Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Fashion Feature for YOU Magazine

Happy weekend friends!

Our newest issue of YOU magazine hit news stands this week and it is one of my faves, the fall fashion issue! (I say that about every fashion issue, don't I?). I was thrilled to style and photograph the fashion story and these 3 ladies (above) were just so gorgeous and comfortable in front of the camera. As usual, I featured 3 local boutiques and we had a blast incorporating the most lovely vintage-inspired bicycles in some of our photos. I've been waiting and waiting for that opportunity. I decided to go with a mod 60's interpretation of fall trends, looking for shorter lengths with lots of leg and incorporating that sexy Bardot hair (beehive bumps made 2014 wearable :) and sultry cat eyes. Victoria Stencil at Salon 54 was my girl for all the hair and makeup inspo and she made it happen. You're amazing Victoria!

So here are some of my favorite pictures. Only 7 shots made the cut for the mag but you can enjoy all the extras here. :)

Outfit provided by Wear 180 Resale and all boots provided by Vanderloop Shoes
I couldn't possibly do a fall shoot without showing some love to my favorite fall print - leopard. Rawr!

Outfit provided by Besselli
Loved this shock of rusty orange from the second I saw it. And that bag has my name written all over it!
Outfit provided by A Bag Lady
I thought this over-sized cardigan was amazing and just wanted to snuggle up into it myself. Plus it can be styled so many ways.
 And that's it! Thanks to Indigo, Heidi and Madeline for being spectacular models and thank you to Ebb and Flow Flowers for styling that beautiful basket of flowers. Photos shot on location at Angelina Italian Restaurant.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mama and Mini Style {fall faves}

It's time to share a little daily style again and this time I'm showing some love to the tried and true mid-week outfit, which often gets neglected here. These are the pieces fast becoming our go-to faves and these outfits take us from Target (where we pick up a few of the things that we've recently run out of - diapers, wipes, and Starbucks ;) to naps and then back out to pick up the boys after school. To end our day, we take a walk around the neighborhood and end up on our beloved trampoline for a few bouncy laughs.

Dirty hair - don't care. Got my beanie for that!
{mama: beanie & sneaks - Target, leather jacket - Kohls, sweater - T J Maxx, jeans - J. Crew
mini: hat - grandma's trip to Australia, sweater & jeans - Gap Kids, mocks - Minnetonka's}

An Updated Photography Look Book

I wanted to share my updated photography look book and investment guide that will be displayed on my photography info page for new clients to view. But Holly at Holly Marie Designs always does such a beautiful job creating these look books for me that I had to put it here too. Thank you Holly! It's so cool for me to see some of my favorite shots in an album like this as I've never actually printed an album of my work. And thank you to the wonderful ladies who provided some feed back for us to add! You're the best clients a photog could ask for. ;)

Wait a moment for the issue to "show up", as it isn't immediate. And simply click to expand it on your desktop and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet Me In … Chicago!

Hello friends! I have another incredible city to share with you and this one is close to my heart as it's one of our favorite nearby cities to gallivant, shop, and celebrate anniversaries. Such a fun place to visit! I asked two of my lovely online friends, Betsy and Jenna, to share their city of Chicago with us and I just knew they would not disappoint. The really went to town (quite literally) with this feature and I want to visit every single spot. Plus their pictures are just so beautiful, not to mention the fact that these girls are super models. I look forward to the day that I can actually hang out with Betsy and Jenna in person and visit their favorite places together! 

Let's take a peek at Chicago!
"Thank you, Kirsty, for giving us the excuse to spend an afternoon visiting all of our favorite places together! We both decided we need to do this more often, especially because exploring might not be as easy in a few months; Jenna is expecting and due in January! But we're getting ahead of ourselves!

First the basics: we're Betsy and Jenna. Iowa and Wisconsin-raised (GO PACK GO ;)). We met at college in Oklahoma and became fast friends. post-graduation, we both wanted to be closer to our mid-western roots, so through a series of job seaches, apartment searches, a wedding (thanks to Jenna and her husband's cupid skills), and a few cross-country moves, we (along with our best-friends-since-high-school husbands) ended up just 5 blocks from each other on the north shore of Chicago. We couldn't love it more! 
{Betsy and her husband Michael (left), Jenna and her husband Zach (right)}
This proved to be challenging for us since there is SO much to see and do in this fine city and its 77 unique neighborhoods, but we resorted to our "go-to's" - the places we just naturally find ourselves most often. 

One of our favorite things about where we live is our close proximity to Lake Michigan. We can walk to the beach for a quick dose of sun or an evening picnic, and let us tell you, in the bustling metropolis that surrounds us the serenity of Lake Michigan is a treat. It looks like the ocean (for a few months out of the year)! 
Another thing we love about life in Chicago is its diversity and culture. Within a 2 mile radius of our homes we can find authentic Jamaican, Etheopian, Thai, Italian, French, Japanese, German, Mexican, Indian, and Polish cuisine. The food here is incredible and we try to force ourselves to try new places rather than resorting to the usual. We can't get enough of Cozy's Noodles and Rice, The Waterfront Cafe (a huge patio overlooking Lake Michigan), Golden House Restaurant Pancake House, The Heartland Cafe, The Growling Rabbit, Indie Cafe for sushi, and Mt. Everest for Indian. 
Often when people visit, they are shocked by how much we walk. Parking is our one and only beef with this city, so the more we can avoid driving, the better. The last time we had visitors in town one had a pedometer which tracked us walking 5 miles in just one day. We love that we can get almost anywhere via train, bus, bike, or our own two feet.

Betsy works as an Art Director at Revelry Agency and Jenna works full-time as a research Study Coordinator at Northwestern University and part-time as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. For about two years, our offices were just a mile from each other downtown and we met halfway for lunch as often as we could. Water Tower Square became our fair-weather meeting spot and Fabcakes or The Soupbox our favorite downtown cafes to grab-and-go.

Chicago is known for being an expensive place to live, but we've made it our mission to discover the best free activities the city has to offer - there are many! One of our favorites is Millennium Park's Downtown Sound concert series, lovingly referred to as Music Mondays. The concerts are free and picnics abound. 
The Chicago Electric Boat Company gives us something to look forward to every summer with their hourly boat rentals. We can't decide if we prefer evening or night cruises, but both offer spectacular views of the city, and you can bring your own snacks, drinks, and music!
We both have a mild sugar addiction and on the days our cravings strike we're always down for a pie run. A few of our neighborhood sweet-treat and coffee favorites are Hoosier Mama Pie Company, Bennisons Bakery, Lickity Split, Brother's K Coffee, and Andy's Frozen Custard. 
When it comes to shopping, Chicago has no shortage! Although we love a good afternoon spent on Michigan Avenue, we have a special place in our hearts for small, locally-owned boutiques. Stumble and Relish sells handmade jewelry, stationary, and home decor and is the first place we go when looking for a unique gift. We always seem to find steals at Secret Treasures Antiques (last week Betsy found the purse she's wearing in the photo and Jenna found a vintage baby outfit!) and we're no strangers to thrift and consignment shops including Salvation Army and Crossroads Trading Co. 
We love Chicago and love helping people experience it for themselves, so don't hesitate to reach out to us if you'd like any more information on the places we mentioned. Thanks for reading this little peek into our lives. We had such a blast putting it together and hope you enjoyed it half as much s we did!"


Wow! Thank you girls. That was awesome. I can't wait to go back and check out your hang outs. I'm coming for Thai, macarons, and Stumble and Relish for sure. Ha! And a night time boat ride sounds just about perfect too. You girls are the best. xx

You can find Betsy on Instagram @bybetsy
You can find Jenna on Instagram @jennafahey

For more of this series, check out Raina's favorite spots in Queensland, Australia and Faith's favorites in Charleston, South Carolina.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Gus Summer Soiree

To end off our summer with a bang we threw a huge, HUGE backyard party and made sure to include all of our favorite summer loves. This summer was all about flamingos and pineapples and these kitschy favorites were all over our go-to party blogs and Instas and made celebrations look all the more fun. We weren't about to miss out on that opportunity! But most importantly, this party was about celebrating Daena and the incredible wife, mother, sister and friend that she is. Bob and Daena invited all their friends and family to say a huge thank you to everyone who had shown such enormous love and support to her and her fam these past 9 months. Here are the pictures from the #gussummersoiree! You can find more under that hashtag on Instagram.
(invites from Tiny Prints
Bob started prepping the food early on Saturday morning and it was, as always, divine. His sous-chef Jonathan was also stellar. ;)
I peppered the front yard with flamingos and spray painted the pineapples to match. We also carved out pineapples to use as vases.
We ordered some Flash Tats  for the party and had to make a super duper awkward pose to show them off. But they are pretty amazing and we have loads left over to continue to play with. Love them!
How gorgeous is the "confetti cake"?!
These littles loved playing in the ice and the adults love getting pictures of them reaching for cans of beer. :)

All of the guests were invited to paint a square inspired by summer. 
And then to finish things off, we thought we'd try to get one of those pretty confetti shots. Easier said than done!
Yay! We did it!
My family gave Daena a gift to commemorate this special day. 
(the triangle diamond)
And then little S gave us a few cute shots in the doorway.
What a happy, happy day! Love you Daen. 

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