Ross and Jackie

 

When I first started blogging my photography, I really, really wanted to blog everything. I wanted to blog everything, but I especially wanted to blog the weddings. Because weddings aren't like other photo sessions. They aren't just a short little snippet of a day, and they aren't meant to just simply capture what you look like this year. Wedding days are a story, and once the day passes, the photos and...

 

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Bret and Mary

 

Bret and Mary got married last August, on a gorgeous day in Minnesota. I've enjoyed every wedding that I've photographed, but there were so many things about this day that I just loved. From the mismatched dresses (which is one of my favorite wedding trends,) and the fun loving and joyful people that made up the bridal party, to the thoughtful and sentimental details and moments that...

 

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Wyoming Adventures: June and July

 

I know that it's the 20th of July. And that I haven't posted my June post yet. And, well, part of the reason is because my computer's been acting up lately and having issues connecting to the internet, but the bigger reason is that I don't miss using the internet on my computer all that much, and thus haven't really bothered trying to figure it out. So, if you're someone who's been regularly checking my blog to see if...

 

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Megan

 

I wish I could say that I'm so caught up on blogging that this is a 2018 senior, but nope. Megan just graduated from Howell High School last weekend.

 

It's hard for me to be away during the school year, and not be at home when all of the siblings are growing up. Megan graduating, Kaylin getting confirmed, Tyler turning 16 and driving, another...

 

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Wyoming Adventures: May

 

I had decided earlier in the year that I needed to take the summer off from wedding pictures, as I'm not completely sure that they're something that I want to continue doing. I LOVE taking the pictures, and I absolutely love being there for a wedding day (I've teared up at every single one.) But, I really don't love the hours sitting at my computer going through and editing pictures. I don't...

 

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Jason and Mandy

 

I met up with Jason and Mandy's family back in July, for a quick family session out at McLain's. Mandy had been wanting a family picture that she could print as a canvas for her wall, and with two four-month old additions, well, it was the perfect time to get it done!

 

While Mandy was getting the twins changed and ready, the older kids were...

 

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Mark and Anne

 

One of the things I've noticed about life since I've graduated and moved out, is when you live alone and spend most of your time with people your own age, you don't feel like you're getting much older. Life is just kind of going, and you're still growing up, but not nearly as quickly as you used to, because you're no longer counting by up grade or down by the years until you can get your license or graduate. Time doesn't...

 

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Mark and Becca

 

Now that Christmas is over, and Christmas cards have (hopefully) all been sent out, I can share some of the family sessions I shot over the summer! First up, Mark and Becca's kiddos.

 

Becca was one of the very first people to ask me to take pictures for her, back when I was still learning the camera and...

 

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2016


 

Alan and Janelle

 

Although Alan and Janelle's was my third wedding of 2016, Janelle was the first of those three brides to ask me to be her photographer. This was back in November, when I had just shot my first solo wedding, and I still wasn't completely sure what I was getting myself into. I wasn't sure if my pictures were good enough, if I trusted myself enough, if I had enough experience to really do my own weddings. So before...

 

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Jason and Katie

 

Jason and Katie got married on a gorgeous Saturday back in May. I had traveled to Minnesota the weekend before for Brett and Kelly's wedding, so I met Katie only a few days before her big day.

 

I'm such an awkward person, so I always worry when I photograph a wedding without really...

 

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Brett and Kelly

 

Brett and Kelly got married on a gorgeous Saturday back in May, and I loved so much about their day. The colors were so bright and springy, there were some awesome DIY projects incorporated into the wedding, everyone was so friendly and cheerful and attentive...such a fun day with such...

 

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Bret and Mary

 

I met Bret and Mary to take their engagement pictures when I was in Minnesota between my May weddings, and it was one of those sessions where I spent the whole time grinning away behind my camera, absolutely in love with their love. I sound cheesy, I know, but seriously. The way these two look at each other. The way they joke and laugh and talk. You can't help but love them.

 

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Andy

 

My second and only other senior session for the class of 2016 was my brother Andy. In typical guy/younger brother fashion, he wasn't too into sitting in front of the camera for me, which worked out, as this ended up being one of the hottest days of the summer, and thus, a very short session. And I do give him props for being in jeans and a long sleeve, considering I had just come out of the lake and had my...

 

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Laura

 

Laura was one of just two senior sessions I did for the class of 2016. I met her before I moved away for college, when she took over the job that I was leaving, and it was so fun to meet up a year later, and to catch up on what had happened in life. I had so much fun spending the morning snapping pictures between the talk and laughter...

 

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Alan and Janelle

 

For the next five weekends I'll be shooting and second shooting weddings between Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. I am oh so ready for the break from school and papers and exams, and I can't think of any better way to spend it than with a camera in hand, witnessing life and love and happy days! I still can't believe...

 

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Brett and Ruth

 

Being the oldest girl in my family, and only having two older brothers, we haven't really had a wedding in the family that I've been able to be a part of. So second shooting weddings this past year, I've been able to witness more than I had been in my 19 years before that.

 

And so far, I think that this one...

 

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Charley and Kaitlin

 

School and work and life have been keeping me busy lately and blogging has kind of fallen to the bottom of my to-do list. But I have a few things that I want to share, so I'll see what I can get posted in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed I can do it all! First up.

 

Charley and Kaitlin got married on a cold and windy day back in November. This was...

 

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my people

 

Wednesday we got our Christmas card picture taken and out of the way. When I do our family picture, it's a bit of a process. The camera gets set up on the tripod and everyone gets told where to stand. Then I take a few test shots, take my place, and use the remote to snap the picture. And when the remote doesn't work, we call mom and have her come down from the house and push the button for us. And sometimes we...

 

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life lately

 

I've been busy. Between school and work and holidays and pictures, I've had no time for blogging. So this is my attempt to catch up. I'll have session posts coming, hopefully in the near future, but as for my real life, this is what I've been up to.

 

Starting with Thanksgiving, the first real break from school that I had all first semester. It was...

 

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