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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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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Baby Gemma | Chicago + West suburbs at home newborn photographer

Baby Gemma | Chicago + West suburbs at home newborn photographer

Oh sweet baby!

This family, what can I say, but oh my goodness. I got so lucky in coming across Sarah and her little family, they make me so excited to photograph them every single time they hire me. They are full of love and all that realness. I was so honored to have captured sweet Gemma’s birth, it was a photographer’s dream come true.

I got to meet up with them for ms gemma’s sweet newborn session a few weeks after the birth, It was important to Sarah to capture as early as possible because babies change at seconds speed (:P), Ok not really but honestly sometimes I would wake up and realize that my baby was changing day to day.

For her session, we put a focus on that wonderful first bath, time with her adorable big brother and overall just capturing the little details and moments as a family of four. I hope I get to see ms gemma again I can’t even imagine how adorable she’s gotten.

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brace your self for a heavy image post! hope you enjoy them.

 

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Lunde Family | Chicago + West suburbs Lifestyle family photographer

Lunde Family | Chicago + West suburbs Lifestyle family photographer

Oh, the heart of this family.

It’s incredible to get to see these sweet boys grow in front of my camera. The love and connection that they share with one another is so beautiful to witness. I was lucky enough to witness Mr. G’s entrance into this world and we celebrated his first birthday with a family session.  One of my favorite things about them is their incredible attitude towards adventuring because I love capturing the beauty of childhood. I hope Kayla has 10 babies that I get to hang out with them every year and document all of the growth in complete amazement.

 

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