Val + Travis | Salvage One Engagement

In the last year, Chicago has essentially become my second home. My sister and her family live in Lakeview, and every since she was pregnant with their ALMOST THREE MONTH OLD (what?!) I’ve been making it down there pretty frequently. As a side note, I again could not be more thankful for this time and this job of mine, to be able to spend time traveling down there to spend time with them as their family grows…so great! Now…ANOTHER benefit to traveling down there and this business expanding is meeting clients and being able to work a little bit down there too! Val was in a wedding I shot last summer, and we got to know each other a bit chatting throughout the day, and I was so thrilled she contacted me when her and Travis got engaged! She is from Minneapolis (where the wedding will be) but her and her fiancé live in Oak Park, IL so we thought it would be fun to take photos in the city they live! Salvage One is an absolutely amazing location, and didn’t disappoint one bit! With 60,000 square feet, you could be there for hours shooting with all the amazing design and recycled architecture, furniture, artwork, etc…it’s quite amazing! We had a blast working our way around and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! So much fun, and I can’t wait for their wedding back in Minneapolis this coming June!

Angie + Scott | Engaged

As you’ve probably heard me say over and over again, one of my absolute favorite parts of my job is photographing people who I love and know well, and I am so happy to share Angie and her fiancé Scott with you today. Ang and I go way back to when I was beginning highschool…she was my small group leader at church and needless to say played a significant role in my life for several important years! She introduced me to Bethel, and always encouraged me in wherever I was in life…and still does to this day! I can’t say how thankful I am that we have kept in touch over the years and now I get to be part of such a significant time in HER life as she gets married!! We got a beautiful day to take photos and I cannot wait to kickstart my wedding season at the end of this month with their big day in St. Paul!!

Christina + Mark | Engaged

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!2013-11-21_00032013-11-21_00042013-11-21_00052013-11-21_00062013-11-21_00082013-11-21_00072013-11-21_00092013-11-21_00122013-11-21_00132013-11-21_00142013-11-21_00162013-11-21_00172013-11-21_00192013-11-21_00482013-11-21_00212013-11-21_00222013-11-21_00232013-11-21_00242013-11-21_00252013-11-21_00262013-11-21_00272013-11-21_00282013-11-21_00292013-11-21_00302013-11-21_00312013-11-21_00352013-11-21_00362013-11-21_00382013-11-21_00392013-11-21_00412013-11-21_00422013-11-21_00472013-11-21_00432013-11-21_00442013-11-21_0045

Ashley + Brian | Engaged

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!! 2013-11-20_00012013-11-20_00022013-11-20_00032013-11-20_00042013-11-20_00052013-11-20_00062013-11-20_00072013-11-20_00082013-11-20_00092013-11-20_00112013-11-20_00122013-11-20_00142013-11-20_00152013-11-20_00162013-11-20_00182013-11-20_00192013-11-20_00202013-11-20_00212013-11-20_00222013-11-20_00232013-11-20_00242013-11-20_00252013-11-20_00262013-11-20_00282013-11-20_00292013-11-20_00302013-11-20_00312013-11-20_0032

Kara + Nate | Engaged

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! 2013-11-19_00012013-11-19_00022013-11-19_00032013-11-19_00042013-11-19_00052013-11-19_00062013-11-19_00072013-11-19_00082013-11-19_00092013-11-19_00102013-11-19_00112013-11-19_00122013-11-19_00132013-11-19_00142013-11-19_00152013-11-19_00162013-11-19_00172013-11-19_00182013-11-19_00202013-11-19_00212013-11-19_00222013-11-19_00232013-11-19_00242013-11-19_00252013-11-19_00262013-11-19_00272013-11-19_00282013-11-19_00292013-11-19_00312013-11-19_00322013-11-19_00332013-11-19_00352013-11-19_00372013-11-19_00382013-11-19_00362013-11-19_00432013-11-19_00442013-11-19_00462013-11-19_0047

Abby + Will | Engaged

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! IMG_9071IMG_9078IMG_9144IMG_9174IMG_9224IMG_9229IMG_9193IMG_9347IMG_9388IMG_9431IMG_9441IMG_9538IMG_9615IMG_9669IMG_9829IMG_9846IMG_9901IMG_9919IMG_9939IMG_0017IMG_0026IMG_0030IMG_0079IMG_0091IMG_0068IMG_0183IMG_0218IMG_0223IMG_0237

Tonia + Matt | Engaged

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!!
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Baby Moon Gender Reveal

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….

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Kristin + Caleb | Engaged

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!!IMG_0021 IMG_0051 IMG_0122 IMG_0201 IMG_0220 IMG_0221 IMG_0305 IMG_0318 IMG_9563 IMG_9601 IMG_9618 IMG_9633 IMG_9648 IMG_9660 IMG_9625 IMG_9731 IMG_9761 IMG_9786 IMG_0195

Leah Lifestyle

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!

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