RACHEL AND BRIAN’S RAINY MATERNITY SESSION IN THE STREETS OF CHICAGO

RACHEL AND BRIAN’S RAINY MATERNITY SESSION IN THE STREETS OF CHICAGO

What a session this was! Full of fun, love and so much freaking rain. But with awesome clients like these we turned lemons into lemonade lol. I think that's the saying. Rachel and Brian are expecting their first baby, a girl. For their session we didn't have to venture out too far. Rachel had the [...]

Vyas extended family shoot, Bolingbrook IL family photographer

Vyas extended family shoot, Bolingbrook IL family photographer

I had a lovely, beautiful October morning with the Vyas family. I love when my clients ask if they can include the grandparents. As someone who adores her grandparents I think it's such an important thing to make time for. To have images with those who perhaps we don't see on a daily basis but [...]

KRATER FAMILY IN THE MORNING, MONTROSE BEACH, CHICAGO IL BEST FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

KRATER FAMILY IN THE MORNING, MONTROSE BEACH, CHICAGO IL BEST FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Well as far as families go this one is a beauty! I arrived a little ahead of schedule and the hilarious thing was that another photographer had a beautiful family at the same location and thier client was wearing this same dress. I found it so hilarious and was wondering if we had gotten our [...]

August’s at home newborn session, Riverside IL photographer

August’s at home newborn session, Riverside IL photographer

I love that I include a newborn session with my birth photography. It feels most appropriate to get to see my wonderful birth families as a new unit. Babies change you forever, it's almost like your life before was missing them specifically. This little baby is so lucky. His big brothers are so so kind [...]

Lynda’s first maternity session, Hyde Park Chicago IL family photographer

Lynda’s first maternity session, Hyde Park Chicago IL family photographer

If you can imagine it this day was a dreadful cold wet morning. I had two sessions and a knee injury. Hectic awful day but with a wonderful ending. I limped through the whole session with Lynda but it was worth it. She reached out to me earlier this summer and I was immediately excited [...]

It’s a home birth party for August, Riverside IL family and birth photographer

It’s a home birth party for August, Riverside IL family and birth photographer

Eeek I've been wanting to share the home birth of August for a while now, I've just been insanely busy enjoying life and capturing so many beautiful families. But at last ! I photographed mr. August's entrance into the world earlier this month. It was such an honor to have been there for this incredible [...]

ALEJANDRA AND DANIEL MATERNITY SESSION HYDE PARK, CHICAGO

ALEJANDRA AND DANIEL MATERNITY SESSION HYDE PARK, CHICAGO

A lifetime of love it seems for these two. They've been together a really long time and they are expecting their first baby together. My memory fails me but I believe it's been 15 years. Alejandra is a student at this gorgeous campus, The University of Chicago just blew me away and I have to [...]

Davison family maternity session Mitchell Park, Brookfield WI PHOTOGRAPHER

Davison family maternity session Mitchell Park, Brookfield WI PHOTOGRAPHER

Last March I was capturing little Ana's entrance into the world! & now they are expecticting their second baby! I am so excited for them. Little Ana is going to be a big sister. It was so much for to catch up and see how big she has gotten. Ellen looks stunning, and I'm still [...]

Little Liam’s first birthday in Oak Brook IL

Little Liam’s first birthday in Oak Brook IL

I've started to take on a few more events this summer and fall, and honestly it makes my extroverted heart so happy. I know we're all still being very careful about Covid but I love that families are still celebrating and gathering. Rishi and Minal, together with their families celebrated baby liam. The place was [...]

A FEW MICHIGAN CAMPING MOMENTS IN MONOCHROME, CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

A FEW MICHIGAN CAMPING MOMENTS IN MONOCHROME, CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

I'll forever be the mom who photographs my children sleeping I have absolutely no shame about it It's quite literally the calm before the chaos I'm catching up on sharing some personal images of mine. We're back in school and my summer routine is completely disrupted. I'm slowly getting back into a new one. We [...]

The Vinegar Family maternity session in Hyde Park

The Vinegar Family maternity session in Hyde Park

This sweet, beautiful family is expecting their 4th baby! Another girl to even things out in the family, which Big sister couldn't be more excited about. For this maternity session I traveled to Hyde Park , which has this beautiful bird watching post. We used a lot of the shade for the images before heading [...]

The Newborn session of a brand new family of 7, Aurora IL photographer

The Newborn session of a brand new family of 7, Aurora IL photographer

The newborn session of a beautiful boy in Aurora IL. I cannot believe they are now a family of seven, two weeks after I was at this stunning home to welcome Finnian I went back to capture them a little more relaxed and set into a routine. Well a sorta routine, I know the Lundes [...]

