WALK ALONG THE RIVER CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

WALK ALONG THE RIVER CHICAGO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Much of our adventures go undocumented nowadays since Im so busy with work and life, I have to make it a point to come back to this. My big boy will be 9 already at the end of the month. How on earth is that possible. It feels like just yesterday I was bringing him home. If you’re a new parent and or a new parent to be know that all the parent cliches are one thousand percent true! Every single one of them. I know I have a special chance to document their childhood and I should take more advantage of that. I can’t wait to have more freesom and explore the city of Chicago with these two more if we can’t venture out further. Life is changing but, it is also coming together at the same time.

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Fall morning in St. Charles IL |Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photography

Fall morning in St. Charles IL |Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photography

Catching up on my blogging, and this family has been a part of my photography journey since the beginning. They have grown into this beautiful little foursome. My husband and Ian, the dad have been friends since high school. That’s a long history and seeing each other’s kids grow up. Our daughters are even a few days away with birthdays. And actually I was at her first birthday pregnant and uncomfortable, then gave birth like a day or two later. How crazy is that.

For this session we got lucky with the perfect early morning calm skies and wind day. Actually I think we all worked up a sweat. It’s always an honor to capture their love.

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family at a shoot in Illinois

Winter Magic at home Orland Park, IL | Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

Winter Magic at home Orland Park, IL | Adri De La Cruz chicago family photographer

Oh my heart!

It is such a joy to do this job. It’s crazy to think that I captured that sweet child’s newborn photos. Now she’s this rambunctious big kid who just made every image glow with her sweet soul. I was beyond thrilled when Angelina reached out to capture them in their new home for the holidays. I am now getting around to sharing these. Let me tell you a little about how much love I feel when I am in their presence. Nothing but happy kids and inviting personalities. I always leave their session so full of content.

I won’t lie, I am full on wandering what this beautiful estate looks like in the summer. I hope you love these lovely images.

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Kid in some golden light at her orland park illinois home
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A little time in the sun, commercial shoot| River Forest IL, family photography, Adri De La Cruz

A little time in the sun, commercial shoot| River Forest IL, family photography, Adri De La Cruz

An amazing company reached out for this shoot! So I headed out to these beautiful woods in River Forest IL. It’s such an amazing town. Pay’s family was just so stunning. This little baby was so chill and easy going, she really made my job so easy. Every time she had a moment, dad would put on baby shark and she was all smiles.

One of the most important aspects of my job is making sure I capture families in their truth. & Have their love be reflected 100%. So it was so much fun to capture their love. Also I was so grateful for the cooler sun shine day. In Illinois we really have to be mindful of ticks and other bugs.

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Lunde family, the birth of an unnamed boy |Adri De La Cruz Best Chicago + West Suburbs Birth Photographer

Lunde family, the birth of an unnamed boy |Adri De La Cruz Best Chicago + West Suburbs Birth Photographer
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” 
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Audre Lorde

What a whirlwind of a time I had leading up to this birth. My client had mentioned that she, with every delivery, always got prodromal labor. While I had the easiest job in this situation, I was not ready for the uncertainty. She was most definitely done being pregnant. Every day seemed to be the day for about three weeks. Having dealt with the birth of my kids, I had no experience with pains from labor that didn’t progress anything. Throughout everything, my client kept such a positive attitude. We both stressed whether this beautiful boy would make his arrival on his due date December 24. Thankfully he remained put until after, two days before the new year. I arrived at my client house, she was worried that she had called all of us too soon. I was getting ready for bed when I got the call. I was full of excitement. I was not expecting a quick 3-hour birth. She deserved that though, for him to come quickly after making her wait. Her strength and power were just amazing. I am so grateful that I was a part of this incredible moment.

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Gemma is one | Adri De La Cruz Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

Gemma is one | Adri De La Cruz Chicago and west suburbs family photographer

What an honor it is to continue to see families grow older and older. Sometimes it’s so hard to see time reflected back at you, but when you have been a part of someone’s journey since birth. Well that’s just beyond incredible (find gemma’s birth here) you can see how fast time really does fly, and you wish for a second to stop it. When you’re a photographer you can. That’s why I do what I do. I feel passionate about my ability to stop time. To capture the magic of childhood even for a second. Families like these keep me going. They fill my cup with so much beauty.

Little miss Gemma, I wish you all the health in the world and a gazillion more beautiful birthdays with your parent’s and big brother Lincoln who is just the sweetest kid ever.

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Creative mama + kid session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West suburbs, family photographer

Creative mama + kid session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West suburbs, family photographer

The beauty of this world can be found everywhere you go! for this beautiful session, we headed to this local coffee shop as well as a walkway. I just loved how spunky and full of smiles this duo was. Heather is a fellow local photographer, I absolutely fell in love between the bond of her and her kiddo.

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Lopez Family rooftop session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs photographer

Lopez Family rooftop session | Adri De La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs photographer

The authenticity of this family is just so apparent, isn’t it?  I had lunch with the beautiful Jazmine, and she just completely blew me away. She is someone who continuously is doing something to better her spiritual life and the one of her community. They are hella inspiring. Plus the hearts of those girls are just pure gold. I got a chance first hand to explore their new adventure with the purchase of their new firehouse, which they have big plans for. I cannot wait to see what more comes from this amazing team. I loved capturing this incredible family. Scroll down to see some magic from our time together.

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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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Beautiful night to have a baby | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago and west suburbs Birth Photographer

Beautiful night to have a baby | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago and west suburbs Birth Photographer

Oh, what a privilege it was to be present during this amazing over-night birth. It was the first time I joined a family overnight. Angelas’ strength was awe inspiring. She truly was one of those very peaceful birthers. She totally blew me away with the way she rocked this birth.

To say it was eventful and beautiful would be an understatement, there was chaos and so much uncertainty when it came to getting the water ready for birth. But then that sweet baby girl emerged and nothing else mattered. The big sister got woken up right before baby sister made her debut, and even though Angela was going through a contraction the smile on her face was so insanely contagious. I cannot say enough how much she amazed me. Although she had so much support her partner really takes the cake, he was so helpful and awesome in every way. I truly fell in love with their family. Stay tuned from images of their new baby.

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