Addie Martanovic // Ohio City, OH // Blogger Shoot

I'm so excited to be writing this post! Addie and I haven't shot in Cleveland... ever(?), and this is possibly my favorite shoot we've ever done. Addie's a jack of all trades... she lives in Chicago, runs a health and wellness blog over at Chickpea In The City, is one of my best friends, and is one of the only people I regularly text back at this point, which is sayin' a lot. I will admit, I was a liiiittle bit nervous about the weather because Cleveland got a pretty big snowfall yesterday, but it ended up making for the prettiest photographs (minus the inevitable slush covering the streets). 

We headed over to Ohio City to grab lunch at Townhall and then walked around shooting by Great Lakes Brewing Company for a bit. After that, we warmed up with a cuppa coffee in Phoenix, then finished our session up at the beautiful pink building that is the Cleveland Flea Pop Up Shop. It was a simply magical day that I think was successfully captured via Addie's smile and dat whimsical wall.

I appear to have gone a bit link-crazy in this blog post, and I'll leave you with one more: if you want to book a 2018 shoot with me (whether it be a senior portrait, couple, engagement, wedding, ~experimental~ session... I'm yo girl) -- please drop me a lil note in my contact form! I can't wait to work with you! 

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Addie Martanovic // Chicago, IL // Portrait

I HAVE ADDIE TO THANK FOR MY LOVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. In my sophomore year of high school, Addie and I were at a local book store, running around with our other friends because we had nothing better to do on a Friday night at fifteen years old. Addie was always documenting these little events, consistent in carrying around her little SLR everywhere she went, and I remember that friday night at the book store she showed me how to take photos with the macro setting on the canon powershot. I was hooked on the clarity and the beauty in taking photos of smaller subjects with such detail. From then on, I'd steal my dad's SLR and take photos of anything and everything, immediately running to my computer and editing all of them in photoshop. I knew nothing technical, and the photos weren't "good" by my standards now, but that didn't matter. The innocence and exhilaration in exploring photography was so exciting to me, and I have Addie to thank for introducing me to an art form that has changed my life.

As time went on, Addie's interests changed - in high school Addie began focusing more of her attention on clean eating and blogging. She developed her blog Chickpea in the City while balancing various social media platforms, all while moving to Chicago to begin college. Addie's work ethic is not to go unnoticed - she's one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people I know. I realize, though, that her role as a social media influencer and blogger is just one small percentage of who she is in my life. We've been friends for seven years. We've seen each other at our worst, talked every single day of our lives, and through that we've grown together. This collaboration is important to me in many ways, primarily in the fact that it's living proof that we've grown into the people we are both intended to be, and we've done it all together.