Looking at these pictures just brings the biggest smile to my face! These girls have so much personality, and I’m so honored I got to photograph both their newborn sessions, and all their milestone sessions! And yes, I totally photographed mom and dad’s engagement, and wedding too!
Give me a cute baby, a puppy, and a gorgeous couple and bam, magic happens! I love this family so much! Hard to believe it was over five years ago I met them for engagement photos, then wedding, then baby…. I feel so honored I get to be their photographer and friend!
Hello cuteness overload! This blue eyed handsome boy was just the sweetest ever for his pictures! The little hat, the little jeans… Can I sign up for one just like him??? His momma was also the person who got me started with using the hair line Monat, which has helped me so much with making my hair healthy again! If you’d like samples just let me know and I’ll connect you guys!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! If you know me you probably know much I love M&Ms, twix, sneakers, all the chocolates, really. I’m in Phoenix right now, and we have a house party to go to and all I know is that I’ll be eating all the good candy haha! Wanna know what my costume is? Checkout my Instagram Stories and I’ll show you!
And these adorable boys? They’ve been in my life since the older brother was something like 1 or 2 years old… (maybe 6 months lol?). You guys he’s 10!!! I love them and love I get to photograph them twice a year to celebrate their b-days!
I hope you’re all trick or treating tonight, and eating more candy than it’s healthy!
Another wonderful family session! I’m loving the different shades of blue, and all the beautiful smiles I got from little C! I’m glad we had lots of leaves around because it’s become a tradition for me to have him gather a handful and throw it in the air!
This picture of the boys laying on the grass, and just laughing and having fun, brings me so much joy! I think of them years from now, as adults, looking back and remembering they were loved, and had so much fun growing up!
I know I’m a photographer, and a little biased, but photos like these are truly a gift :-).
I absolutely LOVE the Seys family! Seven years working with them and I feel so honored I get to see these boys growing up! Little brother D is wearing Jcrew from head to toe, and that’s one of my favorite brands. Doesn’t he look like a little model??? The older boys are no longer boys, and have both surpassed me in height… At least the parents and I haven’t aged at all in seven years, if anything, we all just look younger and cuter :-). Cheers to this wonderful family!
Can we just talk about little G’s coat for a second? Her grandma made it for her, and it’s the cutest coat ever! And the bow… I can’t even with the cuteness! G is having a birthday party soon, and the theme is “Sugar + Spice,” because she’s the sweetest girl, with a strong personality! It was such a pleasure to meet this family, and I can’t wait to show them all their pictures!
It’s Friday and I know Fridays are already awesome, because weekend, right? But it’s even more awesome today, because this sweet girl was the best ever for her session, and this is probably one of my favorite sessions this year!
Her mom sent me a message a couple of hours before the session saying C did not want to go down for a nap, and would probably be crabby. Well, she was all smiles and cuddles the entire time. I might have to start recommending no naps before pictures from now on… And her headband!!!!
This past Saturday was a bit chilly, and VERY windy, but since the rain finally decided to give us a break, we went for it and even found some new spots that made me feel like we were exploring a little forest! Clients looking for color inspiration, I LOVE this color combo of pine green, different shades of blue, and cream!
Another beautiful color combo! Happy Fall everybody!
I gave her a big hug when I saw her, and she told me she didn’t really have time to properly prepare for photos this time around. And that’s just another reason I’m a fan of my style of shooting. It’s NOT about props or anything other than showing the love you feel for one another. She did nail it with the outfits, but at the end of the day, I bet she’ll love these because it will make her remember the snuggles, the loving expressions, and the love they feel for each other. And yes, I’m totally in love with this new location in Minneapolis!
Six-month photos are some of my favorite photos to take! These little ones seem to be fascinated by everything around them. They love their fingers, and are constantly making noises that just melts the heart. They are also not yet MOBILE, which means wherever I put them, that’s where they’ll stay :-). They change so much from newborn to 6 months, and I love capturing all the facial expressions we couldn’t get with the newborn session.
I bet you’d never know little I had shots that morning, and that she wasn’t feeling well at all… She turned on all her charm for these photos! This sweet girl already has a place in my heart <3!
Fall is officially here, and I’ve been busy photographing all my favorite families! This session was one of my favorites so far this year, and I love everything from the color combo mom chose, to this beautiful location where the tress have started turning beautiful shades of yellow and orange, to the most amazing smile ever from little A (who’s not so little anymore!).
I had my very first hot chocolate, and yesterday I made my own version of potato, carrot, and meat soup! I have a ton of apples ready for some apple pie making, and the TV is set to record all the Hallmark movies…
What are some of your Fall activities???
Yesterday I took my last birth control pill. I’m not ready to start trying for a baby, but I am ready to start detoxing my body from years and years of birth control hormones. I started taking them at 14 to help with horrible cramps and extremely long periods, and haven’t stopped since. Im 32. I’m slowly changing things in my life, like all natural deodorant (I’m loving @primallypure) instead of the toxic antiperspirant, and using either no menstrual pads/tampons, or using an organic one. I’m going to give the cup a try next.
I’m VERY nervous about all the side effects I might experience with no longer taking the pill (like mood swings, acne, heavier periods and cramping), but I’m going for it, and I’m feeling pretty good about the decision. If you’ve been there and have ANY tips or ENCOURAGING stories to share, pretty please share with me!
