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Client's Corner

Celebrating our Client's Passions and Interests

Our passion is helping our clients achieve financial freedom to pursue their goals and ambitions. 

At Corsalus, we place a very high importance on our clients' loving their lives, including all areas that bring them joy.  As such, we want to highlight some wonderful passions and joy-inducing areas that some of our clients are doing with their time.

If you are a client or know of a client that would be willing to be featured on our Client's Corner page, please send a brief description of the client's hobby and contact information to Liz at Thank you!

Client’s Corner with Jamie Paske: Nature Photography

Jamie feels her photography is a sacred act of sharing encounters of true joy. She sees the remarkable moments in everyday life and often stops and offers up a thank you for the opportunities she is given. When talking to Jamie about her photography the most recurring words were: blessed, peaceful, and pure joy.

Jamie began her craft to share the beautiful and wonderful things in nature she experienced with others.  She sees the wonder in the color and the magic of nature and wants to share that with others. She goes for nature walks every day in the Morton Arboretum and within her neighborhood but most things she sees out of her patio window. Keeping her camera ready and available to shoot is key.

Jamie bought a DSLR camera and started shooting in auto mode in 2011. When medical leave restricted her work as a mechanical engineer in July 2015, she began spending more time working on using manual mode and hasn’t looked back since.  She says that her work in engineering has honed her art of noticing details. She feels that she’s less linear that some of her engineering colleagues and has the opportunity to take the time to stop notice all of the beautiful details.  She does not use photoshop because mechanics aren’t as important to her as sharing moments and experiences. She says that all she has to do is look out of her patio door to see incredible and amazing sights.

Jamie has also participated in the Your Shot Community through National Geographic magazine and had her work featured. She was also was able to participate in their Street Photography program which completely pushed her boundaries, but also resulted in some of her favorite work, one of which is Reflections, above in the top left photo.

She has shared her gallery of work in her local library in Darien and also loves to see her work displayed in the homes of friends and clients.

To see more of Jamie’s photography at her National Geographic Your Shot profile here.
It was so hard to choose specific photographs to feature because we felt such a connection to so many of her photos; we encourage you to check out all the of the different photographs to see the connection and meaning within her artwork. It’s amazing to see what creativity, joy and appreciation will spark! Jamie wakes up every day is thankful for these opportunities to capture the gifts that are given to her.
Corsalus Group is grateful to Jamie for taking time to share her passion and work with us.

Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with Jamie Paske or National Geographic. The link is provided for informational purposes only. (07/19).

Client’s Corner with Alan Jirik: Raising Butterflies  

Alan Jirik doesn’t view his time spent raising butterflies as work. “It’s too much fun to be work!” he chuckles.

Alan has been raising butterflies for over fifty years!  As a young child back in the 1960’s, he and his friends enjoyed catching and collecting butterflies.  A parent of one of his friends took time to show the boys how to raise and release butterflies instead of catching them for their collections. He credits that interaction to a lifetime interest in raising and releasing butterflies including over a thousand monarchs - and loving every moment of it.

Alan’s hobby has turned him into a great source of information, and he has spoken about his work with butterflies at schools, garden clubs and  other groups.  Raising butterflies also ties nicely into his love of  gardening not only for butterflies, but hummingbirds as well.  He is actively working at his church to start a garden with the intention of providing produce for food pantries as well as adding some milkweed plants for the butterflies to enjoy.

In answer to the question, “What is your favorite thing about butterflies?” Alan remarks, “The stunning colors. Each butterfly has unique and often dramatic coloration that is awe-inspiring. Each one is more beautiful than the next”. What a wonderful passion to nurture: butterflies that give us joy with their beauty, and benefit us by pollinating fruits and vegetables we like to eat!

We were so pleased to have Alan present at Corsalus Group’s Planter's Palette event in May. Thank you to Alan Jirik for his time and for sharing his passion with us. If you have something you’d like to share in our Client’s Corner, please email Liz at