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A HOME SESSION WITH THE POWELL’S

Oh my goodness, where to even start with this session?! I had so much fun getting to photograph Mallory and John at their beautiful home in Glenview! Mallory is not only a sweet friend of mine, but also the incredibly talented owner and lead planner at Chi Chic Weddings & Events here in Chicago. 

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A PHILADELPHIA WEDDING AT THE BALLROOM AT THE BEN

Leo and Sarah chose to celebrate their beautiful wedding in downtown Philadelphia at the Ballroom at the Ben. They decided on this location so that friends and family from New Jersey, Miami, Brazil, and everything in between could join them on their special day.

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LEO + SARAH

It was one of the windiest days I’ve ever seen on a wedding day. The sun was bright and hot. The wind was blustery and strong. But it didn’t matter. Loredana, who had just a few days ago moved to Illinois from her hometown in Italy, slowly walked arm in arm with her father, trying to […]

Aug,10

An Italian Butterfield Country Club Wedding Pasquale and Loredana

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Some of my favorite photos of the Chez event space for Mary and Javier’s wedding that I took while second shooting for the lovely Caili Helsper Photography!  

Aug,4

Wedding at Chez

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Max and Sara, both originally from China, met as children but began to date while in college. When Max proposed, he created his own computer program that showed Sara pieces of what he wanted to say to her, day by day for a week.  She anxiously waited for the messages each day and even though she […]

Jul,29

Max and Sarah’s MileNorth Hotel Wedding

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This month, I was absolutely thrilled to be hosting another Tuesday’s Together in the Chicago area!  July’s meeting was held at Tuan Bui‘s amazing studio in Ravenswood.  It was the perfect place for everyone to meet- super cozy and great for discussion even with such a large group. The topic of the month is Client […]

Jul,15

Chicago Tuesday’s Together (July)

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I have tried to describe in words what it means to be a photographer and why I chose to be one.  I simply can’t put it into words. Only photographs. And this only seems appropriate, I think. Sometimes photographs can speak louder than words. Please take a minute to really look at these photographs. Look at […]

Jul,13

My Why

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  When my friend Liz and I met for the very first time a few months back, we automatically clicked and became great friends fast! Over some wine and Italian appetizers, we shared our love for the show Sex and the City and quickly thought “We should do a styled shoot inspired by the show!” […]

Jul,10

Sex and the City Styled Shoot

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  1. I like to photograph the ring about 45 degrees to the light source. I’ve found that if you place the ring in the direction of the light source (or window in most of my cases), it blows out the diamond and it leaves your image with no dimension.  At 45 degrees, you get dimension […]

Jul,2

5 Tips For Photographing Beautiful (and Meaningful) Ring Shots

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Megan and Andrew met in the 7th grade, started dating as sophomore’s in high school, and have been together ever since.  I have always had such a soft spot for high school sweethearts since my husband and I are ones as well 🙂 As I spoke with Megan over the phone initially, I quickly fell in love with […]

Jun,29

Megan and Andrew – Abbey Farms

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Winna and Ernest currently live in two different states, but they both have a deep love for Chicago.  They decided to get married here and I am so excited to be a part of their big day! After chatting with them, we decided to go with a classic Chicago engagement session at Millennium Park and […]

Jun,24

Winna + Ernest’s Chicago Engagement Session

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Cara opens the door to their apartment and notices a trail of rose peals.  The petals along with signs lead her to the porch outside where she finds Kevin dressed in a suit with a big smile on his face, holding flowers and her favorite prosecco.  At that moment, their road to marriage began. I […]

Jun,16

A Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Wedding Kevin and Cara

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Yesterday night was the FIRST EVER Tuesdays Together meeting in Chicago! I was absolutely thrilled to host this event in my condo.  For weeks, my brain raced with fun ideas, interesting conversation topics, and cute gifts that I could send home with the attendees.  Since Tuesdays Together is so new, I really wasn’t sure what […]

Jun,10

Chicago Tuesdays Together (June)

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As a small business owner, I wear many hats.  I am the photographer, retoucher, secretary, accountant, etc.  As my business has grown, I’ve searched for an online system that would allow me to be all of these things without stressing and breaking the bank.  I wanted to find somewhere that was easy to use, easy […]

Jun,4

How I Stay Organized with 17hats

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As I walk into the W Lakeshore hotel suite where the ladies are getting ready, I am greeted with hugs, smiles, and kisses.  Fiorella looked absolutely stunning as she quickly gave me all of her gorgeous details to photograph.  I just kept thinking “This wedding is going to be amazing!” As I looked around the […]

Jun,1

Fiorella + Chris Wilson

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Francis Coppola contacted me a few weeks ago to photograph their wine event happening in Chicago at the Cubs game.  I was very excited to be given the opportunity to meet some of the head wine makers as well as some of the Public Relations crew! Everyone gathered on the Ivy League Baseball Club rooftop […]

