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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

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 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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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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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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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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  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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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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Hey friends!! So, as you probably know by now Vince and I are expecting our first baby! You can check out our announcement at this link in case you missed it. I’ve had tons of questions over the past few months since announcing my pregnancy back in November, so I thought it would fun to write a […]

Jan,10

My Pregnancy Update Questions Answered - 1st Trimester

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Something I want to start doing (beginning with this blog post!) is to look back on the previous year and reflect on what I’ve achieved in my personal life as well as in my business. It’s a great exercise not just for myself but for creatives as a whole, especially, because we are often so […]

Dec,29

2017 – A Year in Review Personal and Business Highlights

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It’s that time of year again, friends!! Behind the scenes photos of me…doing my thing and acting like a crazy person. This is usually my most popular post and I admit it’s one of the funnest blog posts I get to do all year! It’s something I look forward to putting together and I can’t […]

Dec,20

Behind the Scenes 2017 Weddings with Liz

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All blog posts are fun for me to write, but this one is EXTRA fun! Vince and I are so excited announce that we’re expecting our first baby! This has been the hardest thing to keep under wraps for the past 12 weeks, so I’m thrilled that it’s now public knowledge 🙂 Baby Nord is […]

Nov,21

We’re Expecting! Sharing some big news

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This past weekend, Vince and I flew down to Tennessee to be a part of my little sister’s baby gender reveal party. The party was held at an old, historic home that was built in 1837. The home (called Providence House) was once located in Trenton, TN, but after the former owner decided to disown […]

Sep,18

A Unique Baby Gender Reveal Providence House - Jackson, TN

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The start of these friendships started over a glass of wine as I met Elizabeth (Liz) Greve for the first time at Eataly. I had just moved to Chicago in the fall of 2014 and didn’t know a soul, so the thought of getting together with other photographers in the industry was incredibly exciting to me! […]

Apr,28

Tennessee LLMN Girls Road Trip

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A few weeks ago, I traveled to San Francisco for the second annual Tuesdays Together Leaders Retreat! I loved getting to see the Honeybook office and room with three wonderful ladies that I met at last years retreat in Charleston, SC! Go check them all out – Shaunae with Shaunae Teske Photography (Green Bay, WI leader), Callie with Komma […]

Feb,10

Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat San Francisco - January 2017

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Hi friends! Throughout the year, you get to see all the beautiful images that I take at each wedding that I photograph, but what you don’t usually get to see is all the hilarious “outtakes” or what I like to call the Behind-The-Scenes photos of me and my second shooters photographing all the gorgeousness! This […]

Dec,27

Behind The Scenes Chicago Wedding Photographer

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Happy Monday, friends!! This past week I took some time off to spend time with my mom and dad who were visiting us from Tennessee! We did so many fun things throughout the city including the Architectural boat tour, visiting the Shedd Aquarium, taking a water taxi to Navy Pier, having cocktails at the Signature […]

Sep,18

Starved Rock Illinois Wedding Photographer

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Hi friends! I hope you all had an amazing fourth of July weekend with family and friends! My sister and her husband came up from Tennessee to join us for the weekend and we had so much fun! From Saturday to Monday morning, we walked nearly 15 miles exploring Chicago. We started the “tour of […]

Jul,5

4th of July Weekend

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Welcome back for another Newest Obsession blog series post! I’m so happy you’re following along with all things I’m currently obsessed with! This website has me hooked. ThredUP is an amazing resale clothing store online that carries only name brand clothes, shoes, accessories, handbags…and even little kids clothes! I’m still waiting on them to start […]

Jun,9

Newest Obsession- thredUP

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To my love, I cannot believe it’s already been 7 years of married life with you and 11 years since the first time I saw you walk across my high school cafeteria. I loved you then and even though I didn’t think it could be possible, I love you even more today. You’ve taught me […]

May,23

Celebrating 7 Years of Marriage

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This past weekend I went home to Tennessee to celebrate my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law’s engagement party! Friday was the main event and we were surrounded by some of my parents most treasured friends and their families.  The next morning, all of the girls on my mom’s side of the family + plus my sweet […]

Apr,20

Jam Canning Party

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This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the very first Rising Tide Society leaders retreat in beautiful Charleston, SC.  I went to explore a new city and to meet other RTS leaders, but I walked away with so much more that that.  I walked away with new friends and an inspired heart, […]

Mar,2

Charleston, SC – Rising Tide Leaders Retreat

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  Last week we had to fly down to Florida so we decided to bring our maltichon pup, Charlie, with us.  He hasn’t flown since he was about 10 weeks old, so I was really nervous to bring him on the plane.  He’s now 5 years old, quite spoiled if I might add, and has a […]

Feb,12

How To Travel With Your Dog On A Plane

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First, let me start off with a little back story: I took voice lessons as a kid and I continued my lessons all throughout high school and some of college as I majored in Musical Education for my first 2 years. I loved to sing. Well, I shouldn’t say LOVED …I still do. I LOVE […]

Jan,12

What Taylor Swift Taught Me About Fear

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It’s that time of year when we look back on the past 12 months, reflect on our mistakes and our accomplishments, and count our blessings for what has been brought our way and for the people that have been put into our lives.  I absolutely love to create goals for myself and then look back […]

Jan,1

2015 Goal Check and New 2016 Goals!

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Today marks one year that I’ve called Chicago my home. When I say it out loud I immediately think “wow! I can’t believe it’s been that long already!” but then again, I think “wow! It’s only been a year?!”  Today was the day that I hadn’t even moved into our home yet, but I already […]

Aug,28

One Year In Chicago

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On July 25th, my husband’s sister, Jackie, got married to the love of her life, Alex, on the beautiful Notre Dame college campus at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.  You might remember these two from their swoon-worthy engagement session in Ireland last year- seen here! I first met Alex over Skype one night and […]

Aug,14

Notre Dame Wedding at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart Jackie and Alex

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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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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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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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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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