"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

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


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


“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


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


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”


“We live in a world in we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers Chair of the Board of Directors Meegan Dugan Basset opened the Foster […]

when they are all our kids


The Cook County courthouse building was spilling out onto the street with soon to be newlyweds when I arrived to capture Emma & Vukasin’s wedding vows on Saturday morning. While I waited for them to arrive I wandered around and offered congratulations to the many couples who had just gotten married or who were waiting their […]

a fine day for a courthouse wedding

love stories

“The most egregious acts of racism occur within a context of compromise.” -Jemar Tisby Jemar Tibsy just dropped his first book The Color of Compromise and stopped in Chicago for a book launch party & live Pass the Mic recording. He opened his remarks by reading the introduction of his book and stating the reason […]

calling us to courage over complicity