hi, i'm so glad you're here

I'm Rachel. I’m a photographer based in Glenview, IL, just north of Chicago, where I live with my husband, our three wild and crazy kids, Colin, Asher and Leila.

This is the part where you’d probably expect me to gush about my lifelong love of photography. Well, duh. Of course I love photos. Always have. That’s why I do what I do. But what I love just as much, if not more, is working with people. Kids – yes, of course! – and babies, especially babies, but mom and dad, you too! I am just NOT meant to crunch numbers behind a desk. All of that combined with the fact that I have a notoriously bad long term memory that sparked my own passion for documenting my kids days, for fear that I won’t actually remember these magical details that make up their childhood, and there you have it. Rachel Friedman Photography was born.


I specialize in newborn, maternity, child and family portraits.

I believe that family photos, whether your baby is a bun-in-the-oven, only a handful of days old, toddling through the park, crushing the monkey bars on the school playground or getting ready to head off to college, should capture a moment in time. Of course, I’m happy to capture what I call “the grandma shot” with everyone still, looking and smiling, but what moves me more is the way your son smiles when he’s enveloped in your arms, how your daughter giggles when you catch her by surprise with the silliest tickle hug, and the warm glow of love when new parents wrap their new baby in a snug embrace. Which is why, when you work with me, our session will be nothing if not FUN. Whether we’re exploring in a park, jumping on the bed, soothing your newborn to sleep or just laughing together, I truly believe that when photography sessions are stress-free and fun, that’s where the magic happens. 

and because you made it this far…


A few fun facts about me:

• If I can say something in 5 words or 15, I’ll always pick 15. Sorry, not sorry.
• In 2006, my husband and I moved to Chicago “for one year”. We’ve been here ever since.
• I worked in a coffee shop in high school and college. A decade and a half later, and I still don’t like coffee.
• I think I own 3 shirts that don’t fall into the category of black, white or gray. Neutrals are my jam.
• I ate all of my kids Halloween candy. It was delicious.
• I love travel. I love my kids. But almost seven years into this parenting gig, I haven’t mastered the art of mixing the two.
• I might have a bit of a potty mouth. Which I mostly keep to myself in front of my kids (and yours, of course).
• We are Buckeye fans in our house, but I don’t discriminate against Wolverines.