My name is Tracey Capone Smigielski. I am a self taught photographer, originally from Philadelphia, calling Chicago home since 1999.
I have always been creative, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. From my "Oscar worthy" performance as Dorothy in my recess production of the "Wizard of Oz," in elementary school (seriously, I held auditions and had call backs), to cooking for friends as an adult, creativity has always been a big part of my life.
I spent 16 years working in a conservative, corporate environment where my creative side didn't get exercised often enough. About a decade ago, I started traveling more and, as a result, started documenting my trips with photographs. I fell in love with photography as a creative medium and it quickly became my main way of expressing myself.
When I started my business in 2009, I wasn't sure what to expect, however the last several years have been nothing short of amazing. I left my corporate job in 2011 to pursue my photography career full time and have had the opportunity to travel to so many beautiful places, meet so many wonderful people, and learn so much about photography and myself.
I believe art, regardless of the medium, should be affordable to many, and not just a select few. My goal is to provide work of unparalelled quality, from the original image to the end result, without having to break the bank. I proudly handcraft all of my wood photo blocks and panels in my Rogers Park studio, using a process I have personally developed over the last several years.
My work has been seen on HGTV, WGN 9 News, and, most recently on the TVLand show, "Teachers," and NBC show, "Chicago PD." I have been featured in Time Out Chicago and Sweet Paul magazines, west elm blog, as well as a number of other amazing websites and blogs.
I live in Chicago, with my painter husband, Joe, who is also a full time artist, and our two weird but wildly entertaining felines, Charlie and Jack.
At the end of the day, I shoot what I love, be it Chicago, nature, travel, or a beautiful old camera, and I hope you will love it too.