rain, rain go away.

this was our fourth {yup… four times} reschedule due to rain and crummy weather. but the clouds and sun were so kind to us for this shoot. this young man was sent to me from a referral {which i simply love} but even better the referral was my husband {put him to work}. thank you for all the laughs, and hopefully we will see you at the Christmas party. DSC_1621DSC_1678DSC_1707DSC_1761DSC_2406DSC_2361DSC_2493

the good ole’ days.

there is a very special place in my heart for those that were there at the beginning. when i started shooting, there were a few families that were very patient and so sweet. i absolutely love when those families call me year after year to continue to capture their lives.

this soon to be senior and his family where one of my first ever sessions. we had so much fun and they were the best guinea pigs. we did lots of trial and error back then and they were along for the ride. thank you guys for all your support!

also, bowling balls for senior portrait sessions, new favorite. have a great senior year, dude. DSC_1608DSC_1638DSC_1694DSC_1714DSC_1804DSC_1876DSC_1966DSC_1986

sweet child.

children are the reason i began dabbling in photography. therefore children will always be my absolute favorite subject matter. and then when you get to photograph children this adorable. come on. i have the best job in the whole world.

five year olds are my favorite. they have so much to tell you. the stories, jokes and laughter given by this little man truly warmed my heart. and then watching his gentleness when talking to and calming his baby sister. and don’t get me started on this sweet girl. the facial expressions i caught during this shoot were perfect. all. of. them.

::do me a favor… make sure you always take time and make an effort to get family photos done. i don’t care who takes them {take them yourself if you can}. photographs are something truly cherished from generation to generation.


so nice to meet you.

senior pictures are a big deal. and this is typically how it goes: mom calls a photographer and sets up a time. you spend time choosing outfits, planning your hair, and preparing for the day. you show up the day of, and meet a complete stranger. for the next hour, all eyes and a giant lens {or small lens in my case} are pointed at you. what a potentially terrifying experience… i remember not enjoying my senior picture session, the pictures were ok, but it seemed forced and uncomfortable, in the basement of the photographer’s home. {thankfully photography has changed since then}

i arrived at this shoot, and met a young lady with beautiful long blonde hair and the sweetest smile. she warmed up so fast and was so natural in front of the camera. we had a wonderful afternoon full of laughs and fun. i truly hope you can see her adorable personality in these shots.

thank you for trusting me {even when i asked you to stand in slimy water}. enjoy your senior year, love. DSC_0054DSC_9736DSC_9799DSC_9829DSC_9832DSC_9905DSC_9700DSC_0098DSC_9874DSC_9931DSC_0202

all grown up.

i distinctly remember the first time i met this young man. though he was young, he was by no means a man that point. he was a teeny tiny little guy. i always loved when his mom came to visit, she was always full of laughs and fun, and she loved mickey mouse and i thought that was the best. this time instead of just one child, she brought two… {and soon three, then four… and so on 😉 } now my little cousin DJ is going into his senior year and is significantly taller than me {which was made very apparent when i realized i didn’t have my trusty step ladder}. thanks for showing me a beautiful part of minnesota and putting up with all the pictures.  DSC_8773DSC_8869DSC_8870DSC_8919DSC_8924DSC_8929DSC_8992DSC_9015

wedded bliss.

holy smokes, it sure was hot that day {and i was sweating like a banchee}. but the heat was no match for the beauty and love shared. there is a special place in my heart for high school sweethearts. the years of love and history are so easily seen when you meet these two. when they were standing up in front of all of their friends and family, their love radiated. there really is no greater honor than capturing the most precious moments that make up a wedding day. so much love to both of you and many blessings as you begin your life as husband and wife.

{a special thanks to my team}DSC_0689DSC_0727DSC_9043DSC_0867DSC_3475DSC_3482DSC_6224DSC_6262DSC_6288DSC_3538-2DSC_6475DSC_3565DSC_1159DSC_6846DSC_7014DSC_7026DSC_7051DSC_3618DSC_7225DSC_7419DSC_7479DSC_7480DSC_7547DSC_7738DSC_7803


if you have ever met me, you know that i rarely take things seriously. i believe life is meant to be silly, so lets have fun. as a photographer, i embrace the goofy.

this was an incredibly lighthearted shoot. i had such a great time with this senior and his crew. enjoy.