The Guy Behind The Lens
My name is Miguel Narvaez, founder of MNPhotoStudios. My photography journey started back in 2005 when I was given the opportunity to join the team of a well-known Stock/Commercial photo studio in New Jersey. At the time, I had just graduated from high school and needless to say, I had no idea what career path to choose for myself.
I started working as a photography assistant and paid particular attention to how the photographers interacted with models and how they beautifully composed every shot. This was an eye-opener for me because I had always thought that photography was about just pressing the camera shutter and that was it. I learned about lighting, composition, and how to accurately arrange elements in the set so they, together with the subjects (models), could deliver the right message expressed in a photo.
As time went by, I became obsessed with geometry, colors, and the way light behaves to shape people and objects.
Later, I became aware that capturing a great photo would take more than setting up the background and pressing the camera shutter. My former boss, who I consider my mentor, my friend and who I deeply respect and admire his work, asked me to move to his digital department and learn photoshop. As a result, I became a photoshop expert and quickly learned more about photography composition. We spent countless hours composing hero images in photoshop because we understood that in order to stand out, we had to come up with outstanding work. To us, good work wasn't good enough.
Back in 2008, I had enough photography experience that I decided to create MNPhotoStudios. I started taking photos of family and friends on weekends. Little by little, my audience grew larger and before I knew it, I had a constant flow of customers that were interested in my photography service on a regular basis. On the other hand, I was making huge strides in my other full time job, the stock/commercial photo studio. I went from being a basic back-up photographer/photo retoucher to become a photo producer and art director.
I moved to Chicago in February 2018 with big dreams and aspirations. My number one goal was to make MNPhotoStudios a full time photography powerhouse. I had vast experience in the commercial photography industry and that gave me the strength to make my dream a reality.
I opened my very first photography studio in late July 2019. Even though I had great concerns related to making enough money to make ends meet, MNPhotoStudios only took two months of work to start paying its own bills.
I decided to narrow my photography focus to three main areas: Headshots, Family Portraits and Maternity because I'm passionate about creating meaningful and everlasting photographs that people would treasure and cherish for a very long time. I think headshots are very underestimated. They can help build a professional reputation. I've heard stories of clients finding better jobs because their employer associated their professional headshots with them being good potential employees.
Family portraits and maternity are two subjects that I personally enjoy. My best work has been about capturing unique and authentic moments when a young mother is kissing her baby or a beautiful pregnant woman is looking down and talking to her baby while caressing her belly.
My photography work has improved throughout the years and I personally feel it's my duty to never stop learning so clients like you can continue to enjoy and benefit from my service. I elegantly incorporate the art of the commercial photography work I used to do into my headshots, family portraits and maternity photo shoots.
I invite you to check out the rest of my website and I look forward to working with you to take the best photos of you and your family.