Where it all started:
Hello. My name is Chad Hensiak. I have been interested in photography since I was a kid. But, because I grew up in the time of film cameras, I couldn’t afford to shoot seriously so I took photos of family and events relying on horrible disposable cameras and one-hour photo huts to make pictures. Then, as a young adult, I received a Polaroid camera as a gift and instantly fell in love with capturing life’s moments and shaking them into existence.
Music has always been a big part of my life. As a young adult I spent hours learning to play guitar, listening to records, paging through music magazines, studying album covers, and dreaming of becoming a rock star. It was in that time that the work of Ross Halfin, Bob Gruen, Mick Rock, James Marshall, and others began inspiring me to become a concert photographer.
I got my first big break in 2009 when I became a staff photographer and writer for Saddle Tramp motorcycle magazine. While at this position, I photographed motorcycles, models, musicians, and motorcycle industry legends including the Teutuls from OCC Choppers, Dave Perewitz, and more. I also hosted a few live television and radio shows from motorcycle rallies all over the country. I stayed with Saddle Tramp Magazine until the last issue was printed in March of 2012.
After Saddle Tramp Magazine, I continued working as a freelance photojournalist for various motorcycle related publications all over the county. Then, in late 2014 I went back to school to study photography and earn degrees in both graphic communications and technical writing. While attending college, I took an accelerated certificate course in entrepreneurship and founded CAH Promotions LLC in 2016. After college, I began working as a contracted freelance photojournalist for Southern Lakes Newspapers covering events for as many as thirty newspapers. I still hold this position, and to date, my work can regularly be found on the front pages of newspapers throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.
I am very happy to work with my youngest son Drake and I am so proud of him for all he has accomplished. We both bring different styles and skill sets to our trade. Working as a team, Drake and I are able to capture our client’s memories in a way no one else can.
"Cameras are like time machines."
AAS Degree in Graphic Communications
AAS Degree in Technical Writing / Professional Communications
Being the best father I can be
My photographs have been featured on the covers and centerfolds of countless magazines all over the country
As a concert photographer and journalist, I have worked with many stars including Dave Matthews, Scott Stapp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Nathaniel Rateliff, Saliva, Tantric, Luke Combs, John Mellencamp, and so many more.
I am a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
I worked as a teacher’s assistant at Gateway Technical College for two years
I founded CAH Promotions LLC in 2016
I am a big music fan and former working musician so concerts are one of my favorite things to shoot. In my free time, I enjoy getting away from the crowds to enjoy some travel and landscape photography. Follow me on Instagram to see some of my work.
Provide my clients with outstanding customer service and professional quality work
Build my reputation as a photographer
Increase my customer base
Grow my business so I can do what I love full time and have more time with my kids
To learn something new each day
Be the best father I can be
Become a freelance travel photographer
One quirky fact about me:
I like my tea stirred, not shaken.