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Every family has a story, and every story is beautiful.

I mean, who doesn’t want that perfect photo for the annual family cards? The one where everyone’s wearing matching clothes, are well-behaved, with hair perfectly done and all smiling and looking at the camera.

But what I want to show you is the beauty in everyday. How colorful and authentic the house becomes when everyone chooses their own clothing, their own activity, their own snack. Where you can see the well-loved toys and books on the floor, exhausted from heavy use.

That’s how I tell your story. The one you’ll want to remember and that’ll bring on laughter and make your heart swell. The one you want to share and experience again and again.

I tell the story of your life, of your family, as it is, honestly, authentically, beautifully.

BEFORE THE SESSION

We will meet in advance to get to know one another. Being in front of the camera can be a little awkward, and even more so if you have never met your photographer! We will spend time talking about your dreams and hopes for the session, choosing activities, family traditions or special events in your life.

DURING THE SESSION

Once I arrive at your location, I will be a casual observer through my camera, as you go about your activities with your usual spunk and family quirkiness. I integrate and become part of your family (I might even have to climb on furniture – gotta get the shot!) so you all feel comfortable around me and then forget that I’m there. My goal is to photograph people as naturally and easily as possible. The focus is not on getting traditional portraits, it is on your love, how you interact, how your kids play, how you look at each other.

AFTER THE SESSION

We’ll set up a reveal and order meeting, where I will show you the very best photos, where you can see the simple beauty of your world as I saw it through my lens. This is when you will select your favorites for your keepsake photo book, wall art and matted prints. This can take place in your home, so we can determine the ideal photo products and product sizes for your space.

for your coffee table

Photo Books

for your walls

Wall Art

matted prints

Folio Box

Sessions are a minimum of 2 hours and up and the fee starts at $200. Session fee includes pre-session consultation, the time I spend with you at your session, Reveal and Ordering appointment, editing of your images and delivery of your final products. Print products and digital image collections are not included but available for purchase separately. If you have a specific need, please contact me to give you a personalized quote.

Product offerings start at around $250 from a la carte menu or can be purchased in collections. You only buy the products that you love and fit your home style.

To learn more about all the beautiful photo books, wall art and other products I offer, or to receive the product price list, please contact me here.

FAMILY STORY

 

Focus is on your family members and interactions with each other

Session will be planned around a family activity, traditions, hobbies

Up to 2 hours in home or around the neighborhood


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LIFE EVENT STORY

 

Birthdays, Baptisms, Baby and Bridal Showers, Adoptions etc.

In-home or on location

2 hours minimum with additional coverage available


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PARENTHOOD STORY

 

Showcases being a parent caring for your children

Every day routines and special moments

Up to 4 hours in home or on location


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BABY STORY

Babies within 15 days of life

Focus is on baby’s interactions in the new environment

Up to 2 hours in your home

Complementary 1 hour maternity story


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Our Features

light composure

I like to work with available and natural light. That enables me to create the mood I am looking to capture. For outdoor locations the most flattering light is early in the morning and late afternoon. For indoor sessions, dappled light in the bedroom or sunshine pouring in through the windows are all going to set the background for beautiful imagery.

Professional skills

As a member of the Professional Photographers of America, I stay current with the newest trends in photography and print products. I spend hours on end on courses, trade shows and expos to always perfect myself and deliver only the best.

Perfect Equipment

They say it does not matter the camera but the person taking the pictures that does. While this is true, I think there is a balance between a knowledgeable photographer and a high-performance camera. I usually stay light with a Nikon and a few lenses. Nothing too overpowering that takes the focus away from the actual photo session.

Beautiful Images

I only provide you with the best images that meet my high quality photographic standards. I remove the funny faces, eye blinks and then I edit, crop or retouch as needed to reveal only the perfect images according to my artistic vision.

Print Products

We live in a digital world, but sometimes it is a totally different experience to pull out an album than it is to boot up your computer. To look at ink instead of pixels and to hold your memories in your hands without any need for an outlet.

Unique Vision

I follow a documentary approach for my sessions, photographing your family connections without staging or prompting. I only offer some posing guidance to bring out the natural in the people in front of my camera. My style has rich and vibrant colors and film like black and white nuances.

Kind Words
“Dori did a fantastic job on my family shoot. She made us feel at ease and be ourselves. We got a beautiful album though her company with our favorite pictures that I have out on my coffee table. I get a lot of compliments for it. These moments will be cherished forever! Well worth the price and a great experience overall!”

Lilly W.

“We used DoriM Photography for a photo session during our mini vacation in Chicago a few months ago. A friend referred this studio to us and we couldn’t have been happier with using their services. I can’t speak highly enough of this photographer. Dori was wonderful to work with, very personable and she took great pride in her work to ensure we were delivered fantastic images and amazing products. We are so thankful we found her to capture the memories we made in Chicago. I’d highly recommend DoriM Photography!”

Adriana S

We had a family photo session and could not be happier with the photos and the experience. Dori is an absolute professional at what she does from her personality to delivery of the photos.

Highly recommend DoriM Photography!

Ana G.