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attention southern california

photos by anni cee photograhie, wedding and lifestyle photography extraordinaire

My lovely pal Anni is going on a West Coast adventure and bringing her trusty camera along but I’ll let her tell you about it:

Hey everyone! My name is Anni, and you may have seen my work around here during one of the many collaborations Dennise and I partnered up to create. (See here)

I’m thrilled to be a regular part of such a well-curated blog, and since I know you all are a stylish bunch, I asked Dennise if I could give a shout-out on here about my upcoming trip to California. 

I’ll be offering a limited number of photo sessions in SoCal (although if we can round up a few people in another part of the state who want shoots, or if you’re interested in wedding photos, my travel dates are flexible) and I’ll be staying in Los Angeles and Palm Springs from December 26th through January 5th. 

I love photographing just about any kind of creative session, whether it’s an engagement, a wedding, a lifestyle session, or editorial work. If you’re interested, or have any questions, drop me a note at Thanks so much and I hope to see some of you in sunny California – it’s currently 30 degrees and windy here in Chicago, so I’m counting down the days! 

the velvet bird

shop / blog

Oh dresses, I can never get enough of them. Even as winter approaches, I am still on the hunt for some pretties I can layer with tights and cardigans and these lovelies by The Velvet Bird fit the bill perfectly. Plus, how cute is the designer behind these dresses? I feel a girl crush coming on..

photo by lisa warninger

floral crush

photos by Julia Stotz, hair/styling by Sara Jean Stevens and florals by my favorite floral gal, Caitlin Kerr

Remember Caitlin Kerr, the floral genius behind my all about floral shoot? Well, she is once again a floral genius, this time behind this photo series that I can’t wait to see more of! I’m dying to work with her again, I just love her work!

I took a few days off from blogging this week to finish a big freelance project I’ve been working on. I can’t tell you how good it feels to finish a project that has consumed me the last couple of months. I also told myself that once I finished this project, I’d get serious about working on my online portfolio, so stay tuned for that.

Happy Friday! xo

zachary buchner

zachary buchner

I’ve been thinking that I need to frequent more art shows and exhibits, I really want to support the Chicago art scene and artists and well, going out to see this art would be a great first step. As I browsed through the exhibits currently at the Andrew Rafacz Gallery, I stumbled upon the rad work of Zachary Buchner and fell in love with his work. Happy Monday!

atlas // sergio guijarro

sergio guijarro

I seem to be finding the most amazing geometric work lately and it makes me so happy, this project by Sergio Guijarro titled Atlas is so freakin’ rad, I can’t even stand it!

pepper & cinammon

year of astronomy by pepper & cinnamon

It’s no secret that this gal is a huge fan of geometric design and so this project by pepper & cinnamon is right up my alley. I realize 2009 has come and gone but let’s all agree that a calendar like this one will still always be awesome, even in 2050.

the indo projects

the indo projects

I mentioned the Indo Projects the other day because Linsey Burritt’s awesome apartment was the setting for our last shoot, but I couldn’t resist posting about their amazing work. Did I mention that they use discarded items in their work, pretty incredible stuff, huh?

sneak peek // a floral story

It’s been a long time coming but I’d like to give you a sneak peek into the third collaboration between Anni and myself. This time we had fun with some florals. I cannot wait to debut the pictures and tell ya all the details involved.

the chicago neighborhoods

         chicago neighborhoods by steve shanabruch

I had so much fun last night, browsing through the Chicago Neighborhoods project and seeing what images and fun graphics Steve Shanabruch picked for each neighborhood. Just in case you were wondering, this is the neighborhood I call home.

from the shelf // a guest post

paris / lady in chair / illustration / painting / library

This month’s from the shelf post takes us to the sidewalk cafes of Paris, take it away Sierra:

“A Farewell to Arms” made me want to be a writer. “A Moveable Feast” made me want to live like one.

Although Hemingway states several times throughout the book that these were lean times for his young family, it’s difficult for me to accept his use of the word “poor” to describe this period of his life. Yes, there were days when he went without lunch or sustained himself Aladdin-style with only a baguette, but he was still a writer living in Paris. His days were spent tucked away in a Parisian cafe, sipping café au lait, pencil in hand, empty notebook pages before him.

While Hemingway does acknowledge this as an overall happy time in his life, I don’t think he truly understands just how lucky he was to have had these experiences and what a 24-year-old girl from Michigan would give to be a Writer.In.Paris. Even if it meant taking a weekend road trip with an erratic, hypochondriac F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Since Paris and Fitzgerald are both out of my reach due to finances and simple logistics, losing myself in “A Moveable Feast” will have to do.

“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”