It is safe to say this has been a whirlwind of the week.  Sunday I met my new niece for the first time and spent the first part of the week snuggling her as much as possible.  While simultaneously watching Katharine while my brother and sister-in-law were still in the hospital.  Which reminded me as much as I love being an aunt…I am in no way ready to be a mother.  Whew!  Then I drove back to Chicago Wednesday night and the last few days have been a mad dash to the finish line to get everything wrapped up before my big trip.  Healing Heels (we got our first sample in the mail!)…photo stuff…emails…wedding prep…packing….errands…more packing.  I have a million things to do and no time to do it but at the end of the day it’s all worth it.  I wouldn’t trade those four days in Indy for anything and I know this trip will be amazing…regardless of what I pack.


So this leads me to today’s post.  Monday I am heading to Prague with my best friend to shoot a wedding and then adventure on up to Norway to attempt to see the Northern Lights (send good clear skies vibes our way!!!).  This trip came together one night at 3am over several empty bottles of wine and it makes me laugh that Monday we are actually doing it.  I mean we are basically going to the arctic and I just imagine us ending up in one of those episodes of ‘I shouldn’t be alive.‘  I’m beyond excited and can’t wait for all the memories we will make in the next few weeks.  BUT…the blog is going to be a little sporadic while I’m gone.  I’m still planning on blogging throughout my trip but it won’t be as consistent as usual.  You can follow along on Instagram (@lwakephoto) to see all our shenanigans and I will be back to regular scheduled programming on March 2nd.


Wish us luck!


prague, prague wedding photographer, northern lights, norway, away from the office_0002

  • Emilia Jane - February 15, 2015 - 7:56 am

    Have such an incredible trip!! I can’t wait to see photos :-DReplyCancel

Sometimes when I sit down to blog…I go back to the year before and look at what I wrote about.  And if I’m really feeling it I go back a few years and do the same.  I love to see what was going through my head a year before…because I can guarantee in that moment I had no idea what was ahead.  I would write about off-season stresses.  The fear of not making ends meet but somehow making everything fall into place.  Ideas that seemed so promising but ultimately failed.  Excitement and frustration and hope…a lot of hope.


But one thing has always been very clear…this path that I’ve been on since the beginning.  No matter how zig-zagged or up or down…no matter how many pot-holes or forks in the road…has always been leading in the right direction.  I may not always know what that direction is…but deep in the pit of my stomach I know it’s heading somewhere great.  I mean…if you asked me four years ago what I thought my life would look today (and I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about that at some point)…there is no chance I could have fathomed what it actually looks like.  Life has taken so many unexpected turns and twists…and that magical destination that I have made up in my head…I don’t think it exists.  I think life is really about getting lost along the way.  Taking pit stops and detours and finding new roads that lead you in the same direction.  Because if we arrive…then what?  Life doesn’t stand still…so neither should we.  So I say we keep moving forward…and trust that any destination is just the beginning of what’s next…


life, get lost, inspiration, chicago wedding photographer, wedding photographer chicago, indianapolis wedding photographer

I talk a lot about how my brides become my friends and Erin is no exception.  When I met her, I just knew there was something different about her.  She was so easy to talk to and it never once felt like hanging out with anyone but an old friend.  As the years went on she became so much more than my bride…she became just that…an old friend.  Erin is the type of person you look up to…but always does her best to make you feel on top of the world.  She never misses a chance to reach out or leave a little something to make your day.  She’s an amazing wife, dog mom, friend…and woman.  Full disclosure, I didn’t know exactly what Erin did before this post and once she told me I fell in love with her even more.  She works for the McDonald’s corporation and helps employees get tuition assistance to learn english, get high school diplomas and even get a college degree!  Talk about doing some good in the world.  So you can see why Erin in my #wcw today…because she is not only an amazing friend…but an inspiring woman through and through.





I suffer from the can’t breathe, can’t sleep, start crying type of anxiety and it happens a lot.

One of my new year’s resolutions was to stop biting my nails, which lasted one day.

I dream about winning the lotto, the first thing I would do is pay off all my student loans.

I’m not good at arguing, I start to talk in circles and forget what I’m talking about and I usually shut down.

My husband and I fight; it’s my least favorite part of being married.

I’m scared that I’m a bad wife.

The morning after we got our puppy Willa, I called my husband, had a nervous breakdown, and actually asked to give her back (He talked me down, thank god).

Society tells me because I’m happily married I should have a baby, but I don’t think I want kids. What does that say about me?

I’ve always struggled with my weight… as a result I’m always on a diet.

I can’t wait to have both of my tattoos removed.

I’m used to being that girl, the girl who hits it off with her man’s friends. With my husband that did not happen…it still bothers me.

Someone I love is struggling with drug addiction and I can’t help them… I have a hard time accepting that.

I recently cut my hair short and I hate it, it’s growing out and kind of looks like a mullet.

I was in an abusive relationship before I met my husband and it took me a long time to learn that not every relationship is the same.

I hate kissing when we haven’t brushed our teeth.

