Luxurious Wedding Albums

You are planning a wedding.
You’ve hired your vendors.
The big day arrives.  It’s absolutely AMAZING ~ imperfectly perfect!!

A few weeks go by as your continue life blissfully married.
Flash backs of your wedding day are rehashed through stories and memories shared between family & friends.
You receive your Images on a flash drive from your professional photographer.
L.O.V.E. all over again!!!  Memories have come alive with the images on your computer screen.
You experience “things” that you didn’t notice on your wedding day.  (it pays to hire a professional)
Imperfectly Perfect.  Life is good.

Turn the computer off, and back to life.  Back to living in the present reality.
Work, sleep, work sleep Eat.  Not necessarily in that order ~ you catch my drift?
Days go by.  Your wedding photo’s are sitting in a dark file on your computer.
You may wish to check them out ~ if time allows in your busy schedule.
It may be a year before you realize it’s your anniversary and time to relive that very special day.
Turn on the computer “Ooooo” and “Aawwww” – Love all over again.  Your memories have come to life once again.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WAIT A MINUTE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have a better Idea.  Don’t keep your memories stuck on a computer.
My lesson was learned 3 years ago the hard way.  when my computer crashed.
ALL — yes ALL my files wiped clean.  2TB of files Gone. Kaput. Missing.  No more memories.
Don’t let this happen to you —

It is my “job” to educate you on why prints and albums are so important.  Technology fails.
Did our parents have their wedding photo’s stuck on a flash drive or computer somewhere?
If that was the case- I’m sure our recent technology would no longer retrieve this information and their “memories” would be long gone by now.

I encourage my clients to get something tangible, a storybook that allows your memories to come to life each time you open the cover or look at that Wall art.
A keepsake album you can pull out and look at whenever your heart needs a reminder of the wonderful memories made on a day filled with love and excitement.

There are so many styles to choose from when creating a specialized storybook.
My favorite album is timeless.  Printed in a castle located in Italy! (nostalgic!!)
These albums are amazing in every way.  Sometime you’ve got to see for yourself to believe.
I can preach to the choir, and babble until my face turns blue ~ instead I’ll show you a few pictures of these heirloom wedding albums.
Please note** pictures do not do justice for the quality and craftsmanship held within the binding.

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Contact me if you are in the market for a wedding photographer ~ Let’s chat!  We can meet for coffee or dinner ~ I’d love to show you in-person the products I’m talking about.  We will casually chat about your wedding plans and I will help you decide exactly what you need from your photographer to get the best coverage.

Your wedding day is special, and should be treated as such.
Get the full service from your wedding vendors- you don’t go to a car wash and expect to have 1/2 your car cleaned.
Just as you don’t go grocery shopping to purchase 1/2 of an apple.  Get the FULL service you deserve.
The 2016 Calendar is nearly full – with a few select dates still available.  Now booking 2017 Weddings- Reserve your date today!


The Traveling Camera Sack

The Traveling Camera Sack.

The perfect way to protect your gear on the go!

This week I found myself with a few spare moments to do something for me ~What is that?!!
Unheard of in my hectic mom-life & Crazy kids schedule.
I certainly don’t know how to sit still for very long!  My creative brain is always running, so I dug out my sewing machine, found my fabric stashed away and set out to create.
I didn’t have a project in mind when once I had the machine & fabric set up, but I found myself piecing together a little something for my camera gear.
Feeling Crafty
This product I feel is something most of us “mom-tographers” can relate to.
I like to bring my camera with me, but I dislike carrying the bulky camera bag & all the unnecessary items that I don’t need.
I prefer to travel “light” without excess baggage.  I wrap my precious cargo into a kitchen towel and toss it into my oversized mom-bag.

Behold.  The camera sack was created.  It’s a custom fit wrap for your camera when you want to travel lightly and efficiently with a stow n’ go philosophy.
The inside of the sack is lined with fleece and a small pocket for a spare battery or Memory Card.
I’ve tested it out on a few of my camera set-ups and found it to fit my gear (small lenses, large lenses and lens hoods included, battery grip).
The outside has a velcro closure with an adjustable fit.

I would love to offer these up for grabs if anyone is interested in protecting their gear in style.
Colors on hand are limited (see images below).
I am also taking requests, if you are looking for a color scheme to coordinate with your camera bags.
These are not just for professional photographers, they are great for the everyday mom-tog who wants to throw & go while protecting their gear in style.
Camera Sacks are available for $25.00 including Shipping & Handling.
These bags are up for grabs on my etsy store, click here

The images listed below are the styles & colors on-hand & ready to ship.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

Camera Sack Camera Bag

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Camera Sack Camera Bag

my lovely daughter rocking the camera sack.

Message me if you are interested or feel free to drop me an email: [email protected]

Vanessa and Jeff Engagement – Gorgeous Spring Afternoon!

