Professional Photos from one of Chicago’s Top Family Photographers

for those moments you want to relive again and again…

Hi, I’m Maggie! I’m a Chicago-based family photographer capturing unscripted moments and beautiful portraits for people to cherish for life.

As one of the top family photographers based in Chicago, Illinois, this page is your go-to destination for all the details of my family photography services, including:


A little about me and why I’ve been named a top Chicago family photographer

I didn’t become one of the top family photographers in Chicago overnight. I started taking pictures as a teenager, even developing my own film in my basement darkroom. I have a degree in photojournalism, but I also love the arts. This combination inspires my style. I want to show the real AND the pretty.

When I’m not snapping pics and doing family photography, you might catch me dancing with my sons, practicing a handstand, or exploring a new neighborhood in the city.

Professionally, I have 15+ years of photography experience, a degree in the field, and have been named a top photographer in Chicago for multiple years in a row {}.

However, I’m not just a family photographer; on a personal level, as a mom of two, a small-business owner, and wife of a man who works evenings, I can truly relate to the many logistics parents juggle on a daily basis. That’s why I strive to make your photo session with your family not just smooth but also really fun – all while creating a remarkable family photo album of the day for each client, one they’ll cherish for generations.

Family photography in Chicago: a guide to the most photogenic spots in the city from my humble perspective

In a city full of iconic architecture and beautiful landscaping, choosing a spot for your family photos in Chicago can feel overwhelming. Talk about decision fatigue! To help my family clients out, I’ve created a guide to my favorite Chicago family photography locations, both outdoors and in. Follow the links below to find the full guides and discover the best settings in the city for your family portrait.

Simple with just the right ingredients.

What’s included, and how much does it cost?

As an experienced Chicago photographer, I can capture your family naturally in the moment and create special memories for you to treasure. To do that, I offer newborn, children, maternity, and family photography in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 

Every family photography session with your Chicago family photographer includes: 

  • phone or email consultation
  • Style and prep guidance
  • Online gallery within 10 days
  • Print-ready digital files

2022 Family Photography Pricing Guide

The extras:

  • Sessions outside of Chicago are subject to a $200 travel charge.
  • Mini sessions are only available on weekdays.
  • One-hour sessions are $100 off on weekdays (Monday-Thursday) May-Nov.
  • Bundle packages are available and include a built-in discount.

“The photos are stunning! You would never know that Eve was melting down almost the entire time. We are so appreciative of the beautiful work!” 

-Megan Paul

What should you expect from your Chicago family photographer?

Before your session.  I’ve created a simple system to make scheduling super simple.  You receive direct access to my availability and select a time that works for you.

Once booked.  I provide recommendations for convenient locations depending on where YOU live and the type of background you prefer. When it comes to what to wear, a question EVERYONE asks about, I provide guidance for how to pull your looks together and places to shop depending on your taste. I also give helpful tips to prepare–tricks of the trade you could call them, to make things go a bit smoother on the day of your photoshoot.

And more: I know you probably have many more questions. Don’t worry! I have a page dedicated to frequently asked questions about my family photoshoots and a survival guide for getting the most out of your family photoshoot with one of the leading Chicago-based family photographers, including: 

  • In a big city like Chicago, how ever will we find each other? 
  • What’s the booking process like? 
  • Do I take portraits or just documentary photos? 
  • What to wear for your family photos
  • What happens if there’s a melt-down?
  • What if your partner’s not into pictures?
  • What to expect from me, your Chicago family photographer?
  • How & when you’ll receive the pictures
  • Do I retouch your photos?
  • How to display your pictures? 

If you’d rather chat through everything on the phone, I’d love to connect! You can schedule a quick phone call here.

Want to see more pictures? You’ve come to the right place. Check out these sample galleries below: