Studio This Is
Fine art, editorial, and documentary style wedding photography in the Chicago area

Nancy Beale


Nancy Beale


Nancy Beale is originally from the Boston area, but she considers herself a midwesterner as she has lived in Chicago more than half her life. She studied English literature and fine Art in college with a concentration in photography. Wedding photography just sort of happened to Nancy; she met a friend who had his own wedding business and convinced her to start shooting weddings with him. After her first wedding 12 years ago, Nancy was hooked. Everything she loved about photography and storytelling was a part of photographing a wedding. She loves that

Each wedding is its own unique story

Her passion lies in telling that story in an artful way. Her inspiration comes from documentary and fine art photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Annie Leibovitz, Sally Man, Lillian Bassman and so many others!

She can be seen most days at the studio in the South Loop, but on off days, she is an avid explorer of emerging Chicago cuisine and a whiskey connoisseur. She is also one of the few people on earth who considers kale a comfort food. She continues to insist that her Bernese Mountain Dog, King, be given full partner status. 

Clients appreciate her friendly and warm demeanor at weddings. Her wedding photography can be seen in magazines such as CS Brides, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Inside Weddings and The Knot as well as on most popular wedding blogs like Elizabeth Anne Designs, Style Me Pretty, Carats and Cake and Junebug Weddings. Her photos have won numerous awards by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) as well as PDN (arguably the most prestigious wedding photography competition).

featured weddings

tented garden wedding

riverbend | kohler, wi

classic winter sophistication

the drake | chicago

more featured weddings by nancy

Some of Nancy's other passions include her bernese mountain dog (Peluche), international travel, diving and weightlifting. There's lots of those things all over her instagram!