"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 Calumet Tree Conservation Corps is a specialized crew with The SCA that focuses on tree maintenance in the Northwest Indiana region. The crew leader Ryan and the assistance crew leader Abbie greeted me and invited me to tag along for their various tasks of caring for trees on a steamy Thursday morning in August. […]

a love for trees


One of the crew leaders Madison welcomed me and introduced me to the All Female Crew working in Chicago. Kyla, Alicia, Ula, Wah Wah, Maya, and Madison were wielding huge brush cutters and working the clear evasive species in the forest preserve. SCA has had female-only conservation crews in and around Chicago every year since […]

All Female Crew with The SCA


The SCA has 8 crews in the Chicagoland area this summer and I was able to meet up with 4 of them to photograph their hard work in conservation. The SCA Chicago Program provides year-round conservation opportunities divided into two seasons: school-year programs (running October through May) and summer programs (running July through August). Student […]

Stewardship Opportunities with The SCA


I met this crew of students with The Student Conservation Association at Dan Ryan Woods in Chicago and was able to photograph some of their good work in investing in the conservation of parks, public lands, and urban green spaces. For over 60 years The SCA has been a leader in empowering, education, and teaching […]

Dan Ryan Woods Crew with The SCA


Foster Progress held their Graduation & Scholarship Celebration on August 8th in Chicago to mark the achievements of the Class of 2021! In addition to the challenges of thriving in school during a global pandemic with remote learning these students also face unique challenges of navigating foster care during their high school years. Foster Progress […]

Congrats Foster Progress Graduates!


Annie reached out again to capture her growing team of women sharing activewear they love & building a business on their terms! I am a hype women for all women building businesses and was so pumped to be invited to capture them. I was able to capture some of these ladies last year & love […]

The Ladies of Team Shine Zyia


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


“Love for neighbors means dismantling unjust systems of racial oppression“- Jemar Tisby. Jemar Tisby was in Chicago for some research and we made time to capture some updated Creative Portraits in Bronzeville in Chicago. Last time I had the honor of capturing him on his book tour it was FREEZING cold and this time we […]

Jemar Tisby in Chicago


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.