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Yes. This teen’s birthday party was a fun as it looks. Mom asked me to set up the photo booth, in addition to doing some candids of the girls. Hosted at Evanston Print and Paper, the girls ate pizza, sang at the top of their lungs, danced like crazy, had makeup makeovers by a professional makeup artist, and screen-printed their own pillowcases, before heading home for a sleepover. Isn’t that the funnest girlie birthday party ever? The evidence is in the pictures, people (:

If you’re interested in having the photo booth bring out the silliness at your next party, just let me know!



Pulling Down the Moon needed some yoga-themed photos for their studio, and I was happy to oblige (: Thanks to my good friends Jeni (a yoga instructor at Pulling Down the Moon) and Gwen (who is running the Chicago MARATHON this weekend!) for being beautiful models and good sports!! You can see more from this session in my flickr set.

Now, don’t you feel relaxed?

I randomly came across this quote the other day and thought it was appropriate: “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” {Terri Guillemets}

So sorry for not posting the winner of the free photography contest yesterday – it was a travel day and I underestimated how much I wouldn’t want to spend my first night in Nevada on the computer (: Having said that, I am all settled in now, and ready to announce the winner…. drumroll, please…

Congratulations to LIZ, commenter number 3!!!!!!

I believe I have seen Liz (and even photographed her) perform with Pyrotechniq, but I’ve never actually met her so I’m looking forward to that, and to figuring out which one of her fun events I’m going to get to photograph! Liz, I’ll be in touch soon to start planning (:

The winner was chosen using, but I only have J’s laptop (I’m a Mac; he’s a PC) so I have no idea how to do a screen capture or crop or anything so you’ll have to trust me for now. Hopefully he can help me with that later and I can update this post with the’s results via an image.

Happy Wednesday!


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!


J and I spent part of Saturday at the annual kite festival at Montrose Harbor. So fun and the weather was perfect – cloudy, not too hot, and plenty of wind.

This was our kite – a beauty, no?


Here are a few more images from the Easter Vigil at St. Luke’s. It was lovely and the pictures just don’t do it justice. I hope you enjoy them anyway (:


I was honored to photograph the Easter Vigil at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square on Saturday. The service began just before sundown with the blessing and lighting of the Easter fire, and St. Luke’s does that with the help of Pyrotechniq‘s amazing fire dancers. It was a dazzling beginning to the beautiful Easter Vigil that followed.


A couple of weekends ago I got to photograph Graham’s first birthday. It was wild and crazy and so much much fun! The food looked delish, the decorations were perfection, and even the Wiggles were there. It was a first birthday to remember, that’s for sure. I think Graham’s favorite part was the cake…



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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