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I had the pleasure of hosting some special Mom & Me Mini Sessions
for some of my favorite neighbors and their babies

Here are a few of my favorite photos from their session with me.

In particular I fell in love with the last image with its
very real, very accurate look into what all of us strong, hardworking mamas
handle with love everyday!

What was happening here…..
one guy halfway to a dab
daughter asking questions
little guy about to lose it
Mom handling every second of it all with a smile

Love it and love them for trusting me to capture their family this year ❤️

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Let me tell your family’s story!
If you are considering hiring a family photographer to capture your family this year, please email me at or use the contact button at the top of this page.
I recommend booking your session about 4-5 weeks in advance
(earlier for newborn sessions) so we can ensure we have a spot for you on our calendar.If you don’t have 4-5 weeks, give us a call or email, I might still be able to fit you in!

Cianne Mitchell Photography is located in Barrington, IL
and specializes in maternity, newborn, child and family photography
in Barrington, Chicago and surrounding suburbs

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Where in world was that photo taken?

How do you find these great locations?

What are your favorite locations for photos?

These are questions I hear so much from my social media fans, photography clients and friends.  The truth is, I think you’d be pretty surprised to see that many of my images (especially my personal images) are not taken in parks or perfectly landscaped areas that most people would expect.  In fact, the photo locations I choose often have less to do with an abundance of beautiful flowers and green grass and more to do with a pocket of good light or an interesting feature such as a cool tree or natural textures.  I especially love overgrown fields and dried up prairie areas where there is tons of texture
and uneven landscapes that make photos more interesting.

I am going to show you a great example of a fun spot I found over spring break with my children.  We took an afternoon with Grandma to see Beauty and the Beast at a theater near her home in Ohio.   It was a heavily overcast, drab and drizzly kind of afternoon so light wasn’t ideal, actually it was awful.  However, as we walked out of the movie theater and made our way through the parking lot, I noticed a cute little pair of trees and a rustic wooden fence along side the parking lot that caught my eye.
I didn’t have my camera with me, so we came back a little later to check it out.

As I said, the light was incredibly bad, but I knew I could work with that in my photo software post capture since I kind of love moody images anyways.   I thought the pair of trees were adorable and my kids were happy to go check them out since they love to climb trees together.  Not sure what prompted the sweet little hug, but my mama heart was
happy to see it happen and made sure to capture it all while I could.

Here are some of my final images at this location.

Siblings photography

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documentary family photography

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Barrington IL Family Photographers

Chicago Lifestyle Child Photography

Cute right?

Here is a snapshot of a moment earlier from a different angle, and you can see that pretty photos can be taken
along side everyday, seemingly boring locations near grocery stores, movie theaters or roadside if you truly stop to look.
I would have loved it if we had prettier clothing on,
but that always comes second to documenting my family honestly and with love

Gilmores-1-10Let’s find a great location together and go make some memories with your family!

To book your family photography session or child photo session, please fill out my contact form above
or email me at

Cianne Mitchell Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, child and family photography
in Barrington IL and serves Chicago IL and surrounding Illinois NW suburbs


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a story of love

a story of family

a story of her first days home


Black & White Newborn Portraits

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Tell your baby’s story with a custom newborn photography session with us.
The homecoming… the snuggles…. the sleepy smiles… the LOVE

Cianne Mitchell Photography is a maternity, newborn, child and family photography
servicing Chicago IL and surrounding NW suburbs

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  • March 8, 2017 - 6:59 pm

    Maxine - Beautiful session, lovely work!ReplyCancel

  • March 8, 2017 - 7:07 pm

    Julie - The last image is so dreamy! Love all of your parent and baby shots, they are so special and moving.ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2017 - 8:08 pm

    Michelle Mancuso - Love your use of light and the beautiful neutral tones. Beautiful family photos and detail shots of their new baby. Love the shots in the nursery.ReplyCancel

  • March 9, 2017 - 8:17 pm

    Tam - Beautiful capture! I love how you captured the emotions.ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2017 - 12:02 am

    Isabel - I love the moodiness of this newborn session!ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2017 - 6:19 am

    Anna - These are fantastic. Those big eyes looking at you, melts your heart.ReplyCancel


The calls and emails are coming in for our Spring mini sessions again.
I guess last week’s sneak peek of Spring got us all excited for warmer temps and memory making!

Sooooo, for or all my mini-session lovers …


Mini Session Advertising/Marketing

Sweet storytelling 30 minute Spring mini sessions

$100 deposit required (which will be applied to your collection choice after your session)

May 6, 2017 – Chicago location (t/b/d)
May 21, 2017 – Barrington area location (t/b/d)

$325 – 2 digitals
$375 – 10 digitals
$400 for full gallery (20+)

(all collections include print release)
eight sessions per day
up to 5 people
rain dates available

Last year these were nearly booked even before they were announced, so please book your spot asap if you want in!
Depending on demand and how quickly these fill up, I’ll consider adding another date.
I can’t wait to see all my favorite families again (and some new ones too) this year 😊

Limited to:
baby milestones (6-18mo)  |  maternity  |  sibling photos  |  families

If you’d like to book your spot at our 2017 Spring Event, you may book above or contact us at




Cianne Mitchell Photography is a custom maternity, newborn, child and family photographer
servicing Chicago and surrounding northwest suburbs

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  • March 10, 2017 - 12:05 am

    Isabel - What a great deal for a family session!!ReplyCancel

She is beauty ❤️

She is love ❤️

She is everything ❤️

As soon as I saw this gorgeous little one, I knew it was going to be tough to choose my favorites from this session.
It took me way too long, but I finally decided on these lovely images.
I better hurry and press the publish button before I change my mind again!

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Tell your family’s story with a Newborn Photo Session or Maternity/Newborn bundle with me.  Email me at or use the contact button at the top of this page for more information.   I can’t wait to hear from you!

Cianne Mitchell Photography is located in Barrington IL and specializes in maternity, newborn, child & family portraits
in Chicago and its surrounding Northwest suburbs


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This family photo session was one of my favorites from 2016.
What made it so great?

Perfect day ✓
Sweet family ✓
Adorable baby girl ✓
Lots of smiles and funny expressions ✓
and tons of genuine loving moments ✓

What more could I ask for?

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We would love to tell your family’s story
If you are considering a family portrait session with us, please email us at or use the
contact button at the top of this page.  We recommend booking your session about 4-5 weeks in advance
(earlier for newborn sessions) so we can ensure we have a spot for you on our calendar.

Cianne Mitchell Photography is located in Lake County IL
and specializes in maternity, newborn, child and family photography

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  • January 19, 2017 - 2:05 pm

    michelle - These are precious!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2017 - 9:15 pm

    Allison Craig - Oh my gosh, that sweet baby girl makes the cutest faces!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2017 - 9:29 pm

    kendra - That little girl is adorable!! Love these images!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2017 - 11:50 pm

    Erica - Oh my goodness, these are adorable!ReplyCancel

  • January 20, 2017 - 2:37 am

    morgan - oh she is precious!!! She is loved for sure!ReplyCancel

  • January 20, 2017 - 3:32 pm

    Savanna - What an adorable baby girl! Her facial expressions are priceless!ReplyCancel

  • January 20, 2017 - 3:59 pm

    Stephanie - SO precious! Love the one with her near the fence!ReplyCancel

2016 was a heck of a great year and a sad year for us as well.
I set out to honestly document our family and all of our adventures in our new house in the burbs.

So many times I caught myself wanting to set up the perfect photo and had to remind myself that I was trying to capture HONEST moments and not staged ones.  Looking back on these is such a gift to me.  Seeing them all together like pages of our family diary – a beautiful, honest story of our lives in a new town, with new friends, lots of fun, some very sad moments and tons of home improvement projects.  I am so happy that I stuck to the game plan and kept my camera close.

We had a few crappy moments in 2016, one of which (the death of our beloved Clyde) pretty much destroyed the momentum
I had going with this project.  But I am human, sometimes I fail and it’s okay.  It wasn’t all his fault, busy season was the main culprit, but subconsciously I think I was trying to avoid posting the photo I took of the day we said goodbye to him because I would have to relive our family’s pain again.  Over the past few months, we have kept him close to our hearts and seeing his sweet little bulldog mug in so many of these photos has given back the joy he brought to our family.

I may not have finished the full 366 days of 2016, but I’m still very excited to share what I did capture with my clients &  friends.
My hope is to show all of you how beautiful everyday life truly is.  Our moments may not be perfect, in fact they can be quite messy and chaotic, but they are our moments spent together, loving each other with all we have.



Anyone interested in capturing the beautiful chaos that is YOUR family,
contact me at the “contact us” tab above!
I would love to help you tell your family’s story too, whether it’s just a day at home or a special outing,
it is all worth documenting for yourself and for your family 🙂

Cianne Mitchell Photography is based in Barrington, IL
and specializes in lifestyle maternity, newborn, child and family photography

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