"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

Are you convicted that the racism you see around us must change but feel overwhelmed about where to start or how to sustain this work (and not just go from outrage to apathy)? Do you acknowledge that there is a lot you do not know but are willing to learn? Do you want to see […]

How to Fight Racism with Jemar Tisby


March 1, 2021

Farah is the designer and entrepreneur behind Top Modist & we joined forces again to capture Top Modist’s Spring 2021 Line. The colors, design, and details are amazing! We captured the launch of the clothing line last year and it is so exciting to see the brand expanding. Top Modist “is an ethical fashion brand […]

Top Modist Spring Line 2021


February 26, 2021

“I let people underestimate me, it gives me an advantage every time.“ Christina Gonzalez-Valentin is the force behind Los Comales restaurants. We captured some creative portraits at their Little Village location for her new position at the Illinois Restaurant Association Advisory Board. Christina is the literal face of the restaurant brand as when her father […]

“let people underestimate me”


February 6, 2021

History matters. When I was an 8th grade history teacher a quote by James Baldwin always hung in our classroom, “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” This quote reminds us that the narrative of history continues and we must reckon with […]

Black History Month now & always


February 4, 2021

“Kindness is not justice, and charity is not reconciliation.” -Tyler Burns. Tyler Burns is a pastor, podcaster (Pass the Mic), writer, husband, father, president of The Witness BCC, and prophetic voice for justice in our time. He quotes often to others that “leaders are born in the time they are needed most” and this is […]

“Kindness is not justice, and charity is not reconciliation”


February 2, 2021

A quick last minute weekend trip to explore New Orleans with the kids and dear friends that moved away a few years ago. Any time spent together with friends in this isolating time is a blessing to us. We walked everywhere, explored everything outdoors, ate all the things, & listened to music.  If you have […]

Exploring New Orleans

travel adventure

January 19, 2021

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