"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

The Styles 4 Kidz Gala was held at The Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park, Il this year. They celebrated a decade of serving their clients, impacting families, and creating an amazing community in the salon. I was invited to visit the women at the salon for updated stylist images and group images before everyone […]

Styles 4 Kidz Gala 2022 celebrating a decade of change

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I have absolutely been loving partnering with other women building a photography or storytelling brand and business. I offer mentorship sessions in person or online (or a combination of both!). This was a natural extension for me because a core value of mine in life and business is being FOR others. I love offering and […]

Ekemini in Chicago & Mentorship

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I partner with Styles 4 Kidz throughout the year and the day of their annual Gala we had some family mini sessions in the morning for families that are impacted by the salon and the work of S4K. Styles 4 Kidz shares, “Multiracial, transracial adoptive and foster families lack the know-how to care for their […]

Families of Styles 4 Kidz

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Ally Henny writes and speaks about race, culture, and faith and as she puts it perfectly, “has interesting and important things to say.” . She is a leader, podcaster of Combing the Roots, and her first book launches soon so she reached out to create some branding and author imagery. She lives with her family […]

Ally Henny has “interesting & important things to say”

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I am so glad I kept a waitlist this year because I was able to fit in Aimee and her adorable kids on a 70 degree day in November- it was meant to be! I just HAD to photograph on this beautiful day in Chicago. The fall colors and the city skyline in the background […]

Feuser Family

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Hays is a senior this year at Westmont High School and when I asked his mom Courtney about location she knew exactly where we would meet- the golf club he has spent countless hours playing on and that his father, grandfather, and family have played on as well. It is so clear the joy Hays […]

Hays & family

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Melissa invited me to photograph their beautiful family again and Lola just turned 4 and has the best energy. It was a joy to photograph Ricky, Melissa, and Lola at a local park and the colors were showing off! Thanks again Allegretti Family.

Allegretti Family

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It is such a gift to be invited to photograph this family again as they welcome their baby Axel to the family. Lisa shared beautifully, “for years I would look at a family picture and just knew someone was missing. I hoped and wished and prayed for this baby and feel so lucky he is […]

Welcome baby Axel

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I adore this family and being invited to photograph them again is so much fun- my favorite part in knowing the people I photograph over time is I can absolutely see their real personalities come out and it is the BEST! Thanks Hajek family!! Dana shared some of my secrets- what happens on a photoshoot […]

Hajek Family Session

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