Get out of my dreams and in to Jon’s car …

This week has been a blur in the best way possible.

On Sunday, I was in Indy visiting some journalism pals from my Ball State days when I had arguably the best summer moment I’ve had all season (heck, maybe since I was a kid!). After eating yummy Creole food, then indulging in ice cream on the Circle, we headed back to Jon’s apartment in his Saab convertible. With the top down, the sun shining, the wind tearing through my hair and Mary J. and Bono belting out “One” on the stereo (but not as loud as Lori and I were!) … well, life in that moment was very, very good.

By Tuesday, it only got better. I was in Chicago for the AMAZING Free to Succeed Tour with David Jay and Jasmine Star. Both of these SoCal photographers are some of the best in the industry and I was just blown away by how much talent was in the room. Eight months ago, had you asked me if I thought I’d ever meet Jasmine, I would have said you were out of your mind … it’s crazy what ambition can do for you.

I woke up Wednesday and knew I had to make a segway on my way home to Oak Park. What’s in Oak Park, you may wonder? Only one of the coolest homes I’ve ever been in, designed by and inhabited by none other thank Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright himself.

I SO wish I could have taken photos inside of the house and FLW’s studio, but the tour guide was having none of it. I will say the jaws of pretty much everyone in my diverse little tour group (seriously, one couple was from Taiwan) were on the floor as we walked from room to gorgeous room.

Having read Loving Frank (SUCH a great book!) and knowing the house FLW designed for Mamah Cheney was nearby, I got the address from my tour guide and had to walk the six blocks to get a peek for myself:

Walking around those tree-lined neighborhoods, I decided all of Chicago’s highway construction and pain-the-ass traffic would be worth it to live in a place like this. It was while thinking these thoughts I stumbled upon one of the coolest houses I’ve ever seen. HELLLOOOOO DREAM HOME!!!!

It’s been a crazy week (seriously, is it only Thursday?) but I’m going to end it with a bang by helping shoot a wedding on Saturday. Wish me luck!

(Oh, and I know my borders on these photos are totally wonky, but I was in a rush to get these up and sized them all funky. And all these were shot on a point-and-shoot so if you hire me, your shots will be MUCH better, I promise! I just like to share these kinds of snapshots from my life …)


  1. Lynn said . . .

    Hi Gail!!

    Glad we got a chance to meet and I wish we could have hung out longer. Andy is seriously jealous that you went to Oak Park, he REALLY wanted to go. We just did not have enough time to see much of the city at all, and like you, we are ready to move there too!

    I just wanted you to know that I went through quite a few blogs posts here earlier today and your stuff blows me away! :) I love your work. Seriously. Awesome job. :)

    Posted August 22, 2008 at 12:26 am | Permalink
  2. Heather said . . .

    NO FAIR!!! I want to meet David Jay and Jasmine Star. I moved too soon! There is one coming to Charlotte but I will have to miss it :( Oh well!

    Posted August 22, 2008 at 11:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Ellen said . . .

    Still so jealous you got to see some Wright houses! Bring your pics when you come down!

    Posted August 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

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