In Studio with Photographer Anna Zajac

Anna Zajac was the first person I met through instagram. We're both from Ohio, and she moved to Chicago in 2014. She's become a dear friend and is one of the best photographers I know. I visited Anna in her Lincoln Square home studio in early June where she shared about running her own business, what it's like photographing love, and what's been inspiring her lately.

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Geraldine Ezeocha: Disciple. Nigerian. Chicagoan.

Geraldine "Gerri" Ezeocha is from Nigeria, but she has lived in Chicago for almost 12 years. Yes, her fierce beauty is a force to be reckoned with, but it is the way she lives out the Word that speaks volumes about her heart. We met in her neighborhood of Edgewater one early summer morning where she shared with me about growing up early, building a home away from home, and learning to see and receive our Heavenly Father's goodness. 

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Transitions with Darbi Masters

Darbi Masters is 27 year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After spending a few years in Chicago, then moving to the UK to lead a creative media team, she's back in Chicago and resides in Lincoln Square. This was not "the plan," and that's why I want to share some of her story with you. I met with Darbi at a treasured place of peace in Chicago—The Garfield Park Conservatory. As we explored her favorite room (The Desert House), she shared with me how she's cultivating her skills during this transition time, while learning to rest on faith amidst the unknown.

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Music Therapy by Bethany Squires

Bethany Squires and I met a little over two years ago through a mutual friend when she moved from Minneapolis to Chicago to begin working as a Music Therapist. For the past couple of years, we've witnessed Bethany fall in love with Chicago. My husband Andrew and I visited her in her apartment in Pilsen on a blustery and cool June evening to capture a bit of her songwriting process and to hear about her faith journey. We were blessed (for real) to film her on her beloved rooftop singing one of the songs she recently penned.

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An Afternoon with the Taylor Tribe

Aiyana Taylor is a woman of deep faith and has affirmed and reminded me how we are uniquely designed, how God has a divine plan for each us, and how we are called to be creative. It's evident her children are learning this, too. I wanted to capture a little bit of that. I've always wondered at the challenge of being an amazing teacher—to be an excellent and caring steward of souls and a home. When you meet Aiyana, you know she has that gift. I spent the afternoon with her and her kiddos as they planted seeds for their own vegetable garden, discussed and documented process, and as they each shared with me some of their own passions and favorite spots in their home. From Star Wars, to water coloring, to sewing—witnessing their creativity is something certainly special.

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Chelli Look of the Chelli Harms Collection

Chelli Look is the founder and creative director of the Chelli Harms Collection CHC. Her craftsmanship in her leather work is certainly evident in each piece she creates. My husband Andrew and I visited her studio in Ravenswood to hear about the story behind CHC and to capture a bit of how she works and worships through her hands. Click through to see how she stewards her business and uses her gifts to give back.

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Devin Sutter: Colorist & Stylist of Red 7 Salon

Devin Sutter is one of the most joyful and compassionate people I know. She works as a colorist and stylist at Red 7 Salon, but I know her through our church and small group, where I met her two years ago. I wanted to see where she spends most of her time. I wanted to capture her in her zone doing what she's skilled in and so passionate about. I followed along as she applied the Balayage Technique to our friend Lauren.

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Brunch à la fin abode

Kat is a Pediatric Physical Therapist, and Andrew's a Radiographer, but my impetus behind beginning to share these blog posts, is to provide insight into people I've known who know their identity is not in their jobs. They are a daughter and a son of a King. The Finleys have led my and A's Gospel Community (small group) for the past two years. There's been many a meal, story, and bike ride shared with them, and they've become two of our dearest friends along the way. They were brave enough to share about not only living here in Chicago, but seeing it through the lens of faith. 

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