Chicago family photography

A session guide for Dads {Most Fun Stress-Free Chicago Family Photographer}

A session guide for Dads {Most Fun Stress-Free Chicago Family Photographer}

A guide for dads on how to rock your session with Chicago’s best family photographer, Rachel Friedman Photography.

Capturing Love that Spans Generations {Highland Park extended family photographer}

Capturing Love that Spans Generations {Highland Park extended family photographer}

As one of the top Chicago extended family photographers, I work with families of all sizes from Chicago to Wilmette to Highland Park, and I’d love to work with you!

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…

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.

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.

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.

Late Summer Stunning Sessions in Northfield {Northfield Family Photographer}

Late Summer Stunning Sessions in Northfield {Northfield Family Photographer}

In trying to keep up with the blog over here at Rachel Friedman Photography, I am sharing my favorite images from some of my favorite sessions, and here are a slew of fabulous images that were all taken on the same magical weekend in August.

Family Photos at Glencoe Beach {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

Family Photos at Glencoe Beach {Chicago North Shore Family Photographer}

It’s amazing how a location can look so different from season to season. Shooting at this location in the spring, when the leaves were barely budding on the trees, seems like a lifetime ago.

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.

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.

Mini Sessions in Wilmette {Wilmette Mini Session Photographer}

Mini Sessions in Wilmette {Wilmette Mini Session Photographer}

It was the week of sicknesses - originally I had four families scheduled for this gorgeous day in the park, and then two families had to reschedule due to sniffles and fevers and chills.

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.

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.

Sweet newborn baby boy {Chicago Newborn Photographer}

Sweet newborn baby boy {Chicago Newborn Photographer}

There's nothing better than watching friends become first time parents.  I met this couple when my husband was in business school, and it's funny to think back to the days when we were all unencumbered by nap schedules, babysitters and early wake-up calls, when we could stay out late into the night at The Keg of Evanston with no regard for the responsibilities of life at home (except for, you know, work for me and super expensive graduate school for them).

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

When Family Session Meets Smash Cake {Chicago First Birthday Photographer}

Nothing says joy like watching your child freak out in the face of his first birthday cake. Ok, not really. While this little man wasn't impressed with his cake at the start, some snuggles and help from mom and dad had him chowing down in no time.

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.