"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

I just returned stateside from almost two weeks exploring Costa Rica with my family. It is a gift to travel with our kids and I am grateful for this time of exploring and of course documenting with my lens. Happy Summer Adventuring friends! This was my first trip documenting and experimenting with my new mirrorless […]

Costa Rica with my family


Our May Styled Sessions with Your Entrepreneurship Hype Squad was such a great day! Work that fuels creativity AND serves others is such a gift in my life; one that I am so grateful for and will continue to work hard to be worthy of the invitation into your stories. Passion + Service is what […]

May Styled Sessions: “The experience was a gift that I will treasure!”


Storytelling with our local school district all year long is a gift because I love seeing the exciting things happening in our schools. I was a teacher for years and love the opportunity to be back in the schools helping them share all the great things they are doing. End of the year activities keep […]

School is out for summer!


Becky Nowak recently launched her photography business Arise Images and it has been such a privilege to mentor her over the last few months and see her grow in confidence and step out to use her gifts in visual storytelling, the art of noticing small beautiful details of life, and genuine care for others in […]

Becky with Arise Images Mentorship


“That was FUN!” -my 8 y.o. son’s response to finishing our family photoshoot. Roxanne has an incredible gift of encouragement, inspiring confidence and chasing after everyday moments of fun. This infuses her photography with pure joy, even amidst the messiness of life! I feel so lucky to have our “right now” captured so beautifully and […]

Joy & Titus : “playful, joyful, and confident”


Katy and Katy’s mother both had photographs taken wearing this blue dress and they wanted to continue the family tradition again with Kaylyn. A few years ago I was invited to photograph her older sister Ary wearing the dress and we wanted to recreate but also allow Kaylyn to just be her in the dress […]

a blue dress legacy


Larry Gonzalez is a business owner and entrepreneur who works hard to “help others to help themselves” through running restaurants as their brand is expanding throughout Chicagoland. I photographed his sister Christina as well and this time we wanted to help photograph him for upcoming feature story in a publication about their expansion of Los […]

“opportunity through hard work”


Sophie is graduating in just a few days and will be headed to Cal Lutheran. She wanted a Senior Portrait Session to show her vibrant side and celebrate “all the hard work and effort I have put in over the last few years.” SHe escribes herself as “motivated, hardworking, and competitive” and after being with […]

Sophie’s Senior Portraits


The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and adults. “The SCA programs allow participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, community green spaces and more across the country. The SCA is devoted to building equitable access to nature, providing green job opportunities for […]

“Trees make good neighbors” Tree Planting with The SCA