Meredith & Pat | Camp Tanadoona Wedding, Chanhassen, MN

I have found that in so many of my couples, one of them is an artist. Maybe its something they recognize in my work when seeking out a photographer, but somehow we find each other, and I love it. I have never been one for sharing wedding details, but when someone crafts with intention every part of their day, I am drawn to that heart. So mixed in with all the emotional photos are the details Meredith so thoughtfully and artfully brought into her and Pat’s wedding day.

Find her illustration work at Meredith Jane Designs

and to find some of the other talented vendors from that day check out Sister Honey Floral Co and Essen Events

Rebecca & Alec | In-home Engagement Session

Perhaps I tend to over-romanticize the simple things.  I am recalling a time when Rich said "Jess, sometimes a picture of me brushing my teeth is JUST a picture of me brushing my teeth."   But I can't help it!  That is what photography does.  It freezes a seemingly normal everyday exchange and forces us to experience it slower, with emotion.  The nostalgia is built right in. 

Rebecca and Alec wanted to ride their bikes around the lake by their house, bring a blanket and seek out some changing leaves. The moment they mentioned staying close to home I pictured a cozy fall evening, hot chocolate and arms wrapped around each other.  

Why?  Because when Rich's parents chat with us about those first years together, they tell us about the small apartment, being completely poor, covering cardboard boxes with sheets to use as nightstands and spending their last dime on a fancy date night dinner; and you FEEL it.  Because my friend Katie didn't clean up all the toys or apologize for a lack of space when I came to visit, but hugged and played and loved on her baby all morning. Because I have a little wooden box on our shelves that I am filling with images from our home, because I already know I will miss our little quirky apartment and the stories we are creating there. 

And because Rebecca and Alec don't need to be on a mountaintop to proclaim their love.  They love each other right up close, and this session was about the spaces that fills.  

Tabby & Taylor

Good People.  Sometimes you just know it in your bones.  And from the very first email I knew I would adore these two.  Quirky, unique, entirely in love with one another, and thats what showed in their images.  I can not wait to photograph their wedding come November.  (Though we did their session during the summer solstice so those short winter days can take awhile to get here.)