Originally from NJ I spent 16 years in Rhode Island before moving to Chicagoland this past September. My initial photography experience was informal and came from photojournalistic shoots at the region’s emergency scenes. That quick draw experience has allowed me to adjust and get those unexpected shots. From the moment I picked up a point and shoot at my first fire scene 15 years ago I have continued to strive to push my photography to new limits. When I am not capturing the stolen kisses at a wedding or a celebratory toast at an event you can find me driving throughout Illinois with my camera by my side looking for magic. I find inspiration in everything from sweeping coast lines, to towering buildings, to my daughter’s innocent smile. I truly believe that every time I snap that shutter a moment is made timeless and a story is told. This is me and this is what I love to do.

– Mike Ippolito

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