Everyone is a photographer nowadays. When it comes to those important moments, however, sometimes it’s better to hire an expert; someone with the eye and charisma to calm your testy child or capture that warm embrace without it being a selfie. If you are looking for a photographer to capture those moments than look no further than Elia Alamillo Photography. Elia is a local wedding and portrait photographer. We are lucky to see her work in person as she comes into the Frame Shop to put the finishing touches on her client’s photographs. Her attention to light and perspective draws your eye to all the right places. She puts her sitters at ease to get those true genuine smiles. We are excited to feature her on our blog this week!
How long have you lived in Chicago?
I am a born and raised Chicagoan from the South Side. I grew up in many different areas including Pilsen, Brighton Park, Gage Park and Midway area.
Did you go to school for Photography?
I started my passion for photography at a very young age. I come from a background of artists. Both my parents are painters and hobby photographers. I always had a camera on me and my mother always encouraged me to photograph my friends and family. In High School I attended Marwan a free art class program for Chicago Youth.
I began college at Richard J. Daley starting with black and white photography then transferred into Columbia College Chicago. In 2010 I received my Bachelor in Fine Arts in Photography.
When did you decide to become a wedding/portrait photographer?
Portrait photography came very naturally to me. Early on when photographing Family and friends, I enjoyed documenting memories and capturing moments. My interest in wedding photography came a little later after College; I am still building up my wedding portfolio. It’s such a pleasure to document such an important day for my clients.
What kind of camera do you use?
I have used a wide range of cameras but really enjoy film photography and the process of developing and printing in the dark room, but it’s been a few years since I have used a film camera. Nowadays I use DSLR Cameras, a Nikon D700 & D800. The convenience of having a digital image is necessary in these fast pace social media days.
What has been your favorite moment/job that you’ve encountered so far?
My favorite part and most satisfying point for me in photography are delivering the final product of images to my clients. The joy and sometimes tears of clients viewing their images and prints brings me a lot of happiness because it is something they will cherish and pass on.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
I find it hard to see myself not doing photography but I would be a teacher. I love children and I think education is where it all begins.
Where is your favorite place to photograph?
It’s hard to pick one favorite place but I love finding hidden urban areas thru out Chicago. The skyline is a must but just walking around different neighborhoods and photographing them thru street photography is always fun.
Who is your favorite artist/photographer?
Bruce Davidson, Henri Cartier Bresson, Dawoud Bey, Paul D’Amato and so many more….
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Enjoying and exploring our city. I love my Chicago. It has so much to offer from diversity of different cultures to so much good food.
I want to thank the frame shop for your wonderful work on framing my clients and personal image work. Colleen & Micha have been nothing but nice and very knowledgeable in assisting me in my purchases.
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