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Chicago photographer snaps baby photos, even for athletes

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Capturing a baby's first moments is no easy task, but one South Suburban woman's photography is catching the eyes of Chicago's most talented athletes.

Gates Cohen Rogers is just 10 days out of the womb, but you wouldn't be able to tell that.

Naja Lerus is a self-taught maternity and newborn photographer based in South Suburban Robbins.

“Ideally I like them to come in between, within the first 10 to 12 days of life. That's when they're really at their sleepiest and most comfortable being posed," Lerus said.

Her popularity has spread to Chicago's elite athletes. Derrick Rose's family contacted her when his son was born.

“I didn't say anything to anyone that I had taken his pictures, it was private. But, then after he shared, he tweeted one of my pictures, well actually a few of the pictures. So I contacted them and I asked can I at least share the pictures that you've shared and they said of course," Lerus added.

From there, more opportunities arose.

“I took Matt Forte's little girl's picture, Nahla. So I did their maternity and newborn. Then after I had Jermon Bushrod, so I took his little girl's pictures too. And Martellus Bennett," Lerus said.

Lerus works very well with the babies, and that's something that amazes moms.

“It's because of her, she's really, really good, really patient with the babies. Because I don't think, if I were at home I don't think if I was posing him like that he would stay asleep," said mother Chanelle Rogers.

Lerus, a mother of three, has a passion for documenting a newborn's first days.

“I know this and all of what the parents, what they feel, I've been through it," Lerus said.

"I'm just so grateful that they trust me. Anyone, all my clients are equal to me, just for them to be able to spread my name, I'm just so grateful. It's a fun ride," she added.

Lerus' fan base continues to grow as more parents are turning to the Chicagoan to capture their babies first days.

To contact Lerus for a photo shoot, visit her website.

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