70th Birthday Party in Willowbrook IL for the Cullen Family

70th Birthday Party in Willowbrook IL for the Cullen Family

I photographed a beautiful 70th birthday in Willowbrook IL the other weekend. Once in a while I get to be a part of families gathering to celebrate one another in some special way. This celebration was so fun. Of course I got the green light to photograph kids being kids, which is always at the [...]

Finnian joins his brothers, Aurora IL home birth photographer

Finnian  joins his brothers, Aurora IL home birth photographer

She did it! and I am so proud of her. Home birth will never cease to amaze me. Honestly. The knowledge of intuitive midwives, the power of family, the very which way strength shines. I sent these over to her and she said birth photography connects so much for her, especially in the blurry aftermath. [...]

The Anderson family maternity session in Hanover Park IL

The Anderson family maternity session in Hanover Park IL

This lovely family is getting ready to welcome their third sweet little baby! I am also going to be present to capture that momentous occasion. They are planning a home birth and I can't wait for the day I get the call that baby is on their way. For our maternity session together we were [...]

Baby Mara 9 months later, Jefferson Park Chicago IL

Baby Mara 9 months later, Jefferson Park Chicago IL

Baby Mara is 9 months old. Photographing pandemic babies. What a sentence that is right. I had a chance to work with baby Mara's parents as I captured their maternity session together. They choose to push back their newborn session and I completely respect that as this season of life has just been overwhelming for [...]

Welcoming the baby sister lucy, Itasca IL family photography

Welcoming the baby sister lucy, Itasca IL family photography

Visiting older clients is complety magical. Time is so beautiful isn't it. Whenever I get a chance to work with older clients again , I won't lie, it feels like I come full circle. To be validated in that way, to know how much my work means to them is a beautiful thing. The Colello [...]

Wicker Park extended family session with the Hawley Family

Wicker Park extended family session with the Hawley Family

Extended family sessions can be intimidating. Big crowds of people to photograph generally make me nervous. Last weekend I got a chance to photograph the Kindt family. I am happy to report that the nerves completely and quickly subsided as they were such lovely people. I mean they brought a cute pup, what else do [...]

Baby Cullen at home newborn session Chicago IL

Baby Cullen at home newborn session Chicago IL

At home newborn photography sessions will never get old Oh baby! Little Cullen is here, he arrived a week early and woah he is one big, beautiful boy! I was anxiously waiting for his arrival. I had worked with his parents just a month before capturing Allyson's maternity session in Evanston IL. & I have [...]

BABY ISAAC’S BAPTISM | LOMBARD IL FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

BABY ISAAC’S BAPTISM | LOMBARD IL FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

I photographed the baptism celebration of the sweetest little boy, Isaac. I've know his parents for a while. From my time knowing them I know how much this sweet little one was prayed for. I am so happy to have been there to photograph this beautiful moment in their lives. Maria and Jake were married [...]

LUNDE FAMILY MATERNITY SESSION | NORTH AURORA IL MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

LUNDE FAMILY MATERNITY SESSION | NORTH AURORA IL MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

Baby number 5. If anyone can, this family is the perfect family for that and more. Their love runs so incredibly deep. This group of 4 boys is adding one more. Another beautiful, kind and sweet boy. Kayla is the perfect mom for boys. She raises them to embrace their wild an at the same [...]

BOB AND BROOKE’S WEDDING REMIX | AURORA ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

BOB AND BROOKE’S WEDDING REMIX | AURORA ILLINOIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

It's been a hell of a rollercoaster of emotions on the road to this wedding, I'm sure. Having to push back dates and planning, just seems incredibly overwhelming. But at last! THEY MADE IT! The day started in the bride's childhood home in Aurora IL. I and my amazing second shooter (Jessica Rasmussen) captured the [...]

Conversations with the sun | Adri De La Cruz Self portrait artist, Chicago and West suburbs photographer

Conversations with the sun | Adri De La Cruz Self portrait artist, Chicago and West suburbs photographer

This is the recipe of lifesaid my motheras she held me in her arms as I weptthink of those flowers you plantin the garden each yearthey will teach you that people toomust wiltfallrootrisein order to bloom r u p i k a u r I bought myself some sunflowers recently. It's one of my favorite [...]

31hours, road trip to California |Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

31hours, road trip to California |Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

Last week completely unplanned and stupidly so, I drove to California. If you don't know that's 31 damn hours. Was it impulsive? probably. Do I regret it? HELL NO. Would I do it again? Absolutely, but perhaps with a little more planning and more time to and back. I should also mention that my kids [...]

