Wellan Turns One

Wellan is the sweet little daughter of my fellow Stout Design Alumni, Leah and Calvin. These two are both so incredibly talented—Calvin does awesome video work and Leah is an amazing designer, illustrator, AND new small business owner! She recently opened Yes Please, a shop in Menomonie that sells unique handmade gifts. I can't wait to check it out in person!

Aside from being talented artists, Leah and Calvin are amazing parents, too. Their parenting style allows Wellan to explore and discover and learn things outside of the ordinary. It has been so fun to see the unique ways they infuse their creativity into Wellan's life—I especially admire their video blogs. (Seriously...coolest parents ever!) Wellan already has a big personality, and I'm excited to see how her parents' traits and talents rub off on her as she grows. 

Needless to say, I was inspired to do something a little different for this shoot. I thought it'd be fun to capture mini stop-motion "video" clips throughout the session. I've sprinkled a few of my favorites throughout the post. Enjoy!

Mason's One-year Session

This post has been over a month in the making—now that my wedding has come and gone, I can put my free time toward photography again. I'm excited to (finally) share some photos from Mason's one-year session!

Its always so great working with repeat clients—I love seeing how much they grow and how their little personalities take shape between those first few days of life and their first birthday. Mason was no exception. I had the pleasure of taking his newborn photos (somehow his blog post disappeared when I switched over to my new website—darn!) and I remember him being such a strong little guy with lots of little smiles. Fast forward a year, and that certainly hasn't changed! He's been walking for a few months now, and his session was full of smiles—and a bit of a workout, chasing him around with the camera as he explored his surroundings. I had so much fun spending the evening with Mason and his creative & stylish mama. She had so many fun ideas and cute outfits for him! See for yourself:

Pa & Mark's City Park Wedding

Pa and Mark are one of the most thoughtful, loving, and selflessly giving couples I've had the pleasure to photograph. Their Irvine Park wedding in Saint Paul was filled with beauty and emotion as they exchanged their vows while surrounded by their closest family and friends.

Pa & Mark, it was an honor to be a part of your special day—thank you so much for allowing me to capture these memories! I wish you both the best in life and marriage.

Ceremony Venue: Irvine Park
Reception Venue: Mendakota Country Club
Florals: Studio Emme

Katie & Joel's Barn Wedding

I'm so excited to share the excitement from Katie & Joel's wedding day with you! It was a beautiful, crazy, stormy, lovely, fun-filled barn wedding, and I couldn't have asked for a better couple to photograph that day! As the storm approached, Katie and Joel kept smiles on their faces throughout the chaos as their families pulled together to move decorations to the lower level of the barn. The plans for an outdoor ceremony moved into the barn, but it was the perfect celebration of love nonetheless. Katie and Joel, thanks for allowing me to photograph your special day!

A big thanks to Colin Schye for second-shooting with me!

Baby Naomi // St. Paul Newborn Photography

Meet Naomi. This little sweetheart was lucky enough to enter this world on Christmas Day! I had such a great time photographing her—she was a great little model and had the most beautiful lips and lashes. She even gave me a few sleepy smiles! (Those are the best—I feel so blessed when I’m able to capture them.) I’m so excited to watch Naomi grow up!
Congrats to Naomi’s family—I know they love her so much!

Amy & Shawn // Ice Cream Shop & Fishing themed E-session

I had so so SO much fun with these two! I met fellow designer & photographer Amy and her fiancé Shawn out at the cutest (& yummiest) little ice cream shop: Olson's Ice Cream Parlor in Chippewa Falls, where the two shared a cone and some kisses. Afterwards, it was fishing time! These two love fishing together. Their secret spot: Lake Wissota. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful autumn day—blessed with gorgeous weather and a gorgeous couple! Thanks for a fun shoot, Amy and Shawn. Looking forward to photographing your wedding in May!

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Debbie & Terry // Minnehaha Falls

Debbie & Terry are incredibly kind and such an easygoing couple. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And their reception: anything but ordinary! Guests got to bowl the night away at Memory Lanes. How fun is that!? Thank you, Debbie and Terry, for allowing Gunnar and I to photograph your special day!

