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About

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Kristie Kahns is a photographer based in Chicago, specializing in capturing dance, yoga, and creative portraits.  

After adolescent years as an avid dancer, she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College, where she received a BA in Photography in 2002.  Remaining close to her original passion, collaborating with dancers seemed inevitable; thus, she has spent over 15 years as a part of the Chicago dance community through her camera.  She has worked as a freelance photographer for Chicago Tap Theatre, Auditorium Theatre, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Cirque du Soleil, Dance/USA, and many other dance organizations in Chicago.  Her work has been published in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine,  Yoga Journal, Time Out Chicago, and has been used for various marketing materials for dance performances and performing arts organizations nationwide.  She was a recipient of a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant through the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in 2007 and 2009, and received an Illinois Arts Council Professional Development Grant in 2010.

Many years of dance and capoeira training eventually led Kristie to yoga, and she began practicing regularly in early 2010.  In the fall of 2012, she completed the teacher training program at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. This naturally has led her camera to document the yoga community; in 2012, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, she published her first photo book, The Beauty of the Sequence: A Photo Essay of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series.  The book project was subsequently featured in Yoga Journal publications in the United States, Australia, and Japan. 

Clients

Yoga Journal
Dance Magazine
Dance Spirit Magazine
Pointe Magazine
Dance Teacher Magazine
Chicago Tap Theatre
Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival
Audience Architects
Auditorium Theatre
Yamaha Guitars
Sage Restaurant Group
EMBARC
Hamsa Ayurveda
Tejas Yoga
Sankalpa Yoga
Yoga For All Beings
Moksha Yoga Center
Miami Life Center
Illumine Chicago Magazine
Yoga Rocks the Park
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Dance/USA
Cirque du Soleil
River North Chicago Dance Company
Joel Hall Dancers
Diavolo Dance Theater
Chicago Dancing Festival
The Dance Center of Columbia College
Time Out Chicago
Erie Neighborhood House
RT London