For the months of September and October, Burdick & Lee Gallery  celebrates Family Portrait Month.  Every year, we join the Professional Photographers of America and PPA Charities to help benefit Operation Smile.  Operation Smile is a charity organization healing children’s smiles, making the world a better place.  During the months of September and October we’ll donate 1/2 of your $99 sitting fee to Operation Smile.  Also, as our gift to you, when you place your order for your Christmas cards during September and October, we’ll give you 20% off your Christmas card order.

Fall is an amazing time for Family Portraits. They make great Christmas gifts for grandparents, parents, and children going off to school.

Our session times are booking up quick. Call and make an appointment for your session TODAY!!  847-874-8976

  • November 26, 2011 - 7:57 pm

    Deb McDonald - What a great way to celebrate the holiday, a charity that makes such a difference. Great way to help the before and after pictures are very compelling. Thank You.

  • January 6, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Joni Schrantz - Great to see a photographer making a difference. Thank you!

We’re always on the lookout for helpful hints or tips for clients of ours who are new parents!  Nothing compares to cradling your first newborn baby in your arms. It’s a memorable moment you’ll never forget. Though holding a newborn never grows tiring, there are other parts of parenting such as nursing and colic that can be a challenge.   We ran across these iOS apps that will be sure to make your life a little easier, if not less sleepless!



Baby Shusher ($4.99)

Baby Shusher is an app to help calm your fussy baby. It uses a quiet shushing sound that mimics the sound of the womb. There’s a timer that lets you “shush” for up to 8 hours and an equalizer that adjusts the volume according to your baby’s cries. The latest version of the app adds in support for forums so you can share your experiences with other moms. Baby Shusher requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with the iPhone, 4G iPod Touch (NOT 2G or 3G iPod Touch) and iPad.



Baby Geek ($0.99)

Raising a newborn is a science. You have to watch its weight, count its diapers and keep track of its sleep. Once your child begins to grow, you’ll want to record milestones both for medical reasons and posterity sake. To help with this technical part of child rearing, you’ll want to check out Baby Geek. Baby Geek is a logging and analysis app custom-made for tracking babies up to age 3. Besides tracking your baby, Baby Geek also has a syncing option so you can share important baby information. There’s also an email option so you can send the stats to your doctor or another caregiver. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.


Baby Monitor and Alarm ($2.99)

Baby Monitor and Alarm lets you use two iOS devices as a baby monitoring system. You leave one device in the room and carry around the other so you can hear your baby while it sleeps. The app also plays soothing music from your iTunes library. You can even record your own voice and have it play back while your infant falls asleep. When the baby begins to stir, an alert function will call you on any phone number. It’s great for home use, even better for when you’re traveling. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Free (Free)

Unless you go the cloth route, diapers are a fact of life for every parent of a newborn. And, boy, are they expensive which is why it’s so nice to have the app on your iOS device. The app is a mobile interface for the website which offers diapers at a discount. You can place new orders and track existing orders right from your phone. It also has a scanning feature so you can do some comparison shopping if you find yourself hunting down wipes at your local Target or Wal-Mart. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.

On February 5th we participated in the Alphonsus Academy’s Art & Soul ’11 auction. The auction is held every year to support academic opportunities for children. We donated a $450 gift certificate to be used towards a family portrait. This is the fourth year we’ve participated in the event. It’s always an honor and pleasure to be able to help out such a worthy cause! You can find out more at Art & Soul ’11.  If you know of worthy causes that are looking for donations to their auctions, feel free to let us know!

I returned recently from San Antonio Texas where I attended Imaging USA,  the Professional Photographers of America’s annual conference.  The conference had close to 10,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors at the huge trade show. I attended several talks from photographers from around the country talking about the latest trends in photography.  Why attend these conferences?  The biggest reason is education. Photography, like any other profession moves forward. The basics stay the same, mind you, but techniques, and styles are constantly evolving.  I want to keep abreast of those changes so that we can offer you, our clients the latest and greatest in what the photography world has to offer.

The trade show, is thousands of square feet and hundreds of companies showing off the latest in cameras, lenses, printers, albums, backdrops, lighting, you name it!. It’s one of my favorite parts of the conference as it allows me to let my imagination run wild with ideas for new products to offer you all. Products that will help you display and enjoy the photographs of your family that we create, in new and creative ways.  One example are new die cut cards that can be used for Christmas cards, birthday party invitations, thank-you note, save the date cards… Your imagination is the limit! You’re no longer constrained by rectangles and squares! Hooray!  Stay tuned as we introduce new products throughout the year!