I’ve known these two cuties for quite some time now! I think I met Michael probably shortly after he was born—our families live down the street from each other and have been friends ever since I can remember. We get together every year on Christmas Eve for my favorite tradition of game night! Maddie and I go pretty far back as well—we actually cheered together in high school before she and Michael started dating. Like my husband and I, these two are high school sweethearts and were long distance in college, too! So of course I have a soft spot in my heart for them and their sweet relationship!
My brother proposed to his now fiancé, Hannah, a few months ago in NYC and I got to finally see and celebrate with them over the 4th of July! They’re such a down to earth and fun-loving couple, I was thrilled when they asked if we could sneak away from family time for some engagement photos in the neighborhood we grew up in.
I met Megan last fall through a women’s group here in Austin. She’s a talented artist and asked me to help her create some fresh content for her social channels. Megan specializes in customized glitter art of comic book characters. We had some fun getting creative with figuring out how to best capture glitter at the golden hour—when the sun is behind a big cloud! My favorite shots from our session below.
One of my best friends, Kelsey, visited me so we could attend The Good Fest in Austin together (which by the way was INCREDIBLE! Check out her recap of our experience here). Kels started a blog called The Intuitive Swan a few months ago to share her journey with lyme disease. Her daily life with a chronic illness often feels so foreign to me, but her vulnerability to share her own experience and what she’s learned is a true inspiration and makes me so proud to be her friend. Kels has taken her diagnoses as something that has shaped her, but does not define her. A few of my favorite shots from her visit below!
A few months ago I shot with Shannon of Shannon Dolan Fitness. I first met her in the fall through a women’s group here in Austin. Shannon is such a bright light and full of positive energy—I instantly gravitated towards her! I love her 360° approach to holistic health through being a personal trainer, health coach, pilates instructor, and holding a degree in nutrition. If you’re not local to Austin, she has a free meditation, mindfulness & gratitude guide (I’m all about this!!) as well as an 8-week guide to strengthen your mind & body.
I was introduced to MaryKate of @froyotofitness through one of my friends a few years ago, and she has continued to be such an inspiration for living a fitness-forward life. After documenting her own fitness journey on instagram, she launched a 12-week guide and later a 6-week challenge full of workouts, nutrition tips, and more. Her story is truly amazing and she’s created an amazing community empowering women to live their best & most fit lives (her client transformations are incredible, too).
When David & I first moved down to Austin, we were thrilled to hear an old high school friend of ours relocated here with her boyfriend a few years prior. Naturally, Ellen & Scott were our first double date once we got to town and we’ve had so much fun together since!
Ellen has always been super creative and entrepreneurial—I even bought one of her purses she made out of vintage fabrics from a boutique in our hometown, years ago. Now, Ellen runs a year-round resort wear label called Elliette.
I just came up on the anniversary of my first real photo shoot ever (ya know, one of people you don’t know!), Beth & Matt in Lincoln Park 4 years ago. They wanted some photos in Chicago before they moved to Austin (small world, right?). When their photos came up on her facebook timeline a few weeks ago, they coincidentally popped up on her mom’s timeline, too. Enter the amazing power of facebook.
David & I took a quick 4-day trip to Grace Bay on Turks & Caicos in August. We both took some time off in between jobs and before packing up for our mov to Texas, so we thought we’d do a trip to celebrate the close of one chapter and the start of the next. David has always wanted to do a vacation to ‘really clear blue water’ and we’d heard Grace Bay is perfect for that. My goodness did it deliver! This trip was easily both of our favorite ‘relaxing’ vacations we’ve ever taken—highly recommend!
Last month I had the opportunity to go to Round Top Antiques Show for the first time! I had been wanting to check it out, but the 22 miles of antiques sounded completely overwhelming so I was thrilled when I got this photo gig to take it on with seasoned vets, Object Limited (a shoppable antiques app and podcast launching soon) & Claire Zinnecker (a fabulous local ATX interior designer)! If you want to know more about the show, Claire wrote a great guide for Domino last year! You can check it out here.
Over the weekend I did a mini road trip with my study abroad friends (we met in Florence 6 years ago). We always try to get together for an affordable little getaway, and it was so nice to go to the mountains this time! We did a whole lot of hiking (St. Mary’s Glacier, Fish Creek Falls, & Mount Sanitas), hit up the Strawberry Park hot springs, and all sorts of cooking, per usual!
