Chicago

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.

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.

Let there be light! {Glenview Family Photographer}

Let there be light! {Glenview Family Photographer}

It's good to catch up. At least that's what I'm telling myself when five months after these super fun sessions, I'm getting to relive them through the blog over here at Rachel Friedman Photography.

First Round of Fall Family Photo Sessions {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

First Round of Fall Family Photo Sessions {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

Here’s a sneak peek of some of my favorite images from my first round of Fall Mini Sessions.

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

One last round of Chicago city sessions {Chicago baby photographer}

As I creep toward my due date, I reached a point where I just couldn't manage the commute to the city for family sessions. Thankfully, I am so lucky to have so many wonderful suburban clients and city clients who are flexible about taking a quick trip up the Edens Expressway to meet me in the near north suburbs.

Here Sleeps a Girl {Wilmette and Chicago Newborn Photographer}

Here Sleeps a Girl {Wilmette and Chicago Newborn Photographer}

The month of August was filled with sweet newborn baby girls. So many baby girls.  It was so much fun working with so many wonderful families - parents of first babies, several kids, or fur babies.

Family Photos at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk {Chicago Family Photographer}

Family Photos at the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk {Chicago Family Photographer}

When families in the city reach out to me for family photos, I always include the Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk in my list of suggested locations.

The newest little man on the block {Chicago newborn photographer}

The newest little man on the block {Chicago newborn photographer}

met this couple when I was photographing a first birthday party, and you could just see the twinkle in their eyes. They were holding a friend’s new baby, and there were looks exchanged in anticipation that soon their lives were about to change, and they were oh-so-right.

Big kids at the Beach {Wilmette Family Photographer}

Big kids at the Beach {Wilmette Family Photographer}

As much as I absolutely LOVE photographing babies and young toddlers, it was so much fun getting to spend an evening with this family with two older kids too.

Family Photos in the Park {Northbrook Family Photography}

Family Photos in the Park {Northbrook Family Photography}

When I was first contacted by this mom, I could tell right away that we would be a great match for one another.  Not only did it turn out that she was referred my way by several past clients who I absolutely adore, but in talking with and meeting mom and dad, they are just the warmest and sweetest couple and such excellent parents.

There's no place like home {Kenilworth Family Photographer}

There's no place like home {Kenilworth Family Photographer}

As a photographer without a home-base studio, I am always going from location to location to photograph my clients. While I certainly have a collection of favorite places to capture images, there's something special about capturing family in the intimate setting of their own home.

Welcome to the world, Baby Girl {Riverwoods Newborn Photographer}

Welcome to the world, Baby Girl {Riverwoods Newborn Photographer}

As I'm trying to catch up on blogging over here at Rachel Friedman Photography, and I'm looking back on all of the gorgeous families I've had the honor of photographing over the past 4-5 months since I really took the time to blog (hello busy life balancing work, motherhood and my pregnancy), I love the similarities between these two families.

No longer a newborn, not yet a toddler {Morton Grove Baby Photographer}

No longer a newborn, not yet a toddler {Morton Grove Baby Photographer}

Little boys, could they be any sweeter? I want to share two stunning family sessions of two little guys whose smiles and bright eyes just melted my heart.

From Bump to Baby {Evanston Maternity Photographer}

From Bump to Baby {Evanston Maternity Photographer}

Getting this inquiry made me so excited, because this mama has a unique name that I recognized right away. My next door neighbor had been gushing to me about her part-time nanny that her girls absolutely adored, but would be leaving them soon to have a baby.

From Bump to Baby {Highland Park Maternity + Newborn Photography}

From Bump to Baby {Highland Park Maternity + Newborn Photography}

So many moms I speak with about newborn photos tell me that they are unsure about capturing maternity images because they are self conscious about the way they look. They don't realize that not only is pregnancy so incredibly beautiful, it is fleeting.

Happy first birthday Mason! {Chicago Cake Smash Photographer}

Happy first birthday Mason! {Chicago Cake Smash Photographer}

As a mother myself, I know that even those who regularly find themselves taking photos have a hard time ensuring that they capture all the can't-miss-moments at family events.

It's new baby central over here!

It's new baby central over here!

Over the past two months, I have gotten to take some gorgeous photos of four new babies.  And each time, my heart just melted from the cuteness.  This is a job that never gets old - there is just something about a brand new baby.

Mini Session for Mini Twins {Wilmette Family Photography}

Mini Session for Mini Twins {Wilmette Family Photography}

These twinsies were so funny on picture day. All dressed up, they took turns being the grumpy one. Because of course, as every mom knows, it's nearly impossible to have both kids all fancy for photos and then get them both to smile simultaneously.

Welcome to the World, Baby Henry! {Chicago Event Photographer}

Welcome to the World, Baby Henry! {Chicago Event Photographer}

Being born a Jewish boy is tough. Only eight days into the adventure known as this life, your parents throw a big party for your very first Jewish milestone: your circumcision. Friends and family gather, and over a bagel brunch, they witness this monumental event and support your parents through the ordeal.