Mpix Pro Layflat Book Testimonial!

So excited that Mpix Pro asked me to do a testimonial for their Layflat Book! I absolutely love these books and there really is no better way to display all the photographs from your newborn, baby, or family photography session!
See the testimonial here


I Heart Faces’ “Wind” challenge

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge I Heart Faces , the”Wind” challenge.

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Photo Challenge Submission


Chicago Newborn Photography Session Preview of baby C!

I just loved working with this sweet boy’s mama for her maternity session, and this little guy was just as wonderful to work with! I was absolutely in love with the family’s home when I first did the maternity session in downtown Chicago. I loved the simple modern design with pops of vivid color and thought it would be great to incorporate the home in some of the photographs. After a few more traditional, “posed” shots, this is what just flowed naturally afterwards. As mama put him in a gorgeous colored little wrap, and coaxed and coddled and calmed him, I snapped away (hopefully!) unobtrusively. Loved the “realness” of these.

Welcome to the world, baby C!

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Preview of Baby A’s Newborn Photography Session!

Here’s a quick preview of newborn baby A’s recent photography session. Isn’t he just the sweetest?

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Featured on Portraiture Blog, Lemonade and Lenses!

Oh how I wish I had more older children to photograph! I get plenty of newborns and babies coming my way, and I love that too, but I’m so excited when I get an older child. My own daughters get so fed up with being in front of mommy’s camera, so I have to make it fun for them. That’s what I love about kids this age, their imagination. They get so involved in play based sessions like my snow princess session here, featured on Lemonade and Lenses!

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Full Session Feature on Evoking You!

I’ve been dabbling a bit in High School Senior Photography! Come check out my feature over here at Evoking You!


Chicago Newborn Photography – Multiples! Preview of the S boys

Met these handsome little triplets the other day! While I toiled away trying in vain to coax all three to sleep, mama was much more easy-going. I guess that’s the way it is with triplets… you’ve got to roll with the punches! As they all started to cry, mom insisted I snap away. I was unsure at first, but then, so glad she did. This is real life with triplets! I admire her ability to laugh and love every moment!
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Photographer Spotlight on Rock the Shot!

Family Photo Shoot on Chicago Beach

I never would have imagined a few years ago that I would have an interview on such a prestigious portraiture blog! Little old me! Come read it over at Rock the Shot!

You can see my interview here: Chicago Child Photographer – Rock the Shot


How to Choose a Location For Your Photography Session

One of the benefits of choosing to do your photo session with an independent photographer is the ability to not be confined to a studio. Although newborns are often photographed at home, the large majority of the rest of my sessions are done at an outdoor location of my clients’ choosing. I love to capture my young subjects outdoors, discovering and enjoying their surroundings. Nothing beats the warm buttery late afternoon light that one gets outdoors. No studio lighting system can duplicate it. That late afternoon sun just adds such a magical, nostalgic feel to the images.

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Newborn Photography Session Featured on Inspire Me Baby!

Natural Light Creative Chicago Newborn Photography

I’m so flattered to announce that Inspire Me Baby just ran a full session feature of my hot air balloon newborn creative baby photography session!

The hot air balloon prop in this session was made by me, and I was so proud of it. It’s great that this photography session was chosen for a feature, so that I could really show it off!

You can view the session here: http://inspiremebaby.com/2012/11/17/baby-hot-air-balloon/

Creative Baby Photography in Chicago by Julie Aktabowski

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