So for the past two years Aaron and I have settled with fake, bristly, lopsided, and ugly Christmas trees (not to mention the one we had that didn’t have the top triangle portion…we had a polygon tree that year) soooo, this year we went on the adventures with our good friends the Fredricksons to not only get a real Christmas tree, but chop it down too. The day couldn’t have been more perfect… early breakfast, snow falling from the sky and the trek out to find the perfect Balsam!


Nora was completely ammused by the part when they shake the trees to get all of the dead needles off…she was staring….
The journey out to the area of the Balsam’s….
The Fredricksons found their tree…
OOOOO—–it’s spiky—-Nora’s first feel of her Christmas tree
Annnd theeeenn we found ours……..TAAAAA DAAAAA…Aaron is cutting it down while the Fredricksons watch
And now we have to drag it back to the truck…
And here is the finished product. We love it!!
  • December 10, 2008 - 10:18 am

    eliesa - Emily! Thanks for stopping by our blog and following our tweets! LOVE your blog!

  • December 15, 2008 - 11:31 pm

    jaime - ohmy it looks cold out there!!! love the tree hunting and LOVE the new blog! you rock em!! :) :) :)

A few weeks back I had a great afternoon with the Ryan family at their beautiful home with their little girl Ava. Right from the start I could tell that Ava was ready for the camera; she was gigglie and had many outfits to choose from…it was fantastic! I wish that I would have taken a picture of her baby Uggs because they were the cutest things EVER!

We had a great afternoon trying to bear with the cold and playing with Ava. The Ryans are a great family with amazing smiles and warm personalities.


Just look at how beautiful their family is! Honestly…….perfect!

This one is my fave for the day! She looks so happy with Daddy.
And of course we had to go inside to get some all cuddled up with her blanket.

Some of you might recognize this dashing young family (or at least the hot momma in the photos). Katie is my trusty sidekick to all of my weddings; she keeps me on track, organized and makes sure that we pay enough attention to those adorable flower girls that all you brides pick to go along with your weddings. :)

Katie and her husband Eric are reaching their little girls one year birthday in December and they are planning the most rad birthday party ever (so…if you are around in Hudson on Saturday the….just kidding). Nora is absolutely perfect in every way and her smile gets me every time. I am still betting (and hoping) that she will get mom’s curly hair and dad’s red hair…but I guess we’ll see.

Check out how darn cute this little family is!

(oh–and I have to tell you that one of my knitting-genius-of-a-friend that goes by the name of Devin made this adorable little hat complete with a pink pom on top….shout out to those knitting ladies…holla……)

This one was one of those “I’m dreaming in the middle of a field, but if you have to take my picture I guess I will smile” looks….can’t you see it?

Check out those chompers!

This is by far my most favorite image yet this fall. The look on Eric’s face is priceless and you can tell that Nora is just ripping out as many strands of hair as possible!


  • December 2, 2008 - 10:39 pm

    Devin Joesting - Thanks for the shout out em! I love the last picture too!! what is a baby good for, if not for ripping our the hair on their daddy’s head?

  • December 11, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Avery - I’m officially addicted to your blog, em! The cuteness of the Fredrick family is overwhelming!

  • December 11, 2008 - 1:48 pm

    Avery - I’m officially addicted to your blog, em! The cuteness of the Fredrickson family is overwhelming!

  • December 16, 2008 - 9:37 pm

    katie - that’s right i do have the cutest baby on the planet!!!!

The perfect wedding in early October. 

Devin is one of my dearest friends and I had the honor to pull a double duty and be in the wedding AND shoot the wedding at the same time (with the help of course of my trusty sidekicks Katie and Megan). I have watched Devin and Mark grow together through the past three years and to have it culminate to such a perfect day as this was just amazing. They have shared their love of music, art and their faith together as their love has inspired us since the day they met. It was such a privilege to be part of this special day for the both of them.

Check out the images. 
  • December 1, 2008 - 12:52 pm

    maren - LOVE IT!!!

  • December 2, 2008 - 12:17 am

    Shay - I can’t wait for my wedding to look this fabulous in photos!

  • December 9, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    jessica gensmer - It was the perfect wedding. And the most perfect bride. And your shots are absolutely incredible: the only photographer i know of who could adequately capture the magic and the fun and the beauty of two such awesomely mad crazy cool people:)

Welcome to my new blog. Don’t you looooove it?? Here you will find the everything about me, the things I love and of course the recent photos I have taken.

I have to give a huge shout out to the Anthony and the peeps at Into the Darkroom for creating such a rad site. These guys are top notch professionals and if you ever need a custom site for the web they are the people to contact.
Sooo sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and bookmark the site so that you can check back frequently to see the recent happenings!

  • December 1, 2008 - 7:42 pm

    avery - This is great, Em! Love it!

  • December 1, 2008 - 10:00 pm

    Katie - Aaahhhhh!!! This is beyond amazing! I love it!

  • December 2, 2008 - 12:34 am

    Wendy - Your one amazing lady…Your work is heaven sent! Don’t ever stop believing in yourself and dreaming BIG…it SHOWS!

  • December 2, 2008 - 12:42 am

    jennifer Jones - Great site. How do you get it all done??? I love it.

  • December 2, 2008 - 6:56 am

    Cheri Thies - This is a great website! Thanks for sharing.

  • December 2, 2008 - 8:45 pm

    Jessie Rojas - hey em! great blog! i love the font…it looks like you…ha ha….also, great pics! who took the ones of you?…oh and the ones of nora makes me wish i had a kid i could hire you to photograph!

  • December 2, 2008 - 10:04 pm

    Matie Kikels - Emily, you’ve done it again!!! I think it’s awesome!, and so are you!
    Love you!

  • December 4, 2008 - 9:05 pm

    Kayla - Taaa Daaa!!!!! You stole that from me…or wait, you taught that to me…

  • December 7, 2008 - 8:53 pm

    Melissa Bart - Emily, I love your style and have always admired how classy and refined and fresh, yet quirky it is. We may commission a photo shoot from you the next time the three of us (together) make it to the midwest again. This site is definitely a reflection of everything I love about your style. Keep up the great work and I’ll be sure to keep checking back! You are very talented (and I’m jealous ;-) )

  • December 9, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    Jess Nelson - Hey Emily! This looks great! Sounds like things are going well, which is great! Happy Holidays

  • December 22, 2009 - 7:29 pm

    Nick Galgan - Emily, You really have a lot of great photos here. Would you like to stop off at the Best Western Shakopee Inn and drop us some of your cards sometime?