Family Model Call! - Chicago Family Photographer

Did you say free and model call? Yeppers!*

Do you like free things as much as I do??  This year I've been trying to spend some time planning out some new and creative approaches to add to family sessions, and what better way to do this by giving away a free family session to one lucky family this upcoming May! Details are still in the making, but I'll be working more closely on outfits, location, timing, and the theme to our session. It'll definitely be outdoors, so keep that in mind when considering this:)

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What do I get from the Model Call?

The family I pick gets:

  1. Consultation on required outfits
  2. A full 1 hour family session
  3. A provided location, this is non-negotiable, but suggestions are welcomed.
  4. Any permits that might be required for the location will be covered.
  5. An included gallery of high resolution images that are released for personal use and sharing.
  6. Featured in my Blog, and on one of my social media platforms.

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Why though? What do you get out of this?

Great question! Every so often, a creative needs to get their creative ideas out, and try new things so she (or he) can keep things fun, fresh, and lively for herself and the families she serves. So it's a win-win, right?

Most Importantly, I'll retain the rights to the shoot. Usually this is for ads, or social media content, but you never know, it may be an award winner, and by golly I'll be submitting it if it is! This part is non-negotiable, you must be okay that I may use your images.

How do I get first in line?

Hah, don't be silly! There's no line, no skipping, and I don't think you'd want to pay me off to get a free session, since that doesn't make any sense.

When & Where is the session?

Exact date and time will be confirmed at a later point, but we'll be photographing this May, probably mid to late May, featuring springs colors, and we'll be outdoors. I'll coordinate and provide locations, timeframes, and the outfits requirements after I pick the lucky family;)

Little boy writes on paper with a crayonOkay, how do I sign up for this Model Call?

Email me!!

  1. Reference the model call in your email.
  2. Introduce yourself! Stories are great;)
  3. Send me a photo of all of your family. Two or three photos are even better!
  4. Send me the names and ages of all who would be participating in the shoot.
  5. Let me know the area that you are located in (sorry Seattle, you're a little far for this one, but we'll see you this September!).
  6. Your favorite joke, riddle, or most embarrassing moment as a mom (so long as you're okay with me knowing?).

Okay that last one isn't important, but I need some jokes, so you all better deliver.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! I'll announce the lucky family within the week:) Stay tuned! Inspiration below.

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Just a glimpse | Chicagoland Newborn Photographer

Just a glimpse of how sweet my job is and how wonderful my day was today :) I met with a family that just had this new family member arrive. Hello to you, Chloe <3

Sweet, sweet girl...and a sweet warm summer already.

I have news...

My Fiance Ben and I have signed a lease for a townhouse in Lisle, IL. (!!!!!!!) We are super excited and can't wait to make this place our own. This will be happening on July 15. Were also getting a second car, getting married on August 16 and going to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon! Goodness, my life is becoming busy.

But the moving out of my house is the biggest change so far...I have never moved anywhere before in my life. I have lived in the same home all my life. This summer is starting to have some bittersweet moments. Moving out of my childhood home is definitely one of those moments. Its going to be chaotic. Its going to be slightly insane...and I just might shed a tear ;)

Let me know if you have any advice for me for moving. Id love to hear your thoughts! Comment below or even let me know doing our next session!



Abigail Joyce PHotography

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Chicagoland Newborn & Baby Photographer |  Newborn Photography | Chicago Maternity Photographer | Chicagoland Maternity Photographer | Chicago Family Photographer | Chicagoland Family Photographer

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Abigail Joyce specializes in newborn, baby and family photographs. Abigail Joyce is based in the Chicagoland area and the Midwest.

Hinsdale, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Claredon Hills, Countryside, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Addison, Lagrange, Lagrange Park, Wheaton,

Bolingbrook, Indian Head Park, Darien, Lisle, Woodridge, Naperville, Westchester, Brookfield, Hodgkins, Chicago, Oak Brook, and more.

Call: 708 505 9081

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Have you seen anything more beautiful? I simply love maternity photography if you can't tell already! I have learned so much about pregnancies just from photographing so many maternity sessions!

Expecting mother holding belly for photoshoot

I honestly, can't wait to have my own kids. Well duh! I am baby photographer!

