Today I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding styled shoot for Central Minnesota Brides Magazine. When we started collaborating on the look, the team quickly decided to go towards an upcoming trend, Industrial Modern. This style goes so perfectly with the exposed brick and worn wood floors and architectural interest of the barns and warehouses that are so popular in Minnesota right now, and is a perfect way to get more masculine influence into the wedding day.
The shoot is for the magazine, so I’m just giving a sneak peek!
The shoot took place at the 912 Regency in St Cloud, a lovely art deco space downtown.
Our models get dolled up by Panache Salon and Spa.
The ladies of Unique Avenue Designs collaborated with Freeport Floral to create this fun reception table full of succulents, moss, bamboo, concrete, natural fibers, and Edison bulbs.
Lots of metal glammed up the shoot.
The bling, from Riddle’s Jewelry.
The reception lounge was designed by Unique Avenue and Green Ambiance. The asymmetrical living wall looked amazing!
I just love Edison bulbs =)
And I love these collaborative styled shoots! Enjoy the sneak peek and look for the next edition of Central Minnesota Brides to see the rest!
Matt and Allison had their engagement session today. Normally with winter engagement sessions we brave the elements and shoot outside, but considering it was NEGATIVE TWELVE DEGREES…we decided to stay indoors. I always like to incorporate natural lighting and the elements of the environment into my sessions, and the Guthrie Theater gave us a lot to work with. I ended up doing a lot of reflection and silhouettes in this space today, and I really love how they turned out.
These two brave souls even ventured out in the cold for a few images!
Matt and Allison, enjoy your sneak peek! We can’t wait for your wedding (and for it to be warmer next time we work together!) ;)
Last night Mightier Press hosted a book launch for More Than a Story at Architectural Antiques in Minneapolis. The first leg of their tour encountered sub zero temperatures at the tail end of a snow storm, but that didn’t keep Danielle and Henry‘s die hard supporters from joining them!
A little Christmassy décor graced the space.
The night was filled with entertainment.
Dani’s son watches from a pulpit in the corner.
The book is finally here! You should seriously go buy a copy on Amazon. Go do it!
Be sure to like Mightier Press on Facebook to keep up with all of their projects!
Tonight was the 21st annual Holiday Bazaar hosted by Muddy Paws Cheesecake. It is a fabulous toy and pet food drive with music and crafts and booths of handmade goods for one stop Christmas shopping. Even with our snowstorm, there was a great turnout!
That is one beautiful table full of cheesecake!
What a fabulous night! Tami is such a great person and business owner, I love her giving heart and generous spirit! If you weren’t able to make it this year, be sure to get it on the calendar for 2014!
Jack’s family had a portrait session today! They have a darling home surrounded by nature, and set up a lovely Christmas for little Jack to play with. His sweet dog, Reagan, was so fun to work with as well! We let Jack run the show and just tried to keep up with his toddler energy.
What a great smile!
I loved the design of their family room, Northwoods Chic =)
We ended the session with some cuddle time on the couch. I just adore these images!
This image may be my favorite. I love Jack’s hand and the peek of Reagan’s tail.
Enjoy the sneak peek!!!!
Sarah is one of those people that just adds sunshine to your day, whether you know her or not. When I heard she and Jim were expecting, I was so excited! Even though it was FREEZING today, we sacrificed our comfort to capture the gorgeous light the sun was giving us. Sarah was such a trooper…this gal usually wears two coats in the winter!
SERIOUSLY, check out this light! I just have a bit of a film filter on here, otherwise, it is straight out of camera…GORGEOUS.
Sarah is the owner of LifeStyle Interiors, so naturally the nursery was as cute as a button. Yukon joined us for a few images as well.
I couldn’t be happier for you two love birds! Enjoy these last few weeks before your little man comes =)
Photographing a place where vendors have gone all out showcasing the latest wedding trends is like being a kid in a candy store. It was a blast to photograph, and we tried to use unique angles and lighting to really tell the story of this fair. Unveiled is produced with top notch quality, and that showed in every little detail. Ready for some lovely images? Here they are!
The gown gallery was double sided this time, so brides could get a 360 view of these dream dresses.
This season’s Unveiled was themed “Gumdrop”. The element of sugar was used everywhere, so there was a lot of sparkle.
Can you imagine walking down THIS aisle!
The dramatic lighting was lovely to play with.
The tabletop gallery gave us four gorgeous reception looks, from napa vineyard to Alice In Wonderland.
Only the Wedding Guys would bring a fountain into the space! This reception set up was simply gorgeous.
Entertainment included a ballroom couple that performed on So You Think You Can Dance.
Mestads brought a full bridal salon to the fair. Ladies were allowed to try on gowns and see the latest designs.
The highlight of the day is always the fashion show. Lili Salon Spa not only got the models ready but gave bridal parties mini makeovers.
Though the strapless A-line gown was still very present in the fashion show, I was so happy to see straps and sleeves (yay sleeves!), illusion backs, and a lot of sparkles and texture. Many of these gowns have not even reached the stores yet. They were all stunning.
I hope these images are inspiring! We sure enjoyed taking them!
Liam had a portrait session today. This sweet little guy has the brightest blue eyes and is so fast to smile! He is at that stage where he is experimenting with expressions, and it was so fun to watch him go from smiley to seriously pondering in a split second. It was also fabulous to see his interactions with his dad, they are darling together.
This is one of his serious faces.
Liam loves cuddle time with dad.
We also did a few outside pictures…isn’t this hat amazing?
What a cutey! Enjoy the sneak peek!
Every year I dedicate money for education. We are mostly self taught photographers so continuing education is all the more important. I try to attend the Fearless Photographers convention every year and was excited to get to go to Phoenix for this year! Since I was just a hop skip and a jump away from my cousins in Colorado Springs, I headed there for a couple of days before going back to Minnesota. I tried to keep my camera down for most of the trip so we could just hang out, but the views were AMAZING and I couldn’t help myself! First we went to Garden of the Gods…
I just love my 85mm 1.2!
I adore this image by Steph Guidera.
Here is a really awesome story. As we were scrambling on the rocks, we started to hear music, and low and behold, a proposal was happening! I snuck a few images, and then after the couple had calmed down a bit and were getting ready to leave I approached them and offered to do a couple portraits. This one was a candid shot right after the proposal. It was so cool to see!
The next day, we drove to Rocky Mountain National Park. And I will definitely be bringing the family back here! It was simply stunning.
I didn’t have a zoom lens, so I got really close to this guy!
Look at the beauitful nymph we found in the meadow =)
I’m so grateful to John and his parents for making it possible for me to take some time to refresh!
Little Zeppelin already had his first photo shoot while still in utero, so he was already a pro for his newborn session. After a gorgeous fall drive up into Rocky Mountain National Park, we found a lovely meadow for portraits. Mama Chantel rocked in her western outfit, loved it! And Zeppelin did a great job dealing with the cold as the sun set.
Back at home, Ned greeted the baby and we got him nice and cozy warm. I just love this little cocoon from Sweet Stitches Crochet!
There was something so cool about the cords of wood and sweet basket. We just had that be a set for Z’s pictures.
Chantel, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek! I sure had fun stomping around in the forest with you!