Hi I’m RoGina (pronounced Rah-Geena) aka Gennatay and I am a working mom/wife/photographer from Chicago.

This blog is where I share bits and pieces of my family’s life Chicago, our travel adventures, personal projects and as well as tips on how to document your life.

I’m hugely passionate about perserving memories to leave a legacy. I believe that a legacy is a way to capture family stories, life lessons, sentiments, memories and traditions. I do this by collecting and writing about old photographs pasted down from my family and documenting my life as much as possible.

My life so far….


More about me?

  • I love books, bacon and my boys.

  • Disney World and the public library are the happiness places on Earth. In fact….

  • My dream job use to be to work for Disney (did that); now if I could be anything, I would be the Head Librarian for the Library of Congress.

  • I have been a coffee drinker since I was about 5 years old (no, it didn’t stunt my growth).

  • I am a lifelong scholar and I dabble in a lot of things. Knitting, painting, yoga, gaming, photography, film and documenting are just a few of the many topics that have grabbed my attention over the years.

  • I love lists. You’ll find them a lot here.

You’ll find me daily on Instagram trying something new, cosplaying with my boys or drinking coffee in one of my favorite mugs. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit my blog or subscribe to my newsletter.

PS: I am a published photographer specializing in lifestyle, portraits and branding photography. I love capturing real moments and highlighting what makes you unique. If you’re interested in working with me, you can view my professional photography work here.

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The one thing you have that nobody else has is you.
Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.
So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
— Neil Gaiman