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 that she knew just how loved she was. I hope you enjoy these images.

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Mayorca family at the South Shore beach | Adri De La Cruz, Hyde Park family photography

Mayorca family at the South Shore beach | Adri De La Cruz, Hyde Park family photography

Throughout our whole session I felt so connected to their family story. It was so heart breaking to hear the longing to be somewhere else, to go back to their home Venenzuela. But truly the way I saw them, it felt that even though circumstances (much like my own) have forced them to migrate to other places, they truly felt at home with each other. They radiated the word home and belonging. Their children just were so connected and beautiful.

We chatted about how we struggle to hold on to our native tongues for our kids, and how so many words online have hurt us deeply. Home is wherever you are, that may be true. But I hope that they get to return and feel that sense of belonging everyone deserves. For now I get to make new friendships in this beautiful city. One which I’ve adopted as my own. Its my home.

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Creative mama + kid session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West suburbs, family photographer

Creative mama + kid session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West suburbs, family photographer

The beauty of this world can be found everywhere you go! for this beautiful session, we headed to this local coffee shop as well as a walkway. I just loved how spunky and full of smiles this duo was. Heather is a fellow local photographer, I absolutely fell in love between the bond of her and her kiddo.

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Lopez Family rooftop session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs photographer

Lopez Family rooftop session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs photographer

The authenticity of this family is just so apparent, isn’t it?  I had lunch with the beautiful Jazmine, and she just completely blew me away. She is someone who continuously is doing something to better her spiritual life and the one of her community. They are hella inspiring. Plus the hearts of those girls are just pure gold. I got a chance first hand to explore their new adventure with the purchase of their new firehouse, which they have big plans for. I cannot wait to see what more comes from this amazing team. I loved capturing this incredible family. Scroll down to see some magic from our time together.

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

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

 

TIME JUST FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN! 

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.

 

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Can’t remember the day, day. Chicago + West suburbs family photographer

Can’t remember the day, day. Chicago + West suburbs family photographer

I loved this. day.

We got there way to late, and were not able to hang out in the kids section of this park. But I think they still enjoyed running and exploring. This was back in August. so I have a few images to catch up on. And not many words to share since the time difference kills me. All I remember from this day was trying to catch the shapes in the frame, and loving this beautiful light.

 

 

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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 

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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.

 

 

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