I think it was 2006 or 2007 when I met this fierce mom for the first time (although she was not a mom at the time). We were both young in our careers, and from my point of view, we totally hit it off right away. We grew in our businesses, and today Jes is THE BEST BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER the world has in it (she does a session for me every year!). She’s a business rock star, and her mission to empower women to love themselves just as they are makes me wish I could record her voice and listen to it everyday. The best part is that she is touching so many lives around her, including the life of her little daughter. Words are so powerful, and this little girl is being brought up with only words that will build her up.
I love heading to Cloquet for time with this family. It usually involves much needed time with Jes, a home cooked meal by Andy, aka SUPER husband and culinary genius, and snuggles with their little daughter, 2 puppies, one cat, two turtles… and I’m sure I’m missing someone! This family is all about rescuing pups and animals in need, and all about a good meal with good conversations.
‘Till next time! I’m sure it won’t be long until I make my way up again…
They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but for Mark and Erin, who met while playing a game of craps at the casino, the spark that started in Vegas came all the way back to Minnesota, where it turned into love.
I used to have a firm opinion on seeing each other before the ceremony. But the more I photographed weddings where the couple didn’t see each other before, the more I realized all I want is for my couples to have their dream day. If not seeing each other before is part of making their day what they’ve always dreamed it would be, than that’s what I want as well. Mark + Erin chose to not see each other before, so the moment Erin walked down the aisle was the first time they saw each other that day!
I love that this wedding party is all made of family members! And the black and white color scheme is just so classy and beautiful! Erin had told me she wanted an “Anthropology meets Black tie” wedding… She nailed it!
They compliment each other in every way, and he makes her laugh all the time. I bet they didn’t think they would ever find their soul mate in Vegas, but they sure beat the odds! A couple of weeks before the wedding they went on a cruise to relax and enjoy each other; and for the Honeymoon, VEGAS!
Windows on Minnesota was another new venue for me, and I was blown away by how beautiful the views were from the 50th floor! Stunning decorations, beautiful speeches, and Buttercream cake… It was PERFECT!
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Windows on Minnesota
Hair: Renae Ferrario
Makeup: Benjamin Olson
Flowers: Martha's Gardens
Wedding Coordinator: Joan Nilsen/Ambiente Group
Bride's Dress: Posh Bridal Couture
Bride's Accessories: Gittelson Jewelers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom's attire: Mens Wearhouse
Groomsmen attire: Mens Wearhouse
Photo booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
DJ: Instant Request
Transportation: Eclipse Global Transportation
This session was very different than my light and airy work. The mood was darker, lots of harsh shadows. My goal was not to make them laugh, but to take them back to the 1940s style of photography. Their mom, Danielle, works with hair and makeup, and completely styled the girls to perfection! We were also able to have the session at the Pearl Salon, in Shakopee, where she works! One of my favorite things about the photos is looking at the expressions on their faces.
Aren’t they so good??? Thanks Danielle for the challenge! Can’t wait what you come up with in the future (pressure haha!)!
After meeting Scott & Becca, I have more and more faith in couples who meet, and fall in love, online! If you see them together, there’s no doubt they were born for each other! Their wedding day was absolute perfection…
S+B chose to have their first look before the wedding, but since they rode together to the venue, Scott was blindfolded with lace from Becca’s dress!
The sweetest wedding party! They brought me to tears a couple of times with speeches and answers to my many questions… Scott and Becca are so very loved!
This ceremony was one of my favorites! The hexagon they used was built by the groom’s dad in about two days! It was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony, and the flowers by Haute Flower Boutique just gave it the final touch.
Brunch is probably my favorite meal, so this wedding will always hold a special place in my heart for being my very first brunch wedding! French toast, eggs, bacon, croissants, mimosas… YUM! And cake by Buttercream!
S+B took off immediately after the reception and went straight to the airport for their honeymoon! Their exit was the cutest ever! Congrats Scott and Becca!
She followed him from Minnesota to Florida, Why? Because when you find your person, everything is worth it. Seven years together, and for them the butterflies are as real today as they were when they started falling in love.
Tyler and Lexie’s wedding took place at one of my favorite venues in Minnesota, the Van Dusen Mansion. I think Lexie’s dress is the most beautiful dress ever (I wore the same one at my own wedding!!!)!
THE BRIDE + GROOM
These two are as meant to be as can be! They are two whole people, but they also complete each other in a beautiful way. I loved seeing the love between them… And that Jaguar… Wow!
The Wedding Party
This wedding party was extra sweet and fun, and I can totally see why Tyler and Lexie love them all so much! The little boys pretty much stole my heart… And Holly from Taxes, we shall meet again!
T+L wrote their own vows, and said their “I do’s” under a beautiful flower arch!
And remember when I said sunset photos are a must? Yes, still true…
From the eucalyptus, to the little plane and wine bottle stopper favors, to the beautiful speeches, to dancing under the twinkle lights…. Everything was perfect! And the Buttercream cake!!!!
Photography: Poly Mendes Photography
Ceremony + Reception: Van Dusen Mansion
Catering: Mintahoe Catering
Cake Topper & Bar Sign: Miss Design Berry
Wedding Signs & Decor: SKDesign
Wedding Dress & Accessories: Posh Bridal
Alterations: The Social Room
Hair: Torrey Duerr
Makeup: Sonya Ordoff
DJ: Ted Whelan from Bellagala
Florals: Family friend, Katie
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way
Meet the world’s best baby ever! I have to admit I have very good luck with my newborn babies, and all my sessions are pretty awesome. However, Siena broke all records arriving at the studio already sleeping, and not waking up at all until I was completely done with her photos! She slept, and slept hard, the entire time. I just loved watching her… Mom and dad are pretty lucky to have such an easy baby!