I clean my house from top to bottom every weekend and then I get mad I’ve wasted all my free time.

I promised myself no toxic people in 2015. It’s hard to keep this promise but I’m already happier.

I return about 80% of what I purchase.

It rained on our wedding day, I still have mixed feelings about it.

I’m working on my relationship with god but I have more questions than answers.

Sometimes I make noises versus using words… Yes, that’s right… I boop, beep, bop my way through life in my own little song (It’s super weird).

I have Celiac disease. I hate being the “problem child” when it comes to eating out. Instead of speaking up I usually go with the flow, try to order the best I can, and end up getting sick. I’m trying to learn how to speak up and that taking care of myself is okay.

I cry 9 times out of 10 when I see a homeless person.

I’m obsessed with my engagement ring, I still stare at it.

I’m madly in love with my husband, he is goofy, charming, kind, and exactly who I’m meant to be with.. He is my person.

I’ve built and strengthened some amazing friendships, these people are my lifeline and I wouldn’t be the same without them.

I’ve accepted that not everyone who comes into your life is meant to stay there. My mind wouldn’t accept this concept

for a very long time and as a result, I lost a little part of myself trying to keep those relationships.

My husband is hot but I hate that other women think so too… and I hate when they make it known. (Like, I’m standing right here, do you see the ring?)

I love my smile (and my teeth) it’s large, in charge, and it’s mine.

I never thought of myself as a career women… to my surprise I love my job, I’ve been successful, and I just want more.

I recently admitted lying to someone and they forgave me instantly, my mind was blown.

My dogs hold a large place in my heart, I realize it may annoy people but I post tons of pictures and talk about them anyway.


I’m an imperfect person but that’s perfectly okay, a constant work in progress, and who I’m meant to be for now. I’m proud of my marriage and thankful for a husband who loves me and sees the beauty in my flaws. I have a goal to love everyone that much, to not judge them, and to celebrate their flaws. I’ve noticed over time the people in my life are there because of their authenticity, their ability to be real and honest. They are the people that come to your aid when you’re in need not just when you invite them to the picture perfect moments of your life. We can all help celebrate the imperfect moments, judge less, smile more, and let others see the real you… the real you someone loves so much.


#wcw, inspiring women, amazing women, chicago photographer, chicago wedding photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_001

  • Cyndi Entwisle - February 11, 2015 - 9:12 am

    Beautiful. Inside and out. Anyone who is lucky enough to call you “friend” (or family!) is blessed. Your honesty is inspiring. Love you!ReplyCancel

I woke up at 5am and was on the road by 6…because there was no way in hell I was missing this one.  When Katharine was born I was stuck in chemo and every second was pure torture.  And only because I couldn’t be there to see my first niece be born.  So for #2…there was NOTHING that was going to keep me from this baby’s birth.  And at 3:04pm on Sunday (I made it in plenty of time)…my beautiful little niece was born.  Emery Brooke Wakefield.  Emmy for short.  We are middle name twins which I think means we are bound to be best friends.  :) I’ll be honest…I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to love another one like I love Katharine.  I actually felt bad for this baby because how could you top perfection.  But as soon as I laid my eyes on her I think my heart grew about ten times in size.  And much to my surprise…I loved her just as much as baby K.  I just never knew it was possible.  So internet…meet my adorable niece, Emery.


emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_001 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_002 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_003 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_004 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_005 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_006 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_007 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_008 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_009 emmy, emery brooke, birth photography, baby photography, indianapolis family photographer, indianapolis wedding photographer_010

It’s Friday…and I would be lying if I said I didn’t jump out of bed doing my TGIF dance.  Which yes…is a real dance.  It scares Goose but it sure gets my Friday going!  Fridays for wedding photographers are usually more like Sundays…getting ready for the big work day ahead.  But during off season my Friday is just like everyone else’s.  And my weekends are full of glorious nothingness which is magical.  :) And after the week I’ve had (more on that next week)…I am ready to kick my feet up and do absolutely NOTHING.  So today…instead of dwelling on the long week behind me…I thought I would share some things to be happy about right now.  Because trust me friends…there are plenty.


  • The Saved by the bell reunion on Jimmy Fallon.  I can officially die happy.
  • Scandal is back and better than ever.
  • Coffee.  Coffee is always something to be happy about.
  • If I didn’t already make this clear…TGIF.
  • My newest niece is going to be born any day now!!!  I’m happy about that every day!
  • Funny tank tops/t-shirts.  I just want to buy them all.
  • Facetiming with your niece and she says….YAY LALA!!!!…when your face pops up.  <3
  • Delivery tacos.  How did we ever survive without them??
  • Starbucks is getting coconut milk…’bout time!
  • Moscow mule mugs…even if you don’t like the drink…the mugs are still cool.
  • Chardonnay.  All day every day.

Happy Friday friends!  I hope yours is full of happiness and equally as awesome TGIF dances.

friday, tgif, happiness, reason to be happy, chicago wedding photographer, wedding photogrpaher chicago, indianapolis wedding photographer_0001