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6 reasons to make your High Schoolers Senior Portrait Session a Family Day.

6 reasons to make your High Schoolers Senior Portrait Session a Family Day.

I once heard someone with older kids comment that after the kids get into kindergarten the pedal hits the metal and boom, senior year is here.  For me it was more like 2nd grade, after 2nd grade hyper-speed set in.  If you took the same ride, chances are that your last family photo is a little outdated. You could fall into the category of never getting a professional portrait OR your last portrait doesn’t include the last born child, because you were busy juggling kids and schools and activities. Not to mention no one was ever free at the same time ……. you are not alone and you wouldn’t be the first family I have helped solve this problem.

1. This could be one of your last guaranteed opportunities to get a professional portrait with your kiddo(s).

Life gets busy and before you know it its time for college graduation or their wedding! We thought High school went by fast? I’ve heard it gets faster and the years get shorter.

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2. This is your first or only graduate.

Your senior will no longer have the same school schedule. Their breaks and vacations may not line up with your schedule or your younger children. If you have younger children, take advantage and get some images together with them too as well as the siblings together, because before you know it, those kids will be seniors too!

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3. This is not your first graduate

If you can lure everyone home, this is a great way to get your grown children back out for a portrait. If not everyone in the family will be home, this is a great opportunity to snag some special images of just you and your senior. If they are not the oldest, they may not have many special alone moments and memories of you, let alone professional portraits with just Mom (or Dad, grandparents, the family pet.)

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4. You have never had professional portraiture or professional printed artwork.

If your last family photo is from when they were in elementary school, its time to update it with their current size, smiles and style. Don’t ditch the old one, just make the new one the focal point in your home and relocate the old one to a new location in your home or add it to the gallery wall and keep telling your story.

Your kids, grand kids and great grand kids will appreciate this more then you can understand today. Think about your own grandparents and great grandparents.

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What images do you have of them that you love to look at? Its fun to imagine your grandparents at that age? Maybe one of them will realize how much they look like you at this exact age.

 

5. The family portrait hanging is missing your last child

Like I mentioned earlier, you are not alone. We all know we have grand plans when we have our first child. If you stopped at one you may of maintained those plans but if you had more kids, chances are you understand that those baby books are less and less filled out with each child you added. This probably also extends over to photo albums and displayed portraits. I am a photographer with only two kids and I know this struggle.

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6. You should celebrate too.

We all know that you were a huge part of their success. All those early morning rides, late night study sessions, cheering from the stands, sitting in the audience for every play or band performance, running them something they forgot (even when you said you never would).

That empty wall you have been meaning to design, the gallery wall you want to finish or the current frame you want to update the family image in. You worked hard, it’s time to show off all your accomplishments 🙂

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(virtual software helps decide design, style and size appropriate for your room. Actual images of client homes are used during design appointments.)

 

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If you are worried adding the family won’t keep it special for your senior, that is never the case. The first portion is devoted to your senior only. Special locations to fit your graduates personality and multiple outfits to fit their style still happen. The rest of the family can meet up with us later, fresh and ready to go.

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If you have a 2019 High School Senior, click here to get on the wait list and to receive reminders of Senior Portrait sign up

Fall Family 2018 Portrait sign up waiting list and reminder is here.

 

 

 

You don’t have to wait for fall to get great family portraits

You don’t have to wait for fall to get great family portraits

We would love to take photos now, but there are no flowers out yet.

We will wait for the fall to take our photos, it is beautiful then.

Raise your hand if you have said that. Raise the other if because of those hesitations you still don’t have your family photographed, framed or up in your home.  I love fall images. They are amazing and I do think that every family should do them at least once. But fall comes and goes so quickly that it is easy to miss with our busy schedules ….. and then your family photo is put off again.

There are other locations to consider outdoors where it could really be any season! The location won’t give away the time of year and you can get your family photo done. Lets start with an urban setting. Brick walls and colored doors make fabulous locations all year round.

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It looks great framed as well!

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Texture is another great urban element to look for. You probably drive by this door below, or something similar, and don’t notice it. The sidewalk is directly in front of this picture and people walk by it every day in downtown Arlington Heights. It makes a great backdrop and something different for those who have already done so many outdoor fall sessions or for a family who can’t wait for the leaves to turn or flowers to bloom. This door looks great all year. Photographing here looks even better and easier on your busy schedule!

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We take our kids pictures the first day of school in front of the house, every year. Our home is where we spend the majority of our time, its where your kids learn to walk, tie their shoes and where you sit and watch them ride their bike. Its where siblings bond and where your kids feel safe. You work hard for where you live and you should be proud of it. We love to look back at those snapshots in front of our childhood home, there is no reason we shouldn’t consider this as a family portrait location.

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If you still are hoping for nature in your images, spring can provide that. The images below were taken in April and provide a great backdrop for their family photo. Priority should be given to getting the family photographed, call to schedule and we will find a great location for you.

