"I love photography, I always have, much to the annoyance of my family...but that’s a story for another time. I worked in advertising for over a decade, which is why we talk about branding and content marketing on this photography website. What started out as a photography side hustle became a truly creative passion for me...more than a day job. Funny thing though, I still continue to integrate my previous marketing skills to inform and consult on digital content strategies for our start-up, small business, and individual photography clients. Moral of the story...you can’t ever completely wipe the motherboard. I started my professional photography journey six years ago with a niche in fitness and learned quickly that catching an athlete's movement is helpful for working with... well, pretty much everyone, from little ones to events where you can't miss the moment."
"I’ve had a camera in my hand for over 75% of my life. Originally it was a plastic point-and-shoot and a fresh roll of Kodak but these days, well, things in the photography world have changed a smidge. While my gear budget has grown exponentially, my love for framing the world in a little box remains the same. My camera has taken me to some amazing places and introduced me to some of my favorite humans. I’ve been lucky enough to make a living at photography for over 13 years. When I’m not actively looking through the viewfinder, I write about photography (my book “The Enthusiast’s Guide to Travel Photography” came out in 2018, and I’m a Staff Writer for fStoppers) and teach photography, both at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes and through private tutoring. I live in Lincoln Square with my husband and my 15-year-old pittie Dutch."
Mind Camera Soul
This little dream team first formed when Christiana, looking to take her artificial lighting work to the next level, arrived at Jordana’s morning Portraiture and Lighting class bright-eyed and heavily caffeinated (this would become a pattern in our relationship). We immediately hit it off, laughing at all the same mildly to moderately inappropriate things. When Jordana got it into her head that she needed a change and moved to Denver, our friendship went into long-distance mode and we regularly referred gigs, students, and new friendships to each-other. Quickly discovering her epic mistake, Jordana moved back home to Chicago and we picked up right where we left off. Realizing that everything is better - and a hell of a lot more fun - with friends, we decided to join photographic forces and Mind Camera Soul was born.
So why “Mind Camera Soul”? Because photography is about more than just taking technically excellent photographs. We each decided long ago on our own journeys that life should be more than 9-5 drudgery and stress. We each wanted life to be a self-guided, non-linear path based on creativity and happiness. For us, photography is a way of life with many facets. It’s something we feel, practice, write about, and teach. A great photographic session has a certain energy -- it feeds the intellect and nurtures the soul as a creative outlet and a source of human connection. Sound good? All aboard!