"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

Mary & Mitch wanted to capture the quiet intimacy of their wedding day. We met an hour before their ceremony to capture just the 2 of them on their special day. They wanted to “prioritize calm, peace, and intimacy over dramatic fanfare” that can sometimes accompany a wedding ceremony. Mary describes their relationship as grounded, […]

“the quiet intimacy of our day”

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Elizabeth & David had a small wedding ceremony with just a few family members and friends last week. It was a joy to be able to capture their unique day. Elizabeth shared that the first time they went out for a date David shared his love of comics and even though at the time she […]

David + Elizabeth’s Magical Day

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A Wider Family: Images on Volunteerism contains images very close to my heart because they were captured in partnership with organizations I care deeply about doing good & hard work in our world.  Our new normal due to the global pandemic has meant the Community House that is hosting the gallery has shut down for […]

Virtual tour of A Wider Family Gallery

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Friends came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Ibtisam’s Tailor Shop in Lombard.  As many small business openings there is a long story of the dreams, passion, and hard work that have lead up to and will; God willing, continue to sustain this business. Ibtisam Younis came to the U.S. in […]

Pursuing her dreams: Ibtisam’s Tailor Shop

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Styles for Kidz hosted their annual Gala Making a Difference ’19 on Saturday November 2nd in Oak Park.  There were more guests this year than any previous year as the organization celebrated so much this year; more hair care workshops, a new salon location that is constantly busy, more families and children served, & nationwide […]

Celebrating Hair care with Heart: S4K Gala 2019

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Foster Progress celebrated their recent high school graduates with a Scholarships Awards Dinner in Chicago.  It was a joy to be there to capture the relationships with mentors and youth and to see the graduates feel so celebrated as they shared from their experiences. Students also received awards and scholarship money to be used for […]

overcoming & accomplishing: recent Grads with Foster Progress

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“What are your hobbies, interests, passions, fears, & hopes?” “What do you love about yourself?”  “What is a part of your story others may not know?” “What do others say you are great at?” “What do you hope to add to the world?” These are just a few of the self-reflective questions the 5th graders were […]

Self expression & celebrating each other’s stories with students

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Mr. Riddle is a legend at Westmont High School and I heard this over and over again from his former students- some of which were not even in the band. He taught and was the band director for 18 years and last Friday many of his former students filled the band room to surprise him to celebrate him […]

celebrating a legend….& why teachers have my heart forever

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I met the lovely & gifted Monika a few years ago at a Ramadhan celebration.  I was immediately drawn to her warmth and bright smile and as we talked, I learned about her creative spirit & her amazing art work at Canvas by Monika.  She invited me to capture her original and beautiful abstract art at […]

“I paint what I feel”

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