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  • Love and Marriage Photographer

    I'm Sarah and I am a Minnesotan love and marriage photographer located in the Twin Cities. Here you will find posts with recent photo sessions as well as information about me and my business. My mission is to not only make you look great in your photos, but to make you feel great as well. I am fully committed to making marriages strong and am devoted to showcasing your love and passion for years to come. I am here to strip away any insecurities you may have and ensure everyone has a great time! Getting rid of those jitters will allow me to capture you as you are when nobody is watching.

    Feel free to look around for more information. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Kate, Luke, Calvin and Phoebe: Family – Champlin, MN Photography

Seriously, people, I could not have had a better end to my week than I did spending time with this beautiful and sweet family last Friday night!  They came dressed perfectly, the kids were amazing, and it was just so fun!  It didn’t hurt that the light was perfect, the flowers were gorgeous, and the temperature was just right for running around, playing, and getting our tickle on.  Kate and Luke, you have two beautiful children!  Parents are often worried about their young children when they are vocal and active, but Calvin did an amazing job!  And Phoebe?  What a content, sweet little girl!  Thank you for letting me spend an hour with your family and I hope the photos showcase you well!

Sidenote: Clients receive color as well as black and white photos.  I love black and white photos, but with the beautiful transition to fall and the thought of another bleak, dreary, freezing winter, I just can’t get myself to post any black and whites for this session.  I just love the color!

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Emily & Nic: Married – Chaska, MN Photography

I don’t know what it was this year, but rain seemed to want to put a damper on most of my couples’ weddings.  Thankfully, just like the couples before them, Emily and Nic didn’t let the weather rain on their parade.  Pun definitely intended!  They had an outdoor ceremony planned, but with an 80% chance of rain, they made the call to move indoors.  It didn’t end up raining until after cocktail hour, but I think they made the right choice because it was probably 100% humidity and very hot out there!  Emily and Nic planned such a lovely, relaxed, love-filled day, and I could not have been more grateful to be part of it!  The details were very special and the whole day was created with love and family in mind.

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Val - September 11, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Awesome! Truly glorious light filled images!! I love them!!

Karen, Marvin, and Company: Family – Eagan, MN Photography

I met Karen seven (what?  How is that possible?!?) years ago during my freshman year of college.  She was my superior at my college job, and although normally the idea of a boss or manager sounds scary, Karen and I spent way too much time laughing for her to scare me!  I worked there the next four and a half years, and by then, she and her family were invited to our wedding and I was launching a crazy photography business!

When Karen’s daughter, Melissa, emailed me about surprising her parents with a session as a gift, I was thrilled!  Seriously, this family is amazing!  When Karen would tell me stories about her kids, I was always amazed by how much they all got along, how much they each valued family, and the way they would never take things too seriously.  Now that my husband and I have a baby on the way, we definitely try to picture what we want our family dynamic to be like many years down the road, and I will definitely accept any advice Karen and Marvin would be willing to give about how they achieved raising four great kids who love each other!

I had such a blast hanging out with this family and hope they love the photos as much as I do!

 

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Val - July 30, 2014 - 1:27 pm

What a beautiful and fun family!! I absolutely love the pics!!! The kids in the circle on the ground and the one in the frame with the parents are perfect!! They are all so beautiful!! Fantastic!!!

Claire & Joe: Married – St. Paul, MN Photography

I had the amazing pleasure of photographing Joe and Claire’s beautiful July wedding last weekend.  And, guess what?!?  There was no rain!  I packed umbrellas just in case because I have definitely not lucked out in the rain department this year, but it was a perfect day!  Not only that, but it was overcast for most of the day, so the shooting locations were endless and we fully took advantage of them.  The church, which I photographed Callie and Jonathan’s wedding at in June, and although we were able to shoot the first look out there last June, that was about it because the rain came pouring down shortly after that.  We still were able to get some beautiful portraits at other locations, but I was ecstatic to get to photograph around the church this time around because the landscaping, stone, and architecture are amazing!

Claire had warned me during our prior meetings that she was nervous she was going to be a crying mess throughout the entire wedding, but from the moment I stepped into the room, she was calm, gracious, and just living in the moment!  A perfect bride!  I love seeing a couple just take the day in stride, not worrying about what’s next, but only what they are doing in the moment so they can soak it all in.  And, what a beautiful day it was to soak in!

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I’m pretty sure I’ve never see a grate look so beautiful before!  These are some of my favorite detail shots I’ve ever taken – all outside the church!

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Claire, did you pay the church landscaper to plant flowers to match your wedding day?  They coordinated with the details perfectly!

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Ahhhh….this is why I love first looks!  You don’t get this moment when you walk down the aisle.  I love both ways of seeing each other first the first time, but the intimacy and those few moments in awe of each other is never something I tire of seeing!

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Claire’s veil was breathtaking!

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This was such a fun, happy group!

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Photo on the right below is one of my faves!  That would look awesome in a canvas!

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Because we did all of the bridal party portraits before the ceremony (the perk of having a first look), we were able to sneak some photos in at a few very sentimental places for Claire and Joe.  They are high school sweethearts who started dating their junior year of high school.  They had their first date overlooking the Mississippi River in St. Paul, so we stopped there!  They’ve come a long way!

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We also stopped at the University of St. Thomas, my alma mater as well.  I have to love my UST couples!!!  This was my fourth time shooting there on a wedding day! clairejoe_wedding-361

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The reception started on such a high note when Claire’s dad (who is hilarious) retold Claire’s life according to him, her father, complete with slideshow.  It was very sweet and funny!

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Claire and her dad added some cute and fun moves to their father-daughter dance!

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Three ladies happily dancing and then check out the little guy really getting into it on the right!

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This little boy was tearing up the dance floor with his crazy footwork!  I love the strobe lights in this photo!

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Val - July 23, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Wow these are beautiful! I love them all! Every picture is telling a story, just as they should! Beautiful, Beautiful…

Anna Severson - July 23, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Seriously BEAUTIFUL Sarah!!!!!

Erin, Scott, and Teddy (2 Years Old) – Family / Edina, MN Photography

It’s been such a joy to photograph Teddy over his lifetime of two years!  I saw him three times over the course of his first year and was back to photograph him again at two years!  This boy, who was already super adorable, gets cuter every time I see him!  Erin and Scott joked about what I would write in this blog post since Teddy is definitely an independent two year old and had better things on his agenda than taking photos (like playing in the fountain and playing with on of my many Pez dispensers), and the only thing that got him to calm down was, well, when nature called.  But, Erin and Scott, photographing your family at this stage was a joy!  I hope you can look back on these with a smile on your face and treasure the ones of you all smiling even more!

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Cutest face ever!

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Val - July 2, 2014 - 6:19 am

Boy did these picks make me smile! He has gotten so big and soooo Cute!!

Nicole - July 7, 2014 - 10:08 am

I love Arneson. It’s so pretty there. This little one is quite a cutie! I love the expression on his face of the very last photo.