Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Senior Search 2014

There's something about every person that makes them different. Whether that be an instrument they play, a love for gardening or a silly one is the same as you. I love that about people. Every person on this earth is fascinating. I think we start to discover the quirks, the craziness and the amazing-ness of ourselves when we are in a season of change. Graduating from high school is a big season of change. You're ending a huge chapter of your life. You are moving out to live on your own (or not), you are going to be studying something you love, you are going to be "in the real world."
This is part of the reason why I LOVE spending time with seniors. This is a big part of your life & I love to photograph it. High school is over. There's no more prom, turnabout dances, football games, bake sales, pep rallys. *cue "Friends Forever by Vitamin C* But, college is coming. This is your time. 
So without further ado, I am so excited to announce the senior search of 2014!

Who is this for?
This super awesome, amazing, wonderous program is for seniors-to-be. The class of 2014! I am looking for 1-2 seniors from schools in the Chicagoland area including (but not limited to): Lisle Senior High School, Benet Academy, Wheaton Academy, St. Francis High School, Naperville North High School, Naperville Central High School, Neuqua Valley High School, & all Glenbard high schools. But, if your school isn't listed I would love to work with you, too!
Why should I apply?
Well, if you aren't convinced yet...there's something in this for you, too. First of all, we'll have an awesome time taking your senior photos but if that isn't enough then here's the deal...
Once you book your session & are accepted to be a senior spokesmodel for 2014, tell ALL your friends about it. I mean, like your whole school. For every friend that books a session with me (before your session) because of YOU, you will get 10% off your session. So, 5 friends, 50% off. Pretty awesome, huh?
& to top it all off, you will be one of my crazy awesome, cool, rad senior spokesmodels that will represent me for the remainder of the summer and senior year AND get a full blog post all about you to share with your friends & family.
How do I apply?
Please fill out the dandy little application by clicking on this link here.

When do I have to apply?
All applications to be a senior spokesmodel are due by Saturday, June 15, 2013. However, the sooner the better. It gets hotter and hotter as the summer goes on so spring is the best time to book your session.

What if I'm not a 2014 senior and I'm graduating this year?
That's awesome! Congrats! Unfortunately this program is only for seniors-to-be in 2014. Fortunately, you can still totally get your senior photos taken by me! If you are interested please email me at

I am thrilled to be spending this summer with all of you. Can't wait to get to know you, photograph you & read your applications!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ancede Garden || In the Winter

Diane is one of the most vibrant, life-loving people I know...and she has a garden to match her inspiring spirit! I've photographed Diane's garden throughout the seasons and it gets more and more beautiful every time. How awesome to have a little Narnia in your own backyard? You'd think Spring would be here by now but we had a massive snowfall back in March...and we even had some snow a few days ago AT THE END OF APRIL. Craziness. But take a step away from this insane weather and enjoy the Ancede retreat covered in the white blankets of snow...

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Year in Review || Project 52

This is the longest overdue blog post I will ever write...I hope. For those of you that have been following my work for awhile, you will know that I did a 52 week project in 2012. For those of you that just stumbled across my blog today, now you know. Last year I set out to make one photograph every week for 52 weeks, which is a year, just in case you didn't know ;) You can check out all the photos here & here

I'd thought about doing this project for awhile. I'd also thought about doing a 365 project which would mean photographing each day but let's face it...I didn't want to get ahead of myself. A 52 week project seemed a little more achievable. & to my surprise I did achieve it. I'm going to be honest, it was a struggle. Sometimes I didn't feel creative, I didn't want to pick up my camera or everything I shot was just "blah." But sometimes the shots that made me feel boring were the best. Those are the ones that tell the truth.

It's beautiful how much photographs say. Looking through the 52 weeks of 2012 brought so many feelings to my heart. Nostalgia, joy, happiness, sadness, longing. I photographed about weekends in Wisconsin, when we said goodbye to my sweet dog Ginger, when we welcomed a new dog Ellie, amazing sunsets, baseball games in the summer and when the leaves changed color in autumn. The 52 weeks taught me a lot about myself. If I really set my mind to something, I will do it-no matter what it takes. It's interesting to see how much my style as a photographer changed throughout 52 weeks. It's funny to see how much I change in my self-portraits. It's funny how I think "what was I thinking" when I look back on the very first week of project 52. I would do this project over and over again. And I guess I kind of am.

This project pushed me to make something. Create something out of something else. Whether that is a painting, photograph, poem, song...just make something.  

If you've stuck around for the project, thanks. Really. Thanks for going through a whole year with me through photographs. Who knows...maybe it will happen again sometime? :)

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