blog_title_decorationMOTHER DAUGHTER LOVE

The older I get, the more and more I appreciate my mother. Without being a mother myself, it’s difficult to comprehend/fathom/imagine the love she has for her children (us). The sacrifices she made in her own life for the betterment of ours. The selflessness beyond imagination. My mother’s recent battle (and victory) with cancer, opened my eyes to the frailty of life. For the first time in my 3+ decades on this earth I grimly envisioned life without my mother and even the thought is unbearable. There were times during her diagnosis and subsequent treatment when I just broke down; uncontrollable. Our family dealt with another hardship when we lost my grandma in the fall. The matriarch. But all of these battles (normalcy in life) only further emphasize what my mother has endured and given me. Further emphasize the need for love and family.  A bond between and mother and her child is so precious and deserves celebration. While I wish to celebrate my mother everyday of the year, I think it’s fitting that mothers everywhere (of all kinds) have one extra special day. (And, I realize this day is also difficult for those that wish to be mothers or maybe lost their mother. I’m thinking of you too.)

Phew. That was a lot for a little ol’ blog post.

When my friend, and fellow photographer, Rebeccah, asked me to photograph her and her daughter, as a Mother’s Day gift to herself, I jumped at the chance. I first warned her that I don’t really shoot this type of thing. :) But she assured me she trusted me, and it become quite clear that our visions aligned. We shot the entire mini session on film. No fuss, just easy and simple. Hugs, twirls, kisses, and splashing around on the water. I saw my own mother’s love in Rebeccah and her bond with her sweet baby, Eva. It made me realize I had photos like this with my own mother (because I think far too often, moms just aren’t in the photos). Rebeccah and Eva, I hope you love (and cherish) these images and they give a little glimpse of the love you share!
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PUBLISHED | FALL/WINTER 2015

Congratulations to all of my couples on their beautiful features!! First up, Yenni & Jon’s gorgeous summer wedding at the Lyndale Peace Garden and Calhoun Beach Club was featured in a 8 page spread in Dainty Obsessions Magazine. Yenni & Jon were also featured on Style Me Pretty. I loved their sunny wedding with design and florals by Munster Rose. And Yenni looked amazing in her Vera Wang gown from L’atelier Couture.
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Another fabulous wedding with the incredible team at Munster Rose:  Jane & Peter enlisted Jackie to design their wedding day florals, and they were featured in the October issue of Flower Magazine, a nationally circulated publication.
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In addition to Flower Magazine, and Style Me Pretty (which you can see here) Jane & Peter were also featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine. This wedding will always hold a special place in my heart, as my friendship has grown with this incredibly sweet couple. I know Jane, and her planner, Mother of the Bride, put a lot of effort into crafting a meaningful (and fun!!) celebration and I’m so excited they get to show off all their beautiful work! And, trust me, this day was as emotional as it was beautiful!! You can see their gorgeous video from Sky Focus Films here. Get your tissues ready!
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I was interviewed for an article in Mpls St Paul Weddings Magazine about making the most of your engagement sessions and wedding photography. Jane and Peter were yet again featured in the article (these two sure are popular!!).
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Lastly, three of my fabulous couples were featured in the Fall/Winter issue of The Knot Minnesota!
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First up, Angela & Josh shared their proposal story and an image from our engagement session:
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Kelly & Emily’s colorful wedding at Mill City Museum was featured. I loved this gorgeous day and Kelly & Emily (and their families!!) were so fun to work with! This was the first legally-recognized gay wedding I photographed, and I was so honored to be a part of an emotional day with such a sweet couple! I’ve been privileged to celebrate with other gay couples in the past, and am beyond thrilled that now all couples can wed legally. Yay for progress!!! And yay for awesome magazines, like The Knot, featuring more diversity.
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Last, but certainly not least, Mary Beth & Fred’s outdoor wedding at private residence on Lake Minnetonka was also featured. Sarah Trotter of Lasting Impressions coordinated this beautiful day and ensured it all went off without a hitch!
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BITTERSWEET ENDINGS

Last week I said goodbye to the photography studio that I called home for the last three years. I’m a very sentimental and emotional person (a huge part of the reason being a photographer suits me so well!), but I was a bit surprised at how difficult it was to say goodbye. I stood in the doorway late Friday night, surveying the empty space, and fought back tears as I quietly bid farewell.

This space was my first “big girl” office space. The first space I built/designed/dreamed top to bottom.  I remember being terrified to sign the lease contract that was longer and seemingly more involved than my mortgage, but I took a leap of faith. Aren’t the best/biggest changes always scary at first? My business grew a lot while I was in this space. I shared the space with talented photographers and wedding planners. I met with countless clients and shared their excitement over their upcoming wedding days!

The space served us well, but now it’s on to even better things. My new studio, just down the road, is scheduled to be open June 1st and I can’t wait to share it! Thank you to my truly incredible clients and family for you unending support!

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