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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.

Grow with Me {Highland Park Family Photographer}

Grow with Me {Highland Park Family Photographer}

I first met Scotti when he was not quite two months old. He and his parents were one of my first clients, and they were so brave, booking a mini session on the beach with a tiny baby in tow. Of course, he was an absolute gem, and his parents have gone from new clients to great friends in my book.

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.

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.

Give me ALL. THE. BABIES. {Wilmette Newborn Photographer}

Give me ALL. THE. BABIES. {Wilmette Newborn Photographer}

As I catch up on blogging, I'm amazed looking at the collection of sessions on my "still-to-blog" list, astonished by just how many new babies I've gotten to photograph this summer.

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.

Pretty in Pink {Northbrook Newborn Photographer}

Pretty in Pink {Northbrook Newborn Photographer}

It’s hard to think of anything cuter than a newborn with a head full of hair. Despite my persistent heartburn with all of my pregnancies, I have never been lucky enough to bear a child with a head of hair like this sweet girl (though I guess time will tell – perhaps my luck will change come November).

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.

Two Gorgeous Families, One Stunning Location {Winnetka Family Photographer}

Two Gorgeous Families, One Stunning Location {Winnetka Family 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.

Spring Mini Sessions {Wilmette Family Photographer}

Spring Mini Sessions {Wilmette Family Photographer}

There are a lot of photographers out there who don't love shooting mini sessions.  I am not that girl.  I love getting to have a sneak peak into the lives of families and capture their love for one another, even if it's just for a super short session.

Family Photos at Glencoe Beach {Chicago Extended Family Photographer}

Family Photos at Glencoe Beach {Chicago Extended Family Photographer}

When Beth contacted me, she told me that her in-laws were all coming in from California, and that they wanted to capture their whole family together. From the moment we met at the top of the hill at Glencoe Beach, they showed me that distance doesn't keep a family from being incredibly close.

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.

New baby meet fur babies: Traditional + Lifestyle Newborn Session {Libertyville newborn photographer}

New baby meet fur babies: Traditional + Lifestyle Newborn Session {Libertyville newborn photographer}

Baby Quinn's cheeks had me at hello. Seriously, this little guy is just so absolutely adorable, and working with him and his family was a dream.

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.

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas Card Season {Winnetka Family Photographer}

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas Card Season {Winnetka Family Photographer}

Sometimes, it feels like fate when I meet a family.  This incredible family was referred my way by one of my mini-session clients, and it turned out that we had other friends in common without even knowing it.