A less-than-satisfactory photo session experienced by Just Peachy Photography founder Erika Williams after her twins were born led her to delve into the world of photography. This experience is also responsible for birth of her business in 2010, which is based in historic downtown Palatine.
Once she made the choice to start her own photography business, Williams dedicated her time to learning the technical side of her craft. She attended dozens of classes and workshops as she continued to perfect her art – photographing expectant mothers, newborns, toddlers, and families.
“I wanted to ensure that someone’s first portrait photography experience was an amazing one they would remember fondly and want to do again,” Williams says. “I want to create art that families will cherish for years to come.”
As the mother of four boys, 10-year-old twins, a 7-year-old and a 1-year-old, Williams is passionate about capturing the fleeting moments of life at precious, early ages of her subjects. She specializes in newborn and baby custom portraiture, but her offerings also include maternity, children and family sessions. Additionally, she photographs smaller events such as showers, birthday and anniversary parties, corporate events and reunions of up to 100 people.
Her studio is located in downtown Palatine in the old firehouse building at 117 W. Slade Street #2. She describes the space as private and personal, with an intimate feel, which fits the experience she is striving to give to her clients.
The studio is mainly used for newborns and babies under the age of one, but Williams can also photograph children and smaller size families, as well as her maternity clients at the location. Clients can also be photographed outdoors, in their own homes or other locations of their choice.
A special and artistic element added to Williams’ work is the use of unique props and textured materials. She describes her style as organic, natural and classic. Prospective clients are invited to visit the studio prior to booking an appointment to see the space and determine what options are available to them.
Just Peachy Photography offers both petite and full sessions, while also hosting themed ‘mini session’ events throughout the year. Mini sessions are shorter than regular sessions, and are available by appointment only. This niche service allows for perspective clients to ‘try out’ Williams’ services before signing up for regular sessions. According to Williams, they are also a great option for clients who want to update family pictures throughout the year. Williams hosts two family mini sessions during the year – one in the summer and one in the fall. A free mini session will also be held each July to celebrate the studio’s anniversary at their current location.
Free Halloween mini sessions are also held to benefit the Palatine Township Food Pantry, where participants can bring five canned or boxed items in exchange for a portrait session at no cost. This year, this mini session will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Appointments are in five-minute increments. In order to receive a free mini session, registration is required and spots are open until they are filled; a portrait agreement must be completed out as well. Information can be found on the studio’s Facebook page: search: Just Peachy Photography, and on the website justpeachyphotog.com, listed under the ‘Information’ tab by clicking ‘Special Events’. Those who are signed up for the newsletter will receive information about the mini session as well as a list of needed items for the Food Pantry. Individuals can sign up for the newsletter on the website as well.
In June of 2017, Just Peachy Photography was recognized by Expertise Website as one of the top 17 maternity photographers in the Chicago, area out of 622 photographers. Maternity photographers were critiqued on more than 25 variables in five different categories, including reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism, as a way to help connect people with the best local expert photographers available.
For more information about Just Peachy Photography, to schedule a booking or to view Williams’ work, visit justpeachyphotog.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 224-801-1680.