Category Archives: Minneapolis
this is grey. i went to college with grey back in my interior design days, and he was always one of my favorite people to have class with. a great eye for design, a witty sense of humor, and always the best dressed. and this is amber. i met her for the first time at this shoot, but she was so sweet, also impeccably dressed, and a great compliment to grey’s personality. as she said, their personalities are the perfect balance of art/design and science (he’s an interior designer/graphic designer. she is a nurse). shortly after college he and amber met on a fun night out with friends – now they have a house, a dog named milton and a cat named jorja.
i hadn’t heard from grey much since college, just a few facebook messages and posts here and there. i was ecstatic when he contacted me to possibly photograph their wedding. it’s going to be a small, intimate affair at a very unique venue in minneapolis called warehouse winery. the venue is a mixture of industrial (think exposed brick and stainless steel) and eclectic and antique looking pieces (think elephant skulls, wine barrels, and furniture). oh, and their wedding date is 12.31.2012….metalics, neutrals, and sparklers! can’t wait:)
their engagement shoot was beyond fun and filled with sooooo many different locations and backgrounds! grey was awesome because the shoot ended up lasting about 5 hours and normally guys are done after about 1 :/ …that doesn’t usually happen but between visiting the venue and shooting locations, as well as catching up with an old friend and getting to know his lovely fiancé, those hours just added right up!! thank you so much for such a great afternoon, you two! i can’t wait for your wedding day and to see all the amazing details and personal touches you add to it to make it your own!
angelica & connor | expecting | la crosse, wisconsin portrait photographer | minneapolis, minnesota portrait photographer
Every year, some of my good friends work very hard to help put on the Eric Applen Golf Tournament. All funds raised for the tournament go directly to families with children who are battling cancer to help pay for the little, everyday expenses. I was honored when they asked me to get involved and offer a couple of portrait sessions for a silent auction.
This lovely couple won one of the sessions. Angelica and Connor are expecting their very first baby, a sweet little girl, at the end of September. We did the shoot at Centennial Lakes in Edina, MN. Angelica was absolutely glowing and it was so sweet to watch Connor take care of her as he helped her get up from benches or stairs. I’m used to photographing weddings where there’s this excitement and love everywhere about beginning a new life together. Watching an expecting couple has the same kind of excitement, but it’s more about continuing a life they’ve already begun. It makes me smile:)
To the soon-to-be parents, it was great to meet you both. I’m very happy for you and can’t wait to see that beautiful baby girl when she gets here! Take care and rest up until then!
This is Val. I still remember the day she moved in next door to me. I was 6 and she was 5. I was getting ready for bed and happened to looked out my window to see two little girls playing on MY swing set. So I yelled out to them that it was mine and they had to get off of it. Val yelled back that my mom said it was okay so after asking for her phone number 20 times and her saying they didn’t have a phone yet, we made plans to play the next day. That little conversation was over 22 years ago. We’ve been through all the major life moments so far together – those awkward middle school days, first boyfriends and first heartbreaks, college, being in each other’s weddings, and now a baby! I can’t believe my closest friend is about to be a mom and I could not be happier for her and her husband (who happens to be her high school sweetheart:) )
I had a lot of fun taking these photos – Val looks so beautiful in them and so perfectly pregnant. She even put up with me posing and styling her for images I KNEW she wouldn’t even want ha! I’m so excited to meet little Grayson next month and take photo after photo of him. He’s going to be funny and smart and so loved – Val and Nick will be such amazing parents! Looking at these photos makes me realize just how grown-up Val and I are now. We spent years watching Home Improvement (Who didn’t have a crush on JTT?), playing endless hours of Donkey Kong Country, and so many summer days swimming in her pool. There really aren’t too many childhood memories I have that don’t involve her in some way – we even worked at the bank together in high school. She is the kind of friend where we don’t talk for a few weeks and all of a sudden we are having a two hour phone conversation and didn’t even realize it! Needless to say I love her a lot and cannot wait to watch her raise a family and see her kids make the same kinds of memories that we had growing up :)