We are so thrilled to introduce you all to Serena! With over 10 years of photography experience and an absolutely stunning portfolio, she was an obvious choice to add to our fine art photography team!
Serena grew up in a small town in upstate New York but has called Chicago home for the past 11 years. She is a true Chicagoan at heart and can't imagine living anywhere else! When she isn't taking gorgeous wedding photos, you can find her eating Italian food, making an old-fashioned like a pro, being a big Star Wars nerd or decorating her brand new condo!
Serena's destination wedding photography has taken her around the world, with Italy ranking as her favorite to date (hello, Italian food and stunning views!) England and Peru are a close second.
From the photog herself. " I love shooting film - the photos just have such a magical feel to me. The colors are more vibrant, the details are richer, it feels more like a painting than a photo. Discovering film truly made me feel like an artist. I shoot with a Contax 645, which is an arguably the best medium format camera ever made. Shooting film definitely made me a better photographer because when you only get 16 exposures per roll of film, you want to make sure every photo you take is as perfect as it can be. This attention to detail and composition naturally carries over to my digital work as well.
Some of my favorite venues to photograph in Chicago are 19 East, Morgan's on Fulton, Galleria Marchetti, and the Chicago History Museum. I love shooting all the beautiful details that so much time and thought were put into. I love couple portraits because I really try to capture who you are as a couple and your love story. I love the magic of photos taken from unique vantage points, such as from under the veil - so intimate and sweet! And I love capturing candids (ninja-style!) throughout the day, those little moments that no one sees but me. I love being a part of such a special day and I am always happy to help fluff a train, fix a veil, and track down a bouquet. I am so happy and lucky to be a part of the Bonphotage team!"
When I'm not photographing gorgeous weddings, I love capturing families, newborns, and maternity sessions for Bonphotage Petit! Here are some of my 2017 favorites!