May,26

Francis Coppola Wine Event

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For today’s blog post, my husband, Vincent, decided to take over the blog and to write a little something about our marriage from his perspective.  It made me smile and I hope it makes you smile too!  Happy Anniversary sweetheart! I love you so much!                   Photos […]

May,22

Our 6 year anniversary

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting alongside my sweet friend Amanda Megan Miller Photography for Eric and Christine’s stunning wedding at The Ivy Room.  I absolutely loved his gray suit with the navy tie and pocket square.  For their first look, I could tell how excited and anxious he was as […]

May,21

Christine and Eric’s wedding at The Ivy Room

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I am a goal setter, a list and schedule maker, and I write down EVERYTHING.  Yeah…I’m that kind of person.  Sometimes I get so many thoughts and ideas in my head that I can’t lay down to sleep at night.  Often times, I find myself grabbing a pen and paper (or maybe even my iPhone) to […]

May,16

Spring Goals

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I had the opportunity to second shoot with Caili Helsper a second time this past month! This gorgeous wedding was held at the Palmer House, filled with amazing details like her blush wedding gown, a mariachi band, a bagpipe player, and golden chandeliers! Oh my goodness, so much pretty!!  

May,4

A Palmer House Wedding Sara and Joe

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Kathy and Nomon arrived at the gorgeous Grosse Point Lighthouse in Evanston in perfect colored coordinated outfits and a smile on their faces.  This engagement session was absolutely stunning, filled with laughter and love.  I hope you all enjoy viewing this session as much as I enjoyed photographing it!   I can not wait until their […]

Apr,16

Kathy + Nomon’s Engagement

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This Ravenswood Event Center wedding is one of a kind and filled with Jewish tradition! I loved that I got the opportunity to second shooting alongside Amanda Megan Miller for this special day!  So much of the day, I was separated with the men while Amanda was with the ladies (which is typical in a traditional Jewish […]

Apr,13

A Jewish Ravenswood Event Center Wedding Rebecca and Joe

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I had so much fun second shooting alongside my new friend Caili Helsper at Salvage One, one of Chicago’s most unique venues!  Alex and Amy met in college at a play called Bells Are Ringing and I just loved that they included a poster and other details from the play into their wedding day! Alex […]

Apr,3

A Salvage One Wedding Alex and Amy

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As creatives, I understand the urge to do something different. To step out of your comfort zone. To kick yourself out of the nest hoping that you’ll fly. It’s freaking scary and it’s also REALLY exciting.  I have had this idea in my mind for over a year now and I finally got the guts to […]

Apr,2

Bridal Gowns {Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke}

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Melissa and Ryan’s wedding day started with smiles and laughter, and ended with dancing and hugs.  Now, that’s my kind of wedding!  Melissa’s details were absolutely stunning and I just loved the use of yellow throughout the day!  Just in time for spring 🙂 After being together for many years, I know they were thrilled […]

Mar,26

Melissa + Ryan’s Seven Bridges Golf Club Wedding

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As always, I love second shooting alongside the uber sweet Amanda Megan Miller Photography.  This intimate Catholic ceremony and reception at Byron Colby Barn was filled with lots of purple and burlap, which this country gal simply could not resist.  Not to mention that it was truly a perfect fall day!  

Mar,24

Tim + Karen’s Byron Colby Barn Wedding

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Last fall I had the awesome privilege of photographing the SWEETEST wedding alongside Jen Sexton Photography at the Hubbard Park Lodge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Their wedding day was the same day as Octoberfest, so they had beer steins and fall accents in the decor, which I just loved!  It was so unique and so THEM! […]

Mar,21

A Hubbard Park Lodge Wedding in Milwaukee

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Let’s see if I can get through this one without crying….  Nope. Here come the water works. I’m not exactly sure what prompted me to write such a personal (and kind of dark, sorry guys) post today.  I have sat here thinking and thinking and I’ve come up with two things.  1. I just had […]

Mar,21

Losing a Loved One

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In order to not be overwhelmed by my calendar, I tend to take one day at a time and just focus on the present, not be anxious about the future.  However, I looked at my calendar today and thought “Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it!  My wedding season begins next weekend!” It JUST hit […]

Mar,6

2015 Wedding Season and Goals

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This past week has been a little quiet, as I’m sure you could tell!  Vince and I had a very relaxing (and much needed) vacation to Ft Myers, Florida for an entire week.  I toggled back and forth on whether to take my camera with me, but ultimately decided to leave it at home.  I […]

Feb,24

Ft Myers, Florida Vacation

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Vincent, I just want to take a moment today to write all this things that I love about you.    Thankfully, I get one day a year to be ridiculous mushy on the internet. Yay for Valentine’s Day!  The fact that I’ve loved you for nearly 10 years now is absolutely incredible and so rare. […]

Feb,15

A Letter to My Valentine

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After talking to Jerek on the phone a few weeks ago, I knew that I wanted the photos from their proposal to be amazing.  The way he talked about Lauren was something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Finally, the day arrived.  I jumped out of my taxi so excited to be there to capture this […]

Feb,12

Jerek + Lauren’s Trump Tower Proposal

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