After returning from five glorious days in the Florida Keys, I was well rested and excited to get back behind my camera! I was lucky to get to spend last Friday evening with Ashley & Brett and their awesome dog, Gunnar! It may have been 90 degrees but they were troopers and put up with all of my requests which included hiking out to an old A-frame building that I wanted to photograph.

Ashley & Brett met in college in Mankato and are planning a wedding in Mexico next spring. Unfortunately for me, their resort provides them with a photographer so I don’t get to go with, but I look forward to photographing their reception after they return! Enjoy a handful of my favorites from their session!

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I was so excited when I got Svetlana’s inquiry. She was wondering if I was available to photograph a small wedding ceremony at Excelsior Commons on a Tuesday afternoon. Heck yeah! Small, weekday weddings are so much fun!  Svetlana is from the Excelsior area so wanted to have her wedding on the Lake where she spent so much time growing up.

Their love story is unique. They met while Svetlana was studying abroad in Russia. Shortly before she was due to come back to the states he proposed! So Svetlana came back home to Minnesota and a few months later Dennis joined her. Dennis is from Russia and during our portrait time she even had to translate a lot of my directions for me! After a quick ceremony lead by Tammy of A Breath of New Life we had a fun photo session around the lake and downtown Excelsior which just happened to be having their farmer’s market. Fun!

Enjoy these photos from their Tuesday afternoon wedding last September!

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Every once in awhile I get asked to do a photo project a little outside of my norm. When these opportunities come my way my self doubt always screams “I don’t know how to do that!”. Then, I shift my thinking to what I DO know how to do–take photographs and work with people–and soon my fear changes to “I’m so excited to try that!”.

When my friend Bert contacted me about this project I was excited to try something I hadn’t done before: editorial photos for a magazine. Bert is an extremely talented chef and writer and his vision was to create a story about food and the connections it makes between the people preparing it and sharing it. The article was going to be featured in the Spring issue of Gather Magazine out of Mankato.

The resulting article can be found below (scroll through the slider gallery to read). The quality was lost a bit when I converted the files to put on my blog, but more of the images that didn’t make the cut can be seen beneath the article.

Also, you should definitely check out more of Bert’s writing.  He effortlessly ties together stories about food, fatherhood, and family in his blog posts and articles. Check out his work on Bert’s Backburner.

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