Luke Davis is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Chicago. He got his start shooting portraits of Buenos Aires, Argentina's tattoo artists, street vendors and cab drivers for Time Out Magazine. Since then, he has photographed for numerous brands and nonprofits worldwide, including recent work for VH1's Black Ink Crew Chicago. He constantly finds himself enamored with life's quirky, fleeting moments, whether they play out in the studio, the bird sanctuary near his apartment, or an abandoned and beautiful ballroom somewhere in South America. When he's not shooting, you might find him whizzing about the city on his bike, drinking as much iced coffee as possible, or commenting to someone nearby that "the light is beautiful right now." His latest project, Dragged Up, takes an unadultered, behind-the-scenes look at Chicago's burgeoning drag scene.
I have a near-constant desire to create something new, whether it's a simple but striking portrait, or a more in-depth conceptual shoot for an ad campaign, so I positively love going to work and being able to do just that. I also truly cherish having the ability to meet and collaborate with cool new people of all walks of life. I also love lighting people and things, that is, using strobes and/or available light to infuse my own style into how something appears on film. My Instagram handle is "thelightisbeautiful" and it's because I say that to myself all the time whenever I see truly gorgeous light.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have done mostly portrait, fashion and lifestyle shoots, with some documentary work interspersed. I feel that I am able to make them special by bringing my unique photographic style, expertise and collaborative, easy-going mentality to set every single time. I
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
2010 Ball State University "Best Photo Essay"
A fun fact about this photographer
I've been skiing since I was about four and have run into more trees than I have fingers on my right hand.