It All Began With One Simple "Yes"

On a cold February day in 2013, my husband came home and asked what I thought about moving to California. As a teacher who loved her job and as someone who was not someone who loved change, he was quite surprised when I said, "Let's do it!" We moved in June of 2013 after I finished teaching, and the rest is history.
Now, most days you can find me in leggings with a headband on and some snacks nearby; mom life and business life tend to overlap around the house. When the kids are napping, I'm curled up on the couch with my computer and our two cats.

It's a chaotic but beautiful life.

Most days you can find me in leggings with no makeup and messy hair. When the kids are napping, I'm curled up on the couch with my computer and a cat. My husband, Will, and I are one of those crazy high school sweetheart couples that have been together for 15+ years. Together we love being outside with our kids and letting the clean laundry pile up for days before folding. We love our quiet nights at home and dream about summers in Michigan on Lake Superior.

Life is all about seasons. Some are exciting, some are a little chaotic, and some are downright difficult. But every season of life is worth capturing.

Once upon a time I was a middle school and high school English teacher. Although I'm not teaching in a classroom now, a few of my teacher habits have maintained a strong grip on me. I'm a little obsessed with my paper planner, and it keeps this teacher-turned-mom boss organized at all times. And really... who doesn't want a reason to use stickers on a regular basis?

To be honest, my life is vastly different than I expected it to be. As a Chicagoan, I certainly never expected to be dodging winter and living amongst palm trees. But it's those amazingly unexpected twists and turns that have made me who I am today. I've learned to celebrate each season as it comes and enjoy being more present with my family!


Chasing big dreams, using proper grammar on holiday cards, drinking hot chocolate all year, and making time my most valuable commodity 


Baths without bath bombs or bubbles, wearing anything but loungewear at home, coffee of any kind, and days without chocolate


Doing puzzles and playing board games with my kids, watching my favorite TV shows on repeat, and snacking on pretzels

daily rituals

Morning workouts, cuddles with my  cats, creative time, and good skincare  





Schitt's Creek

Sparkling Black Tea with Peach

American Sherlock

Chocolate... always chocolate



Jonas Brothers - my summer soundtrack!

My Favorite Things

Traveling — my parents helped me catch the travel bug early and I love exploring new places!

my happy place!

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My family: these three humans are my home and give me my inspiration every day.

Accessorizing. I'm that girl with dozens of headbands and a closet of full of tote bags. Hey, we all have our passions in life. 

My Favorite Things

Sunshine. Wayfarers kickstarter semiotics, quinoa godard dreamcatcher hexagon pop-up hoodie.

my guilty pleasure

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Ice cream. Microdosing gochujang keffiyeh salvia. Hoodie knausgaard art party.

Photos! Hashtag fashion axe palo santo fanny pack, ramps cornhole messenger bag asymmetrical direct trade slow-carb everyday carry chartreuse tofu godard.

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bare feet





Hot Chocolate


night owl



ice cream


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I can't wait to talk with you about all of your photography questions! I'm here to help you get your business off the ground or to help you plan your dream session. Let's celebrate your season and capture your memories!

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