Chicago-Based Wedding & Portrait Photographer - Ready to Travel Wherever You Are
I'm Janet D, the photographer behind the camera and your number one hype girl!
My story: After graduating from Illinois State University with a degree in English Literature, I never would have guessed that my most treasured stories would later be told in the form of photographs!
I am a Polish-speaking, Chicago-based photographer who changed careers (after being a high school English teacher for 8 years) to follow this passion of mine.
My love of photography traces back as long as I could remember. Growing up, I’d never leave home without one of those point and shoot cameras, or if I’m being completely honest here, probably even a few handfuls of disposable cameras. I’d develop all of my photos and hang them all over my wall before we had these virtual walls we post all over our social media.
I strive to provide my clients with the most joyful, memorable experiences through photography. So many of my clients have become friends, and that is one of my favorite things about this job. Building relationships with my clients is as important to the experience as the gallery of photography they receive.
hello, it's so lovely to meet you!
TOok my first photography course (VIA Groupon)
BOUGHT MY FIRST DSLR CAMERA
PHOTOGRAPHED MY 1st WEDDING; LEFT TEACHING AFTER 8 YEARS
PHOTOGRAPHED MY FIRST ELOPEMENT
ENGAGED TO MY BEST FRIEND; BOUGHT & RENOVATED OUR HOME
STARTED TO GRoW AN ASSOCIATE TEAM
YEARS IN BUSINESS
FAMILY - Spending time with my husband and best friend. We've known each other for half of our lives, started dating in 2019, and were married in 2022. He is also on of the secondary photographers on the JDP team!
TRAVEL - Whether it's visiting my family in Poland, spending a month in Europe visiting 15+ countries in one summer, or honeymooning in Hawaii with my husband, I'm either on a trip or in the process of planning my next one. I share a lot of these adventures on my blog.
ELOPEMENTS I'VE PHOTOGRAPHED
HOME PROJECTS - I would argue that the best thing to come out of 2020 was my addiction to HGTV. After buying my first house, my husband and I renovated almost every room! You can see more about our remodel here.
FRESH CUP OF COFFEE IN THE MORNING - It's a rare day if it's not the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning. I love everything about it: the smell, the taste, the energy... I usually drink my coffee with a little bit of cream, no sugar. Unless I'm on vacation, and then I'm probably treating myself to some sort of latte.