Lake Michigan Portraits

Big Brother 1 of 2 Chicago Maternity Photographer

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What a gorgeous morning to document this beautiful pregnant mama with her boys! We always look forward to spending time with our clients at the beach for our dreamy maternity portrait sessions. The soon-to-be big brother could not have been happier to be part of this experience! The session turned into a fun family playdate. We are thrilled to meet the new baby brother at his newborn session in our studio. 

Friends Forever Chicago Family and Child Photographer

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We have been loving on these two since they were babies, so having them for a session is always a treat.  They are close in age to Laurie's own children, so she gets to catch up on the important topics like Minecraft skills and art projects when they visit. Always a great day photographing such polite, funny, and loving kids!

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! 

Family of Three Cuteness Chicago Family Photographer

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This family is nothing but amazing in front of the camera!  Not only are they simply gorgeous, but all this  love for their adorable baby is heart-melting.  One whole year of being parents and a family of three is so special, we are honored to capture such a sweet time in this family's life.

One Year of Darling Part 2 Chicago Children's Photographer

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We're back with this sweet baby girl for part two, and still loving those gorgeous eyes of hers!  This age is so fun, and it was such a joy to have her in our studio.  Look at that little face!

One Year of Darling Part 1 Chicago Children's Photographer

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Those EYES!!  This darling turned one and we had such a sweet time with this pretty little miss! Loving her furry vest, darling expressions, and those blue eyes.  So happy to have spent some time capturing this doll! Stay tuned for part two of this cutie on the blog soon!

Baby Makes Three! Chicago Newborn and Family Photographer

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  This little sweetie is so lucky to have such great siblings!  We love watching our clients' families grow, and baby makes three for this wonderful crew.  Loving these smiles! 

New Baby New Big Brother Chicago Newborn and Family Photographer

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Remember this guy with the gorgeous eyes from THIS post awhile back, and our last two posts in July?  Well, he's a big brother now and his baby sister is just as darling!  He's doing a wonderful job as a big brother to that little sweetie swaddled up in his arms, and melting our hearts.  We love getting to know our families as they grow, and this family has been so fun to watch grow in love and numbers! 

Silly Sauce Two Year Session Chicago Children's Photographer

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This little guy made us giggle at his wonderful one year session HERE, and now that he's two, he's a pro!  He knows to come in and get right down to the playtime!  Don't miss his darling new sister tomorrow on the blog, but for now,  we think he's pretty great at being a big brother and two-year-old extraordinaire!

We Love Sisters! Part Four Chicago Family Photographer

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Our last post of these sweet sisters ends on some forest dancing, which we think is a pretty fantastic pastime.  We adore these little dolls and their best friendship, and had so much fun capturing such a sweet time in their lives!

We Love Our Clients! Happy Valentine's Day! Chicago Photographer

Happy Valentine's Day Soben Family! We wanted to use this holiday of hearts and kisses to share some things we love most, and at the top of our list is our amazing client family!  Before we get into the amazing end-of-year slideshow featuring of all the fabulous and adorable faces we got to capture this year created by our leader extraordinaire, Laurie, we thought we'd give you a snippet of us, and some things we L-O-V-E!

Laurie Loves: Valentine's Day is the birthday of Laurie's beloved grandmother (98 this year!), so this day is special in two ways for her.  She loves making Valentine's boxes with her children, strong coffee in the morning, and the ever-elusive jeans that fit right all day without getting looser as the hours go by (AKA the unicorn of all jeans).  She also loves working with Jenn, Ellen and Jenny ...  everyone that we meet through the studio!

Jenn Loves: Jenn loves any and everything homemade, as long as it's not the clothes she's wearing. :) Her family has a big bin of clothing and fabric discards (endless pairs of ripped leggings frequent this box) that her daughters use to make fun, crafty items with, and she loves seeing what they've dreamt up. She also loves fill-in-the-blank notes from her girls, such as, "My mom is the best at ____."  Such sweet and funny notes come from these!  Also, a little dark chocolate is never wrong by Jenn.

Jenny Loves: Dr Pepper!  She knows she should start with something like, "My adorable daughter and newborn son," but honestly, Dr. Pepper comes to mind first.  She also loves dance parties to anything with a strong hip-hop beat and trying to think up more appropriate lyrics when her daughter is asking what they're singing during said dance parties.  She also loves six hours of consecutive sleep from her newborn, hair that is freshly touched up, and books that you can't put down.

Ellen Loves: SLEEPING! She also loves her hazelnut coffee, and Starburst candy... as she should. Because Ellen is just as sweet as those delicious candies!

So, having covered what we love in our own homes, here's what we love at work: YOU!!!

Please enjoy this slideshow of our 2015 moments, we so enjoyed living them with you all and cannot wait for 2016's new ones!

xoxoxoxo Laurie, Jenn, Jenny & Ellen!

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.**

A Day at the Beach | Chicago Beach Portraits

chicagobeachportraits We had a great day at the beach with our new friends, the K family. Nothing like the sandy shores of Lake Michigan to make us yearn for summer...