Ainsley turned six a few months ago and now wants her hair cut short, so I thought it was high time to take some portraits of her before the transformation.
This kid is a wonder. Whip smart and not afraid to speak up, yet reserved, thoughtful and very shy initially. She is the classic middle child, trying to keep up with her big brother and playing rough, yet giggling and softly playing for hours with her little sister. She wants to roller skate and skate board and and looks every bit the California surf chick with a boogie board. She wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up which is a far cry from last year’s career choice of “rock star”.
She is SUCH a little pixie…mischievous, bright, curious, shy, and funny.
Here is to my little Hermione!
Scott and Emily were married yesterday!
It isn’t every day your sister gets married. It isn’t every day that you are a bridesmaid AND one of the photographers AND the co-wedding planner…but this was one of those days =) Emily has always been special. Even with all the hardships of her cerebral palsy she has always drawn people to her and influenced lives. She has always had this sparkle in her eyes that just makes you want to make her smile…and man, when she met Scott, her smile went up 1000 watts.
This wedding was a family affair from start to finish. My sister, Stephanie, and I are both in the wedding industry and helped plan and execute the event. Our mom made the wedding gown, dear friend made the wedding shoes, and Scott’s cousin did Emily’s hair. The amazing awesome Carra and Jessica at La Petite Fleur created gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces that were everything Emily dreamed of. Emily and Scott were surrounded by a team of friends and family that love them dearly and wanted to make this day incredibly special.
The couple had their first sight at the hotel before zooming off to New Life Church for the ceremony. Emily’s wedding look got a thumbs up from Scott.
These two are truly best friends…though a little sappy on facebook, but we’ll let that slide ;)
Emily’s Godmother, Cindy, has always been a huge influence in her life. She flew to Minnesota from California to walk Emily down the aisle!
We can not say enough amazing things about the reception venue, Dellwood Country Club. Not only were they incredibly accommodating to a couple in wheelchairs, they went above and beyond to make sure the event went perfectly. You can tell their hearts were truly in what they do.
Lace from Emily’s wedding gown was used to decorate the candles on the mantle, it added that little extra touch of romance. Creative License used spring green on the tables and chairs to make the space look fresh and bright.
Since Scott and Emily had an evening wedding, the reception started right away with dancing and delicious snacks. Lobster grilled cheese anyone?
The first dance was awesome, and the couple sang all the words to each other =) Midwest Sound kept the party going with the couple’s favorite country tunes.
Lots of kids at a wedding means BUBBLES!
Scott and Emily, we’re glad you had such a blast on your wedding day! Enjoy your sneak peek! LOVE YOU BOTH!
Grayson had his portrait session today!
We did most of the images with just Grayson, but managed to get mom and dad in one too!
And Grayson has a surprise to share….
This little guy is so adorable, feisty, and full of laughs.
He found this little ledge and wanted to sit there and not do pictures anywhere else.
What a cutie!
Little Charles was born today!
I photographed his brother’s birth, so it was fun to be back to see baby #3 come into the world! As the sun rose, Stefanie was really feeling the contractions get stronger. Luckily, her daughter had given her a note saying “Happy Baby Day” to encourage her =)
Stefanie’s big sister was at her side again for support. And since Stefanie is a labor and delivery nurse, she was surrounded by friends excited for the new arrival!
The birth was pretty darn quick, and Charles greeted the world with some loud cries!
The moment he snuggled up to mom, though, he was calm and quiet.
What a face…I love this shot.
Time to call the other two kids to let them know they have a baby brother!
Charles even smiled for his first family portrait. What a doll.
Enjoy your sneak peek! Thank you for the honor of being part of such an amazing experience!
Tonight, Aria went back to the 50′s for Arena Bikini: Cherry Bomb, produced by Idea Factory. Style Architects produced a swimwear fashion show featuring the work of local designers. The place looked fantastic and so did all the guests!
The chandeliers looked so energetic lit up in bright colors!
The custom Cherry Bomb sign was used as the step and repeat wall for the evening.
Guests could even get cherry tattoos!
Studio Betties provided some pinup photography in their photo booth.
The second part of the evening included a performance by Arena Dances, the North Star Roller Girls, and a runway show featuring Amyanne Fashions, Tim+Thom, and Perfect Fit Gear. I’m such a roller derby fan girl, I had to sneak back stage and photograph the ladies as they got ready.
The Arena Dances troupe is awesome =)
Time for some fashion!
Enjoy the sneak peek!
Sweet little Kieran had his newborn session today. This little guy was a champ, and had quite the audience for his session as both sets of grandparents were there! Doesn’t he have the sweetest face?!?!?
Kieran has been born into quite the football family, and they’re starting their influence now ;)
Though he was pretty squirmy at the beginning of the session, by the end he was sleeping like a…well…baby. What a precious guy!
Enjoy the sneak peek!
Tonight, Solera‘s event space was decked out in wedding finery. Avant Decor, Linen Effects and Richfield Flowers made the space sparkle from floor to ceiling so perspective couples could see how their wedding might look. I was impressed at the event center’s two floors of rooms and especially their outside terrace, it is one of the hidden gems in Minneapolis!
For those of you that have just seen the restaurant space, go upstairs the next time you’re there to check everything out!
The food was AWESOME! Braised short ribs and crab legs? This wasn’t a typical venue open house. The guests were truly wined and dined.
It was a lovely night full of great food and getting to socialize with fantastic people! If you haven’t booked a venue yet, definitely add this one to the list!
Yesterday I had a fabulous shoot at The Vintage Type. Girl Friday and Lulu Paint Design styled quite a few different looks for Lulu’s new business Gypsy Mint. Gypsy Mint is a stencil company that has designs so fashion forward it will take DIY to a whole new level! Using The Vintage Type’s extensive inventory and huge windows, the ladies created a natural light studio and sets that let these patterned paint applications shine. I love the results!
Finn just completed his Grow With Me series of portraits! He is officially one year old and it has been such a fun time getting to watch him grow up. If you’ve seen Finn’s other sessions, you’ll know that his mom and dad have a fantastic aesthetic, and they pulled out all the stops for our final session. Dad made an entire set using his antique doors, items he had made with reclaimed pieces, and family heirlooms. It looked fantastic!
What a doll =)
Mom and Dad got to be in some portraits, too!
Finn LOVED the window that dad salvaged.
Then it was time for the cake smash! Mom had made a sweet little cake, and though Finn really didn’t like getting his hands dirty at first, he dug in after a while.
Enjoy your sneak peek!
Tonight, The Livingroom Bar hosted their annual Lovers & Haters Valentines celebration. Both camps has a great time. There was a lot of kissing, laughing, and dancing to the techno beats of DJ Paris. I had a little extra time tonight to play with angles and light, and really love these images, check them out!
Upstairs in Prohibition…swanky.
Happy Valentine’s Day!