How to get a great family picture?

Large family group photographed by Chicago photographer Miguel Castillo Photography
Everybody is familiar with that moment when you are at a family reunion, hanging out with siblings, their children, grandpa, grandma, folks from out of town and what could be better than a family picture. Uncle Steve with a camera is ready to get the shot, the kids are all over the place screaming, jumping, grandma and grandpa are trying to get the little ones to laugh, therefore not looking at the camera and FLASH! There is the picture: Some people are not looking at the camera, some are hidden behind other’s heads, 4 people are blinking and it’s just one hot mess.

How about if instead you can hire a photographer that can create not just a picture, but a beautiful image where absolutely every single person looks their best; children included. How about about if on top of that the background of this already perfect image can be customized with another memorable image to honor grandpa and grandma or to simply celebrate this very special moment in life.

These are the kind of services that I am able to offer to my clients.

The image below is a family image created with 32 people. Not only every family received a family portrait but as you can see every single person in that image is looking in the right direction, including kids, and everything was done in a very relaxed and uneventful manner. No kids were crying or squirming around and to enhance the overall image I customized the background with a very unique portrait of grandma and grandpa to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

This image was printed in several canvas wraps in a 20×60 size, and hangs over the mantels of different family members. Do you think that people ask about this image when they see it? You bet! It’s a traffic stopper and topic of conversation.

Next time you have your family in town celebrating a special occasion make that special moment last. Hire Miguel Castillo Photography and let him create artwork for your walls.


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Downtown Chicago Wedding Engagement Session with Ana & Anthony

I am stoked about this session. years ago I did Ana for her senior year pictures and now we are doing an engagement session for her wedding  in  2017.  Not only she will be a beautiful bride but she is also marrying a great guy!

We headed downtown for their  engagement session looking for a little bit of everything; some nature, some beautiful shots with that distinctive Chicago skyline, some candid, etc, and we ended with even more.downtown-chicago-1The weather has been fairly warm for autumn in Chicago, bu that actually played in our advantage although we started with a little cold and windy.

Despite the overcast skies we were able to aid our images with some lighting to recreate the so called “golden hour.”downtown-chicago-3

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So much emotion and connection through this image. I could see this image printed on a 30×40 metal print!miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-49 miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-53 miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-58 miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-63 miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-66 miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-68 miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-84 I love this shot. Not only it showcases that gorgeous ring but also the connection between these two .miguel_castillo_lincoln_park_zoo_photography-98

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Haley & Mike wedding

What a pleasure to shoot the wedding of Mike and Haley!  They were simply amazing to photograph. We lucked out with the most amazing weather for a Midwestern October after a week of storms and and heavy rains. We walked downtown Lisle and its vicinity to find some great locations. Here is a sneak peek of their day, including a few shots of their reception at the Abbington banquets.

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Big thanks thanks to the staff of the Abbington. The food and service were phenomenal.  Likewise to the guys from Sounds abound, who had the floor moving and shaking.

abbington-3 And last but not least special thanks to this gang, maybe the largest bridal party I have photographed. Not very easy to direct and set up a large group like this across a pond with the noise of traffic, water and trains, but they still did awesome. Everybody was such a great sport. Mike and Haley will definitely count on a nice group of people to support them in their newly wed lives; not to mention their parents, who are some of the nicest people I have met.miguel_castillo_photography-14

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