Kristie Kahns is a photographer based in Chicago, specializing in capturing dance, yoga, and creative portraits.
Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kristie was an avid young dancer, participating in many competitive dance companies and studying at the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. But a photography course in high school sparked her interest, so she moved to Chicago to attend Columbia College, where she received a BA degree in Photography in 2002. Remaining close to her original passion, collaborating with dancers seemed inevitable; thus, she has spent many years as a part of the Chicago dance community through her camera. She has worked as a freelance photographer for Chicago Tap Theatre, Cirque du Soleil, Diavolo Dance Theater, Dance/USA, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Chicago Dance Company, 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 with her first Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Daylene Christensen. 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. She also currently teaches yoga in Chicago.
When she isn't behind her camera or on her yoga mat, Kristie loves to travel, cruise around on her Cannondale, cook vegan food, support her friends Sidewalk Chalk, and explore Chicago's diverse art scene.