That First Week | Abigail Joyce Photography

That First Week | Chicago Newborn Photographer

I have learned so much from clients these past 4 years about newborns. I feel like I could raise a baby if I needed to! A lot of clients ask me if I have kids of my own, but alas I am only 22 (going on 23 in a few months) so having kids just yet can't be on the radar unfortunately. You see, I just got married to my husband in August of 2015. You guys, I would LOVE to have a baby! I practically tell this to my husband about once a day...but we are just not ready yet. Back to my story though, sorry I trailed off there...

I have learned so much from clients these past 4 years. I learned how to swaddle and shush a newborn from my other moms. I learned the newborn cues by watching and handling the newborns during my sessions. I learned to keep them warm during my sessions, I learned how to carefully take off a diaper and wipe their little butts without waking them up! I learned how to get everything I need to get done within 1.5 hours and have them not even wake up or stir once. I have gotten really good at this whole "newborn photographer" thing you guys! I love love love my job, I cant say it enough. Because of this job, I learned how to run a business, I learned how to knit and sew little newborn hats and outfits. I learned where to buy the cutest little headbands, the swaddling blankets, the props. I learned how to be an expert at this job.

But my friends, I learned how to be an expert at only this job...This job only works if my newborn session is done within that first week or so of life. People say Im a baby whisperer, or that Im so good with newborns I will be an excellent mom..I just laugh but deep down inside I worry that I wont be. I worry that I am too confident with newborns that after that first week when they aren't as sleepy, I wont know what to do. I worry that I am good with newborns but I don't know what to do from day 14 to year 18! That part is a little fuzzy for me. I don't have any kids yet, so Im not sure if I will be a good mom.

I will continue on being the best newborn photographer I can be, but later down the line when I am ready to be a mom, I will turn to all my clients and ask how to be a good mom, not just a good newborn photographer :)


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Isn't she so funny? I had her leg down for the photo...and then she popped it right back up, twice! I couldn't stop (silently) laughing while it happened during our session.abigail joyce photography (2DSC_7750) chicago newborn photographer

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PS. This is what I call, good newborn photographer editing...The newborns skin from this session was red and blotchy from having a bad rash, but I was able to take out the redness and blotchiness while editing her newborn session. Ta-da!abigail joyce photography, chicago newborn photographer (2DSC_7806)

Abigail Joyce is a newborn photographer that travels to clients homes in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Abigail brings her props, backdrops, hats, headbands, crates, baskets, blankets and more to your session. Abigail customizes the session to your unique specifications and provides the care and safety that each newborn needs during this beautiful first week of life. Abigail takes her time posing the newborns with gentle hands and patience. Make sure you contact Abigail at least a month before your due date to ensure a newborn session with Abigail Joyce Photography!

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Abigail Joyce specializes in newborn, baby and family photographs. Abigail Joyce is based in the Chicagoland area and the Midwest.

Hinsdale, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Addison, Lagrange, Lagrange Park, Wheaton, Indian Head Park, Darien, Lisle, Woodridge, Naperville, Westchester, Brookfield, Hodgkins, Chicago, Oak Brook, and more. email: for inquiries, scheduling, and confirmations

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Abigail Joyce & Team

Abigail Joyce is a family and motherhood photographer that provides maternity portraits, newborn sessions, family photography, and child sessions in Chicago and the surrounding cities. 

Her studios are in Oak Park and Hinsdale, IL. She provides light and airy, heirloom sessions to clients in their homes in downtown Chicago, and the western suburbs. Her team also provides these specialized sessions at her studios at affordable rates, and throughout the Chicagoland areas.

 Sessions take place at beautiful outdoor locations that are curated by the photography team, and proven to provide amazing results.