Brannigan Family |Oak Park IL

Brannigan Family |Oak Park IL

Meeting new clients is always so exciting. For this lovely session we were all so grateful at the way the weather gave us a huge break, you just never know what you’ll get in November/December in Chicago. If you’re a Local photographers you know how repetitive locations can feel. My client lives in the area so it was an easy decision to go with something more simple. River Forest and Oak Park have a ton of history and strong elemenets to use. In 2020 I want to add more local photoshoots to my portfolio. There’s something about the way your enviroment changes and the images you can capture there.

Have I mentioned what a sweetheart this little baby was? What a beauty. Honestly the Three of them were just so fun to work with.

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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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hair in golden light
family in beautiful golden field

Ajani, Hyde Park newborn session | Adri De La Cruz Photographer

Ajani, Hyde Park newborn session | Adri De La Cruz Photographer

Strong like thunder he came.

While I wasn’t able to be present during his birth, I heard all about her birth plan for him. His mom had all the confidence it took to educate herself and have the birth she always wanted. At home surrounded by light and love. She is definitely full of tenacity.

I should also point out that they were in a midst of a move and we chose a sweet spot to do this session at. Two walls and a window, so if you’re thinking an at home session isn’t for you because of your clutter and space, well I’m here to prove to you that it is possible to create beautiful images with very little.

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Almost the same birthday | Oak Park, IL birth photography

Almost the same birthday | Oak Park, IL birth photography

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” 
― Napoleon Bonaparte

I am in awe of this incredible mama. The grace and strength she showed during her incredible birth story was so powerful. This sweet baby decided to start making her appearance while I was away in Denver. On my last day of vacation, mama text’d me that her water had broke. It was 10 pm and I was to fly back to Chicago at 5 am. I was so excited for her , but nervous that I would not make it, and my back up would absolutely have to step in and photograph it. Things slowed down and I made it home. I had woken up at 3 am to make my flight and with all the chaos of getting home I didn’t sleep. At around 7 pm I was called to head over to join the birth team. I watched as she worked through her surges.

During the night her amazing team noticed something seemed different. The head midwife joined the birth and she accessed the situation. They determined that the baby was facing the incorrect way. If you’re reading this I completely act like a fly on the wall, I don’t ask questions, so the details are fussy and I’m just typing what I remember. I heard the words “face presentation” among other things. After trying so hard to change the presentation manually, and with a bunch of other incredible ways via her Doula. The call was made to head to the hospital for a C-section. You could feel the amount disappointment and sadness was so real for this mama. She had worked so incredibly hard, and now the reality was things had changed. This was my first C-section experience, and while I wish I had been able to capture the babies arrival, I still was able to see those first moments as she became the mama she was meant to be for a second time.

What an honor to be a part of this story. This is why I photograph births. It is all magical. C section mama’s your story matters. Your birth is just as beautiful.

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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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A bright sunny morning in West Town with the Amador family | Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photography

A bright sunny morning in West Town with the Amador family | Adri De La Cruz Chicago family photography

Oh my heart. This sweet baby girl is basically the poster child for a happy baby. If I had a penny for every smile and coo she blessed me with during our session together I would be very a wealthy woman. She is just to loved. I could see that with every look from her adoring parents.

We headed to west town for a little urban session, which was a very fun experience. Plus I got to indulge and shop around this amazing Chicago area. I am a big fan of all types of art, the fact that we got to incorporate this incredible mural was exciting for me. The colors and textures were stunning. This family in front was just the cherry on top.

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Dandelion field at the end of spring | Adri De La Cruz Schaumburg and Chicagoland area family photographer

Dandelion field at the end of spring | Adri De La Cruz Schaumburg and Chicagoland area family photographer

It’s been a tough spring. So many feelings and a ton of movement in my head. Lately I have settled that I am way too comfortable where I am. Growth is like that shitty but lovely plant that just won’t budge unless you significant things to help it along. I’ve been stagnant for a while. Yet feeling a bunch of anxiety over nothing. Life is just funny that way.

I needed to capture that incredible end of spring day and I ran to a creek near a park with my kids. Turns out a filed full of nats is just what the doctor ordered. I hope you’re having an amazing start to your summer.

mom in a field of sunflowers in the suburbs of chicago
kid in golden light in a dandelion field
collage of a kid in a red dress in a chicago field
family in a dandelion field
self portrait with a mirror in the woods

Baby B |Adri De La Cruz – Chicago + West Suburbs best newborn and family photographer

Baby B |Adri De La Cruz – Chicago + West Suburbs best newborn and family photographer

Here back again with this beautiful family. When I met K she was a mom of two and so was I. While I still am a mom of two, she has added two additional beautiful boys since then. I couldn’t tell you how different we are. Once of the things we have in common is our love for our kids. She inspires me to be have more patience and speak with love, and honestly she makes me feel sane. Her family is insanely kind and so stunning. I am so honored to be able to call her a friend. I hope you enjoy her gallery.

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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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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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