Alex Rathbun. Seriously, she is the best. Alex is one of my closest friends in Chicago, and I love her to pieces. Alex is honest with me, even when I don't want to hear it. She always wants to hear how I'm doing, and listens to me. She is committed to learning and growing - I think the best kind of friends are. She goes out of her way to make someone's day better. Alex is bold and creative, and doesn't apologize for what she believes. I don't know anyone else like her, and I think she's just the best. So enjoy these photos and check out her website!
Phil is a dear friend who I met in Ghana. I've been to Ghana twice, and it feels like this part of West Africa will forever be imprinted on me. I had the privilege of planning and executing a conference with Phil in Ghana, and got to know him pretty well through that process. Right, chale?
There are many wonderful things about Phil, but here's a few I find inspiring. 1. His character - everyone who knows Phil only has wonderful things to say about him because his character and reputation proceed him. 2. Phil is a great listener and intentionally asks good questions. 3. He is committed to keep learning for the benefit of himself and those around him. Phil is a friend I'm so grateful to have, and my life wouldn't be the same without him. Here are a few photos from when he visited Chicago - enjoy!
Do you have people in your life that are always the best to be around? Kerwin and Meredith are like that. They're honest about life's difficulties, and also hilarious. They are generous and unique. They allow you to be yourself, yet inspire you to become better. So of course I was beyond excited when I found out Meredith was pregnant, and that I would get to take their maternity photos. I hope you enjoy!
I traveled a little over 2,000 miles for this wedding, to document my brother and his best friend say, "I do." Some people were surprised that I would photograph a family member's wedding, instead of enjoying the day. But photographing these two was honestly such an joyful and fun process.
It was also wonderful to meet Nikki's family and her community. Nikki's family are some of the most wonderful people I've met. I'm so glad to know that my brother is with fantastic people. I thought Caleb and Nikki's wedding day was perfect - filled with people who wanted to be part of their special day, and really loved them.
From Blue Ridge, GA to Glendive, MT its about 1,680 miles. Somehow in between 1,680 miles, these two fell in love. Caleb and Nikki's story is so sweet and so real life. As Caleb's sister, he's one of the few people I love the most. He's my hero, a best friend, and always just a phone call away. I didn't think anyone would be good enough for him. But then I met Nikki, and she changed my mind. I'm beyond thrilled these two are getting married - and they let me take their engagement photos. Love you both!
I knew when I met Rachel and Nick at La Colombe that I was meeting two special people. Rachel is a wonderful planner, detail oriented, a list maker - you know, my kind of person. Nick is calm, intuitive, and considerate. Together, Nick and Rachel are a perfect match.
Their love for each other is evident in the way they serve each other, encourage each other, and make each other laugh. Both Rachel and Nick go out of their way to love others too. I've seen it in the details of their wedding coming together, the way they consider what's best for others, and the way they include special people in their life. Get ready to celebrate because this precious couple is getting married!
Tim and I got married in August 2016 but waited until April 2017 to go on our real honeymoon. I tell people I'm so glad we had seven months of married life to figure out how to communicate before we went on this trip - because it was a nonstop crazy, stressful, exciting adventure. We drove around the whole island, stopping whenever I said, "hey, stop! I need a photo of that!" Out of all the places I've travel this is one of my favorites. There's a unique beauty that permeates Iceland - most days we couldn't believe what we were seeing. Here's a peak into our trip.