Doug and Mari — They lit up my day as soon as we began their engagement session. They hopped out of their  cab, big smiles, ready to step in front of my camera and connect.

These two first met when working at the same job. After several years together, they are tying the knot this May! Mari has a contagious laugh, and Doug smiles at her adoringly. I never grow tired of the nervous giggles throughout engagement sessions and the ability to capture those raw moments. I loved hearing about how they spend their time together, and there is no doubt that we have a common interest in good food:)

It was a pleasure exploring Lincoln Park and living in the moment with these two!

MF2_8592
Dana-1
Dana-3
MF2_8601
Dana-4
MF2_8559
MF2_8685
MF2_8664-2
MF2_8675
MF2_8616
2015-03-26_0001
MF2_8630
MF2_8723
MF2_8697
MF2_8750
MF2_8812
MF2_8759
MF1_1240
MF2_8782
MF2_8941
MF2_8804
MF2_8833
MF1_1273
MF1_1258
MF2_8891
MF2_8919
MF2_8866-2
MF1_1282
2015-03-27_0001
MF2_8982
2015-03-27_0002
MF2_9010
MF1_1320
MF2_9088
MF2_9039
MF2_9086

f~t~p

I loveeeee when I have the opportunity to take unique portraits and focus my attention on one individual! Dana, a talented photographer herself, could not have been a better model for this creative portrait session. She has the most easy going personality, and uhmmm … she’s stunning! So happy with the images that were created during this short time and getting to know this girl more! Enjoy some favorites!

MF1_0858
2015-03-24_0002
MF1_0883
2015-03-24_0006
MF1_1119
2015-03-24_0001
MF1_0868
2015-03-24_0005
MF1_0914
2015-03-24_0009
MF1_0948
2015-03-24_0007
MF2_8344
2015-03-24_0010
MF1_0965
2015-03-24_0008
MF1_1224
MF2_8492
2015-03-24_0016
MF2_8521
2015-03-24_0011
MF1_1205
2015-03-24_0012
MF2_8519
2015-03-24_0015
MF1_1128

 

 

f~t~p

Yay! I finally was able to sit down and put together a collection of images from my time in Kenya and Uganda this past February. In the midst of returning home, looking for a new apartment, catching up with family and friends, and adjusting back to work life, it has become a delayed project. Problem fixed though!

I almost feel overwhelmed thinking of all I have to say about this adventure. It tested me in ways I was expecting, and in many, many ways I did not know I would be throughout my two weeks away. The first few days of the trip were spent in Kenya. We traveled from Niarobi to Mochakos to see, Mary, a partner of Venture Corps. We had the pleasure of seeing Springs of Hope, a place Mary created for abandoned and neglected children in the community. I have to say, my favorite portions of this trip was anytime I was present with children. They flock to you without hesitation and crave so much affection. I adored each and everyone of them. We were able to throw them all a birthday party during out last day there, and watching them sing, dance, and eat cake was a memory I will cherish forever.

After spending time in Kenya, we all boared a 15 hour bus ride to Kampala, Uganda. I am not going to lie, this was the hardest part of the trip. I was nervous for this drive prior to leaving, but it was actually longer and more emotionally challenging than I could have expected.  However, we all survived, and I feel I am stronger for doing so, too! Plus, there were many highlights to this ride! Waking up and seeing the sun rising in Uganda felt like I was living a dream. Hands down the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. Then there was the funny moments that kept us all sane … like when one of the members on the trip had us dying of laughter when we discovered he was eating peanut butter with the handle of a tooth brush. Those were the moments I treasured most. Inside jokes with friends that you can never recreate or forget the echoing laughter.

After taking a day to settle into Uganda, we took a drive to Ronnie’s farm, another parter of Venture Corps. Man, was that van ride a hilarious adventure! At one point while off roading, which this van was never made to do, we hit a root on the dirt rode …. and guess what broke? The air conditioning. Again, those moments were hilarious to me. I loved that I was doing this crazy adventure with my friends, and we all made the best of the situation together! When we finally arrived to the farm, it felt that much sweeter to see the reward of what we had taken so long to drive to that hot afternoon. We had a short time to film Ronnie on the progress of his farm, and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding his hard work.

On a different day, we went to the office of, Serve for Hope Uganda. Their mission is to focus on single mothers and helping them with income generating activities, so they can have opportunities to provide for their children. The passion this team has for their community feels almost tangible. I am so excited to see what is store for them and to see what they have accomplished in such a short period of time.

I am certain that Africa will be a place I will return to frequently in my life. It stole my heart, and I am perfectly happy it if never returns it back:)

IMG_2269
IMG_2253
IMG_2241
IMG_2316-Edit
IMG_2284
IMG_2307-Edit
IMG_2335-Edit
IMG_2255
IMG_2356-Edit
IMG_2291
IMG_2260
2015-03-17_0001
IMG_2403
IMG_2408
IMG_2415-Edit
IMG_2475
IMG_2423-Edit
IMG_2409
IMG_2418-Edit
IMG_2402
IMG_2454
IMG_2373
IMG_2371-Edit
IMG_2509
IMG_2504
IMG_2499
IMG_2573
IMG_2579
IMG_2547
2015-03-16_0003
IMG_2550
IMG_2552
IMG_2570
IMG_2548
IMG_2583
IMG_2608
IMG_2610
IMG_2646
IMG_2650
IMG_2603
IMG_2661
2015-03-16_0001
IMG_2656
IMG_2671
2015-03-16_0002
IMG_2665
IMG_2634
IMG_2633

f~t~p