Maricel Cruz Photography Chicagoland Wedding and Portrait Photographer

May 8, 2012

Claire & Jason | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Chicago,Engagements — Maricel @ 12:46 pm

Claire and I met at work where she assisted my team and I in a 4000 person move. Of course after working closely for 8 months she found out I was a photographer and said to me “When I get engaged, you’re hired!” Ok, not sure if those were her exact words, but that was the gist of it. One day, I walked into work (I’m always the last one there) and said my good mornings. Claire tells me that she might have a wedding lead for me. I quickly turned around, looked at her finger and saw the rock on her finger! She kept her word and hired me for their wedding!

Here are some photos from their engagement session. Congratulations Claire & Jason, I’m looking forward to your wedding in August!


February 10, 2012

Lena & Sam | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 4:11 pm

Sam & Lena are such a cute couple, I had so much photographing their engagement session. I met them through my friend Anne (Sam’s sister) and have known them for a few years now, but it was nice to get to know them better when they booked me for their wedding. We had so much fun at their engagement session! These two are a little goofy and just have awesome chemistry it didn’t take too much time to get them comfortable in front of the camera.

We started the session outside of The Nature Museum where we were able to capture some nature scenes. It was chilly out but it was so pretty out there. Afterwards we headed over to Lincoln Square to capture some city scenes. I can’t wait for their Wilder Park wedding in June!


January 2, 2012

Sue & Tim | Loyola Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 12:31 pm

Sue and I have been really good friends since high school. There were four of us, inseparable and pretty much did everything together. So when she told me about her engagement, I could not tell you how excited I was for her! Sue & Tim hired me to be the photographer for their April wedding. Since she graduated from Loyola University they wanted to do their engagement session there. A beautiful day, beautiful scenery and a beautiful, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Congratulations Sue & Tim, I cannot wait to photograph your wedding day!


November 21, 2011

Carolyn + Terrill | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 9:38 pm

It’s been a crazy October full of engagement sessions and weddings. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to photograph these special events for my clients.

Carolyn is an old Taft High School classmate. We reconnected via Facebook where she saw most of my photography work. I was so excited when she called me up to shoot her engagement session! After not seeing each other for a few years (um, I don’t think I should say EXACTLY when the last time was) it was amazing to know that she was just as goofy as she was in high school. Carolyn and Terrill met me in the south loop and then we headed over to the Sunken Gardens in the Homan Square area.

Here are just a few photos from their session.


October 25, 2011

Asad + Shaheja | Chicago Engagement

Filed under: Engagements — Maricel @ 8:44 pm

I’m so glad I was able to finally get together with Asad & Shaheja. They are such a cute couple, it’s like they were still on their first date! For their E-Session they wanted a little bit of nature as well as architecture, so I decided to start at Olive Park to take in some nature. I absolutely love this place! Afterwards, we headed over to the Wrigley Building to take in the architectural scenery.

Here are a few samples from their session.


Such a cute couple!




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