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Photo Tip Tuesday #5

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Todays photo tip can help you bring tech into your wedding. A new trend amongst new brides and grooms is creating hashtags for different wedding events!

Of course you have awesome wedding photographers capturing the professional stuff but its really fun to be able to look back and see your guest's photos and well wishes on Twitter and Instagram.

Lindsey and Kevin's Engagement

Lindsey and Kevin are so sweet together. We met up with them on Wednesday evening in Como Park to do some engagement photos at sunset. Honestly we couldn't have had a more beautiful night to photograph this beautiful couple. The love and kindness that Lindsey and Kevin show each other is incredible and very contagious and we can't wait to photograph their wedding this fall!

Cozy Up and Grab a Blanket

Kelly and Jack are just the sweetest people. In Minnesota its really a brave thing to pose for engagement photos in the Winter and these two really pulled it off! Bethany and I had an idea to photograph them at Centennial Lakes in Edina because it always looks so pretty at sunset. It turned out that it was the same spot they got engaged!

Jack and Kelly were sooo easy to photograph because they were so comfortable and in love with each other. It was impossible for them to not act natural! We took a nice (although chilly) walk around the lake with these two lovebirds photographing as we went. We found a sweet bonfire and warmed up a bit with some hot chocolate. 

These two are such a fun couple and we cant wait to photograph their wedding this summer!


Hey all! We are getting super excited for the holiday season. Bethany and I have been busy decking the halls and drinking spiced apple cider! It will be so nice having most of our Minnesota family here to spend Christmas with and all the nieces and nephews to play in the snow with.

Speaking of Minnesota Christmases, we are totally up for some winter couples sessions! The point of couples photography is to show the love and fun you have together and a huge part of living in Minnesota is cold weather, right? Why not combine em. We can bundle up, build a snowman, sled down a hill, and have a chilly little session. Its a great idea for a couples gift to each other. Engaged? married? A new photo of yourselves is a great gift for parents and grandparents! Got kids? Bring em.

Here are some of our photos from the last few days.

Kaila and CJ

Hey all!

Ryan and I had the pleasure of photographing my dear friend Kaila and her wonderful boyfriend CJ this past weekend. I have known Kaila since she was born, her and I only have brothers so we are the closest thing we could get to sisters. She is my little sister. As young little girls we would spend most of our days in wild adventures, building forts and listing to the Newsboys. "Shine, make em wonder whatcha got". She will always remain my sister, and I am so grateful for her.

Kaila and CJ both have hearts of gold, they value people and spending time with the ones they are dear to them. I haven't met many couples who honor each other as much as these two. They are both so genuine with who they are and what they believe in it makes me so happy to see them together. We had a blast on this little shoot we did with them.

Jacke and Drew

Jackie & Drew: 

Ten years ago I was sitting in a 7th grade choir classroom all alone on my first day at a new school and two friendly faces sat and talked to me. I instantly felt warm and like I had a place to belong. 

One of those girls was Jackie and it sounds so cheesy but we've been friends ever since. I have always felt safe when I am with her, she makes you feel at home and comfortable. Jackie is the sweetest person you could meet... her heart is so full of love and she is a burst of sunshine. The day I met Drew it all made sense. Jackie was complete. Everything about Drew was what I wanted and hoped for, for my dear friend.  He is her all, her driving force, her rock. I love watching them interact, they have a very real and noticeable love. A love that lasts. As a couple they are an unstoppable love train! I am more then trilled to watch their love adventure continue!  

These are some picks from our beautiful fall engagement session the other day.