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Fall + Winter 2010 | New pricing & Promotions!

20 Jul

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of the whole blogging thing. I’ve been keeping super busy which I am completely grateful for! Thanks to each and everyone of you guys for the constant support of Stephanie Pana Photography. It’s already taken off so well, I can’t wait to see what the future holds 🙂

Speaking of the future, it is already time to start thinking of the Fall and yes Winter/Holiday time! Call me crazy but it is my favorite time of the year! Currently, I am booked up through August but have availability as soon as September 1st! Along with this, I have done a little “rearranging” of sorts…

New pricing debuted today! I have consolidated things and made it a bit easier to follow! I currently offer the following:

The Basic Session $175

  • 1-2 hour session on location(s)
  • Allows for up to two people ($25 per additional person)
  • Up to four outfit changes ($25 per additional outfit)
  • A Private Online Gallery of 20-30 images
  • A Portrait CD of all 20-30 images selected by the photographer. Images will be in both color + black and white. Copyrights to these images are also given to allow for personal usage and prints.

The Family Session $225

  • 1-2 hour session on location
  • Allows up to 5 people ($25 per additional person / max 8 people)
  • One additional outfit change for each person
  • A Private Online Gallery of 20-30 images
  • A Portrait CD of all 20-30 images selected by the photographer. Images will be in both color + black and white. Copyrights to these images are also given to allow for personal usage and prints.

The Before & After Session $375

  • A Full 1-2 hour Maternity Session + 3-4 hour Newborn Session
  • Allows for 3 people ($25 per additional person)
  • 3 outfits (Maternity Session) / One extra outfit (Newborn)
  • A Private Online Gallery of 20-30 images for EACH session
  • 2 Portrait CD’s each containing 20-30 images from EACH session, selected by the photographer. Images will be in both color + black and white. Copyrights to these images are also given to allow for personal usage and prints.

**Individual Maternity or Newborn sessions offered *please ask for pricing*

The new sessions are more packages in a whole now that you also receive the Portrait CD automatically. It’s been such a hit with all of my clients that I gave an extra $25 discount on all the session fees which brings you to the pricing you see above! This is all on the website:

I am also going to be running a few small promotions through out the next few months. My main special is going to be something called “Fall Into The Season – Mini Sessions” Quick, fun sessions at a discounted price! Here’s a bit more detail…

Fall Into The Season: Mini Sessions $100

One hour. One person. One outfit. One location. One great experience!

Clients will also receive a Portrait CD of 10-15 post processed images in both color + black and white, selected by the photographer. This disc also features the full copyrights to the selected images for usage to make your own personal prints!

The Mini Sessions are a great benefit for those just needing basic updated photos or maybe you’re on a budget and would still like to get a great session! These are also great for the little ones who usually only like to be in front of the camera for short amounts of time!


I hope to throw a few more promotions in the next few months especially so for my clients that are referring me to others. I will show the love and appreciate in someway – I promise you! Till then, visit for all the above details and send a message my way if you’re interested in booking a session!

Thanks so much guys for a great summer so far! You’ve all made my dreams come true and I owe it to you! Here’s to another great season ahead!

A little explanation | Stephanie Pana | Orland Park Photographer

31 May

Everyone has their own specific style, correct? I know I’ve fallen into my habits and techniques of how I do things. The thing is, it didn’t all come naturally. I am inspired by everyday things – texture, color, sunlight, movement, etc. When I am photographing someone I try my hardest to look at a spot and imagine the image in my head before it’s even in front of me. Taking the photo is one half but most people (non-photographers) don’t fathom what goes on after the session is over and I’m up till 5am editing my photos.

I suppose I’d like to cover my top favorite techniques that qualify under my “style” of photography…Keep in mind all of these ideas are meant to inspire. I’ve studied so many other inspirational photographers images and read tons of articles/blogs/forums to really understand the look I am trying to achieve. I am in no way at the point where I’d like to be, but I appreciated the help when I was starting out. That’s what I am here to do for you, whoever “you” are 🙂

Backlighting / Lens Flares:

I have been such a sucker for backlighting recently. I am always practicing with it every chance I get. It’s something new for me but something fresh and I feel it adds such a warm feeling to an image. I’ve seen so many photographers use this technique and I feel it adds something really unique  to the image itself and it’s honestly so simple. As I mentioned before, I am not the best at this technique yet but what I’ve found to help me is coming from a low angle so the sun is coming from one of the upper corners. Obviously we want to make sure we keep our subject well exposed, so make sure your focus point is on the subject them self. Try to preview this in your head prior to the shot. Where you’d like the light to come in and how much of it do you want to show. It’s a lot and I mean a lot of trial and error but once you get that “shot”…it’s such a good feeling!


