SpiderMeka Portraits

SpiderMeka Portraits Beauty is what happens when we love who we are. I turn power into beauty and beauty into power. Contact me for a transformative session, and let someone else know about your experience.

From the Chicagoland area, I went to Columbia College in Chicago to earn a B.A. in Visual Communications, taught writing and Photoshop for 8 years, then went on to work another 8 years as a designer and official retoucher to Oprah Winfrey at Harpo Studios. I made the choice to become a full-time professional portrait photographer when I saw I could help women revitalize how they felt about themselves through a great picture.

From the Chicagoland area, I went to Columbia College in Chicago to earn a B.A. in Visual Communications, taught writing and Photoshop for 8 years, then went on to work another 8 years as a designer and official retoucher to Oprah Winfrey at Harpo Studios. I made the choice to become a full-time professional portrait photographer when I saw I could help women revitalize how they felt about themselves through a great picture.

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Last but definitely not least was Holly. Incredible, inspiring, brave Holly. I had just photographed the last few posts,...
09/24/2021

Last but definitely not least was Holly. Incredible, inspiring, brave Holly. I had just photographed the last few posts, and Holly was in the room, giving great audience participation throughout quite a few of them. I thought the current demo was over when the whole room directed my attention to Holly, standing near me, waiting patiently for her turn. Yes! Of course! As I guided her toward the set, she commented, “Let’s see what you can do with these wrinkles.”

I quote Holly not to embarrass her, or anyone with wrinkles or otherwise. I quote her because I want you to know how I approach those words. It may have been a light-hearted, on-the-fly comment from Holly... or, like so many people I photograph, she may have felt those thoughts very deeply. Wrinkles, scars, greys, extra pounds... all wrapped up in a casual, almost apologetic, I’m-not-hoping-for-much kind of energy. Well...

The very first person cried with us on Saturday at the start of ArtWalk, and Holly gave us an abundance of closing tears on Sunday... seeing herself on screen as what she ultimately commented as, “Beautiful. I didn’t expect to see myself so beautiful.” Holly, we saw it. So grateful this opportunity gave us a chance to help you see it, too. Much love to you. ❤️🙏🏽

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#rightoffthestreet
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Storytelling is an essential part of what I get to do with the beautiful souls that come through the door. Sasha shared ...
09/24/2021

Storytelling is an essential part of what I get to do with the beautiful souls that come through the door. Sasha shared a personal story about leaving their last photo experience in tears after feeling so uncomfortable. We made these new images with Sasha — no prep, no filter, all chill — and asked how they felt afterwards. “So comfortable. This was fun,” came Sasha’s reply with a smile. We’re glad to have switched that experience up for you, Sasha. 💚 Would you believe it’s like that EVERY time?

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Photographing June in September. June is poetry in motion. Does she know? Radiant... flowing... beautiful soul. I like t...
09/24/2021

Photographing June in September. June is poetry in motion. Does she know? Radiant... flowing... beautiful soul. I like that my camera gets to see what I see... and that the rest of the room got to see it all happen. And, uhm... bonus awesomeness for adorable twisted smiling.

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#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

A real smile. A big laugh. A connection. A recognition. These are the things that make us stop and stare... that make us...
09/24/2021

A real smile. A big laugh. A connection. A recognition. These are the things that make us stop and stare... that make us glow a little warmer with understanding... and human-ness. Hey there, Joey. Incredible human. I remember the entire room glowing warm with your photos on the screen.

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#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

My fave ➡️ Her fave. “Little B” and all her sunshiny spirit. Have I already said how ah-mazing it is to continually meet...
09/23/2021

My fave ➡️ Her fave. “Little B” and all her sunshiny spirit. Have I already said how ah-mazing it is to continually meet such a variety of awesome people? Gratitude abounds! Thanks Little B for having some fun photo time with us at ArtWalk! 🌸💕

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#everydaycelebrity
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#spidermeka

I knew Hana was an artist when she walked up. Maybe we all have an inner sense of something that connects us. She’s used...
09/23/2021

I knew Hana was an artist when she walked up. Maybe we all have an inner sense of something that connects us. She’s used to making self-portraits of herself for her work, but it was a different experience being photographed here. She said, “It looks like me. I recognize myself.” ➡️ This. Every. Time.

