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Portrait of a Ranunculus | Personal.

It has been a while since I have shared any of my fine art botanic work. For those who know me personally or professionally know that nature is a big deal to me. The weather affects me... a lot. I get grouchy in the winter and sing loudly around the studio when it is warm. It is the way I am. I am built with a fine tuned ear tilted to nature. It took me a couple of years to realize that my eyes for the natural world are different than others. I see things others don't and it has been a treasured gift to me. I began teaching my Spring portfolio class at Chicago Botanic Garden again and when walking to my car ready to go home I decided to stop. I took ten minutes to myself to look more closely at this beauty through the lens. This giant orange ranunculus was singing her song on a particularly depressing cold wet day of Spring.

Thank you Maker for making this.

 

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Teaching Time. | Chicago Botanic Garden Instructor

It is time to shift gear a bit. As many of you know, both my professional inspiration and personal well being stems from my love of nature. As a marriage, I am now on my second season as a photography instructor at Chicago Botanic Garden. Sometimes it can be a hard shift for me to quiet myself from my usual fast paced wedding environment and concentrate on observing and listening to nature around me. I am looking forward to this tranquil challenge. This year I am starting a brand new class, Marco Photography in the Greenhouse. It is going to be five weeks in the classroom and using the greenhouses as our labratory to practice each week. Much to my delight the class is full to the brim! So..... just on Friday we decide to go ahead and offer open up another classroom! If you were interested and didn't get a spot, there is still time! Contact Chicago Botanic Garden for more information!

 

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Also starting in April, I am teaching both Intermediate Photography Portfolio and Advanced Photography Portfolio . If interested in creating your own fine art botanic portfolio this is the class for you!

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Breathing Deeply | Personal

I don't have any words, the image says enough. Breathe a little deeper today.

Shot I grabbed during a DARLING engagement shoot yesterday.  LOTS of beautiful things coming up this week.

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A Tribute to Summer | Personal

Dear Summer. I am sad to see you go so soon. I will miss your large laugher of color and long daylight hours. Thank you for coming so soon and staying so long. Please come back as soon as you can next April. I will be anxious to catch up and see what new things you have to share. We will miss you.

Love,

Jessie

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She wanders in gardens.

As most of you know, Jessie has been a busy gal. She is meeting people, shooting, editing, writing, teaching, and finding time for me (Eric) somewhere in there. If you frequent her blog, spring is the best thing to happen to her. I smile knowing that she leaves home early to find a garden to wander through. Possibly before she makes her way to you. If so, expect her to have a blossom stowed in a pocket, or a seed riding along clinging to her bag. Try and ignore her squeaky shoes as they are just dew wet. But, do try and notice her smile and her heart a wonderful sigh of calm.

I am starting to realize the little green happy gardens might just be the secret in such a fast life. Thank you Jessie, for working so hard to build this business and our wonderful life, even when its too busy for us both.

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Living Inspired.

In the past two weeks I think I must have been asked at least five or six times about what inspires me. When I look over this blog, it seems so terribly obvious that I am amazed that I forget so easily. For me, it is undoubtably nature. I come alive when I am outside. I perk up, think I can take on the world and walk around in awe, and physically stop to take in all that surrounds me. It frees up my heart and I reconnect to what I value. I actually get overwhelmed by the beauty of it. I come away refreshed and more alive than when I came. It rights me with the world. I become flooded with creativity and ambition for my life to make a difference for others. It changes me and rejuvenates the dreams and aspirations I have from just being me. On Saturday Eric and I went to Starved Rock State Park for a day together in the newly warm air and sunshine. I can not remember the last time I was outside for four hours consecutively. We hiked and wandered around the woods through canyons and trails. I don't know if I've ever spent significant time in the woods during the early Spring. We were surrounded with tiny new leaves popping out , and little cheerful flowers popping up on the forest floor yet the large canopy trees were still bare. Everything was brand new and waking. It was breath taking. We came around the bend in the trail to this breathtaking spot of sunlight through the trees with dreamy light and took time out of our hike to enjoy it and capture one another. All the other hikers passed on by but we lingered here.

Take some time with the ones you love and to really commit to living inspired whatever that may be for you. Believe in the power of its transformation both in your personal and professional life.

I'm a better wife, entrepreneur and photographer for my four hours in the woods.

My motto. “Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things” [ Thomas Merton]

P.S. Any fab couple want to drive 2 hours out of Chicago, hike 2 miles into the woods for a unique unbelievable love shoot?!! Seriously it was some of the most incredible light e.v.e.r.

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