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.

Dryfhout Family, Orland Park IL family photographer

Dryfhout Family, Orland Park IL family photographer

These humans I tell you, they pack in so much beauty and kindness. I’m so honored that I continue to photograph them! The insanity of this session still blows me away. From the light and the cold, goodness the cold. We worked under pressure quickly to achive some pretty great images, If I don’t say so myself.

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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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Goddess at the beach | Chicago maternity beach session, Adri De La Cruz

Goddess at the beach | Chicago maternity beach session, Adri De La Cruz

Flabbergasted by her beauty.

Sometimes in this line of work you get meet some truly calm and powerful souls. The way in which she told me her birth plan was amazing, full of hope and steadiness. Nothing could rock her.

For her session we headed to the beach, probably the only available location due to the high temperatures, the typical icy lake turned Luke warm. It was refreshing. To say that she made my job easy would be an understatement. It like she was made for basking in the sun.

To give you an update she had her birth, that same one she told me about, she brought to fruition. Just like I knew she would.

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A bright sunny morning in West Town with the Amador family | Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photography

A bright sunny morning in West Town with the Amador family | Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photography

Oh my heart. This sweet baby girl is basically the poster child for a happy baby. If I had a penny for every smile and coo she blessed me with during our session together I would be very a wealthy woman. She is just to loved. I could see that with every look from her adoring parents.

We headed to west town for a little urban session, which was a very fun experience. Plus I got to indulge and shop around this amazing Chicago area. I am a big fan of all types of art, the fact that we got to incorporate this incredible mural was exciting for me. The colors and textures were stunning. This family in front was just the cherry on top.

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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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Lunde Maternity session |adventure is what we do – Adri De La Cruz Chicago and west suburbs photographer

Lunde Maternity session |adventure is what we do – Adri De La Cruz Chicago and west suburbs photographer
Sometimes you get so lucky!

So living in the middle of suburbian Chicago always leaves me uninspired to be frank. I’m constantly bugging my clients to head out to the beautiful outskirts of this State, most times this isn’t possible. Well when it comes to rad friends that encourage adventure and that want a different type of approach to their maternity images, I have to wonder. How did I get so lucky?

The location is Starved Rock state park. We headed out in a lovely October warm morning. While it was foggy and wet the boys just loved being able to explore and check out their environment. Of course, because of the way I work, that is just pure gold for me. I want them to explore and be their goofy selves. I love this family so much, they picked up a ton of fall treasures and have now welcomed a fourth boy into their family stay tuned for that blog post.

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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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Baby Harlow | Chicago + West Suburbs Newborn and Family Photographer.

Baby Harlow | Chicago + West Suburbs Newborn and Family Photographer.

Oh my my, what a great privilege it is to now capture this beautiful family into their second baby. I started capturing this family when Big brother was in the belly, and now he’s a big, busy 1-year-old.

Baby Harlow wasn’t as calm as her big brother at this age, she is just as cute, however. Time certainly does not feel real. It’s only reflected in the chubby faces staring back at us. I look forward to seeing this little beauty all year long.

 

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