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Family Photography / Portraits

I specialize in on location & outdoor photography. Photographing families is all about having fun.  Letting my playful and casual approach lead the way so that each member of your family is comfortable and uninhibited makes for the most amazing shots!  I am all about creating an environment where your child’s personality shines; and you as parents feel at ease to relax and play while letting worries about smiling and perfect behavior fall by the wayside. I love to capture all of the interactions between your family as I lightly direct you in some easy play and games like running, racing, tag, tackle and catch.  In between, I capture family portraits, pics of you and your partner in parenting, and some great shots of the kids together and on their own.  Pets are always welcome!



Documentary Style Event Photography

Capturing your special moments and interactions between you and your guests is my specialty. Whether it’s a casual family event, reunion, extended family get-together, wedding, birthday, milestone, fundraiser, bbq, or corporate event, my approach is to capture the un-posed moments of fun, laughter, joy, tears and beauty. My services are a great add-on to a more traditional photographer, or as the sole photographer if you are looking for a more candid, documentary style photographs for your special event.  Pricing upon request after consultation.


Couples / Engagement / Pregnancy Photography

Nothing is better than being invited to photograph the intimate love and joy between you and your partner and preserving it in an artistic way.  In a shoot designed specifically for you, in a location fitting for your personalities, I take a documentary approach to preserving this special time in your lives and in your relationship.  With some modern non-cheesy poses and play, and all of the emphasis on the two of you focusing on each other, I will create a comfortable environment for you two be real with each other and feel relaxed and happy.  In the meantime, I will document your love for one another and your impending life changing bundle of joy.


Head Shots

I do casual head shots in fresh environments.  Using natural and man-made backgrounds outdoors or in an indoor environment with natural light, your head shots will look professional and modern.  I suggest 2-4 outfit changes per shoot so you have some shots to choose from.  These days we use head shots for so many things that it is very beneficial to have a variety of styles and shots taken so you can use them for all of your needs. 


What to wear? 

When choosing what to wear, always incorporate color and texture into your over all look.  Stay away from really large prints or stripes and any logos. Stripes can be fun but only as an accent.  Make sure your clothing fits well, not too tight and not baggy. If you choose to wear heels, bring a second pair of flats for some more casual shots and play time.  When picking colors for a family shoot, mix it up and coordinate for an overall modern look.  Too much matching and you start to look like a hallmark card, and not in a good way.  Jeans and your favorite sweater or solid colored top is great for a classic look.  If accessorizing, pick one or two items that lay nicely and are low maintenance. Layering with bright colors is always a great look for kids!  Pick colors that look great with your eye color and skin tone.  I am always happy to help with a style consultation at your home prior to a shoot!


Fine Art Photography & Original Art Work

I show my work throughout the year at local Chicago galleries and event spaces. All of my work is available to purchase in print form or original if available.  (Prints are available in a variety of sizes on a variety of materials) I am also available to do murals and commision art pieces for your home or office.  Contact me for consulation and pricing on commision pieces. 


Please contact me to book your next photo shoot or with any questions about my services and art.

Valerie Kahan  .  773-616-8277  .  valkahan@gmail.com

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