We are Jay and Larissa, Chicago wedding photographers, partners, parents and adventurers. We’ve been obsessed with photography since we were kids but decided to become “photographers” in 2012 after Larissa bought Jay his first DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel T3. Jay went nuts studying every aspect of photography and was soon asked by a friend to photograph their wedding. He did it and fell in love. Jay started the business, Henington Photography, in 2014 and Larissa decided she wasn’t going to let Jay have all the fun, so she joined him on their crazy photography journey. Since we started our business we’ve had two sons, lived in 4 different states, and have worked with some of the most incredible people. We’re now based in Chicago and we couldn’t love our city any more. It provides us with the perfect backdrop for our creative vision and we’re inspired every day to make art for our couples that is unique and bold.
We love to photograph couples in creative and unique ways. For us, every shoot is an opportunity to create something one of a kind. Whimsical colors, beautiful light, creative compositions, and real emotions are the ingredients we use to create exciting and interesting photos. Wedding photography does not have to be kitschy! It is it’s own kind of creative art form where we can tell the hilarious, joyous, awkward, and crazy stories that happen on a wedding day. That’s why we love photographing weddings, because we loving working with interesting people. Wedding days are filled with every kind of emotion and tons of unexpected moments. That’s where our documentary instinct comes in. We are constantly in search of what Henri Cartier-Bresson called “the decisive moment” — that moment where everything aligns to create a compelling and unique photo. Those moments are rare but when they happen, it’s magic. In the end, that’s what we’re trying to do—collaborate with our couples to create images that inspire a sense of wonder, awe, and magic. Are you ready to collaborate?
A little more about Jay & Larissa
Jay is an extroverted introvert who loves to travel, try new restaurants, play ice hockey, and snuggle on the couch with Larissa watching Netflix. While he’s never skydived, he once did The Tilt at the John Hancock Center without flinching. He’s been taking photos since he was a little boy when his grandma used to give him all her old film cameras and took him to the Kodak store to develop the photos. He was also once a professor and did a grad degree at Yale before deciding that he wanted to be happy, so he followed his heart and become a professional photographer. He’s in love with Larissa, the girl of his dreams since 9th grade Spanish class, and loves being a dad more than anything. He photographs weddings, couples, and his kiddos.
Larissa is a rebel at heart with a wanderlust for travel and adventure. She has skydived, worked on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, and lived in Australia. She loves Trader Joes, kale salads, and snuggling with Jay on the couch watching Netflix. More than anything though, she loves her little boys with all her heart. And 14 years after she met Jay in high school, she realized that Jay was the boy of her dreams. She developed her passion for photography in a high school class. She photographs weddings, families, and boudoir for badass chicks.