Tracy Joy | NW Illinois Newborn & Fine Art Photography

Meet Tracy

I am Tracy Joy.... a wife, and mother to 3 young children, with a passion & love for photographic art. Specializing in newborns and young children, I adore all things artistic, especially photography. With my love of color & texture, I strive to create a truly unique custom photography session for each family. Established since 2008, I do what I love and I love what I do.

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TJP… Announcement to fans, clients & all

Posted under Photo Blog, Simply ME! Tracy Joy news...


I figure the best way for a major announcement is here,
on my blog… where & how I started this great photography adventure….


Many of you know I have made some major changes in the past year+.  From booking less, not taking on new clientele, and stepping back from photography a wee bit to enjoy the fleeting days with my own young children as a stay at home mom.   Well… I have made one further decision, in my journey through photography… as much as it pains me, and brings up so many fears inside (since I truly love what I do)… I am ready to announce…

Starting 2016, I will not be shooting any further FAMILY OR BABY SESSIONS.
(*my 2015 is already booked)

DON’T FRET!  I am still going to be shooting and indulging in the photography world… just switching it up a little bit. I am in the midst of switching my full photographic focus to newborns, and special stylized shoots for children 4-12.   

In 2016, I will focus entirely on NEWBORNS... you can still trust in me to capture those first and most precious moments of your new babies life.  Putting my 110% into those fleeting first memories, and turnign them into life long pieces of art fo you and yoru family to enjoy for ages.


However, I am also doing to do something fun with my photographic adventure in 2016…

I will be bringing in and offering some fun & sassy STYLIZED SESSIONS for children ages 4-13.   Together with my amazing friend (of 30 years!), Jeanna Gattuso of LOLLIPOPS SHOP & Jeanna Gattuso Couture Stylizing, we are excited to bring stylized session of whimsy, charm & delight to the NW Illinois area.  We have a vision of beauty, fun & excitement, that can only be brought together as a team.

What is a stylized session?  This… and so much more… 

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I do apologize and I so appreciate you entrusting me of your photographic needs…. so I have put together a fabulous list of locally trusted & talented photographers.I know them, and their works, all personally… they are each as talented as the next. I trust their skills, & value their experience & love for photography.  All are located in the general area… some travel, some have studios of their own.  They are legit businesses, and trustworthy.  Simply contact me for the referral list, and I will be more than pleased to share these talented artists with you. 

Thank you so much for entrusting TJP in the past, present, and even future… for capturing your special and most dear memories. I look forward to this new adventure… and cannot wait to bring the artistic expression & enjoyment I know it will bring to all. 

xo, Tracy Joy

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  1. Jess posted the following on May 19, 2015 at 9:53 am.

    SO happy for you my love!!! <3 you are going to do great things

  2. JoanneScantlebury Muckart posted the following on May 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm.

    Congratulations Mz Tracy <3 How exciting!:) Can't wait to ohh and ahh over all the FABulous images you will be creating with your new direction :)

  3. Crickets posted the following on May 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

    You’re the one, T girl! :-)

Mini Editing Webinar – $75 ! Registration OPEN!

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Who is ready for another amazing learning experience?

ONLINE PHOTOSHOP “Mini” EDITING Webinar and Mentorship with Tracy Joy Photography


Sunday, May 24th, 1pm (Chicago time)

Special Spring Price!
Enjoy the whimsy and magic of learning to edit your images with deep rich tones, lovely contrast, and colors that blossom & burst.
Rich textures, favorite actions & templates and hand painting onto image.
I will share my secrets and show you a new “light” to your own photographic art.
Knowledge of Photoshop is a must (I use Photoshop CC 2014). This is not a beginner PS course.


Understanding of layering is a huge plus, though it will be gone over lightly.
In my processing, I use a mixture of my own unique hand editing techniques, with a few actions & textures from amazing designers.
You will see how I edit from start to finish, and how I create special scenes that peek the imagination, and ignite your photographic senses.
With hand edits, you may see slight differences in the final edit, and fine tuning.
I will answer any questions pertaining to my editing shown, including what gear & settings for each webinar image.
Each attendee will have a chance to ask any questions pertaining to my editing process after each image.
In addition… all attendees will be given a special 20-25% off code to my favorite (and most used) action & texture creators!


Class will last approximately 45 minutes.  Details and login will be sent to attendees day of webinar.

*Non refundable, though if you are unable to attend you may sell your seat.
*Not included or offered to those who also teach & offer online mentoring or editing.
*Seats are for (1) person, and sharing by multiple persons (watching screen etc) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
*Videotaping is forbidden, though hand notes are encouraged.
*I may refund and cancel any purchase made, if I find viable reason for termination



Tracy’s webinar was AMAZING! I learned so many new tricks and things that I never knew about!
Definitely will take my outside pictures to another level!

I REALLY enjoyed this class- Tracy took her time and went through everything, step by step. I loved how she had a vision for her image, and explained step by step exactly how to achieve it. Nothing was rushed, and all questions were answered. I will for sure be joining Tracy for another editing webinar in the future! Such an inspiring artist to watch, and to learn from.
~Christine S. 

“I have attended Tracy’s in-person and online webinar for photoshop and found her to be extremely knowledable.  She is a great mentor and extremely patient with all different levels of photographers.  I would highly recommend her to any photographer looking to advance their photoshop skills and create beautiful fine art work.”
~Christina M.

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