"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

The Calumet Tree Conservation Corps is a specialized crew with The SCA that focuses on tree maintenance in the Northwest Indiana region. The crew leader Ryan and the assistance crew leader Abbie greeted me and invited me to tag along for their various tasks of caring for trees on a steamy Thursday morning in August. […]

a love for trees

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August 28, 2021

One of the crew leaders Madison welcomed me and introduced me to the All Female Crew working in Chicago. Kyla, Alicia, Ula, Wah Wah, Maya, and Madison were wielding huge brush cutters and working the clear evasive species in the forest preserve. SCA has had female-only conservation crews in and around Chicago every year since […]

All Female Crew with The SCA

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August 23, 2021

The SCA has 8 crews in the Chicagoland area this summer and I was able to meet up with 4 of them to photograph their hard work in conservation. The SCA Chicago Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running July through August). Student […]

Stewardship Opportunities with The SCA

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August 20, 2021

I met this crew of students with The Student Conservation Association at Dan Ryan Woods in Chicago and was able to photograph some of their good work in investing in the conservation of parks, public lands, and urban green spaces. For over 60 years The SCA has been a leader in empowering, education, and teaching […]

Dan Ryan Woods Crew with The SCA

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August 19, 2021

Andriana reached out because all of her mom Denise’s grandsons were in one place at one time and it needed to be captured because it is so rare. We wanted to photograph them all together capturing their personality right now- I love their creativity. The two oldest young men live in Greece but are here […]

Her Grandsons

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August 19, 2021

Haley is pursuing her love of music by studying at Belmont University in Nashville & we wanted to include her love for music, singing, and playing guitar in our Creative Portrait Session. I have heard Haley perform and she is the real deal- gorgeous voice and she is so kind. It was so much making […]

Haley’s Creative Portraits

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August 17, 2021

Foster Progress held their Graduation & Scholarship Celebration on August 8th in Chicago to mark the achievements of the Class of 2021! In addition to the challenges of thriving in school during a global pandemic with remote learning these students also face unique challenges of navigating foster care during their high school years. Foster Progress […]

Congrats Foster Progress Graduates!

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August 13, 2021

Joy and Grace are sisters who also are stepping out together in business and it was an absolute BLAST photographing them together for a Creative Portrait Session. Allowing women to see and feel their created beauty and to appreciate their unique unfolding story is my favorite part of these sessions. Confidence is powerful when you […]

Sister’s Session

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August 3, 2021

Emily reached out to capture their daughter Ellie for her first birthday and to celebrate moving to their new home. We decided to have their session at their home and a park nearby they take Ellie to all the time. Their home is beautiful and smelled divine as they were preparing empanadas for Ellie’s party […]

Celebrating Ellie’s 1st & their new home!

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July 29, 2021