this week in pictures: february 17-23, 2014

Last week was a great one. The sun was shining almost every day, brightening my cold-weathered spirits and allowing for outdoor runs. I also received some very exciting work-related news, which I'll be sharing in the coming weeks. Lastly, we were treated to a visit from our friends Amy and Derek, who are recently engaged and in the fun stages of wedding planning.

It was the quiet moments that also stood out to me. The bittersweet final pages of a good book, the feeling of small business owner frustration and satisfaction from getting ready for tax season, and the way every Skype conversation with a loved one breathes warmth into my life. Whenever possible, I try to photograph these simple moments of everyday life. They're so often overlooked but so precious to me. Brian sometimes begrudgingly lets me photograph him in some of these moments, all the while pointedly ignoring my lens. I took these two photos of him reading the same book on the same day, in the early morning and later, before we went for dinner.

While Amy and Derek were here, we did an engagement session to commemorate this exciting moment in their lives. Here's a little peek, with more to come later this week!

After spending a day together here in Madison, we drove into Chicago on Saturday for 24 hours of sightseeing and great meals. That city has my heart, and it's been lovely to discover it piece by piece with different friends over the past year. I'm looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more visits before we leave the midwest this spring.

And of course, I continued to play around on Instagram too. Wishing you a lovely week!