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The Top Chicago Family Photographers, 2021

Browse these top-rated Family photographers from Chicago, IL.

Family photographer in Chicago
Christopher B.
Chicago
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I have been shooting as a commercial and corporate photographer for 10 years now. I have advanced experience and knowledge regarding corporate portraiture, corporate event photography, exterior and indoor architectural photography, studio photography, lifestyle photography, and photo retouching. Over my years as a photographer I have learned all that goes into running photo shoots on a high level and know I can be an asset as photographer who truly understands not only the technical aspects of the medium but also how to properly communicate with clients and exceed expectations. I am also a photography instructor and am very passionate about mentoring upcoming photographers and excelling in my knowledge of upcoming trends and techniques in the field. I strongly believe my experience and skill set make me a strong candidate to consider. Please feel free to review my portfolio at chrisbellezzaphotography.com, and I would be happy to send more relevant examples of work if necessary. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Jennifer E.
Chicago
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Jennifer is an experienced professional portrait photographer. She has an Arts degree in Commercial Photography -1993 and recently graduated with a Masters in Business and HR. She learned the Zone system during her tenure in photography school and would love more time to hone that skill. She is excited about the opportunity for more commercial based photography.

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Anastasiia S.
Chicago
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Hello Everyone! Let me introduce myself:) Anastasiia is here and my journey as a photographer began in 2014 and I really like what I am doing. I am inspired by the works of: Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz to whom I credit my love of black & white and portrait photography. As a photographer, I specialize in portrait and event photography as well as real estate photography in Chicago. I like beautiful people inside & out, I am ready to capture the brightest moments of your life!

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Maya M.
Chicago
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camera Hasselblad Lunar, Canon EOS 5D, Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Maya has always had a love for photography. From a very early age - if she went, a camera went with her! Maya cultivated that love with darkroom work, photography courses, and contributing to her college as photo editor of the newspaper, yearbook and literary magazine Maya specializes in Maternity Shoots, Newborn Sessions, Children's Photography, Head shots, Engagements and Family Portraits. She also shoots Special Events and Celebrations such as Charity Gala's, Small Weddings and Birthday Parties. If she were to choose a favorite...it definitely would be family photography capturing moments to be shared generation, after generation, after generation.

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Jayme S.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 7D Mk II

Jayme Spoolstra is self-taught, practicing for well over 10 years. Each client that she has worked with has left her with valuable lessons which she draws from with every new client in which she collaborates. Jayme wants to work with you to create an experience and a product that everyone can be proud of. She takes pride in image quality and strives to create her own unique brand of storytelling through her images, while still meeting her client's needs and desires. Jayme is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

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Megan S.
Chicago
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Megan has so far spent 19 years shooting freelance commercial, wedding/ event, portrait/ fashion, and lifestyle work. Her ability to keep it professional, but make a shoot FUN is a unique aspect of what she bring to the table. Offering direction, posing, and her ability to align help clients achieve the exact look needed. Career Highlight: Having an image digitally displayed at the Louvre in Paris for the fifth annual Exposure Award.

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Charlie B.

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How did you get started with photography

