Fall Portrait Sessions: How to Choose the Right Photographer for You

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Have you been thinking of having family photos taken this fall?  Or maybe a personal portrait session to update your image? Well, you’re right – autumn is the perfect time of year for photography sessions.  Here in the Midwest, these mid October days are full of beautiful scenery, vibrant colors, and the last of that gorgeous golden light we all find ourselves craving once winter sets in.  On top of that, taking the time to have your portraits taken now means […]

Little Red Schoolhouse Art Fair | Willow Springs, IL

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center’s 49th Annual Art Fair.  Despite some chilly temperatures and a bit of wind, there was a nice turn out for the event, and a whole lot of handiwork to be inspired by.  From the potters, leather workers, and woodworkers to my left, to the truly unique and beautiful jewelry by Sara of Metal & Mayhem on display to my right  (definitely take a moment to check out her handcrafted […]

Are You Having Fun?

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What do most chief executive officers, parents, employees, and students have in common? Their collective love for ice cream! Well, maybe.  But more to the point, and perhaps more statistically correct, is how hard they work. Let’s face it, here in the United States, we have become a society dedicated to diligence in our daily lives.  And by all means, productivity is a completely worthwhile pursuit.  After many years of working full time jobs and maintaining regular freelance work, I have definitely had my […]

Back to Nature

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For a good portion of my childhood, I lived in rural Wisconsin.  Our family home was on 40 acres of land, and my formative years were spent picking apples, climbing trees, and running through fields.  Since moving down to the Chicago suburbs in 2004, the one thing that’s kept me connected to those wild roots are the beautiful forest preserves in Cook and the surrounding counties. In early October, I look forward to participating in the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature […]

What’s in a Name?

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So, you may be wondering, “why the name Blueverve Studio?” If so, don’t worry, you’re not the first, and you certainly won’t be the last. Blueverve is a handle that I’ve been operating under for many years now, so it only seemed natural to continue that tradition when naming my studio.  However, not being one to just slap a name on something simply because it’s easy, I deliberated over using Blueverve for quite some time. I brainstormed other names – […]


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When Logan, father to be, reached out to me earlier this summer in hopes of having some maternity photos taken with his lovely wife Erika, I was happy to do the honors.  These two parents to be are some of the most kind and inviting people out there.  I’m so excited for them to meet their little guy – hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to photograph him a few times as well.  In the meantime, I know the whole family (including his canine […]

Are you a tattoo enthusiast?

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Do you have great tattoos?  If so, I’d love to photograph you and your ink! This is an open casting call. I’m excited to announce that beginning in mid-August, I’ll be working on an editorial piece for an online/print publication featuring tattoo enthusiasts. I’m looking for a variety of people with a variety of ink styles, interest levels, and histories – not just models.  Ideal candidates will be open to sharing some of their personal experiences with the art of tattooing – what has inspired […]

Strength, Beauty, and Courage

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I’ve always believed that women have a strength that runs deep, often under the surface, in waiting until life gives us cause to draw upon it.  Now, that’s not to say that I don’t have high regard for male strength as well – because I do – but men and women carry their strengths differently.  Because of this, it seems to me that the most beautiful women – whether they be traditionally so, or simply the type of women that possess some often intangible, yet undeniable spark of charisma […]

Year Two and a Baby Brother!

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Earlier this month I shared how much I was looking forward to photographing one of my favorite young families for the second year in a row (if you missed it, read that post HERE).  Well, as I had hoped, the photo shoot was a lot of fun and produced some beautiful, memorable images. Anthony and Sara are great parents – intelligent and caring folk, who have a sense of humor about life and raising children that I find really endearing.  As happens with toddlers […]