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 September session.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017 at Gillson Beach in Wilmette
The rain date is Friday, June 16, 2017 at Gillson Beach.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 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 here to sign up. You may also sign up at Ronald Knox night, Friday, March 17, 2017.  Or call or email us at 847-729-4466 /

Drop off a check for either $100, $175 or $250, at the business center at Knox Montessori.

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

May I book multiple Mini Sessions together?
You may book more than one session, in fact, it is recommended that you book a double (forth-minute) session if you have more than one child. 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?
Call our studio at 847-729-4466 or stop by to sign up. You may also sign up at Knox Night on Friday, March 17, 2016. There are limited openings! The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get your desired time slot.  Nicole Thomas Photography, Ltd. is located at 1942 Lehigh Ave / Suite D, Glenview IL 60026.

How do I sign up for a Mini Session?
To sign up for a Ronald Knox Charity Mini Session, either call Nicole Thomas Photography at 847-729-4466 or click here.  We also ask that you please drop off in the business office at Knox Montessori.

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 offer 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 and 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 which 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.

How long will my images remain online?
Your images will be posted on a web page gallery for sixty days from your session date.

 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.

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

5x7 $55
8x10 $85
11x14 $135
16x20 $200
20x24 $285

We offer a variety of digital packages. Digital packages allow you to

Can I use an image from our Knox Charity Mini Session for a holiday card?
We have endless options when it comes to holiday cards. If you can dream it up we can do it. Flat cards, folded cards, tri-folds, and so on. We even offer "classic" holiday cards. Cards that have a photographic print mounted on top of the card.

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