Chicago Reading List | By Sasha Elliott
October 10, 2017

When we were about a month out from our trip to Chicago, I started looking for some non-fiction books about the city. I’ve read a few already (I’ve always been fascinated by Chicago), so I’m going to include those, too. Here’s what I came up with! Sin in the Second City: Set in the late […]

meet The Jadeite Shutter’s summer intern!
June 15, 2017

Hooray! I’m excited to share today about a new Jadeite team member… Sasha! Sasha will be my summer intern and I am already so very grateful for all the help and expertise she has provided. I thought it would be fun for ya’ll to get to know her a bit more so we did a […]

Engaged : Evan & Ali
March 25, 2017

Ali is my sweet friend from church and her dad happens to be our pastor. She’s the best, and one of the sweetest, most gracious people I know. She is also organized, which I so appreciate! When we met to discuss her and Evan’s wedding scheduled for next winter {hooray! I love winter weddings!}, she […]

march week two: accessories
March 18, 2017

I only ended up taking four photographs for my accessories week, but that’s okay– I love them all and they make me smile. I think it’s important to build in grace with a long project like this. It’s supposed to be fun and joy-filled, not stressful and irritating. Life’s short, make it work for you!

14/29 Self Portraits
September 8, 2016

September is here! I’m in part shock and also quite relieved. I love fall. It always feels like a fresh start, a new year, despite having not sat in a classroom since graduating college seven (!!!) years ago. September will always feel like its a beginning in a way January just can’t be. This has […]

Loveless Lake 2016
August 18, 2016

I’ve had the honor of visiting Loveless Lake for three summers in a row now. It’s hard to believe that! It still feels very new to me. My sweet friend Kate and her husband own a lovely piece of property that has bene in their family for years. Kate is an excellent host and cook […]

summer bucket list: pick strawberries
August 18, 2016

I picked berries… on the last day that strawberries could be picked. And… I canned homemade strawberry jam that I’ve already give as gifts to family and friends. It’s perfect atop cheese and crackers The farm we chose, Berry Hill Farm, is just a bit north of me in Anoka and positively adorable. They have […]

weekend lens
June 28, 2016

Lately I’ve been feeling so much more inspired about life-documentation. It feels so good! One thing I’ve been working on is taking more photos for me– I shoot so often professionally, but have lagged behind on just playing with my camera. I’ve found I learn so much more when there’s no pressure and I just […]

baking a birthday cake for Lydia
June 27, 2016

I’ve been doing so many more baking adventures thus far this summer and I’m loving it. One of them was to bake a cake for my friends Marjorie and Spencer’s daughter who recently turned four. Lydia requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I used this recipe and its corresponding frosting… it turned out so well! […]