Since winter is almost here, and weddings are starting to wind down for a few months, I thought I’d share some outtakes from a recent dog shoot I worked on. I do a lot of personal sessions for people, but on this particular day I set up a traveling studio at a local doggy daycare and shot holiday images of the pups for their owners (to use as gifts or with their holiday cards).
As you can imagine, not all dogs are enthusiastic about santa beards and reindeer antlers. Here are a few of the outtakes:
To see some of the shots that turned out as planned, you can look here. Enjoy!
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not normally at a loss for words! I’ve been trying to wrap my head around everything that this day meant to Melissa & Laura…somehow capture that in words & spill it all over this page for you to soak in…oh how I wish you all could have been there for every wonderful moment! From the nervousness of getting ready to the anticipation of that first look…& then to that moment, standing before their friends & family, legally committing themselves to one another…ohhh! & the party!!! This was such.a.beautiful.perfect.day. So, instead of trying to spell it out, I’ll just let you re-live it with me in the imagery…congratulations Melissa & Laura! Enjoy!
Narrowing this post down to a set of images was not an easy task. There were just too many awesome moments to choose from. Jennie and Tom’s wedding was an old-fashioned meets modern affair in St. Paul early this Fall. There were gold and glittery details, wispy and monochromatic bridesmaids dress… DIY touches in every corner, then a sky-high reception at the carousel on the 22nd floor of downtown St. Paul’s Crown Plaza. I would do this day again. It was just that fun. Congratulations to Jennie and Tom!
When I showed up to the Brides Dinner & saw the cans of Contadina Tomato Puree I just knew these were going to be my kind of people! This backyard Brides Dinner was simply perfect. From the family style set up & checkered table cloths to the twinkling lights & the puppy’s tux…yes, the puppy’s tux…Melissa & Laura couldn’t of had a better night with their family & friends! While I was there I had the opportunity to sneak Melissa & Laura away for a bit…goodness how I love the excited nervousness of a couple as they start to realize that tomorrow, TOMORROW they will be married! And how truly exciting that we live in a state where Melissa & Laura would be able to make their commitment to one another legal! Very proud to be a Minnesotan on this particular night…enjoy!
I have a confession… I just got back from a glorious vacation. I am always torn about taking a big trip in October because it’s such a high time for weddings, family portraits and high school seniors. But October is the month of my own wedding anniversary (14 years next week!) and the month of my husband’s birthday. So I take the time away from work to focus on my guy and what’s important.
This year, we went to the Pacific Northwest, and what an awesome decision that was! We began in Seattle and then drove down the coast to a gorgeous cottage in Gearhart, Oregon. Hey brides! This would make a fantastic honeymoon spot. I’m just sayin’. We took all kinds of day trips down the coast (watched surfers, visited aquariums, hiked in the woods, visited cheese factories) and then we spent another day exploring nearby wine country (tastings, tastings and more tastings). I cannot suggest this trip enough. And if that doesn’t convince you, maybe you should check out the photos…
See what I mean?