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

Coffee + Snow – Winter Engagement Session

Our morning started with coffee, so anytime a session begins that way, I just KNOW it’s sure to be magical!!! Nate + Rachel were an absolute DREAM to work with for their engagement photos. We started our session at the Rockford Roasting Company in Rockford, IL. Back when I was initially talking to Rachel regarding […]

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Five Chain Restaurants With Healthy Options

Trying to eat healthy? Also a social butterfly? Don’t know where to eat with your friends when they ask “where do you want to go?” because you feel so hopeless thinking there’s nowhere you can eat? Let me help ya, friend. I’m about as extroverted as they come, but also eat healthy, SO I’ve had […]

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How To Overcome Your Biggest Excuse

Who out there is making excuses?? I used to be the queen of excuses. I longed to have a consistent exercise schedule, but every time I began a routine, the next week I would start making excuses. I would say “I don’t have time,” I’d say “it doesn’t work with my schedule,” or “I’m sore […]

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Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado | The Three Words That Changed Their Status

“I love you.” Those three words Tyler spoke to Laura in the kitchen, four years ago when they were dating. It was the first time he had ever told her he loves her, and since that day, Laura told me the kitchen has felt like an extra special place. These two met online through “Catholic […]

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Ten Must-Have Healthy Snacks for Travelers

Who out there craves to come home and eat normal foods after traveling for a long time??? (insert girl-raising-her-hand emoji). It’s no secret that I am always on the road or in a plane, traveling. It’s also no secret that I really enjoy eating healthy, clean, whole foods, and strive for that lifestyle in my […]

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Chicago, Illinois Riverwalk Proposal

Temperatures were dropping, wind was rising, and love was surrounding. I realized truly why they call Chicago the “windy city” just a couple of weeks ago. Because, you guys! Especially by the water, IT IS WINDY. The weather was single digits cold, and there weren’t many individuals out and about that day due to the […]

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An Open Letter To My Sisters

My dear sisters, I feel privileged. Privileged, because I never had to work to find those sister-like friendships. Yes, I have those now, but I was BORN into having five sisters. Five sisters that automatically were my best friends. I remember being a young girl, watching some of you go off to college, some go […]

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Helen + Jeremy | Engagement Session

Many of my photo shoots, I go in with a very good idea of how they will go, where we will go, and the exact purpose of the session – typically an engagement session or a wedding.   I’ve photographed many proposals as well, however whenever I have photographed one, I always knew in advance […]

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Bailey + Matt | Engagement Session

Growing up I would watch allll the Nicholas Sparks movies, read all the John Green books, and was obsessedddd with a good rom-com!   Well, as soon as I heard Matt and Bailey’s story, I instantly knew it belonged in one of those films. And working with these two for their engagement session absolutely confirmed […]

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Replacing That Four-Letter Word With That Three-Letter Word

There’s a four letter word out there that I’m convinced is straight poison to our brains. That word is “can’t.” I came to this realization recently. I was with a mentor of mine, was having a particularly hard day, and was speaking to him. I was trying to convince him that “I can’t do that. […]

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