6-Moths, Milestone session | Chicago and Suburbs family photographer

6-Moths, Milestone session | Chicago and Suburbs family photographer



I’m in awe of time, still. Even after having my two babies, I can never believe that time actually flies as quick as it does.  I have the honor to capture all of sweet little H’s first year of life and even when he was in his mom’s belly. I am so excited for our next session. take a peek at how much joy he radiates.



TIME is | Chicago and suburbs family photography

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 wishing she could see her mother. It’s been 15+ years. From the moment she told me she’d be able to see her mom soon, it was surreal. You get used to the reality that you may never see that person again when you chose to immigrate to the USA. This is the story of my family. One that is the story of many.

This topic is not black and white.

On this day we arrived far too early. 3 hrs to be precise. We kept waiting anxiously for a familiar face. We even brought balloons, ones that my little 2yr. old released onto the ceiling of the airport shy of the meet and greet. We stat there, staring at strangers reuniting with their loved ones, passengers glad to be back home and kids excited to run the halls of the airport.

When we finally saw her, rushing through just as I remember her. It was a quick moment of disbelief. Her features much more pronounced, time showing heavy on her skin. Her eyes much more beautiful than I remembered, just as kind as always. The hugs were deep, and the tears flowed. Only broken by a moment of laughter as my Aunt emerged from the bathroom upset that she had missed her first sighting. We hope to have her visit us much more often. We hope we can also travel out to her as well. I am so happy to have captured these special images for them.




I never know what to write

I never know what to write

Like, never ever. I think it’s because English is second language that I have such a hard time conveying emotion on paper. Spanish is such an expressive language that I love, and I speak both well, but my feelings and emotions…I just am at a loss for words .

So i’m left writing very little to describe my images. I do hope though, that it doesn’t take much to understand my personal work. I want to so badly to explain in words each time, my love for this boy. How excited he feels when he is outdoors, how his wonder and awe for this world en captures my heart. I may never become the writer I want to be, but i hope that I am on my way to being the person I want to be.



Chicago family Photography – 5 for 5 PROJECT

5 for 5 day – Quatro

No one is more surprised than me that I’m still doing this project, personally I think I get so discouraged when I cannot post the day I am supposed to.

Here we are on a random trip to Target. They of course had to have companions. Go check out my Instagram, I forgot why she was crying.  but it is always an adventure with these two everywhere we go.

Chicago family photography – 5 for 5 a days DOS & TRES

Chicago family photography – 5 for 5 a  days DOS & TRES

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Dinner time!

Also messy house +messy kids , but beautiful light.

5 for 5 a day -TRES

After the park , we headed to get ice cream. L refused to let anyone else push his sister.

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Chicago Documentary & Storytelling Photographer-JRP headshots


I had so much fun exchanging Head shots with this beautiful lady. She is the owner of Jessica Rassmusen Photography. Jessica was amazing! It was,I believe an awkward experience for the both of us. I still had so much fun. She is one of those wild spirits, who flows freely and goes where her heart dictates. At least that is what I got from speaking to her. She is currently in Illlinois, but close to moving her whole family of four to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I am so excited for her, and I can’t wait to read and see where the journey takes her. Can you believe she has two kiddos. Nope, I can’t either.
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Chicago family Documentary & storytelling Photography – Short stories- change and turning 4

Change is scary. Then again, change is good. In the past recent months, we have moved to a new place and we are still getting used to it. Although we do miss our old neighborhood,Our new one is jammed packed with tiny families like ours. Soon Lucas will begin Prek, which will bring more change onto our routines. I want to add that I am a self- proclaimed change queen. I attended over 10 schools in my lifetime. Considering most kids go to 4 or 5 schools. That a whole bunch of new.

This past month Lucas also turned 4. He is considered a child now (sadly to my mama heart) . I’m not sure who made these guidelines up ; Baby, toddler, child, preteen…ect. They are kinda silly, and of course he is still my baby, but there is no denying he is loosing all of the things that made him my once chubby baby. For one, He has really embraced his role of big brother.He adores that girl to death.  He is taller and much faster, super strong. Also that brain is just insanely filled with his own ideas. He has opinions and judgments on activities. Its just a crazy explosion of learning. I know he is resilient, and he will embrace his new environment like a champ.

I can’t say kids are immune to change, but I do know that they are probably better at adjusting than us adults.
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Chicago – Family- Photographer – Menchaca family

Menchaca family
Once of the most wonderful families I know. I am so very excited because this year, I get to watch these two walk down the isle. I get to see their love unite, and complete a family. It makes me so incredibly happy for them. They deserve nothing but happiness for many years to come. I have to admit that I was secretly hoping Jeremy would pop out the ring here and have me photograph the proposal, because of course we all knew he had the ring. Unfortunately he was selfish (sarcasm!!!) and wanted that special moment to be between them two, alone. Can’t wait to toast to their love & dance the night away. Congrats you guys!!!!!

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Chicago family photographer- Riney family session 2014

R Y N E Y family.

This session was a doozey. One of the biggest, as far as the amount of people included, but also as far as heart + love is concerned. As a gift from the daughter in law to the beloved grandma, I was in charge of delivering photographs that conveyed how crazy & awesome their growing family is. It was incredibly hectic to say the least but i truly enjoyed every second of it. I can only hope that I did the family justice.


Chicago family photographer – Dryfhout family 2014

D R Y F H O U T family.
Holy smokes! If you’ve ever wondered what the perfect family looks like, well here it is!. These kiddos were a photographers dream, no muss or fuss. They made my job such a breeze. The love between this little family of four is felt far beyond these photographs. 10 lovely years in the making.

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