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. 

READ THE POST

The World We Live In Begins With YOu

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 […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Elopement

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. […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Weddings

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 […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Couples

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 […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Weddings

Columbia River Gorge | Waterfalls & Views in the Gorge

Three words: Columbia River Gorge. Lily, Joseph, and I had the best adventure day, hiking around Columbia River Gorge during my time in Oregon. We started their session off at Vista House. When I pulled up in my car to meet them there, I felt a tear streaming down the side of my face, because […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Couples

Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois | A Christmas Millennium Park Proposal

Peter had the whole city of Chicago crying.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Emily contacted me over a month ago for a couple’s session for her and Peter (her boyfriend at the time).⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣In one of her initial emails she said “not engaged yet (soon),” and as soon as I saw that email I hoped and hoped Peter would propose […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Couples

Chicago, Illinois, Odyssey Chicago River boat | An Odyssey Chicago Wedding

Carolina + Todd: two of the most special people to ever bless my life.I met these two about a year and a half ago, when I photographed Carolina’s brother’s proposal at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Time passed, and Todd reached out to me to capture him proposing to Carolina in February of this year. […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Weddings

Breckenridge, Colorado | A Breathtaking Breckenridge Colorado Elopement

Mountains, beautiful people, crystal blue water, happy tears, music, and laughter echoing through the quiet trees. These are all words that I would use to describe Carolina + Todd’s Breckenridge, Colorado elopement. I remember the first day I spoke to Carolina about photographing she + Todd’s elopement, I literally cried and jumped up and down […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Elopement

Theatre on the Lake, Lincoln Park Couples session| A Chicago Kinda Love

It was an afternoon many moons ago when Justin first laid his eyes on Allyson. They were both working for the same company, and Allyson was working in HR. They quickly became friends through work, and over time, Allyson decided it probably wasn’t the most fit for the girl in HR to be with the […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Couples

Space Gallery, Downtown Denver, Colorado | A Perfect Denver Wedding

Helen + Jeremy’s story was special to me from the very start. I had the pleasure of photographing these two at Lost Gulch Overlook in Colorado last December, and mid-photo shoot, Jeremy knelt down on one knee and proposed to his sweet Helen. She had tears, I had tears, we all had tears. Shortly after […]

READ THE POST

post filed in:

Weddings

Wanna read what's on my heart, hear about events I'm hosting, and see my latest sessions? sign up here for it all :)

the list