1. the directional growth of a plant in response to sunlight; 2. the tendency of an animal to move toward light
My name is Umbreen. I am a child and family photographer based out of Logan Square in Chicago, IL. I am obsessed with seeing, finding and shaping light. I prefer the impact of natural light, but I can use supplemental lighting if necessary. I work on location in your home or at an agreed upon public site.
I have been interested in photography since I received my first camera when I was eight. As a child, I dreamed of traveling and taking pictures for National Geographic. The happy collision of the advent of digital SLR cameras, the birth of my first child, and my professional growth as a journalism and photojournalism instructor have led me to work on developing my knowledge and skills as a photographer in recent years.
My day job and calling is working as a high school English and journalism teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. This career inspires and influences my photography work. I enjoy being around people and find that I love working to make children and adults alike feel at ease during photo sessions. My career also influences my style as a photographer. I lean towards what is known as lifestyle photography, a movement based on documenting moments out of everyday life. More than anything, I like to take pictures that tell stories.