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

seriously.

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.

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friends becoming mommies

we used to think it was so funny when people would come up to us at church and ask if we were twins. this beautiful mommy-to-be and i met when we were toddlers. we looked like we could be sisters {and probably still do} which led to the beginning of a long and treasured friendship. now this stunning women is going to be a mommy. she is one of the most caring and compassionate people i know. and she chose to marry a man that complements her so well. these two are going to make the most wonderful parents. little one, you are truly blessed to call them mommy and daddy. as i am blessed to call them friends. DSC_3237DSC_3299DSC_3314DSC_3320DSC_3329DSC_3347DSC_3364DSC_3240DSC_3379DSC_3393DSC_3395DSC_3490DSC_3533DSC_3627

the time i started a website

there are many things i am pretty good at {or like to think i am}. but dealing with technology is far from one of them. i have been a photographer since 2014 and have been avoiding this process since the beginning. dreading having to learn {read: understand} how to keep it up and running. two weeks ago, i decided enough was enough. it was time to face my fears. and today is that day, i started a website. i did not do this alone, a very patient friend sat with me in a coffee house; answering my obnoxious and obvious questions. but here it is and i am so excited you all are here. ❤