bethany kruska photography » natural light photography in chicago


We spent a breezy, chilly fall day in magical Winnemac Park with this beautiful family!  This sweet little girl is going to be a big sister soon, and her mom couldn’t look more radiant!  Thank you M family for letting me spend a lovely afternoon with you!  Winnemac Park never fails to be a stunning back drop, no matter what season:)

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This past weekend was dreadfully hot in Chicago, but that didn’t put a damper on our shoot with this amazing family who were all smiles and fun despite the steamy day!  I met them in Winnemac Park in Ravenswood for our session.  If you haven’t been there yet – GO!  It’s a gorgeous park with beautiful paths through larger than life wildflowers and weeping willows.  A lovely backdrop for such a beautiful family that I’m so lucky to have met!

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My beautiful, inspirational sister-in-law Amy just started as a Noonday Ambassador.  If you’re not familiar with Noonday Collection this is their mission –

‘Noonday Collection’s mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. We partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, we create dignified jobs at living wages. This allows our artisans to earn more in order to support their families. We also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way we are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust. We offer scholarship programs and emergency assistance. Noonday Collection also donates a portion of sales to place orphans in forever families.’

If you’re interested in taking a look at these beautiful pieces, please visit Amy’s page

Amy is incredibly thoughtful, supportive, and passionate.  She is a true inspiration to me everyday, and I am so excited for her new journey as Noonday Ambassador where I know she will make a difference.

I was excited that she used a picture I took of her as her Ambassador profile picture!  She’s so beautiful inside & out.

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It’s not everyday I get to see a beautiful baby who has only been in the world for a few days.  I had the honor of spending Sunday morning with sweet baby ‘D’ and her lovely family.  They had just brought her home from the hospital the day before and you could see the love shining on everyone’s faces.  She was calm and peaceful through our entire shoot.  I feel so blessed and honored that they chose me to take ‘D”s first pictures.  Isn’t she amazing?

Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart.  Be ready.  Here comes life – Maya Angelou





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