Minneapolis Engagement Photo Ideas – Pui and Wei

Minneapolis Engagement Photo Ideas when your wedding is elsewhere I usually photograph engagement portraits when I work with a couple on their wedding photography. The engagement photos can be a great way to get to know your photographer, and for me to get to know you. But they should be much more than a job interview – they should but a pin into a specific time in your life and document it, capture a tiny slice of it to share. So Pui and Wei will have their wedding ceremony across the world, but their shared life started here, in Minneapolis,…

Blue Ribbon winner – my watermelon pickle accomplishment

I’ve entered my family recipe for pickled watermelon rind in the Minnesota State Fair ever since I learned that they had their own category (Watermelon Pickles, Sweet). It took me 8 years, but in 2016 I won a blue ribbon and that sweet, sweet prize money ($7) In the way you might find a castle or signature ride at the center of other fairs, at the beating heart of the Minnesota State Fair is the Creative Activities building. Home to rows of canned goods, pies, traditional Scandinavian cookies (I don’t even know what those are), and crafts. Other things that I have…

Tips for Natural Feeling Family Portraits Minneapolis

I love photographing families! In fact, it’s a great honor in my life that, after meeting so many couples on their wedding day, I get to document their families as they grow. But feeling great in photos is the best way to look great in photos, so here are my top 5 tips for natural feeling family portraits. Tips for natural feeling family portraits Be comfortable Comfort will mean different things to different folks, but it is hard to look relaxed when you are worried about your buttons gaping or your sweater hanging too loose. Coordinate, but don’t match Matching…

Nyes Restaurant Minneapolis in memorium

Many years ago, I spend an evening in Nyes taking photos for a magazine piece that never came together. The closing of Nyes prompted me to find some of my favorites from this totally Minneapolis bar. I was never a regular at Nyes restaurant. Even when I moved to Minneapolis 10 years ago, it was a vestige of a former hey day. It was a place to take out-of-towers, so show them what a sing-along piano bar could be like, or what dining was like in the 60s. The perogies were great, the drinks were strong, and there were the…

St Paul Raspberry Island Engagement Photos

On photographing you as a couple and Raspberry Island Engagement Photos Engagement photos have been on my mind. Probably because as summer approaches, weddings and marriage occupy more of my thoughts in general. As I gear up for more photo sessions with couples and families, I’ve been thinking about how distinct engagement images are from wedding photos. Wedding photos will always be about a specific day, when you were dressed and coiffed and primped just so; when you were surrounded by everyone you care about and you celebrated in joyous emotion. Engagement photos are about all the other days you…

Under Construction home engagement photos

Home Engagement Photos in an Unfinished St Paul Kitchen We all welcome chaos into our lives in various ways – we try new jobs, or make last minute vacation plans. We cook without a recipe, and run in the winter. I salute Nicole and Tim, for making a plan for chaos – for knowing that this part of their lives together will have setbacks and moments in total limbo. In just a few short weeks Nicole and Tim will get married. Hopefully, by that time, their wedding planning will be over, the weather will lose its icy chill, and their kitchen renovation will…

Minneapolis Engagement Photos in Winter – Downtown Minneapolis – Dhaval and Sneha

On Minneapolis Engagement photos and finding the joy in getting outside in Winter: It is easy to hibernate in winter in Minneapolis – to let the inertia of being in a warm house with wool socks on keep you from putting on your boots and living an outside life. Part of that cozy warmth is what marks the winter as a season, but the constant fight against the call of the warm comforter to just stay in bed a little longer is a real fight. Dhaval and Sneha have fought the good fight this year – getting engaged, planning their wedding (in…

Minnesota Farm Engagement Molly and Matt

Molly collects antique tractors and shows them all over the state. It takes a lot of commitment to join your life with such an engaging hobby, but Matt is clearly in it for the long haul. What better way to show off their unique interests than among the tractors and fields on the Minnesota farm where they spend so much time.