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I recently dusted off my old, manual, 35mm camera from my high school/college darkroom days.  Even though not much can break on these old, seemingly indestructible cameras, I toted the camera around in my purse for a few days to shoot a roll of film, just to test everything out.  Turns out the camera/lens function perfectly and I’m really loving the results.  The camera is super small, lightweight and compact, so it’s easy to carry everywhere.  It will definitely make a fun travel camera.

Nikon FG, 50 1.8 lens | Fuji 400H Film

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Jumping up and down for joy over here!! Colleen & Andrew’s take-your-breath-away-beautiful wedding at the Calhoun Beach Club was recently published in Mpls St Paul Weddings Magazine! This wedding will go down in history as one of my all time favorites, because it was as touching as it was beautiful. Colleen & Andrew are two of the most eloquent, most sincere, kindest people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. Don’t believe me? Check out their amazing video, by one of the industry’s best, John at Vibrant Film. Big, huge thank you to Joan at Ambiente and Tara from A Day in Provence too. I’m so lucky to call all these wonderful industry peers friends! Lastly, big hugs to the team at MSP Weddings. So, so honored to be featured!!


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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.

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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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