Sunday, October 4th, 2009...4:50 pm

4th Annual Halloween Costume Contest & Fundraiser


This is my favorite time of year!  Trees changing color, brisk breezes blowing in, layering up with sweaters, going to football games, apples and pumpkin festivals and of course Halloween.  Probably because it’s so focused on kids and creativity, Halloween is a kids photographer’s dream holiday.  As usual, we will be participating in the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce’s Safe Trick or Treating event on Saturday, October 31st with our annual Halloween Costume Contest & Fundraiser.

Though the LSCC event runs from 10 am to 4 pm, our costume contest will be from 11 am to 4 pm.  In years past we have had anywhere from 50 to 100 kids on a First Come First Served basis.  For a $20 cash donation per child ($10 for each sibling past the first child), we will photograph each participating child INDIVIDUALLY.  We snap a few images of each child, and then submit them in an online gallery to three judges who will help us to select the winners of three categories: Cutest, Scariest and Most Original. Each child will receive a complimentary 5×7 portrait from jookie that can be picked up a few weeks after the contest.

And there are prizes of course!  So far we have two awesome prizes confirmed:  A class at Old Town School of Folk Music and a Standard Party package from Chicago Music Videos.  These prizes are both donated respectively by Old Town School of Folk Music and Peeka Productions.  A big thank you to them for their fantastic prize donations!

Check out last year’s contest here!

As always, one hundred percent of your cash donations will be benefiting a kids’ charity and this year it is for Saving tiny Hearts Society.  We have gotten to know this terrific organization through two wonderful families.  One of the moms of these families is a long-time client who introduced us to tiny Hearts by asking us to donate to the amazing gala that they hold every year.  The money they raise goes toward sadly under-funded, life-saving research of congenital heart defects, America’s number one birth defect.

The other family we also got to know as clients, as they first came to us to celebrate their first child with a maternity session.  They later brought back their adorable son Colin to share with me as well.  You can read about their story here on the Saving tiny Hearts website.  Needless to say, Colin is so amazing!  He had his first surgery at only 5 days old and then another one at 4 months old.  With the joy and energy he plays and learns with, you would never know this little guy had gone through such an incredible journey at so young an age.  Here are a few images of Colin from just a little guy to the big guy (and now big brother!) he has become.