I’ve gone through my fall calendar leading into the holidays and wanted to give a heads up about availability in case you were wishing you could squeeze in a family session but thought it might be too late. I typically offer regular full-length sessions (that I’ve termed below the “Signature Family Session”), but I’ve decided to offer two blocks of time in early November for mini sessions for those who may not need a full session and are mainly just looking for a nice family picture and a few shots of the kids together.

Mini Sessions – I am planning to do a limited number of weekend mini sessions on Sat., Nov. 7th.  and Sat., Nov. 14th (4 afternoon minis each date). The price is $325 for a 20-min. session and includes 8 final, edited digital files. Location to be determined closer to the date, but most likely will be in the Evanston/Wilmette/Winnetka area. Mini sessions typically yield a few posed family shots and kids together. Depending on how the timing goes with the family/siblings shots, I can sometimes squeeze in quick individual kids’ pictures as well. Mini sessions are great for getting a nice picture for your holiday card but have far less variety than you will get with a full session.

To get on the list for a mini session, please complete the form available here and I will get in touch with you.

Signature Family Sessions – the session fee ($200) + digital files ($650) is $850 total with the option to buy prints, canvases, wood prints, albums, etc. These typically last about an hour, which allows time to capture candid + posed pictures of your family together, kids together, and individual kids. My family galleries from a full session typically have a minimum of 40+ images, often more depending on how many kids are in your family. These sessions feel more relaxed and give little ones more time to warm up, and there is a nice variety of images. You also get to choose the location (I have lots of great recommendations for beautiful spots in the area) and these are scheduled when the light is the prettiest.

To inquire about a signature session, complete the form available here and I will get in touch with you.

Remaining Fall Availability (these are scheduled about 1.5 to 2 hours before sunset depending on the light that day):

*If my weekend minis book up quickly, I will offer my available weeknight dates for mini sessions. Feel free to email me (seversonphotography@gmail.com) if you would like a mini on one of the weeknights!

(Times are based on the sunset for that day)
Wed., Oct. 28th at 4:30 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 29th at 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 28th at 3 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5th at 3 p.m.

Newborn Sessions – inquire for more info!
September – fully booked
October – 1 opening
November – 1 opening
December – fully booked

Thank you for your interest! I’m looking forward to working with you!

SarahEvanston family photographer

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I’ve photographed this darling family since their little boy Cash was a few days old, and it is always a delight to stay in touch with my clients via Instagram/Facebook between sessions because I get to see kids grow and change so much! At this session, Cash was about 22 months old, full of spunk and energy, so we did a lot of chasing, playing, and exploring in this beautiful spot. His mom is pregnant with a baby girl coming in a few months and I can’t wait to photograph their next little one!

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Evanston is such a small world – I realized when Genevieve emailed her contact info to me that she lived next door to our favorite teenage babysitter and our realtor too! I’ve lived in this town for 13 years now and love how everyone is pretty connected to each other.

This beautiful family won a session with me at their preschool auction in the Spring, and we met for an early-morning sunrise session at the park. We had gorgeous light that morning and had a fun time playing and running along the pretty paths there.

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Last week I photographed the very entertaining, wonderful 77-year-old Bill at the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette. I had been contacted by Wish of a Lifetime, a non-profit that fulfills seniors’ wishes, about capturing some pictures of his special day.

Bill lives in an assisted living home, Brookdale Pleasant Prairie in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but grew up Chicago and would frequently visit the Baha’i Temple with his long-time childhood sweetheart and later wife, Yvonne.

They would hop on the then Irving Park street car, then the bus from Portage Park, change to the Evanston Express train to the Linden Ave. final stop in the evenings and hang out until the very early hours of the morning. They came from very different religious backgrounds and complicated family situations and this was a place where they felt peace and happiness together.

Bill’s wife died of cancer in 2001, and he mentioned often that his wife was on his right shoulder, with him always. Bill’s special wish from the non-profit was a day where he could visit his wife’s grave, drive around their old neighborhood, visit the Baha’i Temple, then have lunch at Walker Brothers on Green Bay Rd.

My favorite quote from Bill was that in spite of life’s challenges, “I like to give life the middle finger.”

Bill kept me laughing the entire time we were together. He is the kind of person who focuses on positivity and brushes off the negative. He selflessly spends a great deal of time knitting hats for cancer patients and other people with different needs. It was so fun to spend time with him and get life lessons from a special guy!


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