Kristie KahnsPhotographer & Writer, Chicago

Kristie is a freelance photographer based in Chicago, specializing in capturing movement, creative portraits, and performances. She received a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Remaining close to her first passion of dance, she has spent over a decade as a part of the Chicago dance community through her camera, photographing everything from ballet to b-boy crews to capoeira to tap dance. Her deep love for the Chicago music scene began years ago, attending Sunday jam sessions at the old Velvet Lounge. Since then, she has worked with artists in Chicago’s vibrant hip hop and jazz scenes, photographing performances and festivals all over the city. The creative process of artists is something that fascinates her, so she enjoys collaborating with artists off stage, behind the scenes, in rehearsal or in their studios, to reveal different facets of their work and personalities.