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© 2020 By Victoria McDonald | Victoria McDonald Photography 

Bump to Baby with the Leuzzi's in Chicago


Every Baby has a birth story, some are filled with Drama and others are quick and swift. This one was a journey filled with loss, love and waiting almost 6 years. (well the Aunties and Uncles were waiting for 6 years) And the wait was worth it.

Welcome Preston! We love you so very much.


Mike & Caroline are some of my Husband & I's dearest friends. Mike & Chad grew up together in Chittenango, NY. So, from the moment that they confirmed that lil' man was on the way... I had plans for them. This Auntie was NOT messing around. It was killing me that we were not going to know boy or girl until the arrival either.

So, on a warm Friday Evening in June, I headed to their Apartment in East Lakeview for their Maternity Photos in their home. It was the day before the shower so there were extra visitors there - Grandma, Grandpa H, Carolines Sister in law, her best friend and her daughter. So we were including them in this as well. (Preston, there will always be so much love surrounding you... seriously)

Anyways, I started with the nursery. A simple woodland theme awaiting a babe with details that were too cute. That Soccer bear belonged to Dad and some of the toys in the drawer belonged to Mom.


I photographed Mike and Caroline in the nursery, the fur babies (Molly and Barely) had to join.



Baby got excited and gave a few kicks before we decided to hang out in the living room for snuggles.




Taking to the streets, we took a few photos with the loved ones already gathered.



Almost Two Months later around 10:30 in the evening, I am sitting at my desk and get the text from Grandma Hebel ..... 'ITS A BOY!!!' Preston had Arrived earlier than expected. Two days later I was there, at Illinois Masonic Hospital, to meet the Handsome fella and capture every bit of him I could.


Not even 2 days old yet and this little guy was awake and watching everything and had a little bit of a personality.



Grandma & grandpa were there of course, so they got a moment documented during this Fresh 48 Newborn Session.


aaaaaaaand of course we got snuggles with Mom and Dad.



Then came time to Welcome Home Preston. I stopped by on a super warm Saturday afternoon to find this handsome fella snuggling with mama and ignoring all the barks at the door. OH! And watching soccer... he's being taught early.



Someone needed a new diaper so we hung out in his room for a bit leaving behind a concerned fur brother.


He wasn't too sure of that so Daddy swooped in to get his snuggles, Barley agreed with that.





Welcome to the world Preston. Can't wait to see what you do!

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