Northern Illinois children’s photography

Northern Illinois children’s photography session with this little sleeping beauty! Love how this turned out. We were able to get some lovely pictures with our live bunnies at the beginning of her session and then she decided she needed some sleep. Lucky us! Visit us on Facebook to see more details about our special:    www.hillsidestudio.com

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Easter Portraits

Easter Portraits with Live Bunnies. We’re trying something new this year. We have two specials to choose from. Also, did you know that we do not have a standard set “Easter” themed background that you must use when you come. Instead we look at your child’s clothing and try to choose a background that will look the best. We keep it in the spring tradition and add a few props to suggest Easter but we do not believe in overloading the scene. This way your child will be the center of attention. We also will always take some pictures with the bunnies and some without. That way you will always have something classic to choose from.

These sessions will fill up very fast, so call soon: 815-232-4552
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Each Easter Special will be 30 minutes long, in the studio and can include up to 3 children. Your child must be able to sit up on his or her own or be held by an older sibling. Sessions are done by appointment only and your payment is due at the time of booking, so please have your credit card handy. Call today – these will fill up fast. 815-232-4552, Hillside Studio, 3208 W. Lily Creek Rd., Freeport, IL

Following your digital session, we’ll schedule a View & Order Appointment to show you your images. This appointment is only done at the studio, in person. Anyone that needs or wants to be part of the decision making should attend this appointment. We do not recommend bringing children to this appointment. At this appointment you will choose your eight digital files, and you may order prints, using our special “Simply Jody” price list, from images you did not get printing rights to. We also have a special price list for prints and items if you have the printing rights and would like us to take care of the printing. That assures your final images will be perfectly color corrected and printed on the highest quality materials. We will post your images online in a password protected site for three days following your viewing appointment. Family and friends to can view your pictures and place their orders at that time. Your session fee included one viewing and one posting for 3 days. To keep our prices as low as possible, additional ordering appointments or extending the viewing online will be $50.

Our specials are very limited and we want to make them available to as many as possible. Payment is due when you book and no refunds can be made. If your child is sick or for some reason you are unable to be at your appointment, please call the studio as soon as possible. We will make every effort to accommodate you at a different time. Please be aware that if a holiday is involved, your appointment may be after the holiday. Your eight files will be delivered via email. You may also choose to have them delivered on a CD for an additional $10.

 

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Winter Wedding at Polo Historic Wedding Chapel

Winter Wedding at Polo Historic Wedding Chapel. Paige and Ethan were married on a snowy winter afternoon in January, 2014. The heavy snow added some extra drama and worry to the day but in the end it was a beautiful wedding with a stunning bride!

Being organized is one of our specialties and we typically show up one or two hours early to allow time to unload equipment, choose locations for pictures and to begin detail shots of the dress, flowers and jewelry. Because of the forecast, we decided to get to Polo extra early in case we had problems. We had never been to the Polo Historic Wedding Chapel and were excited to be in such a lovely venue.

The Polo Historic Wedding Chapel is a beautifully restored 1857 antebellum church that was restored in 2006 as a wedding chapel. It was just as lovely as we had anticipated. 
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We tried taking the guys outside for a few pictures before the ceremony but it was just too much snow to really make it work! The thing with wedding plans is that there are always times when adjustments need to be made. That’s where our experience pays off. We find we can deviate from the original plan pretty quickly.

The snow stopped during the ceremony. That allowed for some quick beautiful images of the bride and groom outside with the lovely chapel in the background. These turned out to be some of Paige’s favorite poses. The main roads were cleared and we all drove to Freeport for the reception in the Crystal Room at the Masonic Temple Tara had already driven there ahead of us and photographed the lovely room, decor, cake and table settings, something we always try to do.

The day turned out wonderful in spite of the challenges of snow and cold. Paige was a beautiful bride and you can read her review of us on Facebook which states: “Hillside did a wonderful job on my wedding photos, I was so happy with how everyone of them turned out. Very professional and I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a photographer for their wedding. They captured the day perfectly. We hope you enjoy their pictures.”