How I got started in photography can best be explained in a short story I wrote for an online media sports page entitled... How Varsity Views Changed My Life. “You start at 7 o’clock, so be here at 6:50, and if you have a car, don’t park it on the lot. That’s a privilege earned after three months of employment.” The voice is croaky and pushy. It's the kind of voice that didn’t wait for an answer. The kind of voice that didn’t allow for disagreement of any sort. I have never met the man in person, but I had been to the factory a few days earlier. The place looks like a prison populated by a bunch of musky middle-aged men who bicker all day about what America is or isn’t. Even after the interview and a walk-through of the plant, I’m still not exactly sure what they do there or what I’ll be doing. I think it has something to do with steel because when the machines were turned on the place became one gigantic metal carnival. If there was ever an amusement park for the melancholy, this was it. I assure the man that I would be there and thank him for hiring me. “Don’t be late,” he fired back before hanging up the phone. I vaguely remember, somewhere in the one-sided conversation, him mentioning he was my supervisor. God help me! To tell the truth, what I really wanted to do was pull a "Charles Bukowski". You know, maybe go down to Fleischmann's Liquor, pick up a pint, drink the damn thing right before work. That would definitely get me fired on the first day. That night I went to bed hoping my dreams would tell me something different. If I did have a dream, I don’t remember it. What I do remember is being jerked out of my slumber by the sound of my wife’s voice, “Charlie!” I rush to the bathroom where Maria is leaning over the bathtub. She’s pointing at a beetle bug that’s been smashed and is now lying dead on the floor. I’m really amazed by her pinpoint accuracy, able to smash the little vato with the tiny heel of her pumps. Our dog Nixon towers over the dead bug, wanting to lick it. That’s Nixon for you, always in somebody's business. It’s why we named her Nixon. “Look! Another one!” Maria cries, “I can’t live like this anymore.” A month earlier we had gutted the condo in order to make space for my photography studio. Now the bugs were starting to crawl up from the basement through the holes where the walls used to be. I budgeted for the entire project, but a wedding I was booked to videotape didn't happen. You always hear stories about either the bride or the groom not showing up for their own wedding, but neither the bride nor groom showed up for this one. So, those Blue Ridge hardwood floors from Home Depot were put on hold. That’s the kind of stuff that happens to me. After watching Maria cry in the bathtub, I knew that I wouldn’t be making that detour to Fleischmann’s. I would report for duty to a job that I knew would kill a piece of me each day. Here’s the stuff they never tell you in film school: You have to be able to be something else at the drop of a dime because the money is never consistent. You might have to be a car washer, a bike messenger, a pizza delivery driver, a vendor cart operator, a phone sex operator. It’s a dreadful list and I was at the end of it. So, yes, I would start work at the metal carnival and that would be the end of it. But something happened that changed everything. STEEL TOE BOOTS. I needed steel toe boots. They were a requirement for the new job. These boots are pretty expensive, money we didn’t have. Those boots were the reason I needed to answer just one last ad for a quick freelance job on Craigslist. Maria wasn’t too thrilled about me answering the ad and I couldn’t blame her. She's always been the biggest fan of my work; whether it was films, photos, or writing. She was always cheering me on. Always buying equipment. Always calling in favors for for me. Always allowing me the time to practice my craft. And then there was that one big thing she did. She agreed to take a second mortgage out on the condo to finance my film. She was always in my corner, but I could sense she was starting to lose faith in me. So, I answered the ad. Some company was offering $25 to shoot high school sports. I didn’t think much of it, and Maria thought even less of it. We had been around the block a few times to know that not everything on Craigslist is legit. But I answered anyway and sent them my portfolio. An hour later, somebody by the name of Teddy called. He was with a new company called Varsity Views. Three things right off the bat I remember clearly about him: Professional. Polite. And young. There were also two other guys, Peter and Tim. That's all I knew about them, their first names. Teddy offered me two scrimmage games to photograph at New Trier High School. I had no idea what a scrimmage game was, but I agreed. I showed up to the stadium and shot the two games, went home, uploaded the photos, and about an hour later, Teddy called and offered me more assignments at a higher rate of pay. I was like, "great." That Monday night the $50 popped up on our PayPal account. I couldn’t wait to show it to Maria. You hear a lot of stories about how you have to be careful on Craigslist, but Varsity Views just felt like the real deal. So, I did what any other starving artist would have done. I jumped online, went to the Varsity Views scheduling website, and took a bunch of game assignments. I even scheduled in games on the day that I was supposed to start my new job. I scheduled enough games to get paid $560. My thinking was, when next Monday rolled around, and if Varsity Views dropped $560 in my PayPal account, then they had to be the real deal. A real job. A real career. And maybe, just maybe, I didn’t have to report to work at the metal carnival. And I knew I had to keep all this to myself. It was one the craziest weeks of my life. Tuesday, Maria had killed another bug. Wednesday, Croaky Voice called to tell me that my results were in and I had passed the drug test. Thursday, Mom called and congratulated me on the new job. Shit! Friday, we bought the steel toe boots. I kept the receipt, guarded it like it was the Shroud of Turin. I stashed it in my prized possession, an unabridged dictionary I’ve had for years. I put it between two pages, right on top of the word spirit. Monday morning rolled around and nothing in PayPal from Varsity Views. Afternoon, still nothing. It wasn’t until early evening that I glimpsed the most beautiful three digit figure in the whole world. My spirits were at an all time high. That evening I came clean with Maria about everything, about my week of scheming, about my real intentions of trying to get out of the new job. She understood. She didn't agree, but she understood. When I showed her our PayPal account, and that magnificent figure of $560, her exact words were, “Of course you’re not going to that job. You’re going to get your ass online and schedule a bunch of games. You’re going to be the best goddamn photographer they've ever had.” I smiled big. She still has faith in me. Okay, the money helps. The next day, while I was supposed to start my new job at the metal carnival with Old Croaky Voice, I was actually out returning the steel toe boots to the store. When the store clerk told me the money had been put back on my card, I told him, “Oh, a lot more than that has been put on my card.” Based off his frown, I wanted to explain to him how my spirit had been put back, but some things are better left unsaid. That was over two years ago and after a million plus clicks of the shutter, I'm still rocking it with Varsity Views who turned out to be a career. A month after I shot my very first game for them, I got those Blue Ridge hardwood floors installed. That very night Maria and I sat on the floor and drank wine. Bug free. It was a big kick to watch Nixon sliding across the floors going after her toy. I played back the message that Old Croaky Voice had left me a few weeks earlier. His exact words, “You welshed on a job you little asshole!” For symbolic reasons, I like to listen to the message every now and then. I took another sip of wine and Maria and I both smile at each other. I can honestly say at that moment, I did feel like Charles Bukowski.

