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At 3,250 square feet and with 20-foot ceilings, we are the largest photography studio in the Chicago suburbs. But we also do photo sessions on location throughout Chicago. Our studio is located at 800 McArdle Drive Unit G in Crystal Lake. You can reach us at 815-893-6822 or email sara@ronmckinneyphoto.com.

We offer family and senior portraits on-location in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, in the city and in southern Wisconsin, as well as in our studio in downtown Algonquin. Our on-location photos are mostly taken outdoors using natural light, while our studio shots are taken with both natural light and with our studio lighting.

The session is meant to be fun, so if you don’t laugh at least a few times, then we’ve done something wrong.

 Check out our Pinterest Boards for ideas on locations in the city of Chicago and in the northwest suburbs, from Lake Forest to Geneva.

Our fine arts styles of portrait photography emphasizes finding the most beautiful way to take a photo. 

We want you to look natural and for your pictures to bring out your natural beauty. We like to help you relax and laugh, which always leads to your real smile.

Our partners include Gipper Prom, Brideology, and Mario Tricoci in Crystal Lake.  Please contact us at 815-893-6822 or sara@ronmckinneyphoto.com to find out more about how you can benefit from our partnerships.


We collaborate with you in planning for locations, wardrobe, and details. Your session will move at a fun and relaxed pace with laughter and joy. Our goal is for the session itself to be an experience you will want to repeat.

We plan for enough time for a variety of shots and poses. Before we wrap up, I’ll check with you to be sure we’ve gotten all of the shots you wanted.

Once the session is complete, we will schedule a time for you to come to our studio for a viewing and to select images for your wall prints and/or for an album.  We can assist you in deciding which portraits you would like displayed in your home as well as photo gifts and pictures to share.

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Our Studio

At 3,250 square feet, it is the largest photography studio in the Chicago suburbs. The high ceilings allow Ron to use dramatic and cutting edge lighting techniques. We can use our neutral-colored backdrops for professional headshots as well as green screen technology for concept shots.  We have two Marley dance floors in black and white for dancers and gymnasts to use. This provides a perfect environment for photographing jumps, leaps, and tumbling. You’ll also want to check out our 12-foot trampoline. It’s a must for tumblers, gymnasts and cheerleaders. It’s also great for athletes showcasing their slides, kicks, and throws.