special needs photography

From the Heart / Philanthropy

heartland When we think Valentine's Day, we think hearts, and just like you, we are tickled by adorable Valentine's Day images - one of our few opportunities to embrace props and cutesy. But, in the true spirit of celebrating love, we want to showcase these beautiful people, each of whom knows the real meaning of giving and receiving a gift from the heart. Every year, it is Laurie's privilege to contribute to Heartland Blood Centers' annual calendar by photographing regular people with exceptional stories. It's an honor for us to meet these special people who give us the gift of inspiration, and truly touch our hearts. - LN

Holiday Cheer & Happy New Year | Chicago Family Photographer

Thank you to all of our amazing clients for another fabulous year. Thanks to you, we are able to make a generous donation in your name to the children's toy fund at Children's Memorial Hospital. Thank you for sharing your smiles with us, and for enabling us to bring smiles to children in need of good cheer. May your holiday season and new year be full of laughter, love and good health.

With love,

The Soben Studios Family

New Jewelry Line! {Chicago Baby Photographer}

Sooooo excited for this jewelry!!! LOVE LOVE! Make an appointment at our new studio boutique to see the line anytime. undefined

What to wear.... Summer 2011 part 1

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Mini Sessions!!

May Mini Sessions - Perfect for Father's Day ... or Just Because!

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A new tie? Beer-of-the-month club membership? A power tool? Not sure what to get Dad for Father's Day? How about getting him the gift YOU really want: Updated pictures of the kids!

Just in time for Father's Day, we're pleased to announce two different May mini sessions events:

Book with Laurie or Susan

Saturday, May 14th, 2011 Held on-location at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods.

Whether you choose a 25-minute mini session with Laurie for $175, or a 35-minute mini session with Susan for $125, you will enjoy the quality photography and client service that make Soben Studios one of Chicagland's premier contemporary lifestyle photography studios. Perfect for up to 3 subjects, Soben's mini sessions are a great value! And we've got some fabulous packages that are sure to make Dad smile.

Book with Susan only

Take advantage of a unique opportunity for a COMPLIMENTARY 15 minute studio mini session at Frankie's on the Park in downtown Chicago!! Please join us on Sunday, May 1st from 2-5pm for an afternoon of shopping, photos & jewelry at Frankie’s on the Park! The afternoon will feature a FREE 15 minute studio photo session and complimentary 5”x7” photo from Highland Park’s Susan Ryan Kalina of Soben Studios Photography (a $200 value)! Enjoy a Stella & Dot Jewelry trunk show & Cover FX makeup demo. 10% of sales will benefit DASH FOR DETECTION Pancreatic Cancer Research!!

Mini sessions book-up FAST and space is limited so don't delay!


If we've photographed you before, come join us again -- we'd love to see how the kids have grown. Or if you've been toying with the idea of portraits, this is the perfect chance to see why our devoted clients come back again and again.

Repeat Soben clients receive one complimentary set of wallets as our way of saying thank you.

Just like you, we at Soben care deeply for children and their families. A portion of all profits is donated to the new toy fund for sick children at Children's Memorial Hospital. Just thought you'd like to know that we do good work in more ways than one.

For more information, or to book your Ryerson Woods session, please email us at email@sobenstudios.com or call us at 847.374.9123. To book a session at Frankie's, please call their store at 773-248-0400. Sessions booked on a first come, first serve basis. Emails and phone calls will be tracked in the order received.

Please note that in order to receive the promotional pricing, and have your items in time for Father's Day, orders must be placed within one week of your gallery premiere.

Complimentary Facebook websized files of images purchased always included in your package upon request. These files, which bear a small studio logo, are perfect for emailing and Facebook but are not formatted for printing.

See you then!!

Mini sessions book-up FAST and **space is limited** so don't delay!

 

Friends

Some friends are clients, and some clients become friends. I've had the good fortune of photographing this family for four years - and I am excited to see them every time we meet. undefined

I have NOTHING to Wear!!!

But what do we WEAR??? Clients are always asking for ideas on what to wear and how to coordinate clothing. So welcome to the first post of our What to Wear series. Our current clients are familiar with the detailed guides we send out ahead of your sessions to help you get ready -but as styles are always changing we thought we'd keep you in-the-know with our clothing series. Hope you enjoy!!

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Special thanks to Michelle Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography for sharing the beautiful imagery.

 

No words

Many times, the families that I meet inspire me, and I carry our session with me for years and years to come. This is one such family. Some times, you just don't need any words ... when there is so much love words are secondary. I don't have many to say- other than I cherished every minute I spent with this one of a kind family. It was obvious to me that their life is not always easy, and yet they never stopped smiling. I felt their love for each other when I was there, and each and every time I look at their images --- and at how they look at each other in their images. Without words, I feel their love.

Thank you, K family, for sharing your joy and celebration of life with me.

Please click on the thumbnails to see the images larger.