i am a working artist
The name “I am a working artist” is culled from years of creatively working while maintaining a living.
This has been a mantra as my career has morphed through the advertising, marketing, and editorial industries.
There is a fine line between being a creative artist and meeting clients needs.
In art school, most kids slept through the class on how to maintain your principals while succeeding
as a creative professional.
I (Ian D. Merritt) am a photographer and creative director based in Chicago.
With IDM Photography LLC, I bring more than 14 years of experience
working in ad agencies, within in-house creative groups, and alongside a variety
of editorial teams all while specializing in visual story telling, solidifying branding,
and engaging an audience. From creating a 7,000 piece image library for the
Sharpie Pen Brand to documenting an automobile expedition in intense conditions
in Iceland for Subaru of America, I bring my unforced and airy style
as well as my authentic and efficient approach to every shoot.
I am a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA),
the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP),
and the American Photographic Artists (APA).
Feel free to contact me about my work, rates, and availability.
Go out and make some art today. You’ll feel better.