"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

Foster Progress was able to host their Horizon Benefit in person this year at the Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago. Foster Progress empowers Illinois youth currently or formerly in foster care to attain a college degree and transition into adulthood successfully by providing mentorship, advocacy, and educational opportunity. We heard stories of transformation from youth formerly […]

Foster Progress Horizon Benefit


West Suburban Community Pantry cut the ribbon on their newly renovated space last week with many community members, local leaders, volunteers, and supporters present to celebrate. WSCP has been serving their community for over 40 years and the cofounder was there to help cut the ribbon and welcome everyone to this new space designed to […]

Nourish. Connect. Empower. WSCP.


“That is me. I am the unfinished business.” Genine shared with me about the license plate of her new husband Mike’s car. They originally met in college years ago and life took them in different directions. Now, they have reconnected and got married this past Saturday on the campus of their college in a small […]

Unfinished Biz


Partnering with Styles 4 Kidz continues to be some of my favorite work and journeying with this organization is a privilege. We have watched this organization inspire, empower, and serve their community over the last 10 years. They have still expanded in exciting ways this past year despite restrictions and hardship. S4K is a movement […]

Styles 4 Kidz Appreciation Night looks different this year


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”


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


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


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


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