Category Archives: Inspiration

A Smoky Mountain Elopement | Gatlinburg, Tennessee

It doesn’t get much sweeter than a Smoky Mountain Elopement in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!! Jason and Kristine road-tripped from Minnesota to Tennessee to start their married life on a fun adventure. Lucky for me, they invited my daughter Halle and I along to capture their love and adventure over Memorial weekend. It was such an incredible...

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    How To Plan For Your 2020 Wedding

    You might be wondering if it’s still possible to get married this year. With the Coronovirus filling the world with anxiety, uncertainty and even restrictions limiting the number of people allowed at gatherings, this is a legitimate fear for couples planning a 2020 wedding. But the answer is YES!! You can still get married, but...

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    • April

      This is such a wonderful resource for uncertain couples! I love how you’ve broken everything down. ReplyCancel

    • Natalie

      Such great advice in here! In these uncertain times, it’s so helpful to have backup options in mind and so nicely laid out! I think more than ever, it’s important to focus on what really matters when it comes to weddings — the bride and groom coming together!ReplyCancel

    • Shiloh

      I can’t even imagine how many couples are being affected by this pandemic, but I’m thankful there are photographers like you out there providing couples some reassurance for preserving their wedding day and still making it as special as possible! 🙂 ReplyCancel

    • This is so helpful for those faced with the current covid situation! We’re biased towards eloping anyway but having the party later is the best of both worlds for sure 😀ReplyCancel

    • Kristen

      Definitely a great article for this time! It is definitely helpful for those still hoping to get married this year.ReplyCancel

    • Ali Rae

      This is year of elopements and I love it! Your couples must really appreciate you laying the options out for them given everything going on. This is such a good resource, thanks for sharing and putting so much thought into this. ReplyCancel

    • Caroline

      Great advice in these weird times. I love the idea of eloping now and partying later 🙂 ReplyCancel

    • Love the elopement photos so much. What a great resource for planning couples!ReplyCancel

    • Such an amazing resource!ReplyCancel

    • Great writeup. Love the way you described these images. Lovely processing of images too.ReplyCancel

    • It was so exciting to see all the great pictures. I can’t wait to get home and see the rest of them. Thank you so much for capturing our day in such a beautiful way. We really appreciate it!ReplyCancel

    A Desert Engagement Session In The Superstition Mountains of Arizona

    When you live in Minnesota, but your heart is in Arizona, a destination engagement session in the desert makes the perfect adventure photoshoot!! Josh and Sam chose Arizona to capture this special time in their lives, because it is home to Josh’s parents and the State they wish to live in someday. They love the...

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    • Barb

      Absolutely stunning!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Barb

      Fantastic work!!!! ReplyCancel

    • Randi

      I am obsessed with your use of landscapes in your images. ReplyCancel

    • Jenna

      Wow this made me fall in love with the desert! I live in Maine so this is totally different! I feel like I have to get out West and get some photos done with some desert for sure! ReplyCancel

    • Caroline

      Beautiful! This looks like such a magical place for a shoot. I love that you included so much  of the nature 🙂 ReplyCancel

    • Awh!!! I LOVE these! So fun yet beautiful at the same time! Love how the kids were still able to get in some shots although the focus was on the beautiful parents. ReplyCancel

      • Thank you! I love when parents let the join in the fun, but still make it more of a date for the two of them:)ReplyCancel

    • Halie West

      Wow these are just beautiful. What an incredible place to hold so much meaning for these two!ReplyCancel

    • I love the ones towards the end where the golden light is on the mountains! Great work! ReplyCancel

    • beautiful tones in the images, what a cool place to have an engagement shootReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      Wow, these are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the desert landscape and how stunning that green is!ReplyCancel

    • Beautiful! I love all the vibes of this desert engagement session! ReplyCancel

    • Krystal Shuhyta

      Oh my goodness! <3 Her skirts against the green’s ! I love the red one! Seriously, I’m a mountain gal, but that looks like such an amazing place to shoot!! ReplyCancel

    • Total dream to go here! Love these photos <3ReplyCancel

    Bayfield Winter Adventures

    Short days, long nights and bitter cold temps can make winter feel endless, so our Bayfield Winter Adventures came at the perfect time!! Nothing warms the heart more than a campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate, and nothing fuels the soul more than an outdoor adventure like dog sledding. Seagull Bay Motel hosted a winter...

