October for photographers is like April for tax professionals. It is when the worlds collide, when weddings are winding down but the editing is all due, and when every family wants portraits with the fall colors. It is the end of months of no weekends or vacation, where you cram is as much as you can so you can still pay your mortgage in the slow season. I’ve been attempting over the last couple years to take a fall short vacation since autumn is my favorite time of year. I usually don’t even have a camera with me…I rarely have it with when I have a family memory to be a part of since I want to be in the moment…but this time we planned to have so much of our vacation include down time for the kids to explore, we brought a camera along.
We had an amazing time visiting with friends in Wisconsin, camping, traipsing through the woods, spying gorgeous old barns, antiquing, talking for hours by the fire, and just hanging with our kids. We didn’t shoot many images, but did get a few fun ones. Here are my favorites.
The way I do sessions with my kids is set up an experience and have just a few minutes of actual shooting. These couple images were after we explored an apple orchard.
These images are from a nature preserve in the Driftless region of Wisconsin. Simply stunning.
Is there anything more idyllic?
This little trip was the refresher I needed to go right back into editing all these lovely weddings we shot this summer!
I, John, get to blog today! I did a senior portrait session yesterday with Ian. Ian’s interest in math and computers made for easy conversation as we went from spot to spot, exploring what Brookview Park had to offer.
We talked about video games, which has been a spark in both our high school paths….especially Metal Gear. Although there are awesome Metal Gear games out now, there are some great older ones too. No need to pull out your NES, SNES or Playstation 1; just download an emulator and the old school ROMs of your choice.
Ian, I had a great time talking shop with you. Enjoy your sneak peek and keep on gaming!
When you tell your clients to meet you at an Appliance Smart for pictures and they say “ok” without questioning your sanity, you know they are cool people. And with the most lovely light in a very unorthodox location and cars zooming right behind me, we had our portrait session…and it was awesome.
With such an age range in the kiddos, we had a mix of dancing around and getting a toddler laughing along with running all over the field playing tag with the older two. It was a gorgeous autumn evening and I had a great time watching this happy family play.
I loved when the whole family was cuddling and Ben totally nuzzled into his sisters, such affection and love!
Enjoy your sneak peek!!!
I met a fabulous family Sunday morning for portraits. It was a glorious day and I just loved getting to know them!
These two sisters were full of energy and goofiness!
When I work with older kids, I love letting them pick how they want me to photograph them so I can really see who they are. These two girls loved the bridge and wanted to pose on the beams. And I so enjoy the images we created together. They were good little art directors.
After a few more pictures, I told the family we should create a portrait that represents their energy…and it worked out really well!
Enjoy your sneak peek! It was a blast working with you!
This weekend I photographed a wonderful family. Gabe and Tyler sure have their hands full with this spirited bunch! We discovered a lovely patch of forest that showed off the autumn leaves and let the siblings play. Little T was shy until I was photographing one of her brothers, then she’d come right over and sit in their laps.
Could she be any cuter?
While the kids were running around, we managed to get a few of Tyler and Gabe on their own.
A gorgeous sunset through fall leaves makes such lovely images, that and a bribe for ice cream afterwards!
Tyler and Gabe, thank you so much for spending your afternoon with me. Enjoy your sneak peek! (sorry I got the kids riled up before bedtime!)
Yesterday was so gorgeous with a bright blue sky and trees starting to really show off their autumn colors. Ashley and her family were so sweet. These two little ones were adorable and we had a wonderful time playing in the leaves and soaking up the sunshine.
I just adore this one, it totally shows the dynamics of the day.
Such a pretty girl!
The one time we really got a smile out of this little guy was when big sister played a game with him. It was so sweet!
Ashley and family, enjoy your sneak peek!!! It was wonderful getting to know you all!
I had a portrait session today with a family that I’ve been watching grow up for years. From engagement right on to little Finn’s first birthday, I have been honored to document their milestones. Today, we had a fun family session in the leaves, starting at a local farm and ending on the side of the road, where we had the best color. I will put a family anywhere if the backdrop is awesome!
I adore this image, it shows the personalities and dynamic of the family.
Finn was interested in running away from the camera, playing with sticks, not looking at the camera, hanging upside down, and doing the exact opposite of what he was told…you know, typical 18 month old stuff. We pulled out every trick in the book, and got some really fun (albeit almost all action) shots. This little man was on the go!
YAY! Time to play in the leaves!
I hope you had as much fun today as I did!!! Enjoy your sneak peek!
The other day I photographed the Seren and Sage team. They needed head shots for their new website. As with any head shots, you want them to be clean, approachable, and to show personality. I think we easily covered all those requirements with these images! I truly enjoyed getting to know these ladies and getting both serious and goofy portraits of them.
Yesterday, I got to photograph a lovely family right before a lovely sunset. They had a great time walking through tall grasses, climbing trees, hugging, and joking around. Greta is such a beauty and I think she really liked exploring…she even helped me direct her parents when it was time for their portraits!
I truly enjoyed our session together and hope you love your sneak peek!
When you ask a client what their wedding colors are and they respond “slytherin green and tardis blue” you know you’re in for a nerd wedding, and we LOVE nerdy weddings! Staci and Kaytee are over the moon for each other and their giddiness was infectious.
Their day was so incredibly them…bouquets a friend made from book pages (but not from any good books, only bad books that deserved to be ruined…reading the flowers provided wonderful entertainment), games in the atrium for guests to play during down times, plenty of Dr Who references, their favorite movie soundtracks greeting guests at the ceremony, a rousing piece of music from Harry Potter to announce their arrival…and a walk down the aisle, supported by their parents, to the most beautiful piece from Pride and Prejudice.
The wedding took place at Minneapolis City Hall. The ladies saw each other for the first time as they walked down staircases towards each other. It was a beautiful moment.
In fact, it was so emotional, that Kaytee forgot her own name during the vows!
After the ceremony, we rushed right into the elevators to sign the marriage license, and Staci had her magical Disney princess moment of waving to the guests from the balcony.
Staci just surprised Kaytee with her Harry Potter garter. Kaytee’s response…”I love this woman!”
We then headed out into the autumn air for portraits and had a grand time. Lots and lots of laughing and lots and LOTS of kissing
THIS is how we vogue, people.
While we were taking portraits outside, the reception space was being set up. It was so fun to see each table with its own theme, from literature, to Disney, to Dr Who, each one had its own significance. Chowgirls Killer Catering provided a delicious meal of comfort foods and then everyone enjoyed a cupcake from Cupcake.
When your venue has a giant marble statue with an alligator, you just have to use it for a ring shot
After sweet speeches, it was time to dance! Krista from Adagio managed to fit all of the ladies’ favorite songs from high school and college, and even had a few Disney tunes in the mix as well. There was lively dancing and a TON of twirling. Since Staci and her friends are ASL interpreters, I even got to see a sign language performance of Poker Face (which was awesome, by the way).
Kaytee and Staci, we had a wonderful time with you! Enjoy your sneak peek!