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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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Milan Highlights

Milan Highlights

Milan landed at a strange place in our trip. Just as Chelsea started feeling better, I picked up her head cold. We also happened to book our Airbnb on the loudest street in the city. And nostalgia for home started slowly creeping in. It was, as Chelsea had anticipated, our 'slump week.' 

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On the Outskirts

I wrote this shortly after returning from Nepal:

 

 

I'm trying to
hold onto the pieces
of Nepal
that changed me.

And I'm trying to
be present
in this life I'm living
in the air I'm breathing

Right Now.

But if I learned anything
it's that
We are strong &
We were meant to grieve &
Life is best lived in the in betweens &

You shouldn't wear Toms in a wheat field.

 

 

This was a special day. With beautiful people.

Jalyn | The Golden Rule

Jalyn | The Golden Rule

Trying to be more intentional about creating for myself lately. And creating unapologetically. These images are different from my 'usual'. Darker, more sultry, warmer. But by stepping out of my comfort zone, I was able to make something uniquely beautiful. Thank you for stepping in front of my camera, Jalyn!

Studio: The Golden Rule

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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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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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