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Update about Me


Recently I was asked to write a short bio about myself for a magazine. This was a challenge until I finally started writing and well it needs to be shortened… I use this blog as a way to express myself usually through my photographs. But if you are interested feel free to read a little more about me. Where I have been and where I am headed.

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In 2003 I was bit by the travel bug after studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I knew very early on that I wanted to make travel a part of my life and career. A few years later I lost my job during the economic crisis and decided to follow my dream job of being a travel photographer. I took airline miles from my previous job and the little cash I had and booked a trip to Paris. I spent 10 days photographing the city from morning until after dark. I spent my evenings at a local restaurant close to my hotel tasting French delicacies like escargot and practicing French. Paris was better than I had imagined.

I rushed back to the States to put my photos online to start selling them. At that time I started a shop on etsy. My Paris photographs had a great reaction and I had some standout best sellers right away. I contacted One Kings Lane about selling my work and they were interested! The next few years were filled with Summer Shows, Markets, Etsy, One Kings Lane. In the same year I struck deals with Papyrus and Pottery Barn. A dream come true in my book.

Over the years of building my business I continued to travel back and forth to Paris, and other cities including Lisbon, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich, and the south of France. I loved the other cities don’t get me wrong but Paris had a way of calling me back. In late 2012 I decided to pack up my apartment put everything in storage and move to Paris for three months. This was the longest you can stay without a Visa. I rented an apartment in Montmartre with a balcony from February until April. I watched it snow over the rooftops, rain for days on end and just before I was about to leave my cherry blossoms bloomed all over the city. Leaving Paris was harder than I ever imagined. When I spoke to my Parisian friends and vendors they reminded me that I would be back and to not be sad.

Lucky for me they were right. Since then I welcomed an amazing niece into my family and found my way back to Paris just in time to watch the leaves change color. Autumn in Paris is such a beautiful time. The early days were filled with mild weather and long walks through the city. The city quickly grew cold as the ivy changed from green to red. I still have my favorite secret spots in hidden courtyards. The once lush trees were bare and the parks were filled with a coating of crunchy brown leaves. As the city turned colder it was time to return back to the States. More friends to leave this time around but I always find a way back.

I have become a nomad in the last few years jumping from house to apartment between family, friends and Paris. I am extremely lucky to have such patient friends and family that support me. When I look back over these past couple of years I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This has been an adventure of a lifetime. Of course I am not quite ready to put two feet on the ground just yet. There is still more to explore and a book to finish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me on this crazy adventure. I treasure each and every one of your comments!



Red Balloons Paris Continued


I loved the red balloon project that I started late last year in Paris. Continuing the red balloon project in the winter/spring had its challenges because there were very few days where the weather was not windy/rainy/too cold. I was able to get out for a little bit with the balloons to continue the series. It still amazes me how the simple object of a red balloon can bring so much joy to people’s faces.

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

red balloons Paris

Red Balloons by the Seine

red balloons paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Girl Paris

Little Girl with Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons

Red Balloons Ile St Louis

Cafe St Regis Red Balloons

Cafe St Regis Red Balloons

Red Balloons Bike

Red Balloons Cafe Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Red Balloons Paris

Summer Show Schedule


Its been a busy couple of weeks getting ready for the Summer Shows here in Chicago along with working a few fun projects. After last weeks snow its finally feeling like Summer here. Here is a look at my schedule for the Summer. Stay tuned for booth #s as the days get closer to the show.

WSAF14_Logo Wells Street June 14-15

buffalo_groveJuly 12-13 Buffalo Grove Art Festival 

north_shoreJuly 26-27 North Shore Art Festival

glencoe_festvival Glencoe Festival of Art August 2 -3


The best baguette in Paris


The best baguette in Paris according to me and a few other Parisians. I stumbled upon my favorite spot for a baguette on my biweekly walk to the Bastille market. It is in fact one of the closest boulangeries to the market. There was no line when I passed by which is always an indication of a good boulangerie. I popped in and took a guess on what to order. They had the traditional baguette but I thought the torsadee looked a little less crunch. The thing about ordering a baguette in Paris is you can tell them exactly how you want it. Too cooked for a little crunch or not too cooked. I love this article by David Lebovitz. Of course any other time I have ever visited my favorite boulangerie there has been a line wrapped around. I must have caught it on an off day. But I highly recommend picking one of these up if you are close to Bastille. The address is 28 beaumarchais If you are lucky you may end up with a torsadee or any baguette fresh out of the oven. Heaven!!


Best baguette in Paris



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The Calm


I will be the first to admit my first Paris apartment had me spoiled with two balconies and a view of Sacre Couer and Parisian rooftops. This little balcony over looking the rooftops was perfect to squeeze out onto for a Parisian breakfast or morning cup of tea. I looked out the window on rainy afternoons watching the rain fall. On warm afternoons I would pop a plant or flower vase on the outside and leave the windows open just life this photograph. There was never enough time to enjoy this beautiful view. Thankfully I snapped a few pictures of it over the months. It reminds me of all those perfect moments.

Parisian Rooftops

Montmartre Balcony

Sunday in Paris


Sundays in Paris are made for long walks and exploring courtyards after a coffee and croissant in the Marais and visit to the Bastille market of course. Currently I am day dreaming about being back in my favorite city while working on a few Paris themed projects. Summer shows are just a few weeks away so stay tuned for my schedule.

Parisian courtyard

Parisian Courtyard

Parisian Courtyard

Climbing the stairs in Paris


There is something about Parisian stairs that get me. Last year I lived on the 6th floor and I challenged myself to climb up and down the stairs and unless I absolutely had to I never took the lift. This lift fit me and my suitcase. When I am exploring Parisian courtyards and friends apartments I can’t help but check out the staircases. Here are a few.

Parisian Stairs


Parisian Stairs


Parisian Stairs


Parisian Stairs

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