Maricel Cruz Photography Chicagoland Wedding and Portrait Photographer

September 28, 2010

Humbolt Park Residence | Lucas & Jaelyn

Filed under: Children,Portraits — Maricel @ 10:20 pm

One of my BFF’s (I feel like I have many!) referred me to Karen for family portraits. I met Karen a few years back at a party and recall how well we got along. When she contacted me to set up a session, I was naturally excited to see her again and meet her beautiful family.

The second I arrived, it was nothing but laughing; I felt like we were old friends! We started the session photographing her 2.5 month old baby boy, Lucas. What a doll! I believe he only cried once while I was there (and I was there a LONG TIME) and gave me some incredible smiles to capture. We gave Lucas a break since it looked like Jaelyn (4 years old) wanted some camera time too…but she needed to warm up to me a little bit. Tickling did the trick! At first mommy had her in pig tails, but when I saw the beautiful curls I asked if we could put her hair down. So glad I did! What a cutie patootie!

After a couple of fun hours of shooting, we hung out for a bit and got to know each other a little bit more. It was such a great time. Karen & Juan, thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to capture your beautiful family, it was a ton of fun and I hope you enjoy the photos. Here a few of my faves from the day!

Oh, and Karen, let me know when you’re ready for sushi!

Still a little shy, but I love it!

Warming up to me a little more……and finally got her to be silly with me!

I couldn’t choose just one photo from this series, so I’m showing my 3 faves

And finally Jaelyn was ready for a nap after this pic

September 19, 2010

Park Ridge | Fab Four

Filed under: Portraits — Maricel @ 10:15 pm

What a fabulous foursome! Dacia, Earl, Max & Mattson were so much fun to photograph! We met in Park Ridge and headed over to the train station where the sun was just starting to set and had this golden hue. We decided to hit the tracks first. They were kind enough to keep an eye out for any oncoming train traffic. Then we headed over to the station for some texture – bricks!

It was a great time with these guys! Here are a few of my favorites from that evening.


September 11, 2010

Douglas Park | The Perez Family

Filed under: Portraits — Maricel @ 4:14 pm

I’ve known Arleen for about 15 years now, met her at my best friend’s family parties. When my photography endeavors began she was always complimenting my work. I’ve deemed her to be one of my biggest fans and I am certainly grateful for her support. Last year she asked me to photograph her sister’s Graduation portraits from UIC College of Pharmacy and this year she referred me to a couple for their wedding photos. As a token of my appreciation, I asked her if she would like a quick mini session with her family.

We met on a hot sunny day (when wasn’t it hot this summer?) at Douglas Park on South Sacramento in Chicago. This structure is such a fun place to photograph, the shadows created by the columns creates so much interest and the light was amazing. Thanks Arleen and Eddie for the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family!

September 7, 2010


Filed under: Chicago — Maricel @ 8:56 pm

A few months ago, my boyfriend Jeremy bought a brand new Camaro. I’m not quite into cars, but I will say, this car is H-O-T! Due to it’s hotness, it really needed a photo shoot. This was more of an impromptu shoot, we plan to take it for a Route 66 spin this Fall. I saw a great opportunity for photos in this grim garage that I happen to park in 5 days a week!

Here are a few samples. I can’t wait till Route 66!

Jeremy loved the photos so much he said they could be in a print ad. Well, he went ahead and made one!

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