I'm a freelance photographer based out of Chicago, IL. I'm self taught and love taking images that speak to the soul. I love making images in black in white, as it tells a deeper story and I love working with natural light. I specialize in fashion, headshot and lifestyle photography. I'm great at creating concepts and bringing them to life by helping the subject to own reach down into their soul and own that moment. I would love to travel internationally and capture breathtaking images.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Tracy. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am also a graduate student, guitar player, runner, vegan , health and wellness advocate and I work in the social services industry. I enjoy talking to people to find out what makes them enjoy life. I like being able to help people tap into their true spirit.
Tracy, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
I am truly passionate about helping people to expose themselves in their best light and be purposeful. I've always loved taking pictures and was the one among my friends taking the pictures during outings. I became more intentional about photography and started in 2013 after receiving my first professional camera as a gift from my sister-in-law.
Who is your inspiration in life Tracy? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration is love gratitude. Love and gratitude is a powerful force and when I'm feeling out of synch, I re-center myself and remind myself of things to be grateful for and to show love to myself and others. I also enjoy watching inspirational Ted Talks.
We all make mistakes Tracy, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I wish I had been more intentional in voicing my needs to have assistance with editing. This would've made the delivery to the client more timely.
Tracy ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
In order to provide excellent service, I make sure that I don't overbook myself so that their images can be delivered in a timely manner and I ask for assistance, from my photographer friends, to review and edit the images.
Please tell us Tracy, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I photographed a wedding and a month prior to the wedding, myself and my second shooter, toured the venue, timed the distance from the hotel to the venue, had a plan for weather issues and provided the couple with a questionnaire so that I could know exactly what to focus on for their big day.
Tracy, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
When trying to persuade someone , you must be able to show them what they will gain from it as well. As part of the health and wellness committee at work, I was able to persuade my committee to not have a bake sale, but instead have a wellness event that providing healthy smoothies and other foods that were in alignment with their wellness goals.
Tracy please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest photography moment was when I was able to successfully photograph my first wedding. The couple absolutely loved the images and I was able to capture some very intimate and meaningful images of the family.
Tracy, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I had this concept of a black and gold goddess. It was exciting because I had the perfect location, columns and excellent wear and tear of the structure and my model was absolutely gorgeous and owned the concept.
What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?
My advice would be to create images based on what you're feeling and to not be impressed so much by the amount of acknowledgement of your work, but by how you feel when you create and capture the image. To be successful, you must give yourself permission to be your own creative.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I'd love to work with other photographers. I'd love to pose for other photographers, create concepts, and also be a second shooter. I'd also love to be able to do product photography as well.
Now for the best part Tracy! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Tracy Croon@ TracyNicholeCollection.