Lovely Mama | Chicago Maternity Photographer

I met this lovely mama, Laura, right here in my neighborhood.  She looked gorgeous and we had a wonderful chat about parenthood together.  Laura – Thanks for the great session, the nice chat and for braving the heat with me!

















Studio Samples

Finally received some of my studio samples, and I’m so excited.  They are so beautiful – I can’t wait to show my clients!  I think they are going to love them as much as I do.  🙂


Share the Love – We Love Referrals!!! | Chicago Family Photographer


When it comes to referrals, we have some pretty amazing clients who are willing to go to bat for us.  We couldn’t be more thankful for your trust in us.  After all, referrals are the bones of our business! 

We at Cianne Mitchell Photography want to reward each and every one of our clients for your wonderful referrals and for helping us keep doing what we love.  As a thank you for your effort and support, we are starting a new and improved referral program – the “Share the Love Program.”

For every referral who books and completes a session, we reward you with a credit worth $50 to spend toward your next session with us.  There is NO LIMIT to how many referral credits you can earn and use per session, so keep those referrals coming!  We may even gift you a product or two if you’re really working your friend and family circles for us 🙂

IMPORTANT:  All CMP clients who have already referred someone in the past year, send us a “Shared the love with ________” message including the name(s) of your referral(s) on our wall.  We will send you your $50 certificate or certificates in the mail right away!

NOTE:  1. Share the Love Program is only available to current clients of Cianne Mitchell Photography
            2. You may only collect your credit certificate(s) if your referral completes a session with us.
            3. Credit certificates may not be redeemed for cash.

Nourishment is Beauty | Chicago Newborn Photographer

During a recent newborn session, I was asked by my client to photograph his wife while she nursed their baby boy.   He said, “I’d love for you to photograph my wife while she nurses him.  He is so peaceful and quiet during this time.”  This is not a request I hear often, especially from a dad, but I thought it was such an incredibly sweet request, and I was happy to do it.  He watched tenderly as his little boy received nourishment from his beautiful wife – I was quite touched.  Breastfeeding is such a beautiful and natural thing and part of the bonding process between mother and child – bottle feeding too (I’ve done both).  Think about it – feeding your baby is a HUGE part of those first few weeks home with baby when everyone is settling in and getting to know each other – why NOT document it?

It really got me thinking how I would have loved to have photographs of myself nursing my children.  I’ll admit, having my breasts on film would have been a little scary for me, as I wasn’t comfortable with how big they were (EE cup).  I’m afraid you wouldn’t be able to see my baby’s head in there!  Ha ha!  All kidding aside though, I really would love to have those photos now.  Nursing with my son wasn’t always wonderful.  It was frustrating and I did lots of crying, but when we got it right, those are moments I’ll never forget.  My daughter was much easier, not sure if I was just better from experience or if she was just a better nurser, but I truly enjoyed those private moments with her and even miss it at times. 

Nourishing your child, be it by breast or bottle, is probably the thing you do most often when you bring home a new baby (besides changing diapers, of course).  It makes sense to document that time and capture the beauty of that relationship between mom and baby while nursing or even dad and baby while bottle feeding.  It was nice to take a break from those posed and cutesy hat and props photos of this little boy and just capture him and his mommy in their most natural pose of the day.  Watching and documenting those touching and private moments in the life of a family – that is what I love so much about this job.  Big thanks to Bill (you know who you are) for your wonderful suggestion and for reminding me that some of the most beautiful moments happen in between prop changes.