What is the real meaning of photography?
Photography is more than an image on a piece of paper or
an electronic image
Can you imagine a world without it?
Think of the responsibility you have to those that are
elders and want nothing more than great images of
you....you are their world.
Also think of the responsibility to those that are not yet
born who will crave any information about you when you are
their elders. These images are your heritage and theirs.
Preserve your heritage
Impress friends and relatives
Give you pride of owning something totally unique
Helps you bestow meaningful gifts
Gives you joy
It is a future gift to your future self
Increase your self esteem
You entire wedding day is in the hands of your
photographer. The right photographer can help you see your
wedding day more clearly and help you see moments that
would have otherwise slipped away. All the money you are
investing in your wedding is in the hands of the
photographer since all those other things will disappear
the day after the wedding.
The day after your wedding
the cake will be gone
the dress will be in storage
the flowers will be wilted
the guests are back home
the candles have melted
and hopefully your photography will be blossoming with
joy and happiness for a lifetime and beyond.
(do not hire a once in a while photographer for a once in
a lifetime wedding)
Wedding tip: Use seasonal weddings to your advantage.
Did you realize that there are only 25 days a year that
are "in season" in weddings?
Those dates would be Saturdays May-October. The rest of
those dates are NOT in season.
What does that mean for you? DISCOUNT! Always ask for a
discount from every vendor if your date is not "in
season." You may not have picked a date yet. Strongly
consider having your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday
during warm months or whatever day you choose in the
colder months. There is a fierce competition among vendors
for your business and some are more willing than others to
give discounts. You can literally save thousands on your
wedding using this strategy by working with vendors that
I have a great book called Wild and
Wonderful Wedding Day Stories. It has
interesting stories about the things I have seen at
weddings. Some stories will give ideas on how to avoid
problems at your wedding. In the back of the book I have
tips from A-Z on how to save thousands on your wedding. I
have 10 copies reserved for free for anyone that emails me
and asks for a copy. There is no charge and I not asking
for anything in return. I just want to help you with your
wedding day journey!
Email me at email@example.com or give us a call at
Have a great one!
“Practice makes perfect”
This is a concept that may help you determine who you
want to hire for vendors at your wedding.
by Sully Sullenberger
(The heroic pilot that landed a plane full of passengers
on the Hudson River a few years ago in Manhattan. His
experience was the difference).
“I have 19,700 hours of flight time now. Back when I had
2,000 hours I knew a lot of things, but I did not possess
the depth of understanding I have now. Since then I have
sharpened my skills and learned from many situations that
tested and taught me. Regional airlines will take someone
with 200 hours of flight experience and make them a first
officer. These new pilots have exceptional training but it
takes time to fully master the art and science of flying a
commercial jet.” Sully Sullenberger
The same is true of something complex like wedding
photography. Both airline pilots and wedding photographers
have a zero tolerance job where you can not make a
mistake. Not ever. I look for a little gray on the temple
of the pilots that are in the cockpit of the planes I am
boarding. I want that experience.
Let friends take pictures around the real pro
photographer if you want but have a true pro with 20,000
hours under their belt that can handle any situation and
create lemon aide out of the lemons that are so abundant
on a wedding day.
Why not look for that experience in all your wedding
vendors? Make your wedding day a truly perfect one!
I have been really busy with portraits and some weddings
too. Clients are appreciating the vast difference between
what they can do with their cameras and what comes out of
mine. They are thrilled with the results, how we paint
with light, capture emotion, make reluctant subjects smile
and create breath taking art.
After 24 years in our present studio we are moving to
Woodbury. Our new studio will feature a location that is
on a 50- acre park with a lake on the property. Its going
to be amazing! We are so richly blessed. Our phone number
will remain the same. We would love to hear from you or
better yet, create images for the ages with you!
Wedding Tip #16
Continuing on with the concept that stress can ruin your
wedding day and the planning before can be so hard I
wanted to offer 10 more stress tips.
11. Have a sanctuary in your home where you can be alone
12. Have a time with loved ones that is all positive. A
time without demands or negativity.
13. Avoid overspending to feel better. Debt will stress
14. Set priorities. Divide tasks into essential, important
and trivial. Throw out trivial.
15. Organize your time. Be selective about the activities
you are involved in.
16. Touch people you love. A gentle touch has the opposite
effect of stress. It slows the heart rate and breathing.
It reduces muscle tension and calms you.
17. Chose fight or flight. Don't be afraid to express your
feelings. Choose your arguments and walk away from things
that are not worth the hassle.
18. Get enough sleep! Listen to your body.
19. Learn breathing to reduce stress. Inhale 1234, exhale
20. If you can not fight or flight then FLOW!
My hope is that these ideas will help you during the
stress of wedding planning and the actual day.I wish you
all the best!
Wedding Tip # 15
I see a lot of mismatch looks with brides. Here is what I
mean. Lets face it, as humans we all have our own body
types. Each one is beautiful to me in its own way. Using
accessories to help with body types for brides can be a
very beneficial thing.
If you are a bigger, plus-size bride, think about getting
a bigger bouquet. Hold it at your waist line. Like magic,
that bouquet hides your midsection and is more
proportional to you if you are a bigger person.
Conversely, I see smaller brides with huge bouquets that
dwarf the bride and do not go with her body type. Try to
pick a bouquet that goes with your body type!
Another idea is that you may want to consider getting a
custom made shawl if you are a bigger bride. You can get
one to match your dress. For some reason, most bridal
dresses arestrapless and if you are a plus-size bride,
your bigger shoulders, arms and back are going to show,
and you may not like the result in photographs. I do not
see bridal salons offering these shawls but they would go
a long way to creating the beauty and elegance that every
bride wants to achieve. The shawl will bring the eye back
up to the face so guests can see how gorgeous you are, and
that's what every bride really wants.
I have mentioned this before, but also consider some
really orthopedic tennis shoes for your foot wear. You
will be on your feet a long time and since your shoes do
not show why not take it easy on yourself with this simple
idea. I can not tell you how many brides complain about
their aching feet at their wedding.
One final idea is that I have seen bridal dresses with a
detachable train. What a great idea! That way as the
evening progresses you can not have this huge part of your
dress weighing you down when you are trying to dance and
Please do not get offended by these ideas. I mean no harm
and am not trying to insult anyone. Every bride is a
gorgeous creature. I really care how you look and feel
because that will dramatically effect how your entire
wedding day goes.
Wedding Tip #14
Getting the big picture on your wedding plans.
I think having a budget is the new norm for all of life
I am sure you must be working on one.
An economist would look at your wedding to break down
cost per usage.
