I loved hanging out with Katherine & Rob at Promontory Point during one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen to date.Read More
Well. Their year anniversary is just around the corner but this wedding is still, and will forever be, a favorite of mine. Michelle and Ryan are the kind of clients who become friends. I had a serious friend crush on them from the minute we met. Their beautiful, intimate wedding at Zed 451 was truly a glorious celebration. And seriously the best meal I have had in my entire life. It was an honor to be there and capture the beginning of their marriage.
Thanks Michelle & Ryan for inviting me to share in your joy. And many thanks to Monique from MLP Events for pulling off such a wonderful soiree!
Where do I start with these two? I met Brooke many years ago as her camp counselor and was immediately amazed by her heart. This woman, even then, was full of joy and intentionality. We wrote letters and encouraged each other, even though I was back at college. That summer was incredibly impactful in my life and Brooke was a huge part of it.
Fast forward to today and Brooke is getting married (on Saturday!). Although I can't be there to shoot their wedding, I was delighted when Brooke and Nolan invited me up to Wisconsin, to the very camp where Brooke and I met, to capture some engagement photos. It was wonderful.
I might be biased, but I think these two are quite swell. I am celebrating from afar this Saturday! Happy almost wedding day!
Thanks Jimmy for being born. And for being so dang cute.Read More
Logan Square Engagement SessionRead More
University of Chicago Engagement SessionRead More
These two are getting married this Saturday! And I just cannot wait! I know both Karen and David from college; it is a huge honor to be able to photograph their wedding. Here are some favorites from our engagement session earlier this summer. (I had the grand idea for an early morning sunrise shoot only to wake up to cloudy weather... let me tell you, these two were troopers.) It's hard not to smile with these two. Their joy is contagious!
I am oh so excited to share this wedding. Kaylin and Colin's wedding day contained so much joy and beauty - I couldn't get over how much love filled this day. It is always incredibly touching to be a part of someone's wedding day; one of my favorite things is that I am able to walk alongside parents as they watch their two children, whom they so deeply love, join together their families and lives. But there was something special about this day. It was so apparent just how excited these two families were for Kaylin and Colin. The smiles on everyone throughout the day... goodness, they would take my breath away. Colin couldn't keep his eyes off Kaylin. And can we just all agree that Kaylin is a stunning, stunning bride?
The wedding was held at Ovation, a newer venue located in Chicago's West Loop. And what a gorgeous party it was! Kaylin and Colin chose not to have a bridal party, which allowed for some beautiful intimate moments between the two of them. Some of my favorite photos to date came from these times. Finally, their cake cutting doubled as a gender reveal for their new little one (a girl!!), who is due in September. I am probably the only photographer to have cried during a cake cutting. But, y'all. Those sweet, sweet reactions! I don't think I can be blamed.
Kaylin and Colin, thank you for inviting me to your day. It was such a joy to take part. I am so excited for you both as you begin this new season and start your family!
This past winter I was asked to do some portrait work for Catholic Charities, an organization that is doing amazing work with refugees here in the Chicago area. The project aimed to tell the stories of six refugees and their families, celebrating their amazing journeys of resettlement. And what an incredible honor it was to take part; this kind of work speaks directly to my heart and soul.
These families, and their stories, are incredible. Words cannot begin to describe the strength and courage I saw demonstrated each and every time. They came from different countries - Iraq, Nepal, Burma, the Ivory Coast - but their stories were connected by their incredible (and often traumatic) journey of resettlement. It is unfathomable, really, to begin to imagine each refugee goes through: not just the turmoil in their home country that caused them to resettle, but also the tremendous work it take to adjust to a brand new culture and home. I was humbled by their tenacity, encouraged by their hope, and inspired by their bravery. There is much to learn from the refugees in our midst and I hope we are able to honor every amazing story. Listening and celebrating is a great place to start, I think.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above."
Oh how I love this family. Peter and Charity are my cousins, which makes Rhoslyn my cousin... once removed? Maybe? I don't know but ya'll! This little one has stolen the hearts of our entire family. We just melt at her incredible cuteness. And, I am pretty sure you can see why. Baby cheeks. Baby curls. Baby teeth. All of the things. What a beautiful little lady.
