More than 25 years ago, former actress and model, Jennifer Girard, began a small photography studio in her Chicago Apartment. She started by building a dark room in her basement and learning how to develop and print photographs. Today, what began with head shots of aspiring local actors and actresses has become a renowned professional photography studio.
Creating stunning pictures working from her unique Lakeview area Chicago studio, she is well known for her pictures of the rich, famous, and theatrical. Her photos are self described as going “right to the source” and display the subject with dramatic light-and-dark contrasts. From personal portraits, to weddings, she captures beautiful photographs in a variety of surroundings that enhance the qualities of her subjects.
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The venues where Jennifer has experience include some of the Chicago area finest hotels and reception facilities: The Drake Hotel, The Fairmont Hotel, The Peninsula Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, The Park Hyatt Chicago, The Sofitel, The Four Seasons Chicago, The Inter-Continental Hotel Chicago, The Omni Ambassador East, The Newberry Library, Millenium Park, The Chicago Botanic Garden, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Field Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), The Art Institute of Chicago, Cafe Brauer, A New Leaf, The Pump Room, and many others.
CORPORATE AND NONPROFIT CLIENTS
Her corporate and nonprofit clients include SunCoke Energy, VanderCook College of Music, Lakeside Bank, Swedish Covenant Hospital, English Speaking Society, Chicago Child Care Society, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, Blue Man Group, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois State Bar Association, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company, The Jewish Community Center of Chicago, Consulate of the People’s Republic of South Korea, The Italian American Chamber of Commerce – Midwest, and BMO HarrisBank.
Jennifer has travelled to Haiti to offer her photography services to help raise money for the children in need. Her business has received the Women’s Business Entrepreneurial National Council (WBENC) Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification.