Leigh Loftus
President + Photographer

Leigh Loftus is the founder of We are Loftus a photography company based in Chicago, IL. In 2009 she launched the first iteration of her company called Think Leigh Photography. She worked alongside many photography industry leaders across various categories including journalism, portraiture, interiors, landscape and food and beverage.

Early in her career Leigh began working with hotels and restaurant groups. She now works with some of the leading Hotels in Chicago including The Godfrey, London House, Loews, The Radisson Blu, The Virgin Hotel, Fifty/50 group and DMK group to name a few. As Leigh has developed her book of business, she’s congruently built a team of photographers to work with We are Loftus as well as to aid in mentoring younger professionals in reaching their career goals.
2018 marks Leigh’s 9th year as a business owner and entrepreneur, like any great leader she knows it takes more than one person to make an impact, so she’s brought Janessa Gates as her Director of Business Development. They intend to scale the model she’s developed in Chicago to a national level creating job opportunities for photographers and becoming a reliable photography resource to their buyers.



Janessa Gates 
Director of Operations
Photographer + Producer + Client Concierge

Janessa Gates is a talented photographer and producer who has strived her whole life to follow her passion. She has had a long-standing experience in the art world and has a dream to help creative people find their path. She is committed to changing the lives of photographers all over the world and giving them their next big opportunity.

Prior to We Are Loftus, Janessa was a fashion photographer whose work has been issued in Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue and New York Fashion Week. She has produced and led national campaigns across multiple platforms including an empowering plus size women model search. This campaign was a chance for ordinary women to share their life stories, impact other lives in a positive way and change the way plus size women are seen everywhere.

Janessa has always had a deep connection to understanding other cultures, people and traveling, which lead her to studying photography, the history of art and different civilizations across the globe.

At We Are Loftus, Janessa will use the knowledge she’s gained through practice and travel to cultivate the primary initiative of the company; bringing sustainable opportunities to photographers around the world. With a shared mission to better the lives of the next generation of photographers, Janessa will lead the charge in the expansion of our U.S. team.