Kathleen and her sweet new baby girl, morning session, Chicago and Oak Park’s best lifestyle photographer

Kathleen and her sweet new baby girl, morning session, Chicago and Oak Park’s best lifestyle photographer

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”

― Mitch Albom

Working on this campain for the different types of families around the Chicagoland area was so insanely wonderful. This newly formed family constist of Mom and her brand new baby girl. I was absolutely in awe of her story and the way she depicted making the choice to become a mother. I always think that parenthood is such a blessing and in so many ways we sometimes we are constantly learning and evolving. In my own journey it has been absolutely important that my childern understand just how loved and wanted their lives are to my story. When Kathleen recounts her story to her beautiful daughter, there will be no doubt that she was absolutely meant to be her daughter, and how loved she is.

Villagomez Family, Schaumburg family and newborn photography

Villagomez Family, Schaumburg family and newborn photography

With tiny little Valentina the Villagomez family expanded their hearts to become a family of four. She has been the tiniest baby I have photographed. My favorite part about newborns is their super curly qualities and the tiny little fists they can’t help but form. The way they wrap their tiny hands around their loved ones. Did I mentione that her big sister is one! Still just a baby herself and already feeling so proud. This family is incredibly beautiful and Im so happy I had a chance to photograph them in this new chapter in their life.

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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 session, we prepped and got ready for the upcoming birth. The day of the birth unplanned situations occured and she really showed more of her true self. The way she handled the changes were beautiful. I saw a human break down and pick herself up. I saw a partner completely support the love they share, and be there spiriually and physically. & then these photos were two weeks later. Can’t you just feel the radiating love? This sweet baby girl could not be more loved. I love her story! I often think of the times in the future when birth images will be shared, and how inpactful it will be for her, to see the strenght and the love that was shared on the one night in July. Their little union is unbreakable. I cannot wait to see how they evolve, also can we talk about the doting brother. They are just too much !

Birth is powerful, and I am so lucky to be able to capture it. If you’re interested in having your birth photographer click here!

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Ajani, Hyde Park newborn session | Adri De La Cruz Photographer

Ajani, Hyde Park newborn session | Adri De La Cruz Photographer

Strong like thunder he came.

While I wasn’t able to be present during his birth, I heard all about her birth plan for him. His mom had all the confidence it took to educate herself and have the birth she always wanted. At home surrounded by light and love. She is definitely full of tenacity.

I should also point out that they were in a midst of a move and we chose a sweet spot to do this session at. Two walls and a window, so if you’re thinking an at home session isn’t for you because of your clutter and space, well I’m here to prove to you that it is possible to create beautiful images with very little.

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Almost the same birthday | Oak Park, IL birth photography

Almost the same birthday | Oak Park, IL birth photography

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” 
― Napoleon Bonaparte

I am in awe of this incredible mama. The grace and strength she showed during her incredible birth story was so powerful. This sweet baby decided to start making her appearance while I was away in Denver. On my last day of vacation, mama text’d me that her water had broke. It was 10 pm and I was to fly back to Chicago at 5 am. I was so excited for her , but nervous that I would not make it, and my back up would absolutely have to step in and photograph it. Things slowed down and I made it home. I had woken up at 3 am to make my flight and with all the chaos of getting home I didn’t sleep. At around 7 pm I was called to head over to join the birth team. I watched as she worked through her surges.

During the night her amazing team noticed something seemed different. The head midwife joined the birth and she accessed the situation. They determined that the baby was facing the incorrect way. If you’re reading this I completely act like a fly on the wall, I don’t ask questions, so the details are fussy and I’m just typing what I remember. I heard the words “face presentation” among other things. After trying so hard to change the presentation manually, and with a bunch of other incredible ways via her Doula. The call was made to head to the hospital for a C-section. You could feel the amount disappointment and sadness was so real for this mama. She had worked so incredibly hard, and now the reality was things had changed. This was my first C-section experience, and while I wish I had been able to capture the babies arrival, I still was able to see those first moments as she became the mama she was meant to be for a second time.

