A Chicago Farewell

10 years ago I was living in downtown Chicago when I met a girl named Ashley.  We connected on Facebook before we did in real life back before that was a pretty normal thing to do.  Our husbands both worked for the Four Seasons Hotel and we had also gone to the same college but we somehow had never met. 

Fast forever friends is what we became.   

I could share stories and images from the decade of friendship we have under our belt but I'll share one thing I especially love about this precious friend of mine and then leave you with these images of her beautiful space & her beautiful family. 

Ash is a celebrator.  She celebrates life and her people so well.  She soaks up each day & savors every last drop- and I love that about her.  I have watched her do this is easy seasons of life and in extremely troubling seasons of life.  She has a beautiful commitment to treasure the places God has around her & in the city of Chicago that leads to so many adventures.  They recently have relocated to Colorado and we decided we needed to do one last shoot in her incredible apartment with her newest baby- Brooks!  

Waddell Family

I recently had the privilege of taking some family pictures for friends who are moving out of state and I love how they came out!  It's always special to get families together to update pictures. As a mama I feel extra passionate about that.  I'm excited this crew was all able to be together and am thankful for their friendship!  Downtown Zionsville is a fun location for images if you're looking for "not a field," as our friend Ben would say.  :) 

Portraits of Motherhood II

I met Meghan through our church here in Indy and I could not be more grateful to know her.  She brings humor, honesty, creativity, and lots of love to her four young ladies at home.  I was so thrilled when she said she wanted to do a Portraits of Motherhood Session- knowing not only would it be fun but that that she would fully embrace the heart behind it.  

Portraits of Motherhood Sessions are for women looking to document the extraordinary in their ordinary.  We spent the morning making ice cream, reading, coloring, dancing, and there was lots of sprinkles & love on top of it all.  

Meghan, you are an incredible mother.  Your love for your children is so evident to me in the intentionality I see all over you home and in the way you interact with them.  I so appreciate your ability to laugh at the chaos that is these little years.  Your children have a happy, colorful, and bright childhood- I hope I was able to capture that in our time together so that when you all are a few more years down the road you can look back and smile- knowing that these mundane moments were really quite remarkable.

Seattle Girls Trip

Time away to a new place is always so inspiring to me.  The colors, the tastes, the smells.  All fresh and exciting. 

Recently I was able to get away to Seattle with two of my closest friends for a weekend.  It was my first time ever really taking time away like that and I am just SO thankful for it.   It's a gift to be able to work alongside these ladies with Rodan and Fields but that showed itself to be extra true when we could all take this time together largely in part because of our businesses (and our awesome husbands!)  

The London Plane was this amazing little restaurant we went to right after we flew in.  It was at the end of this little brick lined street that I could only imagine is insanely beautiful during the summer months.  

After lunch we headed over to Bainbridge Island which was a true DELIGHT.  Wow.  The ferry life is a sweet life indeed.  I loved being surrounded by all that water and the shops on Bainbridge were incredible!  Delicious ice cream with the sun shining and these precious girls?  Heart exploding happiness.     

On Friday we headed out to Pikes Place where we took in all the sights and smells of that wonderful little corner of the world.  I adore all the fresh flowers there and the beautiful fruit- it's just so full of life. I love it! 

Later that evening we headed out Whidbey Island to stay in a friend of Erin's house and it was a DREAM.  A total dream.  The house was not only decorated like something out of a Nancy Meyers movie but the location was just unreal.  Double bluff beach I think it was called?  WOWZERS.  Go to Washington if you ever get the chance.  

Seattle, I love you because you have my Erin, and I love you because- well- you're just stinking pretty.