Visiting Dallas

Simple Photos of Complex Things

Generally, I prefer simple things over the ornate but when a place is both I am happiest. Take the Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Built in an era of oil-boom money meets pre-depression optimism and designed in the baux-arts style (think love affairs with limestone facades and small gargoyles) the place has tall windows in wood casements, deep-set details in the ceiling moldings, crisp light and wonderful views. It is adorned carefully with many small features that don’t overwhelm you but still impress.

So, staying there was a treat. There are few things I crave after a long day of traveling more than a simple and clean quiet place to unplug for a little bit and this was exactly what I needed. Added bonus: the hotel backs to what has become a residential area of happy tail-wagging dogs on leashes – eager to check afternoon pee-mail;  and happy couples ambling to the local for an evening unwind with friends.  I met 5 dogs on this trip. Sitwell, Lucy, Abby,  Mojo, and Lady. Dallas has changed for the better in these regards. It is so nice to see healthy life on the streets I used to avoid at night. What was once overrun with blight has become rather a posh place, but not stiffly so. Except for one location: The IM Pei (Field St. Fountain Place) Building.

You see, I managed to get chucked from the  public fountain area of the place because I was scolded for using a “high-power telephoto lens”. Two things about this confused me completely. One: I was holding a 50 mm and my husband was kitted with the 24-70 mm. Two: The building has mirrored windows you cannot see into except at night. Whatever the tenants are doing in there must be special.

Now on to the people!

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Visiting Texas

This trip to Texas was full. Here’s what went down:

  • fed my niece dinner, twice
  • saw my brother and his wife, twice
  • toured Cowboys Stadium (otherwise known as “went to church”)
  • met new cows
  • made friends with a new farm dog – she likes cheese
  • met the new (to me) children belonging to our circle of friends (5!)
  • stayed in a historical landmark, twice
  • shot two deer (with my camera)
  • photographed a landmark that started my love affair with photography, twice
  • flew Southwest for the first and second times
  • made Melissa VERY happy with GLUTEN FREE CAKE
  • met a multitude of dogs, the coolest of which is called Sitwell – a heeler
  • contracted a cold (which I attribute to gross airports and not children)
  • talked with my brother until the wee hours for the first time in decades
  • rode in the car for 5-hour drives across Texas, twice and received ZERO TICKETS 
  • perused 26 seed-catalogs 

In all, the stats reflect a truly Texan trip with a varied set of experiences. Now, if you ask my cats, they will explain they were less impressed with this trip. In fact they were displeased. More on that another day.

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People in Texas Places

Several Texas Places, a lot of Texan Faces

Many people came to the BBQ at the family farm just a few minutes after this photo was taken. I met 7 new people on this trip to Texas. Two brides and five babies. Missing are Anson and Leandra, Bill and Leslie and daughter K, and Matthew’s sister Emily and her husband John and their crew of three. Ten people in all missing from this image. Now, I balanced the camera on a cooler in the West Texas wind, so I feel lucky we all have at least 1/2 of our bodies. I have been tempted to cartoon in Anson and Bill. That seems fair and just. However, doing that to the lovely ladies who put up with those two didn’t seem right. So – here it is. The West Texas Family Photo.

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Twin Cities Wedding Photographer | Creamer Wedding – Apple Valley, MN

Julie and Chuck are a sweet couple who find fun in almost everything.

I first met Julie a few years ago while visiting an office at Carleton.  I could go into all the details, but you aren’t here for computer talk – are you? She and I started talking and made fast friends. Here is something that makes wedding photography a lot easier to do: Her sense of humor was the first thing I loved.  The second thing I loved about Julie was that she has a good size family. Last summer I took her son Alec’s Senior Photos.

Before the wedding, we managed to walk at the track once a week or so. Those walks were full of discussion on all topics, but my favorite walks were when I could listen to her tell me about the wedding plans and her progress. I kept hearing her descriptions of the cake table: Seven kinds of dessert cakes, cookies and the wedding cake itself. She had me at seven. I was also in love with her Christmas Tree idea. She had people send her a wedding photo of themselves and she framed them and hung them on the tree at the front of the ceremony space. It was so endearing. She managed many other ways to make guest feel included and valued. I think that must be the biggest challenge to brides. My understanding of Julie and Chuck as well as the kids became more clear through those talks and when it came time to actually photograph the wedding I was ready for the sharp-witted and camera-shy family. Well, almost!  I enjoyed many kinds of cake, a snowball fight and plenty of pretty photos!

While they keep a light heart about life, there are some things that are to be taken seriously at all costs: love, family and dessert. Maybe that’s the secret to this couple.  I really love wedding photography.

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Twin Cities Wedding Photographer | Ward Wedding – Northfield,MN

August afternoon weddings are bound to be warm, but the Ward’s simple and elegant ceremony was also touching.

We all met up at Bridge Square in Northfield so that I could do some pre wedding photos of the family and the couple. Casually and in stages the family collected near the fountain. Everyone was relaxed and very much at home. We waited on the last of family to arrive while the final touches were put on the the bride’s outfit. After I photographed few groupings and took some couple photos we formed a caravan to the church. The select few of us were allowed to share in an extremely moving ceremony, during which I cried. These two loving people put the emphasis on each other for their wedding and I just love when that happens.

Now, I love weddings. I really love weddings. This one got my emotions all stirred though. Maybe it was the hot sun, maybe it was the way these two looked at each other. Or, maybe, it was that the whole of the day was about nothing  more than the promises of respect and loving care between two people and the family they were blending. If that won’t get you – nothing will.

The beautiful flowers were from Forget Me Not. So pretty!