Chicago Area

Portrait, wedding & event photography

 
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Wedding

Using a lifestyle approach, my aim is to document the genuine moments of your wedding as they naturally occur. You won’t find me asking you to stage or recreate moments, but you will find me capturing those moments before they even happen.

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engagement

These sessions are about celebrating your love and life together, but also it's a chance to "unlearn" how you've previously taken photos up until now. To capture moments that tell your story, embrace individuality and illustrate the love you share.

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senior

My goal with every senior session is to document who you are at this important stage of your life. I don't use a boring studio background or silly poses. I do use the experience and skill gained photographing weddings to tell your unique story in the best way possible.

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Portrait

I really enjoy working with interesting people to create either a single image or several images together that tell their unique story. So matter if you are looking for a new headshot, corporate, editorial portrait or even a annual report please contact me.

Chicago Area Wedding Photography

 

Using a lifestyle approach, my aim is to document the genuine moments of your wedding as they naturally occur. For the majority of the day I stay very hands off, focusing 100% on the story. You won’t find me asking your friends to stage or recreate moments, but you will find me ready to capture those moments before they even happen.

During portraits, it’s a little different. I give plenty of direction, working to bring creative ideas to make images that are as unique as the people in them. Though I do direct during portraits my intentions are to capture those candid moments in between the poses to give you honest, natural photos.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the nicest couples and shoot in many of Chicagoland's most popular venues. I have shot weddings that have as few as a dozen guests to well over 500. However, no matter the location or size of the wedding - it's always been the story that resonates with me! 

 
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She Said Yes!

 

These sessions are about celebrating your love and life together, but also it's a chance to "unlearn" how you've previously taken photos up until now. To capture moments that tell your story, embrace individuality, showcase creativity, and illustrate the love you share.

My sessions are laid back and free flowing with a bit of quirk. The result is a collection of photos to share with friends and family. Aside from having photos of the two of you this session is when we really get to know each other. You, me, and the camera. You’ll quickly get a feel for how we use subtle direction to capture you naturally.

It’s the perfect way for us to learn a lot about each other’s personalities; it’s amazing how much we learn about how couples interact just by hanging out and taking photos.

 
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After the session I am always open to any feedback you may have in case we need to change anything for the wedding day portraits. Some couples prefer less kissing photos, sometimes the sessions lead people to discovering their “good side.” Whatever the case may be, it’s great practice for the wedding day photos as well. The wedding day shooting goes so much quicker and smoother if we’re all comfortable and if we know what to expect of each other

Congratulations Senior!

Today, you are a high school senior and in just a few weeks you will be a college student, military service member or entering the workforce. Before you know it you will be a husband, wife, father or mother. My goal with every senior session is to document who you are at this important stage of your life. I don't use a boring studio background or silly poses; like asking you to peek around a tree. As with all my portraits - my intentions are to capture those candid moments in between the poses to give you honest, natural photos. When it comes to locations; senior sessions are completely customizable. I promise that no one at school will have the same photos as you!

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Interesting People

Individual portraits are one of my favorite subjects to shoot. I enjoy working with interesting people to create either a single image or several images that tell their unique story. So matter if you are looking for a new headshot, corporate, editorial portrait or annual report give me a call. I would love to hep you get the images you need.

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I am a Chicago area photographer with over thirty years of varied and unique experience behind the camera that includes a formal photography education, over twenty-five years working as a forensic photographer and ten years documenting weddings.

My journey with photography began over 30 years ago while serving as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division taking photographs of the other soldiers in the unit.

Following my military service I earned an Associate of Arts in Photography from the College of DuPage, a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Benedictine University and worked for over 27 years in law enforcement while holding an ancillary position as a Crime Scene Investigator / Forensic Photographer; including 6 years at the DuPage County Coroners Office and over 20 years with a local police agency and county major crimes task force in the western suburbs of Chicago (yes, I've shot some crazy stuff). Along the way I picked-up a few professional photography certifications and did a little bit of teaching.

I photographed my first wedding in 2006 and it has been a passion ever since. In addition to working with my own clients I enjoyed five seasons working as a Lead Wedding Photographer with one of the most popular wedding studios in Chicago. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the nicest couples and shoot in many of Chicagoland's most popular venues. I have shot weddings that have as few as a dozen guests to well over 500. However, no matter the size of the wedding - it's always been the story that resonates with me! 

I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my rather large family and our Siberian Husky, Juno. 

“A career in photography is a journey without a destination”
— Joe McNally
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In addition to choosing a photographer who's work deeply resonates with you, it's important that your photographer's personality blends in with your own in order to capture genuine moments. I am fortunate to encounter a full spectrum of personalities, from reserved and quiet to wild and outgoing. The greatest compliments I can receive is hearing that my clients loved their photos but also enjoyed working with me. It's important for clients to not only have confidence in my photography, but also enjoy the experience. Below are just some of the compliments I have received from past clients.


"Picking Thomas was one of the best decisions of the wedding planning process. I would easily recommend Thomas to anyone getting hitched in Chicago land (western burbs)." - Beth & Mike

"Thank you so very much for capturing all the amazing moments of our wedding day. We could not have picked a better photographer than you. We are still in awe when we look at all the moments you captured!" - Ali & Tyler

I absolutely love them! You are amazing! Thank you so much for everything!! I was going to text you last night just saying how much fun we had with you. But it was a little late so I will say it here how much we enjoy working with you. You are a very talented man and you couldn't make us happier with your work. We can't wait to share these with friends and family. I cried happy tears as I was looking through them. You have a intricate eye at capturing people's happiest moments. We are so lucky to have found you. We love your heart and spirit and it will be an honor to have you a part of our special day :) Thank you again for everything!" - Theresa & Tyler

"Thomas did a wonderful job of photographing our wedding. They really captured all the special moments that we wanted to remember as well as all the fine details that were so carefully chosen for our day. From the loving glances my husband and I exchanged during our first dance right down to the matching place settings, Thomas caught it all for us and he did so in such artistically composed pictures that you would expect to see them in a high end magazine spread." - Susan & Chris

"Thomas passion for photography is a true gift. He captured every moment that we wanted and also added his own unique photography skills to create stunning pictures that we wouldn't have thought of. We are forever grateful that we chose Thomas for our photographer. Thank you for the beautiful memories!" -  Susie & Joe

"Thank you for everything! It was such a pleasure working with you. Amazing photos and you were both incredibly professional and patient with us." - Charlene & Scott

“Oh my goodness !!!! These are freaking amazing!! ;) Thanks a million for your creative eye and kind words. You are a delight! Don and I really enjoyed having you work with us and will definitely refer our friends and family. Thanks a million” - Jen & Don

"We absolutely LOVE our pictures! Thomas listened to what we wanted and captured everything throughout the day" - Ally & Adam

“We are extremely pleased to have had Thomas take our engagement, wedding and trash the dress photos. He captured our wedding day so beautifully. Our pictures will be a lasting reminder of how special the day was. Thomas captured all the important moments in a way that was timeless and yet unexpected – so many wedding photos end up looking exactly the same and posed. He really got “us” (including our families and friends) at our best that day. Most importantly, we feel like anyone looking through our album can have a sense of what the wedding was like, as a whole, after looking at the photographs. He is truly talented and wonderful at what he does and it has been a pleasure working with him" – Britnie & Nick

“Darren and I loved our engagement and wedding photos. Thank you so much for working with us. We already referred you to a good friend of ours” – Darren & Melissa