2016 – what a year!
For me, a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer (and engagement and portrait photographer), 2016 was full of amazing experiences, beautiful venues, along with wonderful couples and their families and friends.
A few highlights include several of my “old favorite” venues – a spectacular wedding-in-the-round at Aria Minneapolis; the beautiful Church of the Assumption in St Paul; the ever-stunning Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; the regal Landmark Center in St Paul; and the classic Saint Paul Hotel.
A few new entries in my 2016 weddings include two events at the beautiful Minneapolis Club; the amazing architecture of the Minnesota History Center; the sumptuous Trellis Weddings & Events in Stillwater; the rustic spaciousness of the TPC Golf Club; and even a spectacular Muslim and Indian wedding celebration that lasted several days. It was so much fun, I am so honored to have worked with such amazing people!
I haven’t even touched on the awesome engagement sessions I was lucky to be a part of, including such places as Father Hennepin Bluffs, the Como Park Conservatory, Boom Island, Mears Park, and Hidden Falls Regional Park. Nor have I mentioned the fun I’ve had working with families and their newborns, as well as headshots for several of my corporate clients. I love working with each and every one!
2017 is starting off quickly with my first wedding this coming weekend (again, at the beautiful MN Landscape Arboretum!) I’ll be blogging about my latest activities soon, so in the meantime I wanted to take a look back and reminisce on some of my favorite images from the people I worked with in 2016.
I feel so lucky to have gotten to know and spend time with each of my clients, and to see their life stages and love they have for each other (as well as their family and friends). It is so wonderful to spend time with people during some of the biggest events of their lives. I hope all of my clients know how much I truly appreciate getting to know them, knowing their beautiful spirits and seeing their love and lives in front of my eyes. I enjoy spending my time with them, and I look forward to spending time with my 2017 clients too!
Jeff Troldahl and I met way back in our college days. He was one of the warmest, happiest and nicest guys around (oh, and did I mention one of the funniest too? He’ll have you laughing so hard you’ll be crying within about 5 minutes!) So of course I jumped at the chance a few years ago to photograph his wedding to Katie, his girlfriend of several years, and such a sweet and wonderful person herself. They are such an awesome couple, and I love spending time with them.
Fast forward to 2016, and Jeff + Katie’s son Thomas Jeffrey was born! I was SO excited to be able to photograph them as a family together. We spent several hours at their house for a lifestyle newborn/family photography session. This basically means we just hang out for a few hours together and follow Thomas’ lead on what we should do together. Want to eat? No problem, we’ll photograph you doing that. Need a change? NBD, we’re here for you, and will get a few shots of that too. Finally in the mood for a nap? Great! We’ll dress you up in a cute outfit and photograph you sleeping, or else hanging out with mom and dad. So many options, so little time!
Once we finished up their session, I had the three of them out to my studio a couple of weeks later for their Image Reveal and Ordering Session. They were thrilled with their images! And it’s always amazing to see how much their little guy has changed in just the few weeks since I’ve last seen him. Jeff + Katie settled on an album, birth announcements and a few gift prints from their session images.
Jeff + Katie, I am so honored that you worked with me and so lucky to know you. And I love that I can photograph you in these stages of your life together! I wish you a wonderful life together with your new little man Thomas!
Jayne Sykora, one half of the law firm Sykora & Santini, first contacted me several years ago. She and her partner, Jennifer Santini, needed some design projects created, and with my upstart design business we were a perfect fit! Once I switched over to only working for my photography business, I started taking their headshots for use on their website, as well as photos of them with other law blog partners. Jayne recently let me know that she was hoping to update their headshots soon, so with my new studio, it was perfect timing! They needed images for their law firm website showing the two of them together on the home page, as well as showing each of them alone on their bio page.
We scheduled their session in my studio on a cold, wintery January day. I had previously coached them on bringing in a variety of wardrobe options that could work great together as well as alone. They did not disappoint! They each brought a number of awesome outfits and combos, so we spent some time coordinating them and figuring out what worked best for each of them alone as well as together.
That morning, after they worked with my amazing hair and makeup artist, they were ready for their photos. We spent some time with both Jayne and Jen alone in a variety of backdrops, sets and outfits. We also made sure to photograph the two of them together. I always love working with Jayne and Jen – they are so fun to talk to, as well as easygoing and down-to-earth, and we always have fun chatting up a storm!
Thanks again for working with me, Jayne and Jen – I always wish you the best of luck on your ever-growing business, and can’t wait to work with you again soon!