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MISSY DONOVAN of WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO | Meet this Local Photographer Who Gives Back

Missy Donovan, Missy Donovan Photography, Local Influential-Chicago

This Local Photographer Gives Back by Offering Her Talents to Living Well Cancer Center, CASA Kane County and More Heartfelt Foundations

WEST SUBURBAN CHICAGO– Missy uses her talent as a photographer to generously give back. “I love anything that has to do with children and recently did a photoshoot benefiting Gigi’s Playhouse, where I collaborated with Flair on 3rd,” she says. “I took photos of families, who donated what money they could to Gigi’s, and I then gave them the images from their shoot.”

This is daily living for Missy who is mother to 7 children and 1 grandchild. She started her photography career by taking photos during her son’s sporting events, which developed into a lifestyle. Years later, she still donates her time back to the high school’s games, events, and ceremonies, as well as many other local organizations, such as Living Well Cancer Center.

“My family has been affected by cancer too many times for me to count and I just want to give families a moment to celebrate life,” she says of photographing cancer patients at every stage. “It really puts things into perspective.”

Missy’s big-heartedness also extends to CASA Kane County raising almost $20,000 spearheading two different fashion shows over the years. She believes in seizing the moment and capturing the essence of life in photographs.



"I will give my time to anything that has to do with kids or with cancer. I donate my services to several cancer centers and photograph families going through every stage of cancer. These cancer centers are an amazing support system for families that are going on this journey. Donating photography services to them is one less thing they have to worry about finding time and money for. Several times, the photos that I’ve taken have been the last photos taken of someone battling and for that, I am forever touched." –Missy Donovan


  • Seniors

  • Families

  • Children

  • Weddings and Engagements

  • Maternity

  • Sports

  • Commercial and Events

  • Charitable Organizations


"You can never give too much. There are always people that are struggling and when you look back during your life, you look back at photos, so what better way to give back? A photograph is a moment frozen in time and I strive to give people all kinds of those *moments*. There is no greater reward than people telling me that they will treasure these moments forever. That’s what it’s all about."

–Missy Donovan



  • Senior Style Guide’s Top 100 Photographers

  • Best of the Knot 2015, 2016

  • Couple’s Choice Award by Wedding Wire 2015, 2016

  • Best of the Fox 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 2017

  • Named One of Glancer Magazine's 15 Most Charitable Women of 2017


Missy Donovan Photography

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