What an honor to be a part of this story. This is why I photograph births. It is all magical. C section mama’s your story matters. Your birth is just as beautiful.

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3 Month session of baby Alex | Chicago + west suburbs best family photographer

3 Month session of baby Alex | Chicago + west suburbs best family photographer

I made it, I finally got to see this beautiful boy again.

He was my first hospital birth, my only complaint would be those thin mattresses used for the birthing partner to sleep on, holy ouch. That’s a no from me. lol. How do they make partners nap or even sleep overnight there? I was able to test them out during my birth session with them. While uncomfortable It was still such an honor to see this sweet little guy make his very vocal entrance onto this world.

I couldn’t believe how alert and big he had gotten. I know a ton of my colleagues are not fond of 3 months sessions because babies are not able to sit or do much. But that’s the point!!! (me with my shouty exclamation points) They are this lovely tiny human just needing their moms just as much as a newborn while smiling and cooing and just being rad.

bring on more 3-month sessions, please!

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Baby B |Adri De La Cruz – Chicago + West Suburbs best newborn and family photographer

Baby B |Adri De La Cruz – Chicago + West Suburbs best newborn and family photographer

Here back again with this beautiful family. When I met K she was a mom of two and so was I. While I still am a mom of two, she has added two additional beautiful boys since then. I couldn’t tell you how different we are. Once of the things we have in common is our love for our kids. She inspires me to be have more patience and speak with love, and honestly she makes me feel sane. Her family is insanely kind and so stunning. I am so honored to be able to call her a friend. I hope you enjoy her gallery.

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Baby H | Adri De La Cruz, Chicago, and West Suburbs best newborn photographer

Baby H | Adri De La Cruz, Chicago, and West Suburbs best newborn photographer

 

When the email said, “we have two pugs we’d love to include in the shoot” I immediately became beyond excited. Not only am I a baby person, but I think there is nothing better than a pup and a new baby. Dog’s are my jam.  This whole session was beyond beautiful, their house was the perfect background.

Baby H was the calmest baby. I didn’t even hear a peep out of him the whole session. I’m still unsure if that’s a bunch of red hair on his head but I sure hope so! On their walls was a text exchange from his parent’s first contact, in it was a conversation about pugs. How they both had one. Sometimes it all starts with a dog, life is so beautiful that way.

 

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Baby A | Adri De La Cruz, Chicago’s best documentary + lifestyle newborn photographer

Baby A | Adri De La Cruz, Chicago’s best documentary + lifestyle newborn photographer

It feels like this was the calm after the storm. I captured this little family as they welcomed their baby at home 2 weeks prior to this image. In reality, this is probably the beginning of a new storm, a beautiful one at that. Angela, however, seems fully equipped to deal with the toughest of storms. The way she so calmly gave birth and the way she treats her oldest, I know for sure she is so ready for the new sweet baby girl. This whole family is just inspiring. They welcomed me into their home, and I just felt so incredibly comfortable. They made my job effortless.

Sometimes we get lucky like that! I wish them all the best as they start their new journey as a family of four.

 

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Beautiful night to have a baby | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago and west suburbs Birth Photographer

Beautiful night to have a baby | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago and west suburbs Birth Photographer

Oh, what a privilege it was to be present during this amazing over-night birth. It was the first time I joined a family overnight. Angelas’ strength was awe inspiring. She truly was one of those very peaceful birthers. She totally blew me away with the way she rocked this birth.

To say it was eventful and beautiful would be an understatement, there was chaos and so much uncertainty when it came to getting the water ready for birth. But then that sweet baby girl emerged and nothing else mattered. The big sister got woken up right before baby sister made her debut, and even though Angela was going through a contraction the smile on her face was so insanely contagious. I cannot say enough how much she amazed me. Although she had so much support her partner really takes the cake, he was so helpful and awesome in every way. I truly fell in love with their family. Stay tuned from images of their new baby.

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