Family Portraits & More in Arlington Heights, IL and The Surrounding Area

My love for photography enables me to go places and meet and photograph wonderful people. I have been photographing people and pets for over 30 years, and excel at several styles of photography. The experience, patience, and friendly-nature combined with top-quality equipment that allow me to capture beautiful photos that people may treasure for years to come.

I believe that it is important to work side by side with my clients, listening to every detail to ensure I understand what they want. When you book with me, you will receive several images to choose from that capture your true personality and natural expressions, guaranteeing beautiful shots every time.


Whether you’re looking for family portraits, senior portraits, or pet portraits, Weld Photography can do it all! Providing portrait photography in Arlington Heights and surrounding areas for people of all ages, you can count on Jan Weld to capture your best side and natural smiles. With a keen eye for detail and endless patience, rest assured that your photos will come out beautifully. During your session, Jan’s amusing personality and kind deposition will ensure a beautiful portrait.

Schedule your session to capture today, for it will be tomorrow’s treasures. Time has proven that the future can be unpredictable, so make time for your loved ones now.

Unlike other studios, Weld Photography does not charge additional fees to photograph young children or pets, which can be more challenging to capture! We encourage you to include your pets in your portraits, or to plan a session all for them!

We have several traditional backgrounds available to compliment your wardrobe and weather permitting, there are many scenic areas outside on the studio grounds to produce lovely portraits. You can choose a session that includes one or both settings. Personalize photography sessions for young children’s toys, blankets, or people of all ages with trinkets, pets, hobbies, instruments, or anything that you think helps portray your personality or occasion. If you’re planning a session with a pet, let Jan know the color of the animal so she can help suggest what colors to wear and what should be avoided. For best results, bring your pet’s favorite treat or toy!

Jan Weld strives to learn as much as possible about her clients by implementing a pre-photo consultation to help identify the purpose of the session, set expectations, and identify who these photos are being taken for. Consultations for shoots for senior portraits and pet portraits are best done over the phone or email. Phone appointments allow a faster, more complete understanding of your wishes and how the photography session will proceed. Be sure to mention any camera shyness or if children are shy of strangers so Jan can help ease that person’s discomfort. Natural expressions only come from relaxed, comfortable, safe, and happy people and there are plenty of techniques to make this happen. Communication is vital for a successful photography session.

Not sure what to do to prepare for a session? Be sure to read our page “Preparing for a Photo Shoot” for clothing, jewelry, and make-up suggestions! We’re also available for business portraits, event photography, and more.

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At the end of your session, your family portraits will be available on a large screen for all to see. On the rare occasion that someone is not pleased with the first set of photos, more will be taken. Everyone in the group can rate their favorites and you can order the same day for a 10% discount, or you can get low-resolution proofs in Dropbox if you need more time to decide. Our goal at Weld Photography is that everyone is thrilled with their photos, satisfaction guaranteed! Prints and digital images are not included in the photography session rates.

Photographs can be made in any size! Volume discounts are available for prints or high-resolution, digital JPEG images, giving you the freedom to make your own package. Minor retouching can be done on any print or image ordered! The purchase of digital images includes all reproduction rights.

Weld Photography offers flexible hours for clients in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Prospect Heights, and Rolling Meadows, IL, where we start booking at 9:00 AM and our last session is booked to start at 8:00 PM, any day of the week – including weekends! We apologize for the inconvenience, but appointments are required! We want to make sure that all of our clients are safe and distraction-free during their meetings and sessions! If other appointment times are desired, Jan may be able to accommodate, so just ask!