PINGOY PORTRAIT STUDIO
(formerly Jmotive Photography)
SPECIALIZES IN LUXURY WALL ART PORTRAITS
GRACING THE FINEST HOMES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mary Grace Pingoy is an internationally acclaimed award-winning photographer as recognized by the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP). Besides winning multiple awards for her works she has been featured on major media outlets such as ABC World News, Good Morning America, The Huffington Post, Parents Magazine and interviewed live on Chicago’s WGN Morning News. For three years in a row she was listed among the “Best Portrait Photographers in Chicago” by Expertise, listed on the TOP TEN for “Fan Favorite Photographer” in a national poll put on by Child Model Magazine and she was awarded First place for “Most Loved Photographer of Northwest Indiana” by HulaFrog, Inc.
Recently I was honored to be featured on Channel 11 WTTW (PBS Chicago) who produced a piece that is very near and dear to my heart. It tells the story of my grandma, a unique family heirloom and how it influenced me to be a photographer and do what I do with so much passion and love.
In my photography I am honored to be a part of capturing special moments in time that remind us all that life truly is a gift from God. Through creating portraits it is my desire to capture the authentic beauty of every individual I photograph. By opening up my heart to see true beauty in every individual I encounter I am allowed to see beyond the surface to what is most important…the whole person is beautiful – both body and soul. That is how we should all see each other.
Some of the best years of my life were spent doing missionary work right after college. The missions took me to many places across the globe, but the dearest to me were the 2 years I spent serving in 6 countries across Central and South America. From one day living in one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of Nicaragua, to the next day being 8,000 feet high upon the hills of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world – some things I saw broke my heart, others stretched and filled it…but through it all God’s constant reminder to see Him in all things remained true. I was able to encounter the world and people in ways that opened my eyes to an amazing beauty I’ve never before experienced. I believe this has contributed to the way I approach my photography. I want the art I create to capture that same beauty in each place and in every person.
After mission work, I focused my passions on speaking to thousands of teens about the joys of waiting for true love, the beauty of chastity, and how to find true peace in a world that longs for so much more. I do all this alongside my handsome best friend who also just so happens to be my husband :), and with my 6 rambunctious little kids in tow.
I have to admit now being a professional photographer seems to be the icing on the cake. I am very grateful that I love what I do and am honored to serve my clients and tell their story for all the generations that come after. And in that I hope I make my grandma proud. I cannot wait to meet you!