A recap of 2017

2017 was very busy for me and I didn't blog nearly as much as I would have liked to!  To make up for that, I decided to do a quick recap of some of my favorite images from 2017.  There's a little bit of everything in this post and I also want to take a moment to thank all of the amazing people who invited me to capture little glimpses of their lives this year. 

First up are my friends, Ryan + Jenelle.  I had been daydreaming about doing a greenhouse shoot, so when they asked me about getting some fresh new photos, this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  Jenelle also does some amazing portrait work and you can catch up with her on her site here

I visited Minneapolis for the first time to photograph a beautiful rainy backyard ceremony for Justin + Rachel.  Justin and my husband have been friends since their teenage years, so it was really fun for all of us to be able to catch up and to have an excuse to skip town for a weekend.  I love how intimate this wedding was and how Justin + Rachel took time to hug their family and wedding party as they made their way up to the alter.  They also had perfect quirky moments sprinkled throughout their day like playing rock paper scissors to decide whose vows would be first, having their dog be their ring bearer, and riding away from the reception on a tandem bicycle. 

I had a very sweet family approach me about doing a large shoot this summer while distant members of the family were in from out of town and they also wanted a short casual session of just their boys playing at a lake to get them acquainted with the idea first.  I always love getting candid photos of kids and giving them the opportunity to really be in their element and forget about the camera.  We sat them down for just a minute to grab a few photos of them looking at the camera and then let them play the rest of the time.  These photos ended up being a perfect portrait of boyhood and I just loved it. 

Another great opportunity I had was to photograph two births this year!  Births are always one of my favorite subjects to shoot and both of these moms were so gracious to let me share a handful of these photos here with you. 

Another new favorite kind of session for me to photograph has been children meeting their younger siblings for the first time!  It's so so sweet!

And while we're on the subject of babies, my sister-in-law had a beautiful baby boy this summer!  This was a huge highlight of the year for our family.  Here's some of my favorite images from her maternity session and their newborn session at their home. 

Another super fun bit of work I hadn't done in a while but got to do again this year [and which I always really enjoy!] was blog photography. I took some photos of Kate for The Chic Series; she's incredibly photogenic and I love seeing what kind of outfits she puts together. 
(Also, I loved it so much I totally bought the Madewell shirt in this first photo within two weeks of our shoot!)

My friend Shirah also launched a blog this year, and I was more than happy to do some lifestyle photography for her as well.  Getting to collaborate as friends was a highlight of my year! 

I took some very fresh newborn photos in the hospital for Becky + Dave when they had their first baby girl, Stella, in 2016.  I was thrilled to find out they were expecting again and I got to take some very similar hospital newborn photos of their brand new baby girl, Audrey. 

I also got to take photos of two of my favorite girls, Margot + Goldie!  I took photos of Margot meeting Goldie in the hospital, and then we did a sweet little at-home newborn session a couple weeks later.  The photo of the two of them in the crib is one of my all-time favorites!  I work with their mom, Heather, and have a running joke that Goldie is my new little intern at the office.  

And I capped my year off right by doing a fun engagement shoot for my friend Katelyn and her fiancé, TJ, at a beautiful Christmas tree farm!  

If you're reading this and you need some fresh photos in 2018, shoot me a message + let's make it happen!

Benjamin James

I just realized that since I moved over to my new website this past year, I haven't blogged a single birth yet!  I wanted to share some photos from the most recent birth I photographed.  This birth was incredibly special to me because this was the tenth birth I've photographed, and it also happened to be for the same amazing parents that invited me to photograph my very first birth over four years ago.  I’m so thankful to Monica + Sam for the opportunity to photograph their son, Benjamin James, and they were so gracious to let me share these photos with you.  

Birth photography is something I had never imagined myself doing, but I stumbled into it and it has quickly become one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  I have always loved taking candid photos much more than posed photos;  I love the life, movement, and authenticity in candid photos.  Birth photography is really the epitome of that -- no one is posing, no one is trying to look good for the camera, and, for the most part, no one even realizes I’m there because they are focusing on having a baby.  I love how much raw emotion all of these photos convey.  I love having the opportunity to really tell a story with these photos.  I love how much of a rush it is, that I’m grabbing my camera and running out the door to get there in time, and then working so quickly to be sure that I’m not missing any shots.  And, more than anything, I love that I am capturing moments that will only happen once.

I’m so touched and humbled that parents have allowed me to photograph these intimate moments for their families.  It is such a privilege to be present when a new life comes into the world.  

Mathis Michael

Back in November, I had the pleasure of visiting the hospital to take photos of two friends with their brand new baby boy, Mathis.  There is something so magical about seeing someone in their first couple of days of parenthood, when everything is so fresh and their hearts are so full.  Congratulations Ariana + Mike!