the artists

"I love to make women feel beautiful; to help them embrace their femininity, to embrace themselves. I want to photograph any woman in the world who has every looked in the mirror and not felt good about the reflection staring back at her. I want to capture her unique beauty and show it back to her, so she can see how she looks to others. I want to photograph her, celebrate her and honor her with images that reflect her individuality. When you hire me you are hiring an artist to create your images. I love everything about women's photography, but mostly I love getting to know my clients and helping bring forth their beauty from within. It is an honor to bear witness to their journeys- the journey to unguarded self love- this is the greatest gift of all." -Cara

A photographer with over fifteen years of experience, Cara Garbarino’s work has been seen in such magazines as Town & Country, Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Social, CS Brides, North Shore, and she has photographed numerous celebrities and public figures, including President Barack Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, President Vicente Fox, Paul McCartney, Cindy Lauper, Lebron James and the Chicago Cubs. Cara has also shot hundreds of upscale events, from elite charity circuit and corporate functions for Fortune 500 companies, to luxury weddings. She is a former team leader at the nationally acclaimed wedding photography studio, Garbo Productions. One of the midwest's first boudoir studios, Cara opened The Atelier in 2009. She sought to create a custom experience to help validate and empower women through her craft of fine art photography. Eight years and hundreds of clients later, she still fiercely believes in the importance of this work and message. Cara lives and works in Chicago.


Owner Cara Garbarino

“Women’s photography is such a wonderfully intimate form of portraiture. To capture beautiful photographs that speak to the self confidence the clients are feeling, to be witness to the journey of a woman’s self realization, it has been rewarding in a way that can not be explained. When client’s come into this photographic experience they are excited and nervous and full of jitters, it is so fun to guide them on their journey and watch them transform. To watch them become relaxed, uninhibited and free as they become their authentic self and realize their own body confidence. This is what is beautiful and what makes this genre of photography not only rewarding, but important.” -Cindy

Cindy carries a bachelors of fine arts in photography from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation she placed her focus on the art of archival printing; perfecting the craft of black and white fine art printmaking at Ross-Ehlert, Chicago’s premiere photo lab for professional photographers. She went on to work as a studio manager for commercial photographers where she learned technical lighting, working with clients and ad agencies. In 2000 she joined nationally acclaimed wedding photography studio Garbo Productions, where her and Cara met, by 2003 she was a lead photographer. In 2006 she took the plunge and opened Fandl Photography, she has since had a busy career photographing weddings, corporate events and family portraits. As a woman in the arts Cindy has always felt an affinity toward women’s photography, she was thrilled to join Cara and The Atelier to pursue her passion of helping women capture their unique beauty. 

Photographer Cindy Fandl

Photographer Cindy Fandl