miki + kristel’s minneapolis engagement story

July 13th, 2014

Cover1Minneapolis 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:



on breakfast and farmer’s markets | danielle + terry’s sunday morning engagement session

June 25th, 2014

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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 storyLetting 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.

Danielle + Terry | Sunday Morning from athena pelton on Vimeo.

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on pine trees and ice cream| breanna + michael

June 2nd, 2014


Breanna and I met a few years ago when I hired her to design and brand my first official photography website. We hit it off pretty instantly and became friends during my design experience. She is responsible for this incredible site, as well, and my crazy awesome new logo and branding. Breanna is an incredible creative with exquisite taste and a killer style, and she writes an incredible column for freelance designers. Professional accolades aside, Breanna is also a beautiful soul. She is sweet, kind, honest, authentic, and has a sharp wit, though she most likely won’t admit it. She makes insanely delicious mac + cheese (which I’m still desperately waiting to sample) and every time we get together she tells me a little bit more about her love, Michael. That he takes great care of her. That he’s her favorite travel companion. That he is patient and something about his presence just makes her feel completely at ease being exactly herself. No facades. No strings. No masks. That he is truly, unequivocally, her best friend.

Bre and Michael met young and have already been together longer than most marriages seem to last these days. After spending an evening hiking with them  and getting to know Michael myself, (and, okay, let’s face it, after having some pretty epic ice cream) I’m certain that they are perfect for each other. I’m even more confident that they’ve got what it takes to make it.

Here are a few of my favorite images from our evening together:


Bre + Michael – thank you for inviting me to document this chapter in your story. I cannot wait for your wedding! xo