Sneak Peek: Jenna, Pete & Baby

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to extend an already great vacation (to the Green Bay Packers training camp :) ) to head to my good friend Jenna's house.  Not only was it great to see her, but we were able to do a few maternity pictures.  I hadn't done maternity portraits before, but it was so much fun - both Jenna & her husband Pete were so willing to do anything!

Since I finished these portraits, Jenna and Pete have had a beautiful baby girl!  I'm so excited to head back to meet their new addition (and maybe, just MAYBE, take some photos)!





I love these - but they will always make me laugh! With only one set of blocks, we spelled out "BARY" for me to change to "BABY" in post-processing...




After getting some indoor pictures, we headed outside to do some more. What a gorgeous day & family!




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Sneak Peek: Ed and Deb are Married!

I had the opportunity to spend the day with an amazing couple on Saturday.  Combined, Ed and Deb have 70 years of marriage experience.  Their joy at having found each other was contagious and made for one of the most emotional - and happy! - weddings I've photographed.

Ed and Deb were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Andover, MN. We began the day with a First Look (LOVE when couples are able to do this - it's a great opportunity to actually breathe and spend a little time alone together...and it makes the rest of the day much calmer!) and portraits at the church. The ceremony was planned perfectly to involve both of their families. After the ceremony, everyone made the quick trip to Ed's house for a pig roast by the pond!

Ed & Deb - thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day! Not only was the weather gorgeous, the entire day was perfect. Have a wonderful time on your honeymoon cruise to Alaska! (I'll be watching Facebook for pictures... :) )

From the First Look

First Look


With the kids

At the church

The Bench


I loved the details at this wedding - daisies and "God Winks."


♡ the emotion!


There was such a range of emotions too - sometimes within a single moment! :)

End of ceremony

I knew this was THE wedding for me when I got to the reception - the daisies continued (I love daisies!) and there were plenty of yummy desserts.




Head on shoulder

Black and White

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Strusz Family - Take #1

I met Stefanie through work last year.  When she left on maternity leave, I subtly hinted that maybe she would want some newborn or family portraits sometime.  When she came back for the last couple days of the year, I hinted some more.  :c)

I headed over to Jon and Stefanie's house & set up my "portable studio" amid lots of questions about what everything is and what we would be doing about it.  Eli is 3 years old and so so smart!  He did a great job helping me out.  Sawyer is 3 months old - both boys did great for pictures and we'll be getting together to do some on-location shots this fall.  I can't wait!



When Sawyer was ready to be done with pictures, Eli rubbed his feet to help him calm down...ADORABLE!

Eli & Sawyer

I had a great time meeting Jon, Eli, & Sawyer (sorry Stefanie, I already knew you!) and I'm so excited to have a chance to come back for Take #2! Want to see more?