Hi! I’m Kelly Peloza, a Chicago food photographer and commercial photographer, author, and blogger. I hold a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Photography with a minor in Creative Writing.


My main endeavor is running Kelly Peloza Photo LLC, a photography business specializing in food, interiors, products, and portraits for commercial, editorial, and private clients. I am also a partner in wedding photography and videography business Maple & Oak Weddings, which services Chicago and Milwaukee.


I also run a blog called Seitan Beats Your Meat, a vegan recipe, lifestyle, and travel blog. Before then, I had blogs about vegan cookies, DIY crafts, and more. I published and photographed two vegan cookbooks called The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur (2010, Skyhorse Publishing), and Cheers to Vegan Sweets (2013, Fair Winds Press).

Content Writing

I am also available for hire as a writer for your blog, social media, email marketing campaigns, and more. I typically cover articles about food, culinary industry topics, photography, local events, art, and design. Shoot me an email if you think we’d be a good match!

While I am undoubtedly right-brained, I love order, organization, working with numbers, and learning as many new skills as possible. Luckily, being self-employed, I don’t have to choose just one career path. I love having the ability to switch gears throughout the week and between seasons.

Select press & interviews:

Select clients & partnerships:

  • Fair Winds Press
  • Skyhorse Publishing, Inc
  • Driftwood Magazine
  • Honest Cooking
  • Upton’s Naturals
  • Le Cordon Bleu
  • Fabio Viviani
  • Seadog Creative
  • Northern Ground