About Me

I love documenting life in an uncontrived way to lovingly and beautifully capture my subjects. Sometimes this means I am a quiet observer as I work the angles and composition. Other times, this means I am giving direction and squawking like a bird to get kiddos to look at me for those simple camera-aware shots. My talent is doing both of these things to create a final collection that is authentic, artsy and beautiful.

I am a mom to two incredibly energetic and fun-loving little girls, Molly and Sam, and the wife of an amazing husband and father, Pat. We live in Morton Grove, close to where I grew up in a big family of five. The picture above was taken in Long Grove by my very talented cousin, Dana of Dana Foley Photography.

My background in photography…
I have always loved art. I wasn’t the typical college student, I worked full time to pay my way through night school at Northwestern University. Each quarter I always tried to enroll in an art class. I was taking three night classes a week and I needed a reliable, happy place to go to atleast one of those nights. I wasn’t interested in photography, but there came a point when I had exhausted all of the art electives offered and all that was left was “Intro to Black and White Photography”. So, I borrowed a camera from a friend and enrolled. And I loved it…the magic of the dark room, the smell of the chemicals, the sound of Rachel Yamagata singing in my ears as I waited for the image to appear. Slowly, I began to see how I could employ the same elements of design in photography as I did in drawing and painting. I took the next two classes in the series, but I was still mostly only interested in capturing the beauty of the landscapes around me. It wasn’t until years later when I really fell in love with photographing people. The ability to capture a moment and give that to someone so they can look back and remember is something I consider an honor and privilege. My only regret is not discovering this sooner.

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. – Henri Cartier-Bresson