It’s that time of year again — time for me to reflect on all that’s happened over the past twelve months. I’ve been dreading this post, actually. Which probably seems odd. But it means that this year is over. That it’s gone, folded into the pages of memory, and I’m not quite ready to let it go just yet. It was incredibly perfect. Everything I’ve been dreaming of since I launched this humble endeavor, and decided, once and for all to chase headlong into the chasm of dreaming-so-big-it’s-scary. This year has been – has meant – everything.
But much to my chagrin, and despite my resistance, the year is coming to a close. So it’s time to savor each and every moment I was able to spend with all of you. A walk down the aisle. A new baby. Friendship. Family. Joy. Your stories are my why, and every single time you step in front of my camera, with your heart full of trust and your eyes wide, I am thankful. I am humbled. I am amazed and awed and filled with overused adjectives that spill forth in a effort to express how I am so incessantly and constantly overwhelmed by how wonderful it is that I get to do this every day. That I get to stand alongside you as you etch your names onto the pages of your stories, your laugh lines and tears punctuating each paragraph, my photographs stuck in chapters, creased, but not worn. Steady. Timeless.
Thank you. Forever and always and more than these tiny words on a screen will ever be able to express. For your trust, and love, and kindness, and friendship. Most of all, thank you for extending the invitation to witness your stories unfold, and allowing me the opportunity to capture them – to document the beauty and imperfection and laughter and minutia – as authentically and honestly and beautifully as I can.
Minneapolis is an integral part of their story, so Miki + Kristel + I met at Boom Island Park last Monday night for their engagement session. We found triangles and teepees and wildflowers and woods and had an absolute blast. Here are a few of my favorites from their session:
Engagement sessions are my favorite. It’s such a great way to get to know my clients (and turn them into my friends!) and get them acclimated to what it’s like in front of my lens. It also gives me a bit of insight into their day-to-day life. The bones of their story. You see, if you know anything about me by now, it’s that I wholeheartedly believe that your story isn’t about the wedding, but rather about the marriage. About who you became before you met, who you’re still becoming, and who you’re yet to be. Marriage isn’t a fairy tale, but it is still your story. Letting me into to pieces of it before your wedding day means I can tell it a little bit more authentically.
And straight from my heart.
Danielle and Terry purchased this home a year ago, and tore the entire first floor down to the studs. They’ve come a long way since then and the home they’ve created is a true reflection of who they are. Unique. Real. Raw. Light. Open. This house is the beginning of their story together, so I knew it was the perfect backdrop for their engagement session. I
asked pleaded with them to let me come over on a Sunday morning and document their very normal, very real, every day existence.
Because real life, darlings, is pure magic.