How to Get More Sleep {Glenview and Chicagoland Newborn Photographer}

How to Get More Sleep {Glenview and Chicagoland Newborn Photographer}

Is there anything a new mom pines for more than sleep? Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve gleaned from raising 3 babies of my own and countless newborns in my studio and in-home newborn photography sessions across Chicago and the northern suburbs.

The new family of FOUR {Chicago Lifestyle In-home Photographer}

The new family of FOUR {Chicago Lifestyle In-home Photographer}

Skipping a newborn session doesn't mean that you've missed the boat. It just means that when we capture your baby's first photos, they'll be more likely to give you great eye contact, social smiles and even giggles. 

Chicago Family Photos at the Beach {Glencoe Family Photographer}

Chicago Family Photos at the Beach {Glencoe Family Photographer}

It’s never “too late” and there is never a wrong time to schedule a family photo session - babies don’t keep.

How to Bribe your Child for a Photo Session {Chicago Family Photographer}

How to Bribe your Child for a Photo Session {Chicago Family Photographer}

As a mom and a photographer, I am totally not above bribing my kids (and you bribing yours for a session) when handled the right way. Here are my insights on bribing your kids for your Family Photography Session…

A Labor of Love {Glenview and Chicago Maternity Newborn and Family Photographer}

A Labor of Love {Glenview and Chicago Maternity Newborn and Family Photographer}

I am so thrilled to welcome you to the new Rachel Friedman Photography website and blog. I invite you to stay a while and explore.

Maternity + Newborn {Chicago North Shore Baby's First Year Photographer}

Maternity + Newborn {Chicago North Shore Baby's First Year Photographer}

Pregnancy is such a magical time. You find out that you're expecting a baby, and you imagine what life will look like in 9 months.

Lifestyle In-home Newborn Photos {Best Glenview Newborn Photographer}

Lifestyle In-home Newborn Photos {Best Glenview Newborn Photographer}

I seriously LOVE coming into my clients homes to help them officially welcome their new babies. Working with this family was such a hoot - their middle daughter had 100% rejected their new baby's name and insisted upon calling him a different name the entire time.

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

Happy First Birthday to YOU! {Chicago Smash Cake Photography}

One of the best parts of having a studio now? Hands down, it's the cake smashes. (Just ask my children, who will shamelessly  sneak in before I've finished cleaning up to see if there are spoils to reap, and are always disappointed not to have half a cake left to smash themselves).

Why golden hour? This is why. {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

Why golden hour? This is why. {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

I will admit, I am a mom who thrives on routine, and because of it, my kids do too. I know I'm not the only one. My kids are early birds, and by 7:30 pm, everyone is safely tucked into their beds, cozy in their cribs, and I am enjoying some much welcomed peace and quiet.

Lindsay, Jessica and Jacoby: Baby Makes Three {Chicago Newborn Photographer}

Lindsay, Jessica and Jacoby: Baby Makes Three {Chicago Newborn Photographer}

I love that somehow I find the very most amazing clients in the most random ways.  Lindsay and Jessica got in touch with me because Lindsay's aunt, one of my mom's best friends {{in Cleveland}} happened to see a post of mine on Facebook that my mom "liked" (yay for my mom being my greatest fan and supporter!).

Thrice as Weiss - Baby Sister Makes Three {Chicago Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Thrice as Weiss - Baby Sister Makes Three {Chicago Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Dana and I met when her twins were just little crawlers, and when she approached me last fall for a family photo session, I was so excited. We were both mamas to two boys with a little girl on the way, and we are just absolutely on the same wavelength.

Mom and Me Mini Session {Buffalo Grove Family Photographer}

Mom and Me Mini Session {Buffalo Grove Family Photographer}

I love when I'm on the same wavelength with my clients. Andrea loves and appreciates photography as much as me - her whole home is like a canvas of their beautiful family and the memories that they cherish - from her days dating her husband through their wedding and the birth of their first child.

Happy Birthday to Quinn! {North Shore first birthday photographer}

Happy Birthday to Quinn! {North Shore first birthday photographer}

I can't believe how fast this year flew by, both for me and for baby Quinn and his family.  I met them last February for Quinn's newborn photos, and he was just the sweetest new little squish.

The Sweetest Sitter Session {Highland Park Milestone Photographer}

The Sweetest Sitter Session {Highland Park Milestone Photographer}

It's incredible how in six short months, a baby can go from a teeny tiny being to a full fledged baby with personality, skills, opinions and expressions all her own. I met this family when Mikaela was just a week and a half old.

Welcome Baby Oliver {Deerfield Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Welcome Baby Oliver {Deerfield Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

There are few things in this world more delicious than a brand new baby. Seriously. And they're even more incredible as the non-sleep-deprived outsider who gets to catch a short glimpse of them and then give them back (I kid, kind of... :)).

Playing Catch Up - Fall Family Sessions {Glenview Family Photography}

Playing Catch Up - Fall Family Sessions {Glenview Family Photography}

I don't know how I always end up so lucky to attract the sweetest and most adorable clients. Seriously, these families made my insanely busy fall season so. much. fun.

New Home, New Family Photos {Skokie Family Photographer}

New Home, New Family Photos {Skokie Family Photographer}

I loved this session, and this mom was my kind of mom. She reached out to me because her family had just moved to a new home, and as they were hanging photos and putting out frames, she realized that they hadn't had a professional photo of their family taken since her littlest was just a tiny little one.

Quick, Fun and Easy: Updating your Family Photos in a Mini Session {Wilmette Family Photography}

Quick, Fun and Easy: Updating your Family Photos in a Mini Session {Wilmette Family Photography}

When booking a family photo session, I know that priorities vary from family to family. Some are looking for those few images that will fit nicely together in a gorgeous gallery for their family room wall.