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.

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.

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?

Aryn + Justin - Fargo Engagement Photographer

Aryn was bartending and Justin had come into the bar a couple of times. When Aryn mentioned that Justin was kinda cute to one of the barmaids, she yelled across the room "Hey Justin. Aryn wants you to take her out on a date." And that was all the motivation Justin needed.

When they mentioned that they loved traveling in long car rides together, I made them trek out to an orchard on the edge of town to take a few photos with me one evening.

Monday-ing - October 26

Happy Monday!

Here's what went down this week:

Editing like crazy. It's been a super busy fall and that means that I've pretty much been sitting in front of my computer working non stop past couple weeks.

Exploring alley ways in the rain. It's been a bit of a dreary week in Fargo but I love it. The rain mixed with Autumn gives everything beautiful, muted colors that are super fun to photograph.

Shooting with some iPhone lenses. I've been playing around a bit with Moment lenses and they recently sent me their new macro lens to use during the trip. First impressions: the build quality of them is outstanding and photos look pretty sharp. More to come.

Getting anxious to travel. Later this week I'll be in Asia!

Happy Trails!

Shawna + Matt - Dickinson Wedding Photographer

Perhaps one of the sweetest love stories is the love story between Matt and Shawna's daughter Phoenix. When I asked Matt how he knew that he wanted to marry Shawna, he said that he just knew that Shawna and Phoenix were the women he wanted in his life, even after only having dated a few months.

Shawna and Matt have known each other since high school, but it wasn't until one Labor Day weekend years later that something shifted. They stayed up all night that weekend dancing and laughing with a group of friends. Shawna admits, "while I didn't know right then that anything would come of us, it was most definitely the first moment that I looked at him in a different light." As their relationship grew, she knew this man was special. "I had never had someone look at me the way he did, like I was the most beautiful girl in the room, and the way he treated my daughter melted my heart and made me fall for him even more."

On a rainy August afternoon, Shawna, Matt and Phoenix celebrated their love for one another. According to Shawna, "My favorite moment was the dance that I shared with Matt and Phoenix. Phoenix and I have had a very bumpy road up until Matt joined our lives, and in that moment I saw how happy she truly was and I had never experienced anything more true than right then." It was a good day.

Danica + Jeff - Fargo Engagement Photographer

Their story starts like many. He saw her at a party. He asked her to dance. 

But then the story diverges. She said no.

A couple of years later, after seeing her a few more times, he asked, "So are you finally going to let me take you on a date?" 

And the rest is history. Well, not quite...

A few months later, he decided to break up with her because, according to Danica, hunting was more important than her. Jeff, of course, sees it a little differently. Either way, he asked her out again a few weeks later because, in Jeff's words, he couldn't resist her. And then you could say the rest was history.