"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 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


Learning in visual storytelling and developing my craft and increasing my ability to connect and honor people’s stories is vital for me in my work. Photographers Without Borders has been a community where I have been challenged, encouraged, and learned so much. I was able to complete their Ethical Storyteller Certification course ad participate in […]

Dreaming in Color with women in Guatemala


It was such a joy to partner with Dr. Bonnie last week to help her update headshots but we did way more than that with our Creative Portrait Session. Her company Xceeding The Mark goal is in “Helping Women Claim Their Place as Leaders — While Navigating the Blend of Home and Work.” Dr Bonnie […]

Dr. Bonnie is Xceeding the Mark


In April I had the opportunity to head to Vegas again for an earned trip with some amazing friends. This year was so special as there were more women that also earned this trip and I treated them to a day of photography in some pretty beautiful locations. More about our small but amazing team […]

Vegas with my squad


Sharing this story from World Relief: On a cold day in the middle of Illinois winter, the home of Samira* and her family has vibrant colors. Though the family only arrived in the U.S. a few months before, they have been busy. And much of what Samira has done is create. This photo essay showcases the […]

a journey of sewing new threads in a new place


Laura Coyle has more than 25 years of leadership experience and is dreaming big and launching her new company LTC Strategies. She blends strategy, creativity, and empathy in her work and life and shares, “I am inherently a risk taker that believes big results come from being bold. I am inspired by advocates and change […]

“Big results come from being bold”


Spring Initiative “empowers young people in the Mississippi Delta to beat the odds; access the opportunities they deserve; and build successful, happy, and hopeful lives for themselves. Spring believes in the transformational power of relationships and education. Spring provides holistic opportunities and steady support; it is the students who do the hard work to make their dreams […]

Spring Initiative in the Mississippi Delta


Our family traveled to Clarksdale, Mississippi over spring break to volunteer for the Clarksdale Area Fuller Center, The Care Station, and I was also able to partner with Spring Initiative. We have dear friends from our college days that live and work in the Mississippi Delta and were grateful to have the opportunity to partner […]

encouraging vibrant communities in Clarksdale, Mississippi


World Relief Chicagoland held their first in person Global Gala in 2 years this past weekend. Staff, volunteers, clients, and community members gathered to connect and hear stories of World Relief’s work as well as updates from Ukraine, personal stories from clients, and staff experiences from welcoming newly arriving refugees and immigrants. Master of Ceremonies […]

“A Vibrant Welcoming Community”: Global Gala 2022 with World Relief