What do you love about your job?

I absolutely love when a photo ignites unfiltered emotions of happiness and sadness within myself. And I love the fact that my prized possession is a photo I haven't shot yet. It is between these two extremes of emotions and the unknown that I find photography to be a complete joy. I also hope I never enjoy a genre of photography more so over another. I enjoy all photography. There's just so much to capture in my life time and I don't want to get stuck on that whole preference thing. I find enjoyment in my next shoot no matter what it is. It could be a wedding, a concert, or a special pet that's at the end of its life, it doesn't matter, because the next shoot is a new shoot, a new challenge, a new excitement to capture something different. And after having photographed over a million faces, I've come to one certainty. The person entangled across my lens is not my client or my customer. I don't like those labels. If you find yourself in front of my lens, then the process begins were you and I become friends locked in a creative journey that continues until we both are happily satisfy with the photo. I love what I do. I love the people photography has sprinkled into my life. I love the faraway places photography has taken me to. I am filled with joy that at any second now, you are going to click and become my next new friend.

What are some of your favorite places in Chicago to take photographs?

Yeah, I love beautiful places to photograph. But what really gets my molecules going is when I see a location and it looks horrible. I mean, no photographer in his/her right mind would shoot there. I see the place and think, oh my God, if I can get a masterpiece out of this location, than I am growing as an artist. And after having photographed over a million faces, I've come to one certainty. The person entangled across my lens is not my client or my customer. I don't like those labels. If you find yourself in front of my lens, then the process begins were you and I become PARTNERS in a creative journey that continues until we both are happily satisfy with the photo. I love what I do. I love the people photography has put in my life. I love the faraway places photography has taken me to. I am filled with joy that at any minute now, you are going to click and become my next partner.

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Chicago Family Photography Statistics

Average Family job star rating4.9
Chicago Family photography jobs per day170
Average length of Family photography job (hours)2.0
Family Photos taken per hour in Chicago849
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