About - Claudia Valcich Photography
Chicago

Salutations!


I am an Orlando, Florida based portrait photographer, specializing in head shots, children, and families. I also shoot live theatre and music performances.


Origins

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, I got my first camera at seventeen, and started photographing bands, musicians and street life. Those first black and white images ignited within me a passion that has lasted over thirty years.

While studying Communications at the University of New Orleans, I immersed myself in both the Film and Theatre Departments. Working as a camera operator and lighting designer, I developed my eye for light and composition.

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Training and Experience

In the late 1980's, I moved to Orlando, and worked as an assistant to Pierre Legault, a wedding and portrait photographer. Under his tutelage, I learned studio portrait lighting, darkroom techniques, as well as photo retouching and restoration. 

Over the course of two decades, I began shooting promotional photos for local bands and musicians. I maintained my own lab and darkroom, processing my own film and printing on a variety of papers. Eventually, my physical darkroom evolved into a digital one.


Discovering my true passion

Since 2013, I have collaborated with Howard Middle School's Performing Arts Magnet, shooting promotional photos, Playbill head shots, student concerts and live musical theatre.

More recently, I have begun working with Dr. Phillips High School, shooting promotional photos and dress rehearsals for their Theatre Magnet. I have also provided event photography and head shots for their TV Production Magnet's annual Film Festival.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to capture the vitality and passion of these vibrant young artists.

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Following my bliss!

I have spent the last 18 years photographing my three sons and their friends as they grew from energetic toddlers to creative and expressive teens.

When I'm not taking pictures, I enjoy helping my sons shoot films or construct costumes for cosplay at sci-fi conventions.


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