It seems that every couple’s worst fear regarding their wedding day revolves around the possibility of rain. It makes so much sense, because you plan and envision exactly what you want for the celebration, and if all of your plans have to change at the last minute it’s disappointing not to have one of your favorite elements (the outdoors!) incorporate into your special day. So when rain was in the forecast for Ingrid + Keith’s Wedding on Stout’s Island in Birchwood, Wisconsin (an incredible resort on an island with a historic camp vibe) we all began to worry a bit. When all things came to fruition, it did end up raining on and off on their wedding, but as old wisdom commands: you can’t untie a wet knot. There were still dryer portions of the day where they were able to go outside, and the indoor elements with rain softly falling on the mossy wooden shingles and dewy flowers glistening outside made for quite a cozy evening party. It was perfect, really, and made their day more special. Some of the highlights from the day included a newlywed lake cruise on a vintage boat right after the ceremony, a surprise serenade that Ingrid prepared for Keith during their reception and a Japanese Lantern send – off into the drizzly night sky. It was a fantastic day, and one we were honored to attend and document. Congratulations to Ingrid and Keith!
Alicia + John’s Jamaica Pond Engagement Session is such a great example of how to take an Engagement Session and turn it into something personal, unique and yet still low-key and focused on the couple. The internet is a dangerous place for wedding planning these days, and sometimes couples enter into the Engagement Session process and think they need a pony, floral crown, hot air balloon AND a puppy to have a really great shoot. It’s no secret that we’re fans of keeping it simple – and keeping it about YOU. Unless of course you’re both circus performers and need all those props. Alicia and John hit the nail on the head when they decided they’d like to incorporate some of the best parts of where they live and highlight what they love, namely each other and their dog, Kane. Matt joined them for a warm summer evening on Jamaica Pond where they rented a row boat and brought along some bubbly to enjoy. We LOVE the way these images turned out and think they are quite fun without distracting from the lovely couple themselves. Afterward they brought Matt back to meet their pup Kane and got a few photos around their neighborhood in the late summer’s evening. It was a fun shoot, and only preludes to the kind of amazing that will be served up at their wedding next summer. We can’t wait to document it all, but we’ll have to dream of summer with these photos until we get there.
Be still my heart! If there is such thing as sunshine on the internet, this is a close as it gets folks. I had the honor of photographing Krista for some updated headshots and yoga photos for her website that is in the works. Krista is an accomplished vocal performer, yoga instructor and all around grounded and wonderful person. We went to college together, and it’s always great to see how people who majored in the performing arts in college are incorporating their craft into the “working world” almost ten years after graduating. Freelancing has its challenges and perks, but everyone I know who is practicing their art has additional jobs to support themselves. For some (myself included) that supporting gig becomes a very important part of the journey where the practice informs their original training and vice versa. Krista has made quite a name for herself in the Yoga community and has found a way to meld two loves into a beautiful life. For this shoot, we wanted to incorporate some of Krista’s many loves into photographs for her to share on her site. Since she loves spending time outdoors, we had to find a beautifully simple outdoor space to take photos of her practicing yoga. Her dog Askel joined in on the fun and I just LOVE the images of the two of them together. For the second part of the shoot we went to our studio in Lowertown where we took some more traditional head shots as well as some fun ones on her bike (her preferred method of transportation). This was such a fun shoot and it was an honor to spend time with such a vibrant person. Thank you for allowing me to capture your beautiful self, Krista! So many good things are in store for you.
Tara and Jamie were married on a hot summery day in Boston. If there is one theme that sticks out in our minds that remains from their wedding, it would be community. From the beginning, Tara and Jamie were clear that their wedding day not only be about their commitment to one another, but also to honor the communities that have surrounded them as they’ve grown up together. The day started with Tara and her bridesmaids and family getting ready at her childhood home in Winchester while Jamie and his guys got ready downtown. Their ceremony was held at the striking St. Ignatius Church (on the campus of Boston College) where they saw one another for the first time. Tara took a few deep breaths and floated down the aisle while Jamie beamed. They choose the Boston College Club downtown Boston which boasts one of *the most* beautiful Boston skyline views in the city, but before settling into the party we made a photo pit stop at Post Office square to capture their newlywed glow. The community theme grew as they hugged and toasted with their guests. At one point during the cocktail hour the rooms that sprawled among the Boston College Club were buzzing with the happy sounds of laOur fabulous Associate Photographer Chuck joined us for this wedding as well, so it’s fun to see our New England team’s voices working together on one event.
In a world where time seems to fly faster than any of us can keep up with, there are two things that slow us down: birth and death. While we honor and respect the end of life process, our work has focused on many beginnings for people: new relationships, new marriages, new life. And while both seasons of life teach us many things, we’ve found great joy in our work where life and love are expanding. It was without question then – when the S family reached out to ask us to document their growing family this summer as they welcomed a little girl into their lives that we were honored. It’s clear that baby L seems to have found her place among this joyful trio, now happily a team of four. Chuck documented this session for us, and we are smitten with the results. Even among the happy chaos of a busy toddler flying around there is still a quiet dependency and bond developing within this family as they meet the needs of sweet little L. She’s a lucky little peach, and we were glad to have the privilege of meeting these four during this special season of their lives.
Some of our couples are on the fence about whether to do an Engagement Session or not. We are always big fans of going for one for several reasons. First off, they are similar to a catering tasting or wedding dress fitting, both of which are preparations to help the Wedding Day run more smoothly. Secondly, they are just plain *fun*. Some couples can have nerves about being in front of the camera, which we totally get. Matt and I purposefully put ourselves in front of someone else’s camera on an annual basis so we are constantly reminded what it’s like to be in front of that little black box – and it can be scary! It’s our job to make it fun and easy, so we do this the best way we know how – with a very laid back approach. When we have the luxury of an hour or so with nothing to do but take photos with two people in a great location, good things happen. It makes the wedding day a much easier task when it comes to photos since we’ve already built up the repertoire and we feel like old friends versus vendors. I met up with Cass in Matt back in July (HOW is it September 1st already!?) and they needed NO prompting from me to shine in front of the camera. They are naturally warm and affectionate with one another and putting them in an early morning Minneapolis sunrise on the Stone Arch Bridge made this session a breeze. We are looking forward to shooting their wedding next May and know that this is just a small taste of really great things to come. Cass and Matt, you guys are the bees knees! Thanks for sharing your love.
What a fantastic Wedding Day Jessica and Zack had. Everything about these two is so genuine. They are honest, loving, gentle, hard-working, creative and talented to boot. Both being professional modern dancers, our paths first crossed with Jessica almost ten years ago in the Minnesota dance community. Zack came into Jess’s life shortly after but it wasn’t until they were planning their wedding that we got to know him better. Every interaction we’ve shared with them has proven that Jess has found a gem in Zack. When they started planning their wedding they quickly found the perfect place to gather their closest family and friends for their union: Minnetonka Orchards. The sweeping vista of trees and green grass whispers a peaceful calm in a way only rural Minnesota can do. Minutes outside the metro area, it would serve as a fantastic backdrop for Jess’ out of state family and Zack’s local crew. They’ve built a family of friends here in Minnesota as well, so their wedding was filled with lots of loving guests to cheer these two on as they became husband and wife. Their wedding day was just what they hoped for; a laid-back gathering bringing together the communities who have seen them this far and a fantastic party filled with local food, great drinks and DANCING. Oh the dancing! There are moments where we wish we could be videographers – and Jess and Zack’s first dance was one of them. We know their future together will be filled with choreographed (and improvised) adventures which we are thrilled to stand on the sidelines and cheer for. Congratulations Jess and Zack, we just love you two!