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“Tanya is a gift to engaged couples everywhere!  We found Tanya through a Groupon for a 2-hour photo session which we used for our engagement shots.  When we called to book our session, she was super flexible and even called us to update us on the weather and her recommendations to keep or change the date.  We basically toured Chicago on a hot and steamy July night, visiting all of our favorite places.  Tanya was always open to our suggestions, and when we were out of ideas, she had plenty of ideas of her own.  She also never referenced a time limit or rushed us. Our engagement photos turned out beautifully, and we even asked Tanya for help thinking through how to use them for save-the-dates.  (She has some awesome, creative ideas).

Of course, we had to use her for our wedding – and again, I can’t reiterate her flexibility, humor, creativity and talent.  Along with a great team, she took shots of our Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony, and Reception (all on separate days).  We not only got some incredible photos to capture this amazing time in our lives we also had fun working with her.  We consider Tanya a friend now and would recommend her to anyone looking for a non-traditional approach to wedding photos. -Helen 

“We booked Tanya for a photo shoot with our daughters Cailyn is 16 months, the Gracie 4 months. We weren’t sure how they would be or how they would react being so young. From the first minute we walked into the studio, Tanya was a pro! She was so kind and welcoming, she immediately bonded with our girls and filled the room with a good sense of trust. Tanya had very nice toys laid out for the girls, the blocks were a hit.  We were equally surprised how creative she was during the shoot. Hands down, the pictures of our daughters are gorgeous! Tanya was able to capture the innocence and spirit of our daughters, thank you! If you have children, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND Tanya.”


“Tanya recently did engagement photos for my fiancé and me, and they are gorgeous. She has a real photographer’s eye and can spot which poses and angles will work well.

Here are a few of my favorite parts:  We took the photos on the campus of the University of Chicago, where my fiancé and I met. Even though she had never been there before, Tanya immediately pointed out several places where we should take photos. One was a fire escape on the side of a building that I had never noticed before. We climbed to the top and got a shot of us with the entire university stretched out in the background. It was probably our best photo. I just loved how we provided the template and theme (a photo shoot at our college) and she used her craft to make our vision come to life.

She brought along an antique camera and used it as both a lens and a prop. As a “lens,” she angled it so that she used her professional camera to take photos of us through the lens of the antique one. It was a really cool and hip concept and added style and uniqueness to our photos.

She told me that she never does the same shoot twice. She wants each client to have a unique experience that serves as an artistic representation of their lives, and that simply cannot be replicated. She did give us some suggestions for posing (“hug,” “lean in together,” “back up”) but for the most part, she allowed us to act natural and snapped away on the camera. The result was beautiful – it really captured us as ourselves, and not as stock photos of any newly engaged couple.

The resulting photos were so beautiful! Tanya edited them in about 10 days. She makes great use of space and light. They were edited so that you could tell they were professional, but they did not look fake or photoshopped at all.

Overall, I loved my experience with Tanya Velazquez Photography. If you want a non-invasive, natural, unique and chic photo session, I would definitely recommend going here!”


“OK – so you have a new baby (our first) and of course you’re gonna need some great shots right? Well, my wife was determined to have as many pictures taken as possible (it seemed like every other day) and we were SO BLESSED that Tanya was in Orange County, CA for a vacation and agreed to shoot some photos for us.

Out of all the photographers we hired and pictures we took ourselves, Tanya’s photos turned out to be our favorite. The shots were so genuine and warm and really felt like they captured the essence of our sweet little Bennett.

Honestly though, the thing that stood out to me the most was how genuine and sweet Tanya was. I really trusted her and you could immediately tell she loves what she does and is great with babies and people in general. She has such a calming presence and I think that is why the photos turned out so great. She was able to work quickly and capture so many emotions before Bennett decided he was “over it” and didn’t want to be photographed any more.

I’d 100% have Tanya take more photos of Bennett anytime she’s in town or we are in Chicago, and I would even trust her to babysit if she was up for it! She’s amazing and I highly recommend you reach out to her for your next photography need. You won’t be disappointed.”


“We are beyond thrilled with how the guestbook and save the dates turned out! We cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work!!!   We cannot wait for our guests to write in it and have something more unique and more our style than a traditional guestbook!!!!

We are sending the save the dates out this week! As with all of your other work, they are absolutely perfect!!!
Thank you a million times over.”
-Gianna & Lucas