With a wedding there are a lot of one day items that are
here today and now here tomorrow.
Here is what I mean...Lets say this is your budget.
Item- Per day cost
Ice sculpture- $200
Photography- 12 cents a day!
Obviously this is a rough sketch. My point is that things
that last forever are also logically the LEAST expensive
thing you will ever invest in.
I have a free report I can email you on how to make the
cost of ANY photographer go down to ZERO. I know that
sounds crazy but I am serious. You do not have to book me.
I will not bug you if you ask for the report. Just let me
know you are interested and I will send it to you asap! I
am always up for a phone or personal consultation. My
number is 651-644-2184 and my email is
I am happy to be part of your team to help you achieve
your wedding dream!
It has been a busy late Summer season. It has been joyful
to meet new clients and have them become friends thru the
experience. Yesterday did a wedding at Majestic Oaks. I
recommend this place. They are really on it. Very
professional. The brides mom hugged me and said "Steve,
you belong to us! We absolutely love your work"! That
meant the world to me. I really believe in doing the best
work always. I can not live with the regret of not trying
my best in each situation. It is so rewarding to see happy
tears when clients see the work we created together as a
Wedding Tip #13
I have mixed feelings about bridal shows. I have done
them for years and have recently decided to sit a few out.
Here is why. In a lot of categories there are way too many
vendors. This is because it is easy to sell as many booths
as possible in certain categories with out any regard to
you the bride.The people that run the shows love this
because they make lots of money off of each vendor
regardless of how they stack them into the show. Do you
really need to see 35 DJ companies, 35 photographers and
35 caterers? The other problem is that I see totally new
people in the booths from companies I have never heard of
before. They are brand new to the business and are ripe to
commit all kinds of rookie mistakes at your wedding.
Between the internet and bridal shows someone with very
little experience can look very professional and
legitimate. I highly doubt that is the case. I do not want
to sound too critical here but I know how many mistakes I
made the first 10 years. It takes a long time to become an
expert in any field and I assume most couples want top
notch service and product for the high price they are
paying. There is a huge difference between great
presentation and great content.
From one show to the next I do not see the same vendors.
There is a merry go round on the turn style of this
industry. Here today and gone tomorrow. Hopefully that
does not mean you are going to put your faith and money
down and have bad service or no service if the vendor in
question does not stay in business long enough to service
your wedding. I see that happen all the time.
Suggestion. I urge you to ask vendors about other
vendors. Major bridal shops that have been around a long
time can refer. Do not get fooled by a slick web site or
bridal show booth. I would be happy to give opinions on
vendors if you want that second opinion.
Remember that I have a FREE audio report on how to get a
great wedding from all your vendors at a much reduced
price. You have no obligation when you email me your
address for me to mail this to you. If you are not
interested in more from me I will not contact you. Just
want to help you on your journey! Steve@choicephoto.com
Here is wedding tip #12
This may not seem like much of a topic but it is critical
to your wedding day being a success.
It is amazing to me how many weddings I have seen nearly
ruined by the limo drivers.
There are three reasons for this.
1. The limo driver is late to pick you up at the wedding
location after the wedding.
2. The limo driver has little knowledge of the city and
gets lost or takes forever to get to a destination because
they do not know where they are going.
3. The limo drivers vehicle breaks down and they have no
idea how to fix even simple problems on a vehicle.
Can you imagine being on cloud #9 when you leave the site
of your wedding only to be stranded? I have seen drivers
severely late and it throws that whole happy feeling away
as fun bar hoping, park shoots and even dinner are delayed
or skipped because of the driver. It is also insane to see
a bus load of a happy bridal party lost because the limo
driver has no idea how to efficiently get to the next
location. I also would think limos are well maintained so
they do not break down. You would think that the driver
would have some knowledge about mechanics in case there is
a problem. It is sad when the bridal party has to roll up
sleeves and get under the hood because the driver had no
clue how to fix a problem.
Suggestion. Like I said in the last tip ask other wedding
vendors for referrals of limo drivers or for that matter
for all vendors. They can give you the inside straight so
you do not end up on the side of a highway on your wedding
day waiting for help. I also would ask the limo company
upfront what their policy is in regards to these issues so
you know up front how to avoid these problems.
A foot note to all of this is that you can rent a really
fancy car for a whole weekend for the price of a short
limo ride. Why not have a Cadillac for the weekend to tool
Make sure you have an experienced limo driver that is a
mechanic and is driving a well maintained vehicle. Also
make sure they know locations of parks or bars you are
going to visit.
Finally, make sure you are dealing with a company with a
long track record and a great reputation. It is hard to
believe a limo driver can wreck a day but I have seen it
Wedding Tip #11
Hire friends or pros? What to do for your wedding?!
We all face this question. I recently wanted to fix a few
things on my house. Yes I have friends that do that on the
side. I love being with my friends and trust them. However
what bothers me is that what I needed done needed
expertise. My friends will always say they are experts but
none of them did this work full time, had formal training
I worried about the work ethic as well. I have had friends
because we are friends not be on time, not finish what
they started, not do the job right and other awkward
The problem becomes friendship vs. getting a great job
done. My solution was to call my hardware store and ask
for recommendations. I wanted people that have made a full
time living being experts in what I needed done. Someone
with long term experience
offers me the security that if they have been around that
long they must be doing a lot of things right. Other
clients voted with hard earned dollars to keep them
The other thing about hiring a pro vs a friend is that if
things go wrong I can be assertive with that pro where as
a friend might get miffed and it could ruin our
friendship. These days customers can literally destroy a
business if they want to and pros feel that challenge
every day and it makes them work that much harder to
please the client. Friends usually have no established
name in the business, have no stake in any client
satisfaction and may really be offended if they are
redirected by me.
I really rely on referrals. In the case of a wedding ask
other vendors what they think of the pro you are
considering hiring. They may have recommendations. Bridal
shops are great because they hear feedback and can refer.
The ironic thing about my story is that referred vendors
that I have used have become friends. Not like best buddy
but we have a nice friendship. I like having that boundary
so that I am not caught up with a friend and now stuck not
getting what I want and afraid to hurt their feelings.
My projects have come out perfectly. There is such a
difference working with a pro. Good ones are on time,
respectful, get the job done quickly and perfectly. These
days with the economy you can ask for a deal with a pro
and sometimes get the pro job done
for what you friend was asking anyway.
These are just my opinions but I hope they help you hire
the perfect person for the various roles of your wedding
Sittings I've done recently:
Got the opportunity to work with more great families
this past week. The weather cooperated beautifully for
the family in blue. The girl in the picture at right is
a budding ballerina. Love this shot.
