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PORTLAND, MAINE ON FILM

After photographing Maggie & Vinny’s stunning wedding in the rolling hills of Vermont, Whitney and I had an entire day to explore before flying out of Boston late at night.  We toyed with the idea of hiking in Vermont or exploring something somewhere in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, but we ultimately decided to take a little road trip to a state neither of us had ever visited; Maine.  Oh my gosh, do I love this state and the quaint little city of Portland.  I only wish we would’ve had more time there!  We abandoned our normally healthy ways to eat our way across the city and enjoy the little shops, the waterfront, and a classic New England lighthouse.  It was the perfect way to spend a day.  I love the east coast!  Whitney and I have now travelled to and photographed weddings in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and of course, New York.  We’ve covered all of New England, though our time there is always too brief and we’d love to see more!  Enjoy a few of my film favorites captured on my Contax 645 on Fuji 400H film.









P Lee - lovely road trip images on your 645– so fitting.

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KYLEE, CHRISTIAN & LOLA | FALL SESSION

Ah, I love fall in Minneapolis!! Although fleeting, the cool temps, cozy sweaters, and beautiful colors all come together to create my favorite time of year. Kylee & Christian contacted me because they had decided to elope earlier this year and in the midst of planning, skipped out on a engagement session. Kylee & Christian are artists (and photographers!!) themselves, so I was quite flattered they asked me to capture their session for them! They also wanted to include their beautiful daughter, Lola, in some of their pictures. I loved the fun, vibrant colors that Kylee picked out and can we talk about the mix of patterns? I’m totally loving this!! Thank you for the amazing session! I’m so happy we met!







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BRIDGET & SCOTT | FINE ART WEDDING ALBUM

I loved Bridget & Scott’s wedding oh so much, that I now have a gorgeous new sample album from their lovely wedding day to share at my studio!  I love wedding albums and think they are the best way to tell the story of your wedding day.  I offer many album options and customizations to create the perfect album just for you.   Please get in touch for more info!






Laura - you are an album wizard! These are beautiful :D
xoxo

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THANKFUL

Gosh, is my heart full.  And, my stomach! ;)  I spent the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday with surrounded by some of the most important people in my life.  I am pretty darn thankful for my family.  I have to just take a minute to brag about them, because  I love them so much!!  I don’t ever want to take them for granted.  Growing up, I was taught morals and values, but also encouraged to think for myself.  I was shown by actions, not just words.  I was raised with strong examples of marriage and love, not only from my own parents, but my 11 sets of aunts and uncles and 2 sets of grandparents, all amazing examples of enduring, loving relationships, all still married (except for grandma who is widowed).  I also have a brother and 30 first cousins (yes 30!!) who are talented, successful, brilliant people, or children with really bright futures (I’m the 4th oldest, so many are still quite young!).  My in-laws are pretty amazing too. I feel lucky to be a part of this family and I feel lucky to have an amazing husband who is like my father in so many ways.  I have equally important friends in my life.  Oh, and not to brag, but I have the best dog in the world.  Ok, ok, fine, I won’t be that person.  One of the best dogs in the world.

I am also beyond thankful for my clients.  For you.  I really am living the dream.  I can’t describe how lucky I feel to wake up every morning and spend my days doing something I love.  I am privileged and honored to do what I do and to have been a part of so many fantastic wedding celebrations.  It’s truly one of the happiest days of a person’s life and I get to be a part of that.  I get to photograph.  I get to do something I truly feel passion for.  I’m definitely a lucky girl and though any business owner will tell you it’s hard work (like super hard), it doesn’t feel like it when you truly love it in your heart.

I am thankful for all the people in the my life.  I am thankful for the experiences I have had.  I am thankful that I have the ability to make time for my other passions in life like cooking, running, hanging out with friends, traveling, reading, organizing my house (yes, I love organizing!!), talking leisurely walks around this neighborhood that I love (NE Minneapolis!) with a great playlist on my iPod shuffle, group fitness classes at my gym, dinners and wine dates with photographer friends, and so much more.  As much as it’s a love/hate relationship, I am also thankful for social media and the capability to connect with people I would’ve otherwise likely lost touch with.  (See some of my favorite iPhone pics from the from the past year or check out my passions on Instagram!)

What are you thankful for?  Whatever it is, I hope you enjoyed the holiday yesterday and had a chance to reflect on all the wonderful things in your life.


Caitlin Sullivan - I’m thankful I found you : ) Hope we can meet someday soon!

Tiffany Kay - I know I speak for so many people when I say I am very thankful for people like you whose work shows real love and the care you put into each shot. You captured our wedding beautifully and for that we are so thankful! Happy Holidays!

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