About

Welcome and thank you for considering my photography services to document your special moments. I am honored to share a little bit of my story with you and invite you to reach out to me to share yours.

I am a wedding, lifestyle editorial and family photographer based in Chicago – home to deep dish pizzas and cubs baseball. I have always been fascinated with photography as a medium of expression. But it wasn’t until I became a mom for the first time, that I found myself having an insane desire to capture every minute of my beautiful life as a parent. Forever an adventurer, I dove head first into this creative life and haven’t had a moment’s regret ever since.

I am forever inspired by the mountains especially the snow-capped ones. On several occasions, I have been known to just load of the car and drive out west until I catch sight of the snow-capped rockies. I am an Indian and have lived more than half my life in Bombay. My tolerance to extremely loud noises and twenty conversations all happening at the same time is an acquired talent. I grew up on street food and copious amounts of tea – the kind with milk and lots of sugar!! It is my drink of choice and welcome any time of the day. I live for my family – they mean more to me than life itself and I know my parents are watching us from up above every minute of every day. I love animals and always have place in my home for one more rescue. The bigger the dog, the more love I know I will receive.

I come from a family of educators and love sharing my knowledge of photography with others. To that end, I write photography articles for several different online photography schools where I teach all aspects of photography. You can see some of my work on my blog as well.

All said and done, at the end of the day, I consider myself a hopeless romantic. Love stories hold a very special place in my heart and I have had the incredible good fortune to document some incredibly special moments for my clients. I would be honored to document your story!

"Such a talented photographer with
amazing insight to get the very best image possible!
LOVE her work!"

Nadeen Flynn

"After talking to Karthika for just a few minutes, I felt like chatting with an old friend and knew I had found the photographer for my wedding. Her use of natural sunlight and her beautiful work was just what I was looking for."

Claire O'Toole

"An amazing photographer and sweet friend, Karthika captured such wonderful photos of Max and me. Thanks to her, I have so many wonderful memories of me and my son!"

Megan Steffen

Photography Education

I come from a family of educators and love sharing my knowledge of photography and business / entrepreneurship with others. To that end, I write photography articles for several different online photography schools where I teach all aspects of photography. You can see some of my work on my blog as well as get FREE resources related to photography, travel and business here.

I also offer in-person workshops and online e-courses regarding photography. You can get all the information related to them here.

Testimonials

"I had the pleasure of attending Karthika’s photography class.  Her explanation of how the camera worked and then the subsequent implementation of it in the class really helped to refresh my memory.  If you are looking for an intimate setting in which to learn how your camera works and what to look for in taking pictures, she’s your resource."

Audrey Weidman

"In addition to being a skilled photographer, Karthika is also a knowledgable teacher and a savvy business woman. I took two classes with her and highly recommend them both. Before working with Karthika, I treated my fancy camera like a simple point and shoot because I was overwhelmed by all the buttons and dials. She made using the camera way less scary and gave me confidence to try using it to be more creative. She also taught me how to tell stories through images and now I know that with practice, I can take photos like a pro too."

Christy Chuparkoff

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