St Anthony Main Engagement Photos with Hannah and Nora, Minneapolis

What does it mean to keep seeing photos in the same places?

There is something odd about seeing the same spaces, but with new people. About seeing similar backdrops, but interchanging the people.

Because the truth is this: People are not interchangeable.

Approaching the same spaces with new eyes for these St Anthony main engagement photos.

Young Joni Wedding

Sierra and Katie’s wedding at Como Conservatory and Young Joni Yesterday, someone asked me how many weddings I have photographed. It has been a while since I made a full count, but my back-of-the-napkin calculations put me around 450. I’ve photographed over 450 celebrations. Dancing, laughing, tears, bowties, blisters, snow, sun, rain. 450 makes it seem like I’ve seen it all. And yet. And yet I can never step in the same stream twice. It is not the same stream, and I am not the same person. It is the same for weddings- each celebration is a unique combination of…

St Paul College Club Wedding – Brittany and Stacy

Brittany and Stacy’s St Paul College Club wedding was one of the last weddings I photographed before COVID-19 changed events and the world. I really appreciate their review of me on Yelp: Becca is, simply put, amazing. We had her do our engagement and wedding photos. She is funny, a total photography pro, and now we want her to take all of our photos. Not to mention we keep trying to think of ways to invite her into our friend group. By the end of the wedding we had friends asking for her info and complimenting her left and right.…

St Olaf College Wedding – Clayton and Jared

From their classic St Olaf College Wedding to their late night dancing, these two grooms had it all Days that start with bow ties and end with dance parties are pretty spectacular. I would expect no less from these two grooms after their engagement photographs turned into an impromptu champagne party. And so it was with Clayton and Jared’s wedding day – a formal garden party ceremony and reception on the gorgeous spring grounds of St Olaf College. A reception with a grey ombre cake and doughnuts, very good friends, toasts that made even this wedding photographer tear up a…

Minnesota Lake Wedding Nancy and Tiffany

I’ve had a difficult time blogging Nancy and Tiffany’s wedding. Not because it was hard to choose images, but because by blogging it I’m sort of putting an end marker on our time together. I don’t really want to magic to end, I suppose. Which is to say, it’s taken me like a year to finally write about their lovely slightly rainy Minnesota lake wedding. We started at Nancy’s parents house, where rain kept us inside for photos, leading to my discovery that a rain drop sprinkled window is makes for a moody backdrop, even if Nancy and Tiffany had…

two grooms and an accidental engagement party – Clayton and Jared

Look, I get it. You’ve probably been doing a lot of things in your life that don’t involve looking natural and fantastic in front of a camera. I hope that when you dance at a concert with your friends, for example, or run a 5k, or have a movie night at home with your sweetie, that you don’t consider for a moment if you look fantastic, but instead how it feels to be with people you love. But I’m sure that sometimes you do look natural, and fantastic, and gorgeous doing those things. And I love proving it. Case in…

WA Frost Intimate Winter Wedding – Alex and Jill

I’ve been excited to show the images from Alex and Jill’s WA Frost Intimate Winter Wedding. I’ve also been slowed down by the winter blues. “Neither need you tell me,” said Candide, “that we must take care of our garden.” Winter is a time of contemplation for me. I’m too distracted in the heat of summer, the crush of weddings, the joy of warm days, to spend much time in quiet reflection. But in winter, and especially this post-election winter, I find myself reflecting on my place in the greater world. I know, as a wedding photographer, that in many ways…

Minnesota backyard Wedding Mike and Scott

On evolving families and this Minnesota backyard wedding Families are strange and amazing things. Even though they feel permanent, the specifics change constantly – people age and marry, new people become family, others leave or pass away. People move to new cities and states.  There is never a moment that is the platonic ideal of a family, and yet we can always recognize it as something constant in our lives. If you are very very lucky, as I believe Mike and Scott to be, you also create your own family over time. Your friends become the siblings you share, the extended family you blend…