Mother’s Day Mini Sessions and Gift Certificates | Chicago Spring Family Photography

Mini Sessions and Gift Certificates

It’s that time of year, to start thinking about how you will celebrate that special mother in your life, or your own relationship as mother, with your child. On April 18th  and 25th, I’m offering Mother’s Day Simplicity Sessions. Too often mothers are the ones behind the cameras and are not getting into photos with their children!! Even if you don’t feel you want to be in photographs because you are not feeling your best or want to lose a few extra pounds, do it for your children. Dads, this is an amazing gift to give for Mother’s Day and the special mom in your life will LOVE. Also, grandparents would cherish a chance to have a dedicated portrait session with the children and grandchildren. You cannot go wrong with this gift!


Mother’s Day Simplicity Sessions

  April 18th from 2-5pm  | Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

April 25th from 5-7pm  | Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe

 30 minute sessions

Choose from three Simplicity Collections starting at $300

Contact Tiia at or 773.948.9177 for additional details and to reserve your spot.

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Neighborhood Parent’s Network (NPN) Adoption Group Playdate

It was such a pleasure to meet this amazing group of Chicago families that have adopted young children recently. They were so warm and welcoming and embraced me as an adoptee as well, inviting my family to attend their future events! I loved hearing their adoption stories and sharing my own.

If you are interested in adopting or have a young adopted child, this NPN group is for you. They are even talking about including families with parents that were adopted themselves, like me! They are a very active group, meeting monthly, and serve as a wonderful support and resource for families. Read the interview with one of the co-chairs, Teresa, HERE.

Thank you to Teresa and Karen for allowing me to come and photograph the group and to share my mission of photographing families during the adoption process. I look forward to the next event (YOGA!) and meeting more families.


Chicago Ballet Dancer Photography

I’ve had a passion for ballet and ballerinas since I was 3, like many other little girls. I started dance at that age and at 15 had to make the tough choice between ballet and the other fun activities high school had to offer. I think this decision was one of the few I regret in life, yet today I still reap the benefits of this amazing art form.

Not all is lost. What I needed to do struck me one evening while chatting with a great friend over dinner about her daughter that dances with the Joffrey Ballet’s Children’s Program and that she has never been photographed there! I never had a huge interest in photographing little girls in tutus or cheesy dance recital photos, but pre-teen girls coming into their own and confident teenage girls on pointe, I would fall all over. Perhaps this is because these are my last memories of dance in my own life and it’s a turning point for many…to take it to the pre-professional level or quit. Once the idea hit my head and my girlfriend enthusiastically encouraged me, there was no stopping me from getting this rolling.

I put out a model call for young pre-teen ballerinas, with the vision of a series of artistic images of the dancers as you might see of the prima ballerinas of the world in the magazines. These girls deserve to see themselves in this light, for the beautiful mature dancers they are. They have so much to feel proud of and should look at themselves and think ‘wow, that’s ME!’ During this stage in life, with so much uncertainty, this is something they should feel very certain of, that they are great dancers.

Well, the girls were amazing and we had SO much fun. I think I had even more fun doing the poses along with them!  They each take their dancing seriously and have really mastered the grace and poise required. It was such a joy to see them all doing what they love and to create a piece of art for them to have. Thank you to all the girls and their moms and dads that brought them for the event.

I’m so happy with the results and I hope this leads to photographing more dancers in and around Chicago. I think I’ve found a new niche. Please contact me if you have a young dancer that you’d like photographed!

Here are some of the highlights from the ballet photo shoot.

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chicago teen dancer photographs

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