I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed messing around with angles. I was so used to straight lines and everything being lined up ever so perfectly. It didn’t feel like me anymore. I needed something new so I began messing with angles. Now angles can be a great thing, but only to a certain extent. First, you need to make sure the angle is flowing with the subject and scenery around you. You want the angle of the photograph to help ease the eye across the image creating something easy to look at and understand. Use what you have around you and work with it. Nature allows so much creativity. Hence why I love being a natural light/on-location photographer. There is an endless amount of things you can play around with!

Low F Stop:

I am sure many of you can see the familiar “blurry” or “creamy” background I display in many of my images here recently. Thank you to my 50mm f/1.8, I am able to create this effect but sometimes it’s not very easy! The key to this is all about your focus points. Still to this day, I have problems with making sure everything I want in focus IS in focus. A lot of fuzziness can happen with these smaller f-stops but the outcome can play such a great effect on your images! My tactic is to always make sure I am well focused before shooting. I also feel I get the best bokeh when in a shaded area with not too much harsh lighting. My final tip is to make sure you also know how to use the manual focus. I tend to only use this for close up shots but it really helps me get right on key to where I need to focus my image.

Shooting in RAW + Photoshop + Actions

My final technique can be combined into one segment. For just about the past year, I converted over to shooting in RAW vs. JPEG. Lots of “controversy” with that but that is not anything I’d like to go into. I have my preferences and I feel RAW gives me so much more room to work with an image. You can capture and fix so many other details in an image and truly tweek it into something customized that you will love. My favorite things to do to my images is mess with the clarity, vibrance and vignette. Once my image enters into photoshop everything is all about the actions. Actions save me so much time and create some truly beautiful effects! My one action I will forever use on EVERY single image is CoffeeShop Perfect Portrait which just emphasizes the portrait itself down from softening skin, defining, sharpening, color, etc. It is a must for every image and I highly suggest you use it! The rest of my actions are used for web/portfolio purposes. I’ve gotten many off of + Sadly, I do not remember all of the sites I got most of my actions from but heres a couple:

There are so many incredible resources out there for photographers. It’s all about research and inspiration and using it to your best ability. But always remember to turn everything into your own. This genre of art is so rewarding. I hope to keep you guys updated with more behind the scenes from my sessions, etc! Please let me know if you’d like to know anything in particular! Also, feel free to subscribe to the blog via email 🙂

Miss Jessica | May 23, 2010 | Stephanie Pana Photography

24 May

Jessica was such an incredible person inside and out. She had a great presence about her as we took her photos. She brings a sense of true natural beauty especially through her eyes! This was her first time doing any type of modeling and I think she did wonderfully! Thank you to Jessica & The Alatorre Family for the constant support and help. Can’t wait to see you all again 🙂


The Villari Family | May 2010 | Stephanie Pana Photography

7 May

My first session since returning home was this lovely family. I have know Tracey since I was a kid when she first started teaching me dance. How incredible is life that I got to photograph her children as an adult. She is a wonderful person and deserves every bit of happiness. Thank you to both Tracey & Brian for letting me do this for them. Such a great family!

What incredible kids you are just blessed with! I can’t ever thank you enough for letting me do this for you. What a beautiful family. Inside & out! Enjoy 🙂

Ericka L. | May 2010 | Stephanie Pana Photography

7 May

I have had two incredible sessions since I’ve been back home and they have been outstanding! Perfect weather and perfect locations. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! First preview is of Miss Ericka. She is an old friend of mine who I had the wonderful pleasure of photographing.  This location was so amazing. Just filled with TONS and I means tons of spots to capture some pretty great images. Take a look!

Ericka was by far one of the best models I’ve had so far! She was up for anything and everything! Such a great person who is always so gracious and you can see that in every image. Thank you Ericka, and enjoy your preview!

A new purchase! | Stephanie Pana Photography | 2010

3 May

I just purchased a lovely new green chair from a local antique shop! It was so exciting walking around this place and being tempted to take home everything in sight! I also purchased a small blue stool for the little ones to use. I cannot wait to put these to use!