I could write volumes about the highs (trips, time with family, creative pursuits...) and lows (basically any and everything having to do with our ridiculous current presidential administration) of this year, but instead I'll just leave you with these: some of my favorite images from some of my favorite shoots and adventures over the course of 2017.
Reason #496 I love what I do: sometimes you hit it off with clients so much that you come to consider them friends. Julia is one such client - an extremely inspiring boss babe who works to empower women through yoga and wellness.
You might recognize Julia from an amazing yoga shoot we did last year. This time, she took her yoga skills to the next level, showing off some amazing acro yoga poses with her boyfriend, Nick.
The couple also wanted some more-traditional photos to document this period in their relationship. As Julia said when she first shared these images with her friends and family: "Not engaged, married or pregnant. Just in love."
I knew I wanted to explore themes of LIFE and LOVE and DEATH.
I knew they were to be dressed in black & white - almost as if for a wedding - and we needed red roses.
And that day, when we stumbled upon a majestic, old willow tree, the final piece fell into place: I knew that Shakespeare's words - the ultimate commentary on life and love and death - would weave it all together.
I could talk about how I've known the Kieners for more than 15 years. How we've been college roommates, travel companions, bridesmaids, poker opponents, drinking buddies, and neighbors during that time. And how our daughters were born a little over a month apart and have become besties. But all of that would still seem inadequate. So instead I'll just leave you with a set of images - a mixture of candid at-home family moments and posed maternity portraits - that I took of this beautiful family of three very shortly before they became a family of four.
My first-ever wedding as the primary photographer took place on a rainy, foggy day on Lake Superior. And it couldn't have been more beautiful.
Huge congrats to Asta and Arlen on their nuptials. And a huge THANK YOU to them for their willingness to put up with a little rain for the sake of some amazing images. It was such an honor to capture this special day.
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A month ago on the North Shore of Lake Superior, my brother and his wife donned their wedding clothes and allowed me to photograph them as a way of commemorating and celebrating their 5-year wedding anniversary. They are both beautiful people (inside and out!) and the setting was, well, the most perfect place on earth. The resulting images are some of my favorite ones I've shot to-date.