Betsy Dynako shoots editorial, event, and portraits in Chicago and nationwide for nonprofits and corporations and individuals just like you.

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Photography has been a passion of Betsy's from a very early age. She honed her skills as the photo editor for Millikin University's student newspaper while she earned her Bachelor of the Arts degree.

Betsy is regarded as one of the premiere chess photographers in the United States, always providing top-notch coverage of events from Super Nationals to the US Chess Championship. She is a regular contributor to the print and web versions of Chess Life, the official publications of the United States Chess Federation.

Betsy's work has also appeared in printed materials of the Unity Worldwide Ministries, greeting cards and The Wall Street Journal. In 2004, her work appeared in a group showing titled, "Endo Expressions," at the ARC Gallery in Chicago.

Today Betsy's focus is on portrait and event work. She shares, "I enjoy getting to know my client. I take the time to learn what their desire is for a headshot or portrait. Then I bring out what they must want to convey while making them look their best." Her thoughts on event work: "I enjoy the challenge of event work. It reminds me of my early days covering sports; you have to be in the right place at the right time to capture the moment. There are no do overs. No two events I cover are alike. This keeps me stimulated and on my toes. One evening I may be covering a book launch or art opening and the next day a ribbon cutting."


Every photo has a story. Learn the stories behind the shots on Betsy Dynako’s Photo blog:

2009 Women's Chess Championship - Official Photographer Video Short