I'm Joelle, an international Lifestyle and Wedding Photographer based in Chicago + Southwest Michigan. I'm also an educator and Photo Editor for photographers!


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Joelle’s Reads | February

Hey, fellow bookworms! Are you ready for some quality recommendations for good reads this month? I’ve got you covered! (ha, #puns). Book Thief by Markus Zusak Oh, you guys. This book was so captivating. It takes place during WWII so expect a few tears. It’s written from death’s perspective of a young girl who is growing […]

February 8, 2018

Joelle's Reads, Lifestyle, personal

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Was College Worth It? How College Influenced My Career

Every once in awhile someone will ask me if majoring in Photography during college made a positive difference for my career. The answer is a big YES! I didn’t fully realize just how much it impacted my career until a couple of months ago. It dawned on me that the majority of my clients have […]

February 6, 2018

Education, personal

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Why You Should Consider an Unplugged Honeymoon

When the idea of an unplugged honeymoon was first suggested to me, I admittedly balked at it. As a photographer who continuously uses Instagram to promote my business and share bits and pieces of my personal life, one of the things I enjoy sharing with my viewers the most is the places I get to […]

February 5, 2018

travel, Wedding

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Pineapples + Grace

THE BIG IDEA About a year and a half ago, my best friend texted me with an idea. Little did we know it would turn into a movement. What turned into a big idea was initially inspired by a simple moment; Emily had been at the mall when she saw another girl and she really […]

February 1, 2018

Lifestyle, personal

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Mr. & Mrs. Abreu

A month ago Lyndon and I had the pleasure of flying to Reading, Pennsylvania to celebrate Charles + Emily’s wedding. It was so much fun being able to see them again and wow…their day was so beautiful. These two have known each other since middle school, and when they made the decision in college to […]

January 31, 2018

travel, Wedding

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