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Meet Emmanuel Luciano of ELuciano Photography in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emmanuel Luciano.

Emmanuel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I initially bought a Canon 6D in April of 2016 to document my adventures in the Philippines at the end of the year. I didn’t take photos too often as I would have liked from April – December so, I can’t say I was very serious about it. I came back on New Years Day and decided that I should start taking things more seriously. After spending time in the Philippines and seeing how the poor are there, I wanted to be able to create additional income through photography to donate to those less fortunate. When I came back, there were very few people who would take a chance on me to allow me to practice. I wasn’t able to get anyone to model for me and got tired of it that I would go to downtown during those cold weekends and asked random strangers if I could take their photos just so, I could practice my camera and editing skills. Slowly, I was able to get more people who were willing to let me photograph them. Fast forward a couple of months and a YouTuber/Photographer, Manny Ortiz, reached out to me after seeing some of my work to create a video for his YouTube. He was one of those inspirations at the start of my photography career whose videos helped me to learn more about how to use a camera. My main focus now are portraits, weddings and clothing brand images.

Has it been a smooth road?
In the beginning, it wasn’t smooth at all. I would message so many people on Instagram or Facebook to model for me so, I could practice but I rarely heard back from them. It was when I was able to show some of my work that steadily, more people were willing to let me photograph them.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in portraits. I’m currently breaking into the wedding industry and have shot a couple of weddings as a lead photographer. I’ve also done a couple of shoots for boutique clothing brands.

What sets my images apart is the deep separation of my subject to their background. I own a Canon 200 f2 which allow me to do this. I am also equipped to photograph at any time of day and deliver what clients want in whichever style.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I do feel like Chicago is a great place to start for new photographers. While there is heavy competition, there are always opportunities if someone is willing to seek them out. It won’t be easy but things that are worth it, never are.


  • Portraits – $150-350
  • Weddings – $1,6K-3K
  • Brand Work – $150-350

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 312-953-2332
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @elucianophotography @elucianoweddings

Stephanie Morgan (Instagram: @xostephmorgan)

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