Wow, what a big week I had last week!  I am still recovering!  I spent the week in Manhattan renovating the Upper East Side Studio.  We basically gutted the place.  I have to admit, it was an absolute blast and so oddly cleansing.  Our neighbors on the street kept telling me I was crazy for renovating.  They thought the studio was lovely, but it just looked worn and so “yesterday” to me.  It looked cluttered and needed a fresh new look. We painted, tiled the floor and put in new carpeting in the camera room.  We got rid of all stand-alone shelves and put absolutely everything up on metal rails on the walls in our new design room. We covered our frame sample wall in gorgeous belgian linen drapery to further reduce the cluttered look.

CK went green last year in going from film photography to digital. In doing so, we were able to cut our environmental footprint in half!  So for our new furniture, we wanted to choose environmentally responsible furnishings. Our new desk, credenza and 8 foot long communal design table are all made from salvaged wood.  The rugs and draperies are made from natural fibers and all of the metal pieces are made from salvaged metals.  Distressed and salvaged goes well with kids!

New in this studio is our emphasis on very large canvas art in gorgeous simple and modern framing.  When you see the artwork in person you will see the truth in our motto “Your Kids are Art.”  Children are one of the planet’s most spectacularly beautiful things and they are a natural for featuring in signature artwork for your home. We still also love multiple photo sets and those remain featured on the rails in the design room.  It is amazing how a small wall with a very large print on it can be absolutely stunning!  I tend to like my art either really big or really small. Next up?  Our Greenwich studio starts renovations in 10 days!  Woo hoo!



Here is our redone design room.  This 8 foot long counter height table is a dream!  It comfortably seats 10! Everything we need for our design work is within a step or two from the table….including a great glass of pinot grigio or a cup of steaming Nespresso!



This gorgeous 8 foot long credenza made of salvaged wood has sooooo many wonderful drawers, perfect for all of our price lists, brochures, etc.  The industrial towers are reclaimed metal and wood. See the large Great Dane?  His name is Sir Lexington.  Kids are loving him!  We’ll see how long he stays white!  The newborn portrait is one of Lindsay’s favorites and is 40 x 60!



This is our little reception table with tufted armchairs in natural belgian linen. Portrait is 40 x 60 and one of our favorites!



This is what you will see when walking in!  No computers, no phones, no cables or wires, just a gorgeous open space with cool art.  We hope our clients will feel so wonderful in our new space they won’t want to leave!  I know I didn’t.  When it was time to return to Chicago, I felt like I had a really long labor and gave birth to a beautiful baby and then had to leave it behind in NYC!.  Let me know how you like it!


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Keep It Classic

April 10, 2014

classic (`klaesik)–adj.

“…of the highest class, especially in art or literature,…adhering to an established set of rules or principles in the arts….characterized by simplicity, balance, regularity, and purity or form…of lasting interest or significance….continuously in fashion because of its simple and basic style…”  -World English Dictionary


Whew! The last 12 months have brought lots of change to our little company! In May of last year, we converted to digital after swearing for at least 18 years that we would never do it! What happened? Technology kept progressing to the point that digital’s benefits could no longer be ignored. The quality of the digital printing processes and papers began exceeding what we could do with film and film printing. We can now do larger prints in higher quality. We can more easily make books and greeting cards with our images. And, best of all, we reduced our environmental footprint by 50%.

Although we have changed our processes, we haven’t changed much about our look and style in 20 years. In the early ‘90’s, I was a newbie family photographer with a vision to produce photographs which would stand the test of time. I named my company “Classic Kids” because I wanted our photographs to be classic, “characterized by simplicity and continuously in fashion because of their simple and basic style.” You won’t see many props or fabricated fantasies in our work, just simple, beautiful photos in which the beauty, sweetness and energy of our young subjects shines alone.

Digital technology has produced a bazillion new techniques for altering photographs. You see it everywhere, especially with color….the super saturated, the vintaged, the hazy, the metallic, the digitally implanted clouds and sky. All those Instagram filters come to mind. Any photograph can now be jazzed up with a snowstorm, sunrays and sorbet skies. And some of it is beautiful and intriguing and we confess to indulging in that from time to time. Whether any of it will stand the test of time, though, is doubtful. Trends come on strong, and tend to go out with a thud.

With the launch of our new web site and this blog, I have done a lot of reflecting on how we have been so lucky to have survived in this wonderful business for 20 years.

I think it is because we have truly lived up to our name.



This photo was taken approximately 20 years ago. Pure, timeless beauty.  Raw natural light, 3200 speed film.



Bare skin is timeless. It has been & always will be beautiful on a child. Another 20 year old gem that looks like it could have been photographed yesterday. 



These two must be in college now.



The artwork on the left and right is 19 years old. The center piece was added just a few years ago. Looks like they were shot together!  


  1. Christine Janssen: I am so impressed. The service and products Classic Kids provides are above and beyond. The photos and portraits are incredible, the quality is second to none, the attention to detail puts a smile on your face, and the service was so personable. Love this place. Will definitely send more business their way. (05/30/14, 3:41 pm)

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