Valen Studios | About

Steve Neilson is a nationally renowned photographer and speaker, teaching new photographers and amateurs basics in camera knowledge as well as very advanced levels of high fashion photography and Photoshop at numerous seminars around the country. Steve's charismatic personality comes alive at weddings, always making full bridal parties and families feel at ease. Steve is nationally recognized at producing beautiful pieces of wedding and engagement photography art. Steve's style is artistic and edgy. Steve prides himself on the fact that he studied under the top three photographers in the world to bring his craft to the highest level.

Harper is a nationally renowned photographer, filmmaker and speaker. As a past parent educator, Harper speaks to colleagues on how to raise a family while building a successful photography business. Photography wise, Harper specializing in boudoir and pin up art, as well as wedding photography. Harper is inspired by nature, romance, beauty and "the relationships"....In her work, you'll find story, closeness, with a little bit of playfulness, and intimacy. Please call Harper directly for boudoir photography at 773-908-4380.

Kelly Silver has been with Eminjayin Productions since 2009. She makes a great addition to the team working side by side with Steve and Harper at weddings creating beautiful details throughout your wedding day. She also specializes in maternity, newborns, children, and family photo sessions. 

We have been so fortunate to work with some amazingly talented people including other photographers, artists, art gallery owners and academy award winners. We have been able to photograph quite a large range of people/professions including: radio talk show hosts (both in the local Chicago market, as well as national market), a comedian from Saturday Night Live, bands, reality television winners, state senators and congressman, celebrity models and television and film actresses. We have produced commercials for national companies as well as providing commercial photography. Harper has also shot as a still photographer for commercials. We also have been a part of many charitable events, donating our time and talent to worthy causes.

We are a boutique studio, so we get to know our clients and our service to them is our number one priority. Whether it's a family bringing in a newborn, a sexy mamma wanting to add a little spice to life, deeply in love soon-to-be-weds, actor/celebs wanting a personal relationship with their photographer or big companies we shoot for because they love the hands on relationship and customer service, we surely meet a wide variety of needs! We have two studios, one in Chicago in the Bucktown neighborhood, and the other in north suburban Grayslake, but we also shoot weddings, boudoir and other portraiture in Los Angeles. We are by appointment only, so as much as we like visitors, we may not be there.

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