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 I'm a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Chicago and Central Illinois.  Grab a coffee (or my favorite, a coke!) and take a look around this site at the beautiful people who let me tell their stories through images, as well as a little peek into my life!

BUILDING OUR GUM FARMHOUSE | FUNCTIONALITY WITH KIDS The Drop Zone

Well, it’s time I share what my very FAVORITE secret of our home build is. It’s that when we spent months (literally, months) designing and then perfecting EVERY single square foot of our floor plan…one of our TOP priorities that we focused on was functionality with our kids.  As a busy family of 5 with 3 littles […]

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January 6, 2020

BUILDING OUR GUM FARMHOUSE (PART V) We actually LIVE here!

Blame it on the busy photography season…or how we packed up, moved, sold, and closed on a house during the busiest part of that season and also celebrated a few holidays right around it all…but it’s been 3 months since my last house build update! And we have been in our new house for about […]

December 16, 2019

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OUR GUM FARMHOUSE (PART IV) We have walls (and so much more)!!

This house building journey has been filled with SO much fun and yet so much pressure all at the same time!  This week, our electricity got turned on…but that’s AFTER all of the walls were hung and patched…and if something hadn’t worked, those walls would have been taken down to fix.  And the plumbing…they ran […]

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August 5, 2019

OUR GUM FARMHOUSE (PART III) Personal | We have a roof and windows!!

I am still a little behind on these updates, but if I posted this 2 weeks ago, it would be 100% accurate!! Regardless, I want to take you on this whole journey with us, so hopefully I will get totally caught up in the next couple of weeks. Well, first the framing happened in the […]

July 11, 2019

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Our Gum Farmhouse (Part II) Personal | We are FRAMED!

Ok I admit…as of the day this goes live, we are quite a bit past framing!  BUT I am behind in a super busy season on blogging, and I want to share a lot of the process so I am going to rewind 2 weeks and pretend I am blogging then!! SO…WE ARE FRAMED!  And […]

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June 24, 2019

Our Gum Farmhouse (Part 1) Personal | We are building our Forever Home!

Well, this news is late to the blog…that’s just what happens in a season of extreme busy-ness like we are in!  And a part of that major busy that we are dealing with is that, as we shared a few weeks ago on Facebook and Instagram…we are building our Dream Home!  I’m calling it the […]

May 20, 2019

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS INTIMATE FAMILY FARM WEDDING CEREMONY Ryne + Ellie | Married

I drove down a dusty country road through the taller than knee high corn (a place I have become so comfortable and fond of) to a beautiful white farmhouse on the left (another thing I have fallen in love with lately!).  In the huge shadows of the large front yard trees were hay bales covered […]

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July 8, 2020

FIRST TIME HOME BUILDING TIPS: THE HOUSE PLANS Personal | Building the Gum Farmhouse

It is way past time for another house update!  I’m going to share lots of updated pictures of the continued drywall process…but this post is about something different!  Today, I’m sharing about some of the mistakes we made– and tips for other potential builders–in the early stages of our project!  I will share another post or two […]

September 10, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD DESSERT RECEPTION COUNTRY THEMED WEDDING Adam & Lindsey | Married

What a beautiful wedding day this was!! I have been excited about this wedding for quite a while, even though their engagement session was just a couple of weeks ago (my last blog post!) and they booked and planned their whole day in just 4 months!  Do you know what I loved from the get […]

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May 1, 2019

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