When I first met with Mark and Christina in August, we started planning for not only their wedding, but their engagement session as well. We started talking about timing, location…any kind of personal items they might want to include, and I remember they looked at each other and looked at me and said, “We love canoeing.” And my heart exploded and was smiling ear to ear, because I have ALWAYS wanted to photograph a couple on a canoe…and let me tell you, Mark and Christina set the bar high for my first time out on the water with them! We ventured around Lake Harriet and then made our way to the water, where…it was magical. I am so excited to share these two with you today, but most of, I cannot wait to celebrate with them at their wedding next June! Here’s to a a beautiful couple, a beautiful canoe, and one heck of a session…Mark and Christina!
On cold and gloomy days like today, I love reminiscing and re-living beautiful weather, beautiful couples and beautiful sessions (see a pattern here?) like Ashley and Brian! We found ourselves down at St. Anthony Main, and had a blast walking through the parks, streets and alleyways of this wonderful Minneapolis hot spot. It was so fun getting to know them and their story a bit more as we wandered around, snapping photos and just enjoying the evening as we all anticipate their wedding this next June! I can’t wait to be part of their day, as it has been in the making for about eight years!! So here’s to you, Ashley and Brian…I so look forward to celebrating with you both in just a couple of months!!
It was a beautiful fall night that I met Kara and Nate over at Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater. It’s such a great location, and what makes this place even better is that St. Croix Vineyards is right next door…so we obviously prepared accordingly and brought along a little blanket and basket (and of course of bottle of wine!) and took in the scenery! We had a great time venturing around, and I couldn’t have asked for better company! I’m so looking forward to their wedding next August! Here’s to another great engagement session with a great couple!! Cheers!
Remember those days in August where you’d step outside and it was so hot you could barely breathe?? Well on one of those very fine Monday evenings, Abby and WIll were total rockstars and stuck to our session date…and it was amazing. We started the evening at one of their favorite spots in Uptown at Barbette, where we cooled down by sipping on one of her favorite drinks…a shirley temple! The setting was perfect and it was so sweet to sit down with them for a few moments and enjoy the beautiful setting. We finished the evening with a cool breeze down by Lake Harriet and it was such a great way to enjoy snapping some photos of the two of them together. I can’t wait for your November wedding just around the corner! You two are just great!
This season has hands down already been an amazing experience…add Tonia and Matt into the mix, and we have a pretty good thing going on! Tonia and I became friends our senior year of college, and it can be said that any time spent with her is so fulfilling and life giving. She is an encourager, supporter, faithful friend and loves people well. Visiting her out in Denver was seriously a gift, and being able to meet her fiancé Matt and spend some time with them was just a blast! It was great to be able to spend a couple of days with them before they get hitched in October, so we spent an evening downtown and then ventured into the mountains the next day for some pretty stunning photos. Matt and Tonia have hearts to serve, and their joy is quite contagious as you’ll see in the photos! I hope you get a little taste for who they are through just a few of my absolute favorites!!
It all happened this last weekend that my dad, Nance and I ventured down to Chicago to start getting prepped for the big GENDER REVEAL Sunday afternoon for Baby Moon. (For those of you who haven’t seen previous posts, my sis is pregnant and expecting her babe December 20th!!) Linds and Bri did such a great job planning the most amazing reveal for friends and family, which was especially tricky as they themselves didn’t know either, so it was such an incredible moment when we all found out together! We baked and baked, chopped and chopped, and oh did I mention we baked? Because we did. A lot. If you ever need chocolate covered pretzels…we have a prreeettyy good routine goin on….ANYWAYS, Linds and Bri thought of everything, and it was so great to prepare the “themed” food of the day. From pinks and blues, to mustaches and lips, we were all set! Everyone got to wear stickers according to what they thought the gender was going to be, and we all took photos prior to the reveal indicating what we believed the baby was going to be. As you’ll see below, we headed out to the balcony (with the most INCREDIBLE view of the city!) for the big reveal, and the amount of joy experienced in that moment is quite indescribable. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, but what I love most about these photos is seeing the joy on my sister and Brian’s face in the moment it was revealed they would be having a boy. As so many have said, they will never forget that moment, and I’m so thankful I was there to snap a few for them. I cannot wait to show him these photos someday…for him to see how loved he was from the second they knew “it” was now “he” and how much joy was experienced in that moment. I am STILL relishing in those moments and was so grateful to be there to experience it with them! It was so special to be with family (we even got to FaceTime in my bro, sis-in-law and nephew from Cali!) and their close friends in Chi…seriously…amazing. I hope you feel a little bit of joy (okay a LOT of it) while looking through these photos and remember how great it is to celebrate LIFE! I cannot wait to meet the little man come December…and for him to someday see that we LITERALLY…made it rain in Chicago one summer day in 2013 because of him….
