wandering eye

tree hugger, photojournalistic wedding photographer & professional retoucher

Amy + Keith

I knew when I met the bride, Amy, back in March of this year, and she started describing her classic, glitz and glam Chicago-themed wedding, that this was going to be fun. Not only was I excited to shoot downtown at the end of August, but that it was one of my first weddings booked through Cornerstone. I called Amy a week before her wedding and as we were discussing details, the 40% chance of rain that was supposed to happen on Saturday, did come up as a concern. But the rain couldn’t have been any further away as the day, quickly turned into night, was nothing but perfect. 

To add to the all-Chicago experience, both the ceremony and reception were held at the infamous Swissotel on Wacker Drive, right next to the river with a beautiful view of Navy Pier. Though Saturday afternoon traffic and a few tourists got in our way, bridal party photos were done in Pioneer Court by the Tribune Building and by the Adler Planetarium on Museum Campus. The “first look” was also held in Pioneer Court with the Wrigley Building as their backdrop. 

An intimate group of close friends and family, filled the night with laughter and love in their suite overlooking the city. At 10pm, the bride and groom rushed downstairs for a few last photographs with the Navy Pier fireworks. Congrats Amy + Keith!

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Being Green Is Easy

Being Green Is Easy

In honor of one of the most important days the world can ever have, I’ve compiled a list of 20 easy ways to be good to the planet (and to your wallet) on Earth Day – and every day. I’ve adopted all of these actions into my own life, and encourage you to try at least one idea on your own!Kermit-2011

  1. Recycle – everything. Cardboard, plastic food containers, water bottles, junk mail, aluminum foil, and more…

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Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

I started making my own dog cookies last summer when I found out exactly how easy and healthy it could be for my pups. The pre-made biscuits you can purchase at the store, like Milk-Bone brand, are full of chemicals and artificial preservatives. The ingredients from their website are as followed:

Wheat Flour, Wheat Bran, Meat and Bone Meal, Milk, Wheat Germ, Beef Fat (Preserved with BHA), Salt,…

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Shelia + Brian | 3.22.14 | Mundelein, IL

Chunky Vegan Chick’n Salad

One of the foods I missed most after becoming a vegetarian was chicken salad. I finally have a recipe that I love and takes under 20 minutes to make. All you need is:

Milo and I both like to pretend it’s real chicken

  • 1 package tempeh (I used flax)
  • Soy sauce (I used San-J Tamari)
  • 4 pickle spears
  • 1/2 cup grapes
  • 2 medium celery stalks
  • ground mustard, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste

I use tempeh…

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