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Generally when I’m out and about with the camera, I’ll snap some pics of the city from wherever I happen to be, just for fun, for practice, or to test my settings before a session. I happen to need to show a few of them to someone now, so I thought posting them here might be the easiest way to do that. I thought you guys might enjoy them, too (:

{“A facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade, every type of dubiousness.” ~E.M. Forster}



This weekend I went to the Art Institute (one of my favorite Chicago places – wish I could have renewed my membership this year!). The first thing I saw when I walked in was the exhibit Public Notice 3 by Jitish Kallat. I thought it was cool and very well done. A nice juxtaposition with the traditional grand staircase. Go see it! It’s a nice indoor activity (and the museum is free on weekdays through February 4th!).

I interrupt regularly scheduled programming to let you know that, as part of a class project, three of my images will displayed in the student gallery at Loyola. The Why Art Matters exhibit opens this Thursday evening. One of the photos I’ll be showing is below. I also made the logo for the exhibit (above). As a class, we attempted to show why art matters to the Loyola community and to each of the class members. There is also an interactive display where exhibit-goers can express why art matters to them. So, go! Express yourselves (:

For more information, you can see the full flier (designed by moi) here, or read about the exhibit on the Department of Fine & Performing Arts’ blog here.

This photo was taken back in the spring while I was scouting a location (Adler Planetarium/Northerly Island area). At first I was annoyed that the truck drove into my shot but there’s something about it I like (:

Have a great weekend!


I’m taking a week or so off of photo sessions in an effort to get caught up. In the meantime, I’ll post some images from a folder on my desktop entitled “Random Photos.” (: This particular image was taken in Grant Park, near Buckingham Fountain. I was testing the lighting and adjusting camera settings during a family session. When I saw this one, I knew I had everything right!


Meet Patrick. He showed me around his cute nursery and then took me on a little outdoor adventure at the grounds of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. How can I not love a job that allows me to get outside and enjoy these beautiful sunny days we’ve been having, while hanging out with some of the cutest kids and nicest families around?!


Earlier this week I met up with these cuties at Buckingham Fountain. This was my third time photographing Dominic, and my second photographing Madeline. We always end up at the best Chicago-y locations for their sessions. I couldn’t believe how much they had both grown since their last session. Still as cute as ever, though, don’t you think?

Have a great weekend!!


I met up with Nicole at Humboldt Park last week for an OpLove session with daughter Jessica. We embraced the beautiful sunshine and scenery and ended up with some great images to send to Dad to enjoy while he’s deployed overseas. It was a joy to work with Nicole & Jessica and an honor to give a tiny bit back to this family (: I’ll be putting more from this session on the city|view Facebook page later today.

{**The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.**}

I had a session in Humboldt Park earlier this week (sneak peek coming soon!) and stayed afterward a few minutes to grab some images of the park, since I’d never been there before. I’m always amazed at the parks in Chicago – there are so many and they are perfect little escapes from all of the concrete (:

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” {Ralph Waldo Emerson}

There are a few more pics from Humboldt Park in my Chicago 2010 Flickr set.

I would like to interrupt regularly scheduled programming to brag on my sister, Becca (: I mean, we all know the girl can sew (and draw, and paint, and the list goes on).

A few years ago, she started taking pottery classes in Chicago and I totally remember looking at the first mugs she brought home (some of which I still use regularly for my morning coffee and afternoon tea), and thinking they were so awesome. And they were, of course. But when I see what she’s working on now… it’s crazy-good. Amazing. I want each and every piece.

Love her work? You can keep up to date here!! Her photos are perfection, too, don’t you think?

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