On-location photography

Jumping into Fall Part 2 Chicago Family Photography

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Boy do these two cuties love their parents…except when a kiss was shared at the end of the portrait session:)!! This family truly has an amazing bond and these outdoor portraits definitely show the love. The mother daughter bond is just as strong as the father daughter bond! We loved photographing this beautiful family.

Family of Three Cuteness Part 2 Chicago Family Photography

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We got our daily workout keeping up with the little guy during the outdoor portrait session. We love his energy though! He enjoyed exploring the outdoors and playing beside his adoring parents. We last photographed the family in our portrait studio when he was just beginning to walk. What a difference a year can make! He is such a happy boy too. We are delighted to work with this beautiful family each year.

City Baby Chicago Child Photographer

We loved capturing his newborn portraits in our Highwood studio but one year later we decided to travel to his home in the city. This lifestyle portrait session was held just steps outside the family's front door. Wonderful and fun-loving parents enjoying city life with their sweet baby. 

Three's Company Chicago Family and Child Photographer

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One of the best parts of photographing babies is that sometimes, we get to watch them grow up and see their families change and grow.  These three are so much fun, and we have been capturing their moments since the oldest was a baby! How special, to see an entire family form and grow in front of our lens.  Love these funny, silly, sweet, and adorable kids! 

Beach Family Fun! Chicago Family and Children's Photographer

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Who doesn't love a day out at the beach with their family?  We sure do!  We had so much fun with this family at the beach.   It was a little bittersweet as we've photographed this family for years, but they are moving onto to a new place, and we will be missing them!  The day was gorgeous, and even though mom's hair and makeup people never showed (boo!), she and the rest of the family looked perfect! Thank you, B Family, for being a part of our Soben family for so long, and we wish you all the best in your new adventures!

2015 Fall Mini Sessions Announced! Chicago Family Photographer

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It's that time again!  Every autumn, our mini sessions are immensely popular – find out why! If you’ve never had a Soben Studios mini session, you’ll see why our clients come back year after year! Make sure to snag your spot FAST, these mini sessions book quickly!

Book your session now by emailing jennifer@sobenstudios.com or call us at 847.374.9123.

2015 Mini Session Dates:

Sunday, September 20th & Saturday, October 3, 2015

20-minute sessions with Laurie, perfect for up to 3 subjects on-location (local park or forest preserve)

$250 creative session fee

Includes 24 complimentary holiday cards

$400 minimum purchase requirement

All session locations will be announced at a later time.

Email jennifer@sobenstudios.com to book!

Sorry, coupons or special offers are not accepted for mini sessions.

Mini sessions always book-up quickly and space is limited, so do not delay! For more information, please email jennifer@sobenstudios.com or call us at 847.374.9123.

We’re looking forward to seeing your smiling faces!

-Laurie and the Soben Studios Team

**Please note that creative session fees cover the time, talent and vision of Soben Studios, beautiful editing of your images and a private online viewing gallery to share with family and friends. This session fee does not include any images, either digital or printed; these are purchased separately.We carry a full range of boutique photography products, including archival desk and wall portraits, museum quality fine art gallery wrapped canvases and fine art prints, digital images and much more. Please contact us for detailed pricing information.**

This is for you, Mom | Chicago Northshore Children's Photographer

G, you are fortunate to have such great kids! You'd never know that A is somewhat of a tomboy. She looked lovely and at-ease in her "girl" clothes, and W, you look so handsome! If only I could get my boys into something other than t-shirts and track pants - without an epic fight. Maybe it's the "we're in this together" twin thing (yes, this brother-sister duo share the same birthday), or maybe its a testament to their devotion to mom and dad, but whatever it is, we found it to be a delight to photograph these kids. How glad we are that our mutual friends, P, introduced us. See you next year. - LN ChicagoChildrenPhoto2

Family Fun | Chicago North Suburbs Family Photographs

Okay, you're onto us: This is a fall photo. Fall is such a busy time of the year for us that we can get a backlog of images for our blog, but we think it's nice to mix it up: a beach photo in the middle of a snowy winter or an autumn photo at beginning of the summer. But one guiding rule:  No fall photos on our blog in July; it's like seeing "Back to School" in the stores in June! The last thing we want is a reminder of how short summer really is...So we're down to the wire with very-end-of-June post. It was so much fun to meet the Y family: kids at a mix of ages and stages in a family filled with love and laughter. Looking forward experiencing to future ages and stages. -- LN

