About a year ago, I was contacted by the Food Network asking if they could have the rights to a photo. Before I scrolled down to the bottom of their message and saw which photo they wanted, I assumed it was one of my many fancy food pictures I had snapped. It was not. It was a silly picture of my dad and I in a cut out of Dunkin’ Donuts Donut Fries. It quickly became the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me in my life.
Until yesterday. I got an email from an employee at PeerSpace letting me know I was being featured as one of their top 10 best event photographers in Chicago. I nearly screamed with excitement. Then I cried. A LOT. I texted my mom immediately because I needed to tell someone or else I’d explode. She cried too. As a photographer and artist, it’s easy to feel overlooked , especially in a huge city like Chicago. When I read the article, I felt seen, recognized, and talented (most photographers go through an imposter phase. Trust me, it’s a thing).
The funny thing is, I LOVE PeerSpace. I use the website ALL THE TIME. I’ve found many amazing spots for photographs there. So I thought when I got an email from them, it was just an ad for a deal or promotion going on. I skimmed through all my emails and it caught my eye the second time. I’m so proud of the work I’ve done to get here and I’m so happy that an established company that I already really love and utilize frequently saw my work and potential. Check out the article and other 9 amazing Chicago event photographers here: