This is Gretta and these are her goats. Her amazing adorable wonderful outstanding stupendous marvelous phenomenal radical terrific unreal smashing fantastic goats.

My friend Breana Moeller is an amazing food stylist. She baked this oh-so-delicious cake for her niece as a ‘smash cake.’ Unfortunately for the cake its sole purpose was to be smashed on a one year old’s birthday. At least I caught it pre-smashing

My friend Breana Moeller is an amazing food stylist. She baked this oh-so-delicious cake for her niece as a ‘smash cake.’ Unfortunately for the cake its sole purpose was to be smashed on a one year old’s birthday. At least I caught it pre-smashing

The other day I made a vegan vegetable curry pot pie with a sweet potato crust. It was delicious and I will for SURE make it again. I am also deeply in love with my tiny cast iron skillet.

The other day I made a vegan vegetable curry pot pie with a sweet potato crust. It was delicious and I will for SURE make it again. I am also deeply in love with my tiny cast iron skillet.

How I survived the Polar Vortex:

1. Use a laser to play with your cat at some odd hour of the night. Lay on the floor as you do it, it’s an entertaining angle.

2. Go outside to make sure it really is as cold as everyone says it is. Don’t stay out longer than 3 minutes though or you’re fingers will feel like they’re falling off.

3. Make banana bread with the over ripe bananas you’ve been keeping in your freezer (teaser picture!)

4. Haven’t you been drying peppers in your kitchen for like months now? Maybe you should do something with them.

5. Venture outside long enough to make maple snow taffy (or just scoop the snow onto a tray and pour the maple syrup indoor because let’s face it, you’re apartment is pretty cold anyway so that snow isn’t going anywhere.)

And maybe, one you’ve finished these steps the temperature will climb to something above 0. 

Maybe.

My photos from the Tasting Table Open Market featured on Ask Miss A’s blog!

My weekend. This Friday and Saturday I had the chance to photograph   Open Market. It brought together some of Chicago’s most incredible chefs and food enthusiasts. A truly spectacular event to experience!

My weekend. This Friday and Saturday I had the chance to photograph  Tasting Table's Open Market. It brought together some of Chicago’s most incredible chefs and food enthusiasts. A truly spectacular event to experience!

I made ketchup! Yes, for reals. Ok, so it wasn’t like any kind of ketchup I’ve had before but it was a culinary challenge I wanted to try. I’m not sure that I would do it again because it took a long time and I made a HUGE mess, but at least I can say I did it!

I don’t shoot many weddings.. in fact, I don’t really ever shoot weddings—except for special circumstances. I met Madeleine and Ben through a good friend and their wedding sounded just too special and nice to pass up. I am nowhere near finished editing their photos, but I wanted to send her a little sneak-peak.

Ah, love! a few weeks ago I ran around Chicago all afternoon with my friends Mike and Kate for an engagement photo session. When I say we ran around Chicago I mean we ran around Chicago. For reals. We went from Adler planetarium, to trespassing on a construction site to Loyola’s campus to try and hit  key spots in Chicago but also special spots for Mike and Kate’s relationship. Even now, I’m struggling to decide which pictures to upload because there are so many I loved. I was honored to have been asked to photograph the actual engagement and now the engagement photos as well. I’m so excited for these too and I can’t wait for the wedding!


Though I don’t normally photograph people very often, it was a nice change and challenge to get out of my food photography brain and think of new shots to take.

Congratulations Mike and Kate!

Honey Butter Fried Chicken, round 2!