What an honor it always is to be chosen to document one of the most important days in people’s lives! We will never stop feeling that way.Davis Lartz wedding

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Childrens Easter Pictures 2014

Childrens Easter Pictures – 2014. Our first event will be a Spring Digital Special, held April 4th through April 9, 2014. Each Spring Digital Special will be 20 to 25 minutes long, in the studio and can include up to 3 children. Your child must be able to sit up on his or her own or be held by an older sibling. This special is $85 and will include your session and eight digital files with printing rights for personal use. Sessions are done by appointment only and your payment is due at the time of booking, so please have your credit card handy. Call today – these will fill up fast. 815-232-4552, Hillside Studio, 3208 W. Lily Creek Rd., Freeport, IL

Please note: this Spring Digital Session does not feature real live bunnies. If you’re interested in booking a live Bunny Session – they will be held April 10 – 19. Please email the studio at hillsidestudio@gmail.com for details.

2014 Spring Digital Sessions, Hillside Studio

2014 Spring Digital Sessions, Hillside Studio

Following your digital session, we’ll schedule a View & Order Appointment to show you your images. This appointment is only done at the studio, in person. Anyone that needs or wants to be part of the decision making should attend this appointment. We do not recommend bringing children to this appointment. At this appointment you will choose your eight digital files, and you may order prints, using our special “Simply Jody” price list, from images you did not get printing rights to. We also have a special price list for prints and items if you have the printing rights and would like us to take care of the printing. That assures your final images will be perfectly color corrected and printed on the highest quality materials. We will post your images online in a password protected site for three days following your viewing appointment. Family and friends to can view your pictures and place their orders at that time. Your session fee included one viewing and one posting for 3 days. To keep our prices as low as possible, additional ordering appointments or extending the viewing online will be $50.

Our specials are very limited and we want to make them available to as many as possible. Payment is due when you book and no refunds can be made. If your child is sick or for some reason you are unable to be at your appointment, please call the studio as soon as possible. We will make every effort to accommodate you at a different time. Please be aware that if a holiday is involved, your appointment may be after the holiday. Your eight files will be delivered via email. You may also choose to have them delivered on a CD for an additional $10.

 

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Our Second Annual Food For Photography Event!

Last year we had the idea to hold a Food For Photography event at Hillside Studio to benefit the Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC). Instead of a session fee, we asked families who wanted sessions in the fall to bring in non-perishable food items and we waived the session fee completely. We had such an awesome turnout, and felt such a warm sense of community after taking several van loads of food to the pantry, that there was no way we couldn’t do it again! This year, we’re offering the special from September 30-October 15. We want families to have their fall photos to be ready for Christmas gifts, cards, prints, etc. but also give to other local families who are in need. Those who order will have the chance to order from the Simply Jody Pricelist.

We are so excited to offer this special again — please call the studio today to get on our fall calendar — spots are already filling up fast and they are limited. 815-232-4552 I look forward to seeing all of you and we’ll definitely keep you up-to-date on our food collection successes…. Jody

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Simply Seniors at Hillside Studio

Simply Seniors at Hillside Studio! What’s that all about? We’ve created a new line of portraiture at Hillside Studio that I want to let all my customers know about. Many of you know about and have taken advantage of my Simply Jody line. It was designed for our family and children clients to come for a simple one concept, short session and who want to stay on a budget. It has been very popular. Our clients have loved it! Everyone leaves satisfied with beautiful images that they are proud to own. We love it also, because it has introduced a way for us to remain profitable and still offer a great product that we can be proud of. But the same one-outfit, one- concept didn’t work as well for seniors because they often want a few changes of clothing. So we put our heads together and Simply Seniors was born!

Here’s what we came up with:

Your session will be with two outfits, but you get three if you come dressed in the first one! You’ll be able to choose between outside and inside for each outfit you bring. Your session is just $79. As an added bonus, you may also add a sport, a pet or a collection for $39.

