Make Up Your Own Holiday Day | Chicago Family Photographer | we are all in this together

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day | Chicago Family Photographer | we are all in this together

If you have our guinea pig calendar, you know that today is Make Up Your Own Holiday Day - a perfect excuse for another jookie contest!

(Want to get a copy of the calendar?  You can order one here to have it safely shipped to you.)

Here are a few ideas I came up with:

Drive Your Parents Crazy Day #thisoneisjustreallife
Hug Yourself Day #jookiejillmissesyourhugs
Make Up A Silly Song Day #thisalwaysmakesmehappy
Read a Book with an English Accent Day #makemarypoppinsproud
Make a Fort Inside Your House Day #thisisaholidayalready
Play Your Xylophone Day #imvotingforthisone!
Wear Your Shirt Backwards Day #getanextradayofuse!
Stop Motion App Day #keepkidsoccupied
FaceTime Family Portrait Day #coronavirusfamilyportrait 

And now it's your turn. :-) Here's the deal:

Send me your kids' (or your, or your family's) best suggestions, and I'll choose my TOP favorite, which I'll ADD to the 2021 Guinea Pig Calendar.

THEN I'll schedule an hour of FaceTime or Skype with the winning family so that I can hang out with their kiddos - woohoo!

(This is probably best suited for kids 4-5 years and older, and I'm happy to connect with any age kid online (with parents' permission of course!) including teens and tweens. With younger kids, I can give them a tour of the studio and let them ask questions about anything and everything. I can also play my xylophone and entertain them with songs and reading books. Teens and tweens can ask be about photography, using their phone cameras better, Photoshop (yeah!) how to improve their mindset if they are feeling down, or maybe even homework depending on the subject. Not to brag, but I got straight As in high school so I can probably help!)

1) Have your child(ren) write their/your Holiday Idea on a piece of paper. (Be sure to Google it first to make sure it's not already a holiday.)

2) Take a photo of them with their Holiday Idea paper. (You don't have to have their face showing if you prefer not to, of course.)

3) Post it to your social media page (Facebook and/or Instagram - and tag @jookiekids in the post. Add #makeupyourownholidayday if you want.

4) If your account is private and I'm not already following you, find me on Facebook (Jill Liebhaber, my personal page) or Instagram (jookieKids, the business account), send me a Friend Request (Facebook) or Follow me (Instagram) so I can accept and/or follow you back. And so I can see your Holiday Idea submission(s)!

5) OR, if you are not on social media at all, you can email the photo(s) to me at

Send as many Holiday Ideas as you want!

IMPORTANT NOTE: these images will be used in our jookie marketing. I will not use any kid's name in my post, and will only tag you, the parent, in any photos you submit, if you are comfortable with it. You choose whether or not to comment on photos if I share yours.

This contest will run through Tuesday, March 31st at NOON.

ONE winner will be chosen by yours truly to be added to the 2021 Guinea Pig Model Search Calendar and will win one hour of online time with me. (Yeah, virtual kidsitting!!)

PLUS.... One entry per household (but again, submit as many as you'd like) will be entered into a SECOND CONTEST for me to randomly choose 3 more families to schedule an hour of online time with me. 

This is a chance for me to help occupy your kids for an hour of a day where you can get some work done or to take some time for yourself in whatever way you need. If they are age sufficient enough, you could even go take a nap or get some Calgon time in. ;-)

(March 11th was Napping Day, but we know every day should be Napping Day.)

And this will help bring much joy to ME during this time of isolation where I am counting on our computer screens to keep us connected.

I can't wait to see what you come up with! And I can't wait to get to FaceTime or Skype with your kiddos to say hi and to have some fun. I hope to see many awesome entries for Make Up Your Own Holiday Day over the next five days!

In the meantime, I will be hanging at the jookie HQ celebrating Play Your Xylophone Day.

Warm wishes!
Stay safe & healthy,

And don’t forget  jookie is here for your professional portrait needs. jookie is a children’s, high school seniors, family, baby and pet photography studio located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, created in 2006 by Jill Liebhaber, veteran Chicago kids and family photographer of 17 years, focused on creating custom art work for homes.

As a professional photography studio in Chicago, jookie serves all nearby neighborhoods such as Lakeview, Bucktown, Ravenswood, Andersonville, Edgewater, Roscoe Village, North Center, Lincoln Park, West Loop, River North, Old Town, Gold Coast, and Downtown. We also have families who come for baby, kid, dog, and family photos from the suburbs like LaGrange, Hinsdale, Western Springs, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Elmhurst, Oak Park, Kildeer, and also out of state like Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York, and California.

We are often asked by jookie parents to create head shots or professional portraits, which we photograph whenever we can fit it into the schedule.

Gift certificates are available and make a fantastic gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, anniversaries, and birthdays. They can be for portrait sessions or for camera learning sessions.

jookie specializes in silly serious LOVE ™.

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