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Keeping the Magic of Santa in a Photo: Digital Products

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!! Like many of you, we are so sad to not have the magic of Santa up close and personal. So, we are offering the magic of Santa in a photo. Through some beautiful designed templates and a little magic of photo-shop, we can still give your family a little bit of Santa this year.

  1. Click on the image below that you would like to have your family photo placed in.
  2. Purchase the digital product- $20 per Digitally Edited Image
  3. We will email you to confirm and get your family photo choice.
    • If you are a Client, just tell us which session and image number you would like put into the photo.
    • If you are new to TK and/or have another photo, just reply to us with the image and print release (if you are not the photographer).
  4. We will put the images together and email you the final product.
  5. Enjoy a little Christmas joy- Safe and Healthy.

Images will be printed quality and print released for you to post, print, and share as you wish for personal use!

Whimsical Santa Templates

Celebrate Every New Moment | Outdoor Newborn Sessions

COVID-19 is shaking up our lives and finding ways to celebrate and capture life is a journey for all of us. For us, we have chosen to offer newborn and family sessions outside. This provides the safest way for us to still photograph your family and provide you with fun images to remember the love your family shares.

Session info.

Up to 1 hour | Outside On-Location (we can help you find a great spot!)

Booking fee: $350 for an associate photographer | $425 for Thomas

Check out Photographer Portfolios- HERE

COVID-19- Below are the guidelines for all of our sessions for phases 2-4

  • Outside Only (In studio, in home, or inside a venue are still not allowed)
  • Groups of 10 or less only
  • While maintaining at least 6ft social distancing at all times.
  • Photographer will wear a mask.
  • Photographer will not touch the client or any of their belongings

3 Reasons to Photograph in the TK Studio.

Come into our Edgewater Studio! We have a ton of fun. Scroll to the bottom to see why a studio session might be a great idea for your next session!

  • No hassle. You show up at our studio and we are prepared and ready to capture those beautiful faces! No need to clean your home or worry about permits for on-location.
  • A simple look. Our studio style is meant to be clean and simple. Our focus is on capturing your child/family. So, outside of some specialty themes (Smash Cakes/Birthdays, Holidays) Our studio stays neutral so that your family and style are what stands out! You are always welcome to bring anything you believe makes your session more personalized. You can also utilize some of the rugs, creates, and rolls of colored paper to bring out a different vibe!
  • It is an intimate space. Have a kiddo who might be overwhelmed by a public location but don’t want to do a session at home? The studio is perfect. You have our space to yourself and can focus just on your photos and not managing your child in public.

We ABSOLUTELY LOVE photographing on location and in homes as well! We just recognize that every family has different needs and goals. Often the needs and goals change over time and may find you doing sessions in the studio, on location, AND in your home over time!

Email us at booking@tkphotographychicago.com to book your next studio session!

Photographed by Samie | © 2020 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

KIDO Valentine’s Day

We are so lucky to have the best partners. Thank you KIDO and all the lovely KIDO Fam that came by for Valentine’s Day Snapshots! We hope you all had a love Filled Valentine’s Day!

Want to know when future mini sessions and Snapshots go live?! Keep our Mini Session page bookmarked or join our Mailinglist to get notified!

Backdrop: Light Blue with Multicolored Hearts

Photographer: Samie

Cuteness: On OVERLOAD

Want TK to set up a Pop-up Snapshot Event with your favorite business? Shoot us a message!

Photographed by Samie | © 2020 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com
Photographed by Thomas | © 2019 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

Happy Valentine’s Day 2020

Valentine’s Day Minis 2020

Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions are always ridiculously fun! It really feels like our Minis are a great time to celebrate self and sibling love. Those individual images of kiddos showing us their hearts paired with sweet & funny sibling shots.

Here are some of our favorites from this year.

You can also take a peek at our favorites from Valentine’s Day 2019!

Photographed by Thomas | © 2020 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

Smash Cake Mini Sessions – January 2020

January Smash Cake Mini Sessions warmed our hearts in this chilly weather. Parents can make their own cake/decoration choices, based on our stock. They can also choose to let us choose for them based on their kiddos outfit. We loved all the colors that came out with this month’s sessions. A couple of outfits really made us think creatively and we enjoyed every second of it!

Photo cred: Thomas and Samie

Yummy Vegan Cakes- Westtown Bakery

Photographed by Thomas | © 2019 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

Chicago Parent Magazine- Mom Around Town

February 2020

Chicago Parent Magazine sat down with Ana Belaval to discuss her favorite spots, being a wonderful Latinx Role Model, and balancing parenthood with her career! Thomas had a great afternoon photographing her family in their Chicago home. It was such a treat seeing her relaxed with her children and outside of her WGN Reporter hat! Also, we agree, our favorite winter activities are inside activities as well! Check out our favorite images and the article on ISSUU, below.

Follow Ana Belaval on Instagram and catch her on WGN Morning News- Around Town.

