Several months ago, Rachel Loewen and I dreamt up a vision for a black and white minimalist photoshoot. Simple. Modern. Natural Light. It started with the idea to photograph one person, in Chelli Look's studio. A couple of months later Rachel and I were talking about creative careers and the need for passion projects throughout the ordinary every day life of a creative, we mentioned our Montrose Dunes shoot, and the hopes for the minimalist shoot in the future. As we talked later that week we began realizing that there were many more people we would love to capture in that setting, we started listing everyone and quickly realized we may have to do this multiple times. As we chatted about the heart behind the vision, we realized there was more to tell, stories are so important to both of us and we needed to incorporate that in some way. As we talked, we realized that the beauty of this would be the simplicity of the photos but the complexity of the persons heart within the photo. Everyone has a story to tell, as we walk along the streets of Chicago we quickly pass people who begin to blend together as one and we forget that each of those people have their own personal story. The goal behind this passion project is to capture people in a similar setting, then let them tell their story- it puts emotion to the photos, a life to the person in them. As we talked more and more about this we realized this was something we needed to have be a continuous project, every season we could bring a new group of people into the studio take their photos and tell their stories- on instagram, blogs, in life. So here we are, #ourChicagoStories has begun.