Rhos just turned 1 this week! (Also, did I mention we are also birthday buddies? I knew I loved this girl.) So to celebrate, we took some pictures! And what a grand time we had. Even their dog Lina got in on the fun!
Rhos, you are the best. You're parents are pretty awesome, too! So thankful you are all a part of our family!
These two! I loved spending time with them a few weeks back and getting to know them more. Their wedding is this weekend and I just can't wait! Here's a few favorites (SO HARD TO CHOOSE!) from our time together! Aren't they just the bestest?
I was so excited when Jon asked me to photograph his proposal to Olivia. And let me tell you: this proposal was pretty incredible. Jon had planned a beautiful afternoon at Catigny Park that included so many of Olivia's family and friends. I loved that so much of their community was present! There where seven stations at which Olivia was met with a rose, people she loved, and a celebration of their relationship. It was a such a beautiful and intentional representation of not only who she is, but also who they are and are becoming as a couple. I had so much fun walking along for the journey! Plus. It was remarkably well timed... about 15 minutes after she said yes, the skies literally opened up. So glad we managed to outsmart the downpour. Take that midwestern spring weather!
Jon and Olivia, thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of your special day! It was such an honor to document the beginning of this new season!
A few years ago, Marissa was the first person to ever ask me to take engagement pictures. Fast forward a few years and it seems rather fitting that she also became the first person to ask me to do maternity pictures. Goodness, y'all. I was so grateful. I am so excited for her and Scott as the start their family; it is such an honor to document such a precious and sacred time. We took these pictures as a surprise birthday gift for Scott and I love that I was able to step into their joy in this way. And isn't she just beautiful? I am over the moon with these shots. Thanks for being such a beautiful and willing model, Marissa.
Baby Cunningham, you are already so loved. You have no idea. And you have some wonderful parents, let me tell you. =) I cannot wait to meet you soon!
"We're always better when we're together."
I love my family. I know I am a bit biased but I think they are probably the most beautiful people on this planet. Thankfully, they actually sit through all my picture taking so that I get to capture just a little bit of what makes them so wonderful.
Here are a few favorites from my weekend at home this past weekend. It was filled with wedding planning (my sister is getting married in the fall!), eating, laughing, and singing. A pretty standard time for the Manby's. Minus all the wedding dress shopping, I guess. Enjoy!
A few months back, I had the opportunity to photograph a concert held at Workshop, a wonderful co-working spot in Chicago owned by Ben Skoda... who is just awesome. If you're looking for a co-working space, you should definitely it check out. I highly recommend it. ALSO. Guys. These three musicians are incredible. They are all local and are are oh so talented. Y'all should definitely go take a listen. Seriously. Just do it. Here. I'll make it easy for you:
You can thank me later.
Rebecca and her family were one of my first clients, and I have loved the opportunity to work with them over the years. It's rare in photography, I think, to be able to come back and work with a family on repeat occasions. But, let me tell you, it is so wonderful. And this family, particularly, is amazing. Every time I work with them, I am overwhelmed with the love and intentionality they show for one another. There aren't many words to describe it.
So, when Rebecca asked me to photograph her son's, Akiva Mendel, bris, the answer was an obvious yes. Because of the timing of my own schedule alongside the timing of Akvia's arrival, there was a small chance I would not be able to make the ceremony. But Akiva graciously timed it so that I could take part. And I am so thankful. What a beautiful ceremony with a beautiful family. There weren't many dry eyes in the room. Seriously, y'all. I need to figure out how to stop crying during these things - it makes focusing much more difficult!
Rebecca, Jacob, and kiddos - thank you so much for letting me participate in such a joyous and intimate time. I am grateful and honored for your continued belief in my work.
It was a crazy and busy weekend of shooting for me! But, y'all, it all started on such a high note. I had the incredible honor of capturing two friends, Jon and Rachel, as they were married on Friday. And wow oh wow, was it a glorious day! I hope you enjoy just a few favorites from their beautiful wedding.
These two wonderful people are getting married this weekend and I just cannot wait to celebrate! Their wedding is going to be simply lovely and it will be a true joy to join these two dear friends! Here are just a few from their engagement session last fall. If you're anything like me, it's a bit hard to remember a time where we could walk outside without a coat. But, apparently, there was such a time. Enjoy!