PEERSPACE | 10 BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS IN CHICAGO

PEERSPACE | 10 BEST NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHERS IN CHICAGO

Just wanted to write a little thank you. To all of the families who have invited me into their lives and spaces. Yesterday I got an email from Peerspace, it's a website where you can book spaces to teach, celebrate and host amongst other things. They named me one of 10 best Chicago Newborn Photographers. [...]

Amador family session in the beautiful Lincoln park zoo area and honeycomb

Amador family session in the beautiful Lincoln park zoo area and honeycomb

Catching up with repeat clients is so lovely, I fist met little miss Rosie in her babyhood. Now there is a stark contrast in who she is now. She's a lively and busy toddler who kept us on our toes. I love how excited she was to see the ducks and the reminder of kids [...]

Allyson + Conall maternity session at the Evanston IL lighthouse

Allyson + Conall maternity session at the Evanston IL lighthouse

Allyson told me she fell in love with this location for the way it brought both of their stories out of it, and that's kind of my favorite thing about the session. She's from Indy and the sand dunes connected her to it, and Connell grew up in Evanston. It is just that more special [...]

Baby Solomon’s arrival, the Santiago family outdoor session in Sauk Village IL

Baby Solomon’s arrival, the Santiago family outdoor session in Sauk Village IL

I cannot believe how lucky we got with this incredible warm day. It was such a joy to see big sister Selah again, she is this little rain of sunshine, who just smiles and is so cooperative the whole time. It's one of my favorite parts about working with kids, their curiousity. We got to [...]

Baby Panek baptism celebration, Chicago and West suburbs event photographer

Baby Panek baptism celebration, Chicago and West suburbs event photographer

A few times a year I am hired to go capture significant celebrations. Baptisms are so special. The way I try and capture them is strictly more domumentary but I do get to sneak in some moments to capture one of my favorite subjects, Motherhood. This sweet little babe was unfortunately too tired for much [...]

Seasons are changing, Self Portraits with my children in Jackson Park Chicago IL

Seasons are changing, Self Portraits with my children in Jackson Park Chicago IL

Well hello there. I dragged my kids out for some self portraits and a new adventure. You want to know something.. it felt amazing. I've missed getting behind the lens, I used to do it so damn much before. It always felt like it pushed my growth. I think I'm currently stifling my creativity. So [...]

Luis and Ale celebrating their love in the early morning at the Imperial Dunes in California | Chicago couples photographer

Luis and Ale celebrating their love in the early morning at the Imperial Dunes in California | Chicago couples photographer

When you have both a dope sister photographer you have to fly her out immediately obviously! . I won't lie and say there wasn't awkwardness. I mean a couples session is meant to me intimate and full of connection, trust, love, hands on each other etc... and with your sister there, I'm sure it felt [...]

Karen and Jordan visit Galena IL, Chicago and west suburbs couples and wedding photography

Karen and Jordan visit Galena IL, Chicago and west suburbs couples and wedding photography

Oh these kids! I call them kids because this is my sister and their partner. Karen is the COMPLETE opposite of me they are 8 years younger and at some level we joke that my parenting started w them. We have spend our whole lives at odds. I've always been all about swallowing the heck [...]

Welcome baby Reese | Chicago IL newborn photographer

Welcome baby Reese | Chicago IL newborn photographer

I am happy to say that I both a baby person and a dog person. & sessions with both are some of my favorites. I have to say that Big brother pup Norbert (so in love with his name) and adorable baby Reese did not dissapoint. Newborn sessions can be so comical because of their [...]

From homebirth to a full home, Edgewater Chicago IL newborn and family photographer

From homebirth to a full home, Edgewater Chicago IL newborn and family photographer

One of my favorite things about this job is the storytelling. With some families I have the joy and honor to capture full stories. I meet them right when they find out their life will change in the near future and I get a chance to see them at the different points in the road [...]

The Santiago family is growing, Orland Park IL maternity photographer

The Santiago family is growing, Orland Park IL  maternity photographer

I had the absolute pleasure to get to capture the joy of this beautiful family. They are expecting their second child and can you see the look on big sister's face? She was such a wonderful kiddo. She's awaiting the arrival of her brother. From our session together I learned about her favorite snacks and [...]