Photographed by Thomas | © 2019 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com
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Chicago Parent Magazine | February 2020

February’s Chicago Parent issue features Dr. Kiarra King, and her daughter on the cover! Dr. King is also featured as a writer, where she discusses her journey of self-love and awareness. Read Her Inspiring contribution through the ISUU link at the end of this blog.

Dr. Kiarra King has a stunning Instagram Page and Inspirational Blog as well!

Photo Credit: All photos from her chilly but snuggly cover shoot were shot by Juan Carlos!

Love this Mural?! You follow The Happy Garage artist Chris Uphues to see all of his beautifully happy projects and pieces!

https://www.instagram.com/drkiarraking
Photographed by Thomas | © 2019 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

Chicago Parent Magazine- Pat McGann

January 2020

Chicago Parent Magazine really brings out the best parents for their Real Life Series. Comedian Pat McGann is not only hilarious but his entire family was fun to photograph!

Read the interview on a Comical Dad Life on ISSUU below.

Follow Pat on Instagram to see more day in the life info!

Photographed by Samie | © 2019 TK Photography | www.tkphotographychicago.com

Love. Love. Love. 4 Places to Get Your TK Valentine’s Photos!

Where can you celebrate love with photos? We have 4 events for you to capture those cute little faces!

  1. TK Valentine’s Day Minis. We have 3 love inspired backdrops set up for Kiddos to capture their best smooch face! This is dedicated time in our Edgewater studio for your kiddo(s). Book your slot! Saturday, January 25th or Sunday, January 26th.
  2. Kido Chicago Valentine’s Day Snapshots! For a small sitting fee, you can come by our favorite South Loop boutique for a few quick photos! Then purchase just the images you love. (sitting fee does not include images) Book a spot here- Saturday, February 1st
  3. Bubbles Academy and Bump Club and Beyond Valentine’s Day Play Date! We will be at this fun event with our Portrait booth. All Images a la carte starting at $15 per image BUT we are gifting each family a coupon for 1 image at just $5. Thursday, February 13th Details to Follow!
  4. Sod Room Valentine’s Day Party! Date and Time TBD but it is always a great time! We will be there with our Portrait booth and images are available a la carte starting at $15 per image.

KEEP UP WITH ALL OF OUR MINI SESSION EVENTS!

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Chicago Parent Magazine | January 2020

Kicking off a new decade of Chicago Parent Magazine Covers with our friend ObieQ! ObieQ is the ball of energy toddler to Jenny LeFlore aka MamaFresh . At the young age of three, he is already making his own path! He brought a lot of energy to his photoshoot. A LOT of energy and it was all perfect!

Peek at all the fun outtakes from the session below!

Read January 2020 Chicago Parent Online

2020 Smash Cake Mini Sessions!

Woot! January 2020 and we managed to get all of the 2020 Smash Cakes up on he website! Now you can plan for your Little Cake Smasher’s photos well in advance!

We are incredibly excited that we have been doing these mini sessions for over 5 years! Creating fun birthday photos for so many cuties has been one of our greatest pleasures.

VISIT OUR BIRTHDAY AND SMASH CAKE PAGE FOR DATES, INFO, AND TO BOOK YOUR SESSION.

OTHER OPTIONS?
If the dates for the mini session events do not work,  you want to include family photos, or you want to bring in more/different decorations than what our mini session provides,  you would book a Full Session, or Weekday Flex Mini, and add a smash cake to it.    

Children and Family + Smash Cake Session– In Studio

If you have your Children and Family + Smash Cake Session in the Edgewater studio and want us to order the cake, it would just be an additional $45 on top of the session fee. Usually, we take the last 30 minutes of the full session and do the cake.  For decorations,  you would just fill out a simple survey to choose your banner, balloons, and cake options.


Weekday Flex Mini + Smash Cake– In Studio
We are testing a weekday flex mini session in our Edgewater studio. The Flex mini allows families to individually book mini sessions in the studio, Monday-Fridays 30 min for $275.  This would not include a cake.   The cake would be an additional $45.

MINI SESSION EVENT vs FLEX MINIS: The pricing structure for a mini session day is different than an individually booked mini session.  Booking on a pre-established designated mini session event is always a more economical option than individual booking.


NOTE ABOUT CAKE FEE:  The cake fee includes the cost of the cake, delivery fee, and a fee for TK Staff to be present for the cake delivery.  For Smash Cake Mini Session Events, the bakery has given us bulk pricing, and delivery costs are divided among all of the booked sessions.

ALSO READ- WHY WE CHOOSE WESTTOWN BAKERY FOR OUR SMASH CAKES

You Need A New Headshot

So, you need a new headshot but not sure what to choose. Check out our three options below!

In Studio

Coming into out Edgewater Studio offers a clean and simple option to focus on you and your brand.

On Location: Environmental

Locations can help to highlight what you do and who you are. If your venue or business brings out the best in your brand, you may want to consider using that environment in photos! If your brand isn’t location-dependent, showing off your love of a favorite location or vibe can really help you stand out!

On Location: Corporate

If you do not want an environmental background and coming to the studio is not an option, we can bring our Grey backdrop to you. Additional fees apply.