Kathleen and her sweet new baby girl, morning session, Chicago and Oak Park’s best lifestyle photographer

Kathleen and her sweet new baby girl, morning session, Chicago and Oak Park’s best lifestyle photographer

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”

― Mitch Albom

Working on this campain for the different types of families around the Chicagoland area was so insanely wonderful. This newly formed family constist of Mom and her brand new baby girl. I was absolutely in awe of her story and the way she depicted making the choice to become a mother. I always think that parenthood is such a blessing and in so many ways we sometimes we are constantly learning and evolving. In my own journey it has been absolutely important that my childern understand just how loved and wanted their lives are to my story. When Kathleen recounts her story to her beautiful daughter, there will be no doubt that she was absolutely meant to be her daughter, and how loved she is.

Potempa Family porch session- Downers Grove IL family photographer

Woa I loved visiting with this lovely family that I hadn’t seen since their baby boy was one! Now here he is in his brand new roles a a big brother. Also can I just say that Downers Grove is insanely beautiful. I honestly felt like I was in a different state. I also had the pleasure of meeting their sweet little new member. I love how adorable the siblings were and how protective he was of her.

LUNDE FAMILY- FRONT PORCH SESSION- AURORA IL

LUNDE FAMILY- FRONT PORCH SESSION- AURORA IL

It’s my first session back! finally. I can’t believe it. I’m so so happy to be back to work. The time away from all of my clients has been hard but also it solidified that I absolutely love my job so much. This new normal has been so hard on all of us. Harder on others, i don’t doubt. I feel so grateful that I am able to slow down my time and get time to stay home with my kids. I know many essential workers don’t get that luxury. I am planning a giveaway for some of those families.

I photographed this sweet session, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Being confined to a single space is new to me. Also I wasn’t sure how I would accomodate the social distancing and how it would influence my shooting style. I am happy to say that I can manage. I have added some tigher crops in post for a little variation that I love, and maintaining my favorite wide angle shoots. I guess if you’re not a photographer this all means nothing to you. haha, All of this to say, I loved it.

What a time to be a live. I am a true believer that art can always bring some strenght and beauty to any specific moment. The memories of this time will be so rough. But capturing some smiles can soften that up. If you are able to have a photographer capture your family, I highly encourage you to book it. Time is fleeting, even if its the crappiest time currently.

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Once upon a time in Austin TX | Chicago birth and family photographer

Once upon a time in Austin TX | Chicago birth and family photographer

These images were taken in September of last year in the beautiful Austin, Texas! it was a session led by the incredible Stormy Solis. Being in charge of a big event like this means I don’t really shoot a whole lot. But this light and beautiful family couldn’t be ignored, plus it was the last session of the day. It is always so much fun to see how other artists interpret the same subjects. I hope to go back to Austin someday and get to explore a bit more of that incredible city.

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Esmael Family | field and summer session in Hanover Park IL

Esmael Family | field and summer session in Hanover Park IL

I’ve know the Esmaels for quite sometime. I’ve followed the on Social Media and I have loved seeing their family adventures and also just watching them become the beautiful family that they are. So when Courtney reached out for family photographs I was ecstatic.

We had a blast playing and shooting in the tall fields. These kiddos were so sweet and they were like little bug encyclopedias. I most of all fell in love with the bond of sisterhood that is already so strong. This whole family is just so effortlessly beautiful. It was an honor to capture a little slice of that.

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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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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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Half a year old | Adri De La Cruz Batavia IL, family photographer

Half a year old | Adri De La Cruz Batavia IL, family photographer

6 months have gone by since her newborn shoot. Its crazy to see how fast time flies. What a concept. These little babies wear the time stamp so very pronounced. Their cheeks and chubby thighs, balance and hair growth shot it. Every day is a new change. So don’t blink and capture all of their babyhood.

This sweet little lady was mostly all smiles. She’s learning to balance when she seats, and is so aware of her brother’s presence . Looking over at him every time she could. I’m looking forward to seeing her one last time this summer.

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Starved Rock with my kids | Adri De La Cruz Oglesby IL, family photographer

Starved Rock with my kids | Adri De La Cruz Oglesby IL, family photographer

I finally managed to piece together this tiny and imperfect video of my kids at Starved Rock Park. I have been wanting to take on video for such a long time, but I always make excuses for mastering it or at least taking baby steps into learning more about it.

Like always, when presented with any new challenge my first instinct is to run, in the opposite direction. But in doing it, comes so much satisfaction. Hope you enjoy it.

S.

Moments with them, spring beach day | Adri De La Cruz Photographer, Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

Moments with them, spring beach day | Adri De La Cruz Photographer, Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

I hate that it took me almost a year to blog these. This was actually last spring, in April. We had such a warm start to our Spring so I loaded my kids and headed towards Indiana. Just a spur of the moment.

Since last year I bet you can guess how much they’ve changed, They are both so much taller but also a lot less patient with me and my camera tendencies. If you’re a mom and are wanting genuine moments with your kids I would say to stop worrying about the smiles and posed images.

I can remember my mom describing my wild antics but only wished there was a photograph to see them, because I know I was wild. I just don’t have the proof of how much :P. I cannot stress enough how important it is to document your kids as they are.  The way their silly girn was full of tiny teeth or the untamed baby hair or in our case the gallos, a Mexican word for hairs that stand straight up and cannot tame no matter what you try. Below you can see all of that in my kids.  Also my daughter in the way she removed her shirt to match her brothers.

 

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