January 15, 2013   |   engagement

This past weekend, I was able to briefly escape the cold for an absolutely balmy engagement session at Garfield Park Conservatory. Janet and Eric chose this location for their shoot, and it really is the perfect spot for a Chicago engagement session during the winter months.

We had a great time wandering around the conservatory, and were happy to be able to shoot without down parkas. 🙂

Also, it was Janet’s birthday! I hope these photos are a great birthday present and a wonderful way to remember such a happy time in Janet and Eric’s lives. Here are some sneak peeks.


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January 3, 2013   |   baby, children, Clients, engagement, family, wedding

2012 was an amazing year for me–personally and professionally! Not only did I marry my love of 11 years, but I also got a new (dream!) job as an Assistant Professor of English at Oakton Community College.

However, because of these wonderful things and because of my attempt to find that thing called balance, 2012 was also the year that my photography business had to change a bit. There was a time when I was shooting 30+ weddings a year in Chicago. Now, I’m cutting back significantly. I can’t give up photography completely because, the truth is, I still really love it. So, I’m shooting fewer weddings (like 10-12 a year) and focusing more on the couples whose lives I get to be a part of. This year has proven that this is a change for the better. Not only do I get to be more selective about the weddings I do shoot–meaning I get to work with the very best and kindest and creative couples–but I also have more energy and time to devote to the clients I do work with. I’ve been able to fall back in love with wedding photography all over again. As a result, I think I’m doing my best work yet!

Also, because I’m refining my business focus, I’ve decided that something had to go. And, because it was the most stress logistically, that something is my boudoir marathons. However, I’ll be happy to refer any of my clients to other local photographers who are doing wonderful boudoir work! From here on out, though, I will no longer be offering boudoir photography services. I’ll now be focusing on clients who–for the most part–keep their clothes on. 😉

All of this said, I’m still behind the camera enough to keep me–and my many loyal clients–happy! I’m shooting couples that are engaged, couples that are getting married, and couples that are expecting their first baby. I’m shooting babies and toddlers and big kids. I’m shooting families that I’ve seen grow for years. I’m shooting quartets and brides and bellies, and I’m doing it all at a pace that allows me to honor my clients and my career.

So, here’s a look back at some of my favorite photography moments of 2012! And thank you to all of the wonderful clients you see in these pictures, all of whom make it impossible for me to give up photography for good. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives, and thank you for being a part of mine!

Happy 2013, everyone! It’s going to be a good one.


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