Hi, I am Jess Maynard.

My journey to photography started on the stage. I’ve been an actor for as long as I’ve been able to introduce myself. I am still an actor working on stage and screen in Chicago, IL. I have a BFA in Acting from The University of Michigan and an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. I believe that acting is the artistic expression of empathy.

Photography first came into my life when I was looking for new ways to support myself while following my passion. It fulfilled not only my desire to work creatively every day and to work directly with people, but also became a passion in and of itself. My job as a portrait photographer is to take beautiful photographs, yes, but also to put you at ease in front of my lens. To allow you to be yourself so that I can capture your true joy, hope, and passion.

For me, I remember my life through photographs. When I think of my mother, I think of a candid image taken with my brother and me piled on her lap. When I think of my wedding I remember the amazing portraits Galaxie Andrews took. Choosing a photographer for family portraits, weddings, or branding is a decision to see your life through the eyes of your photographer. It is an incredible honor to be a part of someone's life this way. As your photographer, I look for your joy, your passion, your peace, and your truth. I see you.

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