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Sharing Some Wisdom | Chicago Children Photographer

Look at Master L: You can see him hanging on his Miss E's every word. How great it must be to have a big sister who can share worldly advice or special secrets. I can only imagine: I'm the oldest (and no sisters). Come to think of it, I don't remember being much of a mentor to my younger brother. Fast forward a few decades, and now little brother gives me advice. Here's hoping your sibling bond continues to grow. --LN

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Blue Eyes in Blue Waters | Chicago Underwater Photography

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" - Jon Kabat-Zinn ChicagoPhotographer-2

Checkers & Polka Dots | Glencoe Kids Portraits

How we look forward to seeing the M kids each year. They are so much fun! Big sis is poised and patient and a quiet beauty, while little brother is full of character - not to mention exceedingly dapper. And when I say "character," I'm not kidding: It was he, not mom, who chose his clothing for this shoot! - LN Just to give you an idea of how long we've been friends, here is the first year of portraits... where did the time GO?? Click Here for early images

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Waiting at the Garden Gate | Chicago Baby Toddler Photography

As you pass through these garden gates, who knows what treasures may await.  A baby brother, perhaps? Stay tuned.... chicagobabyphotography

Happy Mother's Day | Chicago North Shore Family Photographer

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This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer Wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,

‘It’s okay honey, Mommy’s here.’

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can’t be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON’T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers  at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of the cars.  And that when their kids asked, ‘Did you see me, Mom?’ they could say, ‘Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,’ and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who wanted to, but just couldn’t find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read ‘Goodnight, Moon’ twice a night for a year.  And then read it again, ‘just one more time.’

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls Mom?’ in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home — or even away at college -- or have their own families.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they’d be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them. For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings and the mothers of those who did the shooting.

For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good mother anyway?

Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart?

Is it the ache she feels when she watches her son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes her from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put her hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in her home?

Or the need to flee from wherever she is and hug her child when she hears news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...

And for mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.  Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all. For all of us...

Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can.

‘Home is what catches you when you fall - and we all fall.’

Tell them every day that we love them and pray and never stop being a mother.... -- Author Unknown

 

Laughter and Joy | North Shore Family Photography

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Old Friends | Chicago Children's Photography

chicagochildrenphotoIt's amazing to have watched these kids grow up while time has stood still for us. Holy cow! It's one of the bittersweet parts of our job: the constant reminder that time marches on. So great to see you again, G kids. Love you! - LN

Simple Pleasures / North Shore Family Photography

S blogWhat a delight it was to meet the S family! Grandma and Grandpa came along for moral support, which proved to be an extra special surprise for me: Grandma was my fourth grade teacher (a long, long, long time ago), and one of my all-time faves! Lucky children to have such a special grandparents, and lucky grandparents to have such wonderful grandchildren. - LN

Happy Everything | Studio News

Screenshot 2013-12-15 10.41.52 It's been a wildly busy fall and holiday season. We've had a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones and rolling out fabulous new products.

Now it's break-time (if you can call two weeks with with kids off of school a "break"). As 2013 comes to a close, we're looking forward to spending holiday time with friends and family. (OK, there are some family members we could probably do without.) We're anticipating snowball fights, hot chocolate, warm fires, snuggling together on the couch - and some extra rest, if we're lucky. If you're heading to warmer climes, enjoy, and soak up some sun for us.

Remember to take lots of pictures. You can't get these special times back.

Soben Studios will be on limited hours beginning Saturday, December 21st. We will be resuming regular hours on Monday, January 6th. During this time, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you! We will be checking voice mails and returning calls, but it may take us a day or two to respond.

Best wishes for a holiday season filled with love, joy, and peace, and may 2014 bring you good health and much happiness.

~Laurie, Laura and Jennifer

Into the Woods | Chicago Children's Photography

"The prettier the flower, the farther from the path".  - Red Riding Hood, Into The Woods [Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine] intothewoods

Dance. | Chicago Fine Art Family Photography

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Giggles, Hugs & Family Fun | Wilmette Family Photographer

When I reflect on this family session, I am reminded of the fabulous Shel Silverstein poem Hug of War. I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war, Where everyone hugs Instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles And rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, And everyone grins, And everyone cuddles, And everyone wins.

What a wonderful day, and wonderful family.