It was a beautiful Saturday morning that I met Kristin and Caleb at Loring Park in Minneapolis. A park that I really hadn’t photographed at much before, but fell in love with as soon as the day began! Which…is hard not to when you have a great couple like Kristen and Caleb to explore it with. These two are so great to be with, and who’s love for each other is so evident in the way they act towards one another that I could not be more excited to celebrate their day in Sioux Falls this October!! Enjoy a few sneak peeks of my favorite from our morning together!! You two rock!!
Before wedding season really kicks in for me in August, I’m realizing how good it is for me to bring my camera with me to keep shooting and stay on top of things. I was able to head out with some close friends this last weekend and spend some time on the pontoon…just so great! We had some fun taking a couple of shots of one of my best friends Leah (who I’m sure you’ve seen posted on this blog before) and I just love how they turned out! I love summer and being on the lake, and these photos couldn’t capture the feeling better. Here’s to hoping summer lasts as long as winter…enjoy!
Kristen and I met way back in the good ‘ol days of Bethel. We lived in the same freshman dorm, and stayed in contact through each year we attended school. I could always tell she had a passionate heart for serving kids in numerous ministries and showing them a kind of love they may not have experienced before. The Lord’s love is evident not only in her life, but she lives it out in what she does every day. Her smile is simply radiating, and the love her and Trent have found is nothing short of beautiful. I was so thrilled when she contacted me about shooting their wedding, and it was just so fun to get to know them as a couple and capture them in their engagement session below. To put it simply, I cannot wait for August, it will be beautiful and I’m beyond excited to be part of your day!
You would be amazed by the number of people I have met in my life who have the birthday April 8th, but…hate to break it to ya, no one quite compares to my mama. Today, she would be turning 58, and nothing brings me more joy than being able to honor and celebrate her life, and the gift it was to me. It’s been a few years of her birthday passing by without me really taking time to reflect on her life, so I thought I’d change things up a bit this year by blogging a little bit about who she was, and I hope you enjoy hearing a little bit about my mom, Debbie.
She loved and lived for relationships, and she loved being with people. She was often known as being one of the last to leave the party, as she hated missing out (a trait she seemed to pass on to her youngest daughter). She was the oldest of eight, and was close to each one of her siblings in a special and unique way. Her friendships were dear, and she loved spending time with each one of them, as one of her most cherished relationships was with Christ, and she experienced much joy spurring on those close to her in their own walk with Him. On one of my birthdays, she shared with me, “celebrate each day-it’s one of God’s precious gifts to you to enjoy and to use as a vehicle to love, honor and glorify Him.” She was an amazing example of living life to be in God-glorifying relationships, and I will always cherish the words she spoke and the love she showed to me and so many others in her life.
Now, she also loved German Chocolate Cake, and each year on her birthday my Grandma Kate would make it for her from scratch. So today, though it’s not my grandma’s, I thought it would be fun to make (almost all of it from scratch) and celebrate her life. My friends and I have a tradition on birthdays where we all go around and say our favorite thing(s) about the birthday gal or guy. It’s actually one of the greatest gifts to give, and one of the most humbling to receive, and I wish more than anything my mom was here today; to be celebrated by her family and friends and to be able to hear how amazing and deeply loved she was by all of us surrounding her.
So today, I eat a piece for me and a piece for her. And I remember all the things I loved about her, and I wish I could tell it all to her. I would tell her that I loved her joy. That I loved her smile, and especially her laugh. It was loud, but so is mine. I would tell her that I loved her gray hair, and I loved her rosy cheeks. I would tell her that I loved her love for McDonald’s Diet Coke, and how she always had Winterfresh gum on hand. I would tell her that I loved her everyday hoodless sweatshirt and leggings outfit, and maaaaybe even the wind pants and turtleneck combo too. I loved when she gave me back scratches every night until I fell asleep and I loved when she called me Lulu Belle. I would tell her that I loved her relationships with her brothers and sisters, and loved how they would stay up until 4am at Thunder Lake around the fire, having life conversations and quoting their favorite SNL skits in hysterics. I would tell her that I loved how she loved the movie “Meet the Parents” so much that she saw it five times in theaters, and I would tell her that I loved that she loved ME so much that she bought me every single Beanie Baby in existence. I would tell her that I loved all the notes she wrote me, and the encouragement and support she gave me each day. I would tell her that I loved coming home from school to find her watching Oprah, and after it was over, letting her in on all my life secrets from the day. I would tell her that I loved her love and commitment to the Lord, and how it has inspired me in ways I will forever be grateful for. I would tell her that I loved how she didn’t let cancer define her life, but instead allowed it to draw her closer to others and the Lord. I would tell her that she taught me how beautiful relationships are, and how much I wish she was here to see where her family and friends are in their relationships with others. And I would most of all tell her that I plain and simple loved her love. For me, Bren, Linds and my dad. And that her love is missed the most, in the deepest part of my heart.
Happy Birthday mama! Know that your life is being celebrated today…not only by me writing this post, but also by eating an entire cake. Why did it take me almost 25 years to realize how good it truly was?! Love you. Xxoo