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Check Out Those Pink Suede Boots | Chicago North Shore Kids Photographer

Full of style, and also grace. How I adore this toddler, and her family!! chicagotoddlerportrait

Happy Mother's Day | Chicago North Shore Family Photographer


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


Supporting Some Very Special Moms | Giving Back

Karen Dove Cabral FoundationSometimes life feels really tough, especially for moms with young children. But imagine being a young mom and discovering you have breast cancer, or even worse, being pregnant, raising young children, and learning you have breast cancer.

Enter the Evanston-based Karen Dove Cabral Foundation, a one-of-a-kind resource for young mothers battling breast cancer while managing the same challenges we all face in raising children. Unlike other organizations that are dedicated to raising money to combat breast cancer, the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation is unique in its focus on improving the quality of life for young mothers fighting breast cancer, and providing vital assistance by paying for critical treatments and services not covered by insurance.

Please join Soben Studios in supporting this fantastic organization.

On Friday, October 18th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, at Equinox, 799 Central Avenue, Highland Park, come enjoy a fun and memorable evening with food, drinks, a silent auction, and a yoga practice for all levels benefiting the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation.

$25 donation is suggested. ALL money goes directly to the Karen Dove Cabral Foundation.

For more information, and to reserve your spot, please contact , Amy Levy  amylevy1884@att.net, Sara Lewis srfl@hotmail.com  or Beth Prager  bethreva@yahoo.com .

Our Studio | Chicago Suburbs Child Baby Newborn Family Photographer

Well, it only took me 7 months to blog about our new studio! We've just been so busy taking care of our clients, that things like our new studio space took a back seat. However, I am so excited to share our new digs with you -- the space is just lovely and I can't wait to see many of you there! Our new studio is located in downtown Highwood, directly above a nail salon (how perfect is that!?). We've got tons of shooting space, with a great brick wall to enjoy. By far my favorite feature is our bay window, and it has been so much fun experimenting with the lighting there. The window is fabulous for newborn work, but it really shines with maternity silhouettes.

We've always got fresh coffee and tea waiting for you, great books, and our free wifi. Come see us soon!

Snap! Don't Blink / Special Event

Our first ever free snap sessions have been a huge success!

It's been great to see some old friends (well, not old) and make some new ones.

Susan has a few remaining spots for her 10 minute free snap sessions on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013.

Appointments are required. To reserve your spot or for more information please contact us

email@sobenstudios.com or 847/374-9123.

World of Wonder | Chicago Baby Photographer

Being a photographer is hard work, but sometimes, it's even harder being a subject: a strange place, a strange camera, new people (note I didn't say "strange").  It can be a lot for a little one. Sweet little K wasn't sure what to make of the whole event. Can't you just look into those big soulful eyes and see her wonderment?  -- LN

What a Year!! | Chicago Family Photographers

Compiling favorite images of the year is a daunting task - because I personally love so many of the images, and all of our clients!! However, the big task is complete, and I can't wait to share our year in review slideshow below. Clients, if you don't see your sweet faces in the movie below, please don't think "you didn't make the cut".  Rather, your are not depicted because we did not have a signed model release from you on file. :)) Proudly, we present our 2012 year in review. Thank you so much for making us smile ... every day.


Go Team USA: Olympics Fun for All / Just for Fun

It's hard to miss the Olympics buzz, and my kids are certainly excited about the 2012 Games, but with a limited attention span (hopefully NBC will do a better job editing/broadcasting these games than they've done in the past - JMO), how can I make Olympic viewing a fun family activity and even a learning experience at the same time? Leave it to one of my favorite websites to have some suggestions: Common Sense Media. If you're not familiar with this website, I highly recommend it!

  • Is the new Ice Age movie appropriate for a Kindergartener?
  • My child wants to see the new Batman movie, but I think he's a little young.
  • Are there any new iPhone apps for my preschooler?

These and MANY more questions are answered for parents seeking to be media-savvy.

I'm definitely going to be turning to Common Sense Media's family guide to Olympic viewing as well as their ideas for turning the Olympics into teachable moments. Plus more great ideas for kids of all ages. - LN

Our Little Friend | Chicago Children's Photographer

undefined We've had the honor of photographing this beautiful girl for the last few years ... and as usual, the session was full of fun!! So good to see you again!! Take a peak at how much she's grown.... but still so beautiful!





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!!



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


Kissing Cousins

Susan had a great time documenting the day with these two sisters and the sweet  cousins -- built in friends for life! undefined

We're Back!!!

