Preserving your Family Memories as Art | Chicago Family Photographer

I’ve been hearing this time and time again over the last couple of years, “I never print my photos and the CD of images is just sitting in a drawer!” or “I have a vision of making this great wall of family pictures, but I just never do it!” Does any of this sound familiar?

This is a big problem for many families and you may find yourself in this same boat. I know I personally am pretty guilty of this with my own family photos. My 2016 goal is to make an album for each year since my kids were born. A pretty daunting task. What do you plan to do with all the years of photos piling on your computer?

Unfortunately this issue is not going to get any better as we are settling in with our smartphones for the long haul and relying on Facebook to store out visual history. To make things even more challenging, CD’s and DVDs are becoming obselete just as VHS cassettes became. If we don’t transfer all of those digital files to another media, they will be very difficult to access and will also be at risk of corruption. Oh man, now I’m starting to panic!!

As we’ve rolled into 2016 and as I set personal goals for my family pictures, I realize that I’ve got the solution for families right in front of me and I need to be talking about it more!!! The design consultation and framing services I offer with my Signature Sessions is something that every family should take advantage of when hiring a professional photographer. You should expect to be guided on the very important decision on how to preserve your precious family portraits, not just handed a DVD to print yourself or stuff in a drawer.

In 2016, EVERY custom Signature Session follows up with an in-person design and ordering consultation, preferably in your home (then we can measure your walls and match frame mouldings)! This has become one of my favorite parts of the Signature Session process. This is where I get to help you carry out your vision for how you’d like your portraits to live on in your families for generations. For returning families, we are often revisiting the gallery we started the previous year and seeing how we can grow it or swap out images.

At the end of the experience, you will walk away with art ready to hang on your walls or a keepsake album to present on your coffee table. In doing this over the last years, I’ve found that families are MUCH more satisfied with their overall experience and the end result. And as a professional, I feel like I’m delivering the best service and experience I possibly can, by ensuring you are completely taken care of when it comes to the preservation of your memories.

To top it off, you are left with nothing else to do, but to stand back and enjoy looking at the artwork of your family on the walls (and breathe a sigh of relief).

Take a look at our Product and Design Guide to learn more about this unique service I offer.

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Due to the custom and personalized nature of this service, of course more time is involved! Therefore, I will only be taking a limited number of Signature Sessions in 2016 in order to give each client my full attention. I will still be offering several Simplicity Session events throughout the year, mainly for children only, to celebrate a holiday (such as Valentine’s Day), Mother’s Day, or holiday Winter/Santa photos. If you are interested in having your entire family photographed, this is very special and doesn’t happen that often, so I recommend the Signature Sessions for this.

Please contact me to schedule a consultation and to receive a quote.



Newborn and Sibling Photography | Chicago Newborn Photographer

It’s been a while since I photographed this adorable family following the arrival of baby M, but I had to revisit this session and post some images, as it was one of my favorite of 2015! This family was the winner of one of my session packages from the Queen of All Saints UPP fundraiser event back in May.

I often get asked if I can include siblings and parents in my in-home newborn portrait sessions. The answer is YES! I love capturing the sweet bond and pride that BIG brothers and sisters have during these early days (before jealousy sets in:-) It’s really important that I set up these shots right when I arrive at the session, before the siblings (usually 5 and under) lose interest in what I’m doing with their new baby sister or brother. After 30 minutes into the session, they’re usually ready to get their wiggles out and aren’t interested in being quiet and gentle with the baby. Also, for sibling portraits, I’m happy if baby is awake and we can get all three looking at the camera.

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While moms often feel like they don’t want to be photographed during a time of sleepless nights, feedings, diapers, and still feeling they look pregnant, I really encourage them to be in even just a few pictures. I promise I will select poses that are most  flattering post-baby. Usually a closeup photograph of mom nuzzling her little bundle is one that will be treasured forever. Baby M’s mama didn’t think she wanted to be in any pictures. I said ‘just a couple!’ when we spoke for our pre-session consultation. She warmed up to the idea and spent some time researching poses she liked, took a little time getting ready (which moms don’t often do with a newbie, so it’s kind of nice to feel a little ‘normal’) and look what we got! We couldn’t imagine missing out on this gorgeous shot of both baby and her, which turned out to be one of the favorites of all.

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To read more about what to expect during a newborn portrait session please visit the Newborn Portfolio page.

Chicago Fall Mini-Session Photography

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Fall Simplicity Sessions

We’re nearing the peak of the beautiful fall colors in the Chicago area while also nearing the end of this perfect weather! It’s not too late for your fall family portraits. Weekends have been booked for a while, but I thought I’d add in a last minute Fall Simplicity Session event Sunday November 1st. Grab a spot and join me for some fall leaf fun with your family!

When: Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015  from 1:30-4:30
Where: LaBagh Woods, Northwest side of Chicago (exact location TBD)
What: 15 minute mini-sessions with 3 high-res digital images/5×7 prints


**For families up to 5 individuals
**If you’d like additional time, reserve 2 back-to-back sessions, and receive 6 images/prints.
**Additional images/collection upgrades are available following viewing the proofing gallery

Contact me with questions!