Hi there!

i'm yuliya ryvkina, the face behind offbeat narratives


I'm a North Shore (Chicago)-based documentary family photographer specializing in capturing unfiltered moments of everyday life. Though I've been a photographer for over a decade, photographing everything from weddings to food, I dove into this niche because I have a deep appreciation for seemingly ordinary moments and the beauty that often lies within them. 

Here are a few fun (and random) facts about me:

  • I was born in Odessa, Ukraine and came to the States when I was eight. My brother and I  have matching sibling tattoos to commemorate our beloved city. 

  • Traveling and exploring new places is my favorite, and though I’m a planner by nature (almost to a fault), I love aimlessly wandering the streets of new cities and letting my feet guide me. I also have the BEST travel partner—my sweet boyfriend, Ben.


  • I love split pea soup. Love it even more if it has ham in it. 


  • New York City feels like my second home. I go there often to visit my extended family, to eat amazing food and to photograph random strangers. I’ve never had any place energize me and flood my creativity more than NYC. If you’re ever traveling there and need recommendations on what to do and where to eat, ask me about my NYC spreadsheet.


  • I always want snacks; particularly, Flaming Hot Cheetos with cream cheese — don’t knock it till you try it.

  • Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Each year I take a ton of makeup to my face and try to transform into something different. Last year, I channeled my inner Goblin King and I gotta say, it didn't turn out too bad.