North Shore family photographer

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 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.