Even though your little ham loves the camera, you usually end up with too-much-action shots (a.k.a. midcartwheel) or deer-in-headlights poses (see: borderline-horrified expression for preschool picture).
Find a happy medium at the Ravenswood photo studio shared by Rebecca E. Eden and Shalimar Beekman.
Both are moms known for capturing children in happy, relaxed moments. Their secret: having lots of open space and using natural light.
On one side of their workspace is a high-design reception area with Louis-style chairs, white furniture, and pops of green and yellow. The other side is where the two shutterbugs play with the shadows and sunbeams that spill through floor-to-ceiling windows, resulting in beautifully simple snaps. Eden and Beekman work on alternate days and book their own schedules.
Their similar sensibilities and sunny dispositions left us all smiles.
The studio is located at 4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, at Irving Park Road. For Rebecca E. Eden, call 312-505-0355 or go to rebeccaeedenphotography.com; sessions are $263. For Shalimar Beekman, call 773-230-5441 or go to shalimarbphotography.com; sessions are $185-$250.
Kindergarten Boot Camp
What: School-choice consultant Christine Whitley trains you on the application process for Chicago Public Schools during a group workshop.
Why: Make sure your paperwork is shipshape.
When: Sept. 10 & 13, 10 a.m.
Where: Margate Park Field House, 4921 N. Marine Dr., at Margate Terr. To register, call 312-218-0329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $30 per family.
Disney on Ice Presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
What: Everyone’s favorite mouse duo straps on skates for a show charting their travels to London, Hawaii, and the African Pride Lands.
Why: Ariel, Simba, Peter Pan, and Goofy also glide into the picture.
When: Sept. 7-11.
Where: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., at Damen Ave. Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $13-$70.
Bristol Renaissance Faire
What: Step into your time machine (a.k.a. family car) for a trip to Queen Elizabeth-era England, complete with costumed characters, juggling shows, jousting, games, face painting, and giant turkey legs.
Why: It’s the one place on Earth where pretending you’re a pirate is totally acceptable.
When: Sat.-Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Off I-94, at the Ill./Wis. border. Info at 847-395-7773. Tickets online (adults and teens, $18; kids ages 5-12, $8.50) at renfair.com or at the door (adults and teens, $20; kids ages 5-12, $9.50; under 5, free).
Photo: Dan Bartel / Courtesy of Rebecca E. Eden and Shalimar Beekman