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A Sunset North Avenue Beach Family Affair: Stephanie + Ismael

A few, short years ago, I photographed one of my very first weddings.  Yes, yes…all of us Wedding Photographers have to start somewhere.  However, my somewhere, happened to be at a premier Golf Course country Club in Michigan photographing two of the most beautiful people north of the Mason-Dixon Line.  Stephanie and Ismael said “I Do” in front of lots of family and close friends on the 18th hole, and celebrated the rest of the night with heartfelt toasts, a groom’s LA Lakers cake, and well…lots of dancing!  (You can see their wedding here)!

Stephanie and Ismael have become very close friends over the years, and I couldn’t have been more honored to document yet another milestone in their lives.  Less than 2 weeks ago, this family of three met me at North Avenue Beach a few miles north of downtown, Chicago!  We took some pictures with the skyline and then went to play in the sand for some more fun!  Afterwards, we headed to dinner and talked about life…like old friends do.

This morning, Stephanie gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby!  Just like they did last time with sweet, Lilliana, they chose not to know the gender.  Enjoy some of my favorites and at the end, you’ll see if they welcomed another girl, or a baby boy.  Congratulations to the new family of four! XO

Nothing says Chicago, like Railroad beams and construction signs…

Any guesses…girl or boy?

Gold Coast neighborhood…

Awesome place, right?  Turns out, this is the old Hugh Hefner, Playboy mansion…

On to North Avenue Beach…

Lilliana is the sweetest little girl…

…and oh-so loved, too!

<3

Anyone who knows Stephanie, knows she has one of the warmest, kindest souls…

And will do anything I suggest for a great picture!

…like walk into cold Michigan Lake water 9 months pregnant…

LOVE.

As the sun was setting, we had a few more minutes to capture some sweet one’s with Lilliana + the adorable belly

You should have seen the look on my face when Stephanie suggested this picture.  I highly discouraged them, but what a mama-to-be wants…gets;)

It’s a… GIRL!

 Leave some love below for Steph + Ish and their beautiful girls!  Happy Thursday!

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