Got a chance to work with a family for portraits. This is
a shot of grandpa and grandson as military personnel. We
love to do lots of different combos during a shoot like
I am so blessed to do this work. I have had a lot of old
clients come in years later with their senior son or
daughter and it has been so fun to see pictures of those
kids that I did when they were little. I have once again
not been blogging due to busy times at the studio but here
are a few images of folks I have worked with. Very
interesting kids coming thru here. Mature, polite, bright
and vibrant. Hope for all of our futures!
Did an amazing wedding today. There were 34 people in the
bridal party! It was chaos but fun. I do not rattle easily
and that was a plus. We got a lot of great shots amid the
fun.This group shot is just of the guys alone!
A truly busy week. Lots of old clients coming back for
more. It is so fun to have clients turn into extended
family. I love to watch families change and grow.
Here are some thoughts about wedding photography.
What brides should look for in a Twin Cities
For some reason all logic seems to disappear when it
comes to hiring a wedding photographer in St. Paul or
Minneapolis. Couples end up investing upwards to $30,000
in their Twin Cities Wedding event and then hire a friend,
a neighbor, someone just starting out, or a puppy mill
Basically this is like buying a $30,000 car and then
handing the keys to a child and saying “take this baby for
a spin." I do not want to sound so pessimistic about St.
Paul and Mpls. wedding photographers. Let's face one fact.
It is where camera owners and lovers seem to gravitate to
try out their skills as a wedding photographer. I get
pulled aside all the time at weddings I photograph by
disgruntled past brides that I do not even know. They saw
my work and saw me in action, and they tell me their tale
of woe now that their wedding is done and they are stuck
with horrible pictures and a bad experience to boot.
Once they see the skill set I have acquired personally
doing 2,000 weddings in my decades long career, they
realize just how huge a mistake they made hiring that
friend or working with that place that has 25
photographers with only 4 years experience.
We all value what we have learned since we were 10 years
old. Why not value what a full time professional Twin
Cities wedding photographer can provide a bride and groom
and their families on the most important day of their
One of the most satisfying parts of my job is to see old
clients come back for more. Worked with a great mom and
her two kids for grad portraits. They are such great
folks. We love to hug and laugh and have fun!
Had another senior in here this week that is
second generation. We did mom and dads wedding
twenty years ago! Great folks!
Many couples planning to get married are overwhelmed with
how to find the right photographer.
There are a lot of photographer websites out there!
Here is a Q and A to help couples out:
Wedding Q and A:
Q. How experienced are you?
A. I have done 2,000 weddings so I know locations, how to
handle literally anything and make it better, and how to
get twice as many images in half the time.
Q. Do you have any degrees?
A. I am a certified professional photographer and also a
Master Photographer. It takes about 20+ years to get this
degree and less than 1% of all photographers achieve it.
Q. Have you won many awards?
Minnesota Wedding album of the year
Minnesota photographer of the year
St Paul photographer of the year
Kodak Gallery awards
Disneyworld Epcot Center award
Q. How will I know I am going to love my pictures?
A. We are the only place in town that brings a monitor to
your wedding so you can see the images live as they are
taken at your wedding. I want you to know what I am doing
and will cheerfully change direction if things are not to
your liking. I will also discreetly ask you throughout the
day if you are happy. It's your day and your way! I have a
third powerful way that totally insures your happiness. It
is something we invented and I am happy to share it with
you during our visit.
Q. What do you do that others do not do.
A. I shoot 6 styles of photography instead of just one.
I do the appropriate style for the situation.
I will do portraits that elders will be thrilled with
I do quality groupings that really show faces
I do photojournalism to capture emotions
I do architectural to create dramatic images
I do fine art to be creative
I do commercial so you have great close ups of rings,
table settings and accessories.
I have examples for you of these styles and their
Q. What other qualifications do you have?
A. I have had the feedback of 2,000 couples. I have heard
before, during and after what is important to couples --
and that has totally shaped my approach to weddings. I
anticipate your needs and put out fires before they are
even lit. Your opinion is everything to me. Having 2,000
teachers has made me a much better photographer.
Q. How can I afford you?
A. We offer two reports on how to handle your wedding
expenses. One covers all vendors and how to reduce their
costs and still get the same elegance. I have a report on
how to make my bill drop like a rock.
I make sure you get a disk of all still images completely
copyright released so you do not have to pay me another
nickel after the wedding. We have lowered our prices
drastically to meet the new budgets out there. We matched
the prices charged by rookies with 2 years of experience.
Q. Photographers seem expensive.
A. If you truly get the images you desire and are on
cloud nine forever, that feeling may change. If you hire a
friend or newbie and are disappointed, you have wasted all
your money. Photography is the single most cost effective
investment of a lifetime. If you invest 1000 dollars on a
photographer you are only paying 6 cents a day for the
next 50 years.
Q. I am so tempted to hire my friend.
A. Wedding photography can be a very high art form that
takes years and years to perfect. Most wannabes have not
taken the time to learn all these skill sets. Imagine the
loss of memories if your friend does not live up to your
expectations. Now you have a broken relationship with your
friend. Friends get constantly interrupted by people they
know at the wedding, and they may miss many shots
throughout the day because of it.
Q. If I come in to chat with you, is there a cost or
obligation? I hate sales pitches.
A. We offer a no cost, no obligation and no sales pitch
meeting. With the cost of gas we offer you $20 gas money
just to come and visit. I will listen to your needs, give
you all kinds of answers and feedback, and help jump start
your planning on what you decide.
You do not have to ever book me. No obligation!
Your time is precious and gas is costly. I promise to make
this a very worthwhile visit no matter what you decide.
Q. What do I do next?
A. Give us a call and we will set up a time. We love a
posse, so bring anyone along that you want. Also feel free
to come solo. Either way, we will have a good time and a
productive one at that. My number is 651-644-2184 and my
email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I truly feel you will jump start your planning with our
visit. Since I am boots on the ground at a wedding, I know
all kinds of answers about your potential plans.
Q. I have a lot of odd questions for you.
A. There is no such thing as an odd question or request.
There is a lot to know and my goal is to always give you
answers and help make your day a great one!
June was a busy month and my blog got behind.
Here are a few samples of the great folks I got to work
with in June:
I have taken a break from blogging. I am back.
I can not help but notice how folks want to believe that
pigs can fly.
They are hiring their friends and family to document some
of the most important things in their lives. These folks
may be free or cheap but the loss they experience when
they realize they have a pile of snap shots is
devastating. If you hire a auto mechanic or plumber you
know it is going to cost. Ironically the car will end up
in a junk yard and the plumbing is probably not the most
important investment you will ever make.