Your session will last 30 – 60 minutes depending on if you worked in a third outfit by wearing it to the studio and if you elect to add a sport, pet or collection. After the session, you will return to the studio a few days later to place your order with our large viewing screens. We will help you every step of the way.

It couldn’t be easier. . . a really fun experience, perfectly natural posing and lighting, a photographer with years of experience and a huge desire to be sure you look amazing! All this at an established 4,000 sq. ft. trendy studio on the west edge of Freeport. The icing on the cake is the 4 acres of outdoor sets, flowers, grasses and trees right outside the door. Call Hillside Studio today to be a Hillside Studio Simply Senior!    815-232-4552

Hillside Studio now offers a Simply Senior line where seniors can get beautiful photos from an experienced photographer on a budget!

Hillside Studio now offers a Simply Senior line where seniors can get beautiful photos from an experienced photographer on a budget!

 

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I’m not sure why but we always have a better turnout for Father’s Day than we do for Mother’s Day. I think it’s because the Moms are looking for something special for their husbands to cherish and – believe it or not – it’s usually the fathers who really love photographs! :) When I look at some of our Father’s Day images from this year, I can just imagine these men and their children later in life, and feeling the meaning and love behind them. Nothing makes me happier than to be a part of that connection. Happy Father’s Day!

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Mommy & Me Mini Sessions {Northern Illinois Mommy & Me Portrait Sessions}

Have you ever thought of staring a tradition with your children that involves portraits with them? It’s a gift they can cherish forever. Over the years, I have photographed several mothers and their little ones as they add to their family. And knowing that those photos are hanging in their home or viewed in a book at certain times makes what I do worthwhile. Every so often I’ll look at a photograph and think to myself “wow, this is going to be so special for them to look at someday.” Of course it’s also special right away — but photography is truly timeless, and I love being a part of that. Call the studio soon to book your session before Mother’s Day at 815-232-4552. To learn more about our Mommy & Me Mini Sessions and other Portraits at Hillside Studio, visit www.hillsidestudio.com.

 

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Big & Beautiful – What to Wear {Northern Illinois Portrait Photos}

None of us are perfect and the great thing about that is that we can all find our own individual style and look beautiful no matter what our imperfections may be! I came across these Big & Beautiful clothing selections and love all of them for different reasons. Thought I would share! Visit our website by clicking here to learn more about our senior sessions!

Sugar Coated
The overall effect of this look is relaxed, happy, and delicious! Candyinspired colors such as corals and bright greens interplay against an otherwise muted palette. Denim shorts keep you cool with a relaxed, breezy shirt on top. Try a surprisingly bright pair of flats to add interest and colorpop to your images!

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Pink Lemonade
Ah, pink and canary yellow stripes the classic summer outfit! A relaxed rufflehemmed shirt with stripes is slimming and comfortable. Brightly colored cropped pants are playful and comfy to wear. Muted tans and greys for accessories make sure not to draw too much attention away from you, and a widebrimmed straw hat keeps you cool and looking fabulous! Flowy, stretchy fabrics feel wonderful and look great on camera.

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Lighthouse Summer
A strapless, breezy aline dress looks fabulous on just about every shape and size! Soft pinks and navy blues create a classy beach/nautical aesthetic. Try accessorizing with navy stripes, anchors, or a sea star necklace!

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Honey Blues
What a sweet look for the warm season! A flattering light blue cotton dress makes you the standout! Accessorize with golden tones to add warmth to the pallette. Adding a themed necklace, such as a honeybee, creates meaning and detail in your images and allows you to express the things you love. A perfect look for an outdoor shoot.

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Spring Cleaning Frame Sale at Hillside Studio

Are you spring cleaning?
DO YOU have photos you need to get up on the wall?
OR are you getting ready for a graduation party?
OR looking for a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift?

We want to do some spring cleaning too, so we’d like to announce:
Our first-ever Springtime Frame Sale at Hillside Studio! Call the studio today to set up an appointment. Bring in those photos you hope to prominently display! Don’t wait — frames are for whatever is in stock! Frames make great gifts

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