Jenna & John: Styled Winter Session

Wow- this session came together so perfectly!

I had a vision for this sweet, simple, and romantic winter session. I wanted it to be warm and traditional, but with a unique twist. Jenna & John were the perfect couple, and dressed warm & cozy without being overtly “Christmas-y.” Their natural style and chemistry is exactly what I envisioned for this session. From the old fashioned sweets to the bold poinsettia, I wanted to create a comfy living room scene, but in the middle of the park, so John even helped me haul this vintage chair I have in Rachel’s nursery to the middle of these trees- what a champ! I really hoped to create this warm & whimsical holiday scene in the middle of nowhere, and I am pretty happy to say, I think we nailed it!

Jenna & John, you guys are incredible. Thank you for blessing Chicago with your presence. California is lucky to have you! You guys are so in love and it shows. Enjoy the photos, friends.



Jason & Justine: Anniversary

The word that comes to mind for Jason and Justine is class. In their character, their dress, they exude the word. But not the sharp edged class that has no bend, but the FUN class, where they can keep it classy, but also laugh a ton. All that to say, they were a DREAM to photograph! Justine really wanted to do photos downtown in the city they love, Chicago. Because we live here, I tend to be downtown a lot for photos. Every time though, I try to give a different angle. I really wanted to encapsulate Jason and Justine’s love, and a new take on Chicago- even the famous landmarks, just framed differently. A challenge, but so fun!

Justine is wearing her original wedding dress, with a little orange twist(her favorite color!). She designed the flowers herself, bought some slammin’ new orange heels and a simple orange cardigan, and the look was finished with Jason’s perfect orange tie. These two could not be more adorable!

J & J: You two are an incredible testament to love. Not just your love for each other, but God’s love for you. You have blessed SO many people around you just by exemplifying what it means to TRUST Jesus. You have been through SO much, and yet continue to love on others in a most selfless way. (if you’d like to know more about their story, check out Justine’s blog here.) I am floored by your wisdom and insight, and both Sam and I are blessed to call you friends. We love you!

Here you go! Grab a glass of scotch after a long day, and enjoy this classy duo!




Where do I even begin? Jenna and I both grew up in California(and actually played in water polo tournaments against each other in high school! small world!), but didn’t know each other until we both moved to Chicago. This lady is one blessed with SO many talents. She will blow you away with her singing voice, can sketch like a true artist, and is turning into an amazing photographer. Jenna has assisted me the last few summers and I have grown to love hear dearly. She has been such a blessing, and I don’t know how I am ever going to replace her. When she came over to hang out with Rachel and I a couple of weeks ago, we walked around for a couple hours to do some head-shots. This girl is a stunna’. (She even got a few photos of me -shocking I know!-and Rach, which I now treasure. 🙂

Jenna, you are a gem. (And pretty sure you were a model in another lifetime.) California is lucky to have you back, but we will miss you SO much here in Illinois. Don’t stay away too long!




Frances & Jamie

Frances is not only a dear friend, but an incredibly talented designer. When I asked her to design my new logo(amazing, right?!), she walked through the whole process with me with such intentionality. (You can check out more of her work here!) She genuinely loves what she does, and it comes through in her art. This fact alone made working with her on such an important project stress free.

So when I had the opportunity to photograph Frances and her sweet boyfriend Jamie, I obviously jumped at the chance. These two are sweet, sincere and have such fun chemistry. The lamb costumes you see featured were handmade by Frances for Halloween, so they thought it’d be a nice addition to have them documented in some of the photos as well. 🙂 You can tell in every image they they have have so much JOY.

Frances & Jamie, thank you for being SO joyful! Your laughter is contagious, and I had so much fun hanging out with you both!

Enjoy the love!


Missio Dei Baptism

Missio Dei had their baptisms this fall at their Bucktown & Wrigleyville locations. It was so beautiful to capture, and it was such an incredible testament to what God is doing in our communities!

cory & kristine!

My dear, dear friends Cory & Kristine (of in love, engaged –check out Kristine’s inspiring wedding blog!) are getting married THIS Saturday! I could not be more honored/excited/elated to be a part of their day and in anticipation of that, I had to post some photos! Last Fall I did some photos of their family back in Indiana, and at the end I snuck in a mini session of these two lovebirds. Oh my WORD- could you ask for two more beautiful people?? Kristine & Cory’s chemistry is unbelievable, and I am so looking forward to this weekend! Only 5 more days, sweet friends!

ok–I know there are quite a few of these, but I just could not choose! my friend is stunning! Look at those eyes!

congratulations, you two! cannot wait for Saturday!