I am so happy that Kristina wanted to have her engagement session with Augie in an apple orchard with beautiful spring blooms! This was a photographer’s dream! We blocked off a few dates in advance, since it would be hard to predict exactly when the apple trees would be in full bloom. We kept an eye on the trees and the weather-finally we had a match! Last night ended up being perfect and we were able to capture exactly what Kristina had envisioned. I was so happy, I felt like a kid in a candy store with these two! Kristina & Augie were so wonderful to work with, I can’t wait for the wedding!IMG_0015 copyIMG_0068IMG_0109IMG_9832IMG_9858IMG_9872-copyIMG_9884-2IMG_9921-copyIMG_9941-copyIMG_9974-copy

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Trent and I have become very accustomed to and really LOVE traveling all over for our couples. Logan and Jordan live just outside of Phoenix, but are planning their wedding in Minneapolis. They are such a fun & super easy going couple! We were so happy that they were willing to send us down to sunny Arizona for the engagement session! We did two sessions for them, the first session in beautiful Sedona with all of the red mountains as our backdrop, then the following day we drove down to Phoenix and did another session there with giant cactus and desert as our backdrop. It was such a blast, I cannot wait for the wedding!

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Anyone who knows me knows I’m a dog nut. We have three dogs: Big, Alice and Ruby. Alice and Ruby are the old ladies and Big AKA “Biggie” is the young, high energy goof ball. Alice and Ruby were “designer” dogs (purchased from breeders when we were looking for something very specific. Biggie is a rescue that someone mistook as our Alice. We tried for four years to find his owner. He is now officially “ours”. I have to admit he’s my favorite-shh, don’t tell Alice, she would get angry! He’s just so lovable, and he is such a mommy’s boy. he is so protective and loyal. I have no doubt that he would give his life for me. Dogs in general too, when I’m taking a walk with my hubby and we come across someone with a dog, it seems like dogs always look at me and smile, so to me the natural response is to say hi! My husband thinks it’s goofy. Anyway, when my clients ask me if they can include the dog in the engagement session I am all over that! So obviously this was an especially fun session because the doggie was included:

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Tonight I had the incredible honor of photographing one of the most inspiring people I have ever met.

I photographed Nikki’s beautiful family 3 years ago. We had a wonderful time “playing” in downtown St. Paul. It was a wonderful relaxed lifestyle type session. The results were beautiful. I was thrilled that they remembered me-Nikki’s wife Jenny sent me an email a couple of months ago asking me if I would be interested in photographing an event for them. Nikki was recently appointed to the bench in Ramsey County (judge) and they wanted the swearing in ceremony to be photographed. I was so honored that they thought of me, of course I said yes! I had never attended a swearing in ceremony before, I went through the photographic planning process with Jenny through email. It sounded very similar to a wedding logistically speaking. Getting ready, family portraits, guest of honor portraits, then documentary for the rest of the evening. Well, let me tell you…this event was one of the most inspiring events I had ever experienced. Maybe a close second to photographing a home birth…that was amazing too. Anyway, I really wish I would have had an audio recording of everything that was said-the opening remarks by the Honorable Teresa R. Warner, Chief Judge Second Judicial District, Comments by John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney, and Patrick Kittridge, Ramsey County Chief Public Defender, and especially her special remarks-The Honorable Judge Starr (Nikki) herself. Some of the things that really stood out during the opening remarks were all of the examples of the incredible things Nikki has done for humanity, in the name of humanity, but especially the story about helping a man’s family when most people would have probably turn away. I think most of us would not have the intelligence or strength to do some of the things she has done. She is just an incredible human being, an example of what we all should be. One of the (many) things that stood out for me during Nikki’s special remarks was when she thanked her parents for demanding she think for herself, overcome diversity, be creative and something like being a pioneer…oh how I wish I could remember, it was perfect and eloquent, you’ll just have to take my word! I was in tears through most of her remarks. I just know that Nikki’s parents are awesome and they should do seminars on how to be an effective parent and raise perfect children! I would pay to sit and listen to that!

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One of our family traditions is for each person’s birthday, they get to pick any kind of cake they can imagine.  It can be one I’ve made before, or one they have imagined.  This is one that I imagined.  I made Key Lime Pie cupcakes for my daughter’s high school graduation party last year.  Apparently they really impressed my son Eric because he has requested this flavor cake for his birthday this year.  Yum!  I can’t wait to make it!  I’ll be using my basic cake recipe then add grated lime zest and fresh lime juice.  I’ll use my basic cream cheese frosting recipe and do the same-add grated lime zest and fresh lime juice!  Super easy, and super yummy! 

Update: So I made this cake for my son’s birthday on Sunday and it was soo good! I decided to do the ombre effect:

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