Baby & Family Photos

I did a couple of baby and family shoots recently. One was of the Lee family with adorable baby Raina. The shoot was truly a blast; Radhika and Zach were incredibly hospitable and laid back in front of the camera.

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Another important baby shoot happened this November. My new baby niece’s newborn shoot! My family went to Philadelphia where my brother and sister-in-law live over Thanksgiving so I brought my camera along to welcome Dylan Minnie 🙂

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Interior Architecture Photos

When my friend Meredith told me she was coming to visit, Clayton and I decided to spruce up the guest bedroom. We repainted it and decided on creating a national parks style and feel to the room. The idea was sparked by my Pendleton Acadia National Park blanket that’s been sitting in its’ plastic bag and wanting to display it as a wall hanging. After some plumbing supplies from home depot, an educated guess on where the wall studs were and an electric drill we got our DIY project up. The rest of the styling fell into place after that.

National Parks Guest Room

-DIY "Restoration Hardware" inspired blanket rod - Home Depot
-Blanket: Pendleton Acadia National Park blanket
-Quilt and shams: West Elm
-Pillows and rug; plant holder: Humbolt House - Logan Square
-Fan, lamp and magazine holder: Thrift store - Vintage Quest

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Here’s some bonus interior photos of Clayton’s lovely home.

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Behind the ‘L’

Over the years, I’ve lived in the Chicago area, Atlanta, Brooklyn and Missouri. While assimilating into each new towns’ culture I’ve noticed how the homes give character and an identity to the neighborhoods. Recently on a fashion/about town shoot (see last post) I noticed the houses that face the L track in the Wicker Park area. The homes embody the classic midwestern A frame architecture of older Chicago homes. As a train rushes by with intense sound and power past the homes that are situated with their backdoors to the alley and track, I’m struck with a feeling of wild abandon that seems Wicker Park is slowly shedding.

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San Diego

After looking through these photos again from February, I’m asking myself why do I live in Illinois instead of California? We visited San Diego, Palm Springs, Slab City, sand dunes, Tijuana and Joshua Tree (during a hail storm; it was pretty gnarly). We were obvious out-of-towners star gazing while speeding down the highway in the convertible with the top down on the way to Palm Springs, but San Diego in the winter is a cool breeze compared to what was waiting back home in Chicago. It almost felt like a road trip since there was so much to do and see and it was one of my favorite trips of the year.

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