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Hi, I'm Aliya!

I am a Chicago based commercial food and beverage photographer. 


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 cooking and education in architecture are what push me to play with composition and texture in my images and my fascination with human connection helps me to explore memory, culture, and intimacy through the photographic process. 


At every shoot, my number one goal is to illustrate a story.

I am currently based in the midwest and open to travel opportunities worldwide.

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.

portrait of food and beverage photographer Aliya Ikhumen in Chicago, IL
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