Photo: Lucy Hewett

Photographer

"I run my own business as a photographer. Part of my work revolves around creating authentic, modern portraits of families that share little slices of their lives. My other work consists of imagery I make from day to day happenings in my life and editorial content for brands. Whether it’s a street scene, a culinary still life on my kitchen counter, or a local company, I love the creative process of approaching a subject and conveying a sentiment without words."

WHAT SHE DOES FOR LOVE: "For love, I still take photographs, I read poetry and dabble in writing it, I press the snooze button a few to many times with Ryan, I enjoy being with my family, and talking deeply about life and creativity with friends."

HER 2015 GOAL: "2015 will be a powerful continuation of everything I learned and realized the previous year. Professionally, I plan to push myself to do things even though I may not feel I am ready, and ask for guidance instead of always trying to figure it all out on my own. Personally, I am going to continue to live what I have recently learned to be called, an "examined life." I greatly enjoy asking questions, and challenging what I think I already know to be the truth. My profession and life go hand in hand, and that’s the way I’ve always dreamt it to be. Being a photographer is the just another tool to examine life, pay close attention to the nuances and seeing clearly a world both beautiful and challenged."


NOMINATED BY: Cortney Ahern

"Eva Deitch is the definition of a lady gun. She radiates light and positivity, and good energy follows wherever she goes. Eva is a phenomenally fantastic photographer with an eye for the singular beauty of a moment. While I've only known Eva for a short time, her generosity of friendship is fast and strong. Every time I've seen her, she has refreshed my spirit, challenged me to see things differently, and introduced me to new people/ideas/places. I'll miss Eva deeply as she moves on to her new life in New York, but am so grateful our paths crossed in Chicago and know her footprint will not fade from the Midwest any time soon."


HER INITIAL REACTION TO HER LADY GUNS NOMINATION: "Deeply touched, and then damn, I’ve got to meet these women in real life! Did someone say, Lady Guns Conference?" (Stay tuned, Eva!!!)

HER STYLE: "Texture, earthy color palette, and sculptural elements have been catching my eye. I love wearing jewelry, and the ritual of putting it on and taking it off at the start and end of my day. My dangly earrings from Betsy and Iya, a choker from Cities in Dust, a sterling silver cuff that my mother passed down, my grandmothers ring... Something about being adorned with beautiful metals makes me feel like a goddess; and that’s a good way to feel!"

Grandma Isabel’s Ring | Photo: Eva Deitch

Grandma Isabel’s Ring | Photo: Eva Deitch

Mom’s silver cuff and turquoise rings from New Mexico | Photo: Eva Deitch

Mom’s silver cuff and turquoise rings from New Mexico | Photo: Eva Deitch

HER BEAUTY: "I feel most beautiful when I am truly myself and able to give those around me the best Eva possible. When it comes to products, Kiehl's has done wonders for my skin in balancing out my complexion. I’ve recently started using the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and when I wake up the next morning, you’d think my face had turned to silk. So yeah, get some of that! Spritzing on a fragrance always feels like such a luxurious and sensual experience. My current scent is Tobacco Cologne from Coqui Coqui (made in Tulum, Mexico). On the hair front, I’m currently growing mine out and dream of having a Laura Croft style braid."

"My fiancé Ryan and me. He’s always willing to participate in my ideas for self portraits of us, and I really appreciate that! I think this is one of my favorites." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"My fiancé Ryan and me. He’s always willing to participate in my ideas for self portraits of us, and I really appreciate that! I think this is one of my favorites." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Now you know my love for trees. @mysocalledtreelife is another account I post to when I come across a tree I love." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Now you know my love for trees. @mysocalledtreelife is another account I post to when I come across a tree I love." | Photo: Eva Deitch

ON FINDING SUCCESS: "A big challenge I’ve overcome is that there is not a magic formula. You can take people’s advice, you can use the same language, and use the same numbers, but you can’t follow their same path to a successful life and career, its just not possible. Although it’s tempting to try, they have something you don’t and that’s themselves, but then, you have you!"

"From my trip to Tulum, Mexico. Took these two images at the same hotel, and loved how they played off of each other. Her holding the baby and the plant seemingly having an arm extended out to the small palm." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"From my trip to Tulum, Mexico. Took these two images at the same hotel, and loved how they played off of each other. Her holding the baby and the plant seemingly having an arm extended out to the small palm." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Beautiful sunset rain storm at Camp Wandawega." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Beautiful sunset rain storm at Camp Wandawega." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Nette, a friend I made at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Nette, a friend I made at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Tea at the Thompson Hotel. I love hotel lobbies with beautiful light!" | Photo: Eva Deitch

"Tea at the Thompson Hotel. I love hotel lobbies with beautiful light!" | Photo: Eva Deitch

"A moment at home." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"A moment at home." | Photo: Eva Deitch

ON TAKING THE LEAP: "I’m hearing and seeing a lot of quotes and articles lately about taking the leap towards your dream career, following your passion, so on and so on. While this is all very exciting and inspiring, it can also be extremely overwhelming and scary for people to grasp on to when they are unsatisfied in their current situation, but not quite sure what to do next. It’s one thing to feel the desire to take that leap and another to know what it looks like on the other side. Take the time to be curious, to explore, and ask yourself the questions that will make the other side more tangible…then jump, knowing you’ll have to jump again and again…that’s life."

"A fun family session with two sisters. In this image, I wanted to capture the magic of hearing a secret." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"A fun family session with two sisters. In this image, I wanted to capture the magic of hearing a secret." | Photo: Eva Deitch

"View from Sandia Peak on a recent road trip to New Mexico. New Mexico has a very special place in my heart and I look forward to returning again to continue my personal project, 'And the desert called.'" | Photo: Eva Deitch

"View from Sandia Peak on a recent road trip to New Mexico. New Mexico has a very special place in my heart and I look forward to returning again to continue my personal project, 'And the desert called.'" | Photo: Eva Deitch

A LADY SHE ADMIRES: "The poet Mary Oliver has been a mentor to me through her writing."

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver