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My favorite event of the year!

My Fall Minis are back and those beautiful fall colors are on their way soon.

Just in time for the holiday season, these sessions are the perfect gift for your wife,
husband, mother, father, grandma/grandpa and/or yourself!

Come join us for this fun event where we’ll twirl, cuddle, play, jump, love, explore and get beautiful
keepsakes too! Book your session today!

Sooooo, for or all my mini-session lovers …


Mini Session Family Photos in Chicago

Sweet storytelling 30 minute Fall mini sessions

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

Sept 24, 2017 – Chicago location (t/b/d)
Oct 1, 2017 – Barrington area location (t/b/d)

$325 – 2 digitals
$375 – 10 digitals
$425 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 our official announcements, 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 Fall 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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Outdoor Family Photography Session

Oh how I love this little family!

Let me clarify, I love all of my CMP families,
but something about this family and their love is really special.

The first thing that stood out to me when I met them at their newborn photography session
was how warm and friendly they were.  I mean you could “feel” the genuine kindness and warmth
oozing out of them like a beautiful chocolaty molten lava cake
(Can you tell I’m thinking chocolate right now?)

Standing behind my lens and watching them with their new baby girl was so beautifully intense.
The tenderness in his touch, the unbreakable love in her eyes as she held her daughter….
Whew, it was emotional for me, and I hardly knew them!  I will never forget it.

Fast forward a year and this beautiful little lady still has her parents spinning with crazy love for her
and also spinning to catch her as she shows off her new running skills 🙂

I wish I could post their entire family photo session, but I had to do my best to pick just a few of my favs.
Emotional images are my favorite, all day, any day, and this session had no shortage of them.



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Cianne Mitchell Photography is a maternity, newborn, child and family photographer located in Barrington IL
and servicing Chicago and most of its north and west suburbs

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Chicago Newborn Baby Photographers

Bundled Up

This tiny doll really surprised me (and her parents) by arriving 3 weeks early for her newborn photo session!
Her parents and I struggled for weeks with lots of rain cancellations to get mom’s maternity photo session scheduled,
when we FINALLY found a day with a few hours of storm-free weather to work with.

What a gift that was because this little miss was born just 2 days later! Whew!

This is one of the reasons why it is so important to schedule your maternity/newborn photo sessions at least 3 months
in advance.  Babies and their due dates can be so unpredictable so getting those pregnancy photos done
before baby arrives can be a challenge if you’re planning on outdoor maternity photos.

I am beyond thrilled that we were able to fit mom’s session in and that this beautiful little girl is here and doing well.
Isn’t she the sweetest?

Newborn Photography Photo Session

For a peek at her beautiful mom’s maternity photo session, follow the link ↠ here.

Cianne Mitchell Photography is based out of Barrington IL, servicing Chicago and surrounding NW suburbs
and specializes in maternity, newborn, child and family photography

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Glow | Chicago IL Pregnancy Photo Session

Let me just start by saying, “I loved this maternity photo session!”

What an incredible day we had.  After 3 reschedules and lots of rain,
we had a beautiful day with sunshine, warmth and this gorgeous mom-to-be and dad too.
It was a good thing too because their baby girl made her appearance 3 weeks early
and was born just 2 days after this session!  Yikes!  Just in the nick of time 😥

Here are a few images from this beautiful couple’s maternity session in Chicago.

Black and white outdoor pregnancy photo

pregnant woman outside photoshoot

pregnant woman outdoor trees and sky

pregnant woman outdoor in trees photo

pregnant woman lake sunset photoshoot

pregnant woman by lake and lighthouse photoshoot

pregnant woman and husband outdoor photo

outdoor expecting couple photo

maternity woman photoshoot

Expecting couple kissing in grass

Expecting couple in grass photo

expecting couple holding hands photo

expecting couple holding hands photo

couple pregnant wife in grass ducks

Let me help you tell your pregnancy and baby story.  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 based out of Barrington IL, servicing Chicago and surrounding NW suburbs
and specializes in maternity, newborn, child and family photography

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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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Black and white beach session

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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

Black and white child portraits - documentary family photography

documentary family photography

Barrington IL Child Photography

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