Meet Darin,
Visual Storyteller

At Zeal, we believe custom photo sessions tell a client’s story better than stock photography ever could. When your customers can put a face to a company, the relationship feels more genuine and authentic. They know there’s a person behind the website they visit or the ad they see that has their best interest at heart.

Photographer Darin Hartlieb has the ability to capture the essence of our clients, the “why” behind their mission, and their passion for their business. While his talent is obvious in every photo he takes, Darin also has the knack to make every subject – even the most-camera-shy – feel comfortable during their session. He shoots hundreds of photos of our clients in action to build libraries of incredible images that can be used on websites, for social media, and in traditional marketing materials.

After graduating from Hawkeye Tech Photography School in Waterloo, Iowa, Darin started his photography career at Venture, shooting products for their Sunday newspaper ads. Eventually, he began working as a photographer in the industrial field for 19 years before going out on his own. Today, Darin partners with companies from St. Louis to New Jersey on their photography projects, from events to photo shoots to head shots. In addition, he’s an in-demand wedding photographer, capturing memories at ceremonies across the country.

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When not working, Darin enjoys playing golf, traveling, and hanging out with his family. He can also be found on the softball field, playing for two different teams. Darin is incredibly community-oriented and often donates photography sessions for silent auctions that benefit local youth sports teams.

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