Archive for February, 2016

Weleda Skin Food

February 23


I had never heard of Weleda products until recently. Stick with me here, Nina is my brother-in-law’s best friend’s¬†significant other. Nina is a¬†hugely¬†talented celebrity make up artist who lives out in New York and she is on fire! She recently was featured on Elle’s blog¬†for her success, check it out if you have a few extra minutes. Also, take a peek at some of her commercial work here.¬†¬†Amazing, right?

As you may have guessed by now, Nina is how I discovered Weleda. She recently has been singing their praises online, so much so I knew I had to check out this Weleda stuff myself – in particular their “skin food”. I figured¬†with the insane glow it was giving the skin of these models she was doing make for that it had to be crazy expensive. Upwards $100 right?

No! This was $20 and it is by far my favorite new skin product! Sharing because what girl doesn’t love a beauty secret like this? : )

And to give you an idea of that glow I’m talking about, check out the most recent cover for Elle magazine with Bella Hadid. Nina’s work here – unbelievable!¬†Bella-Hadid-Elle-Brazil-February-2016-Cover-Photoshoot01


3 Goals: Productivity, Relationship, Self Care

February 16


I recently had brunch with a girlfriend on a snowy February morning. As I held her 3 month old little man, we caught up on our lives and how much things have changed. Especially for her.

She shared some advice with me that honestly has monumentally changed my perspective on my days since. Okay so it’s¬†been less than 10 days since I saw her last but man this stuck.

She said to focus on accomplishing 3 goals each day: 1 productivity goal, 1 relationship goal, and 1 self care goal.

Seems too elementary right? Well it’s POWERFUL. If you’re anything like me, you have a million and a half things on your mental to do list every day and feeling like you have to pluck them all from your brain and achieve them all is well, exhausting and unrealistic. I just end up feeling unproductive.

So today, I wrote down 3 goals.

Productivity: Buy flights for Liz and Mike’s Riviera Maya wedding in May.

Relationship: Message my buddy, April, and find a time to get together for coffee next week.

Self Care: Take Sudafed and Motrin. I’m nursing a really sore knee and coming off of some bug, so I’m trying to stay on top of them both.

It isn’t rocket science. But I thought it might help someone out there.

Happy Tuesday!


Amanda on Film

February 11

Remember Amanda? I photographed her family when their oldest, Ruben, was just a little guy.

They have since added another little boy to the mix. Isn’t Louie perfect? So grateful for these people.



Disney on Film

February 10

I have many fond childhood memories from Disney.¬†Most of them are made up of playing air hockey with my siblings at the resort arcade and falling asleep on my dad’s shoulder.

I’ve been shooting more film with my grandpa’s Minolta. Film is much different than digital. Always forcing you to choose your moments carefully. It’s been fun getting outside of my comfort zone!

Here are some shots from my most recent trip in January to run my 6th marathon. I’d give a lot for some of this Florida sunshine right about now!































But I Know It’s Gonna Be Good

February 9


For anyone following this blog in the past year, it’s no surprise to you that I love Johnnyswim. I first discovered them about a year and a half ago when I saw them play in Fountain Square on a whim with friends. I remember spending $50 on 2 tickets as a last minute decision and¬†really hoping it would be worth it. The venue was packed, and truly in the first minute¬†of them playing I had chills everywhere and I knew I had found something I’d have on repeat for a while.

And by a while, I mean still..a year and a half later…they are still amazing to me. They just came out with a record of their live recording from Rockwood Music Hall. Please, if you have Spotify, go check it out.

There’s this lyric halfway through their track “Adelina” that cuts right through my soul:

I don’t know what’s coming, but I know it’s gonna be good.

Yeah I don’t know what’s coming, but I know it’s gonna be good.

I don’t know what’s coming, but I know it’s gonna be good.¬†

I don’t know what’s coming. ¬†I don’t know what’s coming. I don’t know what’s coming. But it’s gonna be good.¬†

Oh it’s gonna be good, it’s gonna be good, it’s gonna be good yeah.

You can rest easy.

Why don’t you rest easy.

I won’t disclose how many times I’ve listened to this part on full blast in the past couple days, but suffice it to say it’s a lot.

If you’re someone who likes to see everyone else happy before yourself, I feel you. I’m in that boat constantly. It’s a great place to be, but honor your heart too. I’m not sure where you’re at, maybe in a valley that’s scary or maybe a familiar place that promises so much, either way please take these words as a warm hug and rest easy, friend.

Why Plants Don’t Last In My Apartment

February 8


I was given Pazzo five years ago. My brother found him in a ditch in the dead of winter when he lived in Chicago. When he and his wife were pregnant with their first (hey Noah!), my brother asked me to take Pazzo in for a couple years.

The first night I had him, I came home from shooting a wedding and climbed immediately into bed. I called for Pazzo, and he came running full speed into my room, hopped up on my fluffy white comforter, and fell asleep on my chest that night.

He’s seen me through a lot of joy and a lot of heartbreak and a lot of ups and downs. All of this makes up for the fact that he’s chewing on the plant next to me at this moment.

Engaged: The Podcast

February 5

Almost a decade ago now (insane) I studied in Florence, Italy for a semester with my friend, Kali. Some of my favorite memories ever were spent roaming the streets of Florence together, eating way too much gelato and pasta, dance parties in our kitchen, and traveling around Europe on the weekends when we weren’t in class. Life has taken us our separate ways, but Kali is engaged and started this super awesome podcast about the process of being engaged, planning a wedding and the whole spectrum of emotions that comes along with it. Planning a wedding is a blast but it’s also a lot emotionally to process, and I can’t say enough how cool it is to have a bride-to-be (and one I love very much) open up this dialogue. I think it’s so brave and it was such a breath of fresh air to chat with Kali about my experience as a wedding vendor. Listen closely and Pazzo even chimes in with some input.

Thank you, Kali, for this! Cannot wait to photograph you as a bride come October!

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