#recognizeyourself
#itsyou
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#personalbranding
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#loveyourself
#throughmylens
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#personalmagic
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#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

I call it “broody brow”. Sean didn’t know he had it. Uhm... yes, and more of it, please. Love love love his energy and t...
09/23/2021

I call it “broody brow”. Sean didn’t know he had it. Uhm... yes, and more of it, please. Love love love his energy and that he volunteered to play. Thanks, Sean! Keep exercising those brows! ArtWalk rocked!!

#broodybrows
#lovemyguyztoo
#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

I call it “broody brow”. Sean didn’t know he had it. Uhm... yes, and more of it, please. Love love love his energy and that he volunteered to play. Thanks, Sean! Keep exercising those brows! ArtWalk rocked!!

#broodybrows
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#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

As the sun glowed golden Sunday afternoon in the Silk Studio, Hana walked up to be photographed, as did several before h...
09/23/2021

As the sun glowed golden Sunday afternoon in the Silk Studio, Hana walked up to be photographed, as did several before her, right off the street. I felt the curiosity coming from her in waves 🌊 ☺️🥰. I was thrilled to play — and I absolutely love her smile. Wish I had a pic to show you of the even bigger smile she had once she saw herself onscreen. Thanks for being there for ArtWalk, Hana.

#curiosityquelled
#nowsheknows
#seeingisbelieving
#comeseeforyourself
#proofinthepudding
#hanapudding
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#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
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#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

I hear the list a lot. Lots of people read me the list before coming to be photographed. The “I don’t like my...” list. ...
09/23/2021

I hear the list a lot. Lots of people read me the list before coming to be photographed. The “I don’t like my...” list. I’ll be honest. I listen to the list, but the list doesn’t scare me, or put me off, or make me see you any differently than what I already recognize as parts of your stunning self. I know a lot of people have a list. That list kinda goes away when we’re doing things like this together. I’m really good at that.

#nofear
#skipthelist
#tryme
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#personalbranding
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#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Not everybody walks out of the house in the morning prepared for just about anything, but darling Whitney just happened ...
09/23/2021

Not everybody walks out of the house in the morning prepared for just about anything, but darling Whitney just happened to be carrying a parasol and fan with her. Uhm... all the yesses! Made my photo senses twirl. 😂 What a beautiful backdrop for a beautiful soul! 🤩💯

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#nowineedaparasol
#waitihaveone
#needtodyeitblack
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#personalbranding
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#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Yay! Charlotte got some magic fabric! The entire SpiderTeam synced on the same wavelength when Charlotte volunteered. Sh...
09/22/2021

Yay! Charlotte got some magic fabric! The entire SpiderTeam synced on the same wavelength when Charlotte volunteered. She was wearing vibrant purple and magenta fitness clothes, AND had super fun pink hair... so OF COURSE we had to pull out matching chiffon for her. Eeeeeeee!! How fun!! My favorite part will always be the ever-so-slight question in some people’s head’s... like, Meka is seriously crazy... that is instantly replaced by the giant smile once results appear on the screen.

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#personalbranding
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#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

First came Charlie (see earlier post). Then came Emily. Cuz their mom texted something wonderful was going on at The Sil...
09/22/2021

First came Charlie (see earlier post). Then came Emily. Cuz their mom texted something wonderful was going on at The Silk Studio. Or at least that’s what I imagine her text said. 😊😉 Whatever her words, big sister showed up and was as graceful and elegant as can be. Thanks for joining us for ArtWalk, Emily. Your favorites were my favorites, too. 💕

#funinthecity
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#portraitpro
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#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Paige *almost* gave up her space in the queue because she’s incredibly polite and didn’t want to “take up time if someon...
09/22/2021

Paige *almost* gave up her space in the queue because she’s incredibly polite and didn’t want to “take up time if someone else wanted to go.” Uhm... ok Paige. The SpiderTeam appreciated your kind gesture, but if I could, I’d never eat or sleep again to make sure everyone gets this experience. We couldn’t let you slip away, Paige. You’re gorgeous and we wanted you to know that we see you. Your favorite ➡️ My favorite.

#noskippingout
#frontandcenter
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#worthit
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#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Oh, Camille...Such a wonderful variety of faces and stories we got to meet and photograph during ArtWalk! Camille was re...
09/22/2021

Oh, Camille...

Such a wonderful variety of faces and stories we got to meet and photograph during ArtWalk! Camille was ready! 🌸💕 What I love most is her collaborative energy. Anyone eager to listen and move and be present for the challenge is a joy to work with. Hear that, Camille? You are a joy. No prep. No filter. No edits. Just joy. Camille is a joy.