Hannah and Eric welcome their sweet baby girl at home | Chicago IL birth photographer, Edgewater neighborhood

Hannah and Eric welcome their sweet baby girl at home | Chicago IL birth photographer, Edgewater neighborhood

Each birth I attend is this beautiful unfolding story. My clients are all different, lighting can be diffent. Comfort levels too, Dynamics etc. First time parents however seem to all be the same. They are all at the precipice of a life changing moment, unlike anything before. I can sense the nervousness and the hesitation. [...]

Baby Diego’s arrival | Bolingbrook newborn and family photographer

Baby Diego’s arrival | Bolingbrook newborn and family photographer

hello 2021 I can't believe it's a whole new year already. While yes, things are still dicey when it comes to photo sessions and more at home- work, I finally got to photograph my first at home newborn session since the pandemic started. I am the opposite of a homebody, so I'm so grateful for [...]

Camblin Family session in Elmhurst IL Wilder Mansion

Camblin Family session in Elmhurst IL Wilder Mansion

Well this session was a big surprise. I do believe this was my first big family session without any babies. It also made me think about the direction of my work and how to incorporate my personal work as my kids get older. I do think it's a thing of beauty to still want to [...]

Hannah and Eric, Lincoln Park maternity session

Hannah and Eric, Lincoln Park maternity session

Sweet December is here, and the time to meet this sweet little baby is nearing. Time has absolutely flown by. I've been pregnant a number of times and have given birth just twice. Both times it was a defferent experience. I brought those babies home and I was a different person. After my son I [...]

My loves | Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photographer

My loves | Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photographer

I cant believe we're here, so close to December. Just about to celebrate Thanksgiving. As I mentioned in on my previous post things are looking different in the future for us. Perhaps this is too heavy and personal for my photography page or perhaps it's just what my clients need from me. To see me, [...]

The Dryfhout Family session | Homer Glen IL photographer

The Dryfhout Family session | Homer Glen IL photographer

The absolute most kind of people also happen to be the most beautiful. We did the math during their session and I have been photographing their beautiful family since before little miss E was even alive. How insanely special is that. I've seen two of their stunning homes and have seen the kids go through [...]

Quantifiable beauty, self portraits| Adri De La Cruz, Wood Dale IL family photographer

Quantifiable beauty, self portraits|  Adri De La Cruz, Wood Dale IL family photographer

I heard something recently. It said " dreaming is a form of planning". It resonated wildly with my soul. Everything I've ever wanted started as a dream. Me with my wild expectations. Most of the time when I would voice my dreams to others it would sound like I lost my damn mind. It always [...]

Life is amazing, a little personal – Itasca IL family photographer

Life is amazing, a little personal – Itasca IL family photographer

Last time at this year I dragged my little family out to a beautiful field for some photographs. I didn't get to book a photographer early enough and therefore I took these myself with the use of a tripod and self timer. Would absolutely not reccomend it's so tedious. Oh did I mention coyotes came [...]

Jessica and Alex, Maternity session in Hyde Park- Chicago IL

Jessica and Alex, Maternity session in Hyde Park- Chicago IL

Im completely in love with this location. Let me just start by saying that. Sometimes you get little victories and surprises by taking the time to venture out some way out of your comfort. So much of what makes a good photographer is their ability to connect their clients to the enviroment. Love was certainly [...]

McCallum extended family session, Long Grove Illinois photographer

McCallum extended family session, Long Grove Illinois photographer

This past weekend was just incredible weather for sessions and exploring. I had a chance to catch up with the lovely McCallum family and they brought along her sister and family. Karissa is such a kind and wonderful soul, she is just one of those inviting people that I think everyone should have in their [...]

Lupe and Jordan get married, Chicago and west suburbs elopment photographer

Lupe and Jordan get married, Chicago and west suburbs elopment photographer

I took on this beautiful elopment of sorts a few months back. Jordan and Lupe were, like most couples just trying to wed in this weird situation of a year. Sorrounded by their extended family and friends and practicing safety protocols they wed in a beautiful ceremony. Lupe looked insanely beautiful, I mean look at [...]

The Anderson Family | a beautiful cloudy morning at Busse Woods In Elk Grove Village

The Anderson Family | a beautiful cloudy morning at Busse Woods In Elk Grove Village

So we managed to see a few beautiful elk cows in the grass on this lovely morning. I love when I meet new families especially close to the holiday season. I learned that Mama is a native to Minnesota and Dad is originally from Wisconin so naturally baby was not even going to be remotely [...]

Bob and Brooke’s Mini weekend wedding | Adri De La Cruz Chicago Photographer

Bob and Brooke’s Mini weekend wedding | Adri De La Cruz Chicago Photographer

Oh how this year will live in infamy for all of the plans it's destroyed and the amount of plans that have changed because of it. But in the midst of all of that is a ton of opportunities to see and live life a little differently. I have seen numerous Covid weddings and they've [...]

