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July 27, 2016Storm clouds
From my studio in the Bridgport Art Center, I could see the massive July 24th storm move over and into the city. Amazing!
When the 6 month old girl you are photographing lives in the one of the best designed, most beautiful houses you’ve ever been in…making photos is a dream come true. And when the Mother is the one who designed it and has a plethora of great ideas, props, clothing, pillows, fabrics, and amazing rooms to choose from I am pretty much in heaven!
Do you get close to end of the year, October or November, and you wish you would have gotten around to doing family photos earlier? In a more relaxed environment where you aren’t rushing around like crazy to finish up the year? Consider this post a friendly reminder to attempt to take the leisure of the summer to do your annual photos! Do you have a great summer home that has gorgeous locations for photos and is located near Chicago or Michigan? Use that as a backdrop instead of Lincoln Park again! Plan ahead and get something on the calendar for a summer location. The photos below were done at a summer home in Michigan…mother and son doing a casual shoot to record year 2. It doesn’t have to be complicated or overly involved just do it before November rolls around and you will get to November and feel relieved!
May 9, 2016Chicago Multi-generational family photos
Taking photos of your large multi-generational family shouldn’t be so overwhelming that you never do it. Keep it casual, don’t over dress and keep it local. Have a great backyard? Shoot there instead of trekking to a chicago location that will create stress on everyone involved. Have a pool? Beautiful landscaping? A park nearby? The most important thing is keep it simple and loose and have the photographer travel to the most advantageous spot instead of the other way around. I love these family photos from our multi-generation shoot because they are casual, gorgeous, authentic, and not too posey.
April 9, 2016Flowers blooming in the alleys
Yellow flowers are starting to bloom in the alleys around pilsen. This could mean only one thing…the spring moving season has arrived!
October 1, 2014Great hidden-gem-chicago-skyline-location for family photos
I found it! The best, new, hidden-gem-of-a-location for family photos with the chicago skyline behind! However, I’m not going to give it away unless you book a family photo shoot with me! 🙂 Great parking, hilly, brushy fall vegetation, very few people, surrounded by both urban scenes and nature with the chicago skyline a perfect photographic distance away. Wow! Why didn’t I know about this spot until yesterday! One downer…no dogs!
I always get asked about the best places to do family photos that show the Chicago skyline in them so I’ve compiled a short list with photos to show how the city looks from various popular shooting spots around the city.
1. LINCOLN PARK. You can’t beat Lincoln Park any time of year for the scenery, the greenery, the view, and the vibe. Pluses: many different scenarios and environments for varied photos; great view of the Chicago Skyline; Accessible parking. Minuses: It gets crowded and there are lots of photographers and families around doing the same thing you are so it can start to feel a little cliched and overrun.
2. BELMONT HARBOR. The proximity to the skyline at Belmont is just perfect for photos and you get full views of the water, the skyline and greenery. Pluses:…
Squashed by a Wild Thing as a newborn, then plopped as a 1 year old onto the pavement of the University of Chicago campus to channel the academic tremors…baby Darwin is poised to lead a very complex and interesting life! Already looking forward to age 2!