Linnea entered the portrait photography world on the opposite side of the camera spending a few years as a model. She then went into commercial photography photographing ads for advertising agencies, graphic design firms, magazines and companies. She found herself frustrated by working with art directors without any vision and was considering retiring from the commercial world. She complained to a friend who suggested that she enter the portrait photography world. “No, no way,” she replied. “Too cheesy.” The thought of creating portraits for people who wanted typical photography was not in her mentality. She wanted to strive for something more, something authentic with beautiful light. And so began Linnea Lenkus Fine Art Portrait Studios.