Reasons why you should invest in fine portraits.
Life is full of change. Life is full of loss. These
images will provide comfort and joy beyond description.
Own something uniquely created by a Master and feel the
pride that it brings!
You are millionaires! If you make $10 an hour as a couple
that means you will make over a million dollars in your
career. If you do not invest in this what would you invest
in that will mean more to you later. What will be your
most prized possession?
This cost is no more than buying
A can of pop a day for a year or
Taco Bell once a week for a year or
A tank of gas once a month for a year
If you live in America, you can afford this!
Everything we buy will rust out, wear out or get thrown
away. These will last forever!
If you want to absolutely thrill those that you love more
than ever before these make a great gift!
These will save your budget. Instead of spending $10 or
more for any gift for someone these will cost pennies and
make those you love so happy!
Most possessions end up in a garage sale. Portraits are
For only 3 cents a day own something that will make you
and those you love happy forever! ©Steve Rouch Photo
Put up a new wedding packages and pricing list on the
website. Feel free to contact us and talk with us your
wedding photo budget. We don't want price to stand in the
we would love to try to find a way to meet your needs
while exceeding your expectations.
Met a very interesting executive for a head shot session.
We had a nice conversation and came up with images that
will help with a web site. I am doing a lot of these
sessions lately. I think folks are realizing that their on
line presence is just as important as their personal image
walking down the street. The right image will bring more
business and more success.
Had a busy week starting with a great couple at Summit
Manor. David does such a great job at his amazing mansion.
We had a great time and got super images.
Then I got to work with kids and an executive this week.
All in all a wonderful week.
Got to work with a fascinating executive that is truly a
man of adventure. We had a great chat. Then I got to work
with Rob Eder of DSN at the RCEC all day conference. I
learned a lot about retail installations that provide
nurses in pharmacies. It was fascinating!
Worked with two fabulous families today. Its so fun to go
from meeting total strangers to finding fast friends. We
got tons of great images and everyone was really happy!
Had the pleasure of working with a family that has come
to me time and again. I did mom's senior portraits back in
the day. Now I get to do her daughters senior portrait.
These folks are very special to me. We had a wonderful
I had a delightful Saturday.
First I had a lovely lady come in for portraits. We had a
great chat and I got to meet her daughter. I have met her
before but this was the first chance to really get to know
We had fun!
I have noticed a lot of executives are coming in for
portraits. They realize their image on line is as
important as their image walking down the street. I
specialize in finding the right look for each executive or
for those that want great images for social media.
Then a truly fantastic couple came in for engagement
portraits. We hit it off and had a great adventure
wandering Mpls doing some fun shots. Very enjoyable!
I have had great fun with families, cute kids and
executives. I meet the most fascinating executives. Great
stories and interesting backgrounds. Had a ball with a
cute pixie and her family. I am so grateful for the joy of
this profession. A lot of clients have had their time with
other photographers and now are hungry for classic, well
designed images that are compelling.
Also had the pleasure of meeting and working with a fine
young man for his senior portraits. He loves to shoot, is
a swimmer and a martial artist just like me. We had a ball
Worked with a very impressive senior named Kathleen. She
is an A+ student and great in sports headed to the U! We
had a wonderful time. Nice to see the weather cooperate as
I got to do two more senior portraits today. I was so
impressed with how these great young people were. They
were intelligent, kind and very fun to work with. My
compliments to their families. It was a blessed day. We
all had a blast!
I got a chance to photograph the President of
Town and Country. What an interesting man!
Met with Sarah about her 6/6/15 wedding. What a delight!
She is so nice! She is a friend of my dear karate
instructor Robert Fusaro so we had a great time chatting.
We are contacting old clients and selling them
their negatives for $75. It has been old home week around
here. So much fun to see the old clients and hear of their
stories. Lots of hugs, laughter and tears. So rewarding!
If you know any past client please let them know.
I love poetry and am a poet myself. This is one of my
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without
surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your
truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the
dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid
loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the
spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may
become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater
and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements
as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career,
however humble; it is a real possession in the changing
fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business
affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this
not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive
for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither
be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and
disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take
kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering
the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield
you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself
with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and
loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with
yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than
the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And
whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe
is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors
and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace
with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken
dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive
to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"
It has been old home week for a while around
here. We decided to do Spring cleaning and contacted past
clients to get them their negatives. We have had so much
fun seeing long lost client friends again! Many go back to
the 70's. We cherish the memories of working with these
great people. It is so fun to hear about how their lives
have taken them in awesome directions and its so fun to
see them clutch their file of negatives to their heart
like treasure. I am so grateful to be able to have touched
the lives of so many people. After all is said and done
nothing is more important to those with strong family love
than their portrait memories.
I have been working with remarkable families and these
last two reviews really touched my heart. What great
families to have met and worked with. Witnessing their
love is like witnessing a miracle from God.
Here is what dear recent clients wrote.....
N Xiong (in the last week)
Steve is a spectacular photographer and big-hearted
professional. He is so good at what he does and how he
does it. You can tell how passionate he is about his work
once you work with him. From the get-go Steve was
personable, flexible, and willing to accommodate my
request for 22 people for an all-day photo shoot. His
wife, Marsha, was very warm and provided great suggestions
for clothing ideas. We had a total of four different
families and two grandmothers--lots of people and lots of
personalities! Steve handled us all with poise and utter
perfection. He understood how important family photos were
for large extended families like mine who had never had
family portraits done. He personally gave me a lot of
advice and even met my budget. When the families arrived,
Steve welcomed each family warmly to his studio and
offered us to take over the place. The place was large
enough for several clothing changes for 20+ people and
there was even room to relax. It was fantastic! The photo
session was 6 to 7 hours long and Steve was focused and
alert the whole time. He provided suggestions for poses
and drew out laughter from the children. I could not ask
for a better photographer for my family portraits. No
matter how many shots, clothing changes, poses, etc.,
Steve was always checking in to make sure we were happy
and was never frustrated with requests for retakes. We got
to see photos immediately after a shot was taken to assure
we were completely happy, and that type of service cannot
be found in many places. We left the studio exhausted but
so overwhelmed from a great experience. Everyone from the
different families loved Steve and knew him by name by the
end of the day (even the little ones). He was so open,
kind, and really gave us all beautiful pictures. He was
phenomenal and I cannot express how thankful I am to him.
I definitely look forward to working with Steve again.
