• Taste of Himilayas
  • Art Scene Rockford
  • Purple Pig
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Summer Beer Exchange
  • 40th Celebration on the Cape
  • Visiting with Aunt Marty
  • Saint Louis
  • Boltwood Evanston
  • Fun with M&Ms
  • Race cards in the snow
  • Snowzilla
  • Wax Seal
  • Introduction to French Wine
  • A beautiful sky
  • Nicholas Conservatory
  • Fenway park
  • Sunset over Cape
  • Whale Watching
  • Memphis
  • Rum Distillary NOLA
  • NASA
  • Lunch with Sarah in Austin
  • Christopher and Santa Fe
  • Tent Rocks
  • Grand Tettons
  • Glacier National Park
  • Devil's Tower
  • Badlands
  • Sunset
  • Rotary Gardens
  • Rotary Trip #2
  • Olbrich
  • Olbrich with Karen
  • Backstage at Joffrey
  • Out of Chicago Tour
  • Aqua
  • Sunset
  • Blood moon eclipse
  • Around Elgin
  • Fun with balloons
  • South Elgin Waterfall
  • Fall
  • Starved Rock
  • Hiking with Heather
  • More fun in Elgin
  • Outside New Glarus
  • Skyscape Wisconsin
  • November snow storm
  • Snowzilla
  • Christmas Baking

Joy is a look back at 2015…

I am constantly amazed by how fast time flies by. As I found myself once again reading through stacks of Christmas cards, I thought that I would stop and look back on 2015, which was for the most part, a really joyful year!

 

We had an amazingly beautiful snowstorm on a Saturday, when I had nowhere to be, but in my pajamas. I started Christmas baking and it was fabulous.

Snowzilla
Snowzilla
November snow storm
November snow storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took an awesome random day trip to New Glaurs, Wisconsin. It was a sunny November day and we enjoyed every second of it.

Skyscape Wisconsin
Skyscape Wisconsin
Outside New Glarus
Outside New Glarus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did a lot of photgraphic exploration around Elgin this year in conjunction with my new book project, The Many Faces of Elgin.

More fun in Elgin
More fun in Elgin
Fall
Fall
Around Elgin
Around Elgin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did some fun macrophotography work this year with balloons.

Fun with balloons
Fun with balloons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent an incredible day in downtown Chicago, where I got a backstage tour of the Joffrey Ballet and then did an Out of Chicago nighttime photography tour.

Backstage at Joffrey
Backstage at Joffrey
Aqua
Aqua
Out of Chicago Tour
Out of Chicago Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent a bit of time at a couple of different botanic gardens this summer doing a lot of flower photography.

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Olbrich with Karen
Olbrich with Karen
Olbrich
Olbrich
Rotary Trip #2
Rotary Trip #2
Rotary Gardens
Rotary Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took the most amazing 28-day road trip this summer that took us from Chicago to St. Louis to Memphis, to NOLA to Houston to San Angelo, TX to Santa Fe to Denver to Wyoming to Montana and then across the Dakotas back home. It was incredible! If you want to read more about this trip, there are a ton of blog posts in the archives.

Badlands
Badlands
Devil's Tower
Devil’s Tower
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park
Grand Tettons
Grand Tettons
Tent Rocks
Tent Rocks
Christopher and Santa Fe
Our host in Santa Fe
Lunch with Sarah in Austin
Lunch with Sarah in Austin
NASA
NASA
Rum Distillary NOLA
Rum Distillary NOLA
Memphis
Memphis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I celebrated my 40th birthday with my best friends in Boston and Cape Cod. We had fabulous seats at Fenway and then spent four days laughing together on Cape Cod. It was a trip I will never forget.

Whale Watching
Whale Watching
Sunset over Cape
Sunset over Cape
Fenway park
Fenway park
40th Celebration on the Cape
40th Celebration on the Cape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our good friends introduced us to a lot of amazing wines this year!

Introduction to French Wine
Introduction to French Wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got to see Joe Bonamassa at the Chicago Theater with dinner at the Purple Pig before the concert. It was one of the best meals we have ever had.

Joe Bonamassa
Joe Bonamassa
Purple Pig
Purple Pig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was honored to be asked to have an exhibit at Katie’s Cup during the Rockford ArtScene. I met loads of fun people and got to share my photography with a lot of friends and family.

Art Scene Rockford
Art Scene Rockford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I continued to revamp and rework my website. I am excited that I finally created a look that embodies the joy I feel when I make photographs.

Fun with M&Ms
Fun with M&Ms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent a lot of time with family throughout the year, which brings us both tremendous joy!

Visiting with Aunt Marty
Visiting with Aunt Marty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continued with a spring beer exchange and hosted our second annual 12 Beers of Christmas exchange in December.

Summer Beer Exchange
Summer Beer Exchange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I continued with my zentanglng obsession and have started digitally coloring the designs for cards.

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I went on amazing hiking trip to Starved Rock with my best friend.

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I had an incredible birthday celebration weekend with my husband. We took a mini road trip to Evanston to see a band at Space. Our dinner at Boltwood was phenomonal.

 

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After many years off of a bike, my husband and I both bought new bikes and we have been hooked on riding.

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I took my students on a Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour of the German influences on Chicago architecture this spring.

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No idea what 2016 will bring. I will sit down soon and write up my goals. Part of me just wants to do whatever comes next. For now, I choose joy!

 

 

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