These are the things I do
To avoid the things I should be doing..
Alex is one happy baby! Turning 6 months old this week he loves the heat and didn't even mind wearing this adorable fedora! Alex's photos were taken at the Volkening Heritage Farm in Schaumburg IL. Special thanks for the calf's that volunteered to be part of our shoot ;)
Reckless Spirit Jewelry is launching their new line! Here is a sneak peak of their Western Spirit line. I love the glow from the salt lamp! To shop Reckless Spirit visit their site Recklessspirit.com
About a year ago I started to notice a lot of bullet journals on my Instagram and Pinterest feed. I liked the idea of mixing organization with art. As a high school art teacher I carry around a "lesson plan book" to all of my classes. This lesson plan book is actually a sketchbook filled with a bunch of doodles, notes, lists, ideas and occasionally an in depth drawing. After seeing all of these bullet journals I was inspired to try and organize my plan book for this school year. My favorite part was making the monthly headline.These are my favorites from the 2017-2018 school year.
This pencil drawing was from observation when I took my AP Photography class on a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
This image consists of sketches I did when walking around the Chicago Art Institute. Instead of walking past all of my favorite pieces in the museum I decided to record.
As October arrived even my to do lists became creative... I probably had a lot to do and did this "to do" Ouija instead..
This drawing was started on March 14th during the 17 minutes the majority of my class walked out to protest gun violence.
Anya rescued Salsa last October. Salsa is a beautiful Arabian breed of horse. She was rescued with one other horse from a neglected barn in Illinois. Salsa and Guacamole were skin and bones when rescued . Salsa is now boarded at Woodstock Equestrian and working on her riding skills. Anya hopes that Salsa can one day be used as a trainer horse for beginning riders.
The Chicago River walk is located in downtown Chicago, sometimes referred to as Chicago's second lake front. The walk spans from lake shore drive to Lake Street. On top of being a prime location for a photo shoot, the river walk hosts restaurants in the summer as well as small parks to lounge and enjoy drinks! This Chicago couple picked the perfect winter day to capture the river walk backdrops.
Michelle and Kyle are expecting their first borb in June 2018! Millie can't wait to be a big sister! This mini shoot was captured at The Hallows in Cary Illinois.
I had so much fun editing this whimsical book photo! It gives off that childhood Christmas vibe we look forward to all year long! I cant wait to do another..
These dog parents are getting ready to tie the knot! This shoot was taken at golden hour with puppies Mia and Nala at Caldwell Woods in Chicago. There are so many good ones.. I cant pick my favorite!
The colors in fall photo shoots are my favorite! But.. sometimes you just wish it was snowing.. thankfully with some Photoshop magic.. Poof! Snow day has arrived!
Fall photo shoots are in full swing! With the last few leaves falling from the trees now is a perfect time to capture that rustic autumn look everyone loves! This family of 5 was photographed at Veterans Acres nature preserve in Crystal Lake Il.
Creators of Reckless Spirit Jewelry Julie and Laurie are a spunky duo creating trending jewelry and accessories. Their style is a cross between boho and rugged with a classy twist. This shoot featured their "Boyfriend Bracelet". This bracelet is an oversize stretchy including Lava beads. The lava will absorb your boyfriends cologne or essential oils to keep you smelling fresh all day! Check out their site to purchase your own recklessspirit.com/
Grooms Shave-- Oak Brook Barber Salon
Brides Hair-- Chic Concepts Roselle Illinois
Brides Dress-- I Do Bridal
Flowers-- Little Shop on the Prairie
Venue- Warehouse 109
Assateague island is a 37 mile long barrier island off the coast of Delmarva. Half the island is Maryland and the other half is Virginia. Assateague Island is a nation park offering campsites for visitors who want to stay the night. The most amazing part of Assateague are the 150 wild horses that roam the beaches and campsites. Horses travel in bands basking in the sun and living off the land. Images below are captured on an Iphone 6s, Kodak Cube and edited in Lightroom.
This weekend is Jaxon first birthday party! This shoot captured the first time he has ever tasted cake! He was hesitant at first, but once he tasted the frosting he was totally into it! I cant get over that baby bowler hat, and what a ham! Happy Birthday Jaxon!
Brittney and Anthony just bought their first home together in Chicago, Illinois! I'm so happy that I was able to capture their move in day before everything was unpacked! I wish I would have thought of this when I bought a house, super cute!
The Vehe Barn of Long Long Grove lended an amazing location to shoot large family portraits! This extended family of 12 looked great wearing pastel shades with backdrops of the multiple barns and open fields!
Giuliana looked beautiful for her first communion this weekend! Her shoot started out in Grandmas backyard and concluded at her family's church in Chicago. Guiliana was a natural model, I cant wait to photograph her again!
Meet Elmhurst College soon to be graduates Jordan and Krysten! Both graduating with honors and pursuing careers in business, they have a lot to celebrate! I was able to capture Jordan's last moments juggling the soccer ball on Elmhurst's campus and Kyrsten in front of the Wilder Mansion, where she works as an event coordinator.
I cant believe its almost been six months since I shot Ava's newborn photos! This mini shoot celebrated Ava's Christening this weekend! Backdrop for her Christening photos are moms wedding dress! And since we were shooting... might as well throw a tutu in there for good measure.
When its 50 degrees out in January you better bet im moving this family shoot outside! This growing family of four was thrilled to bring their latest little man home from the hospital this Winter. There's no buddy like a brother. <3
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