"I was left speechless after I saw the photos of our session."
"A person has to be in love with life and creation to be a really good photographer and Roxanne is a GREAT photographer."

What stories are you ready to tell? 

Most days you can find me kid wrangling or dancing in the kitchen with our crew of 4 kids, adventuring and eating spicy food with folks from around the world.

I help humanitarian, non-for-profit organizations, and NGOs share their stories with intention, dignity, & excellence, so they can have a greater impact on their communities. Stories full of raw emotion and connection, abundant in authenticity move us all and need to be shared. As a visual storyteller, I’ll work closely with your organization to create and share stories of impact.

I’m Roxanne of Hawa Images. 

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Communications Coordinator at WRDA

"Roxanne's photography has been an invaluable asset to World Relief Dupage/Aurora.. Her personal cross-cultural experience means she is also comfortable working with individuals from around the world and is able to capture photographs that are sensitive to each person's unique background."

"cross-cultural experience..."

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Jimmy McDermott

LyArts Program Director

"Photojournalism is necessarily dispassionate. Roxanne's work, however, is anything but. Even in her most candid shots, you can feel the relationship of the artist to her subjects. Roxanne comes through the lens of her camera. Her style is not just immersive, it is entirely present with the human story at hand."

"Roxanne comes through the lens..."

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Good News Partners

"Our Organization Storytelling images were incredible!! They will do so much to tell our story to others! I could look at these images all day. Roxanne brings so much to her work- positive, contagious, & a welcoming spirit & we hope to work with her again!"

"we hope to work with her again!"

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Sandy Moller

CUSD 201 School District

"Roxanne visited every Dual Language classroom and truly invested time to capture pictures that tell our story. She did not rush but instead invested time by immersing herself into our school culture. Our school district has received recognition after publishing pictures that Roxanne has taken. With her help, we were able to share our story to the community, and to the world. We value the work that Roxanne does for our district and we cannot wait to work with her again."

 "invested time by immersing herself..."

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WOW program in Chicago

“Thank you so so so so much. These portraits will be a staple in the girls' memories - group sessions today were full of affirmations of self acceptance and self love. thank you so much for helping document this moment in these ladies' journeys. You are a gift.”

"You are a gift."

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Colin Taylor

Student Conservation Association Midwest

"Roxanne has a knack for images that truly capture the character and personalities of our amazing members. She is able to bring out the best visual representation of the crews she’s photographed -- strong, brilliant, fun young adults who are working to better their environment. Roxanne’s talent and passion for the SCA’s mission comes through in the images she’s made for us."

"Roxanne’s talent and passion..."

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NAB Conferences

"Working with Roxanne is like having a long-lost friend come to your event, making everyone there feel as if they’ve always known her. Not only are her pictures outstanding, but so is her presence. We cannot recommend her enough!"

"We cannot recommend her enough..."

Kind words from Organizations

Meet My Beautiful Messy Family!

If your family is anything like ours, there’s a whole lot of messy and a whole lot of beautiful. My four crazy, wonderful (and very loud) kids remind me of the messy beautiful every day.  

Your family isn’t perfectly curated and your images shouldn’t be either.  

I’ll work with you and your family to photograph real moments of connection because THAT is a beautiful story worth telling.

Family Lifestyle Sessions, Creative Portrait Sessions, & Love Story Lifestyle Sessions that share your unique & unfolding story. 

Clients tell me they LOVE their images because they see themselves as the strong, resilient, & amazing creation they are!  


"Roxanne captured the very beginning of our story, as our wedding photographer. Her creative style, ability to capture the perfect moments to tell our story, and genuine encouragement, is why I continue to choose her. She brings so much creativity, color, dignity, compassion, and love to every photo she takes. We are blessed by her photos." 

"We are blessed by her photos."


"A person has to be in love with life and creation to be a really good photographer and Roxanne is a GREAT photographer. She has an eye for catching glimpses of beauty and capturing it in a moment. Any person can take a picture but a person with a passion sees the image before it is made."

"Roxanne is a GREAT photographer."


“Exceptional photographs that truly capture the unique life and personality of each individual in my family- that is the result of a photo shoot with Roxanne! She genuinely listens to what YOU want, and makes the photo shoot experience fun, natural and effortless."

"She genuinely listens to what YOU want."


"Roxanne is a gifted photographer and an absolute joy to work with. Not only does she create beautiful images, she connects with the beauty in your soul. She put me at ease, easily allowing me to not be self-conscious, and to enjoy being photographed. The experience was a blessing. I felt great—beautiful, lifted and affirmed during the photo shoot. And the images were absolutely stunning! I would highly recommend Roxanne, truly a gifted photographer who illuminates humanity beautifully. And I can’t wait to find another opportunity to work with her again! ."

"..truly a gifted photographer who illuminates humanity beautifully."


""Working with Roxanne was AMAZING! From the logistics of booking to our incredible session, we enjoyed every second. Her vibe put us immediately at ease and our session felt more like hanging out with an old friend than a normal photoshoot - and that came out in the pictures. We find ourselves scrolling through each photo and smiling bigger with each new one. Roxanne is an absolute talent who perfectly captured the silliness that is our family. We're so thankful that we found her."

"We are so thankful we found her!"

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Check out Recent stories!


My husband Jason & I met when I started a food fight at our college dorm cafeteria & got my whole table kicked out. 


Our family lived, learned, & loved in Tanzania, East Africa & my experiences there profoundly changed me. 


I'm a hot mess & do not have it 'together' - whatever that means. I am so thankful for Jesus.


I order ALL my food at the spice level 'painful.'


Our crew of 4 kids are the best & hardest part of my life. Our family was built through adoption & bio kids and we truly embrace that LOVE is what makes a family.


MS Warrior is one identity I never would have chosen but comes with a whole lot of empathy for other’s daily struggles and a group of other badass fighters I love, learn from, & respect deeply.


We have a fur baby named Chewbacca and we are complete Star Wars nerds. 


Teaching in Chicago was my main gig for years & I miss being in the classroom. It is why I love partnering with educators, students, & parents. 

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