The Friends First Story

FRIENDS FIRST IS A REAL BRICK AND MORTAR PORTRAIT STUDIO THAT TAKES OUR COMPANY NAME QUITE LITERALLY.

We want you to feel love and connection with your family and yourself again and again through your art.

We think pointing a camera at someone who doesn’t know you is insensitive and rude. This is why we take the time to get to know our couples and what the love and value about one another. We always want to be a human being first before pick up a camera. This mindset takes more time in a world that loves to rush things, but the result is that your photos will feel personal and genuine. Friends

First was founded by Chicago wedding photographer Jake Miller. Our name is our promise that you will have a friendly, caring experience with us and that you will absolutely love your photos.

Our studio is designed to remove all the busy and distraction of our daily lives leaving nothing to focus on, but one another. The black-out is inspired by Jake’s love of Carl Sagan who is noted for saying “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love” which was was inspired by an image taken, at Sagan’s suggestion, by Voyager 1. A romantic and an astronomy geek, Jake is a Jiu Jitsu fanatic and a bit of a dog nut.

Jake and his friends bring the same vision and attitude from their documentary wedding style into the studio. This has allowed for a whole new experience for those who are wanting photographs of their loved ones made into true pieces of art.