Written by Stephanie Madison of Art Detroit
If you've lived in the Metro Detroit area in the last 5 years, chances are you've seen some of the work of Chris Ahern Photography at some point in that time. With nearly 25,000 followers over social media, over 100 positive reviews, multiple galleries, awards and publications, Chris's eye, creative talent and hard work have been seen far and wide, working with the national broadcasts at FOX Sports and CBS Sports (2016-present), Motown Countdown (2016-present), Movement Festival Afterparties, Spirit Airlines ALPA, The APSE Foundation, National Anthem Singer Angela Davis, IBEW Local 58, The Brett Johnson Collection and many more.
Starting his business off of his self taught passion a half-decade ago, Chris went from making a Facebook page and winning online photography contests to eventually being seen at art shows and fairs at venues like The Eastern Market, The Rustbelt, Cranbrook Science Museum, Urbanrest Brewing, Catfe Lounge, Ferndale City Council and a variety of other hot spots in the area. In Late 2015, he was offered his own rotating gallery space at the House Music venue MIX Bricktown (641 Beaubien Street) to display and sell 20-35 of his visual masterpieces that capture the beauty of Detroit architecture and landscapes. His gallery has been voted the top 5 galleries of Metro Detroit for two years in WDIV's "Vote 4 The Best" contest.
Chris has also received awards for his work by Madison Heights City Council, Canvas Pontiac (Judged by a panel from the Detroit Institute of Arts), Photographers Forum (An internationally published coffee table book), and has been the Featured Artist in multiple fashion shows in which fashion designers based the wardrobe of over models around the artwork of Chris Ahern Photography as they walked down the runway with his canvases. Beginning in 2018, Chris Ahern Photography's gallery creation services expanded to private businesses interested in commissioning stock and custom orders for office spaces, as seen now throughout the International Bancard building in near Campus Martius in Detroit among others.
Chris's skilled professional photography doesn't just end with bringing stunning landscapes and architecture to life. As one of the area's most talented and multifaceted photographers, Chris has now shot hundreds of events, weddings, engagements, portraits, promo shoots, music performances, model shoots, pets, real estate and more.
In 2019, In addition to the work found at MIX Bricktown, Chris Ahern Photography gallery work can be found on display and sale at The Social Club (16000 W. 9 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI), Curl Up & Dye Saloon (2059 N Monroe St, Monroe, MI), Schramm's Mead in March (327 W. 9 Mile Road Ferndale, MI), Level One Bank Gallery this Fall (22635 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI), Lockerroom Lounge (18290 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI) and other locations coming soon.
Other than photography, Chris is also the newly appointed Press Secretary of IBEW Local 58 in Detroit (along with being a certified telecommunications technichian with them), vocalist and keyboard player of The Hot and Nows, the co-founder of a new community event/art space called The Stratford in Ferndale. "One of the biggest struggles for me getting started and also from artists in almost every genre of art is they don't have a space to work in. This is going to be the answer to that." Along with having a rentable photography studio, The Stratford will also hold potential to be a multifaceted event space, an art gallery and a band hotel in which bands can practice and perform.
"Chris did multiple photo shoots for my band and he is the man. His willingness to get in there and get those action shots no matter what it takes was really cool. He's a man that loves his craft and his art shows. Thanks for all the love Chris."
"Stunning work! Easy to work with for a recent set of portrait shoots, one of the most genuine and kind spirited artists I've met and one of my favorite pages to follow! Keep it up!
"Chris is a phenomenal artist and has a beautiful spin on his work."
Macey Chovaz (of APSE Foundation)
"I hired Chris to take photographs at our Conference at the MGM Grand in Detroit in November. Chris was prompt and very creative. He is clearly versatile and highly skilled. If our events take us back to Detroit we will definitely hire Chris again!"
"I've had the pleasure of working with Chris more than a few times, and the man is an absolute BLAST to be around in general, and that's not to mention one of the best photographers you could meet. The kid is hands down phenomenal."
"Great products from a Great guy"
"I'm usually strictly a landscape sorta girl but I fell in love with Chris' unique perspective and am now the proud owner od several of his peices (canvas, mouse pad & calandars). He also did the wedding photos for my brother's wedding and CRUSHED IT. I rarely manage to take flattering photos but he pulled it off. Thanks again Chris! "
Chris has such a talent for showcasing Detroit through his photos. I love seeing it the way he sees it. I have two canvases in my house that look amazing and looking forward to many more! Great work, Chris! Would not hesitate to recommend his work to anyone!
Amazing very beautiful!
"Chris takes the subjects that we've seen a million times in Detroit photography and makes you feel like it's the first time you've ever seen it. He's got a unique, colorful, peaceful way of seeing things and does an incredible job of bringing that to the screen. 5 stars."
"His photos are simply stunning, and his ability to rise above is amazing. He can take ordinary things and make them extraordinary! If you aren't a fan of his work after seeing it, then you didn't come here for art."
"Amazing photographer with superb talent. Looking forward to working some more events together."
Enjoyed looking at your photographs. Some very creative work.
Chris Is A Straight G!
Watch & Learn, People?
"A local photographer that shows Detroit's renaissance better than anyone else."
"One of the best photographers in the city hands down."
"Legend in the D..displays many aspects of imagery in photography..Michigan has many wonders ahern sure knows how to capture them"
"Great perspectives, great city!"
"Nice work. A real treat to see these photographs."
"Incredible stuff! His vision and attention to detail is impressive and appealing."
Deborah Nulle Miller
"Awesome photos, Chris! Your work is really well done and professional."
"Really cool aspects of our beautiful city."
"StayFabulous 💎💙💎 Great Photography places people angles are the most amazing 💎💙💙"
If you are searching for a great photographer, look no further"
"All I can say is beautiful..."
"You have some amazing work"
"Amazing artist! I am looking forward to the future!
"Amazing photos when incredible angles, recapturing detroit one photo at a time, great work chris!"
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