Wilmette newborn photographer

A Labor of Love {Glenview and Chicago Maternity Newborn and Family Photographer}

A Labor of Love {Glenview and Chicago Maternity Newborn and Family Photographer}

I am so thrilled to welcome you to the new Rachel Friedman Photography website and blog. I invite you to stay a while and explore.

Two Sweet Baby Boys {Chicago Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Two Sweet Baby Boys {Chicago Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Ah, babies. Their smell. Their super soft skin. Their teeny tiny hands and feet. There's really nothing like a newborn baby. I love being able to capture the sweet details and the way that they make mom and dad feel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Lifestyle Newborn Session at Home {Deerfield Newborn Photographer}

Lifestyle Newborn Session at Home {Deerfield Newborn Photographer}

I love shooting lifestyle newborn sessions. Don't get me wrong - posed newborns in their true squishy naked goodness are heavenly, but to me, the essence of a newborn is the magnetic force of love he draws close.