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jean lachat photography
photographs that capture the spirit of the soul.

specializing in maternity, infant, & children
lifestyle portraiture
senior portraits
event photography of all types
editorial and corporate photography

featuring: storybooks, posters, photo boxes and scrapbook pages, and other really cool photographic display items!

booking beautiful fall family and senior portraits NOW!
call today for the best dates!


my individual portrait visits are designed to go beyond the expected and capture true moments and the personality of my subject, whether it be an infant, or a couple celebrating their golden wedding anniversary! the very same is true for my family portrait visits… I encourage you to choose the place you are most “at-home,” where you can relax and enjoy the experience in a setting that allows everyone to be just as they are!

whether that means relaxing in your home or yard, playing with your kids in your neighborhood park, during your daughter's birthday or at your parent's anniversary party… a family bbq, your son's football homecoming, a shopping trip with your teenager, or in your bedroom with your new baby, doesn’t matter! your own portrait visit will be as unique and wonderful as you are!

visits normally last about an hour, but can be less or more depending on the subject. storybooks, albums and print sizes from 4x6 to 40x50 are available! I offer traditional, canvas and painterly portraits. Gorgeous!

here's me: I am an award-winning photojournalist at the Chicago Sun-Times with almost 25 (yikes!) years of professional experience photographing people with an open heart and lots of personality! I love what I do, and I especially enjoy meeting and photographing the beauty in kids of all ages. Capturing family moments at events is also incredibly special, because it allows me a chance to not only become part of that family's history, but also to record those moments for future generations!

I constantly strive to produce images that reflect the nuances of a moment with a lot of spirit and a heavy dose of personality!!

"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light."
Matthew 6:22


The BEST place for girl's custom birthday parties!

Polka Dots & Ponytails is located in the historic Trolley Barn in downtown Frankfort, IL.

Professional, award-winning photography at your daughter's birthday. Only $30 for photos that are guaranteed for a lifetime! Full range of custom invitations, thank-yous, storybooks, posters, magazine covers, mugs, t-shirts and more available!

Mention the jean lachat photography website and receive a FREE 8x10 print from your daughter's party! Offer good through October 31st!

where little girls experience a dream birthday party!! choose from different themes such as Celebrity Diva, Posh Spa and Glama-Jama, and enjoy dress-up, hair and nail treatments, crafts and more!! Every party is special and customized for your little princess! Great for Girl Scout troop badges of all kinds, too!!

If you are looking for your fab photos from Polka Dots, you will find your gallery in the polka dots & ponytails category below!

the leah project.
~ love everything about her.

becoming a single mom certainly has its challenges.

by the grace of God, I am blessed with friends and family whose generosity and selflessness made my life easier as I transitioned through adversity and into a better place.

now it's my turn to give back.

for a few hours a month in my home studio in mokena, I will photograph single parents and their children for a nominal fee. whether you are divorced, widowed or never been married makes no difference.

for just a $35 sitting fee, you will receive an 8x10 portrait, and a chance to view and purchase additional photographs through the leah project.

if you are a single parent in need a "new" family portrait, call for an appointment with the leah project: 708-293.7269

appointment times are now being accepted for April 9th from 4:30-6:30PM.

$10 from each leah project portrait will be donated to the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a local organization that offers shelter and assistance to battered women and children.