Maternity photos at Montrose Harbor in Chicago: Rachel and Connor first started with a family of 3. One just happened to be a dog.

I first met these two for their engagement photos with their adorable dog Kota. We spent a cold winter afternoon down by the riverwalk and were lucky enough to catch some of the prettiest sunshine sneaking through the buildings.

That following August, we celebrated their wedding at Cafe Brauer with photos all around Lincoln Park. Kota of course joined in on their first look and a few wedding party photos. These three were always so much fun to photograph. So when they told me they wanted to get maternity photos, I was overjoyed.

With a big love for the city of Chicago, they wanted to make sure we showcased it in yet another big-life milestone. So we made our way up North to one of my favorite spots to look over the skyline, Montrose Harbor. Once again, sweet Kota joined us as one of the cutest ‘BIG SISTER’ dogs to be. We truly lucked out with a gorgeous blue sky and a sunset that, well, speaks for itself.

I was overly excited about that unbelievable sky and so thrilled to see these two as parents. I knew they would be the most kind-hearted and loving mom and dad. This maternity session for sure goes down in the history books as one of my favorites.

For even more sweetness, scroll down to see a few of sweet baby Stella’s newborn photos.

Congratulations Rachel and Connor!


And for a little comparison fun, here is their wedding day on the same stairs compared to their newborn session day. Kota, and now Stella as well, both stealing the show.


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