Me

I grew up on a farm in central Minnesota which I think I can thank for my love of adventure and my obsession with animals. I'm a mom to a ball-crazy lab named Leelou, a 20 year old cat named Rilla, 5 backyard chickens, and as of recently an actual human baby. Her name is Audrey and she is the best thing that has ever happened to my husband and I.  

I share my life with my husband, James. He is a scientist and he makes beer for a living. We moved back to MN a couple of years ago after almost 5 years of living in Oregon where I started this adventure as a photographer. He also loves photography so when I need a second shooter he shoots with me and some of my clients are lucky enough to meet him and have his humourous spirit along on their wedding day. Together we love gardening, traveling, biking, yoga, exploring the city and hanging out with our friends and family and now daughter. Some of my personal favorite things are West Elm, Persian rugs, Coffee, Rosé, and in season vegatables!

On your wedding day, you can probably catch me giggling, chatting, dancing and blending in with your guests. I find that being myself and being outgoing will help to create trust amongst your guests and in return I am able to capture more authentic images of them.  I love to help with anything I can whether the planner needs help setting up and I have down time, your hair has fallen out and you may need help fixing it, or getting my couples water and making sure they are staying hydrated throughout the day. As your photographer I am there to service you, to make sure that your day runs smoothly, slowly, and completely perfect. 

Thank you for stopping by to check out my work. I am thrilled that my work has caught your eye. If you are looking for a portrait, commercial, or wedding photographer in Minnesota I look forward to hearing from you! Traveling for work is also a huge part of what I do, so if you are located elsewhere, my motto is "have camera, will travel!"

You

Just as it is important for you to find a photographer's work and personality you fit well with, I am also on the lookout for a specific type of couple. I work best with the non conventional and the adventurous. Couples who get married in nature, who write their own vows. Couples who make their own rules and do their wedding exactly the way they want to do it, not the way people expect them to and the way that they've seen it done 100 times. They want completely natural images, and don't mind if they are dark, or artistically overexposed, or a bit grainy - they understand that is what makes my work unique, raw, and full of emotion. They aren't afraid to climb, explore, get their shoes and dress a little dirty. They treat me like a friend rather than a hired hand, and I treat them as a friend in retrun.  I ask for this from my clients, because I want to be sure that I create the best images for them that they will be uterly in love with and cherish forever.

In 2015 I was honored to have been named one of the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photographers in the world by Rangefinder Magazine, and in 2016 was honored to be named one of the 100 best wedding photographers in the world by Nicholas Purcell .

Some of my work has been featured on Junebug Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled Blog, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Wedding Chicks, Rangefinder Magazine, Minnesota Bride, Oregon Bride, and more.  

For the photo montage above, thanks to my bride Jessica for stealing my camera and snapping these photos of me behind her back while I was bustling her dress! (umm, she has an unknown talent!) 

Photo below by Jennifer Moher 

What I love most….

S k i i n g
R I L L A !
C O F F E E
MY B E S T

F R I E N D S
B A R L E Y !
T R A V E L
Y O G A
W I N E
A M A Z I N G

F O O D
M U S I C

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