Big Announcement!

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If you’ve been on Facebook I keep talking about a newsletter and exciting announcements, blah, blah.  That is if Facebook even showed my message in your feeds {probably not}!! Well, finally time to let the cat out of the bag…..

 

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KJP is FINALLY getting a STUDIO!!!

 

OMG yes!!  Conveniently located Downtown La Grange near the Stone Ave. Metra stop, I will be moving my gear into 711 W. Hillgrove just above Silvermoon Salon, and starting an exciting new chapter on April 1st!!!   I am SO anxious and excited to have my very own, beautiful space and offer so many more options to my clients!!

 

The space is absolutely amazing and perfect!  So much natural light, plenty of space for multiple setups, a special room for kiddos (or dads!) who want to watch TV while we do our magic, a private area for mom to feed baby, and so much more!!!  Heck, lay on the couch and nap while I work if you want!

 

Now we will always have a rainy day location available if a reschedule is not an option.

Now I can have ALL props at my disposal for newborn sessions.

Now I can spend your entire newborn session time on capturing more images, and not setting up or tearing down my equipment.

Now I can offer MORE full newborn sessions, and ADD simple sessions for those looking for just a few newborn shots.

Now I can offer more mini session options throughout the year, too.

 

It all happened so fast I can hardly believe it!  I am SO VERY THANKFUL to the ever talented Heidi Peters from Heidi Peters Photography who has been such a wonderful catalyst to all of this happening, and promise to take care of her former space as I grow into this new chapter.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!  I am SOOOO glad I emailed you that day;)

 

SOOOOO FUN STUFF TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING!!

FUN. FREE. STUFF!!!

 

….Book before May 31, 2015 and get a FREE MINI SESSION!   {$350 Value}

Yep,  Free Mini Session.  EEP!!!

Get out your calendars and plan ahead since this is THE TIME TO BOOK.  All details below:

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Call or email Kristin to arrange.  More info on pricing and packages can be viewed HERE.

 

Thank you SO very much for all of your support, and get excited for 2015!!!  I will for sure post some pics once I have it all setup!!

 

Smooches,

Kristin

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Hughes Family 10.6.14 {Palos Heights Family Photographer | La Grange Family Photographer}

One of my favorite sessions from 2014… Hands Down… and with one of my favorite familes:)

Since I just blogged Owen’s 1 Year Session HERE, I should probably get their family session from a few months ago up on here. It was SO HARD to narrow down which ones to post since I loved every. single. shot!

This session is why I love sunset sessions!!  The lighting is so perfect and gives the perfect amount of warmth and love, and it doesn’t hurt that these are some of the cutest kiddos ever!!  We had so much fun running around and playing that the hour just flew by!

Not much needs to be said… the photographs speak for themselves, and enjoy the look back at a perfect fall evening:)

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Owen Turns ONE 2.17.15 {Palos Heights Child Photographer | La Grange Family Photographer}

I cannot believe OWEN IS ONE! Time is FLYING! He is such a sweetheart, and the youngest of four amazing boys, and I cannot say enough nice things about this family. Our husbands have been friends for over 30 years, and they have the most charitable hearts and are always helping out. Such nice people, and I don’t know how Mom handles all the chaos with such ease and grace. 4 kiddos at 5 and under, and they are so well behaved, I need to figure that out with my own two crazies!!

I did a blog after Owen’s newborn shoot since this family has been with me from the very beginning. It’s crazy to see how far I’ve come with just one family, and again I am so thankful for them sticking with me as I’ve learned so much and grown so much over the years:)If you didn’t see that post, you can read it HERE.

And what is CRAZY is they had one of my favorite fall shoots, and I just blogged it HERE!!! (getting there!!) It was amazing sunset light, perfectly rambunctious kiddos having fun, and we had so many amazing shots with natural sunflare and backlight, I probably gave them 100+ images since it was so perfect! Worth checking out!

