Kathy and Christopher first contacted me to document their wedding through email and the subject line simply stated,

“Introductions for the Most Awesome Wedding that Ever Awesomed!”

Which I thought was pretty awesome.  🙂

Thanks, you two!   Can’t wait for your big day, I know it’ll be awesome!!

  • Nour - Congratulations, and happy anniversary!! To many many happy years, as you two grow tteogher in love. Btw, big hoorah to 1000 subscribers! There’s a reason you’ve gained great readership, and you deserve it!! xxReplyCancel

Courtney and Luke asked me to document their party at The Wit, a perfect place for wedding photography!  They married in Rome and had a party for friends and relatives in Chicago after their wedding.   We had a quick portrait session before the party, and I loved it when Luke suggested visiting the mural from The Blues Brothers, which is one of my favorite movies.

The mural that is the backdrop for dancing in the street while Ray Charles sings still exists… there are now some trees and very interested bystanders, but I was so happy to visit this landmark, it’s one of my favorite movies!

Congratulations, you two!  Check out this latest wedding at the Chicago Harold Washington Library!


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  • Courtney - Oh my goodness! Luke and I had so so much fun with Candice. These pictures turned out better than I could have expected. I am so thrilled. I can’t recommend Candice enough!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Sieloff - These pictures are phenomenal!!
    Absolutely stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruchika Deora - OMG, I love these photos. They are so creative and really represent you both well.ReplyCancel

  • wendy yang - hey girl! what lens did you shoot that last picture with?ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Wardy - The third pic from the bottom actually made me tear up — it is so beautiful. Candice did an amazing job for you guys! Where was she for my wedding!?! Can’t wait to order some copies! Love to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Liesl - Girl these are smashing! personality shines through 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ahmed - Mikael I wish I could get married again so you could take puetircs for it! You did an awesome job. My favorite one is where they are kissing and holding their rings out SO cool and very unique. Haven’t ever seen a picture like that before.ReplyCancel

(Morning-After Bride.)

I received an email last week that jolted me back thirteen years.

The letter basically consisted of “remember the summer you spent documenting a prison for boys?”



(Inmate Processing.)

I’ve had a camera in my hand since the age of six, and in 1995, as a college student immersed in photojournalism, I was given incredible access to document the Polk Youth Institution.

The prison was an antique complete with bare stone walls and no air conditioning.   I shot black and white film, my beloved Kodak Tri-X that I miss dearly, and spent long evenings in the darkroom before returning to the prison the next day.



(Roberto during Lock-Down.)

I sold this story to a paper I wound up working for, The Independent Weekly, and they requested some of my photographs for their special issue celebrating 25 years of photography.

It was a humbling experience to dig through negatives I made in college.  Extremely humbling.   Photographs I was so excited about remain inside plastic negative sleeves, their prints long abandoned.



(“New Jack,” a new arrival.)

In recognition of my time travel to 1995, I thought I would include some of the images I made that year.

And, to The Independent, I will always love how you pushed me to become the photojournalist I am today.   I can never hear the word “independent” without thinking of you.



(Lunch Line.)






(Boiler Man.)

I can’t even get upset with you for running my photos this week under the name “Cadice.”

As always, I’m humbled.

  • Kiri - Candice, your work is amazing. You are a phenomenal photojournalist… your images tell the story and so much more. Look forward to seeing you soon!ReplyCancel

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