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Gracie & Ian // Engaged! // Menomonie, Wisconsin Engagement Photography

This couple is oh-so-dear to my heart, and I had the most amazing time doing their engagement session! For their session we traveled out to Menomonie — where we all attended college together. Gracie is the sweetest friend a girl could have, and Ian is just perfect for her. And I just love their save-the-date idea! (Background story: these two go to old photo booths every month or so to get their pictures taken together. It has become a tradition and now they've got countless photo strips!) We had an absolutely awesome day, and I couldn't be more excited for their wedding in February!

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Emilio // Woodbury Newborn Photography

This little guy is Emilio. He was born five weeks early and was oh so little! I got to meet him on his 17th day of life. He was such a precious angel. Welcome to the world, little "Emmy"

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Are you expecting? If you're interested in scheduling a newborn session, please contact me at least two months prior to your baby's due date to ensure we can schedule a time when your baby is two weeks or younger.

Idiarte Family // Lake of the Isles // Minneapolis Family Photography

This is one of the best families I've had the pleasure of photographing. And it was so great to spend some time capturing some of their moments together in Minnesota before they moved to Brazil. Little Isabella has grown so much since I last photographed her. She still has those same adorable cubby cheeks she had in her newborn session though! Such an adorable girl and beautiful family. Best wishes in Brazil, you three!

Jasper // 11 days new // Saint Paul Newborn Photography

Meet Jasper, 8 lbs 5 oz of pure sweetness. I got to meet this sweet little boy on day 11 of his new life. He is sure loved and adored by his new family! It was so great watching Chris and Rachael interact with their little guy. So special! Here's a preview for Jasper's family.

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Are you expecting? If you're interested in scheduling a newborn session, please contact me at least two months prior to your baby's due date to ensure we can schedule a time when your baby is two weeks or younger.

Chelsy & Bryan // Engaged! // Northfield, Minnesota Engagement Photography

You may remember Chelsy & Bryan from their family shoot last fall. Well, they're back again, this time ENGAGED!

It rained the entire afternoon prior to Chelsy and Bryan's shoot. Preparing for a rainy engagement shoot, I packed my umbrellas in my car and began to brainstorm some romantic rainy shot ideas, crossing my fingers that Chelsy & Bryan would be up for kissing in the rain. Chelsy and I were on the same page—she was so excited, she even wore rain boots. So we headed out to Northfield in search of some puddles. But when we arrived, the sun was shining and the sky was clear. It ended up being a great shoot nonetheless. These two are so incredibly perfect together, and their connection was so apparent every time they smiled and looked into one another's eyes. What a joy their relationship was to photograph!

Thanks Chelsy & Bryan!

Pam, Cory, & Claire // Family Photos

I'm so excited to FINALLY share Pam, Cory & Claire's family photos from this fall—now that there is SNOW on the ground, this post feels long overdue.Pam and I met in track at UW-Stout. I have countless memories of pole-vaulting with her "back in the day." Now we're both moms! Little Claire had just turned one, so Pam contacted me to take some family photos. We were blessed with perfect weather on a beautiful autumn day. Here is a little preview of some favorites from the shoot...

Heather & Adam // Eau Claire, Wisconsin Wedding Photography

This past wedding with Heather and Adam in Eau Claire, WI was so great! Heather and Adam have an amazing sense of humor, so they and their wedding party were all about taking goofy pictures and having a blast. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at a wedding! After the ceremony, we headed out to Phoenix Park, where I captured both the playful and the compassionate sides of Heather & Adam's personalities. The reception was held at the beautiful Eau Claire Golf & Country Club—absolutely gorgeous! We finished the evening with some pictures at sunset & then danced the night away.

Colleen & Nick // Engaged!

Colleen and I met back in middle school when we played soccer together. She was super sweet then, and that hasn't changed one bit. I was so excited when she contacted me to take her engagement photos. It was great to catch up with Colleen and finally meet her fiance, Nick. Although he wasn't crazy about getting his picture taken, he was a great sport. I could tell the connection between Colleen and Nick was so strong; the way they laughed with one another was adorable. I can't wait for their wedding! [hr]