Images from past Nicole Thomas Photography, Ronald Knox Montessori Charity Photo Sessions

Choose either a summer date or a fall date, or both! Click here to see images from Gillson Beach, the location of our June photo session. Click here to see images from the Keay Nature Center, the location for our October photo session.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 at Gillson Beach in Wilmette
The rain date is the same day, in our Glenview studio.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 at The Keay Nature Center in Wilmette
The rain date is the same day, in our Glenview studio.

The cost of the session is a donation to Ronald Knox Montessori! Choose either a 20, 40 or 60 minute session.

20 minute photo session - $100 donation to Ronald Knox Montessori
40 minute photo session - $175 donation to Ronald Knox Montessori
60 minute photo session - $250 donation to Ronald Knox Montessori

All sessions are a donation to Ronald Knox Montessori School. If you are unable to make your scheduled session, there are no refunds, as this is a donation that goes directly to the school.

Click the yellow "Buy Now" link to sign up. Click the "Buy Now" and choose either 20, 40 or 60 minutes. The donation are $100, $175 or $250. You may also sign up at Ronald Knox night, Saturday, February 23, 2019.  The earlier that you sign up the more likely you are to find your desired time available. Please call or email us with any questions.

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Click below to donate and sign-up! Choose either a 20, 40 or 60 minute photo session.

1. Choose desired session length above. We recommend 40 minutes!
2. Click "BUY NOW" (the below yellow button)
3. Follow Paypal steps to make a donation to Ronald Knox
4. Please email us your desired time choices. Our email is

Session options

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Raindate: Same date in our Glenview studio
Gillson Beach

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Raindate: Same date in our Glenview studio
The Keay Nature Center

For additional availability, call the studio. 847-729-4466

After you have donated online, please click here to let us know your basic information and to request your date and time on our "Information Form".

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How does a Mini Session differ from a regular photo session?
Ronald Knox Charity Mini Sessions are 20, 40 and 60 minutes in length. Nicole Thomas Photography Mini Photo Sessions are typically 25 or 50 minutes and our regular sessions are 60 to 90 minutes.

What length of session should I choose?
Twenty minutes is great if you have a simple goal in mind. Maybe you are looking for a few great shots of your child. Forty-minute sessions are great if you have more than one child. We always recommend a forty minute session, as it gives everyone a chance to "warm up" and get into the session. This year we are offering sixty minute sessions as well. This is a great option if you have multiple kids and want to ensure you get all of the shots you are looking for.

What is the donation cost of a Mini Photo Session with Nicole Thomas Photography?
The cost of a twenty minute photo session is a $100 non-refundable donation to Ronald Knox Montessori School, forty minute sessions are $175 donation and a 60 minute session is a $250 donation.

How much of my session fee goes to Ronald Knox Montessori School?
100% of your session fee will be donated.

When does sign-up start for these Mini Sessions and where do I sign up?
There are limited openings, the earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get your desired time slot or you may sign up by clicking the "Buy Now" link on this website. You may also sign up at Knox Night on Saturday, February 23rd.

Are these photo sessions open to anyone?
These sessions are open to any current Ronald Knox Montessori School family as well as Ronald Knox alumni.

Nicole Thomas Photography offers Mini Sessions at various times of the year, as well as regular photo sessions in both the studio and on-location.

Knox Montessori Charity Photo Sessions with Nicole Thomas Photog

What to wear?
Select clothing that’s poppy, vibrant and fun! Jewel-toned colors are complimentary on every complexion and look beautiful in photographs. Choose colors that are deep, rich and intense like burgundy, eggplant, teal, rust, magenta and olive. Try pairing these colors with neutrals like charcoal gray, chocolate brown or navy. Avoid black and white as they do not photograph well.

Avoid dressing the family in matching “uniforms”. Coordinated looks for families create a much more pleasing photograph. Try choosing a unifying color mixed with the neutrals listed above in various ways to mix things up but still give your family continuity.

Use patterns, textures and layers to add visual interest. Textured fabrics, such as denim, cable knits, linen and corduroy photograph beautifully. Layers can be added or removed to create different looks in minimal time.

When it comes to jeans, opt for the darkest indigo wash. These tend to be the most flattering and least dated. Also avoid contrasting colors, like adults in navy blue shirts and kids in light blue.

Most importantly, we want everyone to be casual and comfortable in their attire. Make sure each member of the family tries on their outfit before the day of the shoot. Clothing that is too big will appear baggy and sloppy in photos. Clothing that is undersized will bunch or gape. Everyone should be in clothes that feel and look good on the day of the shoot.

 Nicole is a Chicago-based child photographer, family, baby photographer, commercial photographer, specializing in children's photography in Chicago, the Chicago North Shore suburban area and San Diego.

How do I view and purchase my photos?
About two weeks after your photo session, you will receive an email notifying you that your images are ready. A link will be provided that will enable you to view and purchase your images online. Your images will be available for purchase for 60 days from your session date, after this time all un-purchased images will be purged from our files. You may place your order during an in-studio ordering session. Sign up for an ordering session when you sign up for your Mini Session.  Please prepare for your in-studio ordering session by familiarizing yourself with the images in your online gallery.


We offer a variety of items from digital packages to prints, canvases, holiday cards, framing, as well as family photo albums and more.

Click here to see a full rates list and here to view or regular session fee rates.