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The KATC Experience


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The KATC Experience


 At KATC, we tailor each session around you.  We find out exactly what you are looking for, and we build the photo session around those expectations. 

Not only are we able to capture stunning images indoors in our 2200 square foot natural light studio, but we can also use the famous KATC 4000sq private rooftop! If you decided not to come to the studio that is no problem at all!  We can travel to you if you desire. Many of our clients have pictures taken right outside of their home! If you choose that, we help pick out clothes for your teen and piece together fabulous outfits. It's a great option ( that requires no additional charge!) if convenience is something that you desire. 

Scroll down to learn more about the KATC experience!

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KATC ages


KATC ages


At KATC, we photograph the ages 9 - 18yrs.  We specialize in the 12-16 year old teen.

The majority of kids we photograph are 6th grade through 9th grade.

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Highlight what what you love


Highlight what what you love


Capturing what is important to you is the most important focus.  Capturing, who you are in an editorial way, is the KATC focus.  Everyone is different, and we want to showcase that at KATC.  If you have any activities or have that you love, we can incorporate that into your photo session.  Not only does this tell everyone who you are as an individual, but it is also something parents want to cherish as well. 

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Birthday Parties


Birthday Parties


Many kids ask for a KATC photo session for their birthday. KATC has had the pleasure of having groups of up to 16 teens at the studio for a photo session! If your teen asks for a KATC photo session for their birthday, and they would like to bring a bunch of their friends, just call the studio to set up a date.  These sessions always take place at the studio. 

The best way to make it easy on everyone is to find out a day that works best for all of the teens. Many parents rent a party bus, and they drive into the city. After the photo session, they take all the girls out to dinner.

At the KATC studio, we do not offer "cake and ice cream".  However, you can bring that if you would like! We will provide a top notch experience that your tween/teen and their friends would never forget. 

We capture plenty of "Instagram-worthy" images, as well as pictures that parents love. The teens also have free reign of the famous KATC Snapchat account! Everyone that they know from every school in the area follows our KATC Snapchat account, and they can watch their Snapchat story as they have their photo session about town. The teens LOVE this.

The best birthday party photo shoots happen with groups that can be as large as 10, but no smaller than 6. When the group is much bigger than ten people, it starts to impact the experience that so many of the teens love and expect. Because of that, we firmly suggest capping the group at 10. Although we can schedule a location photo shoot with a group that consists of 6-8 teens, groups larger than this must take place at the KATC studio so that we can ensure we have enough space and proper lighting.

 

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The Fashion


The Fashion


Fashion is an intricate part of the KATC brand. Fashion is our specialty. We are committed to showcasing fashion as little or as much as each client chooses. KATC clients tend utilize fashion in many different ways.

- Most teens bring a bunch of clothes, and we happily create outfits for them using the fashion pieces that they already own. Often, we put together outfits that didn't cross the minds of the teens we capture.

- Some teens use a lot of their mothers jewelry and other accessories for a wow factor!
- At the KATC studio, we have a fabulous style closet that we recently updated that you can use if you are a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. We have great jewelry, furry jackets, awesome ripped jeans, plenty of Brandy Melville, and even unique items such as parachute dresses, and the like for a high fashion look! 

Once we book your session, we will discuss the fashion aspect.  You will be a model for the day!

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Showcasing your everyday look


Showcasing your everyday look


Most of the KATC clients wear their everyday clothes.  Wearing jeans, Docs, or converse is a perfect look! KATC clients do not have to dress elaborately to achieve great images. They can be themselves, will looking FABULOUS at the same time. Whatever you choose to wear, we know that the pictures will be eye-catching, and our reputation has spoken to that for many years.

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be natural


be natural


One of the first questions we are asked by teens and parents is.. " are the girls wearing makeup?" Usually the answer is no. We are definitely followers of the "I woke up like this" crew.  The majority of images that you have seen on our website or any of our social media accounts showcase teens that do not have on makeup. Instead, we chose to use natural lighting to our advantage. We can diffuse light to give a flattering and soft look that is eye-catching to the viewer. Makeup is NOT a requirement, nor is it encouraged for perfect images. It is OUR job to make sure you look your best!  In the end, it is up to you if you would like to wear it or not!

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Hair and Makeup


Hair and Makeup


Some of our teens want to have their hair and makeup done before their photo shoot, especially the girls who are taking pre-mitzvah images.  You are more than welcome to have that done on your own, or you can utilize our hair and makeup artist for an additional charge. If you desire to have professional hair and makeup, ( or just makeup), we can make arrangements to have our makeup artist come in for the day. She is a high fashion makeup artist that can create VERY soft and flattering looks for your teen!

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Best Friend Sessions


Best Friend Sessions


KATC captures the perfect BFF photo session.  One of our biggest strengths is knowing how to craft perfectly a best friend photo session that will please the teens and the parent. The perfect best friend photo session an area that we shine in!

If your teen wants to have a photo session with a few of their friends but you're unsure how to make that happen, please call the studio at 312-265-6024. Every single parent that we talk to tells us how well we understand this age group, and every single parent books after they have spoken to us.  Best friend sessions have to be carefully crafted around the parent, and their needs. Often, a parent is unsure exactly what those needs are; you are just calling because your teen is bugging you! 

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adding a BFF session to a family session


adding a BFF session to a family session


Many parents have their family session first, and their teen's friends come at the end of the session for some BFF images for no additional charge. Call the studio to create a custom BFF session. 312.265.6024

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Pre-Mitzvah Pictures


Pre-Mitzvah Pictures


KATC is a great place for your daughter's pre-bat mitzvah images. We strive to create eye-catching, editorial style images that will WOW each of your guests as they enter the party! Showcasing CONFIDENT images during an important time in your daughter's life is some that we work hard at capturing. We work directly with you to come up with an editorial style concept that will match your theme if you have chosen one. If you've purchased her dress already, bring it in so that we can capture the images she will love to show off to all her friends.  Strong, confident and fashion forward images is the KATC way.

Don't settle for the boring pre-bat mitzvah pictures that your event photographer offers as an add-on. If you're going to work hard at creating a fabulous event for your daughter, make sure the images you chose to display matches the effort and feel you have invested on their big day!

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pre-mitzvah


pre-mitzvah


If you don't have your dress purchased yet, you can have your session in a few great outfits as well! You can even have some of your friends join you at the end so that you can capture perfect images for the montage, or your sign in book.

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Headshots


Headshots


Were are often asked if we take headshot pictures for acting and modeling.  Yes, we do!  In fact, all of the top agencies in the Chicagoland area such as BMG, Modelogic, and Steward Talent know of KATC very well, and we have photographed their teen talent.

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Who cares about braces...


Who cares about braces...


Please do not let braces deter you from capturing moments you could never uniquely capture again.  An 11-year-old is nothing like a 14-year-old. If you wait too long, you will rob yourself of time that you could have documented in a way that was eye catching. The majority of tweens and teens that we photograph are wearing braces.


At KATC, we are skilled in knowing the types of images to create when we capture a tween/teen with braces.  We can deliver plenty of images that not only meet a parents expectations, but the kids love.  

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Family Sessions


Family Sessions


Are you a parent that is looking for a family session for you and your older children?  We happily photograph families! When your children are older, many parents forget to take a family picture. We definitely know how important that is!

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siblings


siblings


Whether it is a family picture with your older kids, or just a sibling picture....
Visit our portrait website at www.alwphotography.com