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Rife Ponce Photography

4553 N. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
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Rife Ponce Photography is a Chicago-based photography studio that provides a wide range of services for individuals, families, and businesses. With a photojournalism background, owner and photographer Maggie Rife Ponce offers family photography sessions, either indoor or outdoor, to document the intimate moments of a new life and beyond. Also included in her services are wedding, portrait, corporate, and interior photography. Her studio is over 2,000 square feet in size and is filled with natural light.

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5.0 / 5 (28)
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5.0 / 5 (13)
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Abigail Joyce Photography

647 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302

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Abigail Joyce Photography strives to capture the special milestones of families in the Chicago area. Its expertise includes children's pictorials, maternity portraits, and newborn photography. It helps parents keep their children's moments, including their first days and steps. It hosts sessions outdoors or in its natural light studio. Abigail Lemenager, its owner, is also able to guide clients regarding locations and outfits. She is part of the Professional Photographers of America and the National Association of Professional Child Photographers.

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Ashley Hamm Photography

291 N Dunton Ave,, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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Ashley Hamm Photography is a business in Chicago that crafts pictures for families and couples. The studio conducts family portrait sessions at the homes of clients or any preferred outdoor location, covering both posed and candid images. It also offers photo shoots for couples' events such as weddings and engagements. Ashley works in a combination of classic and photojournalistic styles, with an emphasis on candid moments. She supports organizations such as the Make a Wish Foundation, Ronad McDonald House Charities, and Lurie's Children Hospital.

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5.0 / 5 (31)

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Beth Healy Photography

Chicago, IL 60290
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Beth Healy Photography has been providing professional photography services in Chicago, Illinois since 2007. Their services cover newborns, babies, children, family, engagement, and wedding photography. Coming from a family of artists, owner and head photographer, Beth Healy, enjoys helping her clients in capturing their life’s greatest memories through her style of photography. Photo sessions come at reasonable prices and are taken in two to four scenarios.

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5.0 / 5 (75)
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Bethany Kruska Photography

Chicago, IL 60654

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Bethany Kruska Photography provides on-location photography services for families in Chicago and the Chicago North Shore. It helps families, expecting mothers, newborn babies, and engaged couples in capturing their special moments. Bethany Kruska, owner and photographer, takes pride in delivering quality images all taken in natural light. She works closely with her clients to find the perfect spot for their photo sessions and provides a playful and stress-free experience. Bethany offers different packages to meet her clients’ specific needs.

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Brenda Robles Photography

Highwood, IL
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Brenda Robles Photography offers natural light portraiture for children and families in the greater Chicago area. The 1,200-sq. ft. studio, which is equipped to meet her clients' lighting and comfort needs, is located within walking distance from the Metra train station in the heart of Highwood. Robles offers in studio sessions as well as outdoor sessions for maternity, lifestyle newborn, cake smash/first birthday, milestone, family, toddler, and kids sessions, as well as professional headshots. Brenda Robles Photography also offers portraits, prints and framing, providing a full service experience to all her Clients.

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Christi Lynn Photography

1022 Crofton Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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Christi Lynn Photography provides services to residents in Chicago. Christi photographs memories of families, children, and newborns. She also documents maternity sessions to help preserve the first few moments of motherhood. She aims to highlight authentic emotions and interactions in her 20-minute to one-hour pictorials with her clients. The on-location photographer provides high-resolution photos and also specializes in Fresh 48 photography sessions. Christi is known for her signature storybook album.

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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Cristina Hope Photography

19 W 1st Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521
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Cristina Hope Photography, located in Hinsdale, offers outdoor and in-home sessions all across Chicago. Cristina is a full-service family photographer that deals with session consultation, art selection, site scouting, wardrobe styling, scheduling, as well as mood and feel planning. She only accepts a small number of clients in order to ensure that each session is uniquely catered to each of her clients. Some of the publications that featured Cristina's works are The Fount Collective, Belle Lumiere Magazine, and La Pêche Journal.

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4.7 / 5 (12)

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Elle Baker Photography

12544 W 159th St, Homer Glen, IL 60491
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Elle Baker Photography is a Chicago company owned and operated by Laurie Baker, a modern portrait photographer. She specializes in filming newborns, pregnant mothers, and families. With over 12 years of experience and a natural light studio in Glen, Illinois, she offers studio sessions, outdoor sessions at the nearby fields, and a photojournalistic approach to lifestyle sessions by shooting in the client's home. Ms. Baker's style is influenced by fine art, nature, and film.

