KENILWORTH TRAIL

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA


KYLE + KRISTI

A RUSTIC OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH MINNEAPOLIS ENGAGEMENT

Sometimes you have to go off the beaten path to find something truly special.  Each time I venture onto Minneapolis's exclusive Kenilworth Trail I've had that feeling of being in a magical place, secluded from the city.  Indeed when you pass under the bough of one of the trees and through the dark entrance, it seems you are being ushered into a place miles away from the city.  Once on the trail, Minneapolis seems to shine in the distance like the Emerald City of Oz.  There seems to be an endless assortment of trails with secret hidden spots, secluded gems within an infinity of trails.  Wandering these trails with Kyle & Kristi, I marveled at the ease in which they fell into each other's arms and embraced the moment.  They seemed to perfectly complement each other.  A child like playfulness and an ability to wander can really remind us that we were once kids and the world seemed to be an endlessly magical place.  Looking into each other's eyes, Kyle and Kristi seems to have found that magical place within each other.

ELOISE BUTLER WILDFLOWER GARDEN

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA


EMILY + MATTHEW

A LATE SUMMER WHIMSICAL PARK ENGAGEMENT

Some of the best places in the sprawling urban park that is Minneapolis are like the family jewels: well hidden, unassuming, yet magical once found.  I knew this when I came across the mystical winding trails of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.  The emphasis should be on wild here, as this not grandmother's nursery garden.  Here you'll find tangled vines, chattering chipmunks, sprawling golden meadows, plump wild berries and conifers reaching towards the sky.  So many micro-environments make this a truly special walk to go on and explore nature with couples on these cherished trails, as I did here.  

COMO PARK

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA


DANIEL + MARIKA

A ROMANTIC AND CAREFREE MID-SUMMER ENGAGEMENT

"Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lover's eyes."  It seems fitting to introduce Daniel and Marika with a quote from Shakespeare, as these are lovers who became acquainted with each other through the stage.  Both part of a traveling theater troupe, Daniel and Marika know each other through the bonds and impulses of stage play.  As actors and creators, their curiosity for the world is deep, their sense of wonder and openness to new surroundings is a gift.  As I looked through the viewfinder of my old cherished film camera friend, I could see their magic chemistry unfolding before my eyes.  It was confirmed when the negatives came back from the lab and I felt I had caught two lovers who were so at ease with each other that they almost seemed to be sculptures in some the images.  His fondness for her, and her comfort with him radiated through every single shot.

HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK

 SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA


PETER + SAMANTHA

AN EVENING STROLL THROUGH THE WOODS & SAND

If Peter and Samantha were shades of color, they would definitely be on the cooler side, probably periwinkle and sage green.  That's because they are so gently and perfectly paired that one seems to spill a bit into the other, making them a great & even match, blended like coffee and sweetened milk.  These softer shades all combined in their carefree and fun couples shoot.  Traversing the meandering trails of Hidden Falls Regional Park, I saw a glimpse of young love and kindred spirits.

THEODORE WIRTH PARK

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA


ALLIE + BRAD

AN EARLY SPRING RUSTIC ENGAGEMENT

When Spring arrives, there is the chance for renewal, for the beauty of the spirit to be expressed with gentle affection.  These moments can be as simple as a walk in the park, or a piggyback rise through the forest trails.  Allie and Brad's affection for each other fins it's expression in these simple moments of play, which were evident during their engagement shoot.  Filled with embraces and good cheer, I could see a couple tremendously excited for the journey before them, and their upcoming Autumn wedding, where they will share their love amongst hundreds of friends and family members.

AT HOME

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA


MICK + KEELY

A COZY WINTERTIME ENGAGEMENT AT HOME

A champagne toast.  A smoldering fireplace.  The slow-strumming of a ukelele.  Hot cocoa and a game of Scrabble.  These small details add up to impressions of a time shared together.  They slowly build up like snowflakes on the surface of a moment, giving off the impressions and tones of a cherished relationship.  Mick and Keely wanted a winter engagement session that would counterpoint their beautiful late summer wedding.  With ease and grace in front of the camera, this charming couple let me follow through the steps of a quiet afternoon spent together.  When we finished around dusk snow began to fall, a quiet curtain that would open to a remarkable new year.

SELECT MINNEAPOLIS LOCATIONS

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA


SELECTED PORTRAITS

SOME OF MY FAVORITE PORTRAITS SESSIONS

As a photographer, always taking portraits is important to me.  Through a portrait, you can feel like you get to know someone.  Inside a portrait, you can be yourself or someone else.  A portrait is a creation of an identity, a chance to strive for beauty, and yes, even, sometimes, a window into your soul.

HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA


BRITTANY + ANDY

A CAREFREE SUMMERTIME WOODSY ENGAGEMENT

Occasionally I'll come across a couple that seems to fall gracefully in and out of every pose and remarkably at ease in front of the camera.  I'll be shooting and thinking 'Gosh, do they work at a lifestyle modeling agency?'  I had this sense when I shot Brittany & Andy's engagement a few weeks ago.  Being so at ease with each other and in front of the camera, this shoot was breeze and we had a good deal of fun.   Choosing one of my most often selected St Paul engagement locations, Hidden Falls Regional Park, we wandered the trails and did some shooting on the sun-soaked riverbed beaches there.  This engagement session had all the components of a lively, fresh and fun lifestyle shoot with Brittany and Andy clearly having no trouble being in love in front of the lens.

HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA


CHRISTIANE + TYLER

A SUNNY EARLY SUMMER RIVERSIDE ENGAGEMENT

This engagement session was filled with beaming smiles and good cheer all around.   Christiane and Tyler's infectious enthusiasm for each other definitely shows in front of the camera, where they shined on the trails of Hidden Falls Regional Park.   The serenity and beauty of nature seemed to reflect their love in the purest way.  Both fun souls complemented each other well as they stood in front of the lens on the shimmering beach and beautiful trails of this exclusive wooded area.

WALKER SCULPTURE GARDEN

MINNEAPOLIS, MN


J.W. + LESLIE

A CLASSIC SUMMERTIME ENGAGEMENT IN THE PARK

An engagement session can sometimes be like a first date.  At time, fun and exhilarating and in other moments it can feel awkward but then get good again. For J.W. and Leslie's engagement, I wanted to have that intimate date vibe, while also playing around with framing & the symmetry of the sculptures and natural features in the area.  As we walked through the Walker Sculpture Garden (only a week before it was to be renovated), I couldn't help but notice all the nice little courtesies exchanged between the couple - the way he looked at her fondly, the shorthand they exchanged for communicating, the loving humor that they shared.