I've been photographing this family in Moorhead for three years and each year gets better and better. I adore these people and I think they might adore me too! Well at least one of them sure does. I'll let you decide who. ;)
It couldn't have been a more gorgeous evening for this sweet family's portraits. After a few rainy days, the sun popped out just for them and it was beautiful. We attend the same church but had not actually met prior to this session! I love getting to know people at sessions and being able to continue a friendship with them when we leave! Can't wait to see you guys again, Zimmer family!
Maddie and John contacted me two weeks before their wedding. I called Maddie after receiving an email from her and as soon as we began talking, I knew I needed to photograph their wedding. She told me they currently lived in Los Angeles and were planning on having a very small ceremony with their closest friends and family at Noerenberg Memorial County Park, in Orono, MN. Maddie is from Australia and John has family in MN but their "international love" began at the LAX airport! It wasn't accidental though - they were there to fly out to Arkansas with the rest of their production crew. They were to spend 3 months in Arkansas shooting a reality TV series. After some time John proposed in South Africa while they were on a safari ride - it was his birthday and the rest is history.
Their wedding was short and it was sweet. Maddie's father couldn't make it due to issues with a passport, but her sister read a message he had written and was able to attend via Skype. His words were heart felt, beautiful and full of great advice that all married or those in a relationship should read:
"My wish to you both, when you make this commitment today is that your relationship will allow you to say with each passing year, I am content with my life. It is through simple acts of love such as shared routines and rituals, taking time to talk about life and the universe and remembering to play together, that you grow content day by day. Simply loving also means, you differ on some things but will want to find common ground and let go of anger. Above all when newness gets eclipsed my sameness try not to lose site of the other separate to you. Separate thoughts and feelings and dreams as important as your own. Delight in each others development, even if it takes you into unknown territory." - Maddie's dad
I visited this family in Hillsboro, ND a bit ago and was welcomed with warm smiles and warm coffee. One thing that I love so much about in home sessions is seeing how each family does "home". There was peace and enjoying still moments, there was chips and salsa and a rousing game of uno! This family knows how to "home".
Oh these dear clients turned friends. I've known Lauren & Robby for a couple years now. We first meet when Lauren wanted to put together a little film to surprise Robby with what her vows meant to her now. A short while later she contacted me again, letting me know she was pregnant and wanted to put together something to announce their pregnancy and then bam- 9 months later, we have Ames. (Bam, just like that. Easy peasy, right Lauren?) I was once again so priveledged to document such a huge moment in their life, but this time at Essentia hospital.
Watching Robby and Lauren is like watching synchronized swimming, but way more entertaining. ;) They work together like a fine tuned machine. There is humor, there is patience, there is grace.
Robby brings the calm and Lauren brings much joy. Lauren had a c section and she was the bravest momma. At one point I caught a glimpse of her being prepped through the tiny square window that looked into the OR and she was laughing. I kid you not, laughing with nurses while being prepped for her c section.
Let's revisit my first ever birth film. My family had just moved back to Minnesota after a short stint in Iowa and I was taking a course through the Define School to reignite my creativity. Out of the blue, I got this crazy idea to post a call on my Facebook page. So I posted something along the lines of " Looking for a couple that would be willing to let me film and take photos of their birth". Within minutes I had a few people contact me, but I knew of Kara and Ryan and I was confident they would be a great fit. Little did I know that they would be such amazing people and watching them work as a team to welcome their daughter would be one of the sweetest moments of my career. Not to mention the amazing care they received from the nurses and midwives at Essentia Hospital. I won't say much else, other than Thank You to Kara and Ryan. It's because of you that I fell head over heals with birth photography and capturing those first breaths of life.
Zion came into the world roaring after his strong momma's roller coaster ride of a labor! It's quite fitting that his siblings now call him Zion the lion. This is the story of Zion. Welcome to the world, little buddy.