JEN + PATRICK // A GLEN ELLYN MATERNITY SESSION
october 1st, 2014

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I absolutely love when clients choose to do a portion of their sessions in the comfort of their own home. So much natural love and light shines through the images when my clients feel at home.  It changes the dynamic and the style of images from something posed, and allows them to be genuine and organic. Something that photographers strive for with each and every session.  So when Jen and Patrick said that they wanted to document the growth of their sweet little baby (who they call “Carrot Cake” – don’t you just love that?) in their brand new home, I was thrilled.  Continue reading

FEATURED // THE EVERYGIRL
september 30th, 2014

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It’s always a total pleasure to be able to contribute images for one of my favorite blogs, The Everygirl.  (specifically my darling Maritza of Beauty for Bloggers) As the beauty editor for The Everygirl, Maritza and her team always seems to come up with the most helpful concepts to grab the attention of women from all over the world – me included. This concept in particular is one of my favorites – since I’ve finally come around to believe in the mantra, “less is more.”

Come take a look at the three beautiful women who not only display that less is more when it comes to your make up, but who celebrate the features that make them feel beautiful. Celebrating ourselves should be a daily ritual – do you have a favorite feature? What is it? Go stare at your lovely self in the mirror and figure it out. Right now ;)

Click here to see the full feature. Happy Tuesday! xo

Models: Maya of Charmingly Styled / Emily author of EightySixed / Ashlei of Kinks are the New Pink
Make up: Brenda Arelano
Hair: Maritza Buelvas
Photography: Cassandra Eldridge of Cassandra Photo

JENNY + STEVE // A DOWNTOWN CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT
september 30th, 2014

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I’m so happy to be able to share Jenny and Steve’s downtown Chicago engagement session with all of you today! Can I first start by saying that I want to put Jenny in my pocket and take her with me everywhere? Her enthusiasm for life is unreal, and so contagious!  It’s no wonder Steve (who is equally as awesome) felt the need during a run in Olive Park to get down on one knee, and keep her forever.

The committed relationship that Jenny and Steve have been a part of for a little under a decade is so evident in their playful demeanor, I swear I couldn’t stop clicking the shutter.  I couldn’t be more excited for the two of you and your November wedding this year! I’m counting down the days ;)  xo!  Continue reading

ASHLEY + ANDREW // A MONTANA WEDDING AT ROCK CREEK CATTLE COMPANY
september 29th, 2014

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Oh gosh. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here – and I’m sorry! Sometimes, you just need to take a step back, let life be busy, and put other things on hold for a while. It’s the only way to come back refreshed and with a clear mind, if you ask me.  So with that being said, this wedding in particular is the absolute best way to get back into the swing of things.  Continue reading

A GROWING HEART FOR TRAVEL
september 18th, 2014

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I really never thought of myself as a destination photographer until this past year.  I’m not even really sure how it happened – booking weddings that weren’t in Chicago, but it happened all of a sudden.  I never thought I had the nerve for it – traveling with all of my gear, staying in hotels, breaking my routine that I have for myself back at home.. but I’ve really grown to love it. It’s an adventure, and it brings me out of my comfort zone. Something I’m actually enjoying.

A couple of weeks ago, I was shooing in the beautiful wide open spaces of Montana. Mountains, big blue skies, gorgeous Evergreens as tall as my neck would allow me to see… this week, I’m in Colorado. I’m photographing a wedding in the cozy town of Estes Park – in a chateau in the mountains, no less. I feel really blessed that my clients trust me enough and value me enough to put me on a plane, host me up in a hotel, and share their day with me. It’s something even to this day, I still can’t quite wrap my brain around.

So far I’ve photographed the city of Paris, the great lakes of Michigan, the blue skies in Montana, the beaches of Florida, the mountains of Colorado – and on the horizon later this year… more beaches in Florida, and the warm sand in the Bahamas to welcome in 2015.  It’s safe to say that through all of this, I’ve cured my fear of flying ;)

I’ll see you all back here on Monday. Have a lovely weekend! xx