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. It get be hard to imagine, whether it's your first child about to rock your world, or you just can't wrap your mind around loving any child as much as you love your first (spoiler alert: it's impossible NOT to. Love multiplies exponentially. But I digress...). I want to talk briefly about the less than magical parts. The bloating. The weight gain. The nausea, vomiting, fatigue, aches, pains, heart burn and more. It's not necessarily the nine months of your life where you feel like you look and feel your best (unless you are a magical unicorn of pregnant women, then you can just disregard this whole paragraph. And don't tell any other pregnant women, cuz they might hate you just a little.).

I will tell you - when I was pregnant with my third child, Leila, I felt like a mack truck. I gained over 50 pounds, much of which was in my arms, face and butt, and my former basketball pregnant woman self from my first pregnancy felt like a dream. But you know what? I did photos anyway, and they are my favorite. Knowing it was *most likely* my last pregnancy, I am SO glad I captured that time. Both for me and for my kids, and especially for Leila, my only daughter. This period in life is fleeting, and while I can only hope that this will be the only time in my life that I see those numbers on the scale, I know that I'll look back and not see my size, but the wonder. The excitement for the future. Maternity photography is so special that way.

Something I loved about this session with Carly and her family is that while they included her pregnant belly, we didn't necessarily stress over incorporating the bump. She wanted to capture the special time as a family of three before her son's world was rocked.

 
 

Once their gorgeous girl arrived and everyone was fully recovered, we did an in-home lifestyle newborn session in their Highland Park, IL home. Carly signed up for my Baby's First Year Plan, so it's only a matter of time before baby L is back in my studio for her *discounted* third session - when you book three or more sessions in baby's first year, your 3rd session is $100 off. It's so important to record these early moments, because babies grow WAY too fast.

 
 

Rachel is a premier studio and on-location maternity newborn photographer based in Glenview. She serves the north side of Chicago and the North Shore suburbs, including but not limited to Glenview, Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Kenilworth and more. If you'd like to book a maternity session, please be sure to contact me ASAP, as these are best photographed between 30 and 35 weeks. If you’re expecting a baby (whether in your first, second or thrid trimester) or already holding your brand new little baby, you can book your newborn photography session either by emailing me directly at rachelfriedman1@gmail.com or by using the Contact page to fill out a contact form.