I am honored to have happy clients and I am humbled by the kind words they have shared about their experience with AKP. Click on the pictures to view images from each client’s session.


image: beautiful Modern Beauty client captured by Alise Kowalski Photography, Chicagoland modern portrait photographerOur photo shoot with Alise was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. She was nothing short of amazing with my two young daughters as she got them to hold still, smile, and even pose for the camera. And that is a tall order for a 2 and 4-year-old, for sure! She was so much fun and the entire session was relaxed. Alise knew exactly what to do to make me feel comfortable as she guided me through various poses.  I felt beautiful during the session, but what made it so completely worth it was seeing my images! I couldn’t believe how she captured all of us so beautifully! She truly has a gift and it comes in such a sincerely passionate package when she shows up and captures the beauty of the moment.  Thanks, Alise, for what you do is truly art!

Lauren B.


image: professional corporate headshot by Alise Kowalski Photography, Chicago modern portrait photographerI have been on a ten year mission to get a decent headshot for my website.  A friend of mine gave a glowing recommendation of Alise, so I decided to give it one more shot.  What an amazing experience!  My girlfriend and I drank fruity drinks while her stylist did our hair and makeup- we were chatting and giggling the entire time.  The experience was amazing, but the pictures were even better.  I have NEVER been pleased with my photos, and I finally had not one, but five, that I loved.  I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a great portfolio to treasure.

Kelly H.




I immediately knew that the Modern Beauty package for two would be something perfect for my best friend, Amy, and I to do together. I wanted us to feel pampered and special – for the two of us to take time for ourselves. For two girls that constantly wear t-shirts and have their hair in ponytails… I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to see if you really could transform us into glamorous, beautiful women.

We were both very excited for the day of the photo shoot. It was fun to show up without make up, wearing only a shirt and shorts and have someone else do all of our makeup and hair. I enjoyed pulling together outfits that I thought made me feel good when I wore them and seeing what you thought would be best for photos. When it came time for you to take the photos, we were both super excited. We already felt transformed and you only confirmed that by making us feel relaxed and getting “real” smiles and bright eyes from us.

Now, several months later, every time I see those photos, it’s a constant reminder of just how beautiful I am. I can’t wait to share these images with my daughter when she’s older and I’ll be anxious to have you shoot photos of her that showcase her spark and personality better than any other photography I have ever seen by keeping it classy and natural.

Julie S.


image: a sweet family moment captured by Alise Kowalski Photography, Chicagoland modern portrait photographer

One of the things we loved most about working with Alise was the time she took ahead of our session to get to know our family, walk through our house (shoot location), and understand what we hoped for in our end result.  This prep work made our photo shoot day run very smoothly. It was a wonderful experience.  As a result, Alise was able to capture personality, character and love in all of our final images. One of my favorite things was the video montage of all the lifestyle shots and video clips. It is so special to have those everyday moments that often go unnoticed appreciated in such a fun way. My kids watch the video over and over again. Thank you, Alise!

Carolyn E.



You have no idea how much we loved these pictures!  You captured the essence of my girls perfectly! I can’t wait to share the pictures and your amazing work! I know how hard you worked and just want you to know how much we appreciated it and how much I love how special the girls felt. I absolutely adore these pictures. You are AMAZING! Thank you!

Susannah H. (mother of Lauren and Lindsey, pictured)



image: a sweet family moment captured by Alise Kowalski Photography, Chicagoland modern portrait photographerOur family absolutely loves working with Alise! We feel like she is one of our family friends – so she understands who we are and what we like. But, at the same time she is the consummate professional. It is the perfect blend of the two. Our family likes a mix of posed and natural photos and Alise always makes sure we have lots of styles to choose from. Also, it is hard to capture 1-2 year olds in great pictures and she has really been amazing at engaging our little one. We always look forward to our session and our photos because they are really a true representation of our personalities, and we use them all year long. We frame them for our house, put them on our social media pages, in our Christmas card, and most importantly send them to family.

Ashley B.



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