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A Growing Family | Chicago Family Photographer

Love these Soben friends!!! We've been together since big brother was a newborn ... such an honor and a thrill to be a part of their growing family. xoxox, "I" family! Can't wait to see you again soon!

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The C Family | Chicago Family Photographer

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. - Dr. Seuss

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My Everything | Chicago Family Photographer

Family is not an important thing. It's everything. - Michael J. Fox

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Celebrating Family | Chicago Family Photographer

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! - Albert Einstein

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Tell Your Story | Chicago Family Photographer

So thankful for this family, and the moments we capture together. We've known them since they were a family of two, and shared their joy as their family grew and grew. Celebrating life and relationships is exactly why we LOVE what we do.

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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

It's Almost Fall | Chicago Family Photographer

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  ― E.E. Cummings chicagofamilyphotographer3

Those Eyes | Chicago Children's Photographer

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

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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A Loyal Friend | Glencoe Family Photographer

Give a boy a dog and you've furnished him a playmate. --Berton BraleyChicagoChildrenPhoto

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

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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

chicagofamilyphotographer1-1 L family, you are one of our favorite new friends. You've touched our lives, warmed our hearts, and brought us countless smiles. Thank you for giving us the true picture of love, joy, and miracles. - LN

Laughter in His Eyes | Lake Forest Baby Photography

Can't you just see the smile in his eyes? Little G certainly brought us smiles. And look at those two teeth! We remember your newborn portrait session like it was yesterday, and now look at you: what a delightful, dapper little gentleman you've become. We can't wait to watch you grow! - LN G blog

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

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...

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 .

'Lashes and Laughter / North Shore Children's Photographer

You may recognize this gorgeous girl. We've been photographing her since birth. Not only is she one of our most stunning subjects -- can you say "eyelashes"?! -- she has a truly joyful spirit. M, we had the best time laughing with you! -- LN