Crave Chicago: Smart Dating Academy

Bela of Smart Dating Academy is a real life Hitch, instructing the lovelorn of Chicago how to date successfully.  For you Millionaire Matchmaker fans she is Patti Stanger minus the crazy. Even without seeing her in action I could tell she is the real deal.  She has a demeanor that instantly puts you at ease and […]

Crave Chicago: The Needle Shop

I trekked through the unexpected rain last Sunday and found myself on a cozy corner in Bucktown.  I left the grey dreariness outside and entered a world of color.  It was clear before I even entered The Needle Shop, another of Crave’s fabulous women owned business to be featured in this winter’s guide that it […]


My life has been pretty hectic lately.  As the weather turns cooler, I can’t help but feel like I completely missed summer.  That’s not entirely true; it just hasn’t been a particularly lazy summer.  I took on more responsibility at work around the same time that I started scheduling my Crave photo shoots, so it’s […]

Crave Chicago: Laura Tanner Jewelry

Photographing Laura Tanner Jewelry for the upcoming Crave Chicago Guidebook was like being a kid in a candy store.  I would have been more than content to just spend hours perusing the snapshots and pictures papering the walls of Laura’s eclectically decorated attic studio, examining knick knacks and giving ear scritches to the resident studio cat. As it […]