June 2, 2014 : Miscellaneous, My story

An island, a birthday and leaving technology!

So I turned 30 in March! And we decided to celebrate on an island in the Carribbean, St. John! Have you been? It was stuuuuuuunning! :)

We hadn’t been anyplace with turquoise water before and both of us were amazed the minute we landed on the island. It was paradise. Pure paradise. We spent our days exploring, swimming, eating local fruit, and breathing in a pace that was much slower than back home! :) You’ve been on those kinds of vacations that fills your cup about 32 times over, eh!? :)

It was a goal of mine to completely unplug as much as possible. And it’s not because I don’t like anyone at home, but I just KNOW that I breathe deeper and enjoy moments more without a cell phone in my face or email within reach (I would argue that we ALL do). So, no phone, no iPad, no commuter! No Instagram, emails, Facebook, Etsy or twitter! It was glorious!!! :) I didn’t even know what time it was for most of the trip…we moved at the pace of what felt right. No distractions. I was able to be fully present! I read a book, I listened to the ocean waves, I deeply talk to my friends and husband, and we leisurely ate dinners…it was exactly what I needed and wanted to ring in this big birthday! :)

It was amazing how little I actually missed when I got home. :) I turned on my phone to find voicemails from friends and birthday messages sending me love. It was like a virtual welcoming committee, I loved it!! :) It seemed easier to ease into everyday life knowing that I was FULLY refreshed and FULLY filled from our adventures. Ya never, know…this might become habit for EVERY trip I take now!

Yay for islands and yay for birthdays! What a trip!!! :)

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February 24, 2014 : Miscellaneous, Weddings

Spread some love! :)

Even though Valentines day has come and gone, I wanted to share some love from a shoot that I worked on with the AMAZING Lisa from Johnny and Dottie! Some Valentines-style inspiration!! :)

I have to admit that I haven’t been known to be the girl that counts down the days to the epic 14th of February on the calendar. Why? Maybe it’s because the whole flowers-and-chocolates bit doesn’t speak “romantic” to me….do my dishes, watch a Hallmark movie with me or surprise me with a new set of knitting needles….that’s your ticket to Emily Steffen’s heart! :) But, none-the-less I think we all LOVE to feel special and appreciated no matter what day it is, right? There is something that yearns for the words “BE MINE” especially in the midst of frigidly cold winters like we are having this year. We want to be loved, appreciated and cared for. We want to hear the “I love you’s” and “You’re specials”!

So carve out some time today (even just 2 minutes) to say I LOVE YOU or YOU’RE SPECIAL to someone that you care for!  A voicemail, a sticky note or an in-person SHOUT! :) Because you can make the magic of February 14th happen any day of the year, eh?! :)

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A HUGE thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring this last week! :) Check it out here! :)

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Location: Minneapolis Photo Center, MN
Dress: Custom made, Emily Steffen
Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers and styling: Johnny and Dottie
Hair and Makeup: Aubrey from Swept-up
Cake: Taylor’d Cakes

April 28, 2013 : Engagements, Miscellaneous

Meet Ms. Emily Koska (and Mike too! :)

I had the chance to head up to Fargo, North Dakota for a quick day trip to meet and spend the day with the talented Ms. Emily Koska! :) She is a wedding photographer that has HUGE dreams, hopes and aspirations in her area…and her ball is ROLLING and rolling steadily! From day-time nurse to dreaming big for her photography world, Emily has hopes, goals and talents that will crush the market around Fargo (so if you’re looking for a wedding photographer…hint, hint)!

This girl has a SHEER and unhindered passion for weddings! She realized soon after her wedding day had come and gone that it was SUPER necessary to stay connected to the wedding world and combine her love for photography! She worked her tail off, interned, hustled, shot, shot, shot and launched her business. She’s been shooting ever since and craved a fresh perspective for some advice for her business. We spent the day talking, shooting, critiquing, questioning, sharing and laughing together! It sure was WONDERFUL! :) We both walked away with some new ideas, a gained perspective and a new friendship! :) So friends, watch this girl….she’s making thing happen in Fargo! :)

HUGS Em! I can’t to see you SOON! Real soon! :) And YAY for Mike for being so wonderful for our mini-photo-sesh! :) THANKS MIKE! :)

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I am an artist; a WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER by day, HANDMADE ARTIST by night and mommy and wife in the middle! :)

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