We are celebrating our 13th year of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Guild #33 Charity Mini Photo Sessions. In the last twelve years, we have raised over $32,000 for OLPH. Please continue to help us make this our best year yet!

Saturday, October 13, 2017 at The Keay Nature Center in Wilmette. As well as a handful of other dates!

Due to the popularity of these charity sessions, there may be a few additional dates and times that open up. We will release these times and dates randomly, so check this website often, for updates. Currently, we have two additional dates with varied times available, that we just added.

The new dates will be posted on the right side of this page, under "Session Dates and Times". See the bottom of the page when viewing on a mobile device.

If you like, you can call or email us to get on the wait list for additional dates that may be added.

PHOTO SESSION LENGTH: Choose a twenty, forty or sixty minute time slot.
PHOTO SESSION LOCATION: The Keay Nature Center in Wilmette
RAIN LOCATION: Nicole Thomas Photography Studio - 1942 Lehigh Ave, Suite D / Glenview IL 60026

DONATE BY CREDIT CARD: Sign up now and pay throught Paypal or using your credit card. Just click "Donate by Credit Card" on the upper right side of the the page.

"Buy Now" option on the side bar. Make sure that you select your session length first. To find out what times are available, please look at the "Available Times" section just below in the right sidebar. We update this section daily.

Or you may stop by our studio to make your donation by check or cash. Checks are payable to: The Women's Club of OLPH Guild #33. Our studio is located at 1942 Lehigh Ave, Suite D / Glenview IL 60026.

Our studio is open Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm. Saturdays vary, as we shoot on-location often. Keep in mind, that most days we are here earlier and later than 9am to 5pm, just give us a call or stop by, if you would like to come earlier or later.

Scheduling Policy: All session fees are a donation to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. If you are unable to make your scheduled session, there are no refunds as this is a donation.

Call us: 847-729-4466
Email us: info@nicolethomas.com
Stop By: 1942 Lehigh Avenue, Suite D / Glenview IL 60026

How does a Mini Session differ from a regular photo session?
The Mini Sessions are twenty minutes in length, while full sessions are sixty to ninety minutes.

What is the cost of a Mini Session?
Twenty minute photo session: $100 donation to OLPH
Forty minute photo session: $175 donation to OLPH
Sixty minute photo session: $250 donation to OLPH 

This is a non-refundable DONATION to OLPH. By comparison, our regular Mini Session price is $265 for one twenty five minute session and $350 for a double (fifty minute) Mini Session.

How much of my session fee goes to Our Lady of Perpetual Help?
100% of your session fee goes directly to OLPH! Sister Paulanne's Needy Children Fund is one of the ways your donation will help.

When does sign-up start for these Mini Sessions? 
Sign-up now! The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get your desired time slot.

Are these photo sessions open to anyone?
These charity mini photo sessions are intended for Our Lady of Perpetual Help parishioners or by invitation from OLPH Women's Guild #33 members.

Nicole Thomas Photography does offer Mini Sessions at various times of the year. Please note that our regular mini session fee is priced higher and varies in length slightly from our OLPH Charity Mini Sessions.

What if I am unable to make my scheduled time slot?
Unfortunately, there will be no make-up dates or refunds, as the session cost is a 100% donation. Please notify us immediately if you are having a conflict with your scheduled time so we can attempt to reschedule you. There will be a $50 charge.

What to wear?
Select clothing that’s 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 and magenta. Try pairing these colors with neutrals like charcoal gray, navy, and tan. Avoid black and white as they do not photograph well. Denim can also act as a neutral.

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 corduroy, tweed, herringbone, cashmere, wool or chambray, have great texture and are excellent choices.

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 timeless. Also, avoid contrasting colors, like adults in navy blue shirts and kids in light blue.

Most importantly, we want everyone to be 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 that way in the images.  Everyone should be in clothing that they look and feel good in on the day of the shoot.

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 for viewing. A link will be provided which will enable you to view 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. Book your ordering session when you sign up for your Mini Session. To view rates for prints and other products, click here.

Please prepare for your in-studio ordering session by familiarizing yourself with the images in your online gallery.

How long will will my images be available for purchase?
Images will be available for purchase for sixty days from your session date.

Can I use an image from our Mini Session for a holiday card?
Absolutely!  You may order loose prints which can be inserted into photo cards or choose a press-printed folded card option, where the image is printed directly onto a heavy card stock. These cards also allow for a small image on the back of the card for an extra touch. Or purchase a digital package, where you will have the ability to make your own holiday card. 

Holiday Cards are our thing! We have tons of amazing cards to choose from and a variety of additional options, such as return address imprinting, envelope lining, and French or Swiss envelopes.

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

Basic Print Pricing
5x7 $55
8x10 $85
11x14 $135
16x20 $200
20x24 $285
20x30 $349

20% off print pricing, when you order three or more of the same image.

Digital Packages
10 Image Digital Package - Includes ten retouched digital images in high resolution. $850
20 Image Digital Package - Includes twenty retouched digital images in high resolution. $1100
30 Image Digital Package - Includes thirty retouched digital images in high resolution. $1500

When you purchase digital images, the images are yours to use online or in social media, you can print your images, or even share them with others. All images are delivered to you retouched and in high-resolution. You will also enjoy 50% off of our print pricing, 40% off of our gallery wraps and 30% off of our framing for any images that you order digitally.

Link to Nicole Thomas Photography Rates Page

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Choose a 20, 40 or 60 minute photo session.

1. Choose desired session length above
2. Click "BUY NOW"
3. Follow Paypal steps to make donation
4. Email us info@nicolethomas.com your desired time.  See below for available times. We will do our best to accommodate. Please list several options if possible.

Sign up at our Glenview studio. You can drop off a check during business hours, or use our mail slot to drop off a check anytime. Please make your check payable to the Women's Club of OLPH. 

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UPDATED: 10/11/18 at 11:24am

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Keay Nature Center in Wilmette
8:30-8:55 (20 min) BOOKED
8:55-9:15 (20 min) BOOKED
9:15-9:55 (40 min) PENDING
10:00-11:40 (40 min) BOOKED
10:40-11:00 (20 min) BOOKED
11:05-11:25 (20 min) BOOKED
11:25-11:45 (20 min) BOOKED
11:45-12:05 (20 min) BOOKED
12:05-12:25 (20 min) BOOKED
1:05-1:25 (20 min) BOOKED
1:30-2:10 (40 min) BOOKED
1:45-2:05 (20min ) BOOKED
2:15-2:35 (20 min) BOOKED
2:45-3:05 (20 min) BOOKED
3:05-3:45 (20/40 min) AVAILABLE

3:55-4:15 (20 min) BOOKED
4:20-4:40 (20/40/60 min) BOOKED
4:40-5:00 (20 min) BOOKED
5:20 End of optimal light

Friday, June 15, 2018
Gillson Beach in Wilmette
5:00-5:20 (20 min) BOOKED

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Gillson Beach in Wilmette
12:00-12:20 (20 min) BOOKED

Saturday, September 29, 2018
The Keay Nature Center in Wilmette
9:10-9:30 (20 min) BOOKED

We encourage you to book a 40 or 60 minute session, especially if you have multiple children and / or a dog. You may choose multiple 20 minute sessions in a row, if you would like to book 40 or 60 minutes.

If you would like to bring your dog, please give us a heads up :)

Dog Friendly Locations:
Nicole Thomas Photography Studio
Gallery Park 
The Keay Nature Center
Rosewood Woods & Park *
*The park area is dog friendly, the beach/woods are not dog friendly.