Lake Michigan Water Patterns

The views of Lake Michigan are ever evolving, but I especially love watching the water patterns on a calm day. With a few slight changes to wind speed, surface currents, or light direction, you can experience an entirely new view within a very short period of time.

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Lake Michigan Themes

I’ve always enjoyed waking up for sunrise — they are absolutely beautiful to see in person (and it makes afternoon napping a little easier). When you begin watching sunrises and sunsets on a continual basis, you start to notice patterns and similarities that are fun to discover. Here are a few images with similar themes.

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Lake Ice Patterns

Winter is my favorite time of the year to take long walks along Lake Michigan. With the freezing weather, the lake forms new shapes and abstract patterns that are a delight to explore and photograph. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted a warmer winter for the Great Lakes Region, so I’m not

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Exploring LaBagh Woods

My childhood was spent outside. Growing up on a small farm had its challenges, but it also allowed me the freedom to wander the woods and experience nature. As an adult, even before this pandemic started and stay-at-home orders were issued, I had difficulties making time to explore nature. Last year, I was marginally better

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Walk for Kidneys 2019

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois (NKFI) contracted me to photograph a variety of events throughout 2019, with one of the first events being the Walk for Kidneys fundraiser at Soldier Field. If you’re unfamiliar with the National Kidney Foundation, or its Illinois chapter, the organizations help all people affected by kidney disease — through

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Osterman Beach Stewardship Days

It may seem like a trivial issue, but native plants play an important and pivotal role within local ecosystems. They provide food and habitat for other native species, and they protect the health of the environment. Renee Patten has been leading Osterman Beach Stewardship Days, in a joint effort with the Chicago Park District and

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Cleaning Up the Chicago River

I’ve been documenting Great Lakes Plastic Pollution for a while now, providing information and resources about the environmental impact of plastic on our local ecosystem. In May of 2019, I reached out to Friends of the Chicago River, who were hosting a cleanup event along the North Branch of the Chicago River (at River Park,

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EdgeFest 2019

This is Not Ideal It’s difficult to talk about event photography without first acknowledging Covid-19 and the chaos it has brought — upending families and the structure of modern society. As an artist and self-employed small business owner, who works within the events and hospitality industry, it is an especially unnerving time as my calendar

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Hiking in Massachusetts

Hiking in Massachusetts through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. The past few months have been busy with client projects — photographing theatrical performances and a variety of nonprofit events. When work finally settled down, I took a few days off to visit close friends in the Boston area. While I was there, I spent a few

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Six-Year Anniversary

The stage at the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House. The audience at the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House. Jesse Tyler Ferguson hosted the James Beard Foundation Awards at the Lyric Opera House; I also had behind-the-scenes access and got to see how the award ceremony was produced!

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