"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

“At the beginning of this pandemic everything we were doing as an EMT became 10 times harder.”  Twenty-six-year-old Reyna M. has been working as an EMT and front line worker throughout this current Covid-19 crisis.  On an unseasonably warm November day she sits on a step at a park in Chicago and shares parts of […]

“I am both Mexican & American. Chicago is where I belong.”

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I am so grateful to be featured again on the World Relief 2020 Gift Guide: Made for Change. “At World Relief, we believe that every single one of us is made for change — both in our own lives and in communities across the globe. This holiday season, we’ve created a list of companies and products that […]

2020 World Relief Gift Guide

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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

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It was such a joy to capture this family again! Building relationships with your family and knowing your kids and what makes them giggle is part of the joy of this work. When Maris and I chatted through location we decided on their community because she really wanted to capture “us in our community.” I […]

us in our community

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I first met Zina through my work with World Relief Dupage Aurora when she shared her powerful story at a Spotlight Event. Her family relocated to the U.S. 10 years ago from Iraq and wanted to capture and celebrate their family with their first portrait session as a family of 5. We had their Family […]

1st Family Portraits as a Family of 5

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Cole & Olivia’s Mom Meghan found this fabulous barn and we knew we had to update their images there. The kids had fun exploring and the unusually warm weather made for a gorgeous day. Sunset family images are my favorite – Thanks Pfanenstiel Family!

Cole & Olivia barn session

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I just could not believe how much Mike & Christine’s daughter has grown since our last session and it was a surprisingly unexpected, glorious, and warm November day in Chicago for our Family Lifestyle Session. We explored and even chased some geese while capturing their family. Blessings Evans Family!

a warm day in the city

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I got this text from Yasmine when she opened her gallery and it made my day! Capturing you all & having you SEE yourselves as the amazing & beautiful people YOU ARE is what I love most about this work. We recently captured Yasmine, Bryan, and their adorable son Ezra during their Family Lifestyle Session […]

“we absolutely LOVE EVERY ONE OF THESE”

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Stephan reached out to me to ask if by chance I could capture his surprise proposal to Judith surrounded by a few of her close family members. I wanted to so badly to make it happen despite having been booked on weekends for months. When I asked more we realized he was actually planning it […]

“we find beauty in the most unexpected”

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