Marlo & Matt | Minneapolis Engagement Session

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!

Erica & Marcell | Minneapolis Wedding at Aria

This was such a fantastic wedding to be a part of, and so much fun.  Erica & Marcell are an awesome couple, and their wedding party and families followed suit.  We had so many belly laughs throughout the day as we shot.

Being a huge music lover myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the music theme they chose for their big day.  Aria is one cool venue to say the least, and being a predominantly outdoor photographer I was able to play with a whole different type of lighting.  That was a lot of fun.  I’ll let the images tell the story from here, and like I always say, I love my job…and weddings like these just take it to the next level.  What a perfect day it was!

Big shout outs to three of my favorite vendors who were on board for the big day as well:

Kari & company at The Bliss Life (Wedding Planning & Design)

Chowgirls Killer Catering (Local, Seasonal, Organic, and Delicious Catering)

La Petite Fleur (Awesome Flower Design)

Find a kidney for Jack Certain & Gorilla Yogis

This is a beautiful story of a loving community coming together to help a sweet little boy find a new kidney that he so desperately needed. Little Jack Certain had kidney issues since his time in utero. He had his first transplant at age two, receiving a kidney from his mother. By age 7, and after hours and hours and hours of hospital visits and dialysis, he was in desperate need of yet another transplant. Finding a transplant for Jack was no easy task and I jumped at the opportunity to help the cause after hearing about the event that the Gorilla Yogis were holding for Jack. My good friend Ryan Eggen, an awesome Yoga instructor here in the Twin Cities, had been helping teach the Gorilla Yogi classes for some time, and I loved what they were doing in the community. When he told me about Jack’s story it really hit home. Being the father to two little boys around Jack’s age I was deeply moved to photograph the event, in an effort to help spread awareness for Jack, and for all those in need of donors out there.

The “Live, Give, Love” 75 minute Vinyasa practice for Jack took place inside the Thorp Building in NE Minneapolis. It felt so good to be there, and to hear from Jack’s parents, his siblings, and to see the support of the heartfelt community all around them. What a special day, and the best part…there was a very happy ending to this whole story. An amazingly brave woman named Mekea donated her kidney to Jack and he is doing better than ever. Read the beautiful story here written by Minneapolis | St. Paul Magazine.

Be sure to check out Gorilla Yogis too, and all the wonderful things they are up to…from their website: “GORILLA YOGIS is a movement, a migration to yoga beyond studio walls. Gorilla Yogis gather to practice urban jungle yoga in unexpected, offbeat places. In parks, on street corners, in museums, art galleries, at cafes, in restaurants, in music venues, on barges on the Mississippi River, on rooftop decks, on farms, in barns, in lofts, abandoned spaces, baseball fields. It’s yoga out of captivity. Each month we host donation based yoga events where we raise money for organizations that are doing hard work to make this jungle an awesome place to live.”

 

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