photo credit: michelle lavigne

photo credit: michelle lavigne

Ruthie’s roots are in photojournalism and fine art.  She pursued her love for the arts and attended Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.  While earning her degree in Photography, she interned at the Irish Times Newspaper in Dublin, Ireland.  After graduation, she worked at a children’s portrait studio and photographed for various news publications, companies, families and wedding clients.  In 2006, she was hired by Sun-Times Media headquartered in Chicago. There she worked as a staff photographer for almost 7 years covering mainstream events such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2008 Olympic Trials for Track and Field in Eugene, Oregon.  During her tenure at Sun-Times Media, she earned 18 State and National Photojournalism awards.  In the summer of 2012, Ruthie and her husband welcomed their first child, and she made the decision to give up her full-time position to be a work-at-home Mom.  She is still photographing assignments for The Sun-Times and other media outlets on a freelance basis.  

Ruthie and her husband now have two young sons and enjoy organic gardening, outdoor recreation, live music and vino.  Ruthie's pre-game routine before a long day of photography includes a mandatory 8+ hours of sleep, a burger, a playlist of Hall & Oates, an iced white chocolate mocha and a cooler full of water bottles.  Ruthie is generally seen laughing and smiling behind the camera (and sometime tearing up during those special moments of a wedding).

Ruthie’s background in fine arts and current experience with press photography lends her to create more in-depth and dynamic photographs in almost any situation.  She also imparts this knowledge in her independent work as a wedding, portrait, event and news photographer; creating natural images that will tell vivid stories for years to come.