Meet your Photographer
Stephen J Narens, photographic artist since 1980
Currently I spend my time one of four ways. While I am not on the trails off roading in my jeep on some trail I am either watching my oldest son wrestle or my youngest son on-stage dancing/acting. When that is not happening, I am creating art thru photography. I take images and transform them to timeless pieces that you will want to cherish forever. Subjects vary from my jeep life, to Headshot and family portraits. Check out my portfolios now that you found me… Read on if you want to know more about me. So glad that you did
I began working as a photographer at 14, shooting weddings & Mitzvahs, and my business has expanded over the last 43 years to a wide range of events, family portraits, Head shots, newborn sessions, commercial assignments including architecture, scenery, food and other products.
From the beginning, photography as a business and an art drew out my personality and it continues to do so. I was very shy as a child, but with a camera in hand I was able to talk to anyone and as an expert, people came to me. Eventually, I didn’t need the camera anymore.
For years, I trained under some of Chicago’s premier photographers. From all of them I’ve developed my technique and learned the ins, outs, do’s and don’ts of photography and business. To this day, I educate myself on technique, style and technology through my colleagues, industry journals, workshops, and tradeshows.
On location or in the studio, focused on creating artistic images, I connect instantly with my clients. They feel the connection, too, and our images are, indeed, art. I am passionate about creating outstanding photos and love the relationships developed with people – the trust, instant feedback while shooting, and satisfaction of clients cherishing the experience together and the final product they hold in their hands. I’ve won many awards for the technical merits of my work, but the long-lasting client relationships last much longer than the medals.
My wife, children, family, and friends – these are what mean the most to me, and they make my career even more meaningful. I’ve always been passionate in life, about my art and business.