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this is feeling photography is a small team of creatives who live and breathe a fresh vision.  our team has over 20 years experience photographing 300+ weddings.  we hold this team to a high standard: dedication to the art + craft of photography, and personality absolutely counts.  we’ve all worked with some great companies – national geographic traveler, the Chicago Tribune, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Colombia college just to name a few.  but nothing is like working one-on-one with couples in love, and that’s why we work with this is feeling photography.

you definitely get to meet your photographer before the wedding.





BEN:  “I’m a man of few words until I begin talking.  I feel many, many things in life.  I am a biological blob of body and bone, full of passion and positivity.

I used to really love cats – I mean, I still do, but back in 2015 my wife and I had our first kid, and it totally blew my mind how much I fell in love with this little human we created together.  Unfortunately the cats don’t get as much attention any longer, but man do my kids love giving them a hard time 🙁  I now have 2 kiddos, Ella Rae and Easton Alexander.  And yes, I take WAY too many photographs of them, but mostly with my iPhone.

I’m absolutely 100% addicted to Orangetheory Fitness, and I’ve survived one Hell Week – are you confused?  Go and take one of their free classes…it’s simply the best.

I wake up each day and look forward to watering my garden in the backyard.
But I usually scamper towards the espresso machine first.
I adore my wife.
I love photographing life”.



“I love adventure. I love art. I love dinosaurs. I love dogs. I love my dog. I love craft beer. I love travel. I love love. Art pulses through the veins of my family tree and being creative has been a lifelong journey of mine. No matter what I’m doing or where I’m at, my passion to create and explore life through art is ever-present. Among other mediums, photography has always been an interest of mine and I’ve been behind the camera for all sorts of adventures, exploring art and life through nature, portraiture, and wildlife. I joined this team two years ago and have never looked back. Working with couples and discovering what makes them tick and learning about who they are is worlds of fun for me. Getting people to open up with their loved one in front of my camera and express their love for one another is such an inspiration to me and my artistic being.

I work very hard to maintain a balance between wedding photography and my own personal projects, as well as combining the two together. I am incredibly passionate about the preservation and rescue of our environment and the wildlife we share this planet with. I try to instill an appreciation for nature through my work. Understanding just how timeless photography is by capturing our ever-changing world, I also realize how that same timeless perspective is seen through one day of love between two people. Capturing a couples’ wedding day and giving them the opportunity to relive that day through photographic moments is an extraordinary experience. I am constantly humbled by the opportunities presented to me and I look forward to the next adventure – be it a wedding in the concrete jungle of Chicago, a safari in the great plains of Africa, or an expedition through the thick rainforest of the Amazon.

I’m here to learn, live, and tell a story. I’m looking forward to creating, documenting, and sharing yours.”



What can I say.. I love, love! As a wife and new mama, I know the importance of capturing memories so they can be enjoyed over and over again. I love the real candid moments of love, laughter and emotion & thinking about you smiling at your photos a decade from now. Not to brag, but I truly have the best job ever! 

When I’m not photographing weddings, you can catch me on the road exploring a new destination and jamming out to some 90’s rock. Music and art is fuel for my soul. As much as I love adventure, I am also quite the homebody and love cooking a delicious meal with my husband. Oh who am I kidding? He does most of the cooking while I do a lot of talking. 🙂

In 2017, I married my soulmate, a guitar player, a badass skateboarder and photographer. Then in 2020 we had our beautiful daughter, Luna. She lights up our life. Becoming a mother is the ultimate dream I am now living. I had no idea my heart could be so full.

I believe life is all about living each day to the fullest and spending lots of time with those we love. I am always down to celebrate love and have a good time!



“I enjoy photography because I have a really curious mind. I’m the type of person that is always looking for something even though I don’t know what I’m looking for – it’s more about dreaming and discovering. I get a lot of my inspiration from my wife, kids and from some of the great photographers I’ve meet in life.”

The gentle and humble Misa: a man of few words, with a heart that speaks profoundly about the life he’s built around the things he loves. You really need to know only a few things about Misa: he has 3 loves in his life – his family, the craft and art of all things espresso/coffee related, and, of course, photography. Just a bit of fair warning – if he gets a hold of your mobile number, you WILL receive epic photographs of the most beautiful latte art ever.




I consider myself very lucky to have family by my side – my son is the most energetic man in Chicago, and my mom is one of the most supportive women.  I describe myself as an easy-going and determined person.  I want to bring that sense of calm and determination to your wedding day.

I get to do something I love everyday, which is creating something everlasting. I get to be a part of and capture memories of the happiest day of people’s lives. Even though I am behind the camera, I get to build a special relationship with each couple on their wedding day.

So honestly, I always ask myself “Am I living my own dream or what?!”

One of my favorite quotes is all about the feeling of photography, which I absolutely believe in:    “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”— Peter Adams



Hey there! I’m Samuel. I am the husband of the most lovely woman you ever will meet (Maria) and father to the kindest, cutest child roaming the earth (Río). For some time I was a studio and touring drummer, but after we started our family, I realized that being on the road without them wasn’t my cup of tea.

I have been a photographer and videographer since I was a kid, and the moment I photographed my first wedding, I was hooked. It brings me immense joy to connect with all sorts of lovely couples and to be such a key part of the most exciting day of their lives.

I adore telling love stories through photographs that will be admired for generations. I’m most certainly a coffee addict, so let’s feed my addiction and grab a cup together.

Beauty to me is the perfectly imperfect. Life and love are both that way. I love to capture the beauty of what’s real.

A good meal and a great bottle of wine is my idea of paradise just about anywhere in the world!  I reside in Chicago, have a kitchen that I like to cook in (just waiting for my dream remodel!) and a have a small garden in my backyard where I grow herbs, tomatoes and flowers every year.  I like to travel, and I’m a fan of the simple life.

My current interests include reading up on eco-friendly architecture and design, dreaming about post-COVID travel plans and always having some artistic side project going that would probably bore you to tears to hear about.

I hope that when you get your wedding photos, it’s a bit like reliving a beautiful movie because life is kind of a movie. And I hope you get to see your day the way we all saw it: you both, as well as the love of your family and the joy of your friends. Top that off with a few portraits of you guys at arguably your finest; I hope that equals photos you love and can live with forever.



Leah is amazing not only because she deals with an entire team of dudes here at This Is Feeling, but she’s actually a very talented photographer and a great human being, which is why she made the cut. She also hates writing bios or talking about herself, so the first thing she did was insist on US writing this for her. Okay, fine.

She’s a fiery depth of both curiosity and exploration, although a bit timid during most introductions. She uses that balance of energy and relation to evolve strong and genuine relationships with her clients. Her love for life exists outside of photographing weddings, too – her talents and unique eye can also be seen in her powerful portraiture of animals (if you do get the opportunity to meet Leah, just ask her about horses or her 2 dogs, which she adores…) – a subject that has become one of her many personal projects.

Leah’s curated eye and positive attitude make a perfect fit here on the This Is Feeling team.




Lisa + Steve’s COVID Wedding at Las Palmas Chicago

Lisa + Steve’s COVID Wedding at Las Palmas Chicago

COVID came and drove the world crazy! We all can agree on the point that it has had an effect on every person in some way or the other. For many couples, it messed up their wedding plans. Chicago was hit with some of the most strict mandates across America, but...




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