Dineth Altmann (in the last week)
Steve let us know that when we do our engagement photos,
we should think about what defines us as a couple. After
we thought about it. . .we knew the answer. The kids and
the cat. We spent Saturday afternoon with Steve; the 4 of
us and the cat, SugarRay. He let SugarRay roam the office
and check everything out. He made everyone feel at ease
which brought out the best smiles in everyone. The photo's
were amazing. This was a first for us to do photos as a
family. I didn't know we all looked that good.
Kristine Koury and Robert Altmann
I am looking forward to the wedding of this great
couple and their kids. We had a ball. Did over 200 images.
It was such a pleasure!
Meeting great clients and having a lot of fun
with them. I truly feel called to do this work. It is so
fun to thrill clients and know how much they will cherish
their memories forever.
Shot at an event at Wabasha Caves. This is simply the most
interesting place I have ever seen with real gangster
stories. Very cool. They have great tours about boot leg
days too. I recommend them! Ask for Donna!
Had a chance to work with a family that had a
grandmom come from New Zealand.
It was a joyous session and we all had a ball. Did lots of
combos and took 200 images.
Met with a great couple about their wedding in 2015. I am
so excited for them!
Worked with cute babies today. This is one of many great
shots. The parents were shocked at what we captured for
them. They loved the session!
Meeting with couples and booking weddings. It is going to
be an exciting year!
Got to work with a cute baby girl today. She is 2 months
but far more mature. So cute! Had fun!
Worked with two families for portraits today.
Both families have kids so its an energetic journey!
One family has a famous dad so I am not putting their
images up at their request.
Met a great gal this week and she booked her 10/18 wedding
with me. Really connected with her!
Had a fun wedding with a super nice couple. Got to know
them over time and their engagement photo's. They had a
gorgeous wedding and it was a pleasure to work with them!
Had a chance to work with a couple celebrating their 60th
anniversary with their family! Very fun group and
wonderful to work with.
Also got a chance to work with a senior for his grad
pictures. Another nice family involved with that shoot.
Feeling blessed to be a photographer all my life. A very
Did an interesting wedding last weekend. Two attorneys
got married at James J Hill library. Perfect setting for
them! Very nice folks!
Got a chance to work with a nice family today that is
related to a family I have worked with before. Very nice
folks! Had a fun time and got great images. They had a
Got to work with a couple from a past wedding. Now they
have kids and it was such a joy to meet them and see my
dear friends one more time. We had a blast! Did all kinds
of cool shots.
I usually do not post the kind words clients write about
me but this couples review brought me to tears. I am so
grateful! I love making folks happy with what I do!
Steve did our engagement and wedding
photos ten years ago and we absolutely loved them! Fast
forward ten years and 2 kids which he just did another
amazing job of capturing tonight. We cannot say enough
fantastic things about his artistry, his personal
demeanor and the amazing experience. The best testimony
I can give is that when he showed us a slide show of all
our photos tonight, I had tears running down my face. He
just did a beautiful job! We will be going back again
and I guarantee we won't wait 10 years!
Busy week. Booked 3 weddings with great clients.
Photographed a Senator, a Rock Star a senior and a family.
Lots of fun!
Worked with two families today. One was celebrating their
parents 35th and the other group was celebrating Grandma's
90th birthday. Very lovely folks. They were both very
happy with everything. It was a joy to serve them.
Met with 2 couples this week that booked 2014 weddings
with me. Had a great connection with them. I am excited!
Met with a delightful couple today that booked me for a
Summer wedding at the arboretum. We had a great time
talking about Wyoming and a lot of things. I can not wait
to work with them!
Then a family came in and we did up a super family shoot
with some very cool ideas they loved. Giovanni the little
3 year old stole the show. He was so cute and this family
was so nice!
Worked with a nice family today. Oskar could have won an
Oscar. He was super into it. Dad is a photographer and
could not get anything from his little guy. They were very
pleased with all the images I was able to get.
Why we are totally unique
Wedding photography can be the most low level experience
or high level art there is. Since we know our own
limitations as every day folks with a camera of some kind
or cell phone we do not come to expect much more can be
done by a true photographic professional.
I got involved with photography when film was around.
That meant that I had to study extensively many things
about photography before I dared do a wedding. Imagine
taking pictures into a black box with no window to see how
they turned out! I had to learn lighting in all
conditions, posing to make folks look their best, how to
invoke the spirit of the person I was working with, just
to name a few skill sets to master.
When you view wedding photography on line you are mostly
seeing great images taken outdoors on a perfect day.
Trouble is that most days in Minnesota are not perfect.
Most wedding days do not go perfectly. It takes a lot of
experience to be able to shift gears and know how to light
in every condition indoors or out and also
to handle the crazy things that come up unexpectedly at
weddings. Most folks in the wedding photography business
have a few years under their belts experience-wise. I
think back to the days when I was just getting started. I
have learned so much along the way and still do.
I have chosen to learn how to tell the best possible
story in each moment of the wedding. I use
photojournalism, portraiture, groupings, fine art,
commercial and architectural styles to best describe what
I see in front of me. I think just one style will not do
I love to provide the planning session before every
wedding to find out what the client wants and to ward off
possible miscues that could really affect the wedding day.
I use a monitor on the day to show the actual images in a
16x20 size so everyone can see the shot and see how they
look. We also like to provide ideas vendor by vendor that
will help clients save big money on their wedding day
investment all the while getting a great wedding day that
had hoped for.
I am proud of where I am now as a photographer. They say
there is no substitute for experience. I could not agree
more. Think of your first day on your job and where you
are now. I would guess a night and day difference. I am a
strong believer in common sense, using my intuition to
anticipate things at weddings and being kind but organized
and proactive in my approach to keeping the wedding day on
These days with news on 24/7 pumping us full of
fear-based messages on the 1 billionth of one percent of
what went wrong in the world, it becomes hard to trust
those we do not immediately know in our circle of friends
and family. Clients in many cases are now hiring friends
instead of experts for critical things like the heirloom
photography. I know the urge to save a buck and to be with
someone you know well is tempting. I also know when it
comes to hiring an attorney or a doctor we would always
defer to the expert. Since photography lasts forever, be
it good or bad, I really hope that reason prevails and the
best possible photographer is hired for your most
I love questions and hope that they are asked. There are
a lot of them to be asked in the world of photography. One
final idea. The franchise approach that has 20-30
photographers under one roof is a dangerous idea. It is a
puppy mill of rookies. Steer clear!
The holidays really slowed down the studio but we are back
in action again. Worked with an interesting family earlier
in the week and got great shots. Met with an attorney who
is fast becoming a friend and we shot some images for her
web site. A family came in with 3 cute little girls and
had a fun session. Then worked with a nice young man for
his senior portrait. Just got a model release from the
family and here is one shot from the session.
