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June 2015





June 2015



My Favorite photo ever…

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Ding dong. Wait- what?  The Fedex delivery guy ACTUALLY RANG THE DOORBELL?!  NO WAY! (Turns out, it wasn’t this delivery guy’s normal route- darn)

So with that- Meghan and Ben’s wedding album arrived over the weekend!
Okay, so It’s true- I’m pretty bad at the whole blog thing. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to post the most favorite photo I’ve ever taken.  The one on the right-hand side of their album spread.

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It’s simple, windswept, one of the last photos we took from their amazing Cancun wedding weekend- filled with flash mobs, memorial catamaran sailing trips, beautiful light, and a wonderful group of people. With that, and all of the other destination weddings we’ve done lately, I guess you could call us chicago destination wedding photographer .

But for real, I promise to blog the other 50+ weddings we haven’t blogged, because they are all awesome. Eeek!



January 2015



Announcement 4 – Last announcement, We are going to India!

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Yup. You read it.

Some of you might have been wondering why our road-trip map ended abruptly in Las Vegas instead of circling back in Chicago. We are officially traveling to India, specifically Bangalore, India, to photograph a wedding March 6th and 7th. Thank you so much to Aditya and Nichole for this amazing opportunity to photograph your Indian wedding.  Your wedding is going to be a blast!

We will be leaving our dear little Toyota in Las Vegas, and we will see her again a few weeks after we get back to Chicago.



January 2015



Announcement 3- Photography Road Trip across America

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Ok, so this photo kind of goes with that New Year’s resolution I mentioned to allow Jason, a wonderful lifestyle photographer/husband extraordinaire to actually take photos of me.  All of you who tell us that you have a hard time getting your photo taken, trust me, I feel you! Why do you think that I’m always the one behind the camera!? To avoid my photo getting taken like the plague.

So, besides that, I am excited to say that we are leaving on a photography road trip across America next week!!! It’ll be filled with photoshoots,, couples, families, meetings with other photographers, and lots of editing.  (Honestly, I think we are the only people who are nuts enough to bring two 27″ iMacs on the road cross country.) So if we are driving by where you live, give us a holla!

We’ve been working on a new addition to our business- our Lifestyle Photography page,,  with photoshoots from the past months. The new website is coming soon.

Here is where we are headed!

Chicago, IL      January 29
Memphis, TN      January 30
Austin, TX      Jan 31- Feb 2

Marfa, TX      February 3-5
Casa Grande, AZ      February 6
Yuma, AZ      February 7-8

Salton Sea, CA      February 9
Los Angeles, CA      February 9-25
Las Vegas, NV      Feb 28-Mar 2




January 2015



Announcement 2- Getting Healthy, A lifestyle Change

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Okay, so this post is a bit harder for me to write. So I’m attempting to rip the band-aid off and let it all out there.

Since Jason and I met, I gained a lot of weight. Just about all of it started from when we began our photography business together, and continued over the past 5 years. Now, when I say alot- I mean A LOT. Over the past 5 years I gained 95 pounds, topping off at 269 in July. Most of it was due to stress, the lack of exercise, and my nightly ‘editing fuel’ (chocolate!!). I was holding myself accountable for being detail oriented about everything except for myself and my body. A change needed to happen.

We realized that it wasn’t a diet we needed, nor nixing specific foods.  We needed a lifestyle change. A slow withdrawal. Instead of viewing it as things that we could no longer eat- we viewed it as all of the things we can eat more of. I needed to stop being tired all of the time. We needed to break up with sugar.

In September, we slowly cut out those 10pm editing chocolate bars that were like crack to me. (Those who will not be named, though I have provided a link.)

On December 4th, 2 days after we got back from working in Mexico- we broke up with sugar. He was like a a bad boyfriend- and I was smittenly addicted to him.

The first week was the hardest, it was like having withdrawal from a drug- I essentially would go to bed whenever it got dark out and sleep through (or cry through) the migraine strength headaches. But 2 weeks later, it was like a switch turned off. Sugar realized that I dumped him, and he backed off.

I’m slightly terrified with this whole lifestyle change, but I feel amazing at the same time. I am now down 27.4 pounds. Jason is down 26.2 pounds, and he broke up with his other girlfriend- Diet Coke.

I am writing this on our blog so that I can be held accountable.  People now know, so we kind of have to do it. Essentially, I need you guys to delete text messages any time my ex-boyfriend, Sugar, texts, and block his number.  Bittersweet indeed. Pun pun pun.

So goodbye Chocolate, Bread, Rice, Noodles, and Soda. Farewell sugar. I look forward to the other 67.6 pounds meeting you someday on the other side. This kind of correlates with my New Years Resolution (though, I’m not one for resolutions normally), which is to let my wonderful husband, a photographer, actually take photos of me. Here’s to 2015 and a “Hello” to Hangover Salad at Bite Cafe, spinach quiche, cauliflower puree, kale chips, peanut butter, pan roasted trout, red cabbage bean salad, and everything else I can focus on eating more of.  : )

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