As a photographer, I believe the best way to introduce myself is to do it in a way that I am most comfortable with: showing photos. They tell a much more vivid story than I could ever put into words... 


My name is Jacob Patrick Poehls. I was born in the city of Chicago and raised here all the way until I left for college. Looking at this picture now, it seems that in many ways, very little has changed about me (including the hair)

My name is Jacob Patrick Poehls. I was born in the city of Chicago and raised here all the way until I left for college. Looking at this picture now, it seems that in many ways, very little has changed about me (including the hair)

I was always a curious and independent kid. I tended to be most comfortable doing something creative on my own, especially playing music...although, apparently having kick ass shoes has been a running theme, as well.

I was always a curious and independent kid. I tended to be most comfortable doing something creative on my own, especially playing music...although, apparently having kick ass shoes has been a running theme, as well.

I went to college to be a print journalist, but towards the end of my program, I began to discover photography. I know this is the part where I am supposed to say that it was love at first sight, but the truth is that I simply found it at the right time in my life and had enough curiosity to follow it. Everything changed after that.

I went to college to be a print journalist, but towards the end of my program, I began to discover photography. I know this is the part where I am supposed to say that it was love at first sight, but the truth is that I simply found it at the right time in my life and had enough curiosity to follow it. Everything changed after that.

I spent the next several years living and going to art school in San Francisco. It was there where I began photographing weddings, as well as taking random pictures of all of the endearingly nutty & eccentric people I met. It's also where I started my own business...and, in case you were wondering, yes, I eventually threw those sunglasses away.

I spent the next several years living and going to art school in San Francisco. It was there where I began photographing weddings, as well as taking random pictures of all of the endearingly nutty & eccentric people I met. It's also where I started my own business...and, in case you were wondering, yes, I eventually threw those sunglasses away.

In 2009, I met a pretty lady named Bernadette. I am forever thankful that I ignored my initial, insecure impulse to not say hello. This is the earliest photo of us...taken by me, of course.

In 2009, I met a pretty lady named Bernadette. I am forever thankful that I ignored my initial, insecure impulse to not say hello. This is the earliest photo of us...taken by me, of course.

We married 5 years later.

We married 5 years later.

In 2010, we officially moved back to Chicago where we've lived ever since. Yes, it's much (much) colder than California and equally as crazy in its own way, but I still love it.

In 2010, we officially moved back to Chicago where we've lived ever since. Yes, it's much (much) colder than California and equally as crazy in its own way, but I still love it.

In 2014, this little rascal entered our lives: Murphy. As you might guess, he's impossible to get mad at. 

In 2014, this little rascal entered our lives: Murphy. As you might guess, he's impossible to get mad at. 

Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought this is where life would take me and I can't wait for what the future will bring. In hindsight, it's clear that my life has been a constant series of happy accidents; The result of just letting life open itself up. I think this is probably why I prefer to approach photography in the same, loose way: Life's best moments can't be scripted. 

Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought this is where life would take me and I can't wait for what the future will bring. In hindsight, it's clear that my life has been a constant series of happy accidents; The result of just letting life open itself up. I think this is probably why I prefer to approach photography in the same, loose way: Life's best moments can't be scripted.