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What To Know About Working With Shalimar B Photography

I pride myself on my customer service. The number of clients I’ve had return to work with me through the years is additional testament to my dedication, so let’s talk about working together! Here you can learn all about your first session with me.

First: A Phone Call

When we initially connect to schedule a session, we’ll have a phone call so I can get to know you a bit and answer any questions you have for me before we meet. I want to hear about you and your family, and learn your goals for the session. Who will be part of the photos? What do you want to remember about this time and this age? What do you want your child or children to see when they look at these photos 30 years from now? Do you have any specific concerns about a session? We’ll determine when and where you’d like to take the photos, and also discuss what to wear for your session.


Session Fee: $350

Important note about session fee: The fee includes the time and talent of the photographer. The session fee is due one week before the session is scheduled to occur.

Important note about cancellations: If your child or a family member becomes sick, please call me as soon as possible to reschedule the session. For all other cancellations or rescheduling requests, please prove 48 hours’ notice. Otherwise, the session fee is non-refundable.

Print Fees:

  • Individual prints start at $65/each
  • Custom albums starting at $575
  • Digital/Print collections starting at $1150

*  Complete pricing guide available upon request

Frequently asked questions

So many options! The comfort of home, one of Chicago’s beautiful parks or beaches, or even a city setting in the heart of downtown. I’ve taken photos in a variety of locations but I recommend you think about what kind of photo environment you prefer. Where are you and/or your family most comfortable?

Maybe your family is a jeans and t-shirt kind of family, maybe you’re a little dressier than that. My general rule is: Comfort is Key. No one wants to get photos taken when they are uncomfortable with what they are wearing! I recommend you and your family stay true to your style so the images we make reflect who you are. That said, I remind clients of a few things: not everyone has to match (i.e. khakis with white polo shirts) and bright, bold colors can photograph beautifully. When in doubt, I advise one parent to take the lead on choosing their clothing first so it sets the tone for complementary colors/clothing for the rest of the family.

I want you to relax and enjoy this time with your family. We will talk, have fun and play games so we can capture real smiles and laughter from you and your crew. I don’t put a time limit on session length, but typically they last one to two hours. The number and ages of kids in a session can affect that.

Approximately 2 weeks after your session you will receive a link to view all of your images in a slide show set to music.

I place a high value on customer service, and my goal is to make things as easy and seamless for you as possible. As a busy, working parent myself, I understand that your time is valuable. Any spare time you have, you want to spend it with your family. For that reason, I have recently adapted my business to an online ordering system that upholds the standards of Shalimar B Photography. However, many of my families may still prefer the in-person ordering service that I offer, and I am still happy to provide that.

Prints and products are ready four to six weeks after your order has been placed.