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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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After meeting Julia and Dan for the first time, I just knew we would have so much fun together! I was also SO excited to learn that we were practically neighbors and that they wanted me to photograph their engagement in our neighborhood… River North! It was my first time photographing a couple in my […]

Sep,16

A River North Engagement Session Julia + Dan

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Cathy and Kyle’s wedding day at the London House was truly breathtaking. I was excited to walk into the hotel to hug Cathy and wish her a happy wedding day, say hello to Kyle, and get to photographing the gorgeous details! The ladies were dressed in off the shoulder nude colored dresses and were accompanied by […]

Sep,13

A London House Wedding Downtown Chicago Photographer | Cathy + Kyle

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I’m so excited to share with you all one of my favorite newborn sessions ever! I met this sweet couple and their beautiful baby girl, Lila Rose, at their amazing home in the Gold Coast neighborhood here in Chicago for their session. Lila’s mother, Cait, is a talented fashion and lifestyle blogger in the city. […]

Sep,11

A Chicago Home Newborn Session Lila Rose

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Carly and Josh had such a beautiful day for their wedding! You might recognize these two from their engagement session at the Lincoln Park Zoo a few months ago. On the day of their wedding, I drove up to Carly’s parents home in Park Ridge, IL and was greeted at the door by her dad. Downstairs, the […]

Sep,4

A Hyatt Lodge Wedding McDonalds Campus | Carly + Josh

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Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to venture out of the busy city to a smaller city for a shoot and it’s a lovely change of pace! I met Emily and Joe at the Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin for their engagement session and had a blast! These two are so incredibly […]

Aug,30

A Lake Lawn Resort Engagement Emily + Joe

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A few weeks ago, John emailed me about photographing a session for him and his newlywed wife while they were in Chicago celebrating Mary Catherine’s birthday. There was only one catch – don’t tell MC! He wanted to surprise her (SO SWEET)! John had told MC that they were going to go out for a […]

Aug,24

A Surprise Newlywed Session Downtown Chicago

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As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I couldn’t wait to tell my closest family and friends. Among the first to know was my sweet and talented friend, Nicki of Nicole Defilippis Photography. I always knew that I wanted Nicki to be the one to document this “fresh 48” newborn session for Vince and I. […]

Aug,13

Our Daughter Introducing Ellie Grace Nord

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I’m so excited to share this stunning maternity session with you all today. The lovely parents are my sweet friends, Ana and Tony. Originally from Miami, they moved to Chicago around the same time as Vince and I did (over almost 4 years ago now). We met through mutual friends and have hung out ever […]

Aug,9

A Summer Skyline Maternity Session Welcoming Baby Liam

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I am so so excited to be sharing Molly and Shane’s amazing wedding day with you all! When I first met with Molly and Shane I just knew we were going to have so much fun together; they’re fun, sweet, genuinely thoughtful people and IRISH! Heck yes! For those that don’t know, I’m also Irish, […]

Jul,11

An Irish Wedding at Gaelic Park Molly and Shane

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I’m so excited to introduce you all to one of my sweetest friends and fellow creative business owner, Katie Cochara. She’s INCREDIBLY talented, not to mention sweet and fun, and a fellow dog mom. What’s not to love?! Katie is the owner of Bluebird Paper Company, a Naperville based invitation and stationery business. She seriously […]

Jul,11

Katie Cochara with Bluebird Paper Company Chicago Invitation and Stationery Designer

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In case you missed it, June is vendor spotlight month here on the blog and this week’s feature is all about my incredibly sweet and talented friend Jaycie! Keep reading below to learn more about her and her amazing business. She continues to impress me with her dedication, passion, and talent! I know you’ll love […]

Jun,11

Jaycie Ganek with Makeup by Jaycie Vendor Spotlight - Chicago Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

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I’m so excited to share with you all some favorites from my maternity session with my dear friend Maria Harte Photography! Ellie made her debut on May 20th (11 days early!) so I’m catching up on some personal blog posts (like this one!) that were meant to be prepared and scheduled before her arrival. We’re […]

Jun,6

My Maternity Session River North Neighborhood

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I’m so excited to kick off the month of June with my first vendor spotlight! I’d like to introduce you to my sweet friend and fellow wedding vendor, Mallory Powell with Chi Chic Weddings & Events! I recommend hiring a wedding planner to all my couples for many reasons. Whether you decide to hire them for […]

Jun,4

Mallory Powell with Chi Chic Weddings & Events Wedding Planner - Vendor Spotlight

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I had been anxiously awaiting McKenna and Matt’s wedding day for months. I knew we were “meant to be” after our first meeting together, but ever since their engagement session at the Adler Planetarium, I couldn’t wait to get these two in front of my camera again! Matt and McKenna are amazing in every way […]

May,14

A Wedding at Patrick C Haley Mansion McKenna and Matthew

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This weekend I met with Carly and Josh to celebrate their engagement in Lincoln Park.  They currently live and absolutely love the neighborhood of Lincoln Park so we knew we wanted to showcase as much as the surrounding area as possible. We started the session at the Lincoln Park Zoo and ended with the gorgeous […]

