Karli & Christie - June 26, 2016

Recently, I had the incredible pleasure of photographing Karli and Christie's wedding.  These ladies are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, and I can honestly say that I loved being part of their day in such an important way.  Seeing their joy along with everyone who attended their wedding was a high point, and documenting that joy was exciting.

We started in the afternoon with their First Look photographs in front of the Aster Cafe, along the riverfront in NE Minneapolis.  I love this part of the city - the buildings are over 100 years old with tons of character, and major kudos to the Aster for surprising the couple with a champagne toast!

Next, the wedding party primped a bit and we moved over to the Stone Arch Bridge for some portraits.

Last, we headed to The Lyndale Tap House, where the wedding party waited as guests filled up The Herkimer Brew Pub and until the start of the ceremony.  It was so fun to see the couple walk into a packed Herkimer, full of family and friends waiting to celebrate these two.  This couple was surrounded by so much joy and love - congratulations Karli & Christie!  Best wishes for a wonderful life ahead!

Mr. Chocolate Milk

That moment when everyone is busy outside, so the 6 year old sneaks inside, pours himself a large glass of chocolate milk, tops it with a HEAP of whipped cream, licks the canister dispenser, pulls a step stool up to the counter by the window, and announces out loud that he is drinking this by the window so he "can make sure that no one sees."

Oh, and rinses the cup in the sink, puts it in the dishwasher, and walks away with no one any wiser.

Except the photographer. <3

#DITL #documentary

Fresh 48 Session | Baby Willa

I've been fortunate this year to have friends, family and clients willing to let me try anything and everything when it comes to photography, including a newborn "Fresh 48" session at the hospital last week, just 40 hours after Willa's arrival into our world.  I'm not sure there is anything better in life than a new baby.  Suddenly, life's purpose becomes so very clear. <3

Special Lifestyle Session Offer!

Hello there! I know it's only October, but I'm excited to share that I'm offering 4 fun Lifestyle Sessions that will document your family leading up to the holidays AND benefit a great charity!

What is a Lifestyle Session? It's documenting an activity - think holiday baking with your kids, making latkes, going to buy your fresh Christmas tree at the neighborhood garden store, rolling out lefse, decorating your home with lights...you get the picture!

$225 includes a 60-90 minute session, at least 25 digital prints sent to you in a private online gallery within 1 week of your session, and printing rights so you can print your images as you please!

But the part I'm really excited about is the charity donation of $25 that I will make in your name to Second Harvest Heartland so a family in need can have a special meal of their own as they celebrate their holidays, or simply have less worry about affording the day to day things they need.

The dates for the 4 sessions I'm offering are:
11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6

Edited to add: there is only 1 session remaining: 11/22

So reach out to me soon to grab a session!

Lifestyle Session example linked here!


Weddings!

I'm on a wedding roll, lately.  Since second shooting my first wedding in June, I've had the honor of shooting 2 more weddings, most recently last Saturday.  I'm finding weddings to be a lot more fun than I anticipated, probably because my couples have been 100% behind my focus on the candid, less conventional perspectives.  Looking forward to shooting more of them!

Chris + Dan (August 8, 2015)

Laura + Rod (August 1, 2015)

Need a Second Shooter, Anyone?

Earlier this summer, I received the great privilege of working with Ally of Allyson Wasmund Photography.  She hired me as a second shooter for a wedding in South Minneapolis, just around the corner from where my kids go to school.  It was such a fantastic experience, not only because I had never shot a wedding before, but because it was so great to learn from her.  She is so positive and encouraging, and certainly now a friend. There is something very special about my personal photography community - people have wanted to see me grow and succeed, rather than compete.  I am very grateful for that.  <3

On to images!  Super excited to share a dozen or so favorites from that day.  Thanks for looking!

Summer Photo Walk - Minneapolis

One of the things I love most about the internet is it's ability to build relationships - and as a photographer, I've had the privilege to meet some truly outstanding, talented women who just happen to live practically in my backyard. :)

Sunday night, four of us met up for a Summer Photo Walk in the Mill City part of Minneapolis.  What is a Summer Photo Walk? I'd say it's pretty close to Wine Club.  We certainly took some great photos and traded editing secrets, but we were totally there for the cocktails and chit chat. <3

Can't wait to do it again, ladies! xoxo

Andrea & Perry

I had the privilege of shooting these two along with the rest of the family last Fall, but I knew they deserved some presence as a couple, too!  So glad we were able to pull off a fun shoot just before their Date Night!  These two are as lovely on the inside as they are on the outside - "HAPPY" always photographs well. <3

Sibling Shoot!

I was so excited when my friend Jill called upon me to capture the essence of her kids as a special Father's Day surprise for the fathers (dad & granddad!) in their lives.  This pair of siblings was nothing short of awesome - from the minute the shoot started to the minute I said it ended, and then changed my mind ten times to capture "just one more moment." :)  I'm so excited to finally be able to share a handful of my personal favorites from our time together a couple weeks back.  Happy Father's Day, all!

Cookie Day

Over the weekend, Ally & Jake and their family invited me into their new home for a lifestyle session.  They broke out the cookie ingredients and I snapped away, documenting their family activity.  These are my favorite types of sessions because families simply get to be families and leave the photography to me. Everyone gets in the frame and I get to capture little things that might go unnoticed when parents are busy trying to make sure that batter doesn't end up all over the walls.<3

Typical mornings are the best mornings.

I was lucky enough to spend a bit of my day with a friend and her two beautiful children as I crashed their morning routine.  I got in a good baby fix, caught up a bit with my friend, and was reminded of how FAST those little ones are.

You know how some women are beautiful, and then they become mothers and their beauty increases tenfold?  That would be Sara - she's an amazing person and mother, and this family is damn lucky to have her at their center.

Here are my favorites from our time this morning, including three of my favorites from the end of the session when Miss Audrey fed the family dog, Stockholm, some Play-doh.  Miss A, you may have been watching your mom the entire time, but I was watching you.  With my camera. <3

Aeon Annual Meeting

Last night, I had the privilege to photograph this year's annual meeting for Aeon, a non-profit developer of affordable housing in my community.  It was a great event that included a social hour and art show by resident artists, dinner, entertainment by the De La Salle Onyx Step team (local high school), and an award ceremony.

It was so fun to see so many people out supporting a great cause and enjoying themselves!  To learn more about the wonderful things that Aeon does, check out their website.  And then be sure to check out a handful of the images I took!

www.aeonmn.org