Had two great families in today.
The first I did a senior portrait for a couple years back
and they brought in the whole family. They were so sweet
to me. I just love them. My paycheck is the look in their
eyes when they say to me with deep sincerity THANKS. That
means the world to me.
Then I got to work with a family that I did a wedding for
21 years ago. It was so playful and fun. We got really
wacky and started laughing like crazy. It was so fun!
Had two great families come in today. The
first family was a senior I did in 1993. We did her
wedding in 2005. It was such a thrill to see them again
now with babies in tow. What a reunion!
The second family was all smiles. Very pleasant instant
friends. We had a ball. They loved what we did.
Thinking back over this year in weddings I am proud of
what we have done. We decided not to be a box of
chocolates and have 20+ rookie photographers. I wanted to
personally work with clients. We loved checking in with
clients throughout the day to make sure they were getting
what they wanted. Then we use a monitor so they can see
what we have done. Then they can change our direction if
need be. We ask that one of their friends be our boss so
they could have someone watching their back. Client
satisfaction is so important to me personally. This is an
art where 1,000 things can "go wrong" and I have dedicated
my life to doing the best I can to make sure they all go
Worked with a family today. They were really nice. Mom
had a great eye for color so they really looked great in
their shots. This one is of a one year old going on 3. He
was so with it and really made the session memorable.
Took time off over Thanksgiving to catch my breath and
see family. Worked on a documentary about a very
interesting character I met some time ago. He is 82 and
still kicking. He is hilarious!
Worked with two great families. We got into playing with
the kids and really had them loose and smiling. One shot
is one of the kids from a family and the other is their
Worked with a gorgeous and talented senior for her
portrait. She is a natural model.
Her mom loved what I did too. It was great.
Then got to work with an extended family. Two little
ones. We did all kinds of combo's
and really worked to get the kids to relax and have fun.
Very busy time. Worked with a couple that recently got
married and did some nice portraits for them. Very
Then met the most interesting attorney. She wanted head
shots for her website.
We are also going to do some glamour for her. We really
hit it off. Talked and talked and the time flew. She was
an RN and many other talents. Really a fascinating person.
Then met a beloved couple and her parents. Did the
bride's senior portraits, engagement portraits and now her
wedding. These folks are like part of the family. Had fun
working with them on their album needs and video.
Had a fun time with siblings that want to surprise mom and
their 99 year old grandma for the Holidays. We had fun and
did a lot of playful things. They loved the work!
Had the pleasure of working with a extended family for a
portrait session. It takes real teamwork to charm little
ones into smiling. We do every combo of relationship and
individual portrait to really make the session a rewarding
one for the clients.
Here is a shot of one of the little ones with worked with
Had a great day with pets. I got to meet Brodie and Rosie.
I am very much in love with pets and really had fun with
these two characters and their moms. I really believe in
photography. Time flies and pets leave us all too soon.
Met with a client whose wedding I did in 1998. So great to
see them again!
Had a great time doing couple portraits. They were so
supportive and nice to me!
Then I did a family portrait for a couple I worked with
in 1987. Amazing to see their family now with teenage
triplets. Due to not wanting images on line I can not show
you these. Suffice it to say we got killer shots because
they wanted pure art done in black and white and we blew
them away with our ideas.
Then met with a client I did a wedding for a month ago.
They are like family to me.
So kind and gracious to me. Mom's came with so we had a
super time going over their
album and video.
A great day. 11-12-13!
Had the pleasure of doing a senior portrait today of the
son of one of my brides back in the day. We did her and
her siblings senior portraits and then her wedding. We
also did her sons portrait as a little one. He is so
sweet. We had a lot of laughs. It was so good to reunite.
Spent the first part of the week doing bill paying and
I am working on a project for Mann Theaters to photograph
their gorgeous vintage signs. Its a big project but fun.
Images to follow.
Got a chance to work with a really fun family that is in
"sweet spot" of life with kids in the single digit ages.
They were so fun! We had a blast!
Had the most joyous time with a mom and her two sons.
There were warm and wonderful. We laughed a lot. It is so
fun to work with folks that absolutely love art.
Then met with a couple that is getting married in May.
Mom came too. Had a great time.
Got to work with an exciting couple for their engagement!
Gorgeous weather helped a lot. We had great fun.
Then an extended family came in. Did all kinds of combo's
of them. They loved what I did for them. On the way out
the door grandma looked me in the eye with a tear and
thanked me deeply. THAT is my true paycheck!
Worked with an artist painter today to copy his art work
for a book cover.
Then got to work with an extended family for portraits.
It was really a blast to play with the kids. Grandma and
grandpa were very happy with the shoot. They are on their
way to their 40th anniversary!
I love the great clients I meet! Everyone has an
important story to be told. I love learning about them and
helping far exceed their needs. It is so fun and
meaningful to do art of the ages. Had fun with a senior
and her mom.
Then the cutest 3 kids came in with parents. It was
crazy, wild and a blast. The parents were amazed at how
good the images came out.
Worked with a loving couple and a senior and his family.
Very nice folks!
Had a great day!
Worked with a fun couple at their wedding. It turns out
we are all into martial arts so that added spice to the
mix. They used the them song for "The Good, the Bad and
the Ugly" which was so cool. A great piece of music and a
very enjoyable couple!
Worked with 3 clients today and 3 yesterday. I did an
engagement portrait of a couple that got engagement at the
Highland Grill so we went there. Fun!
Then a big family with super cute kids came and we had a
ball! I am the biggest 3 year old around.
Then wedding clients from 1989 brought in their sons and
we did the coolest shots.
It was so good to see them again! I am blessed with so
many clients of the past that
come back time and again.
Got to do 2 grad portraits today. Both nice kids and
families. Probably my favorite assignment is seniors.
Young folks heading off onto a journey. Love to hear what
they are up to and what their goals and dreams are. Nice
soft light today. Great shoots!
Had two great families in today. They loved the variety
and expertise. Of course trying to intrigue and engage
teens is hard but we got them into it. With little ones we
dance and play till we are sweaty and amazed the parents
with what we could get with a 9 and two year old. Team
effort all the way. Very much appreciated each family and
had a lot of fun!
Did two weddings last weekend. One on top of the
IDS. Wow what a view. Lots of Italians. We had fun playing
and goofing around. It was fun!
Did the wedding of a DJ at Midwest (I recommend them big
time) last year. This is the couple that did the Xcel last
Winter. They had the most fun and playful group. Lots of
creative decor ideas. It was so fun. They were very nice
to me. Big hugs at the end.
