North Ave Beach // Summer Reading

//Life//

Blake is almost done with his first year of law school and I couldn't be more excited. Everyone tells us that the first year of Law School is the worst and that it keeps getting less stressful. I am grateful that despite the hard and busy year of school, we have still had the most amazing first year of marriage. We leave to Utah for the summer in a few weeks, and I couldn't be more excited. I cant wait for a summer filled with amazing people, creative opportunities, outdoor adventures and more of my sweet husband.

//Books//

Lately I have been reading like crazy. This way I can just hang in the library while he spends hours on hours studying.  

I read Believing Christ. It helped me understand the difference in believing in The Savior, and believing He can do what He says He can. I am almost finished with The Maze Runner Series which I have enjoyed immensely. I read To Kill a Mocking Bird with Blake out loud and I still can't get over how many lessons I didn't understand in high school when I read it. I am currently reading the last book in the Maze Runner series and The Peacegiver. The Peacegiver has proven to be quite promising. I read the authors business book called Leadership and Self-deception which literally changed my life. I ordered the first book in the Game of Thrones series, Eve and The Choice made in Eden, and I want to reread Lord of the Rings. I also love book suggestions. Please Suggest away my dear friends. 

The Colvins // Chicago

I photographed these two in their apartment before they pack up and move. As I went through these images afterwards, my heart felt so full knowing that one day, their children, and grandchildren will not only be able to see pictures of them in their young married life, but also, in one of their first homes together. Family History done through photographs is an important kind to me. If you ever want to do this, please tell me, and I will gladly help you preserve some memories in your place of refuge. 

Both Digital and Kodak Portra 400

My friend Nicole

Nicole is a new friend of mine in Chicago. I really am so grateful to have her here. She really is as sweet as sugar and her husband is a riot. Nicole study early childhood education, has taught, nannied and is the primary chorister at our church. It would be no surprise to you then, to tell you that she collects children's books. Vintage books, original books from our childhood (not sure if I am ready to call those vintage) and new wonderful books.  

Her and her husband are moving out of this apartment so we wanted to document them there before they move. I am excited to go back next week and photograph them both. If your interested, I used both my Canon 5D Mark II as well as my minolta (Kodak, Portra 400).

Brother Brock in town, and our dog is crazy.

My brother in law, Brock, came to visit from NY for easter. I am so glad he used his little time off to come spend time with us. He is a ER Doctor (something I could never do), and is very, very busy. Because he has been in NY since I have been with Blake, i haven't had a ton of time with him. He is so great, and I once again am reminded how lucky I am to have married into Blake's family (does anyone love their in laws like I do? Not sure). 

So we went to the beach by our house one afternoon. To say Annie is excitable would be an understatement. She keeps us on our toes.

Here is a roll of Kodak Portra 400 I took that day with my Minolta.

Beautiful film = no editing for me.

WinterShminter. Your rarely short enough.

I am heading to AZ next weekend to shoot a beautiful orchard wedding. I really cannot even wait. I have new niece (Teagan) I get to meet, and I cant wait for warm beautiful spring time weather.

Lately we always have flowers in the house, either Blake brings them home, or I pick some up, but either way I feel like they help battle this winter shmuck.