This is Suzy and David. They had their first date here at Como Lake. At a later date they adventured to the lake again, but this time it was for the proposal. We know where this leads, so here we are, and I am taking pictures of the love they've known and grown over the last couple years.
For me Como Lake has been a place of nostalgia, as I first remember my Dad taking me here as a young girl to walk around the lake, see the animals at the zoo, and get dizzy on the rides. During college I spent my evenings zooming around the lake and pondering many mysteries that were on my mind at the time. In the winter, like many, I found myself at the Conservatory soaking up the humidity on my skin from the rainforest room, and breathing in the succulent smell of orchids and flowers housed within.
I love sharing connections to places with couples. Our mutual love for this place combined with the different memories we each have with it makes for a meaningful photo shoot. It's not just about beautiful pictures, it's a celebration of the journey, together.
Reflecting on the shoot, I thought it was adorable that they brought their cat. So cats definitely rank high on the list of difficult subjects to shoot, and I don't even care because this just made the shoot fun. At the end of the session there was lightning dancing in distance as we finished shooting on the dock. The rain started literally after the last shot. See you two in October!
Sometimes I get lucky enough to shoot couples like Andy and Sarah, who let me capture entirely candid photos of them for their engagement shoot.
That's how I grew passionate about photography in the first place. It's the unposed, unfiltered, and raw moments for me. I love looking through my viewfinder and watching the [constantly changing] scene in front me, deciding when I want to stop it in time. Add in beautiful people and all the feels of love, and I'm super into it.
Eileen + Ameya live in Boston right now, but have family in Minnesota where their wedding will be this summer. We met at the Como Conservatory since the weather was iffy. I'm so glad we chose the conservatory. The overcast day made for soft lighting, and it was still warm-ish enough for dresses! I loved their abundant laughter and how amazingly smart these two are. Congrats on your successes and engagement! See you soon.
Matt contacted me a few months ago asking if I photograph proposals. Yes! Right away I was impressed with his intention, efforts, and all the planning that went around this epic day for him and Carly. Good job, Matt! We scoped out a spot near Gold Medal Park and the Stone Arch Bridge. Unfortunately there aren't really any spots right there to be a super ninja photographer, but it all worked out. After dinner they made their way across the Stone Arch Bridge where I eagerly waited and tried to be as inconspicuous as possible with a giant zoom lens. The best part was that Carly didn't even notice me until afterward. It's always an honor to be a witness to these intimate moments between two people. Feeling super grateful to capture such meaningful moments. Thanks for letting me witness your love!
To each and every one of you who let me photograph some aspect of your life in 2016. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I am so grateful for the fun opportunities that I had last year, and I am a happy dreamer about 2017.
I am booking up already for this year, so if you're interested in booking please contact me :)
Wising you all a better-than-you-can-imagined 2017!
It took us a while to find Hidden Falls, literally hidden away near the Mississippi River in Saint Paul. I never get tired of all the lovely little places the Twin Cities holds. Thanks, Alice and Danny, for not giving up on finding the falls, and for having an amazingly cute german shepherd. See you next year!
These guys laughed so much! Thank you for your smiles, and being totally cool with being yourselves.
This was a while ago. Okay, January. Patrick and Meghan were a lot of smiles and super sweet. Also, their love for Chipotle and bringing it to the session was simply wonderful. See you at the wedding!
When I got asked by Nick if I would photograph his proposal to Keely, I said yes without yet realizing what an honor it would be to stand in the same room with these two during that moment. She had no idea the proposal was coming at this day or time, which was of course ideal and very exciting! I arrived about 45 minutes early, and within 15 minutes of being there I already was tearing up. "What the heck..." I thought to myself, "get it together! You're not even the one getting proposed to!" Then it came down to secretly hiding in the corner of the room, with minutes to spare before Nick and Keely walked in. I heard their voices coming down the hallway. Oh my gosh! It's happening! NOW! Then, I started actually crying with overwhelming joy and excitement for this moment. It didn't really stop until she said, "YES!" and everyone in the room had already cried as well. Now I understand that all of those tears were just an overwhelming release of joy, honor, and privilege of being the one they asked to join them in the room for that moment. My friends got engaged! I got to be there, in the moment. It was so beautiful. Great job, Nick! Good choice, Keely! You two are going to have a beautiful adventure together. Thank you SO much for letting me journey with you two on that day.