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    A Charleston Wedding | Historic Rice Mill

    Today’s blog features a festive Charleston Wedding hosted at The Historic Rice Mill wedding venue… I had the privilege of second shooting for the talented wedding photographer, Madison Perry of Charleston, this December. I’m a professional Minnesota wedding photographer with a passion for Destination weddings so it’s nice to fill in the off-season (December-April) with...

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      Winter Elopement Inspiration

      Winter can be a chilly time to elope, but look no farther for some inspiration to make it happen, and happen beautifully!! Winter has a calming presence. It seems to be the time of year, everyone works at a slower pace, allowing us the opportunity to pause and reflect on life and yes, love. If...

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        The Perfect Surprise Proposal In The Winter

        Are you searching for the perfect surprise proposal idea? Well I have many my friends!! If it’s winter time in Minnesota than quite a few of them include a flight somewhere above freezing, but this one may be a little more practical and could very well still lead you to the same response you’re hoping...

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          What your Intimate Wedding could look like at Sable Inn Bed & Breakfast | Foley, MN

          If you want your wedding day (or wedding weekend;) to be intimate, relaxed, peaceful and full of natural beauty, consider the new venue just West of Foley, Minnesota. While new to the wedding industry, Sable Inn Bed & Breakfast is a renovated 1901 home filled with character and old world charm. Bill and Sandy Stevens...

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            MS Diagnosis Inspires Travel | Sanibel Island, FL

            When Shaina Gottwalt of Royalton Mn was diagnosed with MS at the young age of 23 she had two choices…let it define her or let it inspire her. She chose wisely and has followed Oscar Wilde’s advice since, “live life with no excuses and travel the world with no regrets.” Here is Shaina’s story: “It’s...

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            • lorie

              Great story, you are right on target. Keep resetting the clock and keep great people around you… Good work on the photos .ReplyCancel

            • Samantha

              Oh what a story!! I love that she documented this difficult time in her life and what an honor it must have been to capture it for her/them. Love when folks turn something bad into something inspiring.ReplyCancel

            • What an inspiring story! And a beautiful way to document these memories for her and her family at Sanibel Island.ReplyCancel

            • YES!  This is the way to live your life.  ReplyCancel

            • Justyna

              I need more beach time in my lfe! GahReplyCancel

            • Olivia

              This post brought tears to me eyes. Such a raw, beautiful story. The photos are so strong and show just how strong she is. Lovely work. ReplyCancel

            • I love how pictures can help a healing process. You captured this so well and your images are stunning!ReplyCancel

            • Mollie Adams

              What a beautiful story and beautiful photos! ReplyCancel

            • Man, I cannot imagine being diagnosed with MS, even with family members being diagnosed. This is so inspiring! ReplyCancel

            Badlands National Park Adventure

            We know it’s important to hire a professional photographer to document our wedding day, our newborn, and our child’s senior year, but what about the most valuable time in your life…the only time that is a guarantee…the present? “Now” is the moment we should live for; the moment we should embrace. We can work for...

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            • I like that you emphasized the importance of photographing keepsakes for “now” rather than always just at big life moments like weddings etc. Totally true! Thank you for sharing your Badlands photos, it is a totally different world than Vancouver Island here in BC. Keep up the great work and keeping it real by appreciating the moments that make up the daily. ReplyCancel

            • Awhhh these are so precious! And what a beautiful landscape! ReplyCancel

            • Oh, what a great adventure! The Badlands National Park is a dream place! Your pictures are amazing and I like the subtle pastel tones. And of course what to say about your little one? She looks amazing and your pictures do justice to how cute she is. I really believe that the true beauty of life lies in the moments that we spend with the people that we love and it is a treasure to be able to freeze these moments in time through your pictures. ReplyCancel

              • Definitely. That’s the greatest gift photography gives people…you get to relive those moments over and over! And I’ll let my little babe know. She likes to be told she’s cute:)ReplyCancel

            • Oh my gosh I love this – it looks like Jumpingpound here in Alberta!!! <3 what special moments for you two to share over the years!ReplyCancel

            • I love the Badlands… I can’t wait to go back! You captured it beautifully!ReplyCancel

            • Kate H

              Your daughter is lovely! I visited the Badlands back in 1999 when I first travelled America, and its always been one of my favourite locations. Beautiful imagesReplyCancel

            • The Badlands are such an inspiring! It’s sandstone cliffs amaze me. I love how you mixed your daughter love for adventure with such a wild landscape. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

            • What a fun shoot, you can definitely see her personality in every photo!ReplyCancel

            • What a fun adventure in the Badlands! Love your photos!ReplyCancel


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