Well you can just go ahead and add this session to the top of the list of photos that are very near and dear to my heart. If you haven’t heard me talk about my extended family enough (besides the fact that they’re amazing), Joe is one of my close cousins from my mom’s side…she was the oldest of 8, so you can imagine numbers are through the roof. Reaching an all-time high this year, there are 21 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and Joe and Molly are about to bring another little babe into the fam!! I love these two, and their love for each other and the joy they’ve experienced in preparing for their first baby! They are full of life, and I am confident the little sweetie they’re about to bring into the world will be just the same. I couldn’t be more happy than to have been able to capture this time for them before they are officially a family of three, and can’t wait to meet Baby Jensen!!
Alright people, my new favorite thing is styled shoots…especially with creative and inspiring friends like Britt!! She came downtown last week to visit Restore Collaborative (the studio space I’m part of) and told me her idea to have a simple but fun Valentine’s Day shoot. I was of COURSE all in, as she is a genius (and the mastermind behind our last styled shoot Flannel, Fig & Fur!), and I knew it would be fun to shoot in this beautiful space. We brainstormed a few ideas, and goodness…it just came together perfectly. Of course, how couldn’t it when DONUTS are involved?! Seriously, so pumped about these images…the simplicity in the details, Britt being a total babe, and of course the sweet little reminders of the season of loooove…
Though winter is the quiet season, I love it for so many reasons…including the ability to schedule sessions for BRAND NEW BABIES! Little Ada was born 2 weeks prior to taking our photos and she was just perfect. She barely let out a peep and she was so content being in her mom and dad’s arms. My favorite thing about capturing a family’s first baby is getting all the new moments between the family together. It’s amazing how everything feels so normal and natural once the baby is here and I love seeing the love from the parents to their newborn with sweet kisses and snuggles…Laura and Dan are amazing parents already and love their precious Ada so much already!
Aaaaaand winter engagement sessions are officially back in action!! Jaci and Pete were an absolute blast, and we couldn’t have had a more perfectly beautiful day. I get even more excited about sessions when I know the couple is excited about the session, and when I knew that Jaci loved the beauty of winter, I knew we had something good coming our way. Winter sessions are a rare thing here in good ‘ol Minnesota, but I am SO happy they were up for wandering around this beautiful tree farm! I am so looking forward to their wedding next November, and if it’s anything like the hour we spent together last weekend, it will be beyond beautiful and I can’t wait!!
Oh my my my!! It is with SO much excitement that I am able to share my very first TWO publications with you all!! This fall was extremely busy with weddings and engagements, and was topped off with the exciting news that I would have not only one but TWO (extremely beautiful) weddings featured in the Minnesota Bride Spring/Summer 2015 issue!! My heart skipped a thousand beats, as it was one of my goals last year to get a wedding into the mag. My mind was blown and I was almost in disbelief…one of those “I’ll have to see it to believe it,” kind of things. Well, the magazine is out people and it’s BEAUTIFUL! It is an INCREDIBLE honor to be featured in this great state’s top bridal magazine with amazingly talented vendors and photographers who I admire and look up to very much. It wouldn’t be without the encouragement and love from my clients and community that I would be where I am in this journey today, so it’s all because of you wonderful people that I get to celebrate this today!! So grateful and such an encouraging way to kick-off 2015!! Oh and who might be the lovely couples you ask?? You will find Hannah + Stephen in the Newlyweds section and Stacy + Jay on the very last Bon Voyage page!! Woop woop!! Here’s to another amazing year!! Now head to a Barnes & Noble to pick up one of these pretty little things, and see the countless beautiful couples and stories featured!
2015 has officially begun, and I couldn’t have asked for a sweet session to kick it off with! Steve and Mollie met me in Taylor’s Falls this past weekend, as it’s one of Steve’s favorite spots to go fishing and it was….beautiful. Steve and I met our freshman year, and it’s crazy to think that we’ve known each other for almost 10 YEARS, and now he’s up and getting married to the sweetest gal. These two are totally in love, and you can tell by the way he’s looking at Mollie in all the photos he’s just nuts about her and I love it!! So excited for these two, and honored to have been able to capture them together as they start their new journey together!!
It’s hard to know exactly where to start and what to say without sounding like a total cliche in regards to how grateful I am for all that 2014 brought me, but whatevs…I know my truth and I know that I am so BEYOND thankful for the last year and all the beautiful moments and couples I was extremely fortunate to work with!! This journey of photography I am on is ever-changing, and each year that passes I feel renewed, energized, and so excited about how God continues to work through me and through the amazing clients he brings my way. Most people don’t realize how fortunate I feel I am to be the one on the other side of the camera…capturing moments, relationships and above all love…for them to be able to look back on and remember the most significant people, places and times they experience life with is such an honor! It’s taken me more than a few hours to gather photos for this post because there were so many incredible days, couples, and moments to include that it took me quite a bit of time to narrow it all down. I hope you can feel a little bit of the goodness I was able to experience this entire year through all these amazing people…so grateful for what I’m able to do and so happy to share my highlights from 2014 with you all this (freezing cold) morning!!
You’ve maybe already seen me post about this session via other social media sources, but today I am so happy to share the full version of this shoot with y’all on the blog!! A few weeks back, I had the aaaaMMMAAZING opportunity to collaborate with some beautiful and creative ladies for a little styled winter shoot known as Flannel, Fig & Fur. Dreamed up by Britt of Woven and Wed, she brought us all together and the final outcome was absolutely breathtaking…it was the perfect setting for an intimate group of friends, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be shooting this beautiful setting full of these beautiful people. It was my first official styled shoot, and I absolutely LOVED working with other creatives…seeing how they are each so uniquely gifted so specifically in their specialty was such a cool thing….I LOVED it! So take a little peak…and then invite some friends over, pop a bottle of wine and enjoy the winter season together!! Happy New Year!!
Floral and Glassware: Studio Emme
Flatware: Ultrapom Event Rental
Design and Styling: Woven & Wed // Events & Styling
Print: Randi King Design
Table: Ruby’s Event Rental
And here it is folks, my very last wedding of 2014…and I love it!! October 25th was a beautiful day with Lexi, Ben and their awesome family and friends. Our dad’s go way back and our families have known each other for years, so it was so fun to be with them the day of and seeing how loved Lexi and Ben are by those closest to them. I couldn’t have been more happy to be alongside such a great couple, and couldn’t have wrapped up the season with a more lovely day!! So thrilled to share with you all today…enjoy and Merry Christmas!!
My first winter session kicked off last weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited for a new season to shoot in! My cousin Jim and his wife Britt live up in Blaine, and they were looking for a few pics of their family….their beauuuuutiful pup Percy is a German Short-Haired Pointer and she is a just a sweetie! The weather was perfect, and it was so sweet to snap some sweet photos of them in and around their home. Love this family, and love these photos!!