Chicago Newborn Photographer

Thank you for stopping by Lillybelle Rose Photography, named, "Best Newborn Photographer"!  Below you will find everything you need to know about a Chicago newborn portrait session, when and how to schedule your infant's photoshoot, as well answers to frequently asked questions about newborn photography.


My Photography Background

I've been a professional newborn portrait photographer in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs since 2009, and have had the honor of photographing hundreds of new souls.  I invest in newborn and portrait training & development yearly, including keeping up to date on the latest newborn safety standards and practices. As a mom of three and auntie/great aunt to 23 and counting, I've been blessed to work with newborns since I was eleven years young!


My Portrait Approach

Every newborn and baby photography session is an opportunity to photograph all the details I know (all too well) will change in a matter of weeks.  I am honored to meet each sweet baby at my Chicago suburbs studio, and to be trusted to care for them as I strive to preserve precious memories for my portrait clients. Every newborn and infant photoshoot goal is a portrait gallery filled with variety and precious details you will cherish.  The honor and joy I feel to work with your baby will be apparent in your photographs!


Your Portarit Session Experience

From the moment you complete your online questionare until you recieve you final portrait gallery, every detail will be communicated.  You will receive a welcome email with detailed tips to prepare for your photography session at the Chicago area studio.  Upon arrival at the portrait studio, you will find beautiful props and accessories ready for your photoshoot, selected based on your survey. During your session, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch the magic happen.

All about your Chicago newborn portraits

Newborn portrait sessions take place in my Glen Ellyn photography studio.  A standard newborn session is for babies up to 2 weeks old.  Babies 3-4 weeks of age will be swaddled for all or most of their session.  Sibling and parent captures welcome.  Immediate family only.  No pets.


Newborn Portrait Session

Session Retainer fee ~ $300  

  • Retainer secures your session and your time in the studio.
  • Retainer *does not* include digital photographs or print products, and is not applied toward the purchase of a digital collection.
  • Digital collections purchased seperately. Digital portrait collections start at $500.  See below.  


Newborn Digital Portrait Collections

Premier Portrait Collection ~ $800  Includes all gallery photographs, beautifully edited (30 minimum), high resolution digital pictures, delivered in both color and black & white, with full print release. Your Premier Collection includes a beautiful 8x8 custom cover album showcasing all images from your portrait session!

Classic Portrait Collection ~ $650  Includes 20 beautifully edited, high resolution digital portraits, delivered in both color and black & white, with full print release.

Petite Portrait Collection ~ $500   Includes 10 beautifully edited, high resolution digital photographs, delivered in both color and black & white, with full print release.

"Francine is extremely talented and her work is absolutely breathtaking. She has a beautiful gift capturing and bottling up moments for her clients. My young kids warmed up to her very quickly and were belly laughing within minutes for great shots! She also handled my newborn with the utmost love and care. Francine is extremely thorough and careful throughout the session – she takes care of all safety aspects (ex. positioning /props with newborns / young kids), positioning and working directly with you and/or the kids for the desired shots. It’s a great feeling to just show up for the photo session and let Francine work her magic. You’ll fall in love with Francine and her work. Promise you won’t be disappointed." ~ KA


When do I book my newborn photoshoot?

It is best to schedule your newborn portrait session when you are early in your second trimester.  In the online scheduler HERE, grab a newborn session date which is approximately 5-10 days after your estimated due date.  This gives us some wiggle room should we need to reschedule your photoshoot.  Your portrait session will be secured, and your session date will be adjusted if baby arrives early or late. 

What should I expect after I schedule my newborn portrait session?

Within 48 hours of scheduling your newborn portrait photoshoot, you will recieve a welcome email filled with wonderful tips to prepare for your photography session.  This is where you will find the portrait studio address and a detailed note on how to best ensure baby is sleepy and relaxed for baby's first pictures!

What is included with my newborn portrait package?

After your photography session, you will receive an online gallery of portrait proofs from which you will select which digital portrait collection you would like to purchase.  With each digital portrait collection, you will receive your beautifully edited chosen portraits in both color and black & white, a print release and a print lab recommendation.  In addition, you will have access to an online store from which you can order high quality professional print products!  If you decide you can't pass up on any of the timeless photographs from your proofs gallery, you can purchase the full gallery and receive a high quality custom 8x8 portrait album showcasing your entire newborn photo gallery. 

What should we all wear to our newborn portrait session?  

What to wear during your newborn photography session is a personal choice, but I do prefer soft color tones and casual clothing, and discourage wearing pure white which look much too bright with strobe lighting.  We want your tiny newborn to shine in the images captured in the Chicago area studio, not compete for attention.  Do wear soft fabrics without distracting patterns or logos!  More information will be sent along with your welcome email.

What do we need to bring to the baby's photoshoot?

While I have almost everything necessary to beautiful photograph your infant at the Chicago area portrait studio, you will need to pack a few things for your portrait session.  Grab a couple of extra diapers, a bottle to feed or supplement if milk supply is low, a pacifier for distracting while posing, and some liquids to keep you hydrated as you watch the magic happen. I have everything needed in the photography studio we need to wrap, swaddle, and accessorize your baby that will fit and photograph perfectly!  More details on how to prepare for your session will be included in your welcome email.  

Do you offer first year portrait session packages?

Lillybelle Rose Photography offers baby portrait sessions and first birthday photoshoots!  Since these milestone sessions are scheduled when my newborn photoshoot calendar affords us the time, each baby photography session is booked individually.  You are not locked in to a set year-long package and can reach out to schedule your baby photoshoot or first birthday photoshoot when it is convenient for you!

Do you offer family sessions, mini sessions, child portrait sessions, group family sessions or event photography?

Specializing in Chicago newborn photography and baby portraits means my heart and soul have been poured into extensive training and tailoring my business to best capture beautiful images of your infant. If there is time in my schedule, I may squeeze in a special portrait event, which will be noted on the photography blog and social media pages. 



Chicago Newborn Photography

My goal in creating the Lillybelle Rose Photography studio, nestled in the western suburbs of Chicago, was to create a comfortable, clean, roomy space with the comforts of home.  When you arrive, you will enter a spacious lounge area with room to kick back and relax.  In the photography area, you will see top-of the line equipment and a large assortment of props and accessories.  Once inside the photoshoot space, you will see everything set up for your portrait session (Items chosen based on your booking survey!)!  The studio is perfect for you to watch  or catch up on a few Zzzs as I work some magic with your newborn!



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