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.*)

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.

—Source unknown (the internet says it was Abe Lincoln…um, doubtful…but it’s still an ace quote!)

Millenium Park, Chicago 
©Petra Ford 2014

Millenium Park, Chicago 

©Petra Ford 2014

I frickin’ love the “You are Beautiful” signs across Chicago. Love, love, love ‘em.
Wicker Park, Chicago 
©Petra Ford 2014

I frickin’ love the “You are Beautiful” signs across Chicago. Love, love, love ‘em.

Wicker Park, Chicago 

©Petra Ford 2014

This is photographer Dennis Lee and me yesterday afternoon after a hella fun modeling shoot where we romped around downtown Evanston and on the beach in Glencoe. One of my favorite ladies, the camera-shy Frances Tsalas, was the hair/makeup artist. I said a few times during the shoot that working with a team like them was like chicken soup for my soul. Laughing all day with a talented team…such good energy…can’t wait to see the images!

This is photographer Dennis Lee and me yesterday afternoon after a hella fun modeling shoot where we romped around downtown Evanston and on the beach in Glencoe. One of my favorite ladies, the camera-shy Frances Tsalas, was the hair/makeup artist. I said a few times during the shoot that working with a team like them was like chicken soup for my soul. Laughing all day with a talented team…such good energy…can’t wait to see the images!

Bright colors are reappearing…Spring…come on….so close now…

Chicago Loop, 2014
©Petra Ford

Bright colors are reappearing…Spring…come on….so close now…

Chicago Loop, 2014

©Petra Ford

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
©Petra Ford

Copenhagen, Denmark
©Petra Ford

Copenhagen, Denmark
©Petra Ford

My own (partial) list:

Singer/Songwriter: Lykke Li
Book: Franny & Zooey, JD Salinger
Tele: Lena Dunham and every episode of Girls, ever
Film Series: 2 Days in Paris & 2 Days in New York
Film: Goodbye First Love (Un Amour de Jeunesse)
Singer/Songwriter: Bon Iver

My own (partial) list:

Singer/Songwriter: Lykke Li
Book: Franny & Zooey, JD Salinger
Tele: Lena Dunham and every episode of Girls, ever
Film Series: 2 Days in Paris & 2 Days in New York
Film: Goodbye First Love (Un Amour de Jeunesse)
Singer/Songwriter: Bon Iver

The Loop, Chicago 
©Petra Ford 2014

The Loop, Chicago
©Petra Ford 2014

Copenhagen
©Petra Ford

Copenhagen
©Petra Ford

Throwback Thursday :: modeling in 2009

Photographed by David Johnson

"First time I saw him he smiled at me
And the first time I saw her she was beautiful
Sixty-two plus forty-six equals one hundred and eight
Possible years they’ll live long to
That’s almost half of the rest of his life
That’s over half for her”

'Willy Deadwilder,' Cat Power

Dig & Mig (You & Me)
Photographed in Copenhagen, Denmark
August 2013
©Petra Ford

"First time I saw him he smiled at me
And the first time I saw her she was beautiful
Sixty-two plus forty-six equals one hundred and eight
Possible years they’ll live long to
That’s almost half of the rest of his life
That’s over half for her”

'Willy Deadwilder,' Cat Power

Dig & Mig (You & Me)
Photographed in Copenhagen, Denmark
August 2013
©Petra Ford

This is an old self-portrait, taken in 2008 or ‘09, and was my attempt at re-creating a photo I had once seen of L’Wren Scott. She embodied hard-edged glamour just so perfectly. What a cool, cool, woman. RIP.

This is an old self-portrait, taken in 2008 or ‘09, and was my attempt at re-creating a photo I had once seen of L’Wren Scott. She embodied hard-edged glamour just so perfectly. What a cool, cool, woman. RIP.

Copenhagen, August 2013
© Petra Ford

Copenhagen, August 2013
© Petra Ford