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Hello! Long time no see, huh? I have good excuses for not posting to the blog in so long, but rather than go on and on about them, I’ll just narrow it down to two things and then let you have a look for yourself (:

1. J and I are packing it all up and moving to Georgia this summer! We are going to miss Chicago {a lot} but we’re also so excited to move closer to our families and old friends. Having said that, moving is very time consuming, and is sort of like having a second job.

2. I am packing up the business and moving… that’s right! A new name, a new logo, a new website, a new Facebook page – and of course a new blog. Check out the newness:

Every piece of the new, improved business is being unveiled as it is ready. You can already “like” me on the new Facebook page {please do!}. And, as of right now, you can un-bookmark this blog and start following the new one:

ai {the blog}.

Isn’t it so much better already?! Make sure to update your blog readers and blog rolls, etc… with the new link (: I look forward to seeing you all over there.


It’s time for another blog contest!! This time I’m giving away two free hours of “photo booth” photography for your event. You provide the event (birthday party, block party, wedding, corporate event – whatever!), and we will provide the backdrop, manpower, fun props, and free souvenirs.

TO ENTER: Simply leave a comment on this post by midnight (central time) today (Monday, June 14, 2010) telling me what kind of event you have coming up. That’s it! Tomorrow I will randomly select the winner, so check back to see if you’ve won.

* 2 hours of “photo booth” photography at your one-of-a-kind event
* I will provide all equipment, manpower, and props
* Low resolutions images will be available for FREE download soon after your spectacular event
* You and your guests are welcome to download these free images as souvenirs of your awesome event
* You and your guests also have the option to purchase prints the images from your unforgettable event

* Your event must take place in the Chicagoland area
* The date of your event cannot conflict with any photo sessions or events I’ve already booked
* Your event must take place by December 15, 2010

I’ll be back tomorrow to announce the winner. Good luck!!


I’ll be traveling to Georgia this summer, so if you are interested in a session send me an email to: anna (at) cityviewphoto (dot) com. I will be there beginning July 17th and staying at least a week, both on the coast and in NE Georgia.

Looking forward to seeing y’all!


Just when I thought I couldn’t take it any more, I saw something that reminded me why winter is so lovable! This symphony of snowmen was orchestrated by the neighbor of the kids I babysit, with a little help from some friends. Isn’t it wonderful!?

It even inspired Phoebe and me to take a little walk around the neighborhood and document some of the beauty of this season.

And we’ll let these guys be the closing act, too. I think there are 15 total, including football players, beach bums (w/ margaritas!), and a snow boarder. Every time I see it, I feel guilty for complaining so much (:



We can see a few public art displays from our balcony, but this guy is my favorite. I always feel a second or two of concern for him, teetering around up there all the time (:

All my sessions this weekend were postponed (due to the weather – shocker!), so my plan today was to go for a photo walk around the neighborhood. I’m just not feeling that well today, so I took some inspiration from a recent session documenting a downtown view and took a few shots from my balcony. I mean, when it’s the last week of February and we’re getting a fresh six inches of snow, it’s time to just embrace it, right?

Some people may see this as a negative, but I love that the Metra passes by right across the street – especially at night when the windows are glowing and I can see the silhouettes of people inside. Maybe I’ll take some pics of that one day.

Happy Monday to you all!


We are in the midst of accumulating another 10 inches of snow.

A good day to dream of bicycle adventures to the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Every time I see my bike gathering dust in the garage I get a little nostalgic for those Saturday afternoons spent exploring on two wheels.

The wait will make them that much sweeter when the snow melts, though (:


[A little reminder that spring is just around the corner… it’s a big corner, but we’ll manage!]

The winner of the free portrait session has been selected, via!! Congratulations to….. [insert drumroll]…..

Carlene!! of Post #1!!

Carlene – send me an email when you’re ready to schedule your portrait session: anna (at) I can’t wait to photograph you and your mom (:

This contest was so much fun – I had a blast reading your comments (and adding some new blogs to my Reader!). I’m definitely inspired to do more blog contests throughout 2010, so check back!

In the meantime, you can also follow me on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook to keep up with the latest city|view photography deals and news.

Oh, and one more thing… in the spirit of contests, I’ll be posting shortly about a contest someone else is offering that you might be interested in entering.


I am completely blown away by the comments I’m getting and the response from Jessica’s post on How About Orange? .

Oh, how I wish I could give everyone a free session!! Alas, my accountant probably wouldn’t accept “But, they’re all so wonderful!!” as a proper justification (:

To show my gratitude, I am offering all of you lovely How About Orange? readers a discount on portrait sessions. Simply mention How About Orange? and you will get $50 off of your session fee!!

Please feel free to email me with questions, or to schedule your session:

anna (at)

You have made my day (: Oh, and there is still time to enter the contest, so do that. And tune in tomorrow to find out if you won a free portrait session!


Hello and good evening!

In honor of the six more weeks of winter (5 weeks and 6 days, but who’s counting?) we have to look forward to, I have decided to have a contest. I’m in the mood to give away a portrait session – are you in the mood to win one? If so, simply leave a comment in this post by 5p.m. tomorrow (Thurs., February 4, 2010). On Friday a number will be picked at random and that number post will win.

Easy peasy, right?

The most important details are these:

~ Winner must live in or be traveling to the Chicagoland area for the session (suburbs work!)
~ The session must take place on or before April 30, 2010 at a mutually convenient time

Start commenting – I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!!

[The beautiful family featured in this post is that of my friend Amanda whom I’ve known since high school. I had the honor of photographing them again over Thanksgiving holiday, but in the hectic-ness that was Sept – Dec., they did not get a blog post. Don’t you think they deserve one?! ]


I am happy to announce that city|view photography is partnering with Groupon to offer the best Portrait Session Deal in town!  The deal will be available for purchase today and tomorrow only and are good for the next year (expire Sept. 15, 2010).

To Get Your Custom Portrait Session, Click Here!

The Deal: $85 for a 2-hour portrait session ($185 value), plus a $100 print credit.  That’s a savings of $200! 

How to Use Your Groupon:

Once you purchase the Groupon, you can use it to schedule a portrait session for yourself or your family. Just contact me for scheduling. Scheduling is done on a first-come-first-served basis. Groupons Expire in one year (September 15, 2010).

Or, you can transfer it to a city|view gift certificate and give it as the perfect gift to parents & families, the newly engaged, aspiring actors/performers/models, expecting mothers, brides, high school seniors, and anyone approaching a milestone in their life (50th wedding anniversary, for example).

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