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KAYLEY+JAKE | if the Von Trapps really went to Switzerland

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KAYLEY+JAKE | if the Von Trapps really went to Switzerland

At the end of the movie, the Von Trapps are hiking across the Alps to Switzerland in adorable parkas and felt hats. I refuse to acknowledge the fact that the actual Von Trapp family simply took a train.. to Italy. That scene never actually happened - but I don't want to hear it!! Plz, let me believe they crossed the Alps, sang more songs together, and settled in a cute Swiss cottage in the mountains. Maybe like... this place?

WHEN I HAD A LOCATION I REALLY WANTED TO SHOOT AT BUT NO CLIENTS REALLY LIKED IT...

I have LOVED this locations for many years but never had a client interested in shooting there. I suggested it whenever I felt it "fit" with the couple and they didn't already have a specific location style in mind. Yes, I can see how the Swiss inspired architecture, the green window boxes and shutters, wood paneling, painted details and pines around might not be everybody's cup of tea but it is 1000% MY cup of tea and I don't even like tea. 

So you know what I did? Totally honest? I reached out to Kayley and said, "Hey! You wanna join me for pictures? We can call them.. six month anniversary pictures." It's kinda fun, right? Maybe your engagement pictures were with fall foliage and your wedding had spring blossoms - so wouldn't it be fun to shoot in a different season just for a change?

Here's the takeaway. If I only ever shot when I got paid to do so, I'd be missing out on some of the most fun, adventurous, creative, no-fear-of-failing shoots that I've had! Shooting for me has just as much value as the dollar. Especially in any location that I can correlate to one of my all time favorite movies

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ABBIE+JORDAN | abandoned mansion in the forest, in a good way
LAUREN+MACK | christmas peaks and valleys

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ABBIE+JORDAN | abandoned mansion in the forest, in a good way

ABBIE+JORDAN | abandoned mansion in the forest, in a good way

I took these anniversary pictures of Abbie and Jordan just a few hours before Minnesota's first big snow of the season rolled in (oh, I was out photographing DURING it too! WORTH IT)  but you'd never know the struggle just by looking at the pictures. Omg - why am I talking about the WEATHER when obviously there's something much cooler at hand here. AN ABANDONED MANSION IN THE FOREST.

If you are wondering where the hEcK this amazing place is, it's a private mansion owned by the company Jordan works at! It is currently vacant (it was most recently being used as office space!) and it took all the power within me not to not start our shoot joking, "Hehe - it must be haunted!" because I know my own fear tolerance level and I would convince myself it was actually a scary place. In reality, it's just really really beautiful! 

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PEYTON+JEFF | that empty misty Yellowstone morning that fed my soul
MYUNGHEE+BRIAN | for realsies a red hanbok in a golden dream forest my eyes are exploding it is so beautiful