Callie Lipkin is an authentic photographer. A look through her lens reveals a simple organic moment between photographer and subject. 20 years of shooting has given her a truthful eye, her images unfolding like the story of her subject revealing themselves a little more shot by shot.
While an undergrad at Northwestern University, a fortuitous trip to China opened Callie’s eyes and her focus from a career in engineering to one in professional photography. Post graduation, Callie started her photography career in journalism, interning and working for several newspapers including the BeaconNews in Aurora and the prestigious Boston Globe where she worked side by side with POY and Pulitzer Prize winning photographers. In 2001, she found the newspaper business on shaky ground and decided to pursue a freelance career. Today, Callie has a long list of clients who benefit not only by the beautiful quality of her photos, but also from her passion and desire to get the best possible shot. Callie is known to set up a shot with a goal in mind then allow the process and interaction between the subjects to give it depth and character.
“I like the problem solving aspect of photography, not knowing how we are going to execute something exactly, but giving it room to breathe and grow. The most interesting looking images I take are that way because they came about naturally, it’s a connection between who I’m shooting and their surroundings. I feel like there is the opportunity to learn something about the world, or about myself, almost every time I interact with someone new.”
Callie’s been successful in her photographic style, winning several awards including 1st Place from AltPick in 2009 and having her 2014 Whirlpool campaign featured in Archive Magazine. Callie lives in Chicago with her husband and their two sons, her greatest inspiration and favorite subjects. When Callie’s not shooting photographs she’s spending time with her family, playing piano (in which she is classically trained), running, and honing her cooking skills by creating healthy meals with her boys. She is also available in her hometown of Minneapolis as a local and for travel worldwide.
Agencies: 88 Brand Partners, Abelson Taylor, Arc Worldwide, Burrell, commonground, Corbett, Digitas, Edelman, Energy BBDO, Epsilon, FCB, Integer, Intouch Solutions, Jacobs Agency, Laughlin Constable, Lavidge, Leo Burnett, McGuffin, McKinney,The Monogram Group, Ogilvy, One Design Co, Olson Engage, Periscope, Purohit , Schafer Condon Carter, The Glenn Group, The Marketing Arm, TracyLocke, Upshot, VML, VSA
Brands: AT&T, Comcast, Corona, Direct Energy, Dockers, Douglas Elliman, Eckrich, Glade, Honda, Kelloggs, KinderCare, KitchenAid, Kleenex, GrubHub, Mars, MCA Chicago, McDonald’s, Medela, Meritage Homes, Miller Light, MilkPEP, Minute Maid, Nationwide Insurance, Quaker, Sherwin Williams, SC Johnson, Steppenwolf Theatre, Walgreens, University of Illinois at Chicago, Whirlpool, YMCA
Healthcare/Pharma: AbbVie, Abraxane, Cadence Health, Celgene, Coolief, Indiana University Health, Lurie Childrens Hospital, NorthShore University Health System, Renown Health, Sherman Hospital, United HealthCare
Editorial: Barrons, Billboard, Black Enterprise, Businessweek, Chicago Lawyer, Chicago Tribune, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Fatherly, Nylon, The New York Times, People, Prevention, Shape, Wine Spectator, Woman’s Day, WSJ
Corporate: Adams Street Partners, Allscripts, American Bar Association, Anchor Bolt Capital, Associated Bank, Bessemer Trust, DRW Trading Group, Golub Capital, Harris Associates, Jenner & Block, Kellogg School of Management, LaSalle Capital, Mesirow Financial, Pacific Life Insurance , Palantir, Private Bank, THL Credit, UBS, William Blair
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