It's finally summer, time we bring our families out of
hibernation. If you had a baby in March, you're
probably just about ready to show him (and yourself)
off. And some-times the iPhone-to-Facebook photo album technology
isn't quite enough. Sometimes you need to call in the
professional. Believe me, I've been there.
Through my years of mothering and professional work, I've
come to know my fair share of baby and kids' photographers. And I
even got them to spill some of their trade secrets.
Franzosa is one of the most delicate baby photographers I
know. She says "every photograph I take is about capturing the
truth and love within a family...who they are." She
relies on her experience as a nanny to guide the session. Her
favorite place to shoot? Any place that has special meaning to the
family, "whether that is Millennium Park or their favorite coffee
Beltzman is a mom of three boys who so enjoyed
photographing her own brood and her friends' kids, she decided to
make a career of it. Rachel aims to get to know the kids she
photographs and find out what makes them tick. She likes to shoot
in the city in areas where tall trees create an interesting
Born and raised in Nebraska, Demmel brings a little bit of
country to her city shoots, and doesn't mind getting down on the
ground or dirty to get the best shot. She's also been known to
drive around the city scouting out cool new locations for a shoot.
Her favorite Chicago season to shoot? Spring.
Thomas and Tiana Kubik see baby and kids' photography as an
adventure-so much so that they only shoot on location and take
advantage of the diversity of Chicago's neighborhoods and
backdrops. "I love shooting in summer at Montrose
Harbor," Thomas says. "It has a great skyline view, the beach,
the bird sanctuary and tall grass."
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
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