chicago child portraits

Throwback Thursday: One Dreamy Summer Day | Chicago Children's Photographer

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. -Eleanor Roosevelt


Who Doesn't Love Cuddles? | Chicago Children's Photographer

This is one of our long time clients, whom we've loved watching their beautiful children grow. ChicagoChildrenPhoto6

Those Eyes | Chicago Children's Photographer

May you touch fireflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. - Unknown ChicagoChildrenPhoto11

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


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


He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother / Chicago Newborn Sibling Photography

chicagonewbornphoto9So happy that one of our favorite families is back with their new addition! This little man could not have been a more enjoyable newborn portrait subject, which makes sense; his big brother is a great role model! We love working with toddlers, especially one who is so cooperative AND willing to share the spotlight with a new sibling. Looking forward so seeing you all again.

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

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, Sara Lewis  or Beth Prager .

Dance. | Chicago Fine Art Family Photography

Always dance, as though no one else is watching. 087ChicagoChildrenPortrait

Baby Face / Chicago Baby Photography

I'm partial to these images, not because this little guy is sweet and adorable (which he is), but because this series features fleeting expressions. Some of them are quirky - my faves - and some are classic, but they all capture him, at this moment, and truly showcase his personality.  Babies change SO fast. Don't let the memory fade. - LN

Smiles and Secrets / Chicago suburbs kids photographer

Two girls very special to us! We can't look at your images without smiling, P & B. Sisters are best friends with silly private jokes that only you two understand. Your fun-loving spirit is infectious. - LN

Love YOU, Thank YOU mini sessions | Chicago Suburban Children's Photographer

FREE "Snap Session" Photo Event!

In appreciation of YOU, our devoted clients and friends, Soben Studios announces our first ever Snap Sessions: 10-minute FREE* photo sessions. (For up to 3 siblings)

Book with Laurie on Sat., Feb. 9th or Tues., Feb. 12th

Book with Susan on Mon., Feb. 11th


THANK YOU for voting us the Totally Most Awesome Friendliest Photography Studio in Chicago.

XOXOXO We love you -- from baby toes, to first steps, to first grade, to braces, and beyond...

BE MINE We love making new friends, and reconnecting with old ones!

If you've ever wanted to try us out, this is the perfect time - nothing to lose Or come back to show us how much you've grown!

For more information, please CLICK HERE

Fall Fun | Chicago Family Photographer

It's just about winter, but it feels like fall today!! This was one of our favorite fall sessions. From blossoming belly shots, to nestled newborn images, to baby busy-ness (and big sis silliness), to family fun in the outdoors, M family, your sessions are always blast. K & D, we can't believe how big you're getting! - 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.


A Quiet Victory | Chicago Family Photographer

As we mourn the innocent lives cut short by the recent unimaginable tragedy in Connecticut, and as our hearts go out to the survivors, families and friends, we hesitate to get excited over something as relatively trivial as an award. The shock may be dissipating, our collective wounds beginning to heal, but we remain raw.

While our emotion cannot be compared to that of the community of Newtown, we hurt to the core and we are forever changed.  Hopefully out of this tragedy, will come wisdom and change - change that will make this world a better and safer place.

In the meantime - and it is cliche - we are reminded to cherish each day and make each moment an indelible memory.

As photographers that it what we seek to do.

It is with heartfelt appreciation that we humbly announce that Soben Studios has been named Friendliest Family Photographer in Chicago's Totally Awesome Awards, thanks to you, are loyal clients and supporters. We are excited and honored, especially to be recognized among such a distinguished group of fellow photographers.

To celebrate our award and thank our supporters, Soben Studios will be announcing a very special event next month, so stay tuned...

Until then, share some extra hugs with loved ones and fill your homes with much laughter. -LN


Sisterly Love | Chicago North Shore Children's Photographer

Like many of our little ones, these sisters started out a bit tentatively, but we ended up having so much fun during their session in our Deerfield studio. Yes, those striking eyes (and eyelashes) are from mother nature...Come back and visit again, H and C. -- LN

Little Boy Blue / Chicago Baby Newborn Photographer

  Baby C, you were a delight to photograph! How content and peaceful you are. No wonder mom looks amazing mere weeks after your birth. We predict smooth sailing. Please come visit soon!

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

Happy Brand New Year | Chicago Baby Photographer

May your new year be full of love, laughter, joy and hope.

So much spark! | Chicago Family Photographer

Every year, I look forward to seeing this sweetheart. She has more personality in her pinky than I have in my whole body. She keeps US laughing and smiling the entire session!!