Capture the Moments: Spring & Summer Mini Sessions with TK Photography Chicago

Our Spring & Summer Mini Sessions are ready to roll, and we’re beyond excited to get behind the lens with YOU! It’s the season of sunshine, smiles, and snapshots. Here’s what we’ve got lined up:

🌟 Mother’s Day Sessions with Thomas: 5/4 & 5/5

Motherhood is an adventure worthy of the most beautiful portraits. This Mother’s Day, join Thomas for a mini session that pays tribute to the love and strength of motherhood. It’s your chance to create timeless images that will be cherished forever. Gather the matriarchs, the new moms, and the grandmas too! It’s time to celebrate all the moms in your life. Reserve your Mother’s Day session now.

🌟Father’s Day Sessions with Thomas: 6/1

Fathers and father figures, step into the spotlight with your little ones. Thomas is ready to capture the high-fives, the cuddles, and every genuine moment of fatherhood. Make this Father’s Day unforgettable with images that tell your unique story. Book your Father’s Day session today.

🌟 Beach Sessions with Thomas: 7/20-21 & 7/23-24

Imagine the breeze, the laughter, and the relaxed vibes of a beach setting as your photo backdrop. That’s what our Beach Mini Sessions are all about. Take advantage of the golden summer light and Thomas’s eye for magical moments. Booking starts May 20th—don’t miss out!

🌟 Smash Cake Sessions: 5/4 & 6/9

Is your little one about to have a birthday bash? Book now for May & June and get ready for a session filled with laughter, cake, and adorable messy faces. It’s more than a photo op—it’s a rite of passage for your growing tot. Secure a spot for a Smash Cake session and let’s celebrate with some delectable fun! Book your Smash Cake session here.

For more details on Smash Cakes, Visit our Smash Cake Page.

🌟 Headshot Snapshots with Cameron: 4/11 & 5/23

Update your professional look with Cameron’s Headshot Snapshots. Whether it’s for your LinkedIn profile, your website, or just to have a polished image on hand, Cameron knows how to bring out your best. Grab your headshot slot here.

For more details on Headshots, visit our Headshots page

We’re on a mission to make this season unforgettable with stunning photos of you and your loved ones. We’re all smiles here and can’t wait to see yours!

Be a part of the #MiniSessionMadness. From Smash Cake fun for the kiddos to serene Beach Vibes and professional Headshot Goals, there’s something for everyone this season at TK Photography Chicago. #SmashCakeFun #FamilyPhotoFaves #BeachVibesOnly #HeadshotGoals #TKPhotographyChi

Looking forward to capturing your stories,

The TK Photography Team

Glenview’s Best: Kohl Children’s Museum Family Touch A Truck 2024

TK Photography Chicago: Capturing the Joy at Kohl Children’s Museum’s Touch a Truck Family Festival

Hey there, parents! It’s TK Photography Chicago, your go-to Chicago event photography and Chicago family photography experts. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back photographing the Kohl Children’s Museum’s Touch a Truck Family Festival. As a leading Glenview family photographer, this event is one of our absolute favorites to capture, and we can’t wait to see the excitement and joy on the faces of your little ones.

Vibrant Scene at the Kohl Children's Museum Touch a Truck Event

As many of you know, Kohl Children’s Museum is not only a fantastic place for events like Touch a Truck, but they’re also one of our regular Chicago marketing photography clients. In fact, we had the privilege of photographing all the photos on their community outreach van seen in the image above. It was essential for us to feature kids from the community and have them interact with actual items from the museum. So, we reached out to our client families and held a casting call for those who love the museum. The results were incredible!

Families Engaging with Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

Now, let’s talk about the upcoming Touch a Truck Family Festival. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 10:30 AM to 2 PM, with VIP access starting at 9:30 AM. The festival will take place at the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA) located at 2300 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026.

Children Exploring a Fire Truck at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

At Touch a Truck, children will have the opportunity to learn about trucks, cars, and other vehicles through hands-on experiences. They can look, climb, and play on over 40 different vehicles. Plus, there will be music, train rides, food trucks, and more at this incredible outdoor family festival.

Kids Enjoying a Thomas the Tank Engine Train Car at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

Ticket prices vary depending on whether you’re a museum member and if you want VIP or general admission. VIP tickets are $50 for members and $60 for non-members. General admission tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets are required for each adult and child over 12 months of age, and they include access to all activities, including concerts, face painting, and kiddie train rides. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Family Enjoying Food Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

It’s important to note that tickets are non-refundable after purchase, and the event will occur rain or shine. You can purchase VIP tickets here and timed entry general admission tickets: 10:30am Entry, 11:00am Entry and, 11:30am Entry. General admission tickets include timed entry windows, so please select your preferred entry time.

