It seems like it was only yesterday I was driving to HCMC to document the first day of Miss Liv’s life. Being able to walk beside her family has been an incredible blessing this year. Not only was it great seeing Liv grow but being able to witness this season in the life of her family was incredible. Liv has two awesome parents who love her and her big-brother Reese with an awesome joy and understanding of the blessings they are.
Tonight I was able to spend the evening celebrating Liv, enjoying the beautiful August night, and hanging out with a bunch of adorable toddlers and their parents.
Thank you Heidi and Jonathan for letting me journey with you this year, for all the ways you’ve continued to model not only Christian parenting but living each day as a blessing from God.
It didn’t matter that Alyssa & Taylor’s wedding day was overcast and rainy because their smiles and the personalities of their wedding party surely made up for it. Alyssa and Taylor were married Saturday afternoon in a small Lutheran church located in Mountain Lake, MN. They celebrated with family and friends, and danced the night away at Comfrey Community Center. From the few times I’ve met them it is safe to say their wedding was much like them, fun, unpretentious and full of laughter. Here’s to an amazing life together!
(The banner and cross were not intentional, but I do love the symbolism).
And for all you fans of the movie Bridesmaids you’ll appreciate this next photo, requested by the bridesmaids themselves. Nice work ladies.
One of the blessings of this job is the ability to be witness to the amazing moments in my friends lives. I’ve been able to be there as friends commit to their spouses, celebrate the joy of the family they’ve created, and one of my favorite things to do capture the nervous, cuteness of engagement photos. Today was one of those days. I got to spend a few hours on a lovely, Madison day with a friend of mine from High School, Natalie, and her fiance Josh. It was great being able to hear their story, catch up in between poses and locations and enjoy just being back in Madtown (how lucky am I that we got to shoot at some of my favorite places, Olbrich Gardens, Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Capitol Square and the Monona Terrace). I can’t wait to spend a whole day with these two and their loved ones next summer. Enjoy the previews my friends and thanks for a great morning.
About a month ago I decided I needed to take a bit of a break from doing any new sessions to catch up on some processing that needed to happen, take care of some other things I had going on at my other jobs, focus on school work, and enjoy a bit of summer fun. That month seemed to have flown by and crawled all at once. I didn’t achieve the catching up on school-work goal, and there are still some shoots that I’m finishing up, but it was a very productive break in that I got to spend some extra time with the people in my life who make everything worthwhile. 🙂 So before getting back into the swing of shooting this week I thought I’d give you all a glimpse into my month.
Spent a lovely Birthday weekend on the St. Croix River.
Numerous visits to the Farmer’s Markets in St. Paul and Minneapolis
Celebrated my amazing mother turning 50!
Visited with family.
Watched a theater camp final performance, celebrated birthdays and got to spend lots of time with these crazy kids and their wonderful parents.
Spent Monday evenings loving on some neighborhood kids.
Spent time laughing and catching up with lots of friends from all over. Visited new wineries and restaurants and got to see this cutie and her parents!
Completed my first 5k (walked…here’s hoping for a completed my first 5k ran post this fall).
On this day when we remember and honor all the men and women who have died serving our country I’d like to offer a thank you to all of our veterans and the families who support them. I will be giving away a 1hour family photo session package ( includes 30 edited images, DVD of all images from the session, and a 8×10 print). This contest is open to anyone who has or is currently serving in our armed forces. Winners must live (or be willing to travel) to either the Twin Cities (MN), Madison (WI), or Neenah (WI).
Ok, confession time. When I heard Lakewood Cemetery was the location for Kelly and David’s wedding I was a little nervous, and there may have been visions of the wedding party intermixed between headstones replaying in my head. But let me tell you, the Lakewood Memorial Chapel and surrounding grounds are one of the most beautiful places I’ve discovered here in the Twin Cities. However, the beauty of this chapel was nothing compared to the radiance of Kelly and David’s smiles as one of them would ask the other, “Do you know what today is?” and the other would answer “Our wedding day!” The beauty of the day continued into the service which was a wonderful reminder of God’s plan for marriage, and that despite the beauty of the day-it was just a day. That the colors, the make-up, the hair, the gorgeous surroundings were all just details in a day that began a life together, a life united in a God who designed each detail in loving perfection. May God continue to bless you two on this beautiful journey! Enjoy the previews below:
Amanda and Philip were married on a beautiful Sunday evening in Fargo, ND at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. It was a wonderful day spent with their family and friends as they committed their lives to each other. Amanda and Philip’s story began about four years ago when they met and began dating during their freshman year at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. Anyone who has spent time with these two could attest to the fact that they belong together. Their story is a terrific reminder of God’s design in everything. Amanda is a Florida girl who came to the North to pursue her calling to be a Director of Christian Education. Philip is a North Dakota boy who came to Concordia to play baseball and explore his love of Math and education. Two different cultures, two different personalities, one shared faith in a God who was directing their steps to one another. Who knew that while God was growing and maturing each one separately, that He was also preparing them for each other and a life of love, joy, forgiveness and ministry? Amanda and Phil, I know that God’s hand is at the center of your life together, that He will be guiding your marriage and ministries as you embark on this next adventure. My prayer for you is that you find shared joys, forgive when necessary and that through the demands of life and churchwork you continue to trust God to guide you, and give you his peace and assurance. Thank you for blessing me and everyone else who was able to be part of your day.
And a few quick shout outs: to my awesome assistant, Kaysee, thank you for all the help with train fixing and lens changes! And to the fantastic group of groomsmen and bridesmaids! Thanks for making it a fun day!