Bar/Bat Mitzvah Photography Susan Ryan Kalina

Hi! I am Susan Ryan Kalina. I am a Deerfield mom of three beautiful girls. I love to read, binge watch Netflix, wander art galleries and have adventures. I have already hosted one child's bat mitzvah and am in the midst of planning my second child's big day. I am a former photojournalist who started photographing families and events fourteen years ago when I quit my job as a photo editor at The Chicago Tribune.

I added bar and bat mitzvahs to my business a few years ago when friends and acquaintances kept asking me. Once I started photographing them, I was hooked! Being a former photojournalist, I LOVE the opportunity to tell the story of your day with photography. My speciality is capturing all the little moments that make up your day. I look for body language, gestures, smiles, and even tears. Anything that conveys the emotion of the day. I want you to look at my photos and be transported back to this momentous day in your child's life.

Basic Photography Package - $1950

* Up to five hours of event photography. (This is ideal for a four hour event. I get there a little early to shoot room details, as well as capture a family portrait before the party starts.)

* One hour of temple portraits

* Downloadable link with lightly edited digital files

* Online preview and gallery for two weeks. Prints can be purchased in this gallery.

* Event pricing for prints

* In-person consultation/ordering session after the event (any wall art or album orders are expected to be finalized at this session)

Sales Tax will be added to any order that includes physical products. There is a $75 travel charge for each shoot located more than 20 miles from 60015.

Do you know you want a coffee table book or fine art album? If so, I offer a discount for pre-ordering.

* Basic Package ($1950) plus a 20 spread, 40 page 10x10 Coffee Table Book ($585 value) is normally $2535. If you pre-purchase the book with the Basic Package it's $2477 total. Extra pages in the Coffee Table book are $10 per spread.

* Basic Package ($1950) plus 20 spread, 40 page 10x10 Heirloom Album ($1049 value) is $2999. If you pre-purchase the Heirloom Album with the Basic Package it's $2895 total. Extra pages in the Heirloom Album are $15 per spread.


* Additional time: $300 an hour

* Additional photographer: $100 an hour

* Mitzvah Child Pre-Shoot, 60 minutes, in the North Shore area: $300

* Mitzvah Child Pre-Shoot plus Guest Sign In Book from Pre-Shoot (20 page 8x10 Coffee Table Book): $550

* 10x10, 40 page Coffee Table Book: $585. Additional pages may be added at $10 per spread, in increments of 5 spreads.

* 10x10, 40 page Custom Heirloom Album: $1049. Additional pages may be added at $15 per spread, in increments of 5 spreads.

* Replica 10x10, 40 page Coffee Table Book for Grandparents: $292 each

* Replica 10x10, 40 page Heirloom Album for Grandparents: $470 each

* Grandparent 8x8, 20 page Coffee Table Book for Grandparents, original design: $450 (only available after a 10x10 Coffee Table or Heirloom Album has been purchased)

Would you like to see some more examples of my bar mitzvah photography? Click here, here and here.

Would you like to see a couple highlight slideshows? Click here and here.

Ready to Book?

Let's talk! Email me at , call me at 773 510 7105, or go to my website here and click on the "inquire" button.  Let's discuss your event, I'll check my schedule and hopefully move forward. I am happy to meet with you in Deerfield if you would like a no-obligation, pre-consult in person. When you are ready, I will send you a contract and an invoice. Once the contract is signed (electronically) and the $600 deposit is paid, it's official! I do not hold dates until the contract is signed and the deposit is paid.

A few weeks before your event I will send you a questionnaire so you can make sure I know all the family and friends you would like me to focus on at the event. You will tell me what groupings you would like for portraits. I will also find out any special details about your occasion that you want to make sure I capture.

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