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First Ave Engagement Photos, a love affair with Purple Rain, and a puppy that deserves all the treats

So excited to share these First Ave Engagement Photos of Megan and Jay. I’m always excited to celebrate Minneapolis, and engagement photos are perhaps the best way to do that – to walk around the spaces we care about, to find the best ways to tell stories about people and places and connections. Thanks, Megan and Jay, for a wonderful afternoon, for bringing your hilarious dog and enough bacon for him to love me, and for picking such great spots to walk in.

Especially First Avenue, a music venue that has become an icon of the city while still being an absolutely vital current live music venue. When I first moved to Minneapolis from Boston over 10 years ago (!), my first home improvement goal was to track down a copy of Purple Rain. I had only seen it once, it had been a totally bizarre combination of music and magical realism, and it proved the perfect excuse to trek around downtown Minneapolis one cold December day. I eventually found it at a book store on Nicollet Mall, only blocks from First Avenue where it had been filmed. Even all these years later I remember feeling that day that Minneapolis was going to be home for us.

If you have not seen Purple Rain, it is an amazing movie that will tell you everything you need to know about appreciating Prince’s music – it is weird, it is sexy, it doesn’t seem to make sense, but then it absolutely does. Its a metaphor and a music video and a romp through vintage Minneapolis right as funk turned into rock.

First Ave Engagement Photos Minneapolis MN
a wall of stars for these First Ave Engagement Photos
First Ave Engagement Photos Minneapolis MN
This dog is tragically hip. Not featured: the box full of bacon that kept his attention.
First Ave Engagement Photos Minneapolis MN
Summer on Stone Arch is crowded and perfect.
First Ave Engagement Photos Minneapolis MN
First Ave Engagement Photos – again, an entire box of bacon was consumed by this dog! He was so motivated!

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