Monday-ing - February 15

Happy President's Day! It's been frigid in Fargo lately but word has it that we'll be getting a bit warmer this week so fingers crossed. Here's what's been happening in my life:

Building tables. Finally. We've had a giant pile of boards sitting in the studio for about 6 weeks now that we'll be turning into two large dining tables to host dinners. They'll hopefully be done in the next week or so. Also, sawdust everywhere.

Watching True Detective. I've been hearing great things about the show for awhile now but had no clue as to what it really was. That first season though. Wow. Intense. Super good.

Digging these super awesome posters that NASA just released. Need to print off a couple to hang somewhere.

Skiing! Jodi and I headed out to Big Sky, Montana last weekend for a beautiful, small wedding in the mountains. Turned out to be a great excuse to take a couple days to ski.

Monday-ing - January 25

Monday Monday Monday! Here's what's up!

Re-watching the movie Liberal Arts. It's on Netflix. Go watch it. One of my favorites.

Painting the apartment walls. They used to be an odd mix of orange and brown but now are beautiful, bright white. It makes the place look so much bigger it's crazy. And now after also painting the studio, I'd be alright if I don't see another paint brush for awhile.

Reading The Martian. Holy crap! I know that it's no secret but that was one of the most fun books I've read in a long time. Can't wait to see the movie.

Making a smoked salt caramel sauce. I'm a huge fan of caramel anything so this is right up my alley. Now to put it on everything I eat.

Hanging out with my family. My parents and sister's family were in town last week for a couple days to see my new nephew Jude. I'm not crazy about newborn photography but I can make an exception when it's family.

Monday-ing - January 11

Holy Crap! It's 2016!

Welcome to the new year! Man, 2015 was crazy and awesome and filled with a ton of change for me. I'll probably some kind of year in review post later so for now we'll just check out the past couple weeks. Here's what went down:

Celebrating a new baby! My brother Ben and his wife Linsey (see more of them here) had their second boy last week! His name is Jude. He's super cool!

Watching hockey! Jodi bought me tickets to an NHL game in Minneapolis for Christmas and we went this past week. Absolute blast! And we (the Flyers) won in overtime!

Building and painting and moving. So many things! It's been a crazy couple weeks but the new studio is almost done!

Making tortillas. I've been eager to learn how to make tortillas for awhile. Turns out it's super easy. Just buy some masa harina and mix it with water and then flatten them out with a tortilla press. It also turns out that they're really hard to make without a tortilla press. Future purchase, I'm thinking.

Buying some cool old factory light pendants from a place called Bauer Bros in Minneapolis. It's this massive building(s) just filled with old lockers and lights and toilets and tables and everything you could think of that goes into a building.

Here's a sneak peek at the studio:

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Cassie + Bryan - First Anniversary

Getting to know a couple and watching their relationship grow is definitely one of the coolest things parts of what I do. That's why I really love photographing a couple for their first anniversary.

It was obvious Cassie and Bryan were great for each other when I met them last year and it's even more apparent now, a year after their wedding.

Monday-ing - December 14

Happy Monday!

How on earth is it already less than two weeks until Christmas?? How did that happen? I feel like December is flying by.

Here's what's been happening lately:

Going to Christmas Parties!! Fargo's been bringing it this month on the holiday party front. I've never seen adults so intense over musical chairs!

Hoping that we get some snow for Christmas! It never feels right when there's no snow at all on the ground.

Photographing my brother and his wife and my nephew Aiden playing in the snow. It's fun seeing their family change every time we go out for photos. And soon they'll have one more little one!

Tasting a bunch of different sodas. I really hardly ever drink pop but I want to have a handful of really fun flavors in the studio for when people come to visit. Some of the favorites so far: Empire's Spruce Beer and Fentiman's Dandelion & Burdock Soda.

Shooting one more wedding this year and then I have a couple months off to relax and catch up on editing.

Have a great week!

Katelyn + Jon - Fargo Engagement Photography

A red truck, snow flurries, two people in love, and a Christmas tree.

Normally I'd tell one of the stories about how the couple met or how they got engaged, but here's the thing... when you meet Jon and Katelyn, it's easy to feel like you've known them forever. And it's easy to feel like they've been together forever, as well.

Now don't get me wrong. Their story is full of romance. On their first date, they made homemade truffles for dessert. Katelyn has even admitted to getting frostbite at a brewery in the dead of winter to keep a date from ending. Yet what I find myself coming back to more than anything else with these two is how genuine their love is, the way they feel at home with each other and consequently, the way you feel at home when you're with them.

Snow began falling as we all drove out to a Christmas tree farm about an hour outside of town. Jon and Kate hunted for their first Christmas tree together, which Jon set out to chopping down the old fashioned way. And with none of us wanting the afternoon to end, we explored back roads until we wound up at a lake that was frozen over just enough to go sliding on. Wintry wonderland indeed.

Tuesday-ing - December 1

Hello and happy first day of December! There's finally snow on the ground and I love it!

It's been quite awhile since I've done one of these so let's see if I can get you up to date. Here's what's been going on the past month or so:

Traveling though Southeast Asia. Jodi and I spent about three weeks between The Philippines and Vietnam and had a blast.

Eating. A lot! I think we both ate about out body weight in street food. A few of our favorites: Pork Buns, Banh Mi, Pho, Spring Rolls, and Ube Ice Cream (it's purple and made from yams and crazy good).

Getting super excited for January when we move into a studio and office space downtown. It'll be great to have a dedicated space to meet with couples and shoot indoors and host events.

Photographing some of the amazing places we visited. It's always a fun challenge taking photos in different countries and cultures. More to come on this!

Reading an awesome book on wood spoon carving. 2016 might be the year of the spoon for me. I've got a lot to learn but I'm excited. Carving wood down and seeing it slowly come into shape is really satisfying.

Listening to the soundtrack from the movie Dope. We watched the movie on the flight overseas and while the movie is pretty great, the music might be even better. Check it out!

Playing in the snow! I woke up to a white Fargo this morning so Jodi and I bundled up and went on a mission to find some snow piles to jump into.

Katie + Devin - Fargo Engagement Photographer

There aren't a lot of love stories that begin with "After spring break in Mexico..." but maybe there should be. Katie and Devon were such a good fit everyone else seemed to notice before them. Like in Mexico when their friends told them they should date. Or when you ask Katie if there was a moment that she knew she wanted to marry Devon. She recalls her best friend friend stating (rather matter of factly) after they had been dating a year how the relationship wasn't going to end. Katie may have initially balked, but I mean, who can blame a girl for being right?