Family photography, for those moments you want to relive again and again…
Real-life isn’t a perfectly posed portrait. It’s movement. Play. Emotion.
Capture the essence of your family with storytelling photos that are also frame-worthy.
Whether you’re local to Chicago or from a neighboring suburb, I’d love to document your family. Scroll down to learn more about my sessions, style, and lots more photos!
Simple photography sessions, with just the right ingredients.
Family Photo Sessions Include:
-a phone or email chat to answer questions and plan your session
-style and prep guidance
-in-home, studio, or outdoor photoshoot
-an online gallery within 10 days of your family photography session
-print-ready digital files
-opportunity to purchase heirloom prints, products, and custom-designed albums.
Which photography style is right for you?
Day-in-the-Life Family Photos
This type of family photoshoot leaves you with moments, not poses. We’ll talk ahead of time to choose an activity or place to visit, like going to the farmers market or a trip to the beach. Once there, I’ll snap away while you all enjoy your time together. I’ll mostly take candids. However, if the moment feels right, I may ask you to pause or look at the camera here and there.
Sessions can last anywhere from an hour to a full day.
Traditional Family Photos
If you’re less comfortable on camera or your kids need instruction, this style might be right for you. Unlike day-in-the-life sessions, I’ll be more like a movie director. I’ll help you with how to pose, where to look, and even offer prompts to bring out some laughter.
I know all families are different. Some kids are shy and light touch. Others are high energy and call for a playmate. When needed, I’m happy to be a total goofball, or tone it down if your child’s feeling overwhelmed. As a mom and wife to a man who’s not too fond of being photographed, I understand how important it is to have a photographer who makes you feel comfortable.
In the end, I want nothing more than for you and your family to feel at ease so I can take genuine pictures you’ll cherish for years to come.
2019 Family Photography Pricing Guide
Family Portrait Photography
I also have answers to frequently asked questions below. Just keep scrolling!
How does the booking process work?
Let’s Chat. I find the best place to start is a phone call or even a video chat. That way, I can hear a little about you, your family (or family-to-be), and what you’re looking for. If you already have an idea what type of session you’d like, it’s still helpful to chat. That way we can nail down some details like what time the light is best in your home or what happens if your baby is shedding that first layer of skin during your newborn session, etc.
What’s your flavor? Once you’re ready to book you can let me know in an email or phone call. I’ll then send over a booking proposal. It will cover the details of your session and other things like my privacy and rescheduling policies. I will also include an invoice for a deposit, which applies toward your final package. Once you’ve signed the agreement and the deposit is paid, voila! You’re set.
What should we wear in our family photos?!
Ah yes, the million-dollar question. The key here is not to stress too much. If you’re going for a day-in-the-life session, then what you’d wear on a normal basis is great. Authenticity is key. Keep it fairly simple. I recommend mostly a fairly neutral palette like white, gray, blue, or beige. You can create contrast by selecting different shades within the same family.
For visual interest, you can add pops of color, texture or pattern. Just try not to go too busy. When in doubt, less is more. Check out this family and this family for inspiration. If you love color, coolors.com is a great place to generate a palette.
Fit is key. Avoid oversize items that don’t fit well, even if it’s trendy. Tailored clothing can do wonders for a figure. If you’re unsure what size or style you look best in, there are great guides on Pinterest here and here. Timeless pieces with classic cuts that flatter your shape work best. If you’re really struggling, let me know. I’m happy to create a look-board of suggestions to help!
What happens if my kids implode?
Noooo worries. I’ve dealt with imploding kids dozens of times and have plenty of tricks to pull everyone through! We also do what we can on the front end to avoid meltdowns (planning around nap time, having snacks on hand, etc). I’m always mindful of time to make sure we get our ‘winners’ quickly.
If it’s a day-in-the-life session, we keep it loose and read the situation. This is real life. Your crying child doesn’t bother me one bit. I can continue capturing your dynamic (sometimes these moments are quite powerful) or if you prefer—give you space till the energy shifts. In the end, we’ll talk through all this beforehand to ensure your comfort.
Your main squeeze isn’t a fan of pictures.
Mine isn’t either so I understand. I try to make sessions fun and painless for everyone. If your partner’s uncomfortable with posing for a camera, day-in-the-life sessions make all the difference. Instead of a formal session where they feel pressured to look a certain way, you can have fun together as a family eating ice cream or playing at the park, while I document your interactions.
I’ll be keeping it casual.
During a session, you might see me crawling in the grass along with your toddler, or climbing up a tree opposite your six-year-old. You can expect to find me in jeans and a t-shirt and a pair of sneakers or socks.
No in-person sales session, lots of options for products and prints.
You’re a parent, which basically guarantees you are busy. To make things easier for you, I’ll send a link to your online gallery where you can download your files directly. As for what to do with those files, while I’m not ever going to pressure you, a professional printer goes a long way. If you want to place an order through me, I have plenty of keepsake options. But no pressure! You have total freedom to go your own way.
When should I expect my pictures to be ready?
I know, it’s just so hard to wait, especially in the age of digital! You’ll have your gallery online within seven days of your session. Once I receive your picks for retouching, I’ll have them back to you within 72 hours.
Will my pictures end up on your website?
Only if you let me. I hope you will, but no pressure! We will go over all that when the time comes to ensure you’re comfortable.
Do you retouch my files?
I retouch all your favorites photos for traditional packages. Once your gallery is online, I’ll provide directions for this step.
Day-in-the-life sessions are all about authenticity, so I tend to do minimal if any retouching. However, if there you have any concerns that you’d like touched up, just let me know.