Family portraits

On location and in the studio, photographs of families are how we celebrate family! 

Fun, great for celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and holidays. Family photos are keepsakes - the way we remember a moment in time with the many milestones. Whether you would like portraits with your immediate family or with your extended family, we'll make the experience fun. Ron will create a variety of photographs and can pose small groups as well. Let us help you create something special to be displayed in your home. 


The process

We can help you understand the different family sessions that we offer, and which session is the right fit for you. We can an outdoor session anywhere in the Chicagoland area, although there are travel fees beyond our radius of 30 miles, and some locations do require permit fees. We also offer sessions in our 3,250-square foot studio with several backdrops to choose from. The studio session is especially attractive if you are including anyone who might not prefer a walk outdoors for their session. There are no stairs to get into our studio. Pets are also welcome to our family sessions, whether they be on location or in our studio.

We can assist you in determining the right location, and we can also help with your clothing choices. Our portrait sessions are always fun.

What To Wear

For family sessions, think of your family portrait as being one big work of art. The colors all need to look good together, but that doesn’t mean they all have to match exactly.

Often, families can begin with one piece that someone wants to wear– a pretty patterned skirt, for instance – and generate outfits from there. You can pull colors from the initial item of clothing and coordinate an entire look.

We are happy to help you with that process by sharing ideas and collaborating with you.

If you are thinking you would like to display your family portrait in your home, it can be good to keep in mind the colors in that room as you are choosing clothes for your session.

You may want to consider the location in choosing the colors of your clothes.

You may want to consider the location in choosing the colors of your clothes.


Whether you are looking for a few digital files or for a collection of prints and canvases, we have a session for you. Not sure? Call us at 815-693-6822 and we can help you figure out what you would like.

Studio Mini Sessions

These short and sweet sessions include a session fee and jpgs. Receive three full-resolution digital images and a 20-minute session in our studio for $145. These photo sessions are great for families who like to update their walls every year or for people looking to share a photo in a holiday card. The session does not take too long, but you have a few really wonderful images to keep!

One-hour Studio Sessions

Our session fees for family sessions at our studio is $75. Families spend about one hour with us. You will have fun posed and spontaneous images for your entire family. You will also have individual images and pictures of smaller groups of people. Some families like photos of just the children. This is also a great option for extended families. We have taken portraits with groups of up to 25 people and our studio accommodates larger groups easily. After your portrait session, we will prepare an individual gallery of images from which you can choose your favorites. Editing is included in every image purchased from jpgs to prints to canvases. Your one-hour studio session will allow everyone to have art for their homes and great images to share online.

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One-hour on Location

Take advantage of natural light and beautiful scenery with a one-hour outdoor family portrait session. These sessions include fun and casual pictures as well as posed portraits for your home. There is a $125 session fee. Family members can order prints, canvases, social media jpgs, framed photos and more. We can take your portraits at a nature preserve or local park. You can choose the gardens at Morton Arboretum or Cantigny as well as local gems like Brunner Farms, Veterans Acres, or Wilder Mansion. No matter the place, this session allows for lots of fun and creativity.

You can see more family portraits at our blog and you can schedule your session by calling 815-893-6822 or emailing us at