Thanks to a bunch of heartwarming reviews like this one, I’m happy to say that I won The Knot “Best of Weddings” award again this year.

Huge thanks to all my wonderful clients!


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Landscape Photography + Portrait Photography = Portraitscape Photography.

I absolutely love getting out in nature with my wedding and engagement clients.  Traveling, exploring, hiking, and climbing in beautiful places…does it get any better than that?  Fusing my love for Landscape photography with my people work is awesome, and this recent image is a favorite in that regard.

I am so very excited to share these images and this story.  Besides the fact that Emerson is one of the cutest and coolest kids I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with, the story and path that led me here is pretty cool too.  It’s actually one of the main reasons you are seeing any of this in the first place.

Emerson’s dad, Brian Johnson, founder of PhilosophersNotes, En*Theos, and other awesome businesses, had a hugely positive influence on my life.  I spent the good part of the early 2000’s soaking up knowledge and exploring purpose & meaning in life.  This search led me to Brian who was just launching PhilosophersNotes.  He was condensing all the greatest nuggets of wisdom from all the most inspiring and empowering books ever written, and putting together all the highlights in quick 20 minute MP3’s and PDF.’s  It was all the most important stuff that was never covered in school, and I loved the idea.  It was funny because I actually had thought and spoken about this very concept in the past…compiling a huge resource of all the best information to motivate, inspire, and provide people with invaluable direction.  Once I came across Brian I thought, well he’s got this covered already, and I jumped on as a social media volunteer for the launch of the business and helped spread the good word to my friends here in Minnesota.

During this time of soaking up all this awesome wisdom about optimal living, I challenged myself to a 100 day program where I would only eat the best food, embark on a consistent workout routine, and listen to one PhilosophersNote every day for 100 days.  It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.  I spent those 100 days living optimally and thinking clear and often about my purpose, and following my heart in life.  I explored the question of what would you want do in life anyways even if you didn’t get paid for it?  You couldn’t pay me to stop playing with photography, so the idea of following it fully, circled around & around in my head and heart.  By the end of those 100 days I had officially launched my photography business and taken the plunge into the unknown. I had no idea what I was doing besides the fact that I absolutely loved photography and knew I had an unbreakable desire to improve, learn, and grow.  With this passion & dedication I was fully confident I could make it work, however scary it was at first.  People around you think you are nuts too but I had to just ignore everyone else’s opinions and keep focused on what I knew I needed to do.

Fast forward four short years later and I am the proud owner of a thriving, fun, and fulfilling business, A Frame Forward Photography, and I get to do what I love every day for work.

Back to Emerson:  I was making a trip out to CA to shoot the Nicholas David show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and I thought I’d reach out and share this story with Brian and personally thank him for being a huge inspiration in my life.  Brian and his family live up in Ojai, a beautiful town about an hour and a half outside of L.A.  I had the honor of heading up there and meeting Brian and his family, and had an absolute blast hanging out and shooting with little Emerson.  It’s really neat to be able to gift them these images of Emerson that they can now cherish forever.  Kids grow up way too fast, that is for sure.

I highly recommend you checking out these PhilosophersNotes yourself.  Life is crazy busy I know, but in short chunks of time you can fill your head with the goodness you really need to be filling it with, and watch your life transform.  Sounds kinda out there to some, but it’s the absolute truth.  Try it, I dare you.

Life is however you choose it to be.  Choose wisely.

I always ask my clients about the things they enjoy doing together, and about the places of special significance to them, or to their story, so we can incorporate those ideas into their engagement sessions.  It always makes the imagery that much more powerful…especially years on down the road.  Marlo & Matt rattled off a bunch of fun ideas right away and we got the ball rolling quickly.  I love knowing what we are going to do, and also walking into it without a single planned shot.  I love shooting on the fly, and making it all up as we go along.  Playing in the unique light & space of any given moment is one of my favorite things to do.  Sometimes when you do too much planning, it presents the possibility of missing those fleeting moments that just create themselves.  This session is one of my all-time favorites in that regard.  We put ourselves in cool situations and created in the moment, and all the while laughing and joking together along the way.

Marlo & Matt live and play in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. They love going to movies at Riverview Theater, playing tennis together, and hanging out at Parkway Pizza…so we of course did all three.  We had a blast running around together, and I enjoyed watching Marlo beat Matt in both Tennis and Foosball.  Matt was a very good loser I have to say.  ;-D

These two are my kind of clients, such a great couple, and cool individuals. Can’t wait for their big day!