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Sunday
Mar202016

Wedding in Paradise: Mike & Jon Mark in Hawaii

I recently had the incredible opportunity to photograph the wedding of a truly remarkable couple, Mike and Jon Mark.  After over twelve years together, they were finally able to get married; they opted to elope on the beautiful island of Maui, and they brought me along to photograph the events.  I had the time of my life, and fell in love with Hawaii immediately!  It was an honor to spend this valuable time with this couple: not only are they wonderful people, but their relationship has been such an inspiration to me over the years, and in many ways the represent to me what a good couple is all about.

There is much that I can say about this magical wedding experience, but for now I'll let the images tell the story:

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb022016

Marketing Portfolio: CaringBridge.org Campaigns

CaringBridge is one of my favorite organizations to work with: not only do they provide an incredibly meaningful service to the public, but they also happen to have a great development/marketing team that I thoroughly enjoy working with.  In the past year, we have collaborated to create some great work that highlights the real people whose lives have been deeply and positively affected by CaringBridge's work. 

Below are just a few examples of some of the campaigns I have shot for CaringBridge in the past year.

Everyone's got a real story, and everyone pictured has been touched in some way by the work that CaringBridge does so well- probably you have been too.  I would be remiss if I didn't encourage you to consider making a charitable donation to CaringBridge- they really do rely on funding in order to provide the free services they provide to people in need. 

Wednesday
Jan062016

Aryam and Daniel: Snowy Saint Paul Engagement Session

One of my favorite things about being a photographer is the seemingly random way I meet the most amazing people.  Though in truth, I don't think that it's random at all- I believe that sometimes my path was meant to cross with certain people's, and I love when this happens within the realm of photography- it so often does!

Thanks to Camelot Photography, a wedding photography agency that I sometimes shoot for, I was able to meet this beautiful couple, whose wedding I will be photographing in the summer of 2016.  I met up with Aryam and Daniel in downtown Saint Paul's Rice Park on a chilly late December afternoon.  It took about two minutes into making their acquaintance that I realized that this couple was special: not only are they fun and easygoing, kind, funny, and beautiful, but they also have very interesting life stories that span the globe.  With roots in Eritrea, this couple embodies modern love: they met by forces of magic in the U.S., and even though they're living in different cities until they get married, they are both working hard and dreaming big for what will undeniably be an incredible life together.  Aryam's beautiful smile has the power to light up a room (or a snowy park at dusk!), and it turns out that Daniel was a bit of a celebrity in his home country before he made it to America just a couple years ago.  

This couple was an absolute joy to work with, and I can't wait for their huge wedding day this summer: it will be the longest wedding-day shoot I've ever done (well over twelve hours!), but that's what it takes when the party goes on and on!  

Thanks, Aryam and Daniel, for a wonderful afternoon. Looking at these photos, I can still hear the sound of your laughter lingering in the air!  Hope you've finally warmed up after our freezing cold shoot! 

Tuesday
Dec152015

Lisa & Scott: Rural Minnesota Wedding


 

I was contacted by Lisa after she'd seen me in action shooting a friend's wedding over the summer.  As soon as we connected, it was clear that were a great match and I was so happy when they booked me to shoot their October 2015 wedding.  We had a great time at their engagement portrait session at my Northeast Minneapolis studio, and I couldn't wait for their wedding.  When the big day arrived, I marvelled at the beauty of the landscape as I made my way to Legacy Hill Farm in Southwest Minnesota: clear blue skies, a bright chill in the air, and an abundance of gorgeous fall colors.  

Lisa and Scott are my favorite kind of couple: sweet and open, sophisticated, totally in love with and excited about each other, and experienced enough in life to know exactly what they're doing as they set out on a life together.  Scott has three wonderful teenage children, and it was so touching to see how much Lisa loves them and how accepting they are of her (and happy for their dad) as their family takes on a new shape.  

As the owner of a restaurant/bar in downtown Minneapolis, Lisa definitely had the professional touch when it came to the wedding day vision; however, the day felt completely free-flowing and genuine from beginning to end.  The setting was wonderful, and the guests were having fun throughout.  Best of all, my absolute favorite wedding band R Factor provided the live music, so naturally smiles, laughter, and dancing ensued late into the night.

Lisa and Scott have a love and relationship that is solid, sweet, and absolutely inspiring.  I feel so fortunate to have been invited in to their world to document their beautiful day, and I must admit that these photographs make me a bit nostalgic for their beautiful fall wedding day!

Thanks so much, Lisa & Scott!  Congratulations to you and your wonderful family!!  xx

 


Thursday
Dec102015

The magic of childhood in autumn's wonderland

A sweeter, more spirited family surely never existed.  Each year it is such an honor to spend time photographing this beautiful little family.  This time I'm letting the photos speak for themselves!