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


  1. Mericel, you did such a wonderful job at photographing my babies. As difficult as kids are you were so patient and playful that put Jaelyn at ease. I love the pictures. Im so glad you came over and took pictures in our home. I think you captured the essense of us as a family. Thank you! I love the photos and chatting with you.

    Comment by Karen Manampan — September 28, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

  2. Hello Maricel
    I don”t know you . But just wanted to say Thank You for taking beautiful pictures of my grandchildren. I can’t wait to display them in my home. And thanks again on behave of my son Juan and their beautiful family.

    Comment by Sonia Pagan — October 14, 2010 @ 5:59 pm

  3. Thank. It makes me feel great when I read all these stories. It helps me from hopelessness and make me more stronger to fly… thank… for everything. Love

    Comment by polar f4 — January 29, 2011 @ 1:24 am

  4. Beh, questo è il mio primo assegno a tuo blog! Siamo un gruppo di volontari e di iniziare una nuova iniziativa del marchio in una comunità regionale nella nicchia esattamente lo stesso. Il tuo blog ci ha fornito preziose informazioni su cui lavorare. Avete fatto un lavoro meraviglioso!

    Comment by DSLR-A850 — November 16, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

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