Eaux Claires IV

Happy to be back shooting for Eaux Claires, year four. It was an exciting year to be working for this festival-- lots of small stages, collaboration, and art. Here are my favorite shots out of many, many images and in no special order. Please take time to look up the five other photographers on our team: Graham Tolbert, Montgomery Sheridan, David Szymanski, Scott Kunkel and Sarah Ferraro

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Mini Sessions

Mini sessions have been such a fun way to warm up Crystal and my new studio in the North Loop. There are so many images I love from just one weekend of a session last month that I can't image what I end up with as we continue to push them every month. If you're interested in finding out when this coming months sessions are, shoot me an email

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This was a big year.

Of the 20 weddings I photographed in 2017, more than half fell in the month of September. In that month alone, my camera fired its shutter 16,500 times. 13 weddings were located in the Twin Cities proper. Long veils, dark red lipstick, suits from Atmosfere, spanx, and readings by e.e. cummings reigned. The song "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder was the most frequent walk-down-the-aisle song. First looks were passed off in favor of dressing together and sit-down dinners took the place of food trucks. The focus fell on food and family and the most common word heard during speeches: "better together"

Below is what happens when I decide to find a "few photos" that I feel raised the bar this year. All the weddings I was lucky enough to take part in were extraordinary in their own way but these selected moments remind me why I love what I do. I hope you can feel how it felt to be there by going through them, too. Click an image to open the slideshow. 

2018, I'm ready.

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Liz & Hank

I ran into Liz & Hank at the Eaux Claires festival while I was hoisting my camera and stepping through cute couples waiting patiently for Jenny Lewis to take the stage. They called out to me-- we spoke for a bit-- and I left feeling like I had these two friends that weren't really my friends because we'd only had coffee once to go over wedding details but I kind of wanted to sit down and hang out with them for the rest of the day. 

When their wedding day came, I wasn't even nervous. Something about how the two turn their gaze to you and just know they're truly listening, made me feel like there was already a warm room inside this unfamiliar church that I was standing before, about to enter. 

Liz and Hank are funny and they attract friends with great humor. They are faithful and are some of the only 20-somethings I know who have created such community within their church. I know it sounds cute when you say that two people in love are at ease around each other but they aren't just clearly calmed in each others presence, they sweep that ease out and touch everyone with it. 

Their ceremony was intimate and to the point. It touched on their faith and their commitment. Their reception was warm, humble, and full of a connectedness between each guest-- something that I find rare when 100's of people who don't all know each other are gathered in the same room. Also, they had a Chinese takeout buffet which is GENIUS.

Working with these two was memorable. A bright spot. I'm proud of these images. Enjoy.


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