On wedding days I always like to take some time before anything else gets started to photograph your surroundings- the scenery, the weather, the light. I want you to remember what the skies and the sun were doing on the day you got married, to paint a fuller picture of what it looked like and felt like to experience that specific day. This in particular is how the sun bathed the valley just over yonder from where Ashley & Joe said their vows on the afternoon of September 24th.
Someday soon here I'll blog the weddings of all the amazing and wonderful couples I got to shoot for this summer. For now, here is a black and white I love from the slow and smooth morning hours of the day Whitney and Nathan got married.
Changing up where I office for the rest of this month. I arrived in Parkville last week and for the rest of November I'll be in Missouri visiting family and working on editing. I'll be back in AK and booking new work after the first week of December. In the meantime, it's working on wedding films + photos, a birth film, and sweet time with family for me.
Ashley & Joe went on a hike the day before their wedding to scout where they would marry. Their big Minnesota hearts fell in love with the blue green glow of this lake. Overlooking it is where they wed and on the shores of it is where we took this photo.
This past weekend @grace_adams, @erosephoto, and I took some time out of our normal work rhythms to steal away just past town and dedicate a few days to reflection, good food, and goal setting. For the past few years in business I have never really taken the time to stop and reflect on the past year and intentionally speak out/write out/talk out my goals for the next year. Too often I just end up barreling into the next year always in a constant state of playing catch-up. So for me this retreat has been a long time coming, but I've never known how to do it in a way that wasn't just me holing up in the woods by myself. I'm grateful for these women who signed on the moment I picked up the phone and called them. It's a special thing to call them friends, and it's a really special thing to have a place of community among them where we can work to build each other up professionally and personally. I know it's not something everyone experiences in their profession, but I'm grateful to have been brought up in my career by people who have demonstrated community and generosity over competitiveness and withholding. This time away was so beneficial for me and I can't wait to see what comes of the intentions I've set for this next year.
Shot this sample gown for @bateaubridalboutique Look of the Week yesterday. Right now, they've got a boatload of sample dresses they're selling at ridonculous prices. All my bridey brides out there, go take a look. Dare you to not fall in love with one 🖤
Last fancy weekend with the fanciest date in town.
Truth be told, I really love toasting time at receptions. It's the time of lavishing affirmation, when lovely words make their way out in the open, where they always should be.
They call him Boo-pa-chu. The little wookie baby that all four siblings always wanna hold. I hope you love this photo when you're all grown up sweet Boo-pa-chu.
Ashley listens to Joe make promises to her. I'm grateful to be a giver of images that honor moments like this.