The Morton Arboretum {Winter}

And everything in time and under Heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath

And still I notice You when branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter

Every Season / Lyrics / Nichole Nordeman

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Right after a big snow storm. Sterling Pond at The Morton Arboretum.

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Montreal {Canada}

This is my first blog post for 2018 and it’s a personal one. Not sure what my photography will look like this year, but I’m intending to slow down and shoot more for my pleasure and travel to as many places in the WORLD as the Lord would allow. :) Took my first trip ever to Montreal with my girls, Breanna and Chloe, and it was beyond great! It was bitterly cold but we walked miles and miles and found places for the best croissants, coffee, hot chocolate…and most importantly, we ate at DA EMMA! Best restaurant ever! The best part  was that my girls INVITED ME to join them on their little adventure before baby Duke Sagum enters the world mid May! What mother would not have their heart exploded when their adult kids want them around? Thanks for the love and generosity, Brea and Chloe…it meant the world to me and these memories will stay in my heart forever!
P.S. This is also my first international trip since Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and I brought my Canon 5d Mark II and shot all these images with the 40mm 2.8 lens for safety and simplicity since we were on A LOT of ice most of the time. I improvised and it was a smart move. :)

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“To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen

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Toronto {Canada)

2018 is the year where I will go to as many new cities in the world as God will allow. First up, Toronto, Canada! And this is the CN Tower in the heart of the city.

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“Travel brings power and love back into your life. ” – Rumi

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Red Rock Canyon {Nevada}

I spent a total of 12 days in December in Las Vegas, Nevada. Desperately needing the fresh air and sunshine, I bought myself an annual pass and went to Red Rock twice all by myself. Looking forward to spending many more days in 2018 there exploring and doing more photography; would love to get a couple more hiking trails under my belt too. This place is truly amazing.

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Adventure is not outside man; it is within. – George Eliot

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Schannicchio {Family}

First, it was a meeting at a Starbucks, then engagement photos, then a wedding…and THIS was their first family portrait session with their pups. Wonder what’s next? :) Love these two and this is how I know God favors me when He continually sends me such wonderful clients.

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“I knew I loved you the moment I met you.” – Lou Scannicchio

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