Working in digital, vintage and film photography, Scott Edwards is a new and versatile portrait and fine art  photographer who focuses primarily on portraiture in the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. Located on Chicago’s Northshore, Edwards also shoots commercial photography for businesses, organizations and media.  Now entering his third year as a professional photographer, Edwards led public relations and marketing communications teams at both communications agencies and environmental companies for the previous 25 years. He walked away from a professional “life at the top” to pursue his artistic dreams.

I’m a passionate creative with lots of discipline and drive – and pardon me if I write a bit here.  I am, among other things, a writer… and photographer.  After more than 25 years in agency and corporate communications, including hiring and working with lots of photographers, videographers, designers, artists, communications consultants, and, oh yes, business people, entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, operations experts, academics, public officials, environmentalists and many others, I walked away from my corporate perch to become a photographer.

I got some “are you crazy?” looks of doubt.  But I really already was a photographer.  I had been shooting since college – but I had been losing myself in the world of photography and longed to take that leap.  I have learned so much since that moment.

My ambitions evolve. My mission: Create photos and stories that celebrate people, causes, moments, nature and life at large.  When people look at my stuff or read my words, I want them to long for life, beauty and, yes even God. I want them to know that it’s never too late to act.  Never too late to enjoy life or reach out, take action, pick up the phone (oh, sure, text too!), smile, forgive, bend, learn, live, love, change and… you fill in the blanks.

While I’m not a Renaissance man, I do believe that some people can do many things well. (I write, paint, create, think and shoot photography.)  DaVinci was an engineer, sculptor, painter, illustrator, designer, inventor, architect, technologist and that’s the short list. Steve Martin is a comedian, actor, musician, writer and producer. Bill Gates is an inventor, computer geek, business magnate, philanthropist and investor. Oprah… Madonna… Bono… well, they’re all entertainers but each are also talented in many ways.

I was born on the bayou in the wonderful town of Lake Charles, Louisiana.  I lived in Louisiana and Texas for much of my life, moved to Chicago 11 years ago and have never looked back. I’m a city/country loving Northshore guy who loves the four seasons and thinks that people look fantastic in each season. Yep, Gulf Coast/Great Lakes life! I love America at large and much of the world, so I’m happy to travel for your project. I’ve seen all but five states (Alaska, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Maine), much of Canada, pieces of Mexico, some of Europe, and there are miles to go before I sleep!

  • I love motorcycles, art and music. (See one of my Spotify lists – alternatively, let’s go for a ride!)
  • I love print! (See my sidebar.)
  • I love to shoot and write! (See my blog.)
  • I love Sony, Nikon, Canon, Leica, Minolta, Fujifilm, Kodak and many other photographic forces and tools. Why bicker, gearheads?! It’s all good!
  • I hope to finish a novel one day. (No, I don’t want to self-publish!)
  • I have begun to shoot film again – with a Nikon F100 and my very first Minolta X-570. I’m as excited about this experience as I was buying my first professional high-resolution camera.

…yikes, some of my favorite photographers (deceased!) are George Hurrell, Yousuf Karsh and Ansel Adams!

…and among the living, I’ve been influenced by Lindsay Adler (US), Erik Johansson (Sweden), Alessio Albi (Italy), Andreas-Joachim Lins (Germany), Jessica Drossin (US), Matt Osborne (UK), Jason Lanier (US), landscaper Max Rive (Netherlands) and film shooter Phil Kneen (Isle of Man).

I’m a member of Professional Photographers of America.  Call me or write.  I’m happy to visit or brainstorm. Whether it’s delivering a dynamic portrait or generating an idea that moves your family, brand or organization forward, I’d love to talk.


Number of lens owned  

Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Minolta, Sony-Zeiss, Sony

Number of film cameras  

Nikon F100, Minolta X570, Canon AE-1

Number of digital cameras  

Two Sony A7R2s

I believe in print


Not hard to remember and hopefully once remembered, not forgotten! (Hey, Scott Edwards is a common name so we had to come up with something! ) :)

Let’s talk!

I’d love to visit and learn how I might be able to help. Call me or send a note. I’ll make it EASY! And casual! I’m passionate about my work but your experience will be enjoyable.