engagement

Best of 2018!

Best of 2018!

It’s taken me so long to go through all of my weddings and sessions from 2018 and I would by lying if I said I didn’t spend most of the time just reminiscing each one :) I am utterly grateful for everything that I experienced in 2018 and cannot wait to see what 2019 brings me.

California Couples Session | Rosie & Joe

When in Malibu, hang out with super fun people and take their photos :)

Everything about this shoot was perfect! Rosie and Joe, the lighting, the FREAKIN' BEAUTIFUL landscape, there were dolphins. I mean come on!!! How can it get better than this???

 

I took these gorgeous photos on our US Road trip this Spring. I knew I would be traveling through California and wanted to shoot while I was there. So I asked my friend, Karlee if she knew anyone that could be my "models" for a photo shoot. So she introduced me to Rosie and Joe.

Sidebar | There are moments in life that you can look back and think how a small gesture, statement, good deed, or introduction can change everything. | It may seem dramatic for me to say that this shoot changed me, but it did. Everything was perfect. I was in my element. There was no pressure, no timeframe, and no worries. I was just shooting for the fun of it, and it brought me back to why I started this small little Minnesota photography business in the first place. I love it. I love capturing sweet moments and deep emotional connections between my couples. 

Rosie and Joe hadn't seen each other for a week before this shoot. So it gave them time to be intimate and for me to capture their longing love. 

I was nervous coming into this shoot because I had been shooting mainly landscapes for the past 6 months on my travels. I thought I would be rusty, and I was for the first few shots, but not long after my first shutter clicked, I was in the zone. I experimented with new poses, laughed with Rosie and Joe, and enjoyed a night at Point Dume in Malibu, California with Peter. 

It was a little treacherous getting down to the beach, and only like 5 parking spots, but once you crept down the 100+ steps, you were in another world. Full of dolphins, seals, a few questionable pot smokers, and the smell of sea water and sand. 

I will never forget or stop reliving this shoot. I hope to have millions more shoots like this in the future and will never again forget the feeling I get when I capture these special moments.

 

+ Here are a few of my favorites from Rosie and Joe's Malibu Photo Shoot

Why travel engagement sessions are the best

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A D V E N T U R E ;

the exploration of unknown territory 

Why should you travel for your engagement session?

Well --

+ 1 It is a great excuse to explore a new place

            You are probably stuck at your fulltime job, with not a lot of time to travel, why not use a photography session as an excuse to explore a new place with your fiancé??

+ 2 Amazing & unique views

            A lot of couples go to the Stone Arch Bridge, or someplace like that, and don’t get me wrong, I love the Stone Arch Bridge!!  But there are a lot of the same photo with different people. Why not go somewhere different, where no one has taken photos before?? With beautiful views and amazing landscapes?

+ 3 It forces you to make your session more of a mini-vacay for a weekend instead of another check off the to-do list.

            Again, just take the time to enjoy life and make your photography session a little vacation. Even if it is just for a few days! Go to the Boundry Waters, or the North Shore, or the mountains, or the beach (please take me to the beach in winter!!)

+ 4 Use it as a de-stresser

            Everyone needs less stress in their lives. Have some fun and play hookie for a bit. Stop thinking about deadlines and to-do lists and have a great time with your fiancé and get it documented through photos :)

No?

 

ideas for locations for travel sessions:

+ Madeline Island, WI

+ Palisade Head, MN

+ Split Rock, MN

+ Duluth, MN

+ Chicago, IL

 

For the extra adventurous:

+ Hamptons

+ Napa Valley

+ Banff, Alberta 

+ Cannon Beach, OR

+ Yosemite Valley

+ Washington lavender fields in spring 

 

What to wear to an engagement shoot

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“What the heck should I wear to our engagement shoot???” 

 

This is one of the questions I get the most. 

I got you girl—

A good rule of thumb is to have two outfits. One fun/cute/comfy outfit and another formal or different. If you have like 5 outfit changes, you are taking time away from photos for you to change.


For the ladies. 

+ long flowy dresses. I am a sucker for long flow dresses!!

+ short summer dress/white dresses are always great!

+ jeans and a cute top with a chunky necklace

+ gown & heels

+ jean jacket & hat

 

For the gents.

+ jeans & button up

+ neutral colored Polo & shorts

+ suit & tie

+ jean jacket and hat?? Lol

 

Accessories.

+ hats

+ flowers

+ jewelry

+ signs

+ blankets

+ layers (shirt, cardigan, jacket, scarf) There is so much potential without actually changing outfits.

+ super cool old couch in a field. I’ve thought about this a lot lol.

 

Make sure that you and your fiancé’s outfits go well together, colors are cohesive, etc. Neutral colors are a great baseline to use. Light blues, greys, whites, creams, blushes, etc. Bright colors can clash or distract from the photo. That being said, pops of red can be super fun!! The biggest thing is to be comfortable and feel confident in what you are wearing! Wear something that is you and your photos will turn out great!

kristy + rogan | A Non-Traditional Engagement

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My goal is always to create an experience as well as pretty photos, to make my clients feel uplifted and energized, and always always capture their love and the moments that make their hearts skip a beat. I am always looking for unique shoots to do with my clients and one of my favorite shoots was with Kristy & Rogan in Ames, Iowa.

 

Kristy wanted a non-traditional engagement shoot, so I asked her if she would want to take photos by a lake... in the water… I was so ecstatic when I got her email saying, “water, water, water!!!” She was thrilled.

 

We met up at Peterson Pits (a small swimming hole in Ames, Iowa) and made our way towards the water. We took some more traditional engagement photos for the parents, but then made our way to the beach. We waded into the water and had so much fun shooting the evening away!

 

While this shoot was one of my favorites, it also challenged me. Kristy & Rogan only could stand in the water, and I could only see half of their bodies. I had to switch up my posing a lot and come up with new angles and shots.

 

I loved getting out of my comfort zone for this shoot and finally getting to check off a shoot on my bucket list! I truly believe my job is the best is gets! I get to see happiness and love everyday and enjoy my passion as a job :)

 

 

Enjoy some of my favorites from their shoot!