2016 Mini Session Dates

2015, Wow! Thank you everyone who hired, supported and loved me in 2015. This year has wildly surpassed my greatest exceptions for this little business of mine.I blew past last years numbers with newborn, family, wedding and commercial photography. I am humbled and so thankful!

After the new year I'll be drawing holiday cards out of my camera bad and announcing not 1 but 2 mini session winners to use for next years mini session dates! Which leads me to my big announcement....Mini Session Dates for 2016!

February 13, 2016 (TBD North Shore) (Love Mini) 9am -3 pm

April 23, 2016 (Ryerson Woods, Deerfield) (Mother Day Mini) 9am -3 pm

September 10, 2016 (Lincoln Park Zoo) / October 1, 2016 (North Shore Beach TBD) 9am - 3pm 

Only 10 spots at each shoot so book your session soon. These will be the only mini sessions I will hold in 2016.  Mini session are $175 and will be paid in full to hold your spot. Sessions are 20 minutes long and include 3 digital images edited in hi res with a release to print. Additional images are available for purchase. 

I have added some new pictures, prices and information to my website so take a look. 

Thank you all so much for all the smiles, laughter and love in 2015. 

Cheers and Happy 2016! 

Kathryn Hastings Photography Won The Best of Business 2015

Press Release


Kathryn Hastings Photography Receives 2015 Best of Northbrook Award

Northbrook Award Program Honors the Achievement

NORTHBROOK July 2, 2015 — Kathryn Hastings Photography has been selected for the 2015 Best of Northbrook Award in the Photographer category by the Northbrook Award Program.

Each year, the Northbrook Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Northbrook area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Northbrook Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Northbrook Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Northbrook Award Program

The Northbrook Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Northbrook area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Northbrook Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Northbrook Award Program

A Very Sweet 1st Communion...

I feel so lucky to have met this beautiful family. When i first got to their home they were trying to Skype their grandparents in Italy. We are so lucky to have technology to connect us all together when we can't be. It was a lot of fun hearing them all speak Italian together and you could tell they were so proud of their beautiful granddaughter who was about to have her 1st Holy Communion. This is another reason why i absolutely love my job. I meet 100's of families a year. They invite into their homes and let me experience "them" for a short period of time. I LOVE IT! Enjoy these gorgeous pictures! 



Newborn Session at the Point...

This little man lives at one of the coolest condos in downtown Chicago. The sky was bright blue, the sun was shining and people were already sailing on Lake Michigan! The view was magnificent & so was this sweet boy. He was the perfect gentleman and we had such a great time photographing him. 

Ally's Bat Mitzvah...

This family was an absolute blast to work with! Their entire family even extended were so kind and loving. Ally, you looked absolutely beautiful and I wish you years and years of wonderful love and successes! It was a pleasure photographing you!!!

Joey's Bar Mitzvah....

This was such a special even that i had the honor of photographing. I have know the boy in these pictures since he was 2! You did a fantastic job Joey and the love that surrounded your Bar Mitzvah was felt by everyone. I hope you are incredibly proud of yourself! Congratulations and here is to many many more happy years as an adult:) 

James P is 1!!!

A little sneak peek of James! I have been photographing these sweet babies since they were born! These little munchins are absolutely a blast to photograph. M loves to put on a show and make us work for her beautiful smile, but once we get it, it's worth every second! Happy Birthday James! 

And then there were two...

These two were absolutely adorable together! Everyone needs a little brother and sister to love on. Little lady here didn't want me to go home after we were done. She wanted a playdate! If i didn't have a shoot after hers i probably would have stayed to play. It doesn't get much cuter then this! 



Happy 1st Birthday Beautiful Boy....

This beautiful little boy turned 1 a few weeks back. I have been photographing this little guy since birth. It's my favorite when people allow me to photograph their child's entire first year. I love watching them grow and change. Such an honor to have photographed him and to have met your whole family! Continue to celebrate you beautiful little man! 




I love the Dove commercials. I love that they are so geared towards forcing women to realize how beautiful they really are. To have confidence and to give themselves grace. They recorded women in all different countries and they all seemed to feel the same about themselves, just average. None of these women felt confident enough to walk under the beautiful sign. Check out the video below. Which sign would you have walked under?