Alexandra + Jason

When Alexandra and Jason approached me about shooting their wedding, I immediately wanted everything to do with their wedding! Alexandra and Jason are incredibly kind hearted and passionate humans. They are the kind of people who can't help but radiate a magnetic energy. As they told me more about how they envisioned their wedding: An intimate farm wedding, a telescope for star gazing, farm to table organic food, vintage tablewares, their favorite honky tonk band, a silly duet that the bride and groom would sing, s'mores, the presence of Alexandra's childhood pen pal from England, handmade everything (mostly made by Alexandra herself!), I couldn't help but excitedly tell them I would be absolutely honored to photograph their wedding.

Alexandra and Jason had their wedding at The Mora Farm in Waterman, IL. Chicagoland brides, if you want an authentic but professional farm style wedding, this is THE place to get hitched! Only 45 minutes outside of Chicago and down a gravel road, you'll find the most picturesque farm with well manicured grounds and plenty of authentic, rustic charm. This place is magical, people!! 

I digress! When a couple really pours themselves into their wedding, there's this captivating energy that brings about the most beautiful and pure emotions in everyone. This is what I call photography gold! My favorite weddings are the ones where I can't help but smile, laugh and cry along with everyone throughout the night and Alexandra and Jason's wedding was, without a doubt, one of my favorite weddings of all time!

Catering: Good for You Events

Venue: The Mora Farm

Band: The Hoyle Brothers

Centerpieces: Supergirl Art in collaboration with friends and family

Thailand Part 1

Ahhh, Thailand. Land of smiles, street food, street cats, and bags. EVERYTHING in Thailand comes in a plastic bag. Curry in a bag, bag in a bag, coffee to go in a bag, bags for everything! As a self proclaimed "bag lady" and environmentalist,  I found myself simultaneously loving and loathing the plethora of bags I was receiving. As I'd unpack from the day's journeys, I'd toss all the bags inside of another and images of the Great Pacific Trash Vortex would flash before my eyes. 

But, I digress. The first week was spent in bustling Bangkok. An assault to the senses! As we waited in the customs line at midnight, eager to crash at our Air BnB, a woman, maybe 65 or 70, stood on a small stage singing with an eerie cadence into microphone beneath a sign that read, "Welcome to Thailand love at first sight." This is at midnight on a Tuesday. All I could think was, "Wait, is this her job?!"

Street food vendors lined the streets at all hours. A menagerie of smells sights and sounds mingled through the heavy, humid air: Fried meats, fresh fruits, hot charcoal, sewage, exhaust. The sounds... sizzling vats of oil, clattering cookware, the constant hum of heavy traffic. Motorbikes revved and rumbled in thunderous unison, weaving through traffic like a school of fish. 

The last week was spent in peaceful, expat central Chiang Mai. With over 300 wats (temples), we found ourselves meandering through the grounds of several every day. There was no shortage of delicious vegan friendly food and fresh juices! Some of our favorite spots were Kuhn Kae's Juice Bar, Catmosphere (a cat cafe!!), Morning Glory, and of course the many street food vendors. It was here that I discovered the BEST vegan street dessert, Kanom Krok

We rented a motorbike in Chiang Mai and took that poor thing all over the place, including the highest point in Thailand, Doi Inthanton, 8,415 feet. Motorbiking is definitely the way to go if you plan to visit Chiang Mai, it's well worth the $5-$10/day. Among my favorite places we visited in and around Chiang Mai were Wat Umong (cave temple), Bua Thong Waterfalls (the sticky waterfalls) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (at sunrise). 

I have many more photos to edit, but I could wait no longer to get the first handful of images up here on the blog! More to come soon and after that will come my images from Cuba! 

 

Sean + Stephanie

Sean and Stephanie are an incredible pair! I had the honor of photographing their super amazing, one of a kind wedding last October, which will make it to the blog soon! In the meantime, here are some photos from their autumn engagement session at Montrose Harbor with their sweet dog, Titus! 

Baby Arjun

While most of my subjects are brides and grooms dressed to the nines, I had a rare opportunity to photograph a subject who was just easing into his new environment this summer. Little baby Arjun was just 12 hours old when I got to meet and photograph him. As a woman who does not herself feel very maternal, it was incredible to walk into a room with a woman and her newborn child. It was beautiful to watch how she instinctually nurtured and maneuvered her newborn. 

Having just returned from a trip to visit one of my best friends who is expecting her first child in a few weeks, it's forced me to slow down and reflect a bit on the bigger picture. We spend so much of our adulthood setting up expectations for ourselves, often taking on more than we aught to. We get lost in the grind. We lose our patience. There's something so pure and magical about those first few hours of a newborn's life. Suddenly, all you can be is patient as this new little human slowly adjusts to life in the real world. I am honored to have had the opportunity to document baby Arjun's first day of life outside the womb!

Easter Visit in England

 

It's been a year and a half since I last visited my sister and her family in beautiful Wendover, England. The last time I was there, my youngest nephew, Ben, had just started walking and my eldest nephew, Nathan, was just starting to develop his language skills. Fast forward to a month ago and WOW, what a difference a year and a half can make! Nathan is a full on chatter box with the most adorable little voice and laugh, complete with British accent, and is absolutely fascinated by flowers at the moment, I even learned a few things from him! Ben is a spunky and adventurous little guy who loves his skateboards and can melt you with his hammy little smile. We spent most of our time doing the family thing and it was spectacular!