"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.” 
Sue Monk Kidd

Stories that matter

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions but I spent time reflecting on 2020 and what all the chaos has to teach me. I tend to be really forward looking & would rather just move forward to the next thing (#ennegram7issues) so for me this is growth. There have been a lot of things I […]

New Year’s Reflections


January 5, 2021

Tamekia Swint, founder and executive director of Styles 4 Kidz is adding Children’s Book Author to her amazing list of accomplishments. She is a force, visionary leader, and her passion is empowering Black young people to love themselves and their hair. Her work with the salon Styles 4 Kidz has allowed her and her team […]

Your Hair is Your Crown


December 30, 2020

Dear Mama, I know you might feel insecure with your body. So many of you reach out and jokingly say, “you can make me look thinner right?” And I get it- I spent years looking at images of myself with disdain, picking apart the imperfections I saw. We live in a culture that constantly tells […]

Dear Mama, Here is why I won’t Photoshop you


December 22, 2020

Farah Trabulsi is the creative and visionary female business owner behind Top Modist; a newly launching clothing brand that seeks to show that modest fashion can be elegant. Farah is passionate about the meaning behind her brand, “I want to portray that beauty comes from within and that anyone can be modest in their own […]

elegance, modesty, & inclusion: Top Modist


December 18, 2020

I met Erin & Tryce last year at the the Joy & Justice Conference and it was such a blessing to be invited into this amazing time in their life as they await the birth of their first child. Being pregnant during 2020 has no doubt had many challenges in addition to the newness and […]

Baby Prince arriving soon!

love stories

December 16, 2020

Laura reached out to invite me to capture her extended family. Their family ha been capturing this large group photo for years and it was awesome to be able to plan the images for this year. I just love the Grandkids with Robert & Carol especially the candids and the few images of just them […]

Family Tradition captured


December 9, 2020

Joy of Joy Mitchell Photography reached out to me after a mutual friend had posted some of my work. We immediately connected and vibed and decided we should partner to capture each other. I love collaborating with other creatives- especially female creatives- because I refuse to live in the scarcity mindset! We all rise when […]

fellow photog Joy Mitchell


December 8, 2020

When Adina reached out she wanted family portraits that were different from the norm so we decided to keep it simple but very THEM- “loving, energetic, & fun.” We met at a park in their community and of course we included their brand new puppy Diesel (and pretty soon they won’t be able to pick […]

Loving, Energetic, & Fun


December 7, 2020

“At the beginning of this pandemic everything we were doing as an EMT became 10 times harder.”  Twenty-six-year-old Reyna M. has been working as an EMT and front line worker throughout this current Covid-19 crisis.  On an unseasonably warm November day she sits on a step at a park in Chicago and shares parts of […]

“I am both Mexican & American. Chicago is where I belong.”


November 19, 2020