They are the ulitmate warm fuzzies!
Took a couple days off for personal work photographing
Worked with fraternal twins for their grad photos. Very
enjoyable. They brought a friend and those guys really
clowned and I loved it! Really captured the feel of it
Then worked with a family with two veryintelligent kids.
We had an amazing shoot.
Most folks do not anticipate what I am going to do for
them. It was fun to get their reaction.
Remember the couple that has 300 acres over looking the
St Croix?. Met with them after their wedding and got
fabulous shots. They are planning on turning their place
into a location wedding site in Wisc. Had a great session
with them planning their album with their moms.
Had a great day working with a family from Woodbury with a
3 and 6 year old son.
The boys were fun to play with and coax into an
astonishing 300 image shoot. The parents were thrilled.
The weather was so wonderful. We had a blast!
Met with a beloved wedding client. Had a great chat and
really connected on a deep personal level. She and her
husband are back here in two weeks for figure out their
album. I am so excited. I did a video of their day and I
just know they are going to love it!
Had 3 sets of clients in today. The first with their 6
month old adorable child. We got some fabulous images and
parents were pleased. We have tons of cool props for kids.
This is a giant sea shell.
Had a super fun family come in. They are into the Bears
and Packers passion so we literally did a shot of them
tail gating. We did so many ideas. Drums, karate uniforms,
Electric Fetus T shirts. Really a total blast. I loved
Met with a client from a recent wedding about album
design. It was great to see them again and hear their
laughter during the slide show we made for them. The video
we did of them blew them away!
Worked with a delightful couple today for their engagement
session. We dodged the rain drops and caught the colors
perfectly. We did so many cool shots outdoors and indoors!
They brought the perfect clothing and everything went so
well. I am really looking forward to their wedding!
Worked with a hilarious family. We had fun! Still working
out the details with them on their needs.
Then a couple from a wedding I did in May of 1983 came in
with their 3 sons. I have done two of them before for
their senior portraits and now it was Ryan's turn. They
brought in their engagement and wedding photos. It was
such a thrill to see them again and to see images captured
30 years ago. These folks are so kind. We had a blast!
Worked with family portraiture today and loved the
weather! Super sweet family
with two great young sons. Had fun and did a lot of
different shots and ideas.
Met with another family about their portrait needs and
then a client from 9/7 wedding. Super special couple. They
loved their images and video. It was so fun to see them
We dodged raindrops all day and lucked into some outdoor
shots between storms.
Very easy going couple made this day a true pleasure. I
did the brides senior portrait in 2007. Lovely families
Here are two versions of the bridal party. I think both
have their place.
Had a ball with a great couple that loves the outdoors. We
had a great time discussing
hunting and fishing and the joys of nature. Their venue is
going to be great for their tastes. The Vadnais Heights
Commons has huge windows and will be perfect to let nature
into their wedding.
Then I met with a very gentle, fun and intelligent young
man who is an old soul.
His mom and grandparents came in and we laughed and played
and got pictures of everyone on top of his senior
portraits. He is a great singer and he sang the gorgeous
Shenandoah for me.
The wonderful senior I worked with today has a grandpa
that is a jeweler. He does amazing work and can provide
rings and such for a huge discount. I know a lot of brides
read this blog and would find this helpful. Contact Don
Young at 763-421-8109
or 763-355-0776. He is so friendly and will love to help
Hard to believe Christmas is 90 days away. Had the most
delightful time with a 20 month old and his parents. It
took decades to figure out how to work with little ones
with great success. He posed for 259 varied, creative
pictures and had a great smile thru the session. I really
enjoyed these folks!
Met the most delightful young child today. I got so many
good shots that the grandparents went from rightfully
wondering if we would get anything to astonishment at a
ton of great shots of her. Needless to say they were
delighted. It took so long to learn exactly how to make a
child light up and not be grumpy or afraid.
Then a family came and we ended up laughing all the way
thru the session. It was so fun! The weather was great. Oh
what a pleasure to hang with them!
I met my friend the groom thru divine intervention. Its a
long story but today was a celebration for both of us. The
groom has become my friend. We had the perfect day
and he and his bride were on cloud 9. They say coincidence
is God's way of remaining anonymous. I believe that with
all my heart. It was such an honor to be their
I could not be happier for them. What a great couple!
Worked with two families today. One a senior. When he
walked in I thought I was going to do a model shoot he was
so good looking. The family came along and we did a funky
shot of them in front of these doors. Dad really liked the
doors. Great folks!
A Mom brought in her three kids. The hardest session is
kids in a group but our staff helps with lots of antics
and the results are amazing.
Had 2 delightful clients in today.
The couple is engaged. Their wedding is next year this
time. We had fun together and lucked into some great
The next couple came in with their 14 year old Lab. I
have just gone thru the loss of my Smokey and Shadow so I
resonate with their desire for pictures with their dog
Sonny was so mellow and the couple was so loving and
supportive to me. Very nice session.
Worked with a gal that was in a wedding I did back in '94.
It was good to see everyone again. Very nice people.
Met with a client from a shoot last week with her mom.
Got shots of her baby daughter that are so cute! We are
working out the details of this shoot.
Did a senior from CDH. He is a top notch golfer and has
shot a 71! We had a great time discussing golf and other
topics. Very talented and charismatic young man!
Met with clients from a wedding two weeks ago. Father of
the bride has been so kind to me. He owns a business so he
knows the drill and was so supportive. We are putting
together the album and figured a lot of with this fun
Had a fun family come in and do a whole bunch of different
ideas. Lots of cool sports shots of the kids. Very
A new band called Half Shattered came in. What an party!
Got extremely fun shots of them. Spouses came to help. We
got pictures of everyone. Santa showed up! Got pictures of
him too. What a night! Took 500 images! I left the studio
at 11:30pm. Their first gig is at the Dugout on Sept 28.
I had a wedding move their date so I got a chance to work
with an extended family
celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday. Mom
is a sports photographer so we got to talk about exact
needs and shot the perfect session. Really had a great
time with everyone.
Got to work with two super fun families. I love working
with extended families.
There are so many combinations that can be done and it
means so much to everyone to have quality images of those
Met with a couple I did a wedding for last month. Had a
nice time going over things and helping with the final
Busy day. Met with couple for their album design. Did a
headshot of a grad of Mitchell Law. Nice guy. Very happy
with his result. Then met a cute little gal named Stella
that is 2. We got great shots. Will post all of these
soon. Then met Tea and Rod about their wedding and had a
great time with them!
