What to expect

Because every photographer out there is different, here is what you can expect from me:


This is an easy process.  1. We chat to get a date.  For most this is weeks to months in advance of your ideal date.  For newborns, I suggest contacting me during your second trimester.  2. You sign a contract online (probably in your PJs). 3. You send in a check for the retainer.  Boom. Done.

Before the session

I know us moms are concerned with our kids being perfect, everyone looking perfect, getting our hair done, losing those last few pounds, picking the perfect clothes, etc.  It can be stressful to think about.  In my experience I promise things are perfect now.  You cannot rewind time and 5-10 years from now wish you had photos taken.  I aim to make things easy for you.  I provide wardrobe guides to help you with clothing or can recommend a stylist to do all the work for you!  I can also arrange for you to have hair and makeup done at the local salon.  I even have guides I can email you to help you prepare.  I have you covered and this is going to be fun.  I promise.  

Plus, I used to be a teacher and I’m used to kids of all personalities.  For families and kids, I work off of them to get those natural poses and interactions families love!  No sitting, cheesing, staring at the camera the whole time. I promise it all works out!  For you newborn mommas, I know how stressful it can be to get out of the house, let alone think about having your photos taken!  My studio is a relaxing, safe environment for your little one and know that I have everything for you there ready just for you.  Plus, I’ve been called a “baby whisperer” on several occasions.  Your baby is in safe, understanding, and capable hands with someone that has photographed a lot of babies.  Plus, why not reserve a hair and makeup artist to pamper you while I photograph your baby?  It’s one less thing to think about!

During the session

•For newborn sessions, it means you come into my private studio in downtown Lake Zurich and relax for a few hours while I work.  Watch tv.  Take a nap. Relax.  This is your time to relax for a few hours.

•For other studio sessions, you’re covered.  I have toys and books for the kids if they need to unwind or take a break.  I have coffee.  I have water.  I have snacks.  It’s a relaxing environment and probably nothing like the typical studio you may be picturing.  It’s private so you will be the only family there.  No need to wait for your session and wrangling and entertaining your kids while you wait. You walk in, enjoy your time, complete your session, you go home.

•For outdoor sessions, this usually means posed (but unposed), relaxed sessions with a camera glued to my face while you do your thing (with some direction from me, of course).  I photograph outdoors when the sun is low for that warm, golden sunlight you see throughout my galleries.  That means outdoor sessions are first thing in the morning or right before sunset.

After the session

For those wanting both digital and printed product, you will come to the studio 1-2 weeks after your session for a viewing and ordering appointment.  Why? You’re busy – picking out photos is hard when you’re trying to juggle work and kids.  Finding time to actually sit and place your order can be difficult on your own and can take multiple times and your mind changes every time you try to do it.  I also know those files tend to go in a drawer and forgotten about or lost over time.

You come in for about an hour and you’re done!  I’ll go back to your goals and your home style from that first chat to create the ideal art piece just for you.  That’s where my service continues beyond the session to help you create that perfect display to enjoy and show off your photographs.  And yes, along with a signature product you can own your digital negatives so they can print on your own over time.

Also, I guarantee my signature products for life, so you can’t go wrong!

For those wanting digital-only, of course I am always happy to help you order product!  Your files will be provided via an online gallery for easy access and ordering on your own.  If you wish to purchase the entire gallery, you will also receive a keepsake box complete with a set of printed proofs and a USB loaded with all of your files as well as the online gallery.

Long story short –  what to expect?  A fun, relaxed session and amazing photos and products that are unique to my studio. Contact me now to book your session or for more information.

What others have said:

“I would totally recommend Stacy Golden from Golden Photography to anyone looking for a photographer in the Chicagoland area.”  – J.L

“She is SO easy to work with. Stacy works with your schedule for the appointment times. A few days prior to your session, she lets you know what to expect from your session. On the day of the session she keeps it very professional by having lots of creative ideas for photos. Your edited photos are ready quickly for your viewing and once you place your order you get pictures in hand soon. Golden Photography is the complete package!” -L Family

“The environment that Stacy provides is very laid back and stress free and she is able to devote all of her attention to your family.
We highly recommend Golden Photography.” -H Family