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Spring Mini Sessions | Chicago, Illinois Photography | Peoria, Illinois Photographer

Back by popular demand – Mini Sessions! I am super excited to offer Minis in and around Chicago/suburbs and Central Illinois this Spring. I have dates available in March and April. These are perfect for couples, engagements, to update your family pictures, or to get new fun pictures of your kiddos.

Limited dates and availability, don’t miss out!

 

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Aakre Family | Millennium Park | Maggie Daley Park | Chicago, Illinois Family Photography

Every year, I always have SO much fun exploring different parts of Chicago with this awesome family! This year, we tackled Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park to name a few places. I love hanging out with this family every year and I can’t wait to see the adventures we will go on next year!

 

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Fall Mini Sessions – Chicago, Illinois Child & Family Photography

Back by popular demand! I have been asked a few times if I’m having any Fall Mini Sessions so I decided to set aside two dates this Fall for some mini sessions. I have chosen two locations, one in the suburbs and one in the city to try to accommodate everyone. This will be such a beautiful time of year with the leaves changing colors and is a great opportunity to get some updated family photos for your walls or holiday cards.

Here are the details:

September 26th will be held at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Available times are: 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30.

October 4th will be held at Museum Campus in Chicago, IL. (This location may change) Available times are: 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30.

A session fee of $75 is due to reserve your date and time along with a signed session agreement. This post will be updated as session times are filled.

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These sessions are perfect for small families, children, and couples. If you have a larger family (5+ people) you may want to purchase two slots back-to-back to allow for more time.

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  • Geneva Everett - Hello,

    I was interested to see if you had any appointments left this year for a family session of three (my husband, myself and our daughter who is 2 and a half).

    If so, can you also send the pricing for digital and hard copy prints?

    Thanks.
    Geneva Everett
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  • Jamie Langes - Good Afternoon!

    I am interested in reserving the 5:30pm slot for the Morton Arboretum mini-session on Sept. 26th, 2015 if it’s still available. My husband, (almost) 2 year old son and I would be attending the session as first-time clients.

    However, before officially confirming our time / date, I do have a few quick questions on the session:
    1) You note that $75 is to reserve, but the total session would be $150 correct?
    2) Based upon your “investment” tab, I believe that the 10 images are just edited and available for viewing, but that no product / images are included in that $150. Is that accurate? 3) Just for pricing purposes (and it can be a range), when someone purchases an image (the digital rights / copy), what is the typical cost of an edited version from the session?

    If you can let me know on the above as soon as possible, I will be sure to get back to you on reservation of this date / time confirmation as I know that the sessions will go fast!

    Thanks in advance for your time!
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    • Joanna - Hi Jamie! The 5:30pm slot just got taken! I do have the 6:30 slot open still if you’d like that one.

      To answer your questions –
      1) The total cost is $150, half is due to book the other half is due the day of your session (or anytime before).
      2) You actually receive the 10 images 🙂
      3) Additional images can be purchased in bundles or individually. I can send you the pricing for add-ons.

      If you want to email me at joannasmithphotos@yahoo.com I’m usually able to respond quicker to emails than I am to messages on here 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Alison Gemkow - We would love the 5p slot on September 26th, if it’s open. Or any other time that day. Let me know,

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Lighthouse Beach Engagement – Julia & Danny

I met Julia and Danny on a dreary day at the beautiful Lighthouse Beach in Evanston, Illinois for their engagement session. Luckily, the rain held off until the very end of their session and we were able to get in some fun beach photos and even got a few minutes of sunshine.

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Julia and Danny, thanks for showing me Evanston and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in September to photograph your wedding!

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My 3 favorite things about photographing weddings – Chicago, Illinois Wedding Photographer

I have a crazy love for photographing weddings. I see your wedding day like a blank book and I love filling the pages with beautiful photos of your story. There are so many things that I absolutely love about being a wedding photographer but these three things definitely stick out in my mind whenever I’m asked about it.

3. The Variety – Weddings are the only type of ‘session’ that I can capture just about everything all in one shoot. Anything from jewelry, venues, table centerpieces, people of all ages, flowers, shoes, clothes, landscapes, and can be indoors and outdoors or on the ground or rooftop deck. I really enjoy the variety and it keeps me challenged creatively all day. I have to say that I love it all – the closeup shots of rings, flowers, jewelry, wedding invitations and all the other tiny but beautiful details of your day, the group portraits of your bridal party and families, the photos of just the two of you, the emotional and candid moments, everyone bustin’ a move on the dance floor, the gorgeous colors you have chosen to complement your day, your bridal party getting ready for the day, your cake, and I honestly love photographing it all!

2. The Atmosphere – As a photographer who is completely in love with candid moments, it doesn’t get much better than a wedding 🙂 I absolutely thrive in weddings because inspiration surrounds me – smiles, laughter, genuine happiness and love. Beautiful moments are happening all around me and I am able to capture them one after another. I even get caught up in the moments myself – smiling at your love and affection, wiping a tear so I can see clearly to capture the emotional moment, and bouncing around to the beat of my favorite song on the dance floor in between snapping photos 🙂

1. The Couple – I may be a little biased when I say this but I seriously have the very best couples! My favorite part of the whole wedding process, hands down, is meeting with the couples in person. I love to sit back, listen to their story, but most of all I love to just watch them. I love seeing their personalities come out as they laugh together and tease each other about how they met or how he/she proposed. It’s fun for me to see their personalities and energy and it gives me a glimpse into how their wedding day will play out. My biggest hope is to walk out of a wedding consultation feeling like I’ve made a new friend. I don’t want them to feel like they have a stranger following them around on their wedding day. I want them to feel like I’m just another friend tagging along, laughing with them, and documenting their day in in the most beautiful and personal way.

I would love to set up a time and place to meet with you and talk about your wedding. I get so excited about weddings and I can’t wait to hear from you!

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