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#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Blackhawks fan Laura was next to volunteer on Sunday @ravenswood_artwalk for an on-the-spot portrait. A little whimsical...
09/22/2021

Blackhawks fan Laura was next to volunteer on Sunday @ravenswood_artwalk for an on-the-spot portrait. A little whimsical. 💯 Adorable. I can tell she’s got some stories. Come back to see us again, Laura. I had imagination overload photographing you.

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#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Mark walked in, and the first thing he saw was Ella, our resident dressing gown. He asked could he wear her. The answer ...
09/22/2021

Mark walked in, and the first thing he saw was Ella, our resident dressing gown. He asked could he wear her. The answer was yes. Yes, Mark. Yaaaassss.

#ellaisalwaysready
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#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Mark walked in, and the first thing he saw was Ella, our resident dressing gown. He asked could he wear her. The answer was yes. Yes, Mark. Yaaaassss.

#ellaisalwaysready
#westyleanddresstoo
#portraitprofessional
#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Sunday morning of the Ravenswood ArtWalk this year brought me Charlie and his super sweet demeanor. He was game for havi...
09/22/2021

Sunday morning of the Ravenswood ArtWalk this year brought me Charlie and his super sweet demeanor. He was game for having some camera time... and I sooooo love his style. No inhibitions, just chill and complete presence. I hope he stays that way. His favorite ➡️ My favorite. He was all smiles looking at the results. I’m all smiles having met Charlie.

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#charliewins
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#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Do you know someone who begins and ends every day with a smile? I believe Sharon is one. Positive glow. Such good nature...
09/22/2021

Do you know someone who begins and ends every day with a smile? I believe Sharon is one. Positive glow. Such good nature. Had a blast with all the subtle sides of her personality that she shared with us in her few minutes in front of the camera. Thanks for showing up, dear Sharon. You’re extraordinary.

#powerpose
#thatangletho
#sheknowsherangles
#portraitprofessional
#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

Amber never had professional portraits done before and was really surprised and thrilled when we made these. She had som...
09/22/2021

Amber never had professional portraits done before and was really surprised and thrilled when we made these. She had some really lovely ones with great smiles, but these drew her attention. All of our attentions. There is so much that gets said in moments that are quiet, somber, thoughtful, moody, interpersonal, introspective... relative... resonant...

#outoftheordinary
#nottheobvious
#whenphotostalk
#portraitprofessional
#portraitartist
#portraitsarelife
#personalbranding
#portraitsyoulove
#loveyourself
#iseeyou
#throughmylens
#youdonthavetobeready
#youaremyinspiration
#youareenough
#personalmagic
#naturallight
#nofilters
#straightoutofcamera
#rightoffthestreet
#noprep
#naturalpose
#beautywithin
#breathewithme
#photogallery
#everydaycelebrity
#followthespider
#spidermeka

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Before Harpo Studios closed in Chicago, I was the premier resident retoucher for Oprah Winfrey and her celebrity guests. How could I move on and top that? By opening my own studio to photograph every day people… and make them feel and look like celebrity. Beauty is what happens when we love who we are – not when we wish we were someone or something else. You are unique. You are important. You deserve to be framed. My mission? To be the photographer who gives you your best photographic experience yet. #followthespider

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Photographer Meka Hemmons is an expert at highlighting the inner strength and beauty of her clients. Over the years as a Facing Forward partner, she has captured many beautiful moments along our clients' journeys to a brighter future, and we couldn't be more grateful. Learn more about how our relationship with Meka began and how you can support her work on our website: https://lnkd.in/eiqvSST 📸: SpiderMeka Portraits #ChicagoPhotographers #Community #StorytellingPartners #ChicagoCreatives #FamilyPhotos #SupportBlackBusinesses #EndingHomelessness #FacingForward
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It was incredible meeting you. I'll be in touch as I have a question for you about March 21st.
Historically, when someone asked me for a headshot for promotional material, I would be hustling (last minute) to take a decent selfie or dig into my archives of photos from years before. SpiderMeka showed that my fully extended arm couldn't possibly produce the magic of my photos. Now that I have these amazing shots, I can confidently send (in record time) several photos depending on what is needed. I was also prepared to share these shots with my web developer when I rebranded my website. It was seamless. Oh! I forgot to mention how FUN it is working with her to create images that really work for my business. I am so grateful to SpiderMeka for the quality and the accuracy with which these photos reflect me and my brand. 📸 Meka Hemmons
Thank You for posting the picture the happy faces I've seen from those who have viewed it makes my day!!!!
Lindsay Borias. Where we talking about this at the expo?