the burick family 2014

These people.  They have my heart.

Buricks – you love people well.  Thank you for the hugs and the smiles and the giggles and every last moment.  I cherish them ALL.  Now if only I could convince you to move to Atlanta…

Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by cuteness.

This may be one of my favorite pictures EVER.

Whit – I smile just thinking about you.  (And your magical powers over my camera, of course)

Ani – you have my heart, little lady.  You melt me.

The progression here is just fabulous.  And such a fitting description of life with 4 kids.

the miller family (minus one very amazing daughter)

Sweet Miller family…

I love you all.  To the moon and back.

And spending the afternoon with you – laughing and throwing leaves and sharing stories – was one of my favorite afternoons ever.  I get teary as I think back to our very first time together.  You were some of my first models and you’ve always been some of my greatest encouragers.  Thank you.  For sharing your hearts, your love and your lives with me.  I’m forever grateful.


PS: Raegan – gosh we all miss you.  And there’s something special we put together for you on the way soon!

a mother and son

It had been 19 years.

As I knocked on the door, my heart filled with gratitude because the precious person waiting on the other side had been that friend that carried me through one of the harder seasons of my life.  (AKA: middle school)

After hugs, she looked me in the eyes and said, “Can we just talk about how we both had really long awkward stages together?”

I nearly fell over.  How could she have become even more incredible? (And hilarious)  But somehow – she has.

Stephanie, I’m forever grateful for your friendship.  As I walked through all the craziness of moving and middle school and crushes and REALLY large glasses, you were my friend I could always turn to.  You were my safe place.  The one who listened and shared and laughed and even shared the ridiculously large glasses WITH me.  Seeing you and meeting your little man was one of the greatest privileges.  Steph, you are an INCREDIBLE mommy.  It’s in the tender way you hold him and the way you your eyes dance when they lock with his.  I left your house with a giddy smile and grateful tears welling in my eyes.  You are a gift.  To your little man…and to everyone you meet.

“just us” sessions in Wheaton

I lost sight of him.
Depression, dirty dishes, a list of things he “wasn’t” and a pile of heaping hurts clouded everything.
I saw him everyday – but I didn’t see him.  I saw all the things he wasn’t.  All the things that hurt.
Honestly, at one point, I gave up.  I decided that I’d just wait until one day maybe the real him would come back.  But honestly, how can you come back when the person your with stops trying?  It’s possible, but it certainly isn’t easy.
Finally, after a diagnosis and a prescription – he saw what I’d seen for years.  We had nothing.  Possibly less than nothing.  Sure, we were totally married, but he didn’t know if he loved me and I wasn’t sure what love even was anymore.

Tears were shed.  Hearts were slowly shared.  And somehow God made something out of nothing.  Friends listened and we learned to listen to one another and somehow, the blinders came off and I saw that I wasn’t just the one hurt – I had been doing a large share of the hurting.  Apologies were made. Systems started to change.  And slowly – we started to see each other again.

I don’t totally know why I write all of this.  I could have just shared about “just us” (couples) sessions and shared a few beautiful images and it could have worked.  But I guess I wanted you to know where I’m coming from.
You see – I love “just us” sessions.  To the moon and back.  Because out of this place, came a stronger desire than ever to create images and MOMENTS that help people see the beauty they have in their lives every day, especially in their marriage.  So for years I’ve worked to make a session for couples who have been married for any length of time – from 60 years to 6 months.  It’s interactive.  We laugh together.  And oftentimes, we cry together.  And in every session I’ve done so far – there have been moments that changed me and my couples.  Words were spoken that had been felt forever but never uttered, laughter was shared in places that needed to heal and connection was deepened as they took time for themselves.  Because instead of posing, we’re doing activities together and answering questions.  We creating MEMORIES.  Beautiful ones.  And somehow through this process – eyes are opened to truly SEE each other again.
But here’s the deal – most of the time, couples get engagement pictures and wedding pictures and then have NO MORE pictures of just the two of them.  Very few people think of doing a session for just the two of you.  I mean, my goodness – you’ve got kids.  Or you should just wait until you have kids.Well…I beg to differ.  And to help eliminate any and all excuses – I’m offering an exclusive set of “just us” sessions in Wheaton, IL on Sunday afternoon, October 26.  And I’m doing so at a crazy amazing, it-may-never-be-able-t0-be-repeated special price.  For our time together and for the digital images, our session fee is $125.  Quite honestly – you could spend more on a fancy dinner.  And I can guarantee you that this will be far more foundational to your relationship than dinner will be.  So hire a sitter (if you have kids), plan to get your hair and make up done, grab your favorite outfit and come with open hearts.  If you’d like to talk more about a “just us” session, just email me at .  Please also leave your number as I want us to have time to chat and talk through what a session looks like and answer any questions you might have!




a day of joy and sorrow

Today we grieve and we celebrate.

For this sweet little family, it marks the year anniversary of learning that sweet baby Ellen no longer had a heartbeat.  Though we are grateful that precious Karis is here – our hearts ache for little Ellen.

Amanda and Daniel, I love you.  So much.  Thank you for spending time with me the day before we grieve and celebrate Ellen.  My heart aches for you as you hold your little lady today and long for the day when you can hold your other little one.

I hate words sometimes because I can’t find the ones to speak my heart.  But know I’m standing with you guys and remembering her and all of you today.

(Also – if you have a moment – I learned from a brave and amazing lady that we need to show up.  Take a moment and let Daniel and Amanda know that you are grieving Ellen and remembering her today as well.  And one day we’ll all rejoice when you hold her again…)


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