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Conversations with Ayaka Sano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayaka Sano.

Hi Ayaka, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m a classical violinist turned photographer. I’ve always loved being creative as long as I can remember. After grad school, I tried going into different fields like marketing and real estate, but eventually realized that I need to be creating art in some form and discovered photography. I love working with other creatives and making my (and my clients’) visions come to life. I’m based in Chicago but travel to Miami/LA/NYC often for work.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’d say every business has its challenges! I think the biggest thing for me has been the entrepreneurial aspect and taking care of the business side. As a photographer, I have to wear many hats – emails, accounting, marketing, customer service – it’s a lot of work but I’ve learned a lot!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
So I am a portrait and fashion photographer. I love portraiture because it gives my subjects confidence and I can show them how beautiful they are. I’ve also always loved fashion and I love photographing it because there are so many things you can do. I love incorporating motion and mixing textures and really bringing out each piece. I’ve only submitted for publication once with my team, but proud to say we landed the cover on our first try! My work ethic and creative eye set me apart from others. My clients always know they can count on me to meet deadlines while still producing beautiful work.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
I was such an extrovert as a child, growing up in Japan (I am pretty introverted now) and remember playing Jasmine in the school play for Aladdin. I was like 3 or 4 years old, and I wanted the lead role so badly that my mom ended up sewing the costumes for everybody!! So wild looking back.


  • My pricing starts at $600 for a non-commercial session.

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Image Credits
MUAS: Kayla Ramos, Paige Puccio Hair: Tamara Holden, Emily Churra, Hannah Colby Models: Taylor Pentecost, Leilani Etherton, Quanesha Jermon, Kate Ruland, Haley Griebat, Morgan Corabell

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