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 … More 31hours, road trip to California |Adri De La Cruz chicago family 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 … More Standing in the light | Chicago and west suburbs photographer

North Carolina alley | Adri de La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs family photographer

The journey to strong self-love is hard. It reminds me if that shitty Chicago street, you know which one I’m referring to. The one that you brace yourself for. The one that is riddled in potholes and you have to maneuver like MacGyver to safety. SELF LOVE, I mean. It seems to be a selling … More North Carolina alley | Adri de La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs family photographer

Goodbye summer | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago + West suburbs family photographer

Yesterday it felt like a sweet goodbye to summer. Yes, while I know the weather is so unpredictable I felt this overwhelming need to capture these very last moments of summer for my kids. I turned on the sprinkler for about 15 minutes and captured their joy. but let’s be honest there were also moments … More Goodbye summer | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago + West suburbs family photographer

Moments with them, spring beach day | Adri De La Cruz Photographer, Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

I can remember my mom describing my wild antics but only wished there was a photograph to see them, because I know I was wild. I just don’t have the proof of how much :P. I cannot stress enough how important it is to document your kids as they are.  The way their silly girn was full of tiny teeth or the untamed baby hair or in our case the gallos, a Mexican word for hairs that stand straight up and cannot tame no matter what you try. Below you can see all of that in my kids.  Also my daughter in the way she removed her shirt to match her brothers. … More Moments with them, spring beach day | Adri De La Cruz Photographer, Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

Adri de la Cruz | Chicago + West suburbs lifestyle photographer | beauty of womanhood

“The best I can say, it’s like this. A man’s in his skin, see, like a nut in its shell … It’s hard and strong, that shell, and it’s all full of him. Full of grand man-meat, man-self. And that’s all. That’s all there is. A woman’s a different thing entirely. Who knows where a … More Adri de la Cruz | Chicago + West suburbs lifestyle photographer | beauty of womanhood

Mama, you deserve to see yourself | P52radness highlights| Chicago + West suburbs Lifestyle Photographer

So at the end of 2016, I was in one of the worst creative ruts of my career. I say career because I’ve finally owned up to the title of Artist. But, that’s a topic for another day. I looked at my work from the past two years and it was full of conforming images. Stuff … More Mama, you deserve to see yourself | P52radness highlights| Chicago + West suburbs Lifestyle Photographer

TIME is | Chicago and suburbs family photography

Time is Too Slow for those who Wait, Too Swift for those who Fear, Too Long for those who Grieve, Too Short for those who Rejoice; But for those who Love, Time is not. Henry Van Dyke  ______________________   It’s hard to find the words. Having seen my mom cry many times after phone calls … More TIME is | Chicago and suburbs family photography

Summer is back | Chicago and suburbs family photographer

OH HALLELUJAH !! Summer is here! and of course we’ll soon be complaining of the high temperatures, mosquitos and the traffic. But for now we bask in the lovely honeymoon phase of when summer returns. Those few days when it is warm enough to get wet and be ok with it and not freeze outside. … More Summer is back | Chicago and suburbs family photographer

My boy

This parenting business is no joke  As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mom. I wanted to be young enough to enjoy it all. When we got married, we got pregnant immediately. I was 21 and with a little boy. It was wonderful, it still is. But now life is so … More My boy