Kris Fuentes Cortes aka Kris Lori is a Boston-raised but Chicago-based photographer. She is the house photographer for Chicago’s Thalia Hall and Bottom Lounge. Kris works with a variety of outlets and clients and her hustle never stops. When she isn’t shooting something; she can easily be found at a coffee shop around the city or volunteering with Hope For The Day. She also lives to travel so any trips she can take for photo gigs is always a plus in her book.
Kristie is a freelance photographer based in Chicago, specializing in capturing movement, creative portraits, and performances. She received a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Remaining close to her first passion of dance, she has spent over a decade as a part of the Chicago dance community through her camera, photographing everything from ballet to b-boy crews to capoeira to tap dance. Her deep love for the Chicago music scene began years ago, attending Sunday jam sessions at the old Velvet Lounge. Since then, she has worked with artists in Chicago’s vibrant hip hop and jazz scenes, photographing performances and festivals all over the city. The creative process of artists is something that fascinates her, so she enjoys collaborating with artists off stage, behind the scenes, in rehearsal or in their studios, to reveal different facets of their work and personalities.
Luis is a Toronto based photographer. His work has been published in various media and incorporates fashion, portrait, event, wedding, commercial and fine art. Luis has always been fascinated with photography and the many creative opportunities and life experiences it offers. When not shooting he can be found indulging his passion for music by listening to his extensive music collection, playing his guitars and saxophones or taking in a live concert.
Manny is a freelance photographer from Chicago that focuses mainly on concerts. He received his big break in 2012 and hasn’t stopped since. He is a recent Graphic Design graduate from The Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. His spare time is occupied by spending time with friends and his puppy, Loki.
Matt Caprioli was born in San Diego, raised in LA, moved to Alaska, went to college in MA, and now lives in New York City. He reads a lot of fiction. His accolades include being a good person and winning the California State Under 12 Figure Skating Competition. During the day he sells fancy paper to the likes of David Sedaris, Dan Akroyd and Lady Gaga’s mother.
Matt is a Toronto based photographer originally from Newfoundland. Matt shoots landscape, portraits and events, but his photography passion is live music. His love of music started early, picking up a guitar at the age of 8 and then playing in bands during high school and university. He now combines these two passions to capture special moments and tell stories.
Morgan has dedicated his career to capturing the emotions and passion of music. With a never ending love for music Morgan is most comfortable at concerts with a camera in hand ready to get she shot. His work has taken him from backstage at the Rogers Centre to the tiniest clubs the city has to offer. Morgan is always ready to capture the best moments of the day.
Sadie Kromm is a journalist specializing in human interest. Sadie’s digest includes recognizable names in the music industry including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bif Naked, The Sheepdogs, The Trews, and many more. To her, it’s those behind the mic in this case that makes the story so fascinating.
Sarah is a recent transplant to Chicago from Milwaukee, WI. She spends too much time thinking about the physics of giant robot armor and always tips her bartender. Sarah currently works at a non-profit 9-5 and tries to write witty essays. She also writes for a small, Chicago publication about art and coffee, and makes a mean baked mac and cheese.
Scott Wilson graduated from the University of Iowa where he was taught to be nice and read quietly by himself. His work has been featured in Chinese in-flight magazines, eco-friendly and sustainable blogs, and organic grass fed literary journals. He also works as a bike mechanic. In the past he has dabbled in black magic, voodoo, Satanic rituals, and shopping at Wal-mart -but it was a phase. Scott is a good guy. He’s never stolen anything, he has good table manners, he bikes slowly and wears a helmet.
Sherron likes big butts and he cannot lie. In addition, he is a freelance writer with an intense passion for hoops and Hip-Hop culture. He’s shared his opinions for various outlets including SLAM Online, Swish Appeal, and HipHopDX.com. Currently, Sherron interviews the biggest and brightest artists in rap at TheRealHip-Hop.com.
Originally from West Texas and educated in Narrative Film Making from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Spencer Starnes is a professional New York City fashion photographer. He works with brands such as Palmer Trading Company, Freeman's Sporting Club, Nomad: The Wandering Fashion Boutique and Urbful LLC. Currently, Spencer lives in Brooklyn, NY.