It is my karate instructor's 80th BD! He looks like he is
60. He is the kindest and most wonderful person I have
ever known. Happy Birthday Sensei!
Another super hot day and an all outdoor shoot. Super
nice couple that I have enjoyed from the start. We got
this shot at the end of the day. MS Dunes is one of my
You feel like you are on vacation there. It was such a fun
time working with such loving and hilarious people!
Today would have been my grandmother's 111th birthday. She
taught me a lot and I miss her and grandpa so much.
Worked with past clients. It was so fun to see them
again. They had a new baby.
She is a doll. We did a lot with her sister and the
family. We are sure sweaty after a session like this. Lots
of energy to get smiles. It all came out well. Love the
We talked martial arts and helmet collections between
clothing changes. Really sweet family!
My next clients came in at the perfect time. Both kids
grown and gone. Good time to capture the family. We went
outside and got really great shots. They were so nice to
Met with a couple who were referred by parents for their
wedding photos. I did their parents' wedding back in the
Had an enjoyable chat.
Met with the Larsons about their wedding design. Great
couple! They were thrilled to see the video we did of
their day as well.
Worked with a playful couple. They had never had a
portrait taken ... ever. I think they were surprised at
how much fun it was and how it turned out.
Got time with a little guy who is turning two. He lasted
2 1/2 hours and we did a million things. He is so cute and
really got into the session.
Worked with a client that has been with me for years. It
has been fun to watch their kids grow up. Now kids are
grown and gone and grandkids are here. It is mom and dads
50th! So we photographed each family on a separate day and
are going to create a montage. I am excited about this
project. Loved talking history and the importance of
heritage with mom and dad. I really appreciate them and
our friendship over these years.
Met with my fun couple and his parents from 8/3 wedding
to go over their package and come up with a strategy for
their album. He is into collecting guns and I love history
so we always have a lot to talk about.
Did a wedding at a 300 acre place in Wisconsin that
overlooks two rivers. It was stunning. They are turning it
into a place called Happy Ever After in Sommerset.
It was sooooo hot. We got great stuff but I have not been
that toasted in a long time!
Nice playful couple.
Had a chance to work with a great senior whose family was
a delight. Very playful. Mom suggested a piggy back ride
portrait as one of 200 shots.
Then a wonderful family came in for a family reunion
shot. We had elders all the way to an 8 month old baby. We
did every combo you could imagine for one low price. They
Did you see the 100 year old lady in last week's paper?
She has survived her husband but her 92 year old boyfriend
picks her up on a Harley for their dates! That is why I
love my job as a photographer. I am creating the most
beloved possessions for everyone now and when they are old
and want to show their lives to their kids and grandkids.
Got to work with two great senior grads today. I beg
parents to come and if possible to do family portraits. I
want the parents to see the images on a monitor as I shoot
so they are perfect for them.
Worked with a very nice and easy going couple at Raspberry
Island at the Boat Club.
I love this place. Very great views of St Paul. Works in
any weather. Quaint and cool.
Things went really well.
I am celebrating Robert DeNiro's 70th Birthday. Cinema
got me into photography and he is one of the greatest
ever. 8/17/43. It breaks down to 8/8/8. This man was
destined to be great.
I am also celebrating the Pinch Hitters. Champion ball
players. My son is on the team.
I have never seen such poetry on a baseball field. Amazing
athletics from every player.
Its been a great Summer watching them blow out team after
team. They are a walking highlight real. In the park
homerun's, triple plays, catching line drives infield and
diving catches all effortless! Totally fun. Thanks guys
for a great season!
Met with a bride and her two kids about her wedding. We
all had fun. I have so many cool things for kids here.
They had a ball.
Met with clients and parents to show the images and video
of their wedding. We believe in these meetings to help
clients proactively plan their album and answer questions.
We got a lot done and I know their album is going to be
great. I think they were a little surprised and delighted
by their video. Most of the time we keep a low profile so
as to get great journalistic footage.
Got a chance to work with a lady that has been here twice
before. She is launching her law practice and needed a
head shot. I was also able to photograph her and her guy
for fun. Great to see her again!
Then a lovely mom and her daughters came in. It was really
fun to work with them. Mom was very creative so she loved
my ideas. With one daughter moving and the other off to
college this was the perfect time to do this.
Did a wedding at the Historic Courthouse of Stillwater. It
was a great day. Very nice couple. We had limited time but
ended up with a ton of great shots.
Worked with two wonderful families today. Both had little
ones. It literally took me decades to figure out how to
photograph little ones no matter how tired, bored and
crabby they are. In both cases the parents were more than
impressed, maybe even shocked at how I got them to lite up
and smile. Working with more than one child and or a dog
or pet makes it more impossible.
I am grateful to have been in this business this long. It
took me forever to over come every obstacle to owning a
There are many!
It was a great day!
Had a playful family come in for their son's senior
portrait. We had a ball. Here is one photo in the football
jersey in the smoke. We did family portraits too! A very
sincere thanks to the Palmquist's for this referral!
Had another great family come in for their portrait. I
have been working with this family for years. In honor of
the 50th anniversary of mom and dad each family is coming
in for their session. A big thanks to Gail for this fun
Worked with a really interesting senior and his mom. He
played guitar so we got this cool shot.
Then the nicest family came in. Got to do all kinds of
combos and special requests.
I bonded early on with Michael and Ashley. Our friendship
by the time of the wedding made today pure joy!
Worked with a wonderful senior and her mom. We had fun and
got it just right with the use of the monitor. I love
keeping clients in control!
Then a playful family came in. We did headshots,
individual families and then the whole crew. They were
such a delight to work with! It was great fun to work with
great family love!
Had the honor of working with a nice lady and her husband
on some glamour shots.
We really created some interesting things. They drove 3
hours round trip to work with me. That meant a lot to me.
Worked with a beautiful bride to be for her bridal
portrait. This is a tradition from the South. I studied
with Big Daddy Don Blair on how to do gorgeous bridals. In
the South they would have a portrait like this huge over
Worked with an extended family and had a ball. I have
helpers for little ones so they smile up a storm. We do
every combo of every relation. I loved these folks and
they loved me. My ultimate paycheck is making clients very
Worked with a wonderful couple for an engagement session.
It rained but we found a perfect time to get outside. We
did about 5 clothing changes and did a wide variety for
them of styles. I can not wait for their wedding. I really
love these two.
Worked with Ann Ramage a psychologist who is fantastic.
She is in Highland Park.
I got to see her work with people and it was obvious how
great she is. She was referred to me by another fabulous
psychologist Peter Zelles that I got a chance to work with
a while ago. Thanks Peter and Ann!