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JENNA & CHRIS | ENCHANTED BARN WEDDING

Jenna and Chris were married at the gorgeous Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, Wisconsin. The bride & groom reside in NYC, but wanted a wedding that was decidedly “country” and I don’t think they’re could’ve picked a better location. It was a chilly fall day, in late October, but the sun peeked out during our photos and it was warm and cozy inside the barn!

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Images captured on the Contax 645 and Canon 1v with Fuji Pro 400H film.

Jody Savage - These are so so gorgeous! In love with the colors!

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MICHELLE & CONNER | FINE ART WEDDING ALBUM

I am a firm believer that photographs are meant to be printed!!  Nothing makes me happier than to know that my clients have a beautiful heirloom piece of art that they’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Let’s back up a bit, because I totally understand the importance of digital files.  Digital files are a MUST for the majority of my couples.  I now present all finished galleries in a gorgeous online interface, that can be accessed on any device, including your iPhone or iPad.  You can download images directly to your phone/computer or showcase them in a instant on a a variety of social media platforms, which makes sharing your favorite images with loved ones an absolute breeze.  You can also order gorgeous, archival quality prints, all of which are fully retouched and edited to perfection before being delivered to your front door.  Easy & convenient.  Prints are beautiful, and wonderful, and a great way display images on the walls/shelves/tabletops of your home.

Having your digital files is great, given our social-media-driven, digital world.  But, where will those photos be in a few years?  Sad to say, but they’ll likely be buried on a hard drive, or the prettily-packaged flash drive I sent you so long ago, will be tossed in a drawer.  And, can I be honest for a second?  I have hundreds and hundreds of images from my own wedding (and I’m so glad I have them should I ever need them) but I love looking through my absolute favorite images; the highlight reel of our amazing day; in our wedding album.

No doubt, albums are a huge investment.  Albums are painstakingly custom designed, telling your unique story using your unique images.  No two albums look alike.  You can be involved in the revision process, to ensure your story is perfectly presented using all your favorite images.   Your album will be printed on the finest, archival quality photo paper; images that will last a lifetime.  The prints are adhered to matte board for rigidity and longevity, and your album is constructed by skilled artisans, by hand, using the materials you select and all the custom options you chose.   The level of craftsmanship, for a product made right here in the USA, for an art piece that will last a lifetime, is well worth the price.  I know planning a wedding (and often a honeymoon, and sometimes moving to a new home) is expensive, but if you can swing it, I truly believe albums are worth the investment.

Albums are really a gift for you.  They’re not easy to share.  It’s not instantaneous like Instagram or Facebook, but it is beautiful and tangible.  It’s an art piece for your home together.  Holding an image in your hands and looking at a print is completely different than glancing at it online.  An album is something you can reminisce over every anniversary.  Something you can share with future generations.  Something you’ll still have when you’re 84 and still celebrating your love and the life you’ve built.

Michelle & Conner chose a classic champagne silk 10×10 album for themselves and 2, smaller 8×8 albums for their parents.  I’m so happy they’ll have these gorgeous, timeless albums to remember their day!

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ZION NATIONAL PARK | FILM TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

National parks are pretty much my new favorite vacation destination and Zion just might be the best of them all (at least of the parks I’ve been to thus far)!  Truth be told; prior to a year ago, I didn’t know much about Zion.  I’d heard of it, but I certainly couldn’t have pinpointed it on a map and I didn’t know about it’s grandeur.  Then, I happened across a blog post on a fellow photographer’s site (ah, the magic of social media) and I fell in love.  (I mean, her pics are pretty darn stellar!!)  I think I scrolled through the photos a dozen times.  Right then and there I promised myself I would go!  Zion happens to be pretty close to Las Vegas, and luckily for me, there is an annual photography convention in Vegas!  Perfect excuse.

Fast forward to March of 2014.  I attended the conference, and had a blast with my photographer friends.  Afterwards, my travel-partner-in-crime, Laura, and I headed out for a road trip through Utah, with Zion being the highlight.  Zion is absolutely breathtaking.  Early March is quiet around the park, so you won’t see too many cars on the roads or hikers on the trails.  We enjoyed serenity, nature, and gorgeous views from every vantage point.  The highlight of Zion was definitely hiking up to Angel’s Landing.  The trail is 5 miles round trip, with a 1488 ft elevation gain, but it the last quarter mile of the trail that features the most stunning views.  It’s treacherous and requires hikers holding on to chains to avoid dropping off the 1000-1488′ cliffs.  Literally.  Some areas are so narrow two hikers can’t even pass each other and since you’re following a ridge, there are dramatic drop offs on BOTH sides.  Needless to say, my camera was safely tucked away for the majority of the hike- I only snapped pics in wider areas of the ridge and at the summit.  I didn’t create this video, but if you want a 3-min consolidated version of the hike from the safety of your home, check out this video.

I say this about every place I travel too, but I really, really want to return to Zion.  It’s such a special place.

Photos captured on a Contax 645 with Fuji 400H film, iPhone and a couple on Laura’s Canon MkIII.

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Catharine - What a wonderful trip and magical place Laura! I love all of the different textures x

jody savage - oh my gosh! so so so pretty! I am so bummed I didn’t make this leg of the trip but your images are almost as good as being there! absolutely stunning!!! LOVE them! xx

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PUBLISHED | MN BRIDE MAGAZINE

Congratulations to Kirsten & Carlos, who were recently featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine!! I had such a fun time working with this lovely couple at their engagement session and on their wedding day and I’m so excited for them as they venture out into this world as newlyweds. Shortly after their wedding and European honeymoon, they headed off to Boston where Carlos is getting his MBA at Harvard and Kirsten is teaching yoga- what a duo! Love that they are both chasing their dreams!!

They planned the most gorgeous wedding and I was so honored to work with some of my favorite industry friends, including the ladies at l’atelier couture, who outfitted Kirsten in her Romona Keveza gown and Nelle clutch!
Other fab vendors included:
Hair & Makeup: Emily J
Florist: Munster Rose
Invitations: Paperista
Caterer: Bon Appetit
Cake: Cocoa & Fig
DJ: Midwest Sound
Ceremony Chairs: Apres Party & Tent Rental
Linens: Linen Effects
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth

Thanks, as always, to the ladies at MN Bride for the feature!! Sending lots of love and appreciation your way!!

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