engagement

St. Anthony Main | Minneapolis Engagement Photographer | Jenny + Forrest

St. Anthony Main | Minneapolis Engagement Photographer | Jenny + Forrest

Yeah.. their names are Jenny and Forrest! How FREAKIN’ cute!!!! This was such a perfect spring engagement session. It was filled with laughs, smile, and a perfect spring breeze. Spring is my new favorite season :)

Zilker Park Austin, TX Engagement | Ryan + Sterling

Zilker Park Austin, TX Engagement | Ryan + Sterling

Ryan and Sterling are getting married at the Hutton House (so excited) next spring, and are currently living in Austin, TX. Peter and I took a trip down to Austin in April and shot this pretty engagement session with these two at Zilker Park in Austin.

Winter Engagement in Theodore Wirth Park | Hanna + Ben

Winter Engagement in Theodore Wirth Park | Hanna + Ben

There are so many Hanna(h)’s this season and I am not complaining :) This Hanna is wonderful and is the proud mama to Owen. The largest, most lovable golden retriever ever to live. It took an army to rein him in during our shoot, but I am so glad he joined us :) I met Hanna and Ben at Theodore Wirth Park in January and spent the afternoon eating’ treats (well Owen did) and taking some super cute pics!! Check them out :)

Dallas Spring Engagement | Kerbi + Phillip

Dallas Spring Engagement | Kerbi + Phillip

Kerbi and Phillip are the two sweetest humans to have ever walked this earth. This April, I flew down to Dallas, TX to shoot their engagement session at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve just north of Dallas. The morning of the shoot, I had driven up from Austin where half of our drive was through a torrential down pour. Needless to say we were a little worried we would get rained out. Besides a little mud here and there, it turned out to be a perfect setting for their spring engagement session!

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