Like lightning, quick home-birth in Arlington Heights | Adri De La Cruz Chicago and West suburbs birth photographer

Like lightning, quick home-birth in Arlington Heights | Adri De La Cruz Chicago and West suburbs birth photographer

WOA BABY!

Back in April I had the freaking experience of a lifetime. I watched a beautiful mama catch her sweet baby boy. This birth is actually in two parts, we had two nights. I was called over and sent home the first day, even though no baby came that day. I got to know her incredible birth team. By the way she had never had anyone present for her two prior births. When she stalled out, at 4 cm, she decided to not intervene with her process and allowed that baby to stay put for as long as he needed to. Remember patience is a virtue. The second night we were called over I opted to take the highway since I wasn’t sure how quick it would be, and man am I gald I took the faster route. That sweet boy was extremely quick. I got there and withing 15 minutes, in a blink of an eye he was here. She is a badasss and i am so lucky to have captured this incredible moment.

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DAY TWO

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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3 Month session of baby Alex | Chicago + west suburbs best family photographer

3 Month session of baby Alex | Chicago + west suburbs best family photographer

I made it, I finally got to see this beautiful boy again.

He was my first hospital birth, my only complaint would be those thin mattresses used for the birthing partner to sleep on, holy ouch. That’s a no from me. lol. How do they make partners nap or even sleep overnight there? I was able to test them out during my birth session with them. While uncomfortable It was still such an honor to see this sweet little guy make his very vocal entrance onto this world.

I couldn’t believe how alert and big he had gotten. I know a ton of my colleagues are not fond of 3 months sessions because babies are not able to sit or do much. But that’s the point!!! (me with my shouty exclamation points) They are this lovely tiny human just needing their moms just as much as a newborn while smiling and cooing and just being rad.

bring on more 3-month sessions, please!

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Baby A | Adri De La Cruz, Chicago’s best documentary + lifestyle newborn photographer

Baby A | Adri De La Cruz, Chicago’s best documentary + lifestyle newborn photographer

It feels like this was the calm after the storm. I captured this little family as they welcomed their baby at home 2 weeks prior to this image. In reality, this is probably the beginning of a new storm, a beautiful one at that. Angela, however, seems fully equipped to deal with the toughest of storms. The way she so calmly gave birth and the way she treats her oldest, I know for sure she is so ready for the new sweet baby girl. This whole family is just inspiring. They welcomed me into their home, and I just felt so incredibly comfortable. They made my job effortless.

Sometimes we get lucky like that! I wish them all the best as they start their new journey as a family of four.

 

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CLIFFORD FAMILY | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago and West Suburbs, rhythmic storytelling family photographer

CLIFFORD FAMILY | Adri De La Cruz- Chicago and West Suburbs, rhythmic storytelling family photographer

I taught for the first time!

I photographed a REAL FAMILY in their ACTUAL home in front of other 20 + photographers. I was hella nervous, and not to mention, what the rest of my crew doesn’t realize is that I screwed up with Cate (the mama) I gave her the wrong date, and It could have been a catastrophe. Cate had cleaners over in preparation for the NEXT DAY! why am I telling you this? Well because to screw up is just part of life, and I am someone who rolls with the punches. Plus I had Brittany Dejesus on my team, she would have helped me knock on every door until we found a family willing to be our models if the Clifford’s had not been able to. As fate would have it my snaffuu worked out in so many ways, unfortunately, Cate’s grandfather fell ill that weekend, and the fact that we shot earlier made it possible for Cate to drive two hours to her family and to be together in such a tough time. He passed that next day. I am so so beyond grateful for the time Cate and her family gave us. Especially as she was so surprised to see me at the door.

They were so beautiful and their love can be felt on every corner of their beautiful home. I had my ISO set to 5000 and the light was all over the place, I missed some of my most important transitional images. But overall It was such an enlightening experience. During and even before my shoot I kept calling this session Hybrid, a mix of documentary + lifestyle but I’ve added the title of RHYTHMIC STORYTELLING to my work because I need, my images to make sense to me. That’s what I’m sticking to. That is how I am to shoot every session.

I won’t lie, it was chaos, and I probably forgot a million things I wanted to say, but it was an incredible experience. One I won’t forget.

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