Lexi + Ben | Engaged

Tis the season for weddings and engagement sessions!! Aaaaand I love it. A few Saturdays back, I had the extreme privilege of spending the morning with Lexi and Ben in downtown St. Paul at one of her favorite spots, Union Depot. We had a blast exploring the neighborhood and ended our time with quite a bang :) Lexi and I technically go way back as it turns out our dad’s are close friends and I went to college with her sisters…such a great family and I so look forward to the wedding day to capture them all together! I couldn’t be more happy that our time together isn’t over, and that many many MANY more beautiful moments are to come!!
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Laurel + Jared | Engaged

Continuing with the strong kick of winter engagement sessions, Laurel and Jared are another fabulous couple to add to the list!! I met the two in Owatonna on what may have been one of the colder days this winter (a high of 5 maybe?!) but they were absolute troopers and we had a blast! We made our first stop downtown, and then headed out to the country to his parents land, where they are building a new home and until it’s finished are living in the cutest log cabin. We made the most of the cold and built a fire, roasted some mallows and tried to get as cozy as possible with a few blankets!! Thank you so much for spending a couple of hours with me Laurel and Jared! It was so fun to get to know you guys in your natural space and I seriously can’t wait until your wedding this August!!! Now cozy up, and enjoy these wonderful photos!!
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Katie + Nate | Engagement

What you folks are about to see…is pure joy, laughter and crazy love. I met Katie through my best friends in college and since then, any time spent with her is consistently full of good convo and belly laughs. Who knew that it would only get crazier when Nate came along?! They are such a blast to spend a couple of hours with, and are truly some of the most goofy and genuinely kind people you will ever encounter. Our time spent taking photos flew, and they were absolute troopers in the knee deep snow! With no surprise you’ll catch a few laughs in the photos and most of all witness how crazy they are about one another!! I couldn’t be more thrilled to share these beautiful photos of my great friends today…and for real…do winter engagement sessions GET any better?! Cheers!2014-02-11_00022014-02-11_00032014-02-11_00272014-02-11_00042014-02-11_00062014-02-11_00072014-02-11_00082014-02-11_00092014-02-11_00102014-02-11_00292014-02-11_00112014-02-11_00322014-02-11_00122014-02-11_00142014-02-11_00162014-02-11_00152014-02-11_00172014-02-11_00182014-02-11_00192014-02-11_00202014-02-11_00282014-02-11_00212014-02-11_00222014-02-11_00232014-02-11_00242014-02-11_00252014-02-11_00262014-02-11_00312014-02-11_00352014-02-11_00342014-02-11_00372014-02-11_00382014-02-11_00422014-02-11_00402014-02-11_00392014-02-11_00412014-02-11_00442014-02-11_00432014-02-11_00452014-02-11_00482014-02-11_00502014-02-11_00512014-02-11_00522014-02-11_0053

Ashley + Dan | Engaged

Ashley and Dan couldn’t have kicked off my winter engagement sessions more perfectly! I really think there is something so unique and beautiful about winter sessions…with the snow and evergreens there is something about them that sets it apart from summer sessions and I love it!! We had quite the adventure one cozy little Saturday a few weeks back, and I am absolutely THRILLED with the photos we got from the day! Ashley was so lovely and Dan was just the perfect compliment to her. They were a blast to spend a couple of hours with and I am SO excited to be part of their day this coming September! So y’all…we all know we want summer to be here TODAY, but….let’s not forget how beautiful winter is too! Hats off to you Ashley and Dan for getting out and getting some AMAZING photos together in this (semi-cold) beautiful winter weather!!
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2013 Highlights

How in the WORLD do I put 2013 into words?! From being laid off from my full-time position in February, to being able to go full-time with my photography business, it’s been quite the journey. I am unbelievably thankful for all the beautiful people and moments I was able to be part of and capture, and I can’t imagine what the last year would have been without all of you!! THANK YOU for the joy you bring me in being able to capture your weddings, engagements, families and babies…I’ve learned this year that there are so many opportunities to celebrate life and how great it is to have those amazing moments captured. God is good, and I cannot WAIT for 2014…for all I will learn, for how I will grow, and for all the amazing people I will get to work with!! Enjoy reliving this last year with me…it was one heck of a year and I so look forward to what 2014 will bring!! IMG_0746IMG_2151IMG_4909IMG_9597IMG_9830IMG_4993IMG_1673IMG_1700 2IMG_1709IMG_5624 2IMG_6859IMG_7054IMG_0986IMG_6152IMG_4992IMG_4063 2IMG_5281IMG_5458IMG_6570IMG_9156IMG_6528IMG_6205IMG_5612IMG_0280IMG_1229IMG_4507IMG_5107IMG_8588IMG_0386IMG_9160IMG_5834IMG_2049IMG_9979IMG_0984IMG_1318IMG_7210 4.24.29 PMIMG_7547IMG_7507IMG_2160IMG_4140IMG_3506IMG_3529IMG_0384IMG_1428IMG_9924IMG_2110IMG_7639IMG_1034IMG_6792IMG_7057IMG_4759IMG_7166IMG_7426IMG_0479 20-23-52-272IMG_8224IMG_6426