Children Running Towards Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

We’re also excited to share that there will be a Horn-Free Hour from 1-2 PM. During this time, trucks will not turn on sirens, flashing lights, or beep horns, creating a sensory-friendly environment for children who are sensitive to loud noises and lights.

One of the things we love most about photographing this event is running into so many of the families we’ve had the pleasure of working with for Chicago family photography sessions. It’s always a joy to see familiar faces and watch as the children grow and explore year after year.

By participating in the Touch a Truck Family Festival, you’re not only giving your child an unforgettable experience, but you’re also supporting Kohl Children’s Museum’s mission to provide learning opportunities for kids. We can’t wait to see you there and capture all the magical moments!

If you are looking for event photography you can learn more about our work here.

Families Gathering Around Trucks at Kohl Children's Museum's Touch a Truck Event

Check out some more photos from previous Touch a Truck events:

Discover the Magic of Bubbles Academy’s Enchanting Bubble Egg Hunt!

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Egg-citing Fun at Bubbles Academy’s – Bubble Egg Hunt!

At TK Photography Chicago, we always look forward to capturing the joyful moments at Bubbles Academy’s events, and their Bubble Egg Hunt celebrating all things spring was no exception! As one of our longest-running partners, Bubbles Academy consistently puts on fantastic events that bring smiles to children’s faces, and this year’s egg hunt was a perfect example of their dedication to creating memorable experiences for families.

Our talented photographer, Cameron, had a wonderful time photographing the excitement and laughter at the event. The Bubbles Academy team transformed their space into a colorful, festive wonderland filled with hidden eggs, cheerful decorations, and plenty of fun activities for the little ones.

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The children were thrilled as they searched high and low for the colorful eggs, their baskets filling up with their prized findings. It was heartwarming to see the determination and excitement on their faces as they navigated the egg hunt, encouraged by their parents and the supportive Bubbles Academy staff.

This image shows a young child, who appears to be a toddler, crawling on the floor. The child is wearing a long-sleeved blue top and dark pants, with light-colored socks. They are reaching out towards what seems to be a toy egg or ball.

In addition to the egg hunt, the event featured engaging activities that kept the children entertained and smiling from ear to ear. From arts and crafts, and live music performances to fun games, there was no shortage of laughter and joy throughout the day.

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We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the incredible team at Bubbles Academy for organizing yet another unforgettable event. Your dedication to creating magical experiences for children and families is truly inspiring, and we are honored to be your long-term photography partner.

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To all the families who attended the Bubble Egg Hunt, thank you for allowing us to capture these precious moments for you. We hope that the photos we’ve taken will serve as a beautiful reminder of the joy and wonder your children experienced at this special event.

If you’re looking for a talented family event photographer in the Chicago area, we’d love to work with you! Contact TK Photography Chicago today to discuss capturing your own family’s special moments.

Once again, a huge thank you to Bubbles Academy for your partnership and for creating such a memorable celebration of all things spring for the children and families in our community. See you at the next event!

Event Details:

Bubbles Academy

Bubbles Academy Arts-Integrated Preschool
2184 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60614


Event Name: Bubbles Egg Hunt!

Event Date: March 23, 2024

Photographer: Cameron

Photography Type: Event Photography


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Unveiling the Magic: Designing Unforgettable Smash Cakes

Elevating the Smash Cake Experience: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Design Process

Smash Cake Session

At TK Photography Chicago, we’re constantly seeking ways to enhance our clients’ experiences and provide them with the most memorable smash cake sessions possible. We’ve recently created an in-depth guide that delves into the heart of our design process, giving parents a behind-the-scenes look at how we craft these unforgettable moments.

Our new “How We Design Our Smash Cake Mini Sessions” page is a testament to the thought and care we put into every aspect of these sessions. From the initial consultation to the final photograph, we walk you through the steps we take to ensure that your child’s smash cake experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

We believe that every child is unique, and their smash cake session should reflect their individual personality. That’s why we work closely with parents to understand their vision and preferences, tailoring every detail to create a personalized celebration that showcases their little one’s charm.

Our guide explores the art of crafting the perfect backdrop, coordinating decorations for a cohesive look, and collaborating with the acclaimed West Town Bakery to design a smash cake that is both visually stunning and irresistibly delicious. We also discuss how we simplify the outfit selection process by aligning our backdrops to match your chosen outfit, ensuring that every photograph is a perfect blend of style and joy.

Beyond the aesthetics, our new page emphasizes the emotional significance of these sessions. We understand that a child’s first birthday is a precious milestone, and we strive to capture the laughter, delight, and adorable messiness that comes with this special day, creating cherished keepsakes that families will treasure for years to come.

