Danielle + Keenan + Hadley - Nature Boardwalk Photoshoot

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle, Keenan and their sweet baby girl Hadley for the first time. We met in Lincoln Park and walked the Nature Boardwalk together, snapping photos along the way. This was Hadley's first official photoshoot, and she nailed it! It's hard to take a bad photo of a baby with the most beautiful blue eyes, see for yourself…

Pebble Beach Photo Diary

Just 10 days ago I celebrated my 31st birthday! It was a little more low-key than last year (link), but still a lot of fun. I was able to say goodbye to my 30th year with some of my favorite people at one of my favorite places - The Lake!…

Megan + Tony + Seb - Mother's Day Session

I meet up with Megan, Tony, and Sebastian at a park near their house on Mother’s Day for a little photoshoot. This was my third time snapping photos of this sweet family. Every time I see this trio, I’m reminded of why I do what I do. Taking photos of people can be incredibly personal. I love that each session builds off of the last one, and each time we meet is an opportunity to learn more about them and share their story…

Jumbled Thoughts from Guatemala

I returned from Guatemala over a week ago and I still haven’t been able to put into clear, blog-worthy words what that experience has meant to me. I spent most of my flight back rotating between (1) crying, looking out the tiny airplane window and (2) sporadically documenting every thought and feeling I was having while it was still fresh in my mind. I raised some concern for the flight attendants, I’m sure...

Guatemala Bound & How You Can Help

I remember sitting down two years ago to write a blog post similar to this one. I remember feeling anxious as I shared that I was headed to Honduras to donate my civil engineering services. This time, I’m headed to Guatemala. From March 17-25 I’ll be working alongside a design team of architects and engineers to develop a concept design of new buildings and facilities for a pre-school, primary school, middle school and high school...

Austin Photo Diary

I flew to Austin at the end of January for a quick girl’s weekend / mini-college reunion. Kathryn met us there from Dallas (I hadn’t seen here in nearly 3 years) and Ciara met us there from Phoenix (I hadn’t seen here in 1.5 years). What’s that cliché about true friends letting so much time pass, but then picking things up right where they left off? Well, whatever it is – it’s true.

Amit + Soms + Rey - Family Stroll in Lakeview

When I️ planned this fall session with Amit, Soms, and Rey, we hoped and expected to do pictures in the park with changing leaves in the background. Instead, we woke up to a 35-degree day with snow and ice still on the ground from the day before. Winter came early, and we needed a Plan B allowing for us to take shelter inside!...

Kirstin + Pat + Ella - Home Sweet Home

A couple of weeks ago I met with Kirstin, Pat, and Ella at their home in the Western Suburbs. Kirstin wanted a family picture in front of their house for this year’s holiday card. Once I pulled up, I thought to myself, “We can definitely work with this!” (I mean, just look at that curb appeal!) ...

How to Wait Well (Coming from Someone Who's Pretty Impatient)

I try to write whenever I feel a nudge or a little finger poke on my heart. I like to document where I’m at with the intention of sharing it on the blog one day. Because of this, I have a handful of drafts sitting in the what I like to call “The Oven.” These half-finished blog posts are slowly baking, not quite ready to be served. To be clear, I have an actual folder on my Google Drive called “The Oven” - so while that was meant to be a joke, I’m also being totally serious. I started writing this particular post a few weeks ago, while in the thick of a situation...

An Afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo

On Sunday my entire family was in Chicago for the day. The boys all went to The Bears game while the ladies had lunch and went to the Lincoln Park Zoo. I’m obviously biased, but I have the most adorable little nieces and they have the most beautiful mothers. I love making memories with these people and documenting our time together. It's fun for me and my sisters get to keep the pictures, win-win! 

Megan + Tony + Sebastian - Autumn in Lincoln Park

A couple of weeks ago I met with Megan, Tony, and 9-month old baby boy Sebastian for family photos in Lincoln Park. We used The Nature Boardwalk and the park outside the zoo as our backdrop. Both of which are practically in their own backyard! It felt like they were right at home, having tickle fights in the grass and helping Sebastian walk around to see the world at his eye level...

Stephanie + Jermaine - Downtown Chicago Engagement

I met up with Stephanie and Jermaine last weekend for pictures in and around Olive Park. From there, we ventured to Michigan Avenue where we wrapped up the session in the middle of bustling downtown Chicago.

In addition to sharing their photos, Stephanie and Jermaine agreed to share some of their story. They were so sweet in allowing me to ask them some personal questions for my blog about their relationship, engagement, and future as husband and wife!

What It Looks Like to Have Fun in Milwaukee

It might be hard to believe, but I'm not always the best at documenting our life. I know, I know... it's basically my job, but sometimes I drop the ball. I'm great at taking the pictures, but I'm not always the best at getting them online. Sometimes I feel pressure to edit like they're going to a client, and then post them with beautifully written content to accompany each photo...

3 Things I Don’t Have Figured Out at 30

There are many age milestones in a person's life. Each of those milestones comes with a set of feelings, and for each person those feelings can be different. For many, turning 30 is the first time some people start to feel "old." This can also be a time where people compare themselves to others, or compare themselves against a list of things they thought they'd have accomplished by the time they turn 30. There's no normal or expected way to feel. Today is my 30th birthday, so I thought it would be fun to document how I'm feeling about it! ... 

How I Found More Time to Work on My Creative Side Business

Shay and I have this joke where we say that "work always gets in the way"... it gets in the way of us having fun, spending time on our hobbies, and even pursuing a creative side business. If we're being really honest though, all jokes aside, our day job provides the means to do all the things I just listed. I think the deeper issue, the one most people have struggled with at some point, is finding a balance.

Megan + Tony + 3-Month Sebastian

A few weeks ago I met with Megan, Tony, and their three-month old baby boy Sebastian. Megan and Tony asked me to capture family lifestyle pictures of them in and around their newly renovated, 1896 home in Lincoln Park. It was Sebastian's first time in front of a lens. He did so well, and gave us lots of big smiles to work with! 

5 Year Anniversary, 1 Year Late

I realize the title of this blog is pretty confusing. Let me clarify. Shay and I are celebrating our six year wedding anniversary today! However, my gift to him is a video I put together with footage from our five year anniversary. Bare with me...