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Call today, 847-858-7050 or fill out the contact form to get your family up on your walls because next year they will only be bigger and you might only be busier!

If you still want to try for that fall session, make sure to get on the fall session email list. Fall sessions fill up very fast and session info will go out first on this mailing list.

 

Mount Prospect Family Photographer – Fall Session

Mount Prospect Family Photographer – Fall Session

Mount Prospect Family Photographer – Fall Session

This family was looking for a photographer, not just take family photos, but to create a long lasting family art piece to put up in their home. If it was up to this photographer (that’s me! 🙂 everyone would have a huge, gorgeous family photo up in their home. We don’t all have the perfect space for it, in fact I don’t really have space for it. There are a lot of other ways to create a long lasting family art piece.

If you are in the Mount Prospect area and surrounding towns, give me a call and we can find the perfect piece for you!

This family rocked their session from the outfits to the perfect poses, genuine smiles and most importantly, they had a fun! When the kids look at these images all over their home, they will remember the great time they had. They will remember throwing leaves, running, being silly for their little sister and playing in the forest preserve.  Its more then taking a family picture, its a family experience.

Scroll down to see some of the fun had in our fall family session.

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Mom has been looking at this empty stairway since she moved in. She knew she wanted a huge canvas to hang above it. We took the photo of the empty stairway when their youngest was just a baby but we didn’t get the session done for over a year. We decided to wait until their youngest was older and bigger, making sure she wouldn’t disappear or be super tiny in the image. We planned and waited for the perfect time taking into account the colors of their home and her love of fall. Turned out perfect and that’s it good because this will be around forever and ever.

Step one: photograph wall.

Step two: use special software to get correct sizing and spacing

Step three: Hang and Enjoy!

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Mount Prospect Newborn Photographers – Artwork & Keepsakes

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographers – Artwork & Keepsakes

Mount Prospect Newborn Photographers

The best part of the custom portrait process is meeting with your photographers and viewing your newborn photos. It can be overwhelming and fun (yes, at the same time) deciding how you will preserve and view them. When we are unable to have the actual wall we can use some mock home images, seen below. We went through so many ideas and here is the final design choice in our new Heritage Wood Print.

Live in Mount Prospect and looking for newborn photographers? Give me a call to discuss your new arrival!

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I need to correct myself. The best part is the delivery of your art products. The final result of your hard work. Getting outfits together, getting everyone ready AND getting yourself ready, making sure everyone naps and is fed. Getting everyone there and then imagining and deciding on how you will enjoy and love them. All the work comes down to the delivery day. It is kind of like Christmas Morning or your birthday. On this delivery day, Big Sister was very excited and was suggesting that the small wood print be hung just at her eye level so she could look at it all the time.

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Do not just tell your children, show them. Show them they are important, show them family is important. Print and display. Even if it is just one professional product.

Booking now through September 2018.

Chicagoland Newborn Photographer – Lifestyle Session

Chicagoland Newborn Photographer – Lifestyle Session

Chicagoland Newborn Photographer

Just before Christmas baby number 4 arrived for this now family of 6! Best part of being invited into their Chicagoland home for this major family milestone is that I have had the honor of documenting the  milestones in all of the kids lives. If you look on the back wall you will see their story told. Among the kids artwork hangs portraits taken (by Kelly Fitzgerald Studio 🙂 of their kids throughout the years in studio, on location, outdoors, in their home and in their backyard.

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Baby H needed a little time to feed so me and the boys hung out. Knowing that mom and dad were busy the little guys talked their way into a popsicle, I don’t blame them!

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After the popsicle and game of hot lava with a thorough explanation of house rules, baby H was ready to spend some time in front of the camera.

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Special thanks to this family for trusting me with an important task. Documenting their lives and preserving their memories.

 

Des Plaines Forest Preserve – Outdoor Family Portrait Session

Des Plaines Forest Preserve – Outdoor Family Portrait Session

It seems that parents have everything they need. We as grown children have to think about what they can’t get themselves. Sisters teamed up for an extended family portrait as a present for Mom and Dad this holiday season. We met at the Des Plaines Forest Preserve and started our session in the leaves. What is better then looking at images of your children and grandchildren everyday!

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The idea is to end up with a new gallery wall that will showcase old images combined with the new images as well as some artwork from the grandchildren and leave room to grow. Next session will include Grandma and Grandpa for a large image of the extended family. Looking forward to heading out to the Forest Preserve with them again this year!

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Sometimes we will use some stock room images to help visualize a space.

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We ended the session by photographing each kid with their special friends. Each of these will be framed and displayed in their homes. Sometimes special friends change as kids grow, sometimes they are still laying on their bed when they turn 12, either way this is a big part of the stage of their life that they are in now. We all remember carrying around our favorite dolls, toys and special blankets. I like to get those documented for the kids after their portraits are complete. These are the ones they will be showing off in 20 years 🙂

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