This session was photographed at the Garfield Park conservatory one morning in January I believe. No it wasn't beautiful outside, but the wonderful thing about maternity photography, is that if you find a good location (even indoors) you can make the most romantic gallery without trying!

How I go started as a Chicago Maternity Photographer

I started early on in my photography career as a general portraiture. I photographed events, children's parties, you name it! But eventually I started to get a sense for what moved me, what made me feel, and eventually I knew that I would come to a fork in the road.

Fortunately, this wasn't an issue! In fact, I'm so glad I made the decision to focus my work on maternity portraits. Yes, I'm a newborn photographer, and yes the majority of my work comes from newborn sessions, and YES I absolutely love and adore newborn sessions, but there is an amazing romance to maternity photography that is hard to get elsewhere (except maybe weddings, but let's not go there yet;).

Maternity sessions with children are something to behold!

Every once in a while, I'll get the chance to photograph a maternity session that includes another sibling, and these can be amazing:) I know I use that alot about sessions, but the newness and bewilderment that a newborn brings to a sibling is an amazing experience to capture!

A lot of times they are confused and not really sure of how to react, and other times they are super excited and want one of their own. Here's a sweet photo of an expecting mom with her daughter, it just made my day! This was photographed in her home, and it turned out wonderfully! No need to go out to a seperate location, we made due with the beautiful window light and it turned out to be the best choice:)


I got to photograph the most wonderful 7 day old!

Aren't newborn sessions so wonderful? The newborns (normally) sleep throughout the whole 2-3 hours I am at the clients home. The babies look so peaceful and dreamy. I could cuddle them all day! Maybe one day Ill have my own newborns to cuddle someday. Nevertheless, I love all newborns and wish I could work with them all! Chicago is pretty big I know! But wouldn't be amazing if I could photograph at least 1000 newborns a year? I think I would happy with that many .

This past week, I photographed a birth story. I was quite nervous about it. To be honest with you, I was more nervous about not getting to the hospital on time or not be able to get there altogether than the actual birth. I was worried that the mom would call me in the middle of the night and I would be sleeping peacefully and not hear my phone! Oh, my nerves really got to me these past couple of weeks. If you saw me, I was probably on edge! I didn't want to travel much around the suburbs so I stayed at home editing my most recent sessions... then I would take breaks and *try* knitting bonnets. So far I have been crocheting bonnets for newborns but now Im on to knitting.. Anyways, while I was knitting, I was also watching all of the Jane Austen movies. Yes, I probably should have read the books but this way I was able to knit and listen/watch the movie at the same time. When I was bored of that, well... school started as well this past week so I wrote a paper that was due Friday.. Ha. My clients baby was due this past Friday.. but had the baby girl on monday! And guess what?? She had her in the afternoon and the delivery was 1  1/2 hours long...incredible! We were lucky to have made it to the hospital at all! I am so glad to have been there and see this birth.. and all the while photograph it as well. It was an amazing experience and I hope to photograph more birth stories in the future <3


This was a beautiful newborn session in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, a very quiet area. Newborn Aiden was a doll. He was absolutely perfect. Only a week old. I love everything about newborn sessions. I love the little details of the baby, and I love soothing the baby. I love everything from opening a new email about an expectant mother to editing the photos. I even make my own newborn outfits, bonnets and headbands. I am constantly looking for a new prop to take home with me. I love the cozy atmosphere of the family's home. Everything becomes quiet and just when I begin photographing the newborn, I hear a quiet sigh, a sniffle, or a gasp of amazement. I have had mommas cry of joy and it makes my heart full. There is so much love in one little room and whats even better is that this is what I call my career. Yes, I am only 21 years old but I already have my career set. I am a newborn, baby photographer and I am over the moon excited about it! The only thing better than being a newborn/baby photographer is being a mom. This is the kind of mentality I have, and to some it might seem a little crazy but I've always wanted a family of my own some day. Being a newborn and baby photographer has perks I tell you! I get to see some of the same babies 5-6 times out of the year. I get to watch them grow and I begin the process of being the family photographer for my clients. Becoming the family photographer means the world to me. I can't wait to meet new babies in the future and have their little hands wrap around my finger and softly *ssh* them back to sleep for more photos.