fall afternoon at Rockford Arboretum | Elgin, IL family photographer

This cute family always sits in front of us at church (we're usually late and sit towards the back). I remember when their baby girl was born. I was pregnant at the time with my daughter, and I loved watching her mom hold her during the service. If I can be honest, when we found out we were having a girl, I wasn't sure if I'd know how to switch to "girl" after already loving all that is "boy" of my first born son. But as I watched the way this mama looked at and loved her daughter, my excitement for having a girl started to grow. And now it seems silly that I used to even wonder how I'd raise a girl, because I couldn't imagine my world without her. So it was special to be able to photograph this family, since watching their baby helped me open up to the precious gift God had given me with expecting a girl.  

Louisa Nickel is a Rockford, IL photographer, serving Northern Illinois and Chicago suburbs. She specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, children, and family photography. 

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