About Me

My name is Eleonor but my friends call me Elle. I studied finance at Indiana University and received an MBA in marketing from DePaul University. I worked for twelve years in the corporate world as a financial analyst. Although I enjoyed my job, I found myself longing for something more. My entrepreneurial business mind eventually merged with my creative spirit and love of photography, which led me to my ultimate career. As George Eliot once wrote, “it is never too late to be what you might have been.”

As a boutique portrait photographer in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, I love to capture special times, as well as, everyday moments for my clients. What an honor it is to be able to preserve history for future generations. I am a firm believer that our photographs need to be printed and not stored on a hard drive or cell phone. The best time to get your portraits taken is Now. We should all exist in photographs not only for ourselves , but also for our children, grandchildren and future generations.

Some random things about me:

  • I am married to my college sweetheart and best friend for 26 years.
  • I am a mother of four boys (and sister to three brothers).
  • I love coffee, wine, and chocolate (although not necessarily in that order).
  • I am an avid runner and four-time Chicago Marathon finisher.
  • I was born in the Philippines and raised in Chicago.
  • I am a romantic at heart and will cry about almost anything that touches my heart.

Client Testimonials

“Elle, not only did you make me look good, but most of all you made me feel good about myself. Your patience, style, and skills are remarkable. The outcome of your work is a collaboration of ideas because you listen to your customer. The makeover, outdoor and indoor photoshoot locations, and wardrobe changes were so cool! It’s an experience worth repeating.”

Lira S.

“I still can’t believe it is me in the photos! Elle did an amazing job. I had a wonderful time at the photo session. If you are wanting beautiful photos- Elle Forte is your photographer.”

Jeanne R.

“All of the things you did made it an above and beyond experience for us. There are not enough words to express how grateful we are. Your beautiful work made it so hard to narrow our choices. And then throw on top of that my boys love their pictures
(which hardly ever happens with boys). A huge testament again to your awesome work!”

Julie S.