studio soo in chicago

ideal space for
bridal session

Fascinated by the artistic neighborhood of Irving Park and the beautiful building at 4043 N Ravenswood Ave, Soohyun and Saehee created a unique photo studio with the help of architect Jinho Woo from the design company, Ebenbrook, in the summer of 2018.

The space was designed to meet the needs of bridal and family studio sessions, but also to specifically cater to young Korean couples. In South Korea, wedding ceremonies are as short as 30 minutes and are not followed by a big reception. This means there isn’t sufficient time built in to photograph the bride and groom like there is in a traditional American wedding. It is very popular for Korean young couples to visit a photo studio months ahead of their wedding ceremony to take ‘Rehearsal’ photos. During these sessions, the couple takes pictures with full make up and hair in their wedding outfits for hours. For this reason, Korean-American couples often visit South Korea to do their pre-wedding photoshoot. If they can’t afford an international trip or don’t have the time, they visit Los Angeles, Atlanta or New Jersey to find a Korean style photo studio to meet their needs. Now young Korean couples in the Midwest do not need to travel far for a Korean-style pre-wedding photoshoot since Studio Soo has been specially designed to meet their needs, with 2,400 square feet of beautiful indoor and outdoor studio space that is perfect for bridal sessions.  


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Soohyun and Saehee began dating in 2003 after they met at church in Seoul, South Korea. From the time Soohyun started his career as a professional photographer, Saehee was working as a writer and video editor in television and radio. After eight years of dating and working separately as artists, they finally got married in 2009 and their personal and professional partnership began.

They came to Chicago in 2012 when Soohyun decided to pursue his second Masters degree in photography, having already received an MFA in photography at Hong-ik University in Seoul. They had two sons while Soohyun was studying at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ian in 2013 and Sean in 2015. In 2017, Soohyun and Saehee received permanent residency from USCIS based on Soohyun’s contribution to fine art photography. Shortly after, they began their photography business by taking over a children’s portrait studio called Chicago Baby in Arlington Heights.

While Saehee loves to choose clothing and make decorations for children’s sessions and enjoys working with young moms for Chicago Baby, Soohyun has been often asked to shoot his friends’ weddings and engagements. Both Saehee and Soohyun realized that expanding the photography business to include wedding photography would be a powerful tool that could positively impact families and build relationships through beautiful and memorable photographs. As they both have a passion for getting to know the couples and families they photograph and they love building on these relationships by returning to photograph engagements, weddings, anniversaries, children and family portraits, expanding their business seemed like a natural step. 

They launched a wedding photography brand, Studio Soo, in 2017, and happily provide beautiful photography and videography services to preserve couples’ memories and capture significant moments in tangible photo albums and prints that last for generations. While Saehee still primarily runs Chicago Baby and Soohyun heads Studio Soo, they assist each other with photoshoots under both brands. 

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4043 N Ravenswood ave. ste 115, chicago il 60613

312-757-1207

info@studiosoo.net