Our session is in your home or somewhere special to you, where your all already feel comfortable. After a few directed shots, it's time to let loose.
We put music on and play, we talk about parenthood, we reminisce on your favorite moments together.
These photos are about documenting you and your people just how you are.
Laughter-filled dance parties. Figuring out how to nurse. Craft time. Getting soaked in the sprinkler. Comforting big feelings.
We'll have our session! It'll be a mix of directed and documentary shots. in 3 weeks, I'll send you the photos!
You'll fill out a questionnaire, including sending me pictures of your home for in home sessions. We'll talk styling and get you prepped and feeling ready!
We'll chat on the phone about what you're looking for in your photos and will get to know each other!
"I loved how breathtaking Ama’s work is. The fact that she has experience as a Doula, it gave me peace of mind, that our baby is in good hands. After our consultation, I just couldn’t wait for our session!
We wanted some photos with our traditional regalia, and Ama was very accommodating. She asked us to send pictures, I was so glad that the wrap she brought for the baby matched perfectly with our outfits. Long story short, we saw the pictures and they exceeded our expectations. Perfection! Thank you Ama, for giving us your best!" -Vitavi
what they're saying
you want traditional, highly posed photos
you want a cookie-cutter, bargain process
you're not down to let loose and make art together
you love your people
you're not afraid of getting mushy-gushy
you want to create memories, not just photos
you want to see yourself authentically represented
A laughter-filled family session lasting up to 2 hours (usually about 90 minutes). A $250 session fee reserves your date and covers the time of the session. Digital images are not included - packages to purchase digital image downloads are available after the session and start at $650. All packages include a gifted print credit.
You've invested time and energy into a photo session, and I don't want them to just end up on your computer or social media. We take photos to share them with our kids, to pass them down, to see ourselves represented.
I want you to have ways to display them that will last you generations, especially because Instagram can go away any time and you probably aren't going to pass down your hard drive. Quality matters here - getting your products printed professionally will ensure that they are true to color, sharp, and lasting.
A print credit is included as a gift in every package to go towards to help make sure you can get professional & high-quality print products.
After you book, I will send over a questionnaire to help me get to know your family and see how you spend time together. We will plan a start time for your session based on the activities you want to document.
Most sessions are weekday mornings around 10am.
Anything you want! I typically document ordinary moments like trips to the lake, making meals together, an outing to your favorite ice cream place, playing at the park, doing the dishes, and bath time. Fan favorite: snuggles in pjs.
90% of my sessions are in-home, and NONE have been spotless, newly updated, etc. You do not have to have everything clean or have the perfect white backsplash! Your home is great as it is. We'll throw clutter in a laundry basket if it is interfering with a shot, no biggie. I will find good light in your home, promise!
If you aren't up for an in-home session, be thinking of other places special to you - your kid's favorite park, where you went on your first date with your partner, your family's picnic spot - and we'll find a location good for photos together!
That's a-okay! I'm a city person who can't drive, so if you are located somewhere inaccessible by Chicago public transit, there is an additional travel fee to cover an Uber to & from your home. Alternatively, we can meet at your favorite spot in the city.
If you are located beyond Chicago & the surrounding suburbs, we can work out cost of travel - I'd love to take a trip to you!
let's be honest: we need sunny days, especially for indoor sessions so enough light is coming into the home. We can get away with overcast days for outdoor sessions. We'll always reschedule for rain or other bad weather.
It is really important to me to prevent the spread of Covid (and long Covid). I will rapid test the morning of our session, and I'd really appreciate it if you do, too. I'm happy to wear a mask during indoor sessions if that is your preference. Covid precautions are an important part of community care and protecting the vulnerable - if anyone in your household is feeling sick or was exposed to Covid, we will reschedule no problem!