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June | 10 on 10

My June 10 on 10 is nothing fancy, just some photos from a weekday evening in our little outdoor space. We spend so much time outside in the summer, and many of our evenings look like grilling our dinner and dining al fresco on a picnic blanket in the grass. It's always a happy time, and I'm delighted that these images capture that so well! We have certainly fallen in love with this urban lifestyle, small porches and all.

Me: "Can I take some pictures of you standing over there in those ferns?"

Him: stares blankly

Me: "You can pretend to be a dinosaur."

Him: instantly accommodating 😂

You probably remember that this 10 on 10 series is a monthly post for the entire year done in collaboration with some incredible photographers from around the world. Please follow the circle to see life as they're living it! Heather's photographs always amaze me, and she lives in Hawaii, so it's always fun to get a peek into her beachy life! Click here to see her post for the month.


Taking it Slow Together | Dayton, Ohio Family Session

I know it may sound hyped, but I really do care about the experience that my client-friends have with me just as much as I care about the photographs I make for them. In fact, a great experience produces great images, so it's really not easy to have one without the other! 

When I met this sweet family at a greenhouse just outside of Dayton, Ohio, my goals were no different, and since I wanted to give them an experience to remember, I often found myself stepping back to give them space to connect. And that's exactly what they did. The place was bursting with color, flowers, and sweet little places to tuck into. They worked their magic of togetherness, I worked my magic to capture it, and the results are stunning! 

It's incredible how taking a little time to slow down and sit next to the ones we love helps remind us of why we liked them in the first place. ;) If you have the chance, do it for yourself this weekend! It's such a simple, sweet reminder that our people mean the world to us. Take a blanket to the park, turn off your phones, and take it slow, together.

Want photos of your family taking it slow together? They're a perfect tangible reminder of the connection you share!

Email me for available dates in June and July. I'd be honored!

Monday Camaraderie | Chicago Lifestyle Couples Session

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?

Are you a couple who share the same kind of camaraderie and connection that these two do? I'd love to document it for you. Get in touch with me by clicking below and let's talk about what makes you click!