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Best of 2016

Best of 2016

2016 began with a word: Avaunt. To advance / elevate / move forward. Shakespeare liked to use it as an interjection—"Get thee gone" if you will. (Which seems mildly appropriate in the context of my year.) But Kurt Vonnegut says it best, “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

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Best of 2015

Best of 2015

I'm a sucker for the new year. Something about one year--an entire trip around the sun--coming to a close fills me with a sense of accomplishment. I finished something.And in the midst, grew into someone much wiser, much stronger than the year before. Becoming is a slow process. It is a transition, not a countdown to midnight. The funny thing is that, sometimes we need the sudden switch from 11:59 to 12:00 to notice that there was a process at all. To see that all this time we've been stretching and shifting and growing into something more. 

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This is Home

This is Home

This is what I know: We have too much purpose, too much breath, to live a life that is not good. honest. brave. What is joy without grief? Music without silence? We were created for something more than half-hearted promises and mindless motions.

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As of late

As of late

These last few weeks have flown by. My days have been filled to the brim with work, photos, design, more work, coffee shops, travel, and more work. Suddenly it's mid-August and my list of things to share with you is far too long. So in an attempt to update you on all the magic that has just been sitting on my desktop, I present you with this. (More to be hitting the blog very soon!)

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Bridal Beauty // Styled Bridal Shoot | Minneapolis, MN

Bridal Beauty // Styled Bridal Shoot | Minneapolis, MN

Photographing a styled shoot has been on my to do list for a while now but it wasn't until early January that I decided to finally set one in motion. The idea of reaching out to other vendors and models and directing a shoot entirely on my own terrified me, but I didn't let it stop me. I was starving to create and eager to step outside of my comfort zone. 

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Best of 2014

Best of 2014

2014 was a good year. I launched my new website, traveled to Florida and California and the North Shore, went to my first and last high school dance (PROM), graduated, fell in love (with Urban Bean - HAH FOOLED YA), photographed four weddings of my own, second shot two, met several wonderful people (Diana and Bethany and Kadi and Elyse), contributed to Leaking Hearts magazine's first issue, entered adulthood (aka EIGHTEEN), attended five killer concerts, worked at a local bakery (and got a head start on the freshman fifteen), started life at college, built new friendships and cultivated old ones, and got my nose pierced.

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Maddy + Victor | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Maddy + Victor | Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Maddy & Victor's special day was truly beautiful. Their first kiss was followed moments later by a great, celebratory clap of thunder. It poured the entire way to the reception, but conveniently stopped as we arrived. And with a few minutes between dinner and sunset, we were able to sneak out and capture the post-storm sky in all of its glory. It was as if the heavens themselves were congratulating the newlyweds. 

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Christi & Brian

Christi & Brian

I didn't know places like this existed in the Midwest until Brian and Christi came along. They got married atop a hill, overlooking Midwestern forests and plains, and it was beautiful - even with the torrential rain and winds. Congratulations Brian and Christi!

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Leah + JJ Preview

Leah + JJ Preview

Leah and JJ are too much. I drove an hour and a half to meet them at this Narnia-esque location and the shoot was nothing less than a dream. Super excited to share the rest, and even more excited to photograph their wedding in June!

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Best of 2013

Best of 2013

Wow. 2013 was all sorts of wonderful. I started the year as any other - a few resolutions and some fireworks. But it wasn't until June that I felt God calling me to pursue photography 100%. It's amazing to look back at everything he has provided me on this journey. I traveled to California, Chicago, Idaho, and Seattle, met new people (Lillian & Bethany!!), and had the glorious opportunity of interning with Janelle Elise Photography! I shot more seniors than I can count on my two hands, and had my own senior portraits done (!!). 2013 was wild. The biggest of thank yous to all that were a part of it! Here's to 2014, more photos, and new adventures.

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