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Snow.  What true-blue Minnesotan doesn’t like it?  Ok – me!  However, while I get so sick of snow, and cold, and winter, and everything else that makes you just shiver with cabin fever, I also don’t know what life would be like without it.  This past weekend we took some time off and enjoyed Northern Minnesota with some amazing friends.  Below are just a few of the memories from the weekend (and thanks to my wonderful husband for patiently taking them, while I monkeyed around and stuck my tounge out at you…because that is how I pose for the camera).

 

 

(These are some of my best girlfriends from law school….love you guys!)

Jess & Erik are getting married in a few months.  Aren’t they cute?  And of course, Marley The Dog had to get his own photo.

Happy Tuesday!  Go out and enjoy all that white stuff.
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  • February 17, 2010 - 11:05 am

    Jessica - We had a blast with you guys – thanks for the great memories! Love you! 🙂
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Chuck.  Norris.  I have a secret.  I l-o-v-e Chuck Norris.  I am infatuated with Chuck Norris facts.  I am also obsessed with Chuck’s hair.  Business in the front.  Party in the back.   Just Chuck’s name makes me laugh.  Because it’s a Friday and Friday’s are for fun, without any special order, here are some of my favorite Chuck Norris facts for you:

 

-Chuck Norris eats bullets for breakfast.  Watch out when he burps.  (I heard that his son made that one up).

 

-Chuck Norris took a whole bottle of sleeping pills.  He blinked.

 

-When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

 

-Chuck Norris always knows the EXACT location of Carmen SanDiego.  (Where – in – the – world – is Carmen SanDiego? – sing it!)

 

-Chuck Norris does not sleep.  He waits.

 

-Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

 

-Chuck Norris is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.

 

-When Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.

 

-If you can spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble.  You win.  Forever.

 

-Chuck can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.

 

See – I told you I like Chuck Norris Facts!!  And while this Chuck-Collage is not made of pictures I took, a post about Chuck Norris without a picture, would be pretty sad.  Chuck, can’t you just smile for one picture??!  I guess Chuck is too serious to smile…or blink…or express emotion….

 

 

 Happy Friday!

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Sandra.  She’s my sister and today is her birthday.  While Sandra may be my “little” sister, I look up to her more than she’ll ever know.  She is humble, smart, kind and pretty.  She works extremely hard and is absolutely brilliant.  Sandra is in her first year of residency and will be an amazing doctor.  I love her so much.

 

When we were growing up, we were only two years apart and did nearly everything together.  At that time, it was hard to appreciate each other because we were always together (and I mean ALWAYS)!  We went to a small highschool with about 30 kids in each graduating class.  We shared the same friends and rode in the same car, attended the same games, and went to the same dances.  I often complained at the time, about dragging my little sister with me.  I never stopped to appreciate what a wonderful person she was.  Even when I went to college, Sandra followed one year behind me (because she is such a smarty pants).  We were never really apart and I never knew what life was like without her right there. 

 

Now that we are both married, working and starting our own separate lives, I miss her dearly on a daily basis.  We may still live in the same city, but life often pulls us apart for longer than we’re used to.  Now that those younger years are long gone, I look back and wonder why I made such a big deal about such small things.  She’s my sister and I would do anything for her.  I know that now, but I wish I knew it then.  And, I can’t say my mom never warned me.

 

So on today, her birthday, I want to post a picture I took of her, with her husband Andrew.  I want to tell her I love her and appreciate her.  She is a wonderful sister….and, isn’t she beautiful? 

 

Happy Birthday, Sandra.

 

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Engagements.  They are so important to what we do.  I can’t emphasize that enough.  We cherish them.  We often get asked (usually by the groom-to-be) if we will let a couple forego the engagement session.  We simply answer….NO WAY, NO HOW!  The engagement session is a huge part of what we do.  It is our chance to get to know you on a more personal level, and for you to get used to us and our photography style before your wedding day. 
 
Usually our engagement sessions will last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. We will walk around and capture the couple as they really are in their element.  Not the cheeeeezzzzyyy, EEEK, hairy-scary, just plain aweful, make you want to draw a mustache and horns kind of pictures, like you may see at this AWKWARD (yet super hilarious) site.  We pride ourselves on giving every couple artistic photographs of fun, real moments.  Pictures that show how they are when they’re together. 
Engagement sessions also give us a chance to give you an insight to the lingo we use and the types of poses we casually create, to give you the outcome that you desire for your wedding day. Artistic, real and relaxed.
Below are Erin and Joel.  We photographed their wedding this past fall.  When we first met with this couple, they were quiet and reserved…and Joel was definitely NOT looking forward to having his picture taken.  On the day we photographed their engagements, Joel was ready to be done before we had even started.  However, after walking around and casually catching the two of them together in the moment, Joel relaxed and was able to focus on conversation and not so much on the camera.  And that’s what it’s all about.  By the time we got to their wedding day, Joel forgot we were there as photographers and we were able to gain his trust from behind the lens…and that’s our ultimate goal!
These two shots below are two of my all-time favorites!  The sun was peeking through the trees at just the right moment to create a subtle, romantic feel.

Thanks for letting us look at you through our lenses, Joel!

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Jazz.  We love it.  There’s something about it that just makes you feel like you are listening to art.  The different notes and instruments, blending and clashing.  Every song unique.  There’s nothing like sitting with a glass of wine and just soaking in a good jazz tune.  It took me awhile to get used to jazz music.  Seth has always loved it.  So, when we got married, we incorporated it into our wedding day.  We were fortunate enough to know some great jazz artists who were willing to play during our ceremony and also during the dinner hour at our reception.  Laura Caviani is a local musician who is phenomenal on the piano.  She was the jazz band director at St. Thomas when Seth was in college, and he took jazz piano lessons with her after he graduated.  When we got engaged, Seth contacted her immediately to see if she would be willing to help us out for our wedding…and lucky for us, she was!  She organized an awesome jazz trio (including herself) to play for us.  Pete Whitman played the saxaphone and Gordy Johnson played bass. Both are also local recording artists and are fantastic.  We were just so fortunate to have these guys play for us on our wedding day.
 
Every time we find out that these guys are playing locally, we try to make it to hear them.  Last week they happened to be playing at the Artists’ Quarter Jazz Club in downtown St. Paul, to do a live recording for Pete’s X-tet.  We went with our good friends Cassie & Curtis, and it was fantastic!
Below are some of our favorite pictures from the night, featuring all of these musicians.
Enjoy!
  

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