I was so excited to photograph Ninelle and Stepan in their home because I knew from their Instagram feeds that both of them have impeccable style and a love for slow mornings with good coffee. I was right about those things, but I got to witness something else between them throughout our time together that was so much richer - their camaraderie.
That's a good old-fashioned-sounding word, but it perfectly describes the mutual trust and friendship that these two share. They've been married for 4 years, and there's no shortage of love and laughter and genuine companionship in their home and I think the images we made together display their beautiful connection so well.
Both Ninelle and Stepan own successful small businesses; she creates beautiful wall tapestries sold in her Etsy shop and in botiques throughout Chicago, and he operates Highland Park's most fashionable barbershop. They take Mondays off work to rest and spend time together, and this Monday unfolded like all the rest - with tea and chill tunes in their gorgeously decorated home followed by brunch. It was an honor to document the connection and camaraderie between these two lovely humans - can't you see it?