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

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan | Sand Dunes Photo Shoot

Sand Dunes Couples Session with Janell + Luke. Enough said! These two cuties literally had chemistry that you cannot even find in science labs. We started our morning at the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. We jammed to music + drank mimosas all morning long. I flew my drone and had the […]

Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore Couples Session, Photographs by Teresa, includes posing inspiration for an outdoor couples session. Book your Michigan couples session and browse the blog for more inspiration #couples #photography #couplesphotography #chicagophotographer

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Artifact Events, Chicago, Illinois | Intimate Chicago Wedding

Intimate Chicago wedding. The first time Nick saw Lyndie, he leaned over to his friend and whispered “I’m gonna marry that girl.” Lyndie was shy and was absolutely not interested in Nick at the time. Oh and also Nick was in a relationship at the time that he said that. But he said that he […]

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North Avenue Beach, Chicago, Illinois | A (Windy City) Chicago Elopement

I swear the temps dropped 20 degrees the instant we were on the lake, at North Avenue Beach. That’s Chicago weather for ya, I guess. Marisa + Tanner braved the windy city for the sweetest Chicago, IL elopement!! The temps were skin-numbing, the ground was a sheet of ice, and the sun was slowly dropping […]

chicago elopement including bride and groom portrait, Chicago skyline and flowers inspiration by Photographs by Teresa

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North Avenue Beach, Chicago, Illinois | A Winter North Avenue Beach Proposal

John + Roxy flew in to Chicago from Texas juuust in time for him to pop the big question!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣I stood on the sand of North Avenue Beach waiting for these two lovebirds to come my way as I was “taking pictures of the skyline.” ;)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Roxy was confused why John was leading her this […]

North Avenue Beach Chicago Illinois Engagement session, Photographs by Teresa. This blog post includes engagement photo ideas, outdoor engagement photos, romantic and natural engagement photo session, engagement photos in the winter, posing ideas, what to wear for engagement photos. Book your Chicago Illinois couples session and browse the blog for inspiration #engagement #photography #engagementphotography #chicagophotographer

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The 606 Trail, Chicago, Illinois | A Dreamy, Snowy Illinois Engagement

Snowy Chicago Illinois Engagement. Kenzie had one wish for their engagement session at the 606 Trail:⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Snow.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Living in Illinois, that can at times be a challenge, because one day it’s -10° and the next it’s 50°.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ But we were gonna get those snow pics, dang it!!!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ The day started off as a mild Chicago […]

Snowy Chicago Illinois Engagement session, Photographs by Teresa. This blog post includes engagement photo ideas, outdoor engagement photos, romantic and natural engagement photo session, engagement photos in the snow, posing ideas, what to wear for engagement photos. Book your Chicago Illinois couples session and browse the blog for inspiration #engagement #photography #engagementphotography #chicagophotographer

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Peoria Heights, Donovan Park, Peoria, Illinois | All the Seasons in One Engagement Session

Illinois Engagement Session. Alex + Leigh met on Hinge (the dating app) and she realized that he actually works with her cousin (so she knew she could trust him) 😉 Seven months later, he popped the question. Because what they say is SO true: when you know, you know. I absolutely loved Alex + Leigh’s […]

Peoria Heights, Donovan Park, Peoria, Illinois Engagement session, Photographs by Teresa, Illinois wedding and engagement session. This blog post includes outfit ideas for a winter and fall outdoor couples session and posing inspiration. Book your Illinois couples session and browse the blog for inspiration #engagement #photography #engagementphotography #illinoisphotographer

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Phon D Recreation Area, Arizona | A Sparkling Arizona Elopement

It was a beautiful December day for an elopement, honoring Holly + Freddie at Phon D Recreation Area in Arizona. These two beautiful humans proclaimed their love for each other in the desert of Arizona, with cacti all around, and a golden sunset shining down on us. Holly was wearing a beautiful gown from Brilliant […]

Phon D Recreation Area, Arizona | A Sparkling Arizona Elopement

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peoria, Illinois | Trailside Event Center, Peoria Heights, Illinois | That One Cute Gym Love story

Erin noticed Zack at the gym, and immediately had butterflies.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣She also noticed him the next time. Aaaand the next and the next.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Zack had also noticed Erin, but she didn’t realize it until one evening when they caught eyes at the local bar.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Erin clutched Zack’s arm that night, and they started (finally) talking. […]

Catholic Church wedding Illinois by Photographs by Teresa. This blog post includes wedding details, bridal fashion, groom fashion, bride and groom portraits, and tips for brides planning a wedding. Book your Illinois wedding and browse the blog for inspiration #photography #weddingplanning #weddingtips #weddingphotography #illinoisphotographer

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Fullerton Beach, Chicago Illinois | A Windy City Engagement

It was a cold, windy day in the windy city. But that didn’t stop Laura + Socrates from laughter + kisses + their sweet love making me tear up behind the camera. I met up with these two lovebirds at Fullerton Beach right near Theatre on the Lake and North Avenue Beach, to capture this […]

Fullerton Beach, Chicago Illinois Engagement session, Photographs by Teresa. This blog post includes outfit ideas for an outdoor couples session and posing inspiration. Book your Chicago Illinois couples session and browse the blog for inspiration #engagement #photography #engagementphotography #chicagophotographer

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Saginaw, Michigan | A Michigan Dream Wedding

Joyce + Eric were family the instant I met them. I remember the day I met Joyce, it was at a conference a year ago. We met, and the instant we were introduced, we immediately hit it off.She told me that she was engaged, and the more we talked + planned, the more it just […]

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