Family Session in the Woods

One of my favorite memories of my childhood was taking walks through the Nature Center with my family when we would be visiting my grandparents. Everyone that was there would join us... aunts, uncles, cousins, my great aunt, and of course my grandparents. My grandpa always had his camera with and I cherish the photographs he took of that special time spent with family.

 When I received an email from this Mom asking if I would possibly be up for a hike in the woods to photograph her family in one of their favorite places, I immediately dusted off my old hiking boots and jumped at the opportunity! I love that these images will only get sweeter with time for this family and that they too have these moments documented for themselves and for their children to look back on year after year.

Love. love. love.

Let's talk about love for a minute, no actually let's feel some love for a minute (or longer) while I share with you the wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Wright. I had the honor of photographing this couple, along with their friends and family at the Lumber Exchange in Minneapolis, where we spent the day celebrating, spreading and supporting the right to love for everyone.

when I sent the newlyweds their photographs, I asked them to...

"look through the photos first and take it all in. then, go back and look through these again, but this time look at the faces of your family and friends surrounding you, and take notice of the way each of you look at one another without the other person knowing. This is where you truly see the love."


I will forewarn you: This is a "photo heavy" post. It couldn't be helped because this was a "LOVE heavy" day... ENJOY.

Roll of 36

Do you remember, before the digital world, picking out a roll of film for your camera? If you do, you may recall that they were labeled for daylight, indoors, and low light and you would choose what film you needed from that. Those labels were actually referring to the ISO, or how sensitive to light your film was and how fast the images can be recorded in that given light. Once you put your film in your camera, you kept it in there until the last shot or you risk ruining the entire roll by exposing it to light! Now, in the digital age, we are able to switch between shooting in bright sunlight with a low ISO to moving into a dark room and adjusting your ISO higher to accommodate. So convenient, Right?

Well, convenient is great, but sometimes a challenge is needed. With reaching the midway point of my 100 days of summer project, I needed a little creative push and so I participated in a "roll of 36" challenge. The idea is to pick your ISO (representing your roll of film) and stick with it for 36 frames. I chose an ISO of 200, we had a birthday party outside and I would need something that would work in bright light. I didn't want to waste my film, so I had to be pretty picky about what I shot, which was a challenge in itself for me. I am used to overshooting, and can easily fire away 300 frames of the same scene just to get that one perfect image.

Just like film, some turned out and some not so much. Here are a few of my favorite images from the roll of 36 challenge...




A day in the life...

This session was so cool for me. Leah and I grew up together, we have continued to stay in touch and get together at least once a year for an annual girls weekend with a group of our other childhood girlfriends (kid & husband free)... but to have the opportunity to watch your friend as a mother is a wonderful treat.

When I arrived at their house, Leah mentioned that she was worried because they didn't have anything "special" planned for me to photograph. Which was absolutely PERFECT! I wasn't there to capture a special events, I was there to capture the magic in the mundane. So we spent the Saturday doing what they would do on any other sunny Saturday in the summer.

Here is a day in the life of my great friend Leah, her husband Jason, and their two girls...


Flower Child

Sweet Scarlett is living my dream life.... is it wrong for me to be envious of a(n) (almost) two year old? She lives in a cute old farm house, with the family's green house business right out her front door. She has a flock of chickens, a great big puppy named Lou and her favorite hideout is in the back of the company's flower/market truck. I mean life can't get any better than that, right? 

Not only is Scarlett the cutest little thing, she also is pretty funny... and because I love humor, here are some of my favorite outtakes from our session. The faces she makes are priceless!

A Family Session in the Park

Family sessions are some of my favorite things to photograph. I love capturing the different personalities of each of the children, and showing the love of a mother and father while they interact with their family naturally.  I try to keep my sessions as relaxing as possible, allowing kids time to play, explore, and basically just be kids. (The kids think they are just playing, but in reality, I am capturing some of the best images at this time.) My most recent family sessions was exactly that, relaxed for mom and dad, and fun for the kids...

This is one of the cutest families ever! The oldest daughter was so loving to her younger brother and sister. The middle son had been practicing his smile all day and was proud to show it off to me. And the littlest one was full of curiosity and eager to explore. We started off our session by the waters edge, and let the kids toss sticks into the river and look for fish.  From there we walked down the path through the trees and tall grasses and continued our session as we went along. We talked about frogs, bees, snakes and fairies, had a sword fight and raced down a hill... a pretty nice summer evening if I say so myself.

Jeff the Craftsman.

I am working on a personal portrait/documentary project of people who have inspired me throughout the years. This is meant to be an ongoing project, something that I will continue to add to throughout my life. I have a long list of people I would love to photograph for this little project of mine, but when the idea first came to me, my immediate thought was that I needed to photograph Jeff. 

Jeff, and his wife have been friends of my parents for as long as I can remember. Jeff's wife is an incredibly talented decorator, artist, entrepreneur... basically a creative genius! Their daughter used to babysit us, and I was in school with their youngest son, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I really got to know Jeff... I started some woodworking projects and began building things in our garage. I was basically learning as I built, and it was suggested to me by my parents to visit Jeff in his workshop for some help. 

I loved spending time learning from Jeff, not only is he an aww-inspiring craftsman, he is also incredibly smart. He explained the history behind the tools we were using (some dating back before Lincoln was president!) and taught me what type of tools to look for at flea-markets and antique shops.

I looked forward to my visits to Jeff's workshop, I found the tools we were working with beautiful and fun to use, but mostly I found Jeff incredibly interesting. He talked adoringly about his granddaughters and shared a favorite donut recipe with me. We talked about places I should visit and he gave me advice on life, success and happiness...

I came to Jeff to learn a little about woodworking, but ended up coming away with so much more. build (do) things with intention, embrace the simple, and find joy in the work.   


This mama is so down to earth and chill. If I could spend every afternoon with Jamie, I absolutely would. She has a way of completely understanding you and just being in her presence is calming. We wanted to do an earthy, boho vibe for her photo session to really match her personality, and I could not be more pleased with how her images turned out.

As we were wrapping up Jamie's maternity session, her husband and their two younger kids showed up. I am a sucker for pigtails and so I could not let this little cutie get away without snapping some pictures of her too.