I can honestly say I’d never done an outdoor early spring engagement session prior to working with Lauren + Wes. Either the snow and cold were too much for my couples, or the land was too brown and muddy, or they chose a different time of year, or they preferred to have photographs taken indoors, etc. So when Lauren + Wes said they settled on Bryant Lake Regional Park (of the Three Rivers Parks District) for their engagement session in early April, I had no idea what to expect. I live very close to another Three Rivers Park, Silverwood, and I have photographed there a ton and I love it soooooo much, and I was hoping it would be similar. I was not disappointed!
From the beautiful sunset we witnessed, to the loons calling on the lake (yes, IN the city!), to all the other birds and critters we saw and heard, we had such a great time! The light snow over the winter meant the grasses were still rich, gold, and abundant. Even the lack of leaves on the trees did not disappoint – they made for amazing structure and texture in many of our images. And the sky cooperated as well – a misty sun and touches of blue would peek through textured clouds. Very moody and dramatic light! The park had a very renowned disc golf course, and since Lauren + Wes were avid disc golfers too, we even spent some time taking photos of them with one of their favorite pastimes.
Thank you so much for choosing to work with me Lauren + Wes! I am so happy for you both, and so excited for your big day!
Living in Minnesota, I believe we are incredibly lucky to have a place like the Como Park Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St Paul to be able to visit during our long, cold, sleepy and dark winters. Spending an hour or two amongst the beautiful vegetation, trees, plants, flowers and HUMIDITY can really make you feel like you went on a mini tropical vacation even on the coldest January day. So whenever someone wants to consider photographing during our winter or very early spring, I always advocate paying a visit there. Luckily, when I mentioned it to Dustin and Nicole for their engagement photos, they were excited to try it out!
We visited on a blustery cold day in March. Dustin and Nicole hadn’t visited the Conservatory in many years, and were so happy with how beautiful everything was. There are endless photo opportunities – tropical plants, blooming flowers, palm trees, ferns, pools and waterfalls. Dustin and Nicole were happy to go with the flow, and we happened to visit at a point when there weren’t quite as many visitors as normal, so we had many of the ideal spots to ourselves. And of course, the two of them are so fun to spend time with and so cute together – it made for an awesome day!
Dustin and Nicole, I am so happy you chose to work with me on your engagement photography, and I cannot wait for your wedding in June! Happy spring and best of luck with your wedding planning!
Today I wanted to take some time to highlight my newer product line that I am proud to be carrying – wedding albums from Graphistudio! Graphistudio is one of the oldest and most prestigious wedding album manufacturers in the world, with their founding in 1982 in Italy. Even today, the albums are still made at their headquarters in Italy, but they have grown to have offices all over the world. I’m going to highlight three albums for you to get a sense of the variety, customizability and craftsmanship of their albums.
First up with have Amanda + Dan’s album. All of my Graphistudio albums come with an incorporated, protective Design Box that keeps the album safe from damage, dust and light. The exterior features a black Touch material (a luxurious soft finish) with printed names and wedding date. The box interior features silver linen, as well as a yellow satin ribbon (with yellow and gray being Amanda + Dan’s wedding colors, the choices were fitting.) The album itself features one of the highlights of Graphi’s custom options – a silver metal cover with printed image, fitting perfectly with a beautiful infrared image from Amanda + Dan’s wedding day. The album is bound with a supple bright yellow leather, again echoing Amanda + Dan’s wedding colors. The interior pages are a beautiful photo paper with protective coating, ensuring decades of enjoyment by family and friends.
Next I would like to highlight Anna + Brandon’s album. Their wedding took place in downtown Minneapolis at the Dayblock Event Center, with portraits taken at and behind the Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins area of Minneapolis, so it seemed fitting to customize their Design Box (as well as the album binding) with Graphi’s Maple option in a color that reflected the rustic, worn wood of the old structures of the area. Contrasting the Maple’s worn wood feel was Graphi’s Crystal cover – emulating the feeling of the glass throughout the city. The Maple and Crystal were paired with a green linen Design Box interior (to contrast the blue of the wedding color) as well as the blue ribbon to coordinate with the groom’s tie and blue wedding color. The photos were printed on Graphi’s metallic photo paper.
Finally, the last album I will be highlighting today is Katie + Bob’s album. Their wedding took place at the Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Menomonie WI. The Design Box features a beautiful Pearl Linen exterior and elegant script font. The interior is a contrasting burlap-style linen. The two paired together really highlight the rustic elegance of Katie + Bob’s day. The satin ribbon is a bright orange which was in the palette of the wedding colors of warm reds, oranges and pinks. The album itself features another highlight of Graphistudio’s – the soft, supple, velvety Sequoia distressed leather. Note that the engraved text on the cover is actually cut directly out of the leather material to give the dimensional quality of debossed text. And images are printed on beautiful satin photo paper with satin coating.
I’ve got these and other album samples as well to view, so please don’t hesitate to call and coordinate a time to meet at my studio so I can show you these amazing albums!