Maricel Cruz Photography Chicagoland Wedding and Portrait Photographer

May 15, 2013

Lyndee & Angus | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 4:41 pm

Lyndee & Angus were introduced to me by my very good friends Heather & Mike. They are friends that met at their church Trinity Lutheran Church which is also where I met Lyndee & Angus for our wedding consultation. What a fun couple. Lyndee is from Houston, so she has a bit of a Texas twang while Angus is from Scotland, who also has a bit of an accent. I could sit and listen to them talk all day!

Angus ran the Chicago Marathon this past October. When they returned to their hotel at The Palmer House Hilton, he proposed to Lyndee where she gladly accepted. They wanted to make sure to get some engagement pictures there, so downtown we went! It was a chilly day but you certainly can’t tell, they were such troopers and I was pretty impressed.

Here are some photos of their session that day, you can just feel the love these two have for each other. Enjoy!


Makeup by Jeanine Shimer. Call her, she does a fabulous job!

May 13, 2013

My Family | Chicago Portrait Session

Filed under: Chicago,Children,Portraits — Maricel @ 12:21 pm

My nieces and nephews have such a huge impact on why I decided to pick up a camera 6 years ago. Having them to practice on was definitely beneficial to my growth as a photographer. My youngest niece, Ariela, was only 2 when I first started. At first she was a willing participant, however “Titi” (which is what she calls me) started to get a bit annoying…I’m sure she felt like I was paparazzi! Their willingness/unwillingness to be in front of a camera helped me learn how to shoot in those types of situations as there are many children of all ages that aren’t so comfortable in front of a camera.

After years of photographing them, I am so proud of how easy they were during our shoot last weekend. They needed minor direction and we had a ton of fun. I wanted to get some photos of them to prepare for my Mother’s day present for my mom. Here are a few photos from their session that day. Enjoy!


May 8, 2013

Ella | 6 Months Old

Filed under: Chicago — Maricel @ 8:38 pm

So, fast forward a few months and here is Ella’s 6 month session. Well, I’ll admit it wasn’t really a formal session. I was visiting with her and her mom and wanted to take some photos of her. How could you not?! I have been in love with her since birth, but unfortunately I don’t get to see her that often as our schedules don’t really mesh very well! I did ask Anne (Ella’s mom) to make sure Ella was ready for some pictures. If you think she’s beautiful in these photos, I wish you could meet her. She’s the sweetest thing ever! Here are some images from her quick session.


May 7, 2013

Ella | Newborn Session

Filed under: Children — Maricel @ 6:05 pm

My friends Anne and Brad welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Ella. She was born at 6 lbs 4 oz and 19.25″ long, a tiny little thing! Tiny and beautiful! This post is late (like all my recent posts this year) but I wanted to show her newborn photos before her 6 month old photos. Enjoy!


May 6, 2013

Dayne | Chicago Newborn Session

Filed under: Children — Maricel @ 6:04 pm

I’m VERY late in blogging this little guy, but I figured better late than never. Dayne’s mom and I met through my cousins, where we ended up running into each other at step class in the gym. She was much better at it than me (even pregnant with Dayne!) but I tried my best to keep up! This little Mexapino (Mexican/Filipino) baby boy was the sweetest thing! He cooperated so well and I’m so glad, he’s such a handsome little guy! We did have a tiny accident, but luckily daddy caught it, hehe. Here are some images from his session that day.


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