– Portraits –

Life's Most Significant Moments Tailored Just For You

The Carrs Photography is an editorial wedding photography studio specializing in documenting fine weddings in Chicago, Dayton, and Worldwide

Close your eyes and picture this…  You are sitting in a cozy living room, the warm afternoon sun glowing through the windows, wet condensation of your icy drink trickles down the side of your glass onto the coffee table, feet kicked up and you are relaxing. Sounds wonderful right? At that same moment, someone could look into the room and see a bigger picture, something so much more…special. They would see grandfather, large hands accustomed to hard labor, gently holding a seven pound newborn on his broad shoulders. A three year old stacks wooden blocks into a tall tower… which he has no choice but to plow over with a great “Hurrah!” A daughter, a wife, all relaxed, watching with smiles and laughter at the simplest actions of both children.

Someone should take a picture of this! These precious, fleeting moments are a blip in time, and yet they are treasured memories for children, parents and grandparents.

We cherish the small things in life. The imperfect humor of a screaming newborn, the beautiful chaos of tossed hair in the wind during an embrace, or the smirk of a high school senior who is about to take on the world.

WE ARE STORYTELLERS EQUIPPED WITH CAMERAS, SEEKING TO UNCOVER WHAT MAKES YOU… YOU!

Take some time to check us out and scroll through all the awesome the info below. When you are ready to book your session, give us a call or send an email and we will take it from there.

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Whether you are a senior looking for killer portraits to showoff to all of your friends, or a mom with the most adorable children who is looking for portraits to capture their personality in a unique and timeless way, then we are glad you found The Carrs! As a full service photography studio, our team will help guide you through the process of picking the perfect outfit to highlight your personality, choosing the best images for your home, or creating albums that will be treasured for years to come.

PORTRAIT COLLECTIONS BEGIN AT $750

45+ Minute Session   |   Custom Print Credit   |   Studio Proofing & Ordering Session

Session Fee   |  Unlimited Outfits   |   Image Reveal At Our Fabulous Studio

Portrait sessions can be tailored specifically to meet your needs. Collections range from in-studio, on location, or any destination of your choosing.

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Stunning beyond measure, the true treasure of your portrait session is the creation of stunning, ready to hang, custom portraits to display in your home. The Carrs Photography is proud to offer unique choices to ease you into beautiful, decorative art that will remain a joy for years to come.

While our studio offers three basic options for displaying your images, we also create custom portraits to your size needs and specifications, including square and large sizes, as well as your choice of color or black and white images. To polish off your selection of Art Prints, we offer hand finished, painted wood frames designed to enhance and elevate your gorgeous art.

FINE ART DISPLAY OPTIONS

Framed Art Prints   |   Gallery Wrap Canvases   |   Matted Prints

Because a part of the custom service we offer is to assist in creating interesting and unique displays for your home, our creative team will help plan your wall galleries with your favorite images, coupled with frames, mounted images, or museum wrap canvases. Regardless your need or decor, our goal is to provide customers with images as dynamic and original as our clients.

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WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL PORTRAIT SESSION LIKE?

The goal of portrait photography is to draw out the personality of the subject. So this means each session is as unique as the people we photograph. Most of our sessions start in our gorgeous new downtown studio. Here Michael is able to prepare and focus entirely on capturing amazing images that you will love. If the weather cooperates we have been known to wonder up to our private rooftop or to walk out our front door to some of our favorite downtown locations.

During the shoot we will capture images that range from beautiful smiles to running into the setting sun! In the end you will be left with a collection of images that showcase personality, emotion, and truly document the hear and now.


HOW MUCH SHOULD I PLAN ON SPENDING?

While we do no require a minimum purchase amount, our client’s reserve on average $600-1400. Beautiful coffee table albums, custom wall art and digital images are the most popular options with Print Collections starting at $495 and individual digital images at $95.


WHAT DOES THE SESSION FEE NOT INCLUDE?

All products are purchased separately from the session fee (example… digital images, prints, albums)


DO YOU TRAVEL FOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS?

Each year we have the opportunity to travel all around the country photographing weddings and portraits. If you are interested in planning an extra special “out of this world” session contact us with your vision and we would love to work to transform that into reality. For destination portraits, airfare, lodging and a rental car for the photographer(s) are included.


HOW DO I GO ABOUT BOOKING THE CARRS FOR PORTRAITS?

Give us a call at the studio: 937.802.5422 or simply shoot us an email through our contact form. We take bookings on a first-come, first-served basis. Each booking requires a signed agreement and a retainer fee to reserve your date. The remaining balance is due one week prior to your portrait date.


WHO WILL PHOTOGRAPH MY PORTRAITS?

We have cultivated a team of professional photographers that you may choose from during the booking process. Each photographer has immense experience in the wedding and portrait industry. Whether your decision is based upon style, availability, personality, or budget, we want to make sure you choose the best photographer for your needs.


AFTER OUR PORTRAITS HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO VIEW OUR PHOTOS? 

Based on availability, The Carrs will contact you to schedule your Order Premier within 2-4 weeks of your portrait session. At that time, you will be able to view the images from your session and place a print/album order.


WHAT METHOD OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

We accept all major credit cards, checks, or cash.  


WHY SHOULD WE INVEST IN AN ALBUM?

Ultimately, the images taken for your portraits are so much more than just documentation. It shares your images in a more storytelling way, bound in beautiful book . We believe it is meant to be shared and experienced with others for years to come. It’s easy to get lost in the digital age where most images never leave our computer screens and hard drives. While that is nice to have, nothing compares to the experience of holding a photograph in your hand. With the turn of each page of your album, you not only feel a connection to your images, but it is a memory come to life. It is YOUR story, your biggest life events, told through the beauty of photographs. 

WHAT DO YOUR ALBUMS LOOK LIKE?

Our albums are handmade in the USA.  Composed of the finest materials, we are in love with each finished book that passes through our doors.


WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR CAMERA BREAKS AT MY SESSION?

We shoot with professional-grade Canon camera bodies and lenses.  We show up to every event with backups for all our gear.  The last thing he wants to worry about is dropping a camera, but if it happens, he has another one ready to go.  Don’t worry!


DO YOU OFFER ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Yes, we love engagement sessions! It’s such a great way to get to know each other and so much fun. It offers the opportunity for you to become more comfortable with us and also provides good practice for your big day if you’re camera shy!


WHAT IS A SESSION FEE?

The session fee pays for the photographer’s time during your portrait session. This fee is due at the time of booking.


HOW DO WE USE OUR PRODUCT CREDIT?

All of our portrait collections include varying amounts of product credits that you may apply towards any of our products during your Order Premier. All products are offered a la carte to allow for you to customize which products best fit your needs and will look the best in your home.


WHAT IS AN ORDER PREMIER?

The Order Premier is a special session in our studio when you will get to see your beautiful images for the first time. We love offering this complimentary Order Premier to help walk you through all the products we offer (prints, canvases, albums) and help you decide which ones are perfect for your home. All of our products are sold a la carte in order to allow you to choose if you want to buy all the photos you see or just a handful of your favorites. Our clients spend an average of $500. After the Order Premier, any unordered images will not be saved.


WHAT PRINT PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER?

Here’s a list of must-haves that I stand behind for sharing your story:

Handmade Flushmount Albums

Event Books [Great for parents, your annual portrait session, or gifts]

Unbound Albums

Gallery Wrap Canvases

Framed Art Prints

Matted Prints

Save-The-Date / Thank-You’s / Holiday Cards