For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by self discovery, personal growth, and connecting with others by sharing our stories. My childhood best friend and I would spend hours on personality quizzes, and when we’d share our results, we were amazed at our vast differences mixed in with peculiar similarities. We’d excitedly ask our other friends how they think and feel about life and indulge in these conversations for hours. It was this curiosity about the world around me and how others view life that led to me into the arts, music, travel, and then to photography.
Although I had always been involved in the arts, it wasn’t until after college that I began to discover how photography could be a means in which my creative, sensitive soul could connect with others. To photograph someone - an individual, a couple, a family - is such a personal and intimate experience. As I learned to create an environment for others to just be themselves and share their hearts, the resulting images were such genuine reflections of their personalities and relationships. For me, light, composition and texture became a medium of art to bring out the beauty, strength, and dignity of those I photographed. It was then that I realized I do what I do because I love people and value relationships. And I’m inspired by authentic moments and visual storytelling.
In the past 10 years I have been invited to photograph over 250 weddings across the U.S. and around the world to places such as New York, California, Vermont, Florida, Colorado, Mexico, India, and the Dominican Republic. I've had the opportunity to do personal branding work for some of Chicago's most impressive small businesses such as The Everygirl, Windy City Live, Corri McFadden, Jayna Cooke, Nate Berkus Associates, Chicago Q, Land of Nod, Bright Pink, Skirt PR, Two Penny Blue, Coach, Vineyard Vines, The Park Hyatt, Jayson Home + Garden, AIR Aerial Fitness, Sat Nam Yoga, and many others.
I live in Lincoln Park where most often I'm curled up on the couch with a book and tea, editing photos while listening to podcasts, devouring travel articles and planning my next trip, attending classes at my yoga studio, playing my crystal alchemy bowls, or learning improvisational singing with friends.
THINGS THAT MAKE MY HEART HAPPY
Video footage on site + portraits of me created by Creating Light Studio, White Quill Creative, and Rebecca Marie Art.
I believe that traveling often, seeking adventures, surrounding myself with nature and beauty, and discovering new things keeps me inspired, passionate, sensitive, and curious about the world around me.
I believe that art, music, and sound are forms of play that are also deeply healing. When we choose to feel deep gratitude and joy, we open our hearts to goodness and allow the flow of creativity into our lives.
I believe that magic happens around tables full of laughter, open hearts, family style dishes, and authentic conversation, and that there is nothing better than doing life with your soul friends.
I believe when we use our voices to stand for justice and truth, honor one another's humanity, reclaim our joy and wholeness, amplify those whose voices have been silenced, and seek the divine in each other, we participate in collective healing and transformation and we add more love, peace, and grace to the world.
"Transformative Justice" and "Pleasure Activism" are ideas learned from Adrienne Maree Brown
I believe that stories are medicine, that photographs help us remember what’s most important in life, that language can unlock joy in your heart, and that a compelling image has the power to change the world.