what's on the heart

All too often I catch people complaining about the mean and cruel world we live in. They blame leaders of the country or leaders of the state for all that’s happening. All the hate in the world. All the crime in the world.
But friends, I think the problem starts with us. 

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The World We Live In Begins With YOu

Saginaw, Michigan | A Michigan Dream Wedding

Joyce + Eric were family the instant I met them. I remember the day I met Joyce, it was at a conference a year ago. We met, and the instant we were introduced, we immediately hit it off.She told me that she was engaged, and the more we talked + planned, the more it just […]

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Columbia River Gorge | Waterfalls & Views in the Gorge

Three words: Columbia River Gorge. Lily, Joseph, and I had the best adventure day, hiking around Columbia River Gorge during my time in Oregon. We started their session off at Vista House. When I pulled up in my car to meet them there, I felt a tear streaming down the side of my face, because […]

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Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois | A Christmas Millennium Park Proposal

Peter had the whole city of Chicago crying.⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁣ Emily contacted me over a month ago for a couple’s session for her and Peter (her boyfriend at the time).⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⁣In one of her initial emails she said “not engaged yet (soon),” and as soon as I saw that email I hoped and hoped Peter would propose […]

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Chicago, Illinois, Odyssey Chicago River boat | An Odyssey Chicago Wedding

Carolina + Todd: two of the most special people to ever bless my life.I met these two about a year and a half ago, when I photographed Carolina’s brother’s proposal at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Time passed, and Todd reached out to me to capture him proposing to Carolina in February of this year. […]

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Breckenridge, Colorado | A Breathtaking Breckenridge Colorado Elopement

Mountains, beautiful people, crystal blue water, happy tears, music, and laughter echoing through the quiet trees. These are all words that I would use to describe Carolina + Todd’s Breckenridge, Colorado elopement. I remember the first day I spoke to Carolina about photographing she + Todd’s elopement, I literally cried and jumped up and down […]

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Theatre on the Lake, Lincoln Park Couples session| A Chicago Kinda Love

It was an afternoon many moons ago when Justin first laid his eyes on Allyson. They were both working for the same company, and Allyson was working in HR. They quickly became friends through work, and over time, Allyson decided it probably wasn’t the most fit for the girl in HR to be with the […]

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Space Gallery, Downtown Denver, Colorado | A Perfect Denver Wedding

Helen + Jeremy’s story was special to me from the very start. I had the pleasure of photographing these two at Lost Gulch Overlook in Colorado last December, and mid-photo shoot, Jeremy knelt down on one knee and proposed to his sweet Helen. She had tears, I had tears, we all had tears. Shortly after […]

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Lincoln Park Wedding, Chicago, Illinois | A Story For Sunny Lincoln Park

Haley + Aaron. A couple I will never forget about for the rest of my days. Before I go into details of their story, here are some details of their wedding: Hayley, Aaron, and their bridal party all got ready for their special day at the Aloft Chicago Mag Mile.Their ceremony + reception took place […]

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Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois | The Cutest Chicago Tinder Love Story

Allie + Kent met on Tinder two and a half years ago. At the time, they were both VERY busy between work, traveling, and just general LIFE to get to, they talked for about a month long until they finally went on their very first date. They had their first date at Summer House Santa Monica […]

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Lincoln Park, North Avenue Beach, Chicago, Illinois | Engaged in Lincoln Park

Haley and Ethan met *officially* in college. They both played soccer at the same school, and Ethan definitely had eyes for Haley.They didn’t talk much during that period of time, but knew about each other all along.Flash forward to when Haley moved to Chicago, she knew about this guy named Ethan, and naturally slid into […]

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