Monthly Archives: July 2011
Question: What happens when you combine the North Shore (in MN), rain, fog, 14ish hours of driving, 15ish hours of photographing, and a beautiful bride and groom?
Answer: An amazing wedding, too many fun people to count, and these pictures to show for it.
I travelled up to Eagle Ridge Resort in Lutsen, MN to photograph Christie and Bob’s wedding. Even though I grew up in MN, I’d never been to the North Shore. For those of you not familiar with the area, it is less then an hour from the Canadian border and SO beautiful!
Friday was gorgeous and sunny for the rehearsal, which was held at a chalet on top of the mountain where we had to take 4-person gondolas to get to the top. The ceremony was going to look out over Lake Superior.
(Note: this mountain is a much smaller scale than The Rockies!)
I think everyone was nervous whether or not the ceremony would actually be held outdoors at the chalet as planned because of the weather. I was nervous about all the photos! People choose places like this to get married because of the scenery…and we were looking at taking photos in the resort’s bar and grill. You never would have known it was raining on Christie and Bob’s wedding day though – they had a “What can you do?” attitude and everyone was in such a great mood.
Luckily the rain quit by one and, although the temperatures never rose much above 55, everyone remained in great spirits for the rest of the day. The bridal party (mainly the girls) braved the freezing cold beach for photos. Some of the girls ruined their shoes walking a mile across rocks and sand. And Christie and Bob looked so amazing!
Christie put so much thought in the details of her and Bob’s day. The floral mimicked the outdoorsy-ness of the North Shore (the centerpieces were actually picked from the mountain that morning!) She had signs and a personalized hanger from Etsy. Bob’s parents handed out homemade cranberry wine at the Groom’s dinner.
I. Loved. Everything. About. This. Day.
Two of Christie’s cousins (who were bridesmaids) even put together a flash mob during dinner! It was so much fun! They taught most of the bridal party the night before and then all the guests while I photographed the bride and groom right after the ceremony. When Katy Perry’s “Firework” came on during dinner, one by one guests got up to sing and dance for Christie and Bob! It was great!
It’s so fun to look through all of these images and remember the day. Everyone was so much fun! I can’t wait to share more of the portraits I took in a later post…I love the effect the fog and mist have in the images. I heard multiple people say it was very “Twilight,” which may give some of you an idea:)
Until next time…
We had scheduled this shoot for early May – but freezing temperatures, wind, and misty rain would have made the day miserable. So a month later we found ourselves at historic Navy Pier in Chicago. This was my first time shooting in the city and I was excited!
I had a great time with Elise and Josh that afternoon! It was supposed to rain that day, but turned out to be hot and humid. They walked all over that pier with me, changed outfits several times, and put a smile (or serious look) on their face whenever I asked:) Josh even put up with having lipgloss smeared on his cheeks/mouth when I asked them to kiss for photos!
I met Elise about a year ago through one of my good friends, Abby. They both work at the same salon. Elise is the receptionist and Abby is my hair stylist extraordinaire – the girl has magic hands when it comes to hair and make-up! Abby decided to have Elise over at her apartment before the shoot to do her hair and make-up. She even came along with us to be my “assistant” and do touch-ups through out the afternoon! Who wouldn’t like their own personal stylist at a photoshoot? Since Elise does such a good job at the salon taking care of all the stylists and making sure everything runs smoothly, Abby wanted to take care of her for the day and make sure she felt as beautiful as she looks.
I had asked Abby before the shoot if she had ever met Josh and she laughed and told me, ” Oh yeah. He is so chatty and funny. You will have no problem getting him to make Elise laugh for photos!” She was spot on with that description. From the moment the two of them walked up until I dropped them off at their car, they laughed and smiled. When I wanted more candid shots, all I had to do was say “Josh, make Elise laugh” and he would do something, she would laugh, and I’d get some great shots :) I truly enjoyed working with them. I know I’ve said it before, but I love seeing couples in love! That is the best part of this job – working with people during one of the happiest moments of their life.
Elise and Josh, I wish you nothing but the best as your wedding day comes closer and you two get ready to spend the rest of your lives together! Thank you so much for letting me capture a small piece of it:)
This is Annabelle…or more affectionately known as Shpoogey. She is one. She has the funniest personality. Cuddling is one of her favorite things to do. She has those cute, chubby baby thighs and I love them. She has a thing for a pink monkey – who she asks for by saying “haaahaaha” like a monkey.
This is Annabelle’s family – who I have become very good friends with in the last few years. Her mom, Monica, is my co-worker. Her dad, Andrew, takes care of sick animals. Every Wednesday, Monica cooks us dinner, I bring dessert, and we all pretend to be judges (or “jidges” as Cat Deely would say!) and critique our favorite dancers on So You Think We Can Dance. There is usually a lot of laughing and story telling going on as Monica and Andrew do impressions of people, and we re-enact our favorite YouTube videos. (Monica does a mean impression of Tim Gunn from Project Runway and Bon Qui Qui from MadTV!)
Annabelle definitely gets her personality from her parents. She is so happy and funny. So far she points to everything and says “dat?” She also knows the words “hot” and “hat.” I can’t wait to hear the phrases she says once she starts talking!
I really am lucky to call this family my friends. I look forward to every Wednesday for our SYTYCD dinners – we will have to find a new show when the summer is over! I enjoy just stopping over to say hi and play with Shpoogey. I love going to the studio, even when I’m not working, just to hang out with Monica and Kristen (our boss) because we have so much fun together. I can count on at least one moment where we laugh so hard tears are rolling down our cheeks whenever we hang out. Monica, thanks for being such an awesome friend, and thank you for letting me take these photos of your beautiful family!