Jesse Folks is a professional photographer from Champaign, IL specializing in fine art, editorial/commercial, and performance photography.


Successes include:

  • First Place winner in Creative | Landscape category at 2019 ShutterFest Image Competition.
  • Participation in juried group show "Architexture: Celebrating Chicago's Architecture From Bricks to Steel" at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel.
  • Collaborations with Station Theatre in Urbana, IL and Heartland Theatre Company in Normal, IL.
  • Still Photographer/Videographer with Broad Shoulder Productions film collective in Chicago, IL.


Jesse has a BFA in Theatre with a Design/Technical emphasis from Millikin University.  Jesse’s lighting design background aids his photography by utilizing light to capture moments that are bright, clear, and engaging to the viewer.