We invite you to explore our “How We Design Our Smash Cake Mini Sessions” page to gain a deeper understanding of the passion and dedication we bring to every smash cake session. This comprehensive guide serves as a powerful companion to our main smash cake page, providing parents with the knowledge and inspiration they need to embark on this unforgettable journey with confidence.

Book your child’s smash cake session today and allow us to create a joyful, stress-free experience that preserves this precious chapter in your family’s story.

To learn more about our smash cake sessions and how we design them, visit:

For more information on our smash cake mini sessions, visit our main page:

Elevate Your Image: The Power of Professional Headshot Editing

Business woman having her headshot taken in a photography studio

Elevate Your Image: The Power of Professional Headshot Editing

Chicago Studio Headshot

At TK Photography Chicago, we understand the importance of making a lasting impression with your professional headshots. That’s why we’ve recently unveiled a new page dedicated to the art of professional headshot editing, providing an in-depth look at how our expert editors work to capture the very best version of you.

Our “Professional Headshot Editing: Capturing Your Best Self” page is a testament to the care and precision we bring to every headshot session. From skin tone correction and background retouching to lighting adjustments and temporary blemish removal, we walk you through the various aspects of our editing process, showcasing how we elevate your images while maintaining your authentic essence.

We believe that your headshots should represent you at your best, which is why our skilled editors meticulously assess and refine each image. By subtly enhancing your features and creating a polished, professional look, we ensure that your headshots leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons.

Our new page also emphasizes the importance of authenticity in editing. While we strive to bring out the best in every image, we understand that preserving your natural appearance is crucial. Our goal is to create headshots that genuinely capture who you are, allowing your unique personality and character to shine through.

We invite you to explore our “Professional Headshot Editing: Capturing Your Best Self” page to gain a deeper understanding of the dedication and expertise we bring to every headshot session. This comprehensive guide serves as a valuable resource for anyone looking to elevate their professional image and make a lasting impression.

Don’t put off enhancing your professional image any longer. When you’re ready to take your headshots to the next level, TK Photography Chicago is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your session and experience the power of professional headshot editing firsthand.

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Embracing Empathy in Family Photography

Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography |

Introduction: Embracing Empathy in Family Photography

Photography is more than just capturing images; it’s about capturing emotions, stories, and the unique dynamics of each family. At TK Photography, we understand that every family comes with its own set of experiences and expectations. Recognizing this, we strive to create an environment where every family feels welcomed and valued, no matter their story. In this blog, we delve into how an empathetic, child-centered approach can transform family photography sessions into memorable experiences.

Understanding and Adapting to Family Dynamics

Every family that steps into our studio brings a unique set of experiences. Some of our most cherished clients include neurodiverse children and those with special needs. These families often tell us they choose TK Photography because we truly see their child and meet them where they are.

Our focus is not on capturing a preconceived image of who a child should be, but on embracing and highlighting who they are. We believe in capturing the authentic spirit and personality of every child, understanding that beauty and joy are found in the genuine moments of connection and expression.

It’s our privilege to create a space where children can be themselves, without the pressure of expectations. We find that when children are comfortable and free to express themselves, the photos capture not just a moment, but the essence of who they are.

Creating a Welcoming Environment for All Families

At TK Photography, we pride ourselves on creating an environment that is not just welcoming but also understanding of each family’s unique journey. We know that the moments leading up to a photography session can be filled with unexpected challenges. Whether it’s sleep deprivation, the stress of planning, or the unpredictability of a child’s mood, we are prepared and empathetic.

Our philosophy is simple: families should feel welcomed exactly as they are. There’s no need for pretense or worry about fitting a certain mold. We celebrate the chaos, the unplanned moments, and the spontaneous laughter that often accompany family sessions. This approach allows us to relieve stress for families, assuring them that we are here to capture their real, unfiltered joy.

Capturing the Unique Joy and Character of Each Family

Our goal in every session is to capture the true joy and character of each family. We understand that these moments do not occur in isolation. The days and hours before the session, the tiny but significant events in a family’s life, all contribute to the story we aim to capture through our lenses.

We are not just photographers; we are storytellers who use our cameras to celebrate the uniqueness of each family. We recognize that the beauty of a family photo lies not in perfection, but in capturing the genuine essence of relationships and individual personalities.

A Special Note on Professionalism and Adaptability

Professionalism in family photography extends beyond technical skill with a camera. It encompasses the ability to adapt to the unique needs and dynamics of each family. This adaptability is especially crucial when working with neurodiverse children or those with special needs.

We approach each session with a flexible mindset, ready to adjust our techniques to suit the comfort and preferences of each child and family. Our team is trained to recognize and respect the individuality of every child, ensuring a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

Photographed by Sam | © 2019 TK Photography |

Conclusion and Call to Action

In conclusion, at TK Photography, we believe in the power of photography to capture the beauty of every family’s story. Our empathetic, child-centered approach has been recognized and appreciated by families and educational institutions alike.

