what's on the heart

All too often I catch people complaining about the mean and cruel world we live in. They blame leaders of the country or leaders of the state for all that’s happening. All the hate in the world. All the crime in the world.
But friends, I think the problem starts with us. 

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The World We Live In Begins With YOu

Peoria, Illinois | Turning Your Fears Into A Goal

“I can’t do this. I’m not a runner. I am tired. I am so sore. My feet are swollen. I am hurting. I am not cut out for this…” The list goes on and on and on.  I had a fear three months ago.  I experienced this fear after one ambitious Sunday afternoon back in […]

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Venue Chisca, Peoria, Illinois | A Party Downtown Kinda Wedding

A downtown wedding, a bridal party down to PARTY, and two people with the sweetest love to ever exist. Kinsley + Zach’s wedding day was truly a vision from start to finish.We started the day off with the ladies getting ready at Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois. I then went to Zach + Kinsley’s […]

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Venue Chisca (Peoria, Illinois) | The Greatest Show…Wedding

A cathedral wedding, a boho touch, an ice cream bar, a circus performance, and a sparkler exit = one.big.party. Brendan + Emily’s wedding was quite literally the most perfect day from start to finish. We started the day off at Brendan’s parents house, where the ladies got ready for the big day. Following that, we […]

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Clearwater Beach, Florida | A Clear As Water Lovestory

Sometimes (as in always) I decide to take a spontaneous trip, and this time I brought my second photographer Rosie along with me, and it was everything we both needed before the busy wedding season hit. We took a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida, and enjoyed the hot sun + white sand at Clearwater Beach. […]

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Horseshoe Bend, Page Arizona | A Perfect Adventure in Horseshoe Bend

The wind was moving, the sun was beaming, and the love was overflowing. Josh + Julia’s Horseshoe Bend Adventure Session was a dream and so much more than I could have ever imagined. These two met through their church group, and were convinced to go on a date after their friends pressured Josh into texting […]

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Conklin’s Barn III Dinner Theatre in Goodfield, Illinois | A Perfect Day At The Barn

Yes, I am proof that it is INDEED possible to be both a bridesmaid and a photographer. You may end up twice as exhausted and run twice as much throughout the day, but let me tell ya, it’s worth it!There is nothing more special than not only standing by your dear friend’s side as she […]

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Rocky Mountain National Park | A Rocky Mountain Engagement

Helen and Jeremy’s love was perfect in the open air, Colorado breeze we had for their engagement session. Well, it was more like a Colorado winter storm with snow, BUT “breeze” sounded better as a word. 😉 Back in December I was photographing these two at Lost Gulch Lookout in Boulder, Colorado, and immediately I […]

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Trailside Event Center | Wedding On The Trailside (Event Center)

I remember sitting back in our hometown coffee shop alongside Brooke and Jared, months ago, talking + dreaming about their big day.They told me their dreams for their wedding, and as they began not only describing in detail the vision they had, they also named off their vendors for their May 11th wedding, and I […]

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Mackinaw Valley Vineyard | Love On The Vines

They say April Showers Bring May Flowers, but I’m gonna change that phrase around a bit and say April Showers bring the most radiant wedding day. I met Georges and Ally over a year ago, after Ally messaged me asking if I had her wedding date open. I was so anxious to meet these two, […]

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Downtown Peoria, Illinois Engagement

“When you know, you know…” That’s what my couples always tell me! And that was definitely the case for Kiersten + Brandon. These two lovebirds began dating their Junior year of high school. They dated for six years, and Brandon proposed in December as they were decorating their Christmas tree. TALK ABOUT GOALS!!! I couldn’t […]

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