Who We Are

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Hometown:Pittsburgh, PA

College:Penn State University

I'm Anthony. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I absolutely love shared experiences and exploring new places. A few other things I dig: good design, a meal shared with friends, finding tasty cortado’s in every city, Pittsburgh sports, running/biking with good music or a solid podcast playing, the outdoors (hiking, rock-climbing, surfing, throwing/hitting/kicking objects back & fourth, etc.), mid-century modern homes/furniture, a good cocktail (Toronto’s are my favorite), solid beer (bourbon barrel-aged, please), good candles, camp-side conversations, friendships that extend across time & state-lines and my beautiful wife, Laura.

Photography has given my interests in exploration, storytelling and connecting, a fascinating platform. I'm insanely passionate about what I do and the relationships I get to build in the process. Photographing a wedding with Hitch & Sparrow is a stunning example of this reality. It's a joy to celebrate the marriage process with couples, as I truly see the marriage as more important than the wedding day.

Laura and I recently moved back to Chicago from Denver, CO and we're excited to be back home and grow H&S. It’s a wild adventure we’re on. Please connect with me AND us (H&S) on instagram or facebook— we're excited to share the journey!

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Hometown: Elgin, IL

College: Illinois State University

My name is Laura Barlich. I was born and raised in Elgin, IL a suburb of Chicago. At an early age I fell in love with creating art, making music, playing sports and telling stories. Photography revealed to be a beautiful and creative outlet to share experiences in an impactful way.

After graduating from Illinois State University in 2009, I pursued a career in Art Education and taught High School Art within Chicago Public Schools until 2014. During my time teaching and coaching soccer, I met my husband, Anthony Barlich, which reinvigorated my love for photography. After years of balancing photography, music, teaching and a deep desire to be an artist myself, we decided I’d come into a permanent role with H&S. In addition, I could pursue a few other passions of mine: most notably, music and ceramics.

I officially function as an assistant photographer for Hitch & Sparrow and have been steadily developing and growing my ceramics brand, Neubloom, for the past 2 years. It’s been quite the adventure with so many lessons learned, experiences shared and dreams realized. In our latest adventure, we recently moved to Denver, CO where we will enjoy heavy doses of nature, hiking, soccer, sunshine and endless photographic moments. Feel free to follow my new adventures on instagram, etsy and Facebook!

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Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL

College: Illinois State University

Hey, I'm Brad, I’m a Chicagoland native who came to photography after beginning a career as a graphic designer for startups and web companies. I love the technical end of photography: lenses, lights, strobes, triggers, etc. Knowing these concepts has helped me to think creatively even in the midst of a hectic wedding day. I love the run-and-gun challenge that a wedding presents, but my favorite parts are the sweet moments throughout a day where I get to experience the joy of a loving couple.

I’m enamored with beautiful landscapes, captivating portraits, and simple moments between people. On a wedding day, I get to fly into a bride and groom’s world and to capture something they will cherish for the rest of their lives. It’s a challenge and an honor that I don’t take lightly. I’ve done it enough to not get nervous anymore, but I’m still excited and motivated to create something that the couple will be moved by and will love forever.

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"Hitch & Sparrow was a terrific match for us from the start. Anthony met with us to talk about their approach and answer all our questions. I initially contacted them because their portfolio is gorgeous and just our style (not cliche and cookie-cutter like a lot of wedding photographers). What sealed the deal was how easy-going and likeable Anthony is."
AJ, Chicago, IL
"We wanted a photographer who would take not only the typical posed family photos but also a lot of candid pictures of the ceremony, the reception, the guests, the garden venue, and us. H&S did all that, and more, finding the best backdrops and the most gorgeous light and setting up both fun and more romantic poses."
Danica, Brooklyn, NY
"I can't get over how stunning our wedding photos are. They captured such intimate moments that we'll have forever. We got married at the Nature Museum and we had horrible weather that day. I had it in my head that we would have our first look photos…by the lake and in Lincoln Park, and was really worried that we wouldn't have good photos because of the rain. I couldn't have been more wrong."
Emily, Chicago, IL
"The pictures they took of our wedding are incredible. They are true artists! Photojournalistic, technically gorgeous, and with real-life, classic post-production. H&S capture the emotion, moments, details, and moments that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Truly masters of their craft, you will have timeless art that is worth the investment. We couldn't have had nicer people alongside us and capturing our big day."
Kathryn, Yulee, FL