Okay, you don't need to tell me ... haven't posted in forever. We've been busy with loads of newborns this month, and client images always come before the blog! But now that we've got an awesome new designer on staff, our blog postings should resume back to normal! Fall was such a wonderful shooting season for us, as we had the opportunity to photograph old friends and make many new ones. We'll be posting highlights from the fall, along with our January sessions, regularly. So here goes the first! These two ADORABLE children were so much fun to work with ... and so was their Mom. I am so grateful to meet them -- welcome to the area, E family! You can't tell by looking at the images, but the day was wet and cold. Of course, a cold fifty degree day would feel like a heat wave today!


happy everything

Wishing you all a healthy, happy and joyful 2011 full of love, hugs and kisses. Bring on the fun!

December was a whirlwind - the fall always is. I have many, many sessions to blog about - most of which we'll post next year. Lots of exciting new studio news, too - like new team members, and a new website in the works. Stay tuned - but in the meantime, just enjoy each other. Each and every moment.

Sparkle & Shine with Girls on the Run

It may be getting chilly but it’s not too late to get tickets to the hottest event in Chicago! It’s the eleventh annual Sparkle and Shine Gala benefiting Girls on the Run, at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, Friday, November 19th, at 8:00. Featuring a live band, hors d’oeuvres with a sushi station, a 4-hour open bar and a live and silent auction with awesome prizes (including a Soben Studios photo session), this is a not-be-missed benefit which promises to put the “fun” in fundraising. For more information about Sparkle and Shine, or to register, click here. The Girls on the Run Program is a national program for girls ages 8-13 years old which inspires self-respect and healthy lifestyles through a combination of running and an interactive curriculum. All proceeds from the Gala will help Girls on the Run expand its program so that every girl in Chicagoland can be a Girl on the Run. Currently, there are over 84 schools on the waiting list for Girls on the Run programs. Please join Soben Studios in supporting this unique and worthwhile program that empowers girls today and helps them reach their full potential tomorrow and beyond. - LN

Reserved for Three / The Goodness

Clayton Austin writes about The Goodness. Maybe for you, The Goodness is eating the last chocolate chip cookie that no one else claimed.  Sometimes, the Goodness is finding the favorite sock you've turned your house upside down for. To me, it is my  children running up to me after school with a smile and a hug and a leap into my arms. It is hearing the words flow freely from my daughter, it is listening to my son play piano.

The Goodness is inside jokes you share with your best friend. The sound of your Mom's voice when you haven't talked to her for a week. It is the subtle glances that families share, the tender look that needs no words. The Goodness is soft whispers and sweet giggles. The Goodness is love - everlasting.

In the session below not only did I see it, I FELT it with every shutter click. And for this very special session, finding The Goodness was always the goal.

The Goodness is all around you. You just need to remember to look. Do you see it?

Old Friends

As you know, watching families change and grow is one of the best things about being a photographer. The only trouble with it is realizing that as the kids get older ... so do I! Nonetheless, I look forward to photographing this dynamic duo every year -- and this year was no exception. We had a great time at the beach, even if the light and wind were not cooperating with us! B family --- love growing with you.

More Babies!!!!

Well, it is a good thing that I get to photograph so many beautiful babies ... because my husband tells me we are DONE. ;) I do truly love my job as a newborn photographer. This little peanut was so sweet, with the most amazing hair!! I really did not want to give him back when the session ended ...

This is a fun shot from one of Susan's most recent family photography sessions --- they had a great time!!

Fall Mini Sessions!

Announcing Fall Mini Sessions! Yes, we know it is 90 degrees outside and you're still in summer mode. But the kids are back at school, and September is upon us, and that means it's time to think about Soben Studios renowned Fall Mini Sessions! We are pleased to announce fall mini session dates: Sunday, September 26th and Saturday, October 16th.

Our 25-minute mini sessions are held on-location. September minis will take place in downtown Highland Park, near our new studio. (We've already got some favorite, hidden shooting spots.) October minis will be held at a north suburban forest preserve or park. (Exact location TBA closer to the shooting date as we wait for the auturmn colors emerge.) Whether you've been yearning for some updated shots of the kids, or you're already planning for your annual holiday card, Soben's mini sessions are a great value at only $175. Perfect for up to 3 subjects, Soben Studios mini sessions provide you with the quality photography and client service that make Soben one of Chicago's premier contemporary lifestyle photographers. No minimum purchases, no premade packages. Order only what you want, including newly repriced (less expensive!) digital images. 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. For more information, or to book your session, please email us at email@sobenstudios.com or call us at 847.374.9123.