Chicago Maternity Session | Montrose Beach

There are a million places I’d love to visit, a million beaches I’d love to venture to. Sometimes I wish I lived out West to have the ocean and mountains as our backdrop. But, Chicago is a great city and although we don’t have the ocean or mountains we do have an amazing lakefront and I am thrilled to shoot here for sessions. These new parents to be were all for capturing this special time for them at the beach. I had the best time with them and it was a pleasure to capture their love and this mama’s beautiful growing belly.

Maternity Session

This is one of my favorite maternity sessions from last year. I'm getting so excited for warmer weather and thought I'd share this one. This is my best friend and her beautiful family. She had her rainbow baby not to long ago and he is the sweetest little boy. I was so honored to be able to freeze this moment for them and for their little ones to cherish later in life. 

I had a conversation with my mom not to long ago about why she was not in a lot of photographs when she was younger. She had mentioned all the common things that you often hear; "I hated my teeth, I don't think I photograph well, we just didn't take a lot of pictures", etc. etc, etc. But the funny thing is, she says now she regrets it. We searched for photographs for when she was pregnant with me and I think we found one. Only one. When I look at old photographs of her, I don't care at all about all those things that bothered her then. And to be honest, she no longer cares about those things either.  I wanted to see how she "carried" me in her belly, or how she cared for my older brother while having another on the way. I wanted to see her life as a young mama. That's a piece of her that I don't really know. 

It's so important to get in the frame. I'm truly an advocate for this.  I know we don't always feel our best when we are expecting. We feel large, swollen, uncomfortable, not ourselves. But your babies won't care, I can promise you that. Document this special time, mama's.