Chicagoland Photographer | Ara - The Owl Human


One day an owl fell in love with a human and Ara was born . . . half human, half owl. Ara meaning noble and royal. The best of both worlds. Smart and beautiful. She doesn’t fit in and doesn’t know which world she wants to belong to. Ara lives in the woods in her own world caught between day dreams and being a creature of the night . . . many hunters have have tried to catch her but she will never be caught. She is the wild spirit inside your heart and needs to be free to explore.

I had this idea floating around in my head for a while…a human/owl creation. A creature, part human and part owl. Luckily Maddie of Mad About Hair and Krissy of Makeup by Krissy V wanted to collaborate on this with me. Up until a week before the shoot date we didn’t know woo our model was going to be ;-)

During my recent boho shoot I met the perfect set of eyes for this shoot. Those gorgeous brown eyes belong to Lillian and she agreed to be transformed into Ara. If you follow our social media you’ve seen some mind blowing behind the scenes. It was amazing to see Krissy and Maddie work their magic. They literally helped me create this magical owl human child right in front of my eyes.

I had been so excited for this shoot for at least a year. I didn’t know which direction it would take on in the end since I am rather spontaneous and don’t plan too much. I am so thankful to these passionate women for bringing my dream to life and I wouldn’t change a thing about this shoot. Lillian was our perfect owl human. So believable that I know I’ll miss Ara.


If there was this owl human, what would she wear and what music would she listen to? Of course she would be inspired by David Bowie.

If you are lucky you might meet her in your dreams . . . good night!

Carmen | CHC-Photography, Inc.