With every season comes change - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Over the last 9 years I have built a photo practice I'm deeply proud of. It has connected me with amazing people and stories. It brought so much joy and pure satisfaction capturing these stories and being able to document life's many milestones.
Earlier this year, I took a big leap and relocated from Chicago to Oahu. The decision was indeed a long time coming as Hawaii has always been a place near and dear to my heart. I firmly believe in our own accountability to create the change we want to see. To put out the kind of energy we want to get back. To chase dreams, take risks, and be unafraid of our own passion and drive for more.
I grew up in Chicago. Chicago was always home [minus college and a short, but unforgettable stint in Texas]. A dear friend reminded me of something I said about 10 years back when asked if I could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? My answer was, Chicago. And I meant that. Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities with so much to offer. I believe in living in absolute fullness wherever you are. Being there fully. And for me, more recently, it was time to say Aloha to Chicago.
I found over the years, I was steadily existing to consume. I was taking in more than I was creatively putting out. I was exhausted much of the time trying to keep up with work, social and personal calendars. In short, I was going through the motions and I was unbalanced across the board. Time passes quickly and the thought of letting another 5 years slide by was unfathomable.
My lifestyle change has granted me the opportunity to take things back to basics. To get back to creating. To focus on value. And with this opportunity, I've taken on the decision to scale back full wedding bookings. For the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, I will be exclusively booking portraits and wedding ceremonies/elopements only.
Thank you to all those who graced me with the opportunity to tell your wedding stories over the last 9 years. Without you, I could never have evolved into the photographer and human I am today.