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



It’s that time of year, again…the July-October calendar frenzy!  If you’re currently seeing this its because you have a special invite to book early before the public.  Good for you!  These dates are for outdoor family sessions and are sure to go quickly.  Sessions start roughly 60 minutes before sunset but the official start time will be determined closer to your session as it also depends on your session’s location.

For newborns, please book with me ASAP as I book 4-6 months in advance.  For other indoor/studio sessions, please contact me as these outdoor dates don’t apply and my calendar is now open!

Session options:

Full session – Roughly 60 minutes, 20-30 final images and location will be chosen together.  Digital-only $600.  Products + digitals start at $800.  You come back to view your images and place you order roughly 2 weeks after your session.
Mini session – 20-30 minutes, 10 images included with the option to purchase additional files or products.  I will determine the location since I book minis back to back.  $350.


To book, email me your top 3 dates you would like as well as if you’re wanting a full or mini session. The official start time and location will be determined later.

(7:30pm-ish start)

August 2, 16, 18, 22, 25, 30
(7pm-ish start)

September 2, 4, 6, 13, 15, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29
(6pm-ish start)

October 4, 8, 9, 10, 18 (mini only), 20 (mini only), 21, 25, 27, 28
(5pm-ish start)

 I will respond within 48 hours with your finalized date and a link for booking.  Your retainer and contract must be paid within 24 hours of being sent or your date will be released to the next in line.

This list will be sent to my full email list on June 27th and posted on my Facebook page June 30th, so for best selection be sure to get your top 3 dates in before then.  I cannot wait to see all of you this summer and fall!  If you’re needing a November or December time, please email me to arrange a date. stacy@golden-photography.net


I am in LOVE with this sweet baby!  I started photographing her brother at the same age and I love comparing the two of them in my mind.  They both look so alike but so different at the same time.  The amount of chunk on her little body is absolutely the best thing I’ve seen in awhile!  Her legs, her cheeks, her fingers.  Gah!  It’s all so delicious.  She wasn’t so sure of me and totally made me work for those little smiles, but it was all worth it in the end.  I am absolutely in love with the detail shot of her toe grab, too.

And she totally looked adorable in the studio’s little romper (one of many). Her mom specifically asked for some photos sans-clothes, just to get all those amazing rolls she has.  Us moms know that once their babies are on the move, those rolls quickly go away.  Another cute thing is that whenever I placed her on her back, she immediately went to grab her toes and feet.  It made for some adorable shots of this little baby girl!

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Thanks again, sweet girl, for letting me photograph your amazingness.  I cannot wait to see you again this summer!

My studio is stuffed full of little baby outfits just for you!  If you are looking for a newborn, baby, or family photographer and live in the Northwest Chicago suburbs (Libertyville, Barrington, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, or other surrounding areas) I would love to chat about a photography session!  I do book in advance, so please don’t wait to schedule.  I am currently scheduling photo sessions through July with my fall dates being released at the end of June. I currently am scheduling newborn photos through the rest of 2017!

Go ahead and contact me for more information.  I’d love to hear from you!