happy new year!

one of my new years resolutions is to start being more personal on this blog and also trying to be more myself. if a client were to hire me, i want them to know exactly who i am and love everything about me, not just my photos. which means, i have to start pouring myself all over this blog. so, i’m starting with my new years resolutions!

1. attend a photography workshop
2. travel very often (already have 2 huge road trips planned! more to come on that later)
3. run a 10k
4. eat paleo for a full year. or at least 80/20
5. get published on a blog
6. shoot a good handful of boudoir sessions
7. go camping at pictured rocks
8. climb to the top of a mountain. even if it’s a small mountain.
9. go kayaking at least once
10. shoot more film (i started a film blog, if you want to follow along on my daily adventures!)
11. be a lot more loving and caring towards others

what are some of your resolutions? i’d love to hear!

and what’s a blog post without a photo? the photo above was taken by my good friend, nima salimi, and is probably one of my favorite photos taken of myself this year. i hope you all have a good new year! party hard and be safe!

christina + brian in chicago

i like these two a lot.

i drove out to chicago to hang out with christina and brian for the day to shoot their engagement photos. right away, they invited me into their home and made me feel so welcome. we spent the day hanging out in the “L”, stealing bikes from a vintage shop, walking around their neighborhood, eating amazing food and drinking beer, and ended the day with a walk through the park. i tell ya, i’ve been to chicago many times before, but never have i had such a fun time there. these two really showed me around! on my drive home that night, i remember having an overwhelming feeling of joy. sometimes i still can’t believe i get to hang out with rad people and photograph how much they love each other…and call it a job.

lindsey + brandon

this wedding blew my mind. when lindsey and brandon told me their wedding was going to be comic book themed and in an old ford museum i was thinking “ohhhhh yes! this’ll be good!” not only was it good, it was probably the funnest and most meaningful wedding i’ve shot so far. lindsey and brandon are both wedding photographers, so of course we got along instantly. but more importantly, they’re both hilarious, caring, and so much fun to be around.

this was probably the sweatiest wedding i’ve ever been to, but that didn’t stop the insane dance party from going on all night (which we obviously joined in on). and i just can’t get over how this wedding was just so….them. from the comic book decorations to brandon never being able to tie his bowtie. to how carefree and fun the whole day was. to the amount of love that was in one building. lindsey and brandon, i can’t ever thank you guys enough for having me be a part of your wedding day. you and your family welcomed us in as if we were your own family.

thanks to my amazing second shooter and photo bff, abbey, for helping out. some of these shots are taken by her!