Tyllie Barbosa Photography

Tyllie Barbosa is a Chicago-based food and lifestyle photographer. Whether shooting a product, interior space or ingredients for a recipe, her aim is to make the viewer want to be in that place or taste that food. “It’s important for me to make images people can relate to—that transport you into the scene and make you want to be a part of that moment.” With food, for example, her approach is to capture that whole fish or bowl of handmade soba noodles or frothy stein of beer in a way that looks natural and real— as if you can almost touch it through the photograph.

She fell in love with the creative process when she took a photography class while studying advertising in college in Brazil. Tyllie transferred to Columbia College in Chicago, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography. A photographer for more than a decade now, her work has evolved with the times. Whether the final image will ultimately be seen on an oversize poster in a retail store or the screen of an electronic tablet as part of an app, she takes the same care to create that transformative image.

Shooting primarily in her West-side neighborhood, light- filled studio, she thrives at the challenge of setting up different scenarios and environments. Her clients have included McDonald’s, SC Johnson, Huggies, Quaker, Kellogg’s, Crate and Barrel, Food Network, Elle Decor, and Hyatt Hotels. She has a talented crew and provides the full production service in a relaxing, creative environment.

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