photographer, writer and creator


Chicago native & SIUC alum

B.A. English  |  B.A. Photography


Mary Crylen is a freelance photographer and writer based in Chicago, IL. She possesses a sincere passion for the arts and believes zeal shows through work. Her mantra revolves around a single word: story.

With a refined eye and a honed personalized approach, she has blended her passions to create strong perspective work. Her versatility in the field allows her to work on a wide range of projects. Mary is also editor, coordinator and contributing writer for artist-to-artist based publication Chicago Stage Standard.


Client List Includes:

Brian Injury Alliance of Washington
Chicago Stage Standard
Chicago Book Expo
Girls Rock! Chicago
Lifetouch Portrait Studio
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board
Northwestern University – End of Life and Palliative Care Program
Northwestern University – Institute for Public Health and Medicine  
St. Augustine Seminary
Southern Illinois University Housing
Southern Illinois University