Thank you for your interest in my work and for visiting the website. My name is Evelina J. Barnes (that is where the name came from :), I am the artist behind the lens. My studio specializes in full service fine art portrait photography.
No matter what type or style of photography you are looking for we can work together in creating one of a kind photographs for you. Something that you will cherish for years to come and would be proud to display in your home just like you would a piece of art. This is how I approach each session, I view the final product as a piece of art but want to ensure that it is special to you and expresses your emotions and the things important to you at the time of the session. That is why I believe serving my clients by having printed archival heirloom products makes me different. I build relationships with my clients and want them to have memories that will not fade, break down over time and will last for future generations. I offer digital products for archival purposes. My goal is to take the worry and stress away from you in figuring out what size and crop is best for each photo, what are the latest products that are unique and what will look best in your home. Let me take care of that for you so you can focus on what is most important, your family. In my studio, I have an extensive and always growing collection of props, outfits, hats, headbands for newborns, babies and even older children and maternity and women's gowns so you don't have to worry about what to bring with you. Other complimentary services I offer are styling for family/senior/ beauty sessions as well as complimentary hair and make up that can be utilized for any session type.
My vast knowledge of photoshop helps me enhance photos, add color and bring out the best qualities of the photo to make it stand out. I also use it for those fun newborn poses you see on my page. Most of the newborn shots are composites which are made up from two or more photos for the safety of the baby. Those things can be quite time consuming and ensure the end product looks amazing and different. I want each client to receive a gallery that is full of creative and one of a kind photos. I understand that I will not be a great fit for every one and if you are looking for someone to just capture your photos for you and hand them over, that is definitely not me but if you are looking for those one of kind, vibrant, high quality photos I am the girl for you :)
My absolute favorite portraits to do are those of newborn babies. There is just something so pure and innocent about them and it only lasts for such a short period of time and that to me it is the most important memory to capture. The best time to capture newborns is under 10 days of age while they still retain the curled posture and are very sleepy. This allows for creative posing and some of the most beautiful portraits. I have been presented with an Expertise award and voted one of the top newborn photographers in the Rockford IL area two years in a row. I have the knowledge and years of experience in working with babies so I am able to create a safe environment and use soothing techniques to calm the baby to be able to get the beautiful photos you see on my FB page and website.
I also love photographing children and capturing their innocence, as well as the love and bond between families. The love the parents have for their children, the way they interact with each other is the most wonderful thing you can capture in pictures and will leave the most lasting memories you can cherish for years to come. I also specialize in family and senior pictures but only take a limited amount of those sessions per year.
I am a fun, outgoing kind of girl and I like to have fun during our session and I also like to allow plenty of time for each session so neither one of us feels rushed. I put a lot of time and thought into preparing for each session and also during the final edit of your pictures to ensure that you love your pictures. I welcome your ideas as well as any family heirlooms or your child's favorite toy, blanket, anything at all that you would like to include in your pictures. I have a studio which is most suitable for newborn and child sessions. I love to do outdoor sessions and most of them are done during the warmer spring to fall months but I am definitely an outdoor kind of girl and I am not afraid of the cold so if you would like outdoor winter pictures I am the photographer for you.
Please schedule an in person consultation to go over all the pricing so you can fully understand the investment. I book out usually at least 1 to 3 months in advance so I suggest scheduling your session way in advance. Especially if you are looking for weekend availability.
Located in Belvidere IL and service provide services to the Boone, Winnebago, Ogle, McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, Cook counties and surrounding areas. Additional charges apply for on location sessions over 25 miles outside of Boone County.
Rockford area newborn, baby, maternity, family, senior and business headshot and branding photographer serving the Rockford IL, Belvidere IL, Machesney Park IL, Loves Park IL, Beloit WI, Janesville WI, Arlington Heights IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, Dekalb IL, Chicago IL, northwest Chicago suburbs, northern IL suburbs, southern wi suburbs.
*Pricing subject to change without prior notice. Payment plans available, please inquire.