Northfield Senior Photos | Samantha

Senior Photos for Samantha Were a Breeze

She’s  a strong girl who knows what she likes. Her personality is inviting and she has eyes you can swim in. She’s a brave sort and I liked her instantly. We took some time over at St. Olaf in the flower gardens while the mallow and ehinacea were in bloom. Butterflies and hummingbirds were everywhere. Most of the butterflies were all over the pink flowers. So cool! The evening was really warm, but Samantha was at ease. My favorite image from her gallery is this one of her adjusting her hair. She thought I was still getting my camera ready, and that was true, but I still sneaked this shot in.  She has the longest hair! I remember having long hair many years ago, though I doubt it was as pretty!

After we left St. Olaf we went to a few local spots I hadn’t tried yet this year. One of them was the bridge over the Cannon River downtown. Also, there are some trees I like off of the county road on the way to Dundas. Mostly we both preferred the photos from the more urban settings.

I’m hoping that March, Prom and Graduation all give me more chances to capture this gal. I also hope I don’t cry at those events… 🙂

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Northfield Senior Photos |Madison

Meet Madison and see her Senior Photos

Now here is an interesting and fun lady! Madison is adventurous and up for challenges. In fact, last summer she put on a formal gown and hopped into the pool for photos. It was a blast, to say the least, and many great photos came of the day. So, when she asked if I’d like to do her Senior Photos I was all kinds of thrilled! We went all over and tried all kinds of looks.

Madison’s favorites ended up being from a mentoring workshop I gave while we were at the Walker Arts Center. I like those, too, just not as much as I like the ones with all the moodiness of the rain.

My favorites are from the Stone Arch Bridge.  The November weather was true to seasonal form: wet, cold, drizzle and overcast. The scenes from The Guthrie Theater’s River Overlook Deck were perfection. Also, the cars that were going by had their headlights on. So, when the grey of the day combined with the golden headlights the contrast and bokeh were amazingly pretty.

Her mom’s favorite senior photos are the ones we took during the summer at a local haunt: Hot Sam’s. It was extremely warm and we had gotten a fair amount of rain the week before we visited. The mosquitoes were ravenous. I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes!  Even so the photos turned out wonderfully rich with summer color.

There is definitely something for everyone in her senior portfolio and I have to thank her for being such an awesome sport. There are many people who can’t be summed up in only three or four photos. Madison is one of those people, just like Kemry is: You see, when a person finds so many things enjoyable and beautiful it can be very hard to choose! What complicates things further (and makes them better to my way of thinking) is how the person sees themselves.  Is the world a part of who they are or are they a part of the world? Thoughts like those make graduation hard to think about, but I still can’t wait to see what great things this gal does in life!

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Twin Cities Wedding Photographer | Duke Wedding – Hastings, MN

When your foundation is faith, not much else matters. As far as wedding photography goes,

you can’t ask for a sweeter situation: Ashley and James quilted together a homespun ceremony that included their families and friends, no matter where they were that day. Cars broke down, shirts were too small, and the cicadas were loud. The thing is – while those things happened, they didn’t detract from the very special things being said and promised. The video of the exchange of rings takes me right back to that fact. In the background you hear her mom heaving a joyful sob. It’s amazing. I couldn’t take my eyes off their hands.

Ashlee wore a vintage dress and a handmade crown of dried flowers. She made the guestbook herself from sections of a tree. The wedding took place at her parent’s home in Hastings, MN. Her father built the gazebo for the ceremony. James and his crew set up the seating and the reception spaces and his father played guitar while Ashley walked down the aisle with her dad.

Handmade, homespun, beautiful and original. 

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