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Chicago Family Photographer  |  Chicago Family Videographer

Here at Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films we’re all about families! We specialize in every aspect of family portraiture: from documenting your pregnancy to capturing your newborn’s teeny tiny features and all through the years as your family grows. We showcase your family’s unique bond by taking a laid back approach and encouraging you to just be yourselves. At Bum Bul Bee you will find there are no forced poses, we don’t ask you to say cheese. We pride ourselves in making every session fun, filled with lots of laughter and on good days, lots of gorgeous light.

What else should you know about us? We love to be goofy and make faces and tell jokes and laugh a lot. We’ll show your kiddo how to use a camera and even let them snap a few of their own shots. We like juice box breaks. We don’t shoot weddings. But most of all, you should know that we will take the time to get to know you because to us your session is about more than just great photos. It’s about creating images that will be a lifelong keepsake and uniquely you.

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About Bum Bul Bee
Bum Bul Bee Photo + Films is the first media house dedicated solely to families. We offer both custom photography and filmmaking services in the following areas of portraiture: pregnancy, newborn, baby, child and family.
Our custom photography sessions are our most popular service. From the beginning our goal has been to celebrate families by preserving their unique bond with images that are modern, fresh and most of all, an honest portrait of who they are. We do this by getting to know our clients and keeping sessions light and fun. Our style has been described romantic, full of whimsy and on occasion, dramatic.
Our expansion into custom films makes us the first full service production company to cater exclusively to families. While we still love photography, our films capture your memories in motion in a brand new way for the ultimate keepsake experience. Each film has a unique storyline based on your own natural bond. We film on location with a fly-on-the wall presence, allowing you to be you and your film to showcase your family undisturbed. All footage is shot in gorgeous HD, edited in house and synced to music by mainstream and indie artists from SONY, EMI and others. All of our films feature music used with permission.
You may have heard that we don’t shoot weddings. It’s true. For us our focus is families but don’t fret, we know lots of really nice people! So if you are looking for a great wedding photographer or videographer referral, feel free to drop us a line or give us a ring and we can point you in the direction!

Session Details

Every Bum Bul Bee session is carefully crafted to the specific needs of each client. All sessions include a pre-session consultation that helps us determine our client’s style so their custom portraits will fit perfectly in their home. Sessions can be scheduled to take place in our studio or at the location of your choice.
Sessions typically last 1-2 hours, however, we do not have a strict time limit policy. Sometimes we are just having so much fun that the time flies!
Two to three weeks fter your session, you will receive an email containing a private link to your 20-30 image online gallery. We definitely encourage passing the link on to family & friends. It takes at least a week to receive your prints once your order is placed. When orders arrive we personally inspect each item and box them up in our signature boutique packaging before hand delivering them.


Our 2015 family photography session rates are $195. This includes the pre-session consultation, private session for up to 4 people (up to 2 hours), talent, time and online gallery. Session fees are due in full at the booking of your appointment and are non-refundable. Session rates do not include prints.
Our 2015 newborn photography session rates are $250. This includes the pre-session consultation, a mini maternity session (up to 45 min), private session for up to 4 people (up to 4 hours), talent, time, online gallery and 25 complimentary flat birth announcements. Session fees are due in full at the booking of your appointment and are non-refundable. Session rates do not include prints.
Sessions with digital images included are offered on a promotional basis. Please give us a call at 312.841.7427 (PICS) to inquire about our current promotions.
Our 2015 filmmaking services start at $750. This includes the pre-shoot consultation, 2 hours on location for the shoot, all editing (with one extra edit), link to view online and music rights.
Our prints are processed by a professional lab & are printed on gorgeous archival matte paper & start at $45. We offer a variety of products designed to display your new portraits. Including beautiful gallery wraps, custom sizing & mounting, custom framing as well as a huge selection of albums, press books, stationary & much more. This year we are very excited to be the newest vendor of frames from The Organic Bloom, these are amazing hand made creations. We also love doing special orders so just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to make it happen!


In 2014, Wes Xavier was born and lived for 8 glorious days. To celebrate him and honor his short life, 25% of every session will be donated to charity in his honor. The March of Dimes has been selected as this year’s charity.
To share an organization for consideration of donation, please email us at
To read more about Wes on the Huff Post, please click here.

Charitable Bum Bul Bee

As a small business, we feel it’s important to find ways to give back to our community. We frequently donate items to local charity auctions & many of our events are designed to help some of our favorite organizations like the Neighborhood Parents Network and The Lincoln Park Zoo. If you are involved in fundraising or would like to volunteer at one of our events, please contact us via our Contact Page.

The Local Bee

We were inspired by the amazing programs hosted by some of the wonderful organizations we have worked with recently. This & a love of cooking, food, current events, & writing led us to start The Local Bee. The Local Bee is a family friendly blog that will feature recipes, product reviews, some noteworthy news items & all the goings on in the city. With the addition of The Local Bee, we hope Bum Bul Bee will become more than just a great business, we want to be a valuable community resource for all local families.

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"…we hope Bum Bul Bee will become more than just a great business,
we want to be a valuable community resource for all local families."

— Ashbey Riley, Founder