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.