2015 – In Review

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. […]

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summerstreetphotography_686 summerstreetphotography_687 summerstreetphotography_688 summerstreetphotography_689 summerstreetphotography_690 summerstreetphotography_691 summerstreetphotography_692 summerstreetphotography_693 summerstreetphotography_694 summerstreetphotography_6952015 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.

*Previous years in review: 2011, 2012 (part I, II, III), 2013, and 2014*

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Cheryl + Alex = Married

When we started this business we had no idea what would happen. We didn’t think we’d eventually be shooting in over a dozen states each year – and we definitely didn’t think we’d get to work with other talented photographers and showcase their lovely work for our clients. When Cheryl and Alex (who live in Missouri) […]

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Morgan + Kraig = Married

Morgan and Kraig were married a few weeks back on a glorious summer day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Our Midwest Associate Photographer Abby was there to capture all the fun and we are loving their bright, colorful wedding day filled with joy. Before their ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the two shared […]

Morgan and Kraig were married a few weeks back on a glorious summer day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Our Midwest Associate Photographer Abby was there to capture all the fun and we are loving their bright, colorful wedding day filled with joy. Before their ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the two shared a private moment in McKennan Park for some photos and to savor the anticipation before they joined their guests at the church. The grandeur of the cathedral always photographs in such a classy manner, so seeing Morgan in her bespoke wedding gown and Kraig in a tuxedo really added some magic to their traditional ceremony. They joined friends and family at the Coliseum of Sioux Falls downtown where they celebrated with a scrumptious meal and a custom popcorn bar. We have loved seeing this day through Abby’s lens and have been a little bit jealous of Morgan and Kraig’s Italian Adventure after their wedding as they honeymooned across the pond. Congratulations you two! We wish you the best!

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Leah + Mike = Married

When Mike and Leah set out to plan their nuptials, they knew they wanted something historic, unique and fun. They wanted something that wasn’t your traditional ballroom and chicken-dinner type wedding. When they told us about their plans to get married on a historic Riverboat on the Saint Croix off of Stillwater, we couldn’t be […]

When Mike and Leah set out to plan their nuptials, they knew they wanted something historic, unique and fun. They wanted something that wasn’t your traditional ballroom and chicken-dinner type wedding. When they told us about their plans to get married on a historic Riverboat on the Saint Croix off of Stillwater, we couldn’t be more excited. Mike and our very own Matt go way back. I’m talking, they have been friends since they were in diapers. It’s not often that we are invited to a wedding that we are also photographing, so it worked out to be a perfect fit to have our Midwest Associate Photographer Abby shoot their big day. Since Matt was in the wedding and I got to be a wedding guest (what do you mean I can eat and drink at a wedding? :)) it was fun to sit back and watch the action unfold from a guest’s perspective, and then later catch up with Abby about all the fun she had with these two. Mike and Leah’s wedding turned out to be exactly as they hoped, with an emphasis on the fun, and it was an honor to work with them. Mike and Leah, you know we love you guys and are so happy for you as you become a new family. Congratulations!

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Krystal + Patrick = Married

Krystal and Patrick were married on a beautiful September day in the state capitol of Minnesota (ten points if you’re not from MN and know what city that is!) at the James J Hill Library downtown Saint Paul. These two, who currently call Chicago home, were set on hosting a classy yet laid back wedding […]

Krystal and Patrick were married on a beautiful September day in the state capitol of Minnesota (ten points if you’re not from MN and know what city that is!) at the James J Hill Library downtown Saint Paul. These two, who currently call Chicago home, were set on hosting a classy yet laid back wedding that their friends and family could celebrate together after their long courtship leading up to their wedding. Our Midwest Associate Photographer Abby was there to capture all the action and clearly had a great time working with Krystal and Patrick and their kind crew of friends and family. We are so happy for you, Krystal and Patrick, and we wish you nothing but the best in your new adventure; marriage! Congratulations!

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Debra + Tyler = Married

What do you get when you put together two outgoing thespians, one crew of fun friends, a slew of loving and joyful relatives, a farm and a quaint small-town American storefront wedding venue? Deb and Tyler’s wedding. That’s what. Abby had the privilege of photographing Deb and Tyler’s big day in Manvel, North Dakota and […]

What do you get when you put together two outgoing thespians, one crew of fun friends, a slew of loving and joyful relatives, a farm and a quaint small-town American storefront wedding venue? Deb and Tyler’s wedding. That’s what. Abby had the privilege of photographing Deb and Tyler’s big day in Manvel, North Dakota and we’re loving the images she captured. How beautiful does Deb look? And how sweet is Tyler? Seriously. These two are the complete package and we’ve had such a great time getting to know them as new friends. In lieu of the traditional Bridal Party, Deb and Tyler decided to personalize their wedding by having a “menagerie” of friends, each representing an animal that matched their personality (now you know whey they are wearing ears in some of the photos). They also made their day extra special by having Tyler’s father officiate the ceremony. The celebration continued downtown Manvel with their cozy dinner reception and adorable woodland centerpieces to accompany their menagerie theme. Congratulations Tyler and Deb! We wish you an eternity of happiness together.

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Sarah + Jon = Married

This wedding has a whole lot of love going on, doesn’t it? Our new Midwest Associate Photographer Abby did such a great job capturing Sarah and Jon’s sweet love. Stillwater, MN is one of our favorite quaint towns to day-trip, and Sarah and Jon’s historic courthouse wedding emulates the spirit of this sleepy river town. […]

This wedding has a whole lot of love going on, doesn’t it? Our new Midwest Associate Photographer Abby did such a great job capturing Sarah and Jon’s sweet love. Stillwater, MN is one of our favorite quaint towns to day-trip, and Sarah and Jon’s historic courthouse wedding emulates the spirit of this sleepy river town. These two share a special love. They are both kind-hearted, honest and grounded people who share a big love for baseball. We love their cheery, vintage decor that just beams with happiness. We were so honored to have had the opportunity to work with them and know they are going to live a truly meaningful life together. Congratulations Sarah and Jon!

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