Meet Miguel Narvaez

The Man Behind The Lens

My photography journey started back in 2005 when I was given the opportunity to join the team of a well-known Stock/Commercial photo studio in New Jersey. At the time, I had just graduated from high school and, needless to say, I had no idea what career path to choose for myself.

I started working as a photography assistant and paid particular attention to how the photographers interacted with models and how they beautifully composed every shot. This was an eye-opener for me because I had always thought that photography was just about pressing the camera shutter. I learned about lighting, composition, and how to accurately arrange the elements in a photo so they, together with the models, tell a story.

Later, I became aware that capturing a great photo would take more than setting up the background and pressing the camera shutter. My former boss, whom I deeply respect, consider a mentor, a friend and whose work I admire, asked me to move to his digital department and learn photoshop. As a result, I quickly learned about the composition of a photograph and became a photoshop expert. We spent countless hours fine tuning images – because good work wasn’t good enough, we wanted to create outstanding photos.

By 2008, I had enough photography experience and I decided to create MNPhotoStudios. I started taking photos of family and friends on weekends. Little by little, my audience grew larger and before I knew it, I had a constant flow of customers that were interested in my photography service on a regular basis.  

I moved to Chicago in February 2018 with big dreams and aspirations. My number one goal was to make MNPhotoStudios a full time photography powerhouse. I decided to focus on three main areas: Headshots, Family Portraits and Maternity because I’m passionate about creating meaningful and everlasting photographs that people will treasure and cherish for a long time. I think headshots are very underestimated, they can convey so much about you in an image.

Family portraits and maternity are two subjects that I personally enjoy. My best work has been about capturing unique and authentic moments when a young mother is kissing her baby or a beautiful pregnant woman is looking down and talking to her baby while caressing her belly.

Over the past 15 years, I have built a strong reputation of solid portfolio and I feel it is my duty to never stop learning more about my craft. I take the elements that make compelling commercial and stock photographs and apply them to my portrait work. I invite you to check out the rest of my website and I look forward to working with you to take the best photos of you and your family.

Miguel Narvaez

Founder of MNPhotoStudios

Why People Love Our Photos

My son and I got our holiday photos taken with Miguel and he was wonderful. He was flexible on timing, warm and friendly, engaging with my 11yo, and easy to work with. Miguel really captured my son's personality. He delivered our photos within a couple days and we were very happy with the whole portfolio. His pricing is very reasonable, and the experience is worth every penny and more. We'll be back next year!

Sarah Mas

Google Review

Miguel did an outstanding job on the photos for my son's wedding! I couldn't be happier! He took beautiful and creative shots before, after, and during the wedding and reception. Not only did he take hundreds of pictures for us to choose from, he did it quickly and efficiently so that our guests didn't have to wait long for us to arrive at the reception. Miguel was polite, prompt and a joy to work with. I highly recommend MNPhotoStudios for all of your photography needs!

Carol B

Yelp Review

Miguel truly stands out as a professional photographer! Dealing with a newborn during the shoot is challenging and Miguel made it look easy, handling it with grace and expertise. The photos were absolutely phenomenal! Miguel expertly captured our baby's cutest moments. The photos went above and beyond our expectations. Miguel isn't just a photographer; he's an artist. A big thanks, Miguel! We're over the moon with the memories you've provided us!

Matty C

Yelp Review

Wonderful experience!!! We had the Christmas mini session, our very first time working with a professional photographer. Miguel was very kind and patient with us and our puppy. Our pictures came out way better than we expected! We are completely pleased. Will definitely recommend MN Photo Studios

Patty PFT

Google Review

We were so lucky this past Fall 2023 to have Miguel Narvaez as our photographer to take a combination of family portrait, grandson portrait, and daughter maternity outdoor shots! Miguel was outstanding and not only the professional aspect of taking amazing shots, but he was so friendly, creative, patient, and experienced which gave my family the amazing result of beautiful portraits to chose from. The location that Miguel recommended also added to the dramatic colors of the portraits.

Thank you, Miguel, your work was outstanding!! I would absolutely recommend Miguel for a family, child, and maternity portraits!!

Ivonne Falcon

Google Review

This was an overall fantastic experience. Miguel has a studio space in the city, which is hard to find--many photographers just shoot outdoors on location. Miguel was super patient with us--we had a toddler and an infant who had to cooperate --and afforded us plenty of time and accommodation. He had some great backgrounds and props to use and offered a variety of pictures: family photos, newborn, one parent with kid(s), headshots, etc. Turn around time was as promised (maybe sooner), around 4-5 days. Proof is in the pudding at the end of the day: photos turned out excellent. We had probably a dozen+ really good shots (I would have been happy with a few)! Miguel includes his time shooting, all digital prints, and some touched up and printed final selection for his package price which is amazing. Tremendous value for his cost, what you receive, and the quality of his work. Highly recommended!

Nicholas M P

Yelp Review

Miguel is sooo amazing! He took great care of me and my family for an outdoor photoshoot. We had such fun, and he kept us laughing the entire time.
He communicates well with us, prompt, responds to all our messages, and we are so excited to see the results. Miguel is an incredible professional. He built such chemistry between my partner and I for the couple shots, and captured the love between us with our child. This was a great first experience.

Medinah L

Thumbtack Review

Miguel did something that no other photographer has done with ME because I am the most unphotogenic individual in the entire world. The pics he took were so good that the most difficult part of the whole process was deciding which ones to keep and print.
He is no question an extremely talented photographer...and has a
very comfortable and relaxed demeanor. I would recommend him to everyone.

Sue A

Thumbtack Review

Couldn't be more pleased with Miguel and his work.
He was easy to work with, explained what would occur and the timelines prior and did exactly what he said he would do. If needed in the future, he'll be the first person I go to and recommend.

Brett P

Thumbtack Review

Miguel was a fantastic photographer. I hired Miguel to help me with a surprise engagement and it couldn't have went better! Miguel took so many great photos that we will cherish forever. Miguel was everything you'd want in a great photographer along with being very timely with his responses and attention to detail.

Sean C

Thumbtack Review

Miguel did an amazing job with our family photo shoot! We couldn't be happier with the outcome of our photos. He was extremely patient with our almost 2 year old, and did a great job of providing guidance for all of us during the shoot. We never felt rushed and I sincerely appreciate how passionate he was about getting us the best photos. I cannot believe how much time he was willing to spend with us! We received our photos quick quick quick! Within 4 days of our shoot. I'm so impressed and look forward to booking our next shoot! Thank you Miguel!

Sulina Zimmermann

Google Review

FIVE stars all the way. He did so amazing with my 3 year old In our maternity photoshoot. He played toddler music with him & had him laughing & smiling throughout the pictures. Miguel is really amazing with children, the pictures came out to be so perfect especially for a great price! He made us feel so welcome. Everything is worth the wait & buy. he is very professional & will get back to you by the end of the day. We will be coming back for Christmas pictures. We found our new photographer.so pleasant to do business with.

Ariel Hall

Google Review

Miguel was amazing. My friends and I flew in from California to do a North Ave Beach photo shoot. Miguel was easy to book, and when I did arrive I explained to him that I had a bad experience before, and I was very clear about what I wanted. He gave me everything I asked for. We all had the best time. I would highly recommend Miguel to anyone looking for professional pictures for any occasion. I got all my pictures back in a little over a week, which is extremely quick considering he's very busy. I can't wait to share with my friends, and to select our favorites. Thank you so much!

Juliana M

Yelp Review

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