Theresa Scarbrough 

Photographer + Creative Director

I’ve been taking photos professionally for seventeen years, winning some awards here and there along the way. My lifelong journey of visual storytelling started out as a newspaper photojournalist where canoed down the Rio Grande River between the US and Mexico borders, flew in a vintage WWII airplane in the Waukegan, Illinois air show (I had to wear a parachute for safety reasons! ), and more.

I also have had the chance to capture local narratives, like documenting a family for a local newspaper after they lost their home to a fire ultimately helping them recover with donations from the community, those of nationally recognized politicians, and more. Besides news assignments, I also took up different assignments that revolved around editorial portraiture and commercial marketing. It was through this that I discovered my niche and since then, I have garnered an exceptional portfolio in my line of work.

My portfolio features food photography assignments and chef portraits from BBQ Brawl and Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network. I’ve also worked on restaurant and chef features for Bake magazine. Additionally, are editorial portraits for corporations, non-profits, magazines, and branding photoshoots for neighborhood businesses. I also take up remote product food photography gigs where I cook, style, and capture recipes from my Chicago photography studio!

My aesthetic embodies a lifestyle or documentary style, whether it be in a commercial editorial headshot, delicious food photography, hospitality branding, or editorial assignment. Creating natural documentary photos for brands, people, and businesses has always been my passion.

To become an expert in branding, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2018 to earn a master’s degree in strategic communications at the University of Minnesota, deepening my knowledge of marketing creative content and building brands. While establishing myself as a product food photographer I was recognized as one of the Twin Cities eight best food photographers!

In late 2022, I returned to Chicago, Illinois, and am now available for commercial photography or editorial photography assignments throughout the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Twin Cities regions of the Midwest as well as nationally and internationally. My niche focuses on food, portraits, branding, and product photography. Please feel free to view my list of clients and publications here. Thank you!


The Associated Press • Bake Magazine • Cooking Light • Chicago Tribune • Demkota Ranch Beef • The New York Times • Houston Chronicle • Sun Times Group • USA Today • 

• Book Club Restaurant • GreyStar • Draft Magazine • The Food Network • Google • Grow Marketing • Hopkins & Associates • Intl Brotherhood of Teamsters •

• Israel Idonije Foundation • Lake Society Magazine • Macalester Today • Mississippi Market Co-Op • No Walls Studio • NUWAY •

• Out Here Magazine • Patterson Publishing • Tria Restaurant • The American Legion • Sourced Craft Cocktails • Psynchronous Communications •