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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


Spring Fever / Chicago Family Photography

It was a warm winter, but a cold spring, and it felt like forever before we could finally get outdoors to shoot. What lively fun with had with the K family. Gotta love the "'tash!" Oh, and this mom knows that sometimes it takes more than a sense of humor to navigate parenthood: an extra set of hands can be invaluable. Check out her fab services (which we can personally highly recommend!) First Class Care and  Chicago Mommy Concierge. Whether you need help in the home, help with the kids, or help planning for a new baby, Erin can help YOU out.


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

Looking for a Tax Break?

In honor of tax day, Soben Studios would like to offer a bit of tax relief. Book your photo session by the end of April, and Soben Studios will pay the sales tax on your order! (That’s a savings of 8.5%!) And, because we have a little bit of spring fever, if you schedule your session for April or May, also take 10% off the cost of your session. Don’t wait. We have very limited openings. And unlike the IRS, we’re not offering extensions.

(Sorry, we cannot apply this offer toward headshots and compcards.)

Another Sneak Peak...

I had a blast with these girls -- funky, sassy, sweet little Lassies.... Here you go you Gold-en Girls--- a peak just for you. It was so fun to meet all of you, and I hope you had a great time at Deerfield's! Wish I could've come along, too....


How we had such a good time on such a cold day is still a mystery - unless you consider how great these kids, and their mom, are. Their warm smiles made up for the freeeeeeeeezing temperatures (doesn't help when your studio is a block from the lake, either!). I hope you guys enjoyed your hot chocolate - I sure enjoyed shooting you-- again. I liked a lot of them, and since I haven't posted as regularly lately, here is a BIG preview....

To give you an idea of what troopers the kids were, and how cold they REALLY were.....

Our suburban urban....

This family has style. When they showed up so perfectly coordinated, I just knew that they were my kind of fun. I had a "kill-er" great time with you guys, and I can't wait to show you the rest of your images!!!

Totally Fun Family

This family rocked. I really enjoyed the session - we travelled to areas around the studio that I have not been to before, and they were completely up for the adventure. The boys had great energy, too. So smart and inquisitive. I am not sure which was the best part  - the shooting, or when the boys asked, upon leaving, when they got to come back again? THAT is always the biggest compliment that I can get. Here are some sneaks, Mom and Dad.

this next one cracks me up each time I look at it--- though I probably like it more than the parents do....

Thanks for looking!