Commercial work for Dockatot | Chicago family photography

I’m always so damn grateful for all of the opportunities this life has given me and continues to give me. I think that being in the industry that I am the comparison joy creeps in often. I have to constantly remind myself that my voice is what sets me apart. Last year I was awarded the opportunity to work on several campains for Dockatot. I learned so much from those experiences. Self sabotage and the feeling that I wasn’t good enough creep in often as well. I think it does for most of my sessions . But you know what, the voice that tells me that I CAN DO THIS is louder. It is the driving force behind owning my ability and power. I can absolutely fail, and will probably will fail more than win at this point. But I have learned that the losses give me more than my wins. I have no idea what any of that has to do with the images of this adorable baby and these cute products but I guess I just want anyone who might be reading this that no matter what hardship, you can do this. Fail, but with grace, knowing you will recover. The way up is hard but so rewarding.

Becca + Miles Jefferson Park Chicago Maternity session | Adri De La Cruz photographer

Becca + Miles Jefferson Park Chicago Maternity session | Adri De La Cruz photographer

I photographed the beautiful Becca and Miles expecting their first daughter a few weeks ago. It was the perfect cool summer weather for an outdoor session. Their dog Kip was such a sweetheart, in his old age he was able to explore and be a part of this session for his owners. This location was so insanely beautiful and I think it matched her beautiful gown perfectly. We had a converstation about what it’s meant to be pregnant during this crazy pandemic time. She shared with me that her family threw her facebook group showers and the amount of Ft during this time. Family is also driving in from out of town since theyre both from outside Chicago. Just a completely different experience it seems. Her positivity was just the best though. It’s very powerful to keep such an amazing perspective on life. I wish I could accurately capture her glow because it truly was the most radiant I have ever seen. I can’t wait to photograph her bautiful baby.

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Kerlyn Van Gelder’s magic | a little bit of life, Chicago maternity photographer

Kerlyn Van Gelder’s magic | a little bit of life, Chicago maternity photographer

This new decade has already proven that I am going to be completely challenged and pulled in all kinds of crazy directions. So to take a break from that I am going through old images and publishing, erasing, and moving forward. My amazing friend @KerlynVanGelder taught this amazing session for me in Portland and I can’t belive I haven’t shared what I was able to capture through my lens. I hope you enjoy these images. I want to start adding more of raw motherhood images to my work.

What a year ! Chicago family photographer

What a year ! Chicago family photographer

This year, no scratch that. This decade has been full of amazing surprises. 2019 was such a revelation. It was a huge year for growth and understanding personally, but also a tremendous year for my business. I want to thank all of my incredible clients that took a chance on me this year. I met some of the loveliest humans, but I also had so many families returning with their own crazy changes and growth. Photography can enable us to capture much more than an image. And I am so lucky to be able to do this. Here is a quick blog of my very own little bunch. We thrive on sponteneity and imprefection.

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Walker family | Lincoln Park IL family photography

Walker family | Lincoln Park IL family photography

Natasha and her sweet little handsome boy were the third family in the commercial shoot for Dockatot. They were absolutely a joy to work with. This baby was so calm and absolutely in love with his mama. He followed her with his gaze in such a loving way. The whole shoot he was the sweetest. I hope to get to work with them again in the future. She is a bad ass single mama just recently moved here from San Francisco. I hope they are enjoying this crazy time of transition.

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Baby with hands in mouth
sweet little baby toes in lincoln park IL
Mom nursing a baby boy at their lincoln park home
a sweet moment between mom and baby
sweeth toothed baby boy

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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hair in golden light
family in beautiful golden field

Beautiful day for a hospital birth Elmhurst IL | Adri De La Cruz chicago and west suburbs birth photographer

Beautiful day for a hospital birth Elmhurst IL  | Adri De La Cruz chicago and west suburbs birth photographer

Attending this birth was such a joy, and honestly I’ve never seen a more calm birther than this woman. Her peaks were just so controlled and effortless. At least that is how she expressed them. The day outside was just perfection, and this had been my first day birth in a while. It was just extremely laid back. But then the going got tougher. Then I knew baby was close to coming earth-side. Still with her strength she got to ten, and they prepped her for the babies arrival. Hospitals are much more restrictive when it comes to images during birth + active pushing, so I managed to get a few before I was reprimanded. Still I hope you can gather the beauty of this birth from these images. I am so proud of this amazing human, and I cannot wait to see that beautiful boy again!

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Lucky weather with the Rochleau Family Evanston IL | Adri De La Cruz – Chicago and West suburbs family photographer

Lucky weather with the Rochleau Family Evanston IL | Adri De La Cruz – Chicago and West suburbs family photographer

If you live in Chicago you absolutely know that we could potentially experience all four weather seasons in one day. This is when client communication really can make a difference, another of the not so strong suits that I’m working on bettering. During this specific week, we experienced just that, the day we were supposed to shoot it called for a chilly 40 degrees. On this evening the temp reached a warm 70. It was shocking. Kelly and I immediately jumped at the idea of changing the shooting day. She had her heart set on an outdoor newborn session and we knew we just had to jump at this weather. The whole drive there was nothing but sunny skies, then the minute I park my car… rain. Thankfully Kelly and her family just roll with whatever life throws at them. They now have 3 beautiful kiddos. I am so honored to have been able to visit one of their favorite places in Chicago and to capture all of their beauty. This whale wall is just so much of everything I love. I hope you enjoy their beautiful gallery!

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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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Goodbye summer | 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 of them fighting for the best spot near the water. After this summer I no longer have a kid at home to keep me busy. There is so much change ahead for us. Schedules are getting full, and so are backpacks.

Next week is the first day of school for my littlest, she’s starting prek. I know she’s going to love it, she is one of the most extroverted kids I know. I look forward to hearing all of the stories. Change is never easy. Nonetheless, we just have to keep moving forward.

 

 

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