Eleventh Annual Mini Photo Sessions

MINI PHOTO SESSIONS are offered on scheduled dates throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. The sessions are held at various outdoor locations such as the beach and park, in both the city and suburbs. They are a convenient alternative to a regular session. Mini sessions feature: weekend shoot dates, scenic 

We hope to see you on one of these dates! More dates coming soon! Or you can always book a regular session in the studio, at your home or on-location. Call or email the studio for details 847-729-4466.

Updated 09/17/15 

Saturday, September 12, 2015
The Keay Nature Center, Wilmette IL / Rain date: Sunday, September 13, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2014
Village Green, Northbrook IL / Rain date: Studio 

Saturday, October 17, 2015
The Keay Nature Center, Wilmette IL / Rain date: Studio / Gallery Park same day 

Saturday, October 24, 2015
Ravine Beach, Highland Park, IL / Rain date: Studio/ Gallery Park same day 

Saturday, October 31, 2015
Rosewood Beach/Woods/Park, Wilmette, IL / Rain date: Studio 


Choose the session that works best for your family!

Choose a mini photo session or another session type that works best for your family.

Mini Sessions are a convenient alternative to a regular session featuring: weekend shoot dates, scenic locations, choice of two session lengths and a great rate! Twenty-five or fifty minute sessions are available $265 for a twenty-five minute session and $350 for a fifty minute session. See this year's schedule above and book early, as our dates fill quickly!

Schedule a session at your home, your favorite location or let us recommend a great spot. Photos at your home or a special location add an element of personal connection and a meaningful memory. Location sessions are typically sixty to ninety minutes in length, allowing us to capture a wide range of images of your family. Weekday sessions are $350 and Saturday sessions are $450 and Sunday sessions are $500.


In our indoor studio, the weather is never an issue. This is a great choice for any kind of session including pregnancy, newborn, babies, large families and executive portraits. The studio is also the perfect place to capture classic black and white images. Studio sessions are typically sixty to ninety minutes in length. Weekday studio sessions are $250 and Saturday sessions are $350.



Out of Town Sessions

Boston, MA [November 2015]
Private Sessions 

San Diego [Spring 2015]
San Diego/Laguna Beach [July 30 - August 2 2015]
Private Sessions 


General Questions

How does a mini session differ from a full session?
Our regular photo sessions are sixty to ninety minutes in length and at the location of your choice. Mini sessions are conducted at a specific location and are twenty-five minutes in length.

All photo sessions include a proofing session in our Glenview studio. You also have the option to order online.

May I book multiple mini sessions together?
You may book more than one session in a row. In fact, it is recommended that you book multiple mini sessions if you have three or more children. The cost of a double mini session (two sessions) is $275 with Candy or $350 with Nicole.

What is the cost of a mini session?
The cost of a twenty-five minute mini session is $200 with Candy or $265 with Nicole. Double mini sessions are $275 with Candy or $350 with Nicole. The session fee is due at the time of booking and payable by American Express, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.  

How do I sign up for a mini session?
Please call us at 847-729-4466 or contact us by email

What if it rains or the weather is bad on the day of our mini session?
In case of inclement weather, mini photo sessions will be held on our scheduled rain date or on the same date in our studio, as listed. If you have any questions about weather, please call us at 847-729-4466. When booking your session, please make sure that you are able to attend both the planned photo session date and the back-up date.

Can I get a map to the mini session location?
We will send you a Mapquest from your home to the location of the mini session or go to the "Maps to locations" in the top right part of this webpage.


How to prepare for your photo session


What to wear?
Select clothing that’s poppy, vibrant and fun! Jewel-toned colors are complimentary on every complexion and look beautiful in photographs. Choose colors that are deep, rich and intense like burgundy, eggplant, teal, rust, magenta and olive. Try pairing these colors with neutrals like charcoal gray, chocolate brown and army green. Avoid black and white as they do not photograph well.

Avoid dressing the family in matching “uniforms”. Coordinated looks for families create a much more pleasing photograph. Try choosing a unifying color mixed with the neutrals listed above in various ways to mix things up but still give your family continuity.

Use patterns, textures and layers to add visual interest. Textured fabrics, such as denim, cable knits, linen, and corduroy, photograph beautifully. Layers can be added and removed to create different looks in minimal time.

When it comes to jeans, opt for the darkest indigo wash. These tend to be the most flattering and least dated. Also avoid contrasting colors, like adults in navy blue shirts and kids in light blue.

Most importantly, we want everyone to be casual and comfortable in their attire. Make sure each member of the family tries on their outfit before the day of the shoot. Clothing that is too big will appear baggy and sloppy in photos. Clothing that is undersized will bunch or gape. Everyone should be in clothes that feel and look good on the day of the shoot.