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Best Family Photographers in Chicago, IL

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Chicago Family Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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4553 N. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

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5.0 (38)
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5.0 (28)
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5.0 (18)

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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.

  • Weddings
  • Corporate
  • Maternity
  • Portraits
  • Families

Chicago, IL

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5.0 (24)

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Maggie of Everything Is Grace Photography serves couples and families in and around Chicago. She holds family portrait sessions outdoors, utilizing warm, natural light in her photos, which is aligned with her focus on documenting the candid moments between family members to show each person's personality. She plans the sessions with clients and guides them in selecting outfits and choosing locations. Photos are sent in both color and black and white in a private online gallery. Maggie's work was published in The Photograp[her] Magazine in 2022.

  • couples photography
  • Lifestyle
  • Photography
  • Newborn Photography
  • Portraits
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  • Family Photography
  • Maternity Photography
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Abigail Joyce Photography

647 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302

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5.0 (108)
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4.9 (54)
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5.0 (5)

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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.

4018 Joliet Ave, Lyons, IL 60534

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5.0 (16)
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5.0 (3)

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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.

291 N Dunton Ave,, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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5.0 (101)
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4.9 (96)
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4.9 (46)

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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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Piero Pierrot

99 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

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5.0 (10)
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3.0 (2)

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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.

1022 Crofton Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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5.0 (11)
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5.0 (10)

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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.

3129 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634

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5.0 (71)
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5.0 (33)
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5.0 (23)

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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.

3624 Kestral Dr, Naperville, IL 60564

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5.0 (2)

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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.

Chicago, IL 60290

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5.0 (75)

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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.

4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

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5.0 (9)

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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.

Chicago, IL 60631

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5.0 (15)
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5.0 (2)

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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.

333 N Oakley Blvd Ste 104, Chicago, IL 60612

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5.0 (8)
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5.0 (5)

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Edyta Grazman Photography captures images of Chicago-area children and families. Additionally, it offers headshots and maternity and newborn photo packages. This photography business conducts both on-location and in-studio shoots, with a typical session lasting roughly 90 minutes to two hours. Following a session, clients can peruse and order from galleries of edited images. Other options include framed artwork, canvas gallery wraps, and heirloom-quality albums. Edyta Grazman Photography also provides lessons and creates editorial and commercial photography.

Highwood, IL

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5.0 (1)

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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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Bethany Kruska Photography

Chicago, IL 60654

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5.0 (3)

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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.

12544 W 159th St, Homer Glen, IL 60491

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5.0 (35)
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5.0 (9)

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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.

5220 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

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5.0 (59)
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5.0 (50)
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5.0 (35)

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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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Kyle Bondeson Photography

5444 N Campbell Ave. #3, Chicago, IL 60625

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5.0 (93)
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5.0 (18)
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5.0 (5)

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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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Kristen Hazelton Photography

Oak Park, IL 60301
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5.0 (37)
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5.0 (11)

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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.

Wilmette, IL

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5.0 (58)
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5.0 (2)

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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.

  • Small Business Website Photography
  • Family Photography
  • Family Portraits

Aurora, IL

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5.0 (30)
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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (2)

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Charity White provides a personalized boutique photography service to families and seniors in Aurora, Naperville, and the surrounding west suburbs of Chicago. Charity takes pictures of families and documents their special moments. She is dedicated to preserving stories through joyful, light-filled portraits. In order to personalize the session details and go over the studio menu and products, she meets with clients in person or over the phone. Charity has more than 10 years of experience in the photography industry and is passionate about using portraiture to make genuine connections and make a difference.

  • Couples
  • Graduations
  • Seniors

Park Ridge, IL 60068

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5.0 (10)

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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.

19 W 1st Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521

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4.7 (12)

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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.

Compare our Top Family Photographers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Rife Ponce Photography
4553 N. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640Call for pricing
Everything Is Grace Photography
Chicago, ILAll-Inclusive packages begin at $750
Abigail Joyce Photography
647 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
Scarlett Photography
4018 Joliet Ave, Lyons, IL 60534
Ashley Hamm Photography
291 N Dunton Ave,, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Piero Pierrot
99 E Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
Christi Lynn Photography
1022 Crofton Ln., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
MNPhotoStudios
3129 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
Rosehill Road Photography
3624 Kestral Dr, Naperville, IL 60564
Beth Healy Photography
Chicago, IL 60290
Shalimar B Photography
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Inna Romanenko Photography
Chicago, IL 60631
Edyta Grazman Photography
333 N Oakley Blvd Ste 104, Chicago, IL 60612
Brenda Robles Photography
Highwood, IL
Bethany Kruska Photography
Chicago, IL 60654
Elle Baker Photography
12544 W 159th St, Homer Glen, IL 60491
Yofi Photography
5220 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Kyle Bondeson Photography
5444 N Campbell Ave. #3, Chicago, IL 60625
Kristen Hazelton Photography
Oak Park, IL 60301
Nicole Jones Photography
Wilmette, IL
Charity White
Aurora, IL
Helga Photo & Video LLC
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Cristina Hope Photography
19 W 1st Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521

FAQs

  • 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.