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My mission:

  • supporting your confidence in front of the camera,

  • connecting you to yourself and your loved ones,

  • crafting portraits as a tool for your liberation.

my guiding principles:

  • make safer spaces that welcome vulnerability and connection,

  • share the experience of body liberation,

  • craft photos that tell stories with vibrant and striking visuals,

  • practice Leave No Trace outdoors and prioritize eco-friendly and sustainable supplies,

  • practice restorative social justice by providing services to local nonprofits and communities.


I’m a Chicago, Illinois photographer based in Lake county.

I serve up sessions in-home or in public locations within an hour’s drive from Lake Zurich or from my in-home studio: I’ve done sessions from the west suburbs like Naperville to Uptown. I love to make fine portraits of individuals and also delight in outdoor family photography sessions and lifestyle fashion for small boutique brands.

Kelly Lenza (that’s me) is a body liberation activist, all-around creative type, and photographer CEO of Bloom Photography LLC. I identify as a mom, a wife, an artist, part of the queer community, eating disorder survivor, and a bunch of other things! My experiences navigating the world as a fat person and connecting with others have inspired me to share acceptance, advocacy, and justice with individuals and communities at large. I firmly believe that, while professional photography feels like a luxury, everyone should have access to photos of themselves that were created with a positive experience. Everyone should have photos of themselves that they feel decent about, even if they usually hate the way they look in photos.