This post is all about the logistics and planning for the Winter Olympics XXIII. My sister, brother, husband, & I decided to go to the Olympics on a whim not knowing a thing. We've always loved the Olympics and winter sports so we figured why not go and make a trip to visit our sister, Dani, living in Dalian, China as well! We tried to research attending the Winter Olympics prior to our trip, but there was not much information out there so I'm writing this in hopes it provides insight for anyone wanting to plan a trip to attend the Olympics.
Alright, we've finally arrived at the Olympics post! This one has been a challenge to write because I have so many things to say. Leading up to our trip I did a lot of google searches trying to research logistics, the ins and outs of attending an Olympics, and most importantly what to pack, but could not find any information out there on these topics (I was shocked! I guess companies don't pay influencers/bloggers to go instagram about this stuff yet).
Seoul, South Korea was our second stop. Though Shanghai soup dumplings were the clear star of our trip (still dream about them), we really loved Korean food, too!! It's safe to say we ate our way through China + SK. Almost every day revolved around where we could get the best bibimbap, bulgogi, or korean barbecue and each place really outdid themselves (especially the hole in the walls!).
Apologies for how embarrassingly belated this post is! I've been having website issues the past handful of months and I think I have finally fixed them (fingers crossed). My husband, brother and I went to China & South Korea in February to visit my sister who is living in Dalian, China. One night in October my sister, Dani, & I were facetiming and booked flights to the Olympics on a whim!
This is my first shoot of 2018 which means I had to create a new folder on my laptop... and I realized this is my fifth calendar year doing this little side hustle! How in the world did that happen!? Thank you to everyone who has followed along my work--it has evolved so much over the past few years and I hope to continue growing as a photographer in my free time in the years to come!
The Woerfels are the quickest & quite possibly most fun picture takers! A family of boys is surely an adventure all the days, and I have had so much fun capturing the upbeat lighthearted lives of these 4 the past two years!
I thought I'd break up some of my latest portrait sessions with some photos from my latest trip! With a camera at our fingertips literally every moment of the day, I feel like I've gotten more and more 'snap happy' and it's taken away from my presence of being in the moment (especially on vacations). I decided to buy a film camera a few months ago with the hope of getting back to the basics and focusing more on the art of creating a photo rather than capture, capture, capture!
This sweet fam (along with the Garofalos) win a medal for braving the weather! Though it looks like a gorgeous fall day, it was truly a 'looks so beautiful but was oh so cold' shoot! I am still amazed at what a little ham baby Mae was with the mid 20s windy whipping away!
After some all over the place weather, we finally had a lovely sunny (but freezing!) day for the Garofalo family in Glen Ellyn. Megan & Craig have the sweetest little babe, Jeffrey, and I had so much fun capturing these cuties along Lake Ellyn. They all did so well despite the temps!
I've had the pleasure of working next to Scott for the past 3.5yrs at The Gettys Group. He's a crazy talented interior architect (and product designer!) with a fabulously quirky sense of humor--I'm so lucky I get to work with him every day! His wife Emese is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet with such a big heart. These two have waited so very long to welcome children into their world, and we cannot wait for these twins to have some of the best parents I know!
Oh Rachel (fondly referred to as Litz) & Will, where do I start with these two!? I first met Will sophomore year of college at Mizzou when we were both selected for the Tour Team (my college job was being a campus tour guide--who's surprised?). The two of us were fast friends!
The biggest item on my hit list for this trip was to see the Bixby Bridge (anyone else obsessed with the HBO series Big Little Lies?) and hike in Big Sur. Unfortunately, Big Sur was completely unaccessible due to the landslide, but Carmel won us over with its charm!
David & I have covered a ton of ground this summer for both personal & work trips. We're laughing now, because at the beginning of summer we kept saying "we just need to get through June" but it turns out, the entire summer was a complete marathon for us! We've decided next summer we're going to mark one weekend a month on our calendars to stay put in Chicago so we don't feel like the summer passed us by again!
A few weeks ago I met this sweet family at a park in my hometown to capture some photos of their cute bunch before school starts. These 3 kiddos were so much fun and each have so much personality! Eric is a true super dad, launching each one over & over (towards the bottom) in the air.
My nephew, Mikey, turned 1 today! Here are some photos we took at my in-laws' a few weeks ago. He's at such a fun age where you can see him processing things and forming his own thoughts, though he can't talk yet!
Alright, last up of my wedding details series (parts I & II)! This one is all about the music. I know you might be surprised that this is getting its own post, but this was the one aspect of our wedding we truly spent all 11 months of our engagement working on.