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Helga Photo & Video LLC

Park Ridge, IL 60068
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Helga Photo & Video LLC is a Chicago-based photographer that offers both in-home and outdoor photo sessions. It specializes in candid family portrait photography as well as family films for all life's special milestones, including child birth, birthdays, maternity and newborns. Family video and photo shoots range from 30 minutes to four hours, depending on the specific package selected. Clients receive professionally edited, high-resolution digital photographs with print release and/or 3-6 family film within two to four weeks of the initial session.

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Inna Romanenko Photography

Chicago, IL 60631
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Based in Chicago, Inna Romanenko Photography specializes in portraiture, helping families capture big milestones such as a new addition to the family. She offers family portrait sessions good for seven people in three different packages, where photo session durations and the number of high-resolution edited images delivered vary. Sessions can either be 30-60 minutes, 90 minutes, or 2 hours long. Photo releases are given to allow clients to print their pictures. Inna Romanenko Photography also offers event photo coverage.

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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Kristen Hazelton Photography

Oak Park, IL 60301

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Kristen Hazelton Photography serves the Chicago Area. Hazelton, the owner, is a family photographer who creates a combination of posed and candid shots that highlight family members' relationships with one another. Her photos serve as art pieces on the walls of her clients’ homes. Hazelton produces photos that reflect the personality of her clients’ families and delivers a full picture gallery that contains a variety of shots. She has been serving the East Bay Area of San Francisco and Chicagoland since 2019.

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Kyle Bondeson Photography

5444 N Campbell Ave. #3, Chicago, IL 60625
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Kyle Bondeson Photography is a full-time photography studio based in Chicago that has over a dozen years of experience providing high-end portraits. Studio owner Kyle Bondeson shoots professional headshots for new actors or corporate executives who need a picture for their social media pages or portfolios. Bondeson offers budget-friendly family portraits for any occasion, including holiday cards and birthdays. Bondeson Photography also does photo reshoots, touchups, product marketing shots, and high school senior portraits.

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MNPhotoStudios

3129 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
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MNPhotoStudios offers family photography sessions for clients in Chicago and nearby areas. The studio is owned by a photographer that has been in the industry since 2005. He has built his portfolio from his experience in stock and commercial photography. MNPhotoStudios' family portrait sessions include a 30-minute to one-hour in-studio or outdoor photoshoot. The studio sends the photos online to clients a day after the session, with unlimited downloads and shares for up to a year. It can also print, enhance, and retouched photos.

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Nicole Jones Photography

Wilmette, IL
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  • Small Business Website Photography
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Nicole Jones Photography offers its services to clients throughout the North Shore of Chicago. Nicole provides family photography sessions, specializing in capturing artistic images of individuals and families that celebrate their connections and unique personalities. The sessions take place in clients' homes or at the parks and beaches in the metro. Custom and standard photo packages with additional professional prints and artwork are available. Nicole offers other types of photography services, such as senior/graduation, newborn/maternity, professional headshots and portraits, and small business website photography.

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Piero Pierrot

99 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

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Piero Pierrot is a family photographer catering to customers in the Chicago area. He offers portrait sessions held in outdoor locations. In addition, Pierrot covers family events such as baptisms, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras, and birthday parties. He can even bring backdrops and props. Clients have spoken highly of his professionalism and punctuality, as well as his patience with young children. A photographer for more than five years now, Pierrot also provides wedding coverage and corporate photography services.

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3.0 / 5 (2)

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Rosehill Road Photography

3624 Kestral Dr, Naperville, IL 60564
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Rosehill Road Photography offers family, senior graduation, and friends photography sessions in the greater Chicago metro and the surrounding areas. Lead photographer Kiersten Selby is a family photographer who believes that life is too short and "you only get one shot." She aims to capture the joy in every moment in her on-location sessions that use natural lighting. Her photo sessions range from as quick as 15 minutes to as long as 1 hour, focusing on fun and candid shots with the family.

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Scarlett Photography

3857 Grove Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
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Scarlett Photography is a family photographer servicing residents of Chicago and nearby areas. It is owned by Tiffany, a professional photographer who offers specialized services such as in-hospital newborn sessions, baby milestones, maternity, and family shoots. She has been in the industry for 15 years and considers photography as her native language. Tiffany is committed to providing a stress-free experience. She also offers a mentorship program and interested budding photographers can register on her company's website.

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Shalimar B Photography

4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
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Shalimar Beekman is an award-winning photographer who has been photographing Chicago families for over eleven years. Specializing in maternity, newborns, children and families, Shalimar captures the love and connection of families in a way that doesn't seemed staged or forced. Her clients rave about her un-ending patience and how she makes everyone feel comfortable in front of her camera. Shalimar guides clients through the entire process—from finalizing a session location to choosing images and prints that they will cherish for a lifetime.