Orland Park IL, Meha family session | Adri De La Cruz family photographer

Orland Park IL, Meha family session | Adri De La Cruz family photographer

A few weeks ago I did this beautiful session at 3:30 pm. Why is that relevant? well if you're a photographer, then you know how difficult brighter light can be for a session especially with little kiddos. They move fast and they're unpredictable. Most of the space in this location was also very open. But [...]

Standing in the light | Chicago and west suburbs photographer

Standing in the light  | Chicago and west suburbs photographer

This post is a little departure from what I usually blog, beautiful families with tiny humans who bring so much joy. But I think throwing something different at you is something you can handle. May even be necessary. I've been exploring what my womanhood means to me. & I probably shoud have shared self portraits [...]

E+C The Berkshire room Chicago surprise wedding

E+C The Berkshire room Chicago surprise wedding

This last December, which now seems like ages ago due to the changes in Covid and our collective struggles and lives. I photographed this lovely surprise wedding for Emily + Clark. No one was aware that they would be a part of being present for the unifying ceremony of their lives. It was such a [...]

Fresh 48 Baby Ana Maria | Best Downtown Chicago and West suburbs newborn photographer

Fresh 48 Baby Ana Maria | Best Downtown Chicago and West suburbs newborn photographer

I came back to visit with this little lady the day after her birth. It was so worth it to be able to see her lovely face again with a little less puffyness and much more calmness. I would honestly recommend a fresh 48 if you budget doesn't allow for a birth package. It did [...]

Davison birth at Prentice Hospital | Downtown Chicago family and birth photography

Davison birth at Prentice Hospital | Downtown Chicago family and birth photography

“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.”― C. JoyBell C. Birth is such a high. After every single birth I leave with a little bit of strength and joy. It's absolutely joyus to see a birthing human relish in their [...]

Radford Family, the end of a nursing journey, Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

Radford Family, the end of a nursing journey, Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

I know I've written before about how insanely special it is to be a part of my incredibly beautiful families journies. I have been capturing this beautiful family for a few years now. From little miss A's birth up until now and the end of her nursing milestone. The Radford's are such a unique and [...]

WALK ALONG THE RIVER CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

WALK ALONG THE RIVER CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Much of our adventures go undocumented nowadays since Im so busy with work and life, I have to make it a point to come back to this. My big boy will be 9 already at the end of the month. How on earth is that possible. It feels like just yesterday I was bringing him [...]

Potempa Family porch session- Downers Grove IL family photographer

Woa I loved visiting with this lovely family that I hadn't seen since their baby boy was one! Now here he is in his brand new roles a a big brother. Also can I just say that Downers Grove is insanely beautiful. I honestly felt like I was in a different state. I also had [...]

Elk Grove Village IL family fall session -The Radfords

Elk Grove Village IL  family fall session -The Radfords

One of the biggest compliments is when a beautiful family returns to work with you. I was so incredible honored when I knew that even though thier travel time would be long they were willing to make the trip to have our shoot together. They are raising some incredible fearless girls, with so much love [...]

McCallum Family, six months later | Itasca IL family photographer

McCallum Family, six months later | Itasca IL family photographer

I am so damn honored to have seen this family twice this year. I cant believe how gorgeous and big baby L has gotten. I met this family back early this year as I was a backup for their home birth. They blew me away with their kindness and just how excited they were to [...]

Off beat sunset newborn session | Oak Park family photography

Off beat sunset newborn session | Oak Park family photography

I met Lacy at a starbucks with her little family, as they were on the hunt for a photographer. I was honored to have been able to interview with them. From the moment I met her her beautiful positive demeanor just drew me in. We went through our year checking in, I photographed her maternity [...]

Esmael Family | field and summer session in Hanover Park IL

Esmael Family | field and summer session in Hanover Park IL

I've know the Esmaels for quite sometime. I've followed the on Social Media and I have loved seeing their family adventures and also just watching them become the beautiful family that they are. So when Courtney reached out for family photographs I was ecstatic. We had a blast playing and shooting in the tall fields. [...]

The Beck family | Lincoln Park IL, family photographer

The Beck family | Lincoln Park IL, family photographer

What an absolute joy was this family. They had the sweetest back story, and one of the amazing and most funniest things is that they both have the same name. They were a part of a Dockatot campain to celebrate all kinds of different families. Baby O was so calm and beautiful. You could see [...]