This is Central Park. It is a small park near the center of Des Plaines. Although surrounded by condos there is an adorable circle path flooded with flowers during the summer and into the early fall. When I photograph just right, the viewer will have no idea that people, condos and cars are surrounding us. Kids love the cute path and parents love that it is easy to get to. This is a popular place for high school kids to take photos before dances. I have seen this place flooded with kids and parents. After being one those parents last year I realized that this is a great mini session location! The first round of mini sessions for fall 2018 took place here and Ela and her daughter jumped in for one.
Ela might look familiar…
You may recognize Ela, she is a fellow photographer, the baby whisperer here at the studio and my assistant for some other studio sessions. Her daughter, like many, does not photograph well for her mother…. Or does her mother not do well with her daughter as the subject? It might be a combination of both.
A great use of a Central Park Mini Sesssion
In the past Ela has claimed a mini session for just her and her daughter which I think is a fantastic use of a mini session. They followed the clothing suggestions, arrived a little early, played some games with me and spent some quality time together. And after they went out for some food. This sounds like a great early evening activity to me and a fabulous memory!
Check out Ela & Tasi last Mother / daughter mini session HERE to see how much she has grown!
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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 If you took the same ride, chances are that your last family photo is a little outdated.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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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 🙂
(virtual software helps decide design, style and size appropriate for your room. Actual images of client homes are used during design appointments.)
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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Fall Family 2018 Portrait sign up waiting list and reminder is here.