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Yofi Photography

5220 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
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Yofi Photography is a Chicago-based company owned by the couple Vlad and Rachel, who are both photographers. They offer family photography sessions for clients. The duo aims to provide a joy-filled session while capturing the moments between family members. Each session includes planning, guidance, and an online gallery. Customers can choose from simple or signature family sessions, with a duration of 25 or 60 minutes. Clients can also choose an outdoor location in Chicago upon request.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

A family photographer is a skilled professional who uses artistic ability and a camera to take pictures of families. These professionals use photography equipment and photo editing software to create visually pleasing images of small and large family groups.

You can have this type of photo taken when welcoming a new family member, such as when a baby is born or a child is adopted. You can have family photos taken annually to show how fast your children are growing or to commemorate an annual event or favorite holiday.

Additionally, you can choose the type of setting and fashions that best fit your lifestyle for these photos. You can be as formal or casual as you like and have the pictures taken indoors or outside to suit your family’s preferences.

What is family photography?

Family photography is taking pictures of groups of family members. These can be small groups of immediate family members or large groups that include members of your extended family. Settings can involve casual or formal events that are held indoors or outdoors.

Why do you need family photos?

Family photos create a visual record of your family. These photos can create memories for you to cherish for a lifetime. Family photos also make way for future generations of your family to feel connected to you and your family.

What do family photographers do?

Family photographers help you choose a visually interesting setting. They also typically manage lighting to help your photos come out looking bright and easy to see. These photographers may work in a studio that you visit, or they can also sometimes come to a location you choose.

Why do people get family portraits?

People get family portraits to display at home and to share with loved ones. The photos can be used to commemorate the birth of a new family member and also be used to show how much family members change over the years.

How long should a family photo shoot last?

A family photo shoot can be as short as half an hour or take as long as a couple of hours. Things that affect the amount of time it takes to complete a family photo shoot include the number of outfit changes and background settings you want.

How many pictures are in a session?

The number of proofs you get from a family photo session varies based on the package you choose to buy. However, it’s common for a family photographer to provide a client with 35 to 60 images per session.

What do people wear for family photography sessions?

People typically wear clothes that represent the family’s lifestyle. For outdoor-themed photos, casual outfits in colors that stand out from the chosen background are common. For indoor or family photos to be taken at weddings, people typically choose dressier outfits.

Where to take family photos?

For indoor family photos, you can have the photographer visit your home or head to the studio. One advantage of the studio is the photographer can prepare the lighting and backdrop ahead of time. You could also head outdoors to a park or a location that’s significant to your family.

What should I look for in a family photographer?

First, look at a photographer’s portfolio to see examples of past work. If the photographer doesn’t have a portfolio, search the internet for information, such as ratings and past experiences, of other clients. Finally, check to see if they have any professional certifications from an educational institution or Professional Photographers of America.

How much does family photography cost?

Family photo sessions typically cost between $175 and $350. However, it can be much lower or higher depending on the photography package details. A photo shoot that involves several clothing changes or numerous locations can cost more.

Are you supposed to tip photographers for family photos, and how much?

If you’re having family photos taken at a studio in a retail setting, tipping isn’t typically expected. If an independent photographer takes your family photos at a location outside the studio, a 5% to 10% tip is considered a friendly way to thank your photographer.

Where can I print family photos?

Some stores that provide photo services can print your family photos. However, it’s important to discuss copyright with your photographer before you do this. If your photographer sells printed images, your photos are likely copyrighted. That means stores can’t print them without violating your photographer’s copyright.

How do I share photos with my family?

You can share digital photos with family or have them printed to share. Printed images can then be framed for display or placed in photo albums. Framed images can become part of the decor in a loved one’s home, and when placed in an album, the photos can be carried when traveling.

What can I do with old family photographs?

You can create a memory wall to display old family photos. You can choose favorite old photos to make into keepsakes, such as coffee mugs or pillows. If storage space is limited, you can have old family photos digitized, share them on a website, or upload them onto sharable flash drives.

How does someone become a family photographer?

While there are institutions that offer photography courses, many photo professionals learn the skill through practice or apprenticeships. To get started, photographers can pick up good-quality photography equipment and begin practicing. Photo editing is also an important skill to learn when becoming a family photographer.

How much can a family photographer make?

The median annual pay for a photographer, which includes family photographers, is $41,280. This breaks down to around $19.85 per hour for full-time family photographers. The pay range is from just under $11 per hour to slightly over $40 per hour.

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