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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Kerns Family | Adri De La Cruz Chicago and west suburbs lifestyle family photographer

Kerns Family  | Adri De La Cruz Chicago and west suburbs lifestyle family photographer

I met Lydia online.

She was a part of a private and small Facebook group started on WebMD, aimed at coping with miscarriage. That one thing unified a group of about 12 of us. I’ve loved her ever since. She’s one of those girls that can see your point of view but then tell you kindly and calmly how wrong you are without making you feel bad for it. Obviously, we were meant to be friends.
She invited me to join her in her new home in North Carolina to take some photographs of her beautiful family. They are all each authentically beautiful and I’m so honored to have been able to capture a slice of their love. Also that baby! I mean how freaking adorable is she? She gave me allll of the damn baby fever in the world.

We need to plan a girls trip soon for sure! I love her to pieces and even more so know that we became IRL friends. Oh how the world has changed.

 

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Sometimes a little throwback is needed | Chicago and sorrounding area family photographer

Sometimes a little throwback is needed | Chicago and sorrounding area family photographer

We are so over winter.

I know, I know how so very whinny of me. So with that, I am torturing myself sharing old images of warmth and sunshine. Plus I really really miss that cute little dress, it seems that we wore that every day of summer two years ago. I am currently in the midst of some inner feeling dealings, I’m not even sure what it is about the in-between time of winter-spring that I find so hard to deal with. Yet I am always so grateful for these two, they keep me grounded. Even though this motherhood gig just somehow keeps getting tougher, it also keeps getting more and more beautiful.

See I kept it short and sweet! I am so looking forward to warmth, Spring hurry up will ya.

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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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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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Adri de la Cruz | Chicago + West suburbs lifestyle photographer | beauty of womanhood

Adri de la Cruz | Chicago + West suburbs lifestyle photographer | beauty of womanhood

“The best I can say, it’s like this. A man’s in his skin, see, like a nut in its shell … It’s hard and strong, that shell, and it’s all full of him. Full of grand man-meat, man-self. And that’s all. That’s all there is.

A woman’s a different thing entirely. Who knows where a woman begins and ends? Listen, mistress, I have roots, I have roots deeper than this island. Deeper than the sea, older than the raising of the lands. I go back into the dark … I go back into the dark! Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman’s power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon. Who dares ask questions of the dark? Who’ll ask the dark its name?”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu

The beautiful Jess never disappoints.

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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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Nisi Family | Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

Nisi Family | Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

happy! 

That is what these images make me feel. In the summer the girls behind the Happy tog! Tracy Joy of Tracy Joy Photography & Jess Weinstock of Jessica Weinstock Photography (check them out they’re amazing)  had a Shoot out to raise money for a very worthy cause. Bringing a sweet baby girl home to a special family, the Kelley’s . Stephanie Kelley is another fantastic Lifestyle photographer. & while the sweet baby is not with them YET. I can’t help to feel happy at the amazing community of photographers in Chicago and suburbs that I am a part of. Take a peek and enjoy the Nisi family.

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Can’t remember the day, day. Chicago + West suburbs family photographer

Can’t remember the day, day. Chicago + West suburbs family photographer

I loved this. day.

We got there way to late, and were not able to hang out in the kids section of this park. But I think they still enjoyed running and exploring. This was back in August. so I have a few images to catch up on. And not many words to share since the time difference kills me. All I remember from this day was trying to catch the shapes in the frame, and loving this beautiful light.

 

 

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