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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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I’ve been toying with the idea of switching from my personal gmail account to a business email account for years. After my Tuesday’s Together meeting this week, I was convinced that I needed to make the switch. What took me so long? Well, I think it was because I was scared of the unknown. I […]

Aug,10

Personal or a Business Email Account? Why I made the switch

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Nicole and I met earlier this year and since then, she’s led of Chicago’s Tuesday’s Together meet-ups talking about personality types, photographed a beautiful engagement session in France, and more! I’m amazed at this incredibly sweet and talented lady, and am so excited to see what the future holds for her! She photographs for her […]

Aug,2

A Photography Branding Session With Nicole Jansma

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I’m all about making my life and running a business a little easier. I absolutely love when I hear about a new app or program that can help solve a problem I’m having or that can make me more efficient on a day to day basis. Below are the top 23 apps and programs that […]

Jul,25

The Top 23 Apps and Programs That I Use To Run My Business Smoothly and Efficiently

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  I married my husband when I was 20 years old and was just finishing up my sophomore year of college. After our wedding, I moved to Nashville where he was attending Vanderbilt University and then only a year later moved to Knoxville so he could attend law school. As you can imagine, moving my […]

Jun,10

3 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Business In a New City

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The idea of getting published can be really daunting at times. I remember the first time I ever submitted a wedding for publication. My heart was beating out of my chest, scared to death of the dreaded rejection email. You may be asking yourself: “How do I even start? I don’t know the first thing […]

May,24

5 Tips on How To Get Published Magazine and Blog Submissions

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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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Yesterday night, the Chicago Tuesdays Together group met to support the non-profit company Letters in Motion. L.I.M’s goal is to bring awareness to the literacy gap and to encourage the children in Nepal and Kenya to advance academically. We also wrote our letters to these orphans and small children to bring them hope, encouragement, and love. […]

Nov,16

Tuesdays Together Chicago November - Philanthropy

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Yesterday, I shared the first part of our Gracefully Wed workshop which included a gorgeous wedding styled shoot and today I’m sharing our beautiful styled engagement session with you all as well as all about Day 2 at Swig! Shaunae and I felt that it was important to not only share how we would pose couples […]

Nov,2

Gracefully Wed Workshop Part II Engagement Styled Shoot and Day II

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Once upon a time a girl met a friend at a Rising Tide Society leaders retreat in Charleston, SC… no, but seriously 😉 Shaunae and I met last January at a leaders retreat and became instant friends. After keeping up with one another, admiring one another on social media, and Shaunae visiting me in Chicago for a Honeybook […]

Nov,1

Gracefully Wed Workshop Part I Wedding Styled Shoot

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A few weeks ago, I announced some really fun news on my Instagram and Facebook page! My sweet friend, Shaunae with Shaunae Teske Photography, and I launched our BRAND NEW workshop, called Gracefully Wed: A Photography Workshop!! This workshop will be held on October 24th and 25th and is taking place at the ever-so-stunning Villa Terrace […]

Aug,31

Gracefully Wed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin A Photography Workshop

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It’s Tuesdays Together time again!!  This month’s meet up was co-hosted by my sweet friend Ozzie Meza with Gromeza Floral Design Studio at his amazing home in Wrigleyville. All of these creative entrepreneurs gathered in the spirit of community over competition to talk about all things social media. There was a great group this month […]

Aug,10

Chicago Tuesdays Together – August 2016

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My newest love has been photographing branding sessions for other business owners! Along with this (especially when you’re not a photographer), you’ll need content to post on social media. That’s where styled stock photography comes into play! When you do a branding session or even just a styled stock photography session with me, you will […]

Jul,28

Styled Stock Photography For Your Business

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Yesterday night, 25 entrepreneurs gathered at Lex Nelson‘s home in the spirit of community over competition to celebrate the 1st birthday of The Rising Tide Society and Tuesdays Together! It’s amazing to see what all this group has gone through together over the past year! I love that there are new faces every single meet up and […]

Jul,13

Tuesdays Together, Chicago – July

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Hello fellow entrepreneurs! This post is for you! Today, I would love to share with you how I stay organized, run my business, and manage day-to-day activities with 17hats! Did you happen to catch the first blog post I wrote last year giving my thoughts on this amazing program? See it here!  I can’t believe it’s […]

Jun,23

17hats – New Features!

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I’m so excited to finally share all of my favorites from the Love In The City Workshop styled shoot that was in February!! It was published the other day on Borrowed and Blue – see the feature here! And Monday it was featured on the Elegant Wedding Magazine blog- see the feature here! If you’re interested in […]

May,25

Love In The City Workshop Styled Shoot – February 2016

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Hi friends! There is a new series on the blog and it’s called Newest Obsession! Throughout this blog series, I will share …well, my newest obsessions! I’ll not only be sharing about the things that I’m loving right now, but also the things I’ve found over the years that bring a little happy to my […]

Apr,27

Newest Obsession – Unroll.me

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Earlier this month, 24 entrepreneurs gathered at Kate Johnson‘s incredible home in Ukrainian Village to learn about the monthly topic: collaboration! I absolutely love learning from this amazing group of business owners and getting to hug their necks each month! If you are an entrepreneur and are interested in learning more about this group, what […]

Apr,21

April Tuesday’s Together

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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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As you may have noticed, my blog and social media accounts have been a little quieter than normal lately, and that’s because I was preparing for the very first ENP Workshop, which I entitled The Love In The City Workshop! I still can’t believe that this happened… One of my biggest dreams has come true […]

Feb,24

Love In The City Workshop Recap

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Day 1 of the workshop is finally here and my heart is beating with so much happiness and I have to admit, I’m also SUPER nervous! Eek! As you’re reading this, the attendees and I are probably in the middle of the styled portion of the workshop.  No doubt, having a blast! This is always one of […]

Feb,20

Workshop Gift Boxes!!!

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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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Last week we celebrated the last Chicago Tuesdays Together meeting of the 2015 year! Instead of the normal topic meet up, we decided to celebrate with a Christmas party where we could get to know one another better, drink wine (duh), and have fun!! We met at Elizabeth Bankmann’s STUNNING home in Logan Square and […]

Dec,18

Tuesdays Together (December)

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I am so excited to announce the new (and first!) Love In The City: A Wedding Photography Workshop!  This will be a positive and encouraging workshop for photographers who want to strengthen their craft and their business. I can’t wait to meet you all!     When?   February 20th from 10am-6pm followed by a […]

Nov,6

Love in the City: A Wedding Photography Workshop

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NIKON RULES. Okay, now that we have that settled we can continue. haha Just kidding 😉 Nikon or Canon? 70-200 or 85mm? Nikon brand or off brand flash? SO many choice and decisions to make!  I’ll tell you one thing, though.  Every photographer is different.  When it comes to lenses, camera bodies, flashes, memory cards, […]

Aug,19

So, What’s In My Camera Bag?

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Special thanks to my friends at Ed & Aileen Photography for taking these photos of the event! This month, our meeting was co-hosted by Kelley Kohler with Haviland Events at her gorgeous home in Lincoln Park. With 34 attendees, we shared and asked about ways we could grow our Instagram following, post relevant and gorgeous images, […]

Aug,12

Tuesdays Together (August)

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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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  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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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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**UPDATED AS OF JULY 24, 2017** 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 […]

Jun,4

How I Stay Organized with 17hats My Client Management Software of Choice

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