John’s cousin Sarah is a senior in high school this year and came up from Oklahoma to Minnesota for Thanksgiving. We haven’t seen her for many years and it is always amazing how quickly the cousins have grown up! Since she wasn’t too keen on the typical cap and gown graduation picture, John did a senior session with her at Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm.
Sarah is a lovely visual artist and musician to boot. John used the beautiful grounds at Schell’s and incorporated Sarah’s guitar as well as her OU pride in her portraits.
Sarah, it was wonderful getting to know you better and we hope you enjoy your sneak peek portraits!!!
I love how Courtney looks at Theo…her face just shines. These two love the outdoors and being in Minneapolis, so we went near the river to get some beautiful textures and play with awesome light. It was such a lovely balmy evening, especially for Minnesota!
They are just so dang in love!
Time to head into the grasses to bring a bit of nature into the images!
Theo and Courtney, I loved getting to know you tonight! Enjoy your sneak peek and we can’t wait for the wedding!
Ernest and Maria were married today!
Maria’s dream of a Great Gatsby themed wedding burst forth today in a wash of glitter, smiles, and oh so much fun. The ceremony and reception took place at the lovely St Paul Athletic Club and everyone was dressed to the nines and ready to party.
Ernest and Maria are one of those couples, where you go “are they REALLY this awesome?” and then you get to the wedding and all their friends are just as awesome and you start to wonder how the heck all these amazing people exist in one place.
The wedding party knew how to vogue like no one’s business.
We really wanted to play up a bit of Gatsby drama, and I did such a happy dance when we created this image of Maria. Her Che Bella dress was stunning and fit her like a glove. She literally stopped traffic. This image will go down as one my all time favorites.
And THIS image, well, this is another that will go down in infamy.
The ceremony was also full of laughs, these guys are a hoot!
The Hotel 340 lobby is just perfect for a grand wedding and Ernest and Maria’s guests packed the space on both the first and second floors to watch the ceremony.
This portrait is my homage to Daisy…
Back at the Athletic Club the party was ready to go and when Maria and Ernest appeared in the balcony to greet their guests the crowd went wild!
The guests were so eager to get the dance started, they were dancing at their tables and in the aisles, holding cake and champagne, laughing and greeting old friends. Cut Productions got the ball rolling with first dances and then mixed the rest of the night, with some crazy fraternity dances and even a serenade or two, the place was hopping!
And I’ll close the blog entry with this, because it is AMAZING…
Ernest and Maria, I hope you love your sneak peek! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us into your world!
Knit N’ Jules is one of my wedding kindred spirits. Her knit wraps are soft, luxurious, and beautiful, and any time I have a winter bride, I send them Julie’s way! She has a new website in development and needed a few images to feature that show the variety of her work, the rich textures of her pieces and the many ways you can wear them. She had just rescued boxes of vintage dresses, hats and shoes from the landfill and has been lovingly restoring them…so they became a part of the shoot as well. I just love the looks created, and am really proud of the images. Here are my favorites!
And here is the lovely lady herself!
Today I ventured over to St Paul for a family session. Since the day was pretty blustery, we stayed indoors most of the time, which was great considering Andrew and Jaclyn’s offices are a photographer’s dream! Using the bright furniture throughout their spaces, we got a lot of variety of backdrops for the kids.
Such cute kiddos!!!
At the end, we did venture out to utilize the gorgeous carpet of leaves.
Jacklyn and Andrew, your family is fantastic and it was a joy to hang out with you today!!! Enjoy your sneak peek!
Stuart and Shannon had their family session today! I’ve been photographing them for years and they have become fabulous friends…watching their family grow has been such a treat! We went to Shannon’s happy place, the prairie, for their family portraits tonight. As with any time little ones are being photographed, everyone looking at the camera with a smile is a rare treat…
…the goofy faces are more typical. We got both!
Look at these cuties!
The kids weren’t necessarily feeling the “happy sibling” portraits…
…so we opted for action shots instead. Go mom!
Enjoy your sneak peek! I had a great time with you guys tonight!!!
When I asked Tom and Alex where they wanted their engagement session, they talked about St Anthony Main since they love everything Nord’east and it was where Tom proposed. It was a beautiful evening, the perfect end to a perfect autumn day in Minneapolis.
They also asked if they could bring their bulldog Louis, which I naturally got super excited about. And Louis stole the show! The entire time we were walking around we could overhear people talking about how amazing he was, Alex joked that it was like taking a walk with Justin Bieber.
Louis had even helped propose to Alex!
I asked Alex what words they would want used to describe their pictures, and she said, “It may be weird, but Wes Anderson? really symmetrical and quirky” and man did I do a happy dance! My favorite!!!
St Anthony Main is photographer haven for a reason…so many gorgeous places and textures to photograph.
Alex and Tom, I hope you love your sneak peek!!! We’re so excited for your wedding next year!
Brian and Lucie were married today! This couple found me on the Fearless Photographers website and I’m so happy they did! I love small weddings and elopements and these two did it perfectly. Low stress and simple, with a fun portrait session afterwards, it was such a pleasant afternoon. The couple had a sweet first sight and then headed over to the court house to get married.
The ceremony was so laid back, I got to pick the location! Naturally I found a spot where I could play with symmetry and reflections. The judge was really funny, and had the group cracking up.
After signing all the paperwork, we took a few images around the building and then headed outside.
Brian and Lucie love Minneapolis, so we wanted to get images that had a real downtown feel.
We then headed over to the river where the leaves were just gorgeous for a few more pictures. The day had warmed up, everyone was outside, it was a gorgeous day!
It was so fun photographing these two lovebirds, they are so over the moon for each other!
Lucie has an electric smile and vivacious personality, capturing that energy was awesome!
Brian and Lucie, thank you so much for choosing me to tell the story of your day! Enjoy your sneak peek!!!
I had the absolute honor of photographing little Rose’s birth last year, to see her now walking and talking and laughing is such a joy! And even though the very first thing she did during the session was face plant and cut her lip, she recovered quickly and had had a blast playing with Dada and Mama. This family is so special to me, so full of love and happiness…Rose is a lucky little gal to be a part of it!
We found this glorious red and orange tree which matched Rose’s sweater and tried to get it in some portraits…but this little girl did NOT want to stand still, she was constantly on the go!
Enjoy the sneak peek!!!
We have had the pleasure of working with Julie on Craig and Jason’s wedding and were honored that she asked us to photograph her family this weekend! Julie grew up in a farm town and her girls love being in the big outdoors so she really wanted to come up to the farm and have a fun adventure. We started off with a few images of the girls and a walk to the creek.
There is something just magical about sitting in the warm prairie grass (multiple years of no mowing leaves a very nice comfy bed!) and being in the stillness of nature.
Dad is a musician, and got a couple headshots done as well.
When the light started to mellow out, we headed back into the fields for family portraits. Wallace joined us, and kind of stole the show. If you said “picture!” or “camera!” he totally posed!
Run! Run free!
Since they own two original Grant Wood paintings, it only made sense that we do our own modern day version of American Gothic.
“Wallace! Picture!” Seriously, he is the cutest.
I hope you enjoy your sneak peek! We had a blast running around with you all on the farm!!!