Petra Ford

Wherever I am, there's usually a camera nearby. Because I'm a photographer. And a model. And so, this blog is a collection of some of my work on both sides of the camera (peppered with some musings and reveries). Please check out my complete photography portfolio at: www.petraford.com. (*Wondering where my "HOME" button is? Click on my name, above. Voila.*)
My trip to Paris is off to a wonderful start! So grateful to everyone who has taken the time to show me a side of Paris that I never could have found on my own!

La Saut du Loup at the Louvre, July 2014

My trip to Paris is off to a wonderful start! So grateful to everyone who has taken the time to show me a side of Paris that I never could have found on my own!

La Saut du Loup at the Louvre, July 2014

Paris! The Eiffel Tower is both smaller and bigger than I remember it…
July 2014

Paris! The Eiffel Tower is both smaller and bigger than I remember it…
July 2014

Another month in Denmark has unfortunately come to an end. The goodbyes are getting harder and harder with every trip, “but if you never stop when you wave goodbye, you just might find, if you give it time…you’ll wave hello again.” (I will wave hello again.)

Nørrebro,  Copenhagen
July 2014 

Another month in Denmark has unfortunately come to an end. The goodbyes are getting harder and harder with every trip, “but if you never stop when you wave goodbye, you just might find, if you give it time…you’ll wave hello again.” (I will wave hello again.) Nørrebro, Copenhagen July 2014 

Skagen,  Denmark. Everywhere I look, that blue/purple/white and undescribable light glows. 

Petra Ford, June 2014

Skagen, Denmark. Everywhere I look, that blue/purple/white and undescribable light glows.

Petra Ford, June 2014

One last image before I head back to Copenhagen in a few hours. I may be off the grid for a while… :)Self-portrait©Petra Ford

One last image before I head back to Copenhagen in a few hours. I may be off the grid for a while… :)

Self-portrait
©Petra Ford

Self-portrait©Petra Ford

Self-portrait
©Petra Ford

'Sup, summer '14. Thanks for finally getting here.

Oak Street Beach, Chicago
©Petra Ford 2014

My awesome team from yesterday’s editorial shoot!
L to R: Gosia, hair/makeup; 10 MgmtPetra Ford, photographer; 10 MgmtJaslene Gonzalez, model; 10 MgmtChristina Demos, wardrobe stylistJonathan Hippensteel, model; Chosen Models

My awesome team from yesterday’s editorial shoot!


L to R: Gosia, hair/makeup; 10 Mgmt
Petra Ford, photographer; 10 Mgmt
Jaslene Gonzalez, model; 10 Mgmt
Christina Demos, wardrobe stylist
Jonathan Hippensteel, model; Chosen Models

This is a small preview of what will be a large project. These are part of a documentary project I’m doing which explores the changing dynamics of couples in a relationship. The images are un-directed and un-posed.


Meet Shannon and Tim, together for 8 months. They turned on Neil Young’s Harvest Moon record and let me be a fly on the wall of their relationship while I shot. I’ll be photographing them again in one year.

©Petra Ford, May 2014

Bucktown, Chicago

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

—Maya Angelou
(Rest In Peace)

Monochrome delirious.©Petra Ford 2014

Monochrome delirious.
©Petra Ford 2014

Cliché but obligatory carnival shot. (Plus it gives me the excuse to post this song, which I’ve totally been obsessing on: Til Summer Comes Around)
©Petra Ford
Chicago 2014

Cliché but obligatory carnival shot. (Plus it gives me the excuse to post this song, which I’ve totally been obsessing on: Til Summer Comes Around)

©Petra Ford

Chicago 2014

Memorial Day carnival, Chicago
©Petra Ford 2014

Memorial Day carnival, Chicago

©Petra Ford 2014

Happy Memorial Day and God bless our troops, past, present, and future.
©Petra Ford

Happy Memorial Day and God bless our troops, past, present, and future.

©Petra Ford

I’m a big dork because when someone sends me an email, or an IM, or even a comment on Facebook that makes my day, I always keep it. And I’m glad that I do, so when I need a smile or a kick in the pants, I’ve got a whole folder worth of material to call upon. Thank you to my friend, mentor, and one of fashion photography’s greats for this not-so-recent but lovely comment! It made my day then and it made my day again today when I ran across it :)

I’m a big dork because when someone sends me an email, or an IM, or even a comment on Facebook that makes my day, I always keep it. And I’m glad that I do, so when I need a smile or a kick in the pants, I’ve got a whole folder worth of material to call upon. 
Thank you to my friend, mentor, and one of fashion photography’s greats for this not-so-recent but lovely comment! It made my day then and it made my day again today when I ran across it :)