I understand we are a couple weeks into the new year, but I wanted to reflect back on some of my favorite photos this week. In the past, I have posted some of my favorite images (Couples 2010, Portraits 2010, Weddings 2010) from the prior year. This week I plan to post three best of posts (Couples, Portraits, and Weddings). I love reflecting back on each year and seeing how my photography has evolved. I think 2011 had a very distinct and consistent look. I feel I have found my voice and style and am so grateful for clients that book me to capture these special moments.
I never tire of photographing couples for their engagement sessions. I like my engagement session to be more of an experience than just simply a “to do” checklist item before your wedding day. The engagement session gives me chance to get to know my couples a bit more and let them get a feel for how I like to direct. The session isn’t just about dressing up in matching polos and khakis and going to a park for some stiff poses and plastic smiles. I encourage all of my couples to make the session very personal. I encourage couples to find a location of meaning for them. I want a setting that reflects the couples style and personality. If you’re city folks, we’re probably not going to photograph the session at a charming old barn and likewise if a couple are nature lovers, I’m not going to photograph you in the middle of the city.
My couples session took me all over the Minnesota and even to Northern Wisconsin. It’s been a blast and is tough to pick my favorites, but here they are…