About Spark & Glow Photo

Hello there, lovely! Thanks for taking interest in Spark & Glow Photo. We specialize in photojournalistic documentation of offbeat and LGBTQIA+ weddings, events and families but we also love creating portraits and documenting non-wedding events. We are a proud, queer+femme+vegan owned business and we aren’t afraid to do things differently! Our clients don't play by the rules and are playful, adventurous souls who want to be photographed in a fun and honest light. We make it a point to discuss PGP’s and to get to know our clients’ unique relationship dynamics. We travel world-wide and are eager to work with clients near and far! We are currently based in Chicago and New Orleans and always adding new cities!

3% from each wedding that is booked gets donated to one of the following four charities: The Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship,Exodus World Service, Foundation for Women's Cancer, PAWS.

About Michelle

Michelle Simon is the lead ninja behind the lens. She’s been photographing people, places and things of all sorts since 2000 when she got her first 35mm film camera. She received her BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and studied abroad at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Michelle has been photographing weddings, events and families professionally since 2011.

A Word from Michelle

I absolutely love to make people laugh and feel that it is my duty as your photographer to help make your shoot as fun as possible! As someone who is a bit camera shy herself, I place great importance on building trust and creating a genuine bond with all of my clients so they can relax and feel more like a good friend is behind the lens.

Silly Tidbits

  • The first camera I ever purchased was a large format 4"x5" Zone VI field camera.

  • I've been vegan for 14 years and counting!

  • I can usually be spotted climbing precariously on things, stopping traffic and hiding in bushes with my cameras.

  • I'm a total travel addict! If I don't leave the country once a year, I get stir-crazy!

  • The next city I’m hoping to expand to is London so I can be closer two my sister and two incredible nephews!





Images by Danielle Dolan Photography.


Image by Thomas Wisdom.


Left image by Sami Lyn Photography. Right image by yours truly!