Category Archives: Mini Sessions

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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Holiday Mini Sessions | Peoria, Illinois Photography | Chicago, Illinois Photography

You asked for it, so here they are! Holiday Mini Sessions just in time for updated family photos for holiday cards 🙂 I didn’t list dates because I have a few dates open this month and in December for these minis, so your session can be up in the Chicago suburbs or in the Peoria/Chillicothe area. Hopefully we can work you in to one of those dates! Please reach out to me ASAP if you want to book one of these so we can work out a date/location <3Chicago suburbs, family photography, holiday mini session, mini session, Christmas session, Peoria Illinois

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Fall Mini Sessions | Oswego, IL | Lisle, IL family photography

On August 5th, I will be joining thousands of runners from across the country to participate in my 3rd St. Jude Run. I am part of the Chillicothe to Peoria St. Jude Run satellite team and our leg consists of just over 55 miles. I plan to run as many of those miles and raise as much money as I am able to. Last year, I ran 33 miles on run day and raised $3,300. I set my goal higher this year and would love to reach it but I still have a long way to go so I decided to donate $25 from each Fall Mini Session to my fundraising goal. All of the money we raise goes to make sure that families never receive a bill for the time their child spends at St. Jude, including housing, travel, food, and treatments. Every little bit helps.

I included some photos in this post so you get a little feel for run day. The picture of me and my husband is right around 20 miles in 🙂 the day is full of inspiration, encouragement, emotion, and I consider it to be one of the best days of the year because of the runner culture and the amazing people I have met in the years I have been part of this team.

In order to secure a session, a $25 must be made to my St. Jude fundraising page, then the remaining $125 must be paid before the session. If you see a date/time combo that works for you, please email me at (fastest method) or comment on this blog post to snag it.

The following dates and times are available to book:

Friday, August 11th @ Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego, IL: 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm

Saturday, September 23rd @ The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL: 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm

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I look forward to seeing you for a Fall Mini Session! I will update this post as session slots become unavailable.

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Fall Mini Sessions | Chicago Family Photography

Due to popular demand, I am so excited to share some new mini sessions for the Fall! I have selected two dates, one for Chicago (Museum Campus) and one for the suburbs (Morton Arboretum). These sessions are perfect for updating your family photos or getting ready for your Holiday cards. These always book up fast so if you’re interested in a date, snag it fast! Available session times will be constantly updated below.

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October 9th availability: 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00

November 5th availability1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00

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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?

    Geneva Everett

  • 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!

    • 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 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,