We love this wedding and this couple for so many reasons. The one that sticks out the most though, has to be their natural ability to make each other smile. In their vows, Kate promised to keep Autumn safe, and Autumn promised to keep Kate wild. How beautiful is that? Their entire wedding day was filled with genuine love and infectious laughter. We could not wipe the smiles off our faces watching these newlyweds together and know the world will be a better place because they are together. Some highlights from the day included taking photos in front of the Bob Dylan mural downtown Minneapolis (with NO cars in front of the wall, thank-you universe!) and watching their guests (unsuccessfully) resist the impressive dessert table. And when I say impressive I mean IMPRESSIVE. Their day in one word could easily be summed up as: happiness. Congratulations Autumn and Kate! We are so happy for you both.
Few things are sweeter than a one year old baby. Eyes glittering with life, love brimming over and a spirit full of adventure, there is a reason parents of babies transitioning to toddlers are happily exhausted. Sweet A’s family asked me to photograph their newly minted one year old in our studio and we couldn’t resist. A few simple and colorful streamers made a happy accent to Miss A’s bubbly personality. Shooting in our new studio was also a treat for me since we’ve spent several years renting space from others but photographing this sweet peach was the best part of it all. Happy Birthday little A, you are a lucky kid to have such an amazing family!
Winter and early spring in Minnesota can be pretty drab outside. Don’t get us wrong, we love cozying up under a blanket with a good book after romping around in the snow for a little while, but come March and April, we’re ready for green. When Noelle and Chris approached their Engagement Session, they wanted to do something with a little color and personality. We started their session off in our studio Downtown Saint Paul, and took a few photos downtown before heading to the oasis of the Como Conservatory for some photos with a punch of color. The warm, dewy air of the Conservatory left us feeling like we were at the spa for a few hours, and the lush colors and bright flowers were the perfect backdrop for these two. We will be photographing their South Dakota wedding come May, so it was fantastic to get them in front of the camera for a little while before the big day. I loved their calm and trusting connection together. It’s as though they’ve been together for decades! Noelle and Chris, thank you for allowing us to photograph you…see you SOON!
It seems like just yesterday we were photographing Maggie and Louis’ Wedding in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fast forward a few years, a cross country move and two babies later – this family has grown in size and love. It’s not often we get to document personal friends of ours, but when it happens it’s incredibly special. We enjoy every interaction with Maggie and Louis. They are thoughtful, smart and fun folks to be with. Their kids are lucky to have such strong role models in life! They welcomed their daughter in October and when they invited us to come take photos of their new family of four, we were honored. Big brother R seems to be settling into his role with such grace, and little C is just a bundle of sweetness. Maggie and Louis, we are lucky to call you friends. Thank you for allowing us to photograph your family!
If there is one thing we know about our couples, it’s that they are always up for an adventure. Getting your photo taken can be a vulnerable experience, so even though most of our couples have a few minutes of feeling nervous about being in front of the camera, after a little while they throw caution to the wind and have fun with it. Holly and Barry are definitely up for anything, and I loved photographing them where they call home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We started at the Diner DTSF where they had their first date. Barry wins some major points for showing up 45 minutes early to get a table for them while Holly finished getting ready. We took advantage of the balmier-than-average January temps for a few photos downtown (the grimiest ally ways make for the best photos, no?) and then jumped over to the Leif Erickson park for some photos with their right hand man, their dog Easton. Holly was prepared with some warm hot chocolate, which Easton loved more than the couple. At the end of the session Holly had an idea for a photo with them *in the snow* and promptly jumped into a pile of fresh snow, and suggested Barry lay down in it. This is when I knew these two were our people. Usually we are the ones suggesting and directing how photos might evolve, but when Holly and Barry took the lead for photos they wanted, I had no choice but to go on *their* adventure, which made for a great time all around. Can’t wait for October when they tie the knot in The Middle Of Nowhere, SD.
Well hello there! We’ve taken our annual blogging hiatus for the month of January and are excited to share this project on the blog with you today. Late last summer, the National Stationer Wedding Paper Divas reached out to us about doing a wedding inspiration project with one of their paper suites. We were intrigued and then promptly gathered some of our favorite Minnesota wedding vendors to collaborate on the project. Lizie from Lizie Anne Weddings and Proposals, set the stage with a concept she dreamt up for a Bohemian Wedding Proposal among dreamy weeping willow trees. The lovely Tara from A Day in Provence joined forces to create lush, bright florals for our scene that complimented the summery green foliage. Julie from Julie Swenson Beauty made our models even more beautiful with breezy hair and makeup and our real-couple Paige and Savaughn who made my job a piece of cake. The shoot was featured on 100 Layer Cake last week which felt like just the right avenue to share with their readers. It’s always fun for us to work on these sorts of projects because it’s not often we (as vendors) get full creative control with a team who shares the same vision. Then, by the time wedding season comes we have new vendors to recommend to our couples who are looking to round out their wedding day team. It’s a win-win for us all, and this shoot definitely makes us anxious to get the 2016 wedding season rolling!
2015 marks our fifth year documenting weddings full time. We’ve always said that you can enter a career by way of education or experience – and our path has been experience. Of course we are constantly pushing ourselves to take classes and workshops to learn more, but there are no professional photography degrees behind our team of photographers. In 1993, a professor at the University of Colorado – Anders Ericsson, wrote a paper about how 10,000 hours of experience will make someone an expert in their field. After five years, we’ve well passed the 10,000 mark, and while I wouldn’t say we are experts, I can say this business has taught us far more than we ever thought possible about entrepreneurship, hard work, setting boundaries, weddings in every shape and form and dreaming big.
This year brought us documenting weddings in 13 states, photographing past (and new!) clients growing families and a true welcome as Midwest Photographers in addition to our New England base. With over 300,000 images processed (I’m not exaggerating) by Matt, myself, Chuck and Abby not to mention our crew of phenomenal second photographers – Missy, Jenny, Devin and Mike – it was a year of living and loving big. With the volume of work it might seem like we’re a well oiled machine with lots of minions to keep things running. And while we have our workflow down, each and every wedding and portrait shoot is handled in our humble little studio without elaborate outsourcing. It’s a labor of love, and one we are honored to call our life’s work.
Thank you for joining us this year. From the highest points in Maine to the shores of the Mississippi River, we’ve been honored to tell these stories with our cameras. We are eternally grateful for your support and look forward to another year documenting love.