T A N A {El Matador Beach}

First time meeting Tana and here we are in this magical place and I got to document her in this wonderful time of her life. Stunning images that will be etched in my head forever.

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“It takes faith to sow, it takes faith to reap, but it takes the most faith to be buried in the soil of uncertainty and keep going.” – Steven Furtick

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Mary Clark {Maternity}

Mary and David are expecting their first baby! What makes this maternity session extra special is that I was also the photographer at their wedding six years ago. Since then, they’ve become dear friends and I’m thankful they are in my life! And this maternity shoot is near and dear to my heart because I’m a Chicago-based photographer, and yet, I got to do the whole session on the ocean…at a beach I’ve never been to before! And because of the trust I have with Mary, these words rolled out of my mouth, “Bring your bikini!” and to my surprise, she replied, “It’s already in the car!” LOVE these guys to pieces and these incredible images will remain in my heart and soul FORVER!

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Until one becomes a mother, no one can ever tell you what it will feel like to love someone else so deeply and profoundly that you will rejoice when they rejoice, ache when they ache, feel what they feel…even without ever speaking a word. ~ Jennifer Quinn

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E D I T I N G

Sharing a Before and After. So much of photography is in the editing…so choose a photographer based on their perspective…what they see as beautiful.

BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~ Ansel Adams

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Pope Family

I don’t have enough words to describe how much I enjoyed meeting the Pope family and working with them. From beginning to end, they were intriguing in every way. I am beyond blessed that God regularly puts the most amazing humans on my path. And boy oh boy, I got work on the ocean…and caught a beautiful sunset for this precious family!

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When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say: I used everything you gave me. ~ Erma Bombeck

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Saydee (Bodega Bay, CA}

This session with Saydee at this very location will be forever etched in my mind as a GIFT! It was a moment in time I don’t think I can ever duplicate. When Saydee led me to this amazing spot at Bodega Bay, my heart EXPLODED! I thought I would have to travel to Iceland for wet green moss and images like these! WoW! Cannot tell you how full my heart was for standing in such a magnificent place…working with such an exquisite subject…doing what I absolutely LOVE!  These images mean the world to me and they are beyond anything I’ve ever created…

Another beautiful dress I collected from Ragg Mopp Vintage in Silverlake, CA.

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Here in You, I find shelter. Captivated by the splendor of Your face…my secret place.

Lyrics / Sinking Deep / Hillsong

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