple thousand assignments later, I have begrudgingly lived through the transition from film to digital. As a reprieve, I have adopted a forgotten photographic process, the photogravure, and am diving deeply into its preservation. My wife, Hilary, whose patience, maturity and wisdom netted us three now-grown children is so supportive of my photogravure obsession that even when she can’t sleep, she asks about it…
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).
At Dean Lavenson Photography, Dean brings an utter passion to the set. He is a master with light and an absolute perfectionist. He is as giddy about photography today as when he was a student. And with that passion comes with over 25 years of experience. After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography and freelancing in L.A. for a few years, Dean relocated his family from Santa Barbara, California to Louisville in 1989. He’s still trying to figure out how that happened. All he remembers is a big yellow Ryder truck with a matching yellow ’73 VW Bug in tow and his wife, Dianne, crying across every state line. Dean still dreams about the beach, but over the years he’s grown to love Louisville. As for how Dean first got started with a camera? Now that’s a long story. Let’s just say, he was on his way to becoming the next Wynton Marsellis. Lucky for Mr. Marsellis, Dean ended up in Beginning Photography as a high school senior. Ask him in person and he’ll give you the looooong version.
Kelly Pratt Kreidich, Ian Kreidich (Pratt + Kreidich)
Based in St. Louis, Missouri
Kelly Pratt Kreidich and Ian Kreidich are an award winning husband and wife photographer team, based out of St. Louis, and available to work worldwide. Kelly & Ian’s look is often described as clean, sharp and vibrant. Their goal is to capture subjects in a very natural and comfortable way, bringing out their unique personality and style, while still creating drama and visual interest.
I am a storyteller. Using color and composition, I tell your story in an intuitive way, creating imagery that brings life to your vision. My aim is to capture the emotional depths and empathetic details of my subjects, effectively telling the story they want to share with the world.
My work explores human connection in all its forms, whether that means working on humanitarian projects on another continent, shooting a tourism campaign in Palm Beach, or creating brightly hued editorial portraits. I’ve worked with wide ranging clientele such as A&E, History, Lifetime, Comcast, Carrier, Samtec, Uproxx, Livestrong, NFL, and even Papa John’s Pizza, so nothing is out of the question. In addition, I’ve also completed assignments internationally for publications such as National Geographic, Time, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, The Guardian, and W Magazine.
RJ Hinkle is a commercial food and lifestyle photographer in Dallas, Texas.
Before delving into the commercial world, R.J. devoted 13 years to photojournalism, working for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as United Press International and the Associated Press. With more than 15 years experience as a commercial photographer, his diverse experience has allowed him to amass an impressive body of editorial and advertising work. With a slew of experience working alone with what he can carry on his back or running large-scale productions with grip trucks, RV’s, craft services & big crews, his easy, unobtrusive editorial style has garnered favor with editors, art directors and marketing folks alike. Even his frequent work with children and animals hasn’t deterred him from his passionate pursuit of great images.
R.J. has a degree in Photocommunications from Texas Tech University, where he serves on the College of Media & Communications’ National Advisory Board.
A Texas BBQ habitue, wannabe avid bicyclist and culinary enthusiast, R.J. lives in Coppell, Texas with his beautiful, understanding wife, two above average children and his Tibetan Terrier Milo.
Nate Ryan is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work is driven by a deep curiosity about the world around him and his desire to learn, and he finds joy in the surprising doors that only a camera can open.
For 10 years Nate was the staff photographer for 89.3 The Current at Minnesota Public Radio, where he photographed and filmed some of the nation’s most popular musicians. With a degree in Geology and Studio Art from Carleton College, Nate brings a diverse range of knowledge to his projects.
Keeping things easygoing is the goal – Nate specializes in portraying real people in inspiring ways. He loves to infuse advertising projects with the same depth and personality as he does with his documentary photojournalism and portrait work.
Otherwsie you’ll likely find Nate out on a bike on a trail or road around the Twin Cities.
I see pictures everywhere I go. And that’s what makes life so interesting."
After college, I was hired as a staff photography assistant. I learned so much assisting other photographers those first few years, and later as a retail product photographer. I quickly realized I loved the pace of photographing people. I began to show my book around, and started getting commercial assignments. I specialize in lifestyle and portrait photography as well as directing motion. I make polished, authentic pictures that viewers relate to. I like shooting people, and I like collaborating with my subjects and other creative minds. No matter who it is or what it’s for, I find a person’s essence…through his or her environment, an expression or attitude, or anything else I see. I help set the tone to get the right image…whether that’s speaking up or shutting up. Many variables affect the outcome of a photograph; my job is to help shape them. "Generations after me will be able to see exactly what I saw. I like knowing that." Today, I’m still keen on learning new things about my craft…whether that’s video, audio or new gear. I still lug around the same camera bag I won at a photography workshop 26 years ago. I live in St. Paul, Minnesota with my wife and three children.
If Chad’s photography had a trait it would probably be labeled optimistic. Chad looks to capture the beautiful, the good in the world around us, and the people in it. It could be a pleasant smile, time shared between friends, the solace of a place.
“I am a photographer because I want to create, share, elevate the production, and collaborate with others who have creative ideas. I photograph because it’s my way of telling the story.”
Chad continues to create content for national brands as well as many local and editorial clients. He lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and 3 children.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sara Rubinstein is a commercial director and still photographer based in Minneapolis, MN. Her work combines elements of authenticity, emotional range, beauty and candor. Sara graduated from Carleton College in 1998 with a degree in Biology and a minor in German. It took a 6 month stint as a computer programmer before Sara found photography, starting off as a photo assistant until transitioning to full time shooting in 2002. Over 20 years as a still photographer led to directing motion pieces focusing on authentic emotion and story. Sara believes personal work inspires both her humanity and her commercial endeavors. Her passions include photography, riding horses, travel to remote landscapes, camping with her family in their VW Campervan, and she hopes to one day publish a collection of short stories.