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We change people’s lives!

Weddings, Events and Family

We are a boutique studio, so we get to know our clients and our service to them is our number one priority. We want your experience to be like nothing you have ever experienced before! We want you to “feel” valued and special. Whether it’s a family bringing in a newborn, 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! A passion of ours is to create images that will become priceless family heirlooms and works of art that will become their most prized possessions.

Corporate Head Shots

The Valen Studios team has 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 and professions including ­radio talk show hosts around the world, comedians from Saturday Night Live, Mrs. USA, reality television winners, state senators and congressman, celebrity models and television & film actresses. We have produced commercials for national companies as well as providing commercial photography for brands such as Lexus, Proctor & Gamble, and Nestlé.

Commercial Work

We have produced commercials for national companies as well as providing commercial photography for brands such as Lexus, Proctor & Gamble, and Nestlé.

Bridal Shop

We are an edgy, chic Bridal Boutique in down town Grayslake. Find your dream bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses at Valen Studios Bridal Boutique! We offer a unique experience for all of our guests. We only work with one bridal party at a time, so you are guaranteed to be the only ones in here during your visit. You can expect us to put you at ease with our expert knowledge and one on one personal attention.

About Us

Steve Neilson, Valen Studios’s founder, is a world 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 and humorous personality comes alive at weddings, always making full bridal parties and families feel at ease. Steve is globally recognized for producing beautiful pieces of wedding and engagement photography art. His studio’s style is artistic and edgy and he prides himself on the fact that he studied under the top five photographers in the world to bring his craft to the highest level.

Valen Values

Team work:
We work together to accomplish the goal of taking care of our clients needs by utilizing the unique strengths of our team members.

Unparalleled Service:
Our number one priority is to help guide and support you to keep you from being overwhelmed.

Change Lives:
We want your experience to be like nothing you have ever experienced before. We want you to “feel” valued and special.

Reliability:
To consistently bring our best everyday and act with integrity and dignity.

Culture:
To cultivate a community of respect, connection and encouragement.

Passion:
We commit to our craft and deliver our finest work to every client.

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