Beautiful morning engagement photoshoot at the Art Institute of Chicago, South Garden

Beautiful morning engagement photoshoot at the Art Institute of Chicago, South Garden

You know those rad couples that are just completely doing their own thing, well Brooke and Bob are certainly that. I met them last fall and I’m so excited that they picked me to photograph one of the most important days of their lives. For their engagement shoot, we completely froze a little but I think it was so worth it, I’m so grateful for the little bit of sunshine that showed up for us. It was so fun to get to know them a little more and see how they interact and show their love for each other, I’m a sucker for love stories. I can’t wait to see them walking down the aisle.

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Lunde’s Wheaton IL tree farm adventure | Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

Lunde’s Wheaton IL tree farm adventure | Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

It seems like just yesterday I was over capturing baby B’s arrival. Time is not our friend sometimes, babies grow up righ before our eyes. I know Christmas and everything related to this beautiful holiday is so very important to this family. From the small ways in which they gather together to the important way they lead their lives. I see all of the beauty represented for them.

Their story began in a a tiny apartment not far from this Wheaton IL tree farm nursery. Also can we give a shout out to the owners of this place, we are so grateful for their inviting ways. It was fitting that we had a session here. They picked a tree then headed for some indoor warmth, a cup of joe, and hot chocolate for the kids. So many snuggles and memories in between. To say that they are some of my most favorite humans would be an understatement. I look forward to seeing this family expand and grow throught the years.

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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
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Mom nursing a baby boy at their lincoln park home
a sweet moment between mom and baby
sweeth toothed baby boy

ADRI DE LA CRUZ | CHICAGO + WEST SUBURBS LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

ADRI DE LA CRUZ | CHICAGO + WEST SUBURBS LIFESTYLE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

I could say a gazillion things about this family, how beautiful and well behaved the kiddos were and talk about the parent’s connection and all of the love they emphasized during our time together.  But I think that the images speak for themselves. You can take a peek at what makes this family a wonderful from these images.

I’m so grateful for the time Melissa let us be a part of the magic of her family.

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