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Hi, I'm Aliya and I am a Chicago based commercial photographer and art director! 


On set, I'm known for my instinctive ability to lead and bring a contagious positive vibe. I love connecting with everyone, even the most reserved, and I thrive on forming personal bonds with each crew member.

Most importantly, I can always find you the tastiest snack on the catering table. No questions asked!

Growing up in Chicago and living in Brooklyn for 7 years, food and the urban landscape have always been a source of creative inspiration and personal joy. 


My love for design and education in architecture are what push me to play with composition and color in my images. My fascination with human connection helps me to continue to explore memory, culture, and intimacy through the photographic process. 

Aliya Ikhumen is a commercial food photographer in Chicago. She specializes in vibrant photography with contrast and bold colors. She has experience producing brand photography for commercial clients. She loves shooting beverage photography and taking pictures of products. Aliya Ikhumen is a black female photographer in Chicago that specializes in elevating people of color. She would love to make cookbook photography and drink photography. Aliya is black food photographer in the Chicagoland area. She has shot editorials for Eater and the New York Times and plans to continue to also shoot in the Midwest. Aliya is a commercial photographer that also makes stop motions in the midwest. This is the page to find her portfolio and work local to Chicago. She is open to traveling worldwide. Her work is commercial food photography.

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