Take vs. Make

We don’t shoot photographs. We don’t take pictures.  

We make photographs. We create pictures.

A distinction without a difference?  Don’t bet on it.

Ansel Adams observed, "Photography is an investigation of the outer and the inner worlds. The terms “shoot” and “take” are not accidental. They represent an attitude of conquest and appropriation. Only when the photographer grows in perception and creative impulse does the term “make" define a condition of empathy and understanding."

We strive to make our photographs definitionally distinguished. They are not made for a syndicated audience. Our photographs are made for a small group of clients who get us... and we get them.  If you want to define what distinguishes our photographs, it has something to do with appreciating marriage as permanent and sacred while seeing the wedding celebration as evanescent and temporal.  

If you set out to photograph a wedding as an evanescent celebration of marriage versus a permanent documentation of people and things; you get photographs that meaningfully interpret the temporal as something truly definitionally distinguished as sacred and rare.


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We feel fortunate to live and work in the beautiful, Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, among many talented artists and entrepreneurs. We believe in the beauty of blending historic with modern. Built in 1916, our European style live-work building, is land-marked by the city of Chicago, full of character and modern style. It is a dream come true to have a charming studio, surrounded by beautiful boulevards, as the foundation of our creative endeavors.

"It is a pleasure to get to know our couples, become part of their inner circle, understand their connections, and hone in on what matters most. Every celebration has its own personality, vibe and feeling. To interpret and translate the feeling, love and joy, we look for the split-second glances, tender touches, belly laughs and genuine smiles. Emotionally connected, we sense magical moments; one must first feel, and then see to be able to interpret. This is the foundation of our creative process."

"Inspired by all art forms: paintings, architecture, fashion, cinema, music and food, we incorporate our sensibilities into everything we do. Blending emotional imagery with a modern and elegant viewpoint is how we tell very personal stories in a nuanced way. We do this so that you may savor your celebration, long after it ends, and remember those feelings forever. It would be our privilege to interpret your unique story."

Heather KingenSmith