This week brought us some exciting news! We will be collaborating with Sweet Lulu to style our sessions! This includes, Valentine’s Day, Cake Smash (monthly), and Bunny! They will be shot at the Sweet Lulu brick and mortar. As well as booking opening for the Valentine’s Day sessions, we have opened booking for the first half of 2017 for all sessions, and Gina has announced special spring mini session dates and locations around the Chicago area.

Please email Amy@GinaCristinePhotography.Com to book.

Make sure you are signed up to our newsletter here to never miss out on the fabulously unique styled sessions with Sweet Lulu, when booking opens for all sessions, special seasonal mini sessions around the area, and other GCP announcements.

Can not wait to make 2017 your most picture perfect year yet!

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I just fell in love with the gorgeous M family.  Miss R was the perfect addition to their family.  Big brother was super curious during the session too and made sure to keep a close eye from his bed to watch everything going on.

R was full of little smirks and grins during her session and I was so happy to capture all of them.  She is going to be so fun to watch grow up!

Nicole ~ Chicago Newborn Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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I always love being able to see newborns again as a Bolingbrook Milestone Photographer.  It truly is amazing how much they do change in such short periods of time.  At three months they’re starting to get chunkier rolls, smiling and cooing back and figuring out that toes are pretty tasty.

Miss R did not disappoint at her session.  She certainly had lots to talk about too!  I could just stare into those pretty blue eyes all day listening to all she had to say.

~ Nicole Bolingbrook Milestone Photographer/Gina Cristine Photography

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Tom’s sister, Monica, is engaged and that means it is wedding planning time baby! Monica mentioned she was unsure of where to start. What many of you do not know is that I worked for a wedding planner as an assistant in college and even was a certified wedding planner. (We can all thank J. Lo for sparking my love of everything weddings)

So I came up with five things I think a bride just starting the process should know before she starts looking for locations and vendors. If you are a past bride, currently planning your wedding, or even a planner, please feel free to comment below and add to the conversation!

  1. Know your budget. That way before you even start calling and making appointments, you know the price points you need to stay within. There are plenty of wedding budget tools on all the wedding planning sites. Wedding Wire has a great and easy to use one here. Having a budget and sticking to it, will make the wedding planning a lot less stressful.
  2. A basic idea of the number of guests. Venues have minimums and maximums for the amount for people in a room. Knowing this will help when you look at venues. It would be heartbreaking to fall in love with a space only to find out you have too many people or not enough.
  3. Think about where you want your wedding to be. In the city, in the suburbs, or destination. This will narrow down the search if you already discussed as a couple where you both want your guests to celebrate.
  4. Talk to your fiancé about what time of year. Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall. Now some brides do not care as long as they get the venue they want. But I have heard many opinions on not wanting it too hot,  not wanting a huge chance of rain,  wanting it looking lush and green, not a chance of a snow storm, wanting it to be a winter wonderland… So having an idea of how you both feel about the season you want to be married in, is a good idea.
  5.  Have an idea on style of the wedding. This will help with venue selection. Do you like rustic, urban, banquet hall, loft, intimate, unique, outside. Every venue you will see will have it’s own special charm, and knowing what you want your dream wedding to look and feel like will help the process tremendously.

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Mom wanted something different this year for her family photo than the fall sessions we have done in the past. She chose a winter look, and I she nailed it! Her styling of the family is always so perfect. Plaid, buffalo check, red, green, scarves, layers 😍 Fabulous job April!
We captured some sweet moments that day as the kids were troopers since it was very cold!
Thank you M family, as always, you guys are the best!

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