For now, enjoy Owen’s mini session with some shots in his room and near their fireplace. Simple and classic:)

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Newborn Favorites 2.18.15 {La Grange Newborn Photographer | Chicago Newborn Photographer}

The fall is always so CRAZY busy with outdoor family shoots, so I love when it’s the slower winter months and I can focus on the world’s newest little wonders. They are so sweet and peaceful and innocent, and after all that craziness it’s nice to go back to how we all started. Plus it’s nice for my clients since I always tend to give families a few extra images since I have a little more time.

Well, full disclosure I almost always give extra images if I have them. For me, it would take longer for me to narrow down slightly more than it would be to edit a few extra, so I have a rule.. If it makes me happy, I will edit it. And since you littles just tug at my heart strings, you get lots more:)

Here are some of my faves that I just uploaded to my newborn galleries. Enjoy!!

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2015 Updates 2.14.15 {La Grange Park Family and Newborn Photographer}

Hi all! I am in the process of updating a LOT here at KJP!! I need to add SO MUCH from my summer and fall images to the galleries here! Yah!! So make sure to check back soon!

Also I am putting together available spring and summer dates for sessions since I need to be outdoors soon!! I am going to put together a newsletter that anyone can sign up for, and I want to use it for announcing mini sessions, specials, etc, so definitely make sure to sign up when I announce! And I am going to make a list for existing clients and new clients, so anyone who has had a session with me in the past or has one of the books can be on that list, and will be the very first people to take advantage anything fun I have to offer! Super pumped!!

There are going to be some fun announcements soon:)I can hardly contain myself but need to get a few details in the works so get excited, and cozy up!!

And PS, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
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Fagan Family 6.7.14 {Chicago Family Photographer | Chicago Child Photographer}

Miss Nora is just the cutest little thing! I am always so happy to see her grow, and it was so great to see my old CDW buddies. Both Mom and Dad worked with me back when I had an office job, and I love getting all the new updates from our old teams:)

We had a great summer day and found some hidden spots among the chaos in Grant Park. I love the shots along the ivory railings, which is just on either side of the Bean, so even in crazy busy Chicago we can find beautiful little pockets to explore. Enjoy some of the highlights below, as I wish for warmer days now!

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Baby Natalie 6.7.2014 {Chicago Newborn Photographer | La Grange Photographer}

You will recognize the very first picture below, as it’s been on my page, timeline, promo materials, and anywhere I could enter it since I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Baby Natalie’s parents were so warm and welcoming, and in this image love radiates. I love the backlighting; I love the emotion; I love how unposed it was and I caught the moment. It’s perfection to me.

Poor Natalie was all sleepy every moment of her life, except for when I showed up! She was such a sweet crier, and let me tell you the poor little lady had us trying to soothe her for the better part of our 4+ hour session. Mom and Dad followed all our instructions and we just hit her on growth spurt day. It happens and when it does, you make it work! While trying to soothe her though we got SOOOO many lifestyle family shots that I absolutely adore! And for about 20 minutes we got some sleepy posed lovliness including a sweet headband that mom knit while she was preggo:)!!

So happy to have met this wonderful family and loved cuddling this little lady!

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Theoharopoulos Mini Family Session 2.3.2015 {Palos Heights Family Photographer | Chicago Family Photographer}

Let me just start by saying I LOVE this Family!!!! We first met when I did mini sessions 2 falls ago, and I have loved watching all the kiddos grow and become little (well BIG!) personalities! They are always so welcoming and laid back, and the sessions just fly by!! And then I always end up with WAY more pictures than I promise. You can tell below, I shared more than 20 images typical with a mini session, and there are even more!

Such a sweet family, and excited to get to capture even more of them in 2015! Enjoy!

And for anyone wanting to know, their house is just this beautiful! I didnt have to move much and we had great space! We setup in their stairwell, on the kitchen floor next to sliding glass doors, and ended in their family room on the amazing sofa for some of my favorite lovey backlight shots:)

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We’ve Got a Shadow Situation 1.29.2015 {La Grange Park Newborn Photographer}

I wanted to do a separate post for anyone out there wanting to see some behind the scenes action that they may not have seen this from Ethan’s blog post, and important enough that I thought I would include again.

