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I am so excited to share my 2nd annual Valentine’s Day shoot with some of my class of 2017 senior models!

The annual shoot focuses on uplifting teenaged girls. The girls wrote down on paper hearts one vulnerability about themselves as well as one positive thing about themselves. I also asked each girl to write down one positive thing about another girl and share it with them. I absolutely loved what they shared with eachother. Seeing them smile and hug was so amazing!

The digital age can be an intimidating time. Teenaged girls not only have to attend school, concentrate on grades, sports, and after school activities, but also navigate the world of social media. It’s so easy to get lost in the “perfect” world (or what seems to be perfect) of other people on social media and I wanted to send a message that everyone is beautiful and we all have some amazing qualities.

After we shared our hearts, I asked the girls to rip up their insecurities. It symbolized that we don’t have to listen to them. We should listen to our little voices that tell us we are GOOD enough. Even GREAT!

I encouraged my models to keep their hearts from the shoot. Some day down the road they might just come across their heart and it will put a smile on their face. :)

I hope everyone takes the time to listen to their little voice in their heart that is telling them they are worthy, beautiful, and so so amazing.






Today I attended my very first protest march. I brought my daughter. She needed to see that being a woman is something to be proud of. I wanted her to experience the feeling of the solidarity we all can create when we use our voices. We marched for women’s health, we marched against sexual assault, we marched for equal pay and more importantly, we marched for HUMAN rights. Today I joined my daughter, sister-in-law, niece and SIXTY THOUSAND other human beings to let our voices be heard.

There have many times throughout the day where I have found myself with tears in my eyes. While looking out over the sea of other humans and knowing we are all equal. While talking with my daughter in the car on the way home and explaining to her that her life as a girl MATTERS (why do I have to still have this talk with my child in 2016??), and I got tears in my eyes as I tuned into national news channels and seeing the millions of humans marching in solidarity and peace.

I hope you find my imagery moving and can give you a sense of what it was like to be a part of this movement.

We REFUSE to move backward. Only FORWARD.



Meet Samantha and Scott.

Samantha and Scott are getting married at Deer Lake Orchard in Buffalo, Minnesota and I honestly can’t wait! Autumn is my favorite season and the timing of this engagement session was perfection. The trees were at peak fall colors and the sky was literally on fire. Just take a look at the images and see for yourself.

These two were so amazing to work with. They were literally so relaxed and really felt comfortable in front of the camera. I barely had to direct them at all, which makes my job easy peasy!

Samantha and Scott, thank you so much for choosing me as your wedding photographer. I am really looking forward to your wedding.






Meet Melissa and Aaron.

They are such a sweet couple. I mean literally, they just are so kind hearted and really made my job so easy.

Melissa and Aaron were married at their family church in Elk River, surrounded by family and friends. Their reception was held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake, Minnesota. When I arrived at the church to photograph the “getting ready” portion of the day, I noticed the bride and bridesmaids were wearing matching robes (gifted by the bride). The bride had also given her bridesmaids a gift or perfume and gorgeous earrings. I asked the bride if she knew what perfumes her bridesmaids wore ahead of time, and she relied that she did not. She purchased perfume whose scent reminded her of each friend. I absolutely love this idea. It’s so personal. The bride and Groom also exchanged gifts. Let’s be honest, anytime us ladies see a Tiffany & Co. blue box, we get a little giddy. I absolutely adore the necklace Aaron gifted his bride (hint, hint to my husband!). And the time piece Melissa gifted to Aaron was so handsome.

Melissa and Aaron’s first look was under a gorgeous old oak tree. The leaves were changing and honestly the images are so beautiful. All of their bride and groom portraits are so warm and really highlight the autumn surroundings. The red dresses the bridesmaids wore were perfect for an autumn wedding.

After the ceremony, we traveled to Majestic Oaks. The ballroom was so warm and inviting, with lit candles on each table, twinkle lights adorning the ceiling, and fresh flowers on each table. The guests were treated to a cocktail hour while we snuck outside for a few more bride and groom portraits among the gorgeous willow trees. During dinner, I was worried that the golden hour just wasn’t going to happen for us. The day had been overcast, and the odds were not in our favor. To my surprise, right before sunset, the clouds parted and the golden sun popped out. I quickly asked the bride and groom to step outside and they were so gracious to follow my lead. The golden hour images we captured are amazing! I just love this part of the day, and I am so thankful my clients do too.

Melissa and Aaron, I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. Congratulations on becoming husband and wife!



Reception Venue: Majestic Oaks Golf Club

Florist: Jessica Leopold

DJ: Fulton Productions

Cake: Buttercream Cakes & Desserts

Hair and Makeup: Bela Salon



Meet Rebecca and Tom. They will be married next summer at Red Barn Farm in Northfield, MN.

Rebecca and Tom asked to photograph their engagement session at an apple orchard and I absolutely love their images! Rebecca has such a bubbly personality, she giggled almost the entire session! Tom was a super sweet guy and has a very chill vibe about him. I always love hearing how my couples got engaged. Rebecca and Tom’s story did not disappoint. Tom hid Rebecca’s engagement ring inside a Harry Potter book (they are both big fans of the series), and they brought along the book so we could incorporate it into their session.

As we walked around the apple orchard, we found an old willow tree. As you may know, I love willow trees. Rebecca and Tom mentioned that there is a Whomping Willow in the Harry Potter series, so of course we had to incorporate it!

Rebecca and Tom, thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your engagement and wedding. I am really looking forward to getting to know you!