Stacy + Jay | Engaged

Now this couple is very near and dear to my heart, because Stacy is my best friends sister, and Jay is a good friend of mine from college…so I’ve been able to see their relationship blossom from the very beginning! Both of them have hearts for serving and missions, which became an instant connection right from the get-go…so as soon as my girl Jennifer introduced them, the rest is pretty much history! It was so much fun spending time with them during their engagement session, at one of my absolutely favorite spots in the cities. I couldn’t be more thankful to AGAIN have the opportunity to photograph such a great couple, and I especially can’t wait to be part of their celebration next July!! 2013-12-16_00022013-12-16_00012013-12-16_00032013-12-16_00042013-12-16_00052013-12-16_00062013-12-16_00072013-12-16_00082013-12-16_00092013-12-16_00102013-12-16_00112013-12-16_00122013-12-16_00132013-12-16_00152013-12-16_00172013-12-16_00182013-12-16_00192013-12-16_00202013-12-16_00222013-12-16_00212013-12-16_00232013-12-16_00242013-12-16_00252013-12-16_00262013-12-16_00282013-12-16_00292013-12-16_00302013-12-16_00312013-12-16_00322013-12-16_00332013-12-16_00342013-12-16_00352013-12-16_0036

Zoe + Cody | Part 1

I’ve been waiting to blog this couple and their wedding since last year, when Zoe and Cody asked me to be their photographer for their Lake Tahoe wedding. It’s their beautiful home, but a destination for me, so I seriously could not wait! I met Zoe a couple of years back through my best friend Kelly (who WILL be making a special appearance in Part 2). During college, they met studying abroad in New Zealand and have remained close ever since with multiple visits to each other, and hence our meeting! Fast forward to the second week of September, when I made my way to Tahoe for their midweek wedding. They invited their closest friends and family to Tahoe to camp out and lodge at an absolutely BEAUTIFUL location called The Hideout, in Kirkwood, CA. I was fortunate to make the cut as photographer and got to spend a couple of extra days with Zoe and Cody as well as their family and friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful! They were married on September 11th, but on the day before we ventured around the lodge with a few a-maaaazing family heirlooms, and had a little mini-session before the big day! Zoe and Cody drove from their town of Truckee to Kirkwood in his parents 1968 Dodge Van. His parents rode away from their wedding in it, and Zoe and Cody thought it would be fun to do the same, so Cody spent the last couple of months fixing it up and prepping for their wedding! They also brought along an antique tent, that both Cody’s father and grandfather used and is now in his possession. It was SO fun to take photos of the two of them, in an environment that so perfectly describes them and their passion for the outdoors, with items that are not only awesome but hold significant value as well! So…sit back, enjoy, and start planning your vacation to Tahoe, because you WILL want to go after viewing this session and their wedding…which will come TOMORROW, so stayed tuned!!!
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Whitney + Keith | Engaged

Now this a great post, you guys. Not only because it was supposed to “thunderstorm” the night of our shoot, but also because the two below are my family! Keith is my step-brother and his soon-to-be bride Whitney could not be more beautiful. The two met while being on SURVIVOR in the South Pacific back in the fall of 2011. They were on the same tribe, and the rest is history! They were up visiting from Nashville this last week, and it came to everyone’s attention that they didn’t have any engagement photos…so obviously we ventured out and captured these two together and it was magical! The sun was out, and I can’t count how many times I said, “Oh my gosh, I’m so happy with this weather!!!” I was that photographer. But the images speak for themselves as to why I was so happy with the night. It was so great to spend time with them and capture the two of them together. It was a night that further confirmed why I love my “job”, the people and lives I get to be part of, and the images that come to life from sessions like this! Enjoy!!
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Kim + Jeff | Engaged

I went to bed late last night with so much excitement and anticipation for today. Not only because I believe my second calling in life is to spend as much time in the sun as possible (sidebar: we haven’t seen it here in MN for a good two weeks), I saw the forecast and all I saw was pure sun. All day. The best. But mainly, I was excited to wake up knowing I was going to post Kim and Jeff’s engagement session. Like a lot of my couples and clients lately, we’ve been working a bit with the weather, and Kim and Jeff are no exception and have been awesome to work with. We met a few weeks ago at Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove. It’s an absolutely beautiful park with SO much green, it’s unbelievable. We had a great time walking around, taking photos and getting to know each other and our stories. I love the connections you find in this business, and the relationships built by just taking photos. It’s such a sweet thing, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be in this industry! Kim and Jeff, you were so wonderful and I can’t wait for October with you guys!! So with that, enjoy the sun and most of all the photos today!!

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Shara + Ryan | Engaged

If you are a fellow Minnesotan, you might be joining me in asking, “WHERE IS SUMMER?!” I woke up today thinking it was…April. Not to mention, a friend of mine told me yesterday that in the past 90 days, only 15 (15!!) have had consistent sun. Which is also why this is the perfect post for today. I met with Shara back in December and it was an instant connection, both knowing we wanted to work together. She told me about her and Ryan, how they met, and the beginning visions of their August wedding. Fast forward to monsoon May, when we had planned for a lovely spring engagement session. Shara and I were in communication for a straight 24 hours, as the time we planned for was forecasted as scattered storms. BUT! Luck would have it that the clouds broke just in time for the session, and I couldn’t have been more happy that we took a chance and just went for it. And let me just say…it was TOTALLY WORTH THE RISK, because I am in love with the photos below. Shara and Ryan have such a natural chemistry and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be their photographer. Their wedding is going to take place at the beautiful Historic Hope Glen Farm in Cottage Grove, and it’s just going to be dreamy. So on this cloudy and 59 degree summer day, may these images warm you right up!

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