So I am a lover of light, and it has to fall correctly on baby or else it can look dark and mysterious. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with shadows to enhance a mood or emotion, which you can see with Ethan and Mommy in BW in his nursery from my last post, but to me a posed newborn session should be pure, simple, and timeless, which I feel requires even, soft light. Take a look at these two pics… almost the same {apart from a slightly different angle}, but you can see some shadows on Ethan’s face in the photo on the left. Silly me setup the beanbag for his head to always be to my right since he had a little knot on his noodle from birth, and then my brain forgot and setup the cushioning for him laying left. {face palm to head} He was finally perfectly posed, but stirring, and I didn’t want to move and reposition to fix the shadows and risk losing his sleepiness. Soooooo… what did I do?? LIGHTBULB! Find something to use as a reflector to add fill light where the shadows are!  So, I had dad hold up a white swaddling blanket to bounce the light off of and boom, shadows aren’t as harsh on Ethan’s face.  The resulting picture is on the right. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need more light and you cannot move yourself or the subject, just grab anything white or metallic to help. I will try to find some more examples but you can see my edit of the two below and the pullback shot:

 

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SOOC — Fixed Blanket and Smoothed his Knot in Photoshop — My Newbown Edit
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This is by no means the only way to fix, but was the best solution for me at the time.  One thing I know is if I don’t like it in the camera, I can’t “fix” that in photoshop.  I can fix it while there and save time later.

Hope that helps if you ever find yourself in a less than desireable shadow situation:)

 

 

 

Smooches,

<3 Kristin

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Baby Ethan 1.14.2015 {Chicago Newborn Photographer | La Grange Park Photographer}

Little Ethan surprised us all and came a couple weeks early, which was ok with me since I was so excited to meet him after knowing his mama for many years. He was so cuddly, and I just love new baby smell and curling up with the little itty bitty ones! The gorgeous gray blanket was knitted just for him and I was so excited to use it. I always bring a ton of blankets and backdrops with me, but there is something so special about using a personal piece, so it is unique to just this little guy, and it’s something when he grows older and is carrying around mom and dad will remember how tiny he was curled up in to. *Gives me warm fuzzies*

Ethan allowed me a lot of poses and the wonderful gray blanket, but as soon as we switched he gave me a run for my money! Good thing I know how to work with it:)He was soothed with the cutest little pacifier, and it had a monkey attached! In the cream blanket pics, you will see his face as we pull away the pacifier… priceless!

Gorgeous nursery, gorgeous family, and so happy I get to capture this little guy over his first year!!

Photographers…. more info below too on how to help fix shadows!!

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Mommy Pics!!!!  Love the BW ones here!!

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And some fun stuff for my photographer friends, or any mama just wanting to photograph a little better…

So I am a lover of light, and it has to fall correctly on baby or else it can look dark and mysterious. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with shadows to enhance a mood or emotion, which you can see with Ethan and Mommy in BW in his nursery, but to me a newborn when posed should be pure, simple, and timeless which requires some even light. Take a look at these two pics… almost the same, and apart from a slightly different angle you can see some shadows on Ethan’s face in the photo on the left. Silly me setup the beanbag for his head to always be to my right since he had a little knot on his noodle from childbirth, then I forgot and setup the rest for him laying left. He was finally perfectly posed, but stirring, and I didn’t want to move and reposition to fix the shadows. What do we do?? Find something to use as a reflector to add fill light where the shadows are! So, I had dad hold up a white swaddling blanket and boom, resulting picture is on the right. Anything white or metallic can help if you are in a bind and don’t have an actual reflector. I will try to find some more examples but you can see my edit of the two below and the pullback shot:

 

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SOOC — Fixed Blanket and Smoothed his Knot — My Newbown Edit

 

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Hope that helps if you ever find yourself in a less than desireable shadow situation:)

Smooches,

<3 Kristin

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