I grew up in Chicago’s north shore. With some detours through California, I have started to raise a family in Wilmette near downtown.

My focus is lifestyle family photography and have a special place in my heart for specialized children’s portrait sessions with a flair.

meet carolyn soling — chicago family photographer

Before my second child, getting the photo was everything that mattered to me. But, as you (the person coming looking for a family photographer) may know, that means I was missing out on experiencing the moment in pursuit of the photo.

As a mom of two, I understand the importance of being here now for your family moments.

I want to help you capture those special family times so you can be in the pictures instead of behind a camera or phone.

Having children has taught me to

 just stop and enjoy.

Let there be emotions. Let there be mess. Let there be random moments of chaos. If that sounds like the memories you want to capture – I am your photographer.

I work with families who embrace the moment with their children and who are looking to document what their life is like right now. 


Your session is going to document not just faces, but the interactions between you as a family. Think about the seconds that happen leading up to and after everyone turning and saying “cheese” and that is what I want you to remember and have keepsakes of.

I see the in-between moments. Your photos will show the connection, the relationships.

I get to see that joy and inspiration all over again in young children. Dressing up as dragons, super heroes, princesses or all of the above at once. I want to give your child the freedom to see themselves as they imagine and have photos to remember that day forever.

Childhood is meant to be filled with imagination, creativity and fun. That's what these sessions are all about!

family sessions

family sessions

imagination sessions

imagination sessions