May,9

Engagement Session in Lincoln Park Carly and Josh

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As many of you already know, we are expecting our first baby in just a few more weeks! We live in a two bedroom condo in downtown Chicago and have been using the second bedroom as my office/the overflow room.  When we found out we were expecting, I knew the office was going to have […]

May,2

Ellie’s Nursery Combining my office and nursery space

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This past weekend, I met with the newest #enpcouple, Zach and Deepa, for their engagement session at Milton Lee Olive Park! They wanted to showcase the beautiful city of Chicago in their engagement session because not only do they live here but because their big day will actually be in their home town of Kansas […]

Apr,24

Engagement Session at Milton Lee Olive Park Zach and Deepa

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After searching our options for warm weather destinations in early April, we decided on Scottsdale, Arizona for our babymoon! As I told people we were taking a babymoon, many replied…”What’s that?!” A babymoon is a trip a couple takes before the baby arrives because once the baby comes, the couple won’t be traveling as much […]

Apr,19

Our Babymoon Scottsdale, Arizona

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Elena Renee is here!! She was born 8 weeks early so she was in the NICU for a while, but now she’s home and doing SO well! Elena is absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t be more excited for my friends Amber and David. I am excited to share my favorites from their at home mini […]

Apr,14

At Home Newborn Session Elena Renee

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A few months ago I had the privilege of photographing this beauty from Megan’s Forever Photography. Megan is a recently married lady located in Schaumburg and is a portrait and wedding photographer! I was thrilled when she asked me to do some updated headshots for her to use for her business. I call these type […]

Mar,26

Megan’s Branding Session Photos for creatives

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A few weeks ago I shared a super real moment in my life on Instagram stories. It showed me sitting alone in the Target parking lot eating Panera Bread that I had just picked up for lunch at 2pm. I just needed to get out of the house for a bit because working from home […]

Mar,20

7 ways to stay sane when you work from home The lonely entrepreneur

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A few weeks ago I hopped on a plane to Memphis, TN to visit my little sister and the newest addition to our family: Henry Joel Taylor. He is simply perfect in every way and such a good baby! He eats and sleeps really well, and is just a joy to be around. I was […]

Mar,12

Lifestyle Newborn Session My Nephew Henry

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  Hey friends! So by now, you probably know that Vince and I are expecting our first baby in June! We are so excited to welcome baby Nord into the world in just a few more months. Each trimester, I am answering your questions and sharing a bit more about how pregnancy has been going, […]

Mar,5

My 2nd Trimester Update Questions Answered - Pregnancy

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Spring is approaching fast and this girl is all kinds of excited! The weather is warm and the flowers are blooming…not much beats a gorgeous spring wedding day! Today I’m sharing two of my favorite spring color trends for 2018 along with some beautiful inspiration boards provided by The Black Tux – one of my absolute […]

Feb,26

Spring Color Trends 2018 The Black Tux

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  Oh winter… For many of you, this is the time of year you dread the most. The off-season can really be a little unnerving as things start to slow down, we have more time alone, and our normal day-to-day activities start to shift. You’ve spent the past spring, summer, and fall photographing weddings or sessions, but […]

Feb,20

14 ways to utilize the off season Make 2018 your best year yet

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By now you’ve probably seen the Instagram update that allows you to include Instagram story highlights underneath the bio in your profile. Today, I want to show you exactly how to add a highlight to your profile and also how to brand them to your business!   Why should you create Instagram story highlights? Is […]

Feb,15

How to create instagram story highlights Brand highlights to your business

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I know one thing… this “puppy love” inspired Valentines Day styled shoot will forever be on my top favorites list! For those that know me personally, you know that I’m a HUGE dog lover so this special project hit me right in the feels. I was so excited with Nicole with Urban Allure Events approached […]

Feb,12

Inspirational Puppy Love Styled Shoot Chicago Valentines Day Wedding

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For baby Nord’s gender reveal, my sweet friends Liz, Maria, and Nicki threw me a special gender reveal party at Maria’s home in northwest Chicago. A ll of these photos are courtesy of them and if you aren’t following them already – DO! I have some insanely talented friends! 🙂 Several of my family members drove […]

Feb,5

Baby Nord’s Gender Reveal Party Balloon pop, cupcakes, and tacos

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I just LOVE January weddings! My first wedding of 2018 was held at Hotel Allegro in downtown Chicago. Katelin and Dan chose a navy and gold theme to resonate throughout their winter wedding day and it was beyond stunning! Mallory with Chi Chic Weddings & Events planned everything to perfection. Katelin’s details were accompanied by […]

Feb,1

A Navy and Gold Winter Wedding at Hotel Allegro Katelin + Dan

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It’s a bittersweet moment as I write the last part of this 3 part series from our Spain trip this past fall! We had so much fun in Spain and would love to return one day to explore (especially!) the southern part of this beautiful country. In case you missed it, here’s the part 1 […]

Jan,29

Barcelona Nord Spain Trip 2017

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