Cockroft family session in Oak Brook IL

Cockroft family session in Oak Brook IL

I'm grateful for the lovely evergreens that stand tall even when they shouldn't This beauty of a family reached out a little later than usual and I am grateful for evergreens who served as a beautiful backdrop for our session together in Oak Brook IL . The two amazing brothers were so funny! They are [...]

Davison birth at Prentice Hospital | Downtown Chicago family and birth photography

Davison birth at Prentice Hospital | Downtown Chicago family and birth photography

“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.”― C. JoyBell C. Birth is such a high. After every single birth I leave with a little bit of strength and joy. It's absolutely joyus to see a birthing human relish in their [...]

Villagomez Family, Schaumburg family and newborn photography

Villagomez Family, Schaumburg family and newborn photography

With tiny little Valentina the Villagomez family expanded their hearts to become a family of four. She has been the tiniest baby I have photographed. My favorite part about newborns is their super curly qualities and the tiny little fists they can't help but form. The way they wrap their tiny hands around their loved [...]

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 [...]

Starved Rock with my kids | Adri De La Cruz Oglesby IL, family photographer

Starved Rock with my kids | Adri De La Cruz Oglesby IL, family photographer

I finally managed to piece together this tiny and imperfect video of my kids at Starved Rock Park. I have been wanting to take on video for such a long time, but I always make excuses for mastering it or at least taking baby steps into learning more about it. Like always, when presented with [...]

North Carolina alley | Adri de La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs family photographer

North Carolina alley | Adri de La Cruz Chicago + West Suburbs family photographer

The journey to strong self-love is hard. It reminds me if that shitty Chicago street, you know which one I'm referring to. The one that you brace yourself for. The one that is riddled in potholes and you have to maneuver like MacGyver to safety. SELF LOVE, I mean. It seems to be a selling [...]

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, [...]

Singleton | At home session, Chicago and West Suburbs family photographer

Singleton | At home session, Chicago and West Suburbs family photographer

loved the theme for little Margo's room, Sprinkles and Narwhals, to commemorate her awesome nickname I assume, and narwhals are just awesome. Of course, She slept the whole time, as I was capturing the world around her. One of my favorite moments was when she pee'd just a minute after her new diaper was on.

Frog drop off – Chicago and West suburbs family photographer

Frog drop off – Chicago and West suburbs family  photographer

  I truly believe that there is an opportunity to teach your child some kindness in every day. It may not always be obvious. It can be as simple as sparing the life of tiny bug that crawled it's way onto your home. Or as heart wrenching as making them realize that some animals just [...]

My boy

My boy

This parenting business is no joke  As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mom. I wanted to be young enough to enjoy it all. When we got married, we got pregnant immediately. I was 21 and with a little boy. It was wonderful, it still is. But now life is so [...]