I think I am close to needing more than 2 hands to count the number of times I’ve photographed this family.  They’re always such a fun bunch, too.  Actually, the poor little one was somewhat sick and on some meds that made him sooooo sleepy for this session.  She came out of the car dead asleep and slept through the first 10 minutes or so of the session.  He eventually woke up and was all smiles for us!  Whew!  I know I’m grouchy when I wake up, so I’m glad he was good to go.

Hands down, they had a beautiful night, a beautiful session, and beautiful photos.

Chicago family photographerHawthorn Woods family photographerLake County IL family photographerbest family photographer ChicagoLake Zurich IL family photographerLibertyville IL family photographerLong Grove IL family photographerBarrington IL family photographerI adore these four and I love getting to know each family that I am invited to photograph.  Nothing is more humbling that be invited into a family’s life over and over again and to see them grow.  I would be thrilled to get to know you and photograph you, too.  I promise it’s painless (why would people come back if it’s awful, right???).  My studio is in Lake Zurich but my sunset photos take place through Lake County and Cook counties in Illinois.  This session was in Long Grove, IL but I also photograph in Deer Park, Barrington, Palatine. Schaumburg, and others all through the area.

I’d love to get to know you and photograph your crazy bunch, as well.  Contact me to chat, get more information, or to schedule your family photos!

Well isn’t this pregnant mom stunning?  I mean, just jaw-dropping, right?  I’ve known this family for a number of years, so it’s always fun for me to photograph friends!  But this mom wanted some “wow”.  She came to the studio a few weeks before her session to dig through my clothes and narrow down what she wanted to wear.  She whittled it down to two and the dat of her session, we decided on the yellow.  Totally gorgeous.  Plus our strange, cloudy evening made for some extra dramatic photos.  AKA perfection!

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Maternity sessions are best to book during your 2nd trimester (and its also the perfect time to book your newborn session, as well).  I photograph those bellies around the 34-36ish week mark so your belly is round and perfect. My studio is overflowing with dresses, gowns, and top to select from that would be perfect for you. Of course, if you’d rather wear your own items that is absolutely no problem! I do indoor maternity at my Lake Zurich, IL studio or I photograph outdoors just before sunset in the surrounding areas like Barrington, Libertyville, Arlington Heights, Kildeer, Long Grove, and other nearby Chicago suburbs.  ‘

To book your session or for more info on my maternity and newborn photography, please contact me.

Ok, so I did a thing.

Wall gallery design is way tricky and can be overwhelming.  I get it.  But its something I love to do is design them for families and I would love to share what I know with YOU.  I have access to a wide variety of frames and display materials – with my art background creating wall galleries come second nature to me!  In fact, my displays aren’t always photographs (or photographs I’ve taken).  Some families have specific things they want displayed that I did not create, but they are having trouble deciding on how to display it or what would be best when it comes to display options.

Things to think about when designing your gallery:

•  Where to create your display

•  How you want to display it (single image or grouping).

• What you want displayed (all photos?  or a mixture of items?)

(below are some photos from my client’s homes)

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When it comes to babies, creating a gallery for them can be somewhat tricky because of how quickly they change and leave that newborn stage.  Creating a wall gallery than can grow with them and expand as they get older is a great way to address this!  You can do this by leaving frames empty (put unique patterned or textured paper or cloth in them while you wait for your baby to get older to fill those additional frames) or by creating shadow boxes to display little trinkets of theirs.

I have created a free guide to help you with exactly this!  These are tips and tricks that I utilize for my families and I wanted to pass it onto you.

All I need is your email (and check your spam folder or promotions folder for it and add me to your safe-senders list so you actually get it).

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My friend had a baby!!!  I love photographing any newborn baby, really.  But when it’s a friend, its definitely EXTRA special.  This was one big dude, but it made him extra roll-y and sweet.  Actually, he is the biggest newborn baby I’ve posed as a newborn photographer!  He definitely gave my hands a workout!  From what I remember, he was asleep for nearly the entire time, but enough milk and a warm room will do that to most anyone, right?  Seeing that mom is Irish and his session was right around St. Patrick’s day, I had to wrap him in some green to celebrate.

But seriously.  Those cheeks.  I CANNOT get over them!  Perfection!  And the sweet little ear hat he is wearing is the exact same his older sister wore when I photographed her newborn photos.  So glad I hoard things and I save everything for images just like this!

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I would LOVE to photograph your sweet baby in my Lake Zurich studio, too!  Most newborn sessions are scheduled during the 2nd or 3rd trimester to ensure baby is in my studio within those first 2-3 weeks of being born.  That early timeframe is how I get them into those sweet, squishy poses.  My studio has everything for your session (I promise), so all you need to do it show up and relax!  I have photographed newborns from Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Schaumburg, Barrington, and several other suburbs through the Chicagoland area.

For more information or to book, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you! stacy@golden-photography.net