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Todd & Jess // Joshua Tree Lovers

It was a Wednesday in late February when Todd & Jess met me in Joshua Tree. We arrived right as the clouds broke & the last light of day dropped behind the mountains. It was windy & cold, but Todd & Jess didn't seem to mind one bit. We talked, climbed some rocks, shared jackets, & didn't stop shooting till there wasn't a drop of light left in the sky. 

This was such a fun shoot for me & I'm so thankful to have met these two & gotten to play in such a magical place. <3



#EuropeVibesOnly // Travel

Exciting news my friends- I am going on a European adventure!! Starting today, I will be making my way around the beautiful continent for 6 whole weeks, eating delicious foods, experiencing new things, taking in the sites, & of course, snapping a couple of photos. Ok, let's be honest, it's gonna be a whooollllle lot more than a couple. ;) During this time I am going to focus on becoming more bold in my photo work. I have a fun project planned & I'm already excited to share it with ya'll upon my return! 

There are a few different legs to my trip as I will be traveling with 3 different groups of people over the course of my 6 weeks. But I am SO so so happy to be starting the trip off with a bang by traveling alongside some of the loveliest ladies & closest friends I know. These ladies are none other than the beauty & brains behind two seriously killer photography companies- Shannon Smith of Vine and Light Photography & Casey Elia of Urban South Photo. You can see their sexy faces in the photos below. Shannon is the cutie in the black dress & Casey is the stunner in white. (Sidenote: I'm the tall one. haha!) 

I couldn't be more thrilled to adventure with these dear ones. They are women after my own heart & like me, are in a season where they crave adventure & seek the Light. We have all agreed that the motto of our trip is YES. We say YES to being bold, YES to seeing the world in new ways, YES to growth, YES to revelation, YES to expanded boundaries & YES to greater capacities to love. We are ready & so thrilled to be jumping head first into the YESES of the unknown together. 

Follow along & adventure with us! As expected, our Instagrams will be frequently updated with the most recent happenings! : JesseCasey, & Shannon.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS  ||  Win a YES banner from @SecretHolidayCo

We’re inviting you to follow along with us on our travels and we think this YES banner pretty much sums up our mantra this summer and encompasses the spirit of adventure we’re chasing after. So, we want to give this baby away to one lucky friend at the end of our trip!

To enter: (Note: all instructions below are for Instagram.)

1. Be sure you are following all three of us on Instagram. (Jesse, Casey, & Shannon.)

2. Comment on this photo and invite a friend to follow along with our adventures, too. Get that word out!

3. You can enter by commenting each #eurovibesonly photo any of us post throughout our trip. Each comment with a new friend counts as another entry towards winning.

4. Be awesome - but then again, you’re already doing that.

PS. Huge thanks to the wonderful Step Velez of Rags and Grace for snapping these group shots of us! 



Chicago // Travel

Back in the end of August, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago and second shoot a wedding with one of my best friends, Shannon. It was an amazing trip filled with so much laughter, meaningful conversation, and delicious food. All of our days seemed so incredibly blessed by the Lord, as one awesome thing kept happening after another. From perfect weather, to free lodging from the insanely generous bride who lent us her apartment while she was on her honeymoon. It was just all around awesome. 

As you will see, this blog post might as well be titled "Shannon looking pretty in Chicago", because basically I only took photos of her the entire time. But hey, she's a babe, can you blame me? 

Here are some images of our wanderings and scattered in there are a few photos Shan snapped of me on my camera. To see more from our trip, you can check out her post here!


// Downtown Explorations //

// Lake Michigan //

// Rooftop Views //

// Donut Time //

// Wicker Park //

// Sunset //





Welcome to the DREAMTOWN blog!!!

I’m equal parts terrified & ecstatic as I write this, my very first post on my very own brand new business website. This site & brand is something I’ve been working on for a really long time. But even longer, before the actual work began, the vision & hopes for this brand stirred relentlessly in my head. Basically, this day has been a reallllly long time coming. 

I can’t really count the amount of times I’ve doubted that I would, or even should, pursue this dream. But thankfully, I’ve been extremely blessed to be surrounded by a community of friends who’ve encouraged me & lovingly pushed me towards this dream in the moments when I was so ready to give up. Their belief in me truly kept me going & for that, I am so grateful. 

I’m terrified because it’s tremendously nerve-wracking to put yourself “out there” & present to the “world” something that is an extension of your heart, your creativity, your ability, your personality, & the list goes on. But in truth, I’m even happier because it IS scary & I’m doing it anyway.

So for me, today is the biggest step & the biggest win I could hope to come from this journey. The simple fact that I’m even sitting here, about to click ‘Publish’ on this post, is enough excitement & satisfaction for me.

You might be thinking, "so what exactly does DREAMTOWN mean"? Wellllllllll....

DREAMTOWN means nothing & everything all at the same time. A made up word with no formal definition, yet, to me, represents everything I would ever want something I create to be- adventurous, joyful, love driven, fun, hope filled, genuine connection generating, freedom seeking, & forever radiating life & light.

So here it is, here is DREAMTOWN.