If you are looking for a photographer who sees and appreciates the unique beauty of your child, or if you are a photographer who believes in a child-centered, empathetic approach, we invite you to contact us. Join us in our journey to capture the real, joyful essence of every family.

Growing Up Business-Savvy: Our Family’s Journey of Entrepreneurship and Life

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Thomas, Tiana, Griffin and Adair at their first Austin City Limits Festival in Austin Texas

Our home in Chicago is more than just a living space; it’s a hub of creativity, love, and entrepreneurship – the heart of TK Photography. My husband, Thomas, and I have woven a life where our professional dreams and family existence aren’t just coexisting; they’re interdependent. Our children, Griffin and Adair, have been part of this journey from their earliest moments. The studio isn’t just a place of work; for them, it’s where playtime and ‘helping mommy and daddy’ merge into their form of normal.

This life we’ve built is an ongoing story about the seamless fusion of family values, business lessons, and the everyday experiences that shape us. It’s a tale that began with Griffin already a part of our plans, even before his birth, as I stepped into my role at TK Photography full-time. Adair’s entrance into our world came when our business had found its footing, her baby years spent amidst the laughter and clatter that filled our studio.

Our Children’s Early Involvement

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Thomas and Griffin taking photos of each other in Downtown Chicago
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Day in the Life: Baby Adair taking a snooze in Tiana’s lap while Tiana works.

Our business journey started with Griffin, who was with me in spirit as I embraced my full-time role while pregnant. Adair, arriving four months later, joined a scene rich with established business routines, her early years intermingled with the day-to-day life of our photography studio. They’ve grown up here, learning to walk among tripods and lights, their childhoods framed by the click of the shutter and the backdrop of our shared dreams.

I remember when Griffin, just four years old, worked alongside Thomas on the new studio floor. It was a father-son project that laid down more than tiles; it laid down future expectations, dreams, and a tangible sense of belonging. More recently, they’ve begun contemplating their future roles in our business – Griffin eager to share responsibilities, and Adair, the artist of our family, keen on contributing creatively while also pursuing her passions.

Lessons Learned Together

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A great business partner: Adair helping Tiana stay caffinated while she works!

Through our family business, Griffin and Adair have learned about resilience and creativity in the face of challenges, like navigating the rough waters of a pandemic. They’ve witnessed what it takes to breathe life into an idea – the planning, the interactions with vendors, and the reality of limitations. These aren’t just business lessons; they’re life lessons that are shaping their young minds to understand the value of hard work and the beauty of seeing a project come to fruition.

This exposure has given them an appreciation for money and the labor behind each dollar earned. They’ve started to dream up their own ventures, understanding that our collaborative family efforts can make almost anything possible. It’s fascinating to see their entrepreneurial spirit take flight, inspired by the world they’ve grown up in.

The Dance of Work and Family

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Thomas setting up for a Festival with Adair in a carrier
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Day in the Life: Griff helping with some studio set up

Incorporating our children into the business is like a dance, sometimes graceful, other times a bit chaotic. On good days, we find harmony in our work and family life, managing to juggle client calls with field trips. Yet, there are times when this balance is elusive, and we find ourselves prioritizing one over the other. But it’s within this imperfect dance that we find our family’s rhythm, a unique melody that defines our existence.

The rewards of this lifestyle are as rich as they are varied. Our children have been privy to experiences that most only dream of – exclusive events, unique insights into the city’s cultural happenings, and forming bonds with other families who share our lifestyle. These aren’t just perks; they’re the threads that weave the rich tapestry of our lives.

Our Unconventional Rhythm

The notion of ‘balance’ is quite misleading when it comes to our family life. It’s more about a mosaic of work, play, and shared experiences. Communication is the cornerstone of our life, ensuring that every decision, every sacrifice, is made with collective agreement and understanding. We live by a rhythm rather than a routine, a principle that respects the fluid nature of our days.

Our methods might seem unconventional, but they work for us. We share our schedules, our plans, and our dreams through family meetings and shared calendars. As Griffin and Adair grow older, they’ve become active participants in planning our family’s time, learning the importance of commitment and the joy of spontaneity.

Their Future, Their Choice

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Just a little snippet of our life

As parents, Thomas and I hope to see Griffin and Adair take on more significant roles within TK Photography as they grow, but we hold their freedom of choice sacred. Their aspirations are theirs to shape, and we stand by to support whatever paths they choose to explore. Whether they step into leadership roles within our business or venture into new territories, the lessons they’ve learned here will guide them.

Our life is a living lesson that when a family works together, anything is possible. Griffin and Adair have grown up believing that every dream has a path to realization, a belief we’ve nurtured through exposure to every facet of our business.