I have a passion for providing my clients with the utmost in quality services as well as images — so I accept a limited number of sessions each month. This allows me to give my couples & families the attention & time they deserve. Please contact me with any session questions you may have.

Please contact me to view a portrait collection guide.

All my portrait collections include access to my online styling tool where you can style your entire family AND order the clothes, right from the comfort of your couch!

I am always up for photographing my families & couples wherever their hearts desire and their love may take them. Please contact me for more information and a custom quote on photography collections for both portrait sessions & weddings over 30 miles from the Crystal Lake, IL area.


What days do you book portraits?

That's a great question! I book my portrait sessions Monday through Friday for the most part. I am a full-time photographer and since I photograph weddings as well as portraits, my weekends tend to be filled with weddings and/or family time! I do offer weekend sessions for outdoor sessions and newborn sessions, and those are first come first serve and weekend rates apply.

What should I wear?

Something that best represents YOUR style! I do include access to my online styling tool where you can select the style, colors and genders, sizes and ages of all session attendees and the styling tool will make suggestions for your entire family! The best part is you can style and order for your entire family right from the comfort of your couch! If you decide to not use the styling tool, please keep a few things in mind -- please avoid any neon colored clothes and graphic tees. When shopping for your outfits, start with one and build from there using colors and patterns from the first outfit. Layers are wonderful and are a great way to add pops of color! If you're going for that light and airy look, I suggest wearing whites, creams, soft pinks, light greys, soft blues and beiges.

What should I bring?

If there are items that are of significance to you and you would like included in your photos, please bring them with! If you have kids, please feel free to bring a cooler with drinks and snacks to keep them hydrated and energized throughout the session.

How soon should I book my newborn session?

The sooner the better! Newborn sessions typically take a little more time and are best done 5-15 days after your baby is born. When you know your due date, please get in touch with me to be sure we get you on my calendar!

When will I receive my images?

My turn-around time for portrait sessions is 1-2 weeks. Be sure to check my Facebook page a day or two after your session as I always post “sneak peeks” to hold you over until you see your final collection of images in your online gallery.

Do you travel?

Sure do! I love to travel- it’s nice to be able to experience different places and new locations! I am available for travel for both weddings and portrait sessions.

Do you carry liability insurance?

I most certainly do. I’m more than happy to provide proof of insurance upon request.

When is payment due?

For portrait sessions, 50% is due at time of booking as a retainer fee. The remaining 50% is due at time of session. All retainers are non-refundable but can be transferred to a future session date and time should you need to reschedule the session.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, checks (written out to Tamara Jaros Photography), Chase Quick-Pay, as well as debit & credit cards. Receipts will be emailed immediately after a payment is received (even if paying with cash).