Sara Hilton Photography | Palatine IL Family Photographer » Artistic photographer specializing in family and children portraits serving the Palatine Illinois and surrounding Chicago suburbs.

This family met me at Busse Woods in Schaumburg for a session.  We had so much fun exploring with the kids, and then the baby got a very special cake smash to commemorate his first birthday!  I love this location because there is so much variety, and we made the most of it.  Enjoy these early-spring photos of this lovely family!
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Schaumburg family photographer
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Schaumburg family photographer
Schaumburg family photographer
Schaumburg family photographer
* Sara Hilton is a creative Schaumburg family photographer who specializes in family, children, maternity, senior, and couples photography. Sara is known for beautiful and dramatic outdoor photography, but also offers lifestyle shoots inside client’s homes. Sara currently lives in Palatine with her family: a husband who loves reggae music, a five year old son who loves Disney Cars, and a 20 month old son who loves to make a mess. Sara is currently booking family, graduating senior, maternity, couple and children sessions in Palatine, IL and all of the surrounding Northwest suburbs of Chicago. *

Ready to book your own family session? Have questions? Contact Sara here!

When you are a busy family, sometimes the best time to take photos is early in the morning.  Early morning sun can cause some challenges for photos, but a full sun session always makes sense at the beach!  This family got to play in the sand, and enjoy a beautiful day.  Love the colors they chose, and the happy feeling of the entire session.  Enjoy!
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* Sara Hilton is a creative Glencoe family photographer who specializes in family, children, maternity, senior, and couples photography. Sara is known for beautiful and dramatic outdoor photography, but also offers lifestyle shoots inside client’s homes. Sara currently lives in Palatine with her family: a husband who loves reggae music, a five year old son who loves Lady Gaga, and a 19 month old son who loves to be awake at all times. Sara is currently booking family, graduating senior, maternity, couple and children sessions in Palatine, IL and all of the surrounding Northwest suburbs of Chicago. *

Ready to book your own beach session?   Have questions?   Contact Sara here!

One of the big benefits to living in the NW Suburbs of Chicago, is all the gorgeous forest preserves around us!  I routinely take my kids out to run around in the wildflowers, paths, and grassy fields.  It definitely helps that I get to take great photos of them while they entertain themselves!  Recently, we had a very nice day with lots of puffy clouds in the sky.  The sun would peek out, then go away quickly.  As someone who always has my camera on manual, it was difficult to keep up with the constantly changing light!  I thought this would be a very good way to explain why photographers always prefer slightly overcast skies, or soft early morning/evening sunlight.

Take these photos of my boys….the one on the left the sun was behind the clouds, and on the right, the sun was out full blast.  See how much softer the lighting is on the left?  And the harsh shadows on their faces on the right?
These photos were taken minutes apart.  Even, soft light on the left under cloud cover, and harsh midday sun overhead on the right.  One advantage to harsh light, is the vivid colors you will see.  The grass, blue sky, and even clothing will look more saturated in harsh light.  The clouds act as a large diffuser, making everything a bit more muted.
Here is another example of how different an image can feel with diffused vs harsh light.  I do love how vibrant the full sun photo on the right looks here!  The sun really brings out the yellows in the grass and prairie, as well.

Overall, the cloud cover photos win for me.  There is still a lot of color, the sky looks great, but the lighting is so much more even.  Also, this post is such a great representation of what our forest preserves look like right now.  Gorgeous!  These were taken at Deer Grove East, which has lots of open space, as well as forested areas.
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If you are interested in a summer family session, contact me now to book while everything is beautiful!
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* Sara Hilton is a creative Palatine children’s photographer who specializes in family, children, maternity, senior, and couples photography.  Sara is known for beautiful and dramatic outdoor photography, but also offers lifestyle shoots inside client’s homes.  Sara currently lives in Palatine with her family: a husband who loves watching VICELAND, a five year old son who loves Katy Perry, and a 19 month old son who loves to be awake at all times.  Sara is currently booking family, graduating senior, maternity, couple and children sessions in Palatine, IL and all of the surrounding Northwest suburbs of Chicago. *

Ready to book?   Have questions?   Contact Sara here!

We had the most perfect evening for this family session!  The weather was warm, and the sun was glowing through a hazy sky.  This preserve was pretty empty, so we were able to explore and find the best spots for photos.  The family was adorable, especially their little one who was so full of personality.  We ended up getting such beautiful images!  I feel lucky at every session that we are surrounded by such beautiful forest preserves here in Illinois.  Many people wait until fall for their family portraits (which I completely understand, it is gorgeous!) but summer is fantastic, too!  Contact me now to get some awesome summer wildflowers in your photos!

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Palatine family photographer
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Palatine family photographer
Palatine family photographer
Palatine family photographer
Palatine family photographer
* Sara Hilton is a creative Palatine family photographer who specializes in family, children, maternity, senior, and couples photography.  Sara is known for beautiful and dramatic outdoor photography, but also offers lifestyle shoots inside client’s homes.  Sara currently lives in Palatine with her family: a husband who loves landscaping, a five year old son who loves the Cars movies, and a 19 month old son who loves to be awake at all times.  Sara is currently booking family, graduating senior, maternity, couple and children sessions in Palatine, IL and all of the surrounding Northwest suburbs of Chicago. *

Ready to book?  Have questions?  Contact Sara here!

I was excited to meet this couple last fall.  They were expecting a Christmas baby, and she told me she was wearing her own maternity gown for the photos.  I absolutely love gowns in photos, so I was thrilled to see her dress in person!  We met at Buffalo Creek, one of my very favorite locations for outdoor photos.  The sun was perfect, the weather was warm, and the couple was as cute as can be.  They allowed me to capture all the up close details, and I am so thrilled with the results.

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* Sara Hilton is a creative Palatine maternity photographer who specializes in family, children, maternity, senior, and couples photography. Sara is known for beautiful and dramatic outdoor photography, but also offers lifestyle shoots inside client’s homes.  Sara currently lives in Palatine with her family: a husband who loves landscaping, a four year old son who loves pop music, and a 17 month old son who loves to dump full drinks all over the house.  Sara is currently booking family, graduating senior, maternity, couple and children sessions in Palatine, IL and all of the surrounding Northwest suburbs of Chicago. *

Ready to book?  Have questions?  Contact Sara here!

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