Janie and Jack – Fall 2014

I had the privilege of photographing some cuties for the Janie and Jack fall portrait event recently. We work with them a few times a year for promotional sessions with some of the store’s favorite clients. Here are some sneak peeks of a few of this fall’s sessions. Parents, I’m looking forward to seeing you next week for your viewings where you’ll get to see all of your adorable images. Thanks so much for participating!

Just Make It a Game! – North Shore Family Photographer

Photographing toddlers (and those who have just left toddlerhood and entered the 3-5 year old range) can sometimes be tricky. This is especially true if we’re dealing with a few at a time! Getting outdoors for a session like this is the perfect way to allow children to let off some steam, run around a bit, and interact without the session feeling too rehearsed. I love playing peek-a-boo, tag, and “make-a-funny-face” games with little ones in this age range. It’s a great way to get authentic smiles and natural looking family portraits while allowing the kids to forget there’s a camera involved. This is a great thing to remember when taking your own images as well. Instead of asking for a “cheese”, play a game! Most importantly, watch for the moments in between. That moment after a reaction is often the most genuine.

Farewell to Fall (Almost!) – Chicago Family Photographer

Chicago Fall Family Portraits

Fall is nearly over and it’s time to start planning for the holidays! Schedule your family portrait session now and get a jump-start on those holiday cards by receiving a complimentary set of 25 custom cards with your session! ($125 value). Our cards are press printed on luxurious linen or pearl finish paper with pre-printed custom envelopes, ready for you to address and send. Fall family portraits are the perfect way to commemorate this fleeting time and capture some great images to share with friends and family for the upcoming holiday season. Click here to reserve your session now. After completing your purchase, give us a call or send us an email to schedule your date. We only have a few openings left for our weekday sessions and the beautiful weather will soon be gone, so don’t delay. We can’t wait to see you!

This offer is valid for weekday sessions booked by October 14, 2014 and scheduled by November 7, 2014.

…and baby makes three! – Chicago Newborn Photographer

This gorgeous couple came to see me to celebrate the arrival of their new baby girl. When you know newborns well enough, you can almost predict when they are going to smile. We do a lot of watching and waiting, and sometimes holding our breath for those moments when we can capture a smile in newborn portraits. This little lady must’ve been having some great dreams because she smiled quite a bit. Mom and Dad were equally amazing, and in my opinion, look a little too well-rested to be new parents.;)

Fall Festivities – Chicagoland

Fall is Here!


There is so much to do! We’ve gathered a few fun, family-friendly fall activities for you.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

What’s fall without visiting a pumpkin patch? Check out a list of local pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

Navy Pier

It’s Halloween at Navy pier from October 2nd – November 2nd! These festivities include costume contests, trick or treating, fireworks and more! Click here for more info.

“Boo! at the Zoo”

Visit Brookfield Zoo on October 18, 19, 25, or 26 to participate in games, activities for kids, hayrides, and a costume parade.

Dogs in Costume

Don’t forget about your canines! Check out Spooky Pooch Parade on October 18th at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

What’s Fall without Scarecrows?

Check out the Scarecrow Fest on October 10-12th. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, a carnival, and a petting zoo!

Family Movie Fun

This Children’s Film Festival will be running from October 24th until November 2nd!

Looking for more? Here’s a whole list of events for October (for kids and grown ups)!

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