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Vanessa and Jeff Engagement – Gorgeous Spring Afternoon!

Their paths crossed at a friends birthday party.  After learning more about each other early in the relationship they knew it was meant to be…

They enjoy spending their time together renovating homes and relaxing side by side.  Working movie quotes into everyday conversation.

These two sure have a quirky side that I adore.  I knew that we would would click when they told me they knew every word to Home Alone!

Lake Nokomis Engagement Session

With a surprise proposal on Thanksgiving Day, Jeff got down on his knee and asked to make it official after 6 years!
Their kitty cat may have been in on his little secret.

Check out this happy couple during their engagement session.
We walked around their neighboring park on a gorgeous spring afternoon!
Nokimis Park was busy, but that didn’t stop us from capturing a few simple moments between these two love birds.

 Vanessa and Jeff Engagement

Lake Nokomis Engagement Session

Lake Nokomis Engagement Session

The Wedding Plans can be described in four words: Fun, Relaxed, Romantic & Beautiful.
Congratulations & Best of Wishes on your Happily Ever After


The 365 Challenge : From a Wedding Photographer’s Perspective

The 365 Challenge : From a Wedding Photographer’s Perspective

For me…..2016 is all about change.  If we aren’t changing, and growing who we are then we are at a check-mate. Dead in the water, left clinging to the life raft and will never discover our true potential.

As we enter the new year, I have decided to embark on a challenge.  Something that will push me as an artist, and rediscover who I am at this moment.  I also want to grow my photography skills by trying new things.  Up to this point fear has kept me from pursuing this task.  Fear of failure.  Fear of not completing the challenge.  I want to change this.  Live fearlessly.  Embrace life and indulge in simple moments that pass us too quickly.

You may or may not have heard of the 365 Challenge.  What does this mean?  Each and every day you take a picture – There is a guide to follow for each day, the guides may vary depending on what you want to accomplish.  365 days?!  That’s a really long time to maintain focus {squirrel}!  I couldn’t imagine entering a challenge of this magnitude.  Setting myself up for failure is not an option.  That is the truth.  Sometimes the truth can be very scary when you face them head on.

After reflecting a little more upon this matter, I decided I would modify the 365  challenge to something more manageable. Behold the 52 week challenge. In this challenge I will be tackling a personal photo goal once a week.  Taking on a vision or new concept that I want to work on and going for it.  As Nike says:  “Just do it”.  My list is set, but not in stone.  There is room for modification as long as I pick up my camera and snap ‘that’ photo once a week.

My goal is to post once a week on Facebook.  Perhaps I will blog about the monthly topics so I have a place to display my vision in one place.  I guess time will tell.  Maybe I’ll discover new ways to consolidate & display this challenge — non-the-less I am sticking to my guns and pushing thru to completion.  As I said before failure is not an option and change is good, Right?

Week 1 was easy:  Resolution.
Many of us find it easy to say I’m going to do this; I’m giving up that as we roll into a new year.  Changing our ways but we quickly discover that change is difficult to enforce and we fall back into our patterned behavior.  The comfort zone.  The old adage says:  Old habits never die quickly.  There is wisdom & truth to those words.
I have accepted Resolution as a personal growth.  Instead of going cold-turkey on anything, I’m focusing on weekly change.  Baby steps.
What does Resolution mean?

Wikipedia defines this word as:

res·o·lu·tion     ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/    noun

  1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
    “she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”
    2.the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
    “the peaceful resolution of all disputes”

WOW!  COOL!  SIMPLE??!   I can do this.
Week One I have discovered a new flame from within.  A desire to do more, dig deeper and re-discover.

Week 2: Self Image.
This task was a little more daunting.  A true Challenge.  Fear of stepping out from behind the camera into the spotlight of the lens.  Capturing who I am in this moment.
After much reflection on how to approach this challenge.  I realized it’s not as difficult and I made it out to be.  I can do this!!
I teach my clients to not fear the camera and it should be fun to have your picture taken.  By engaging into simple conversation and approaching imagery with a candid approach…..  HOW IN THE WORLD do I portray this when I’m alone?  Besides risking my sanity and talking to myself, laughing at my non-existent jokes? {Bwahaha}

Music.  It’s who I am.  Music touches my soul like non-other.  Speaks volumes to me, relaxes me in ways I can not describe.  I use music as my voice when I can not speak the words.
With week 2 I decided on a collection of images combined to present a more personal story.  My story, behind the hidden walls that I have built up around myself.  The song choice:  Beatles “Yesterday” speaks to me whenever I pick up my cello.  My go-to song when I am in a rut; When I need to internally reflect on an idea.  Although this project is not perfect and there is room for growth, I present Week 2: Self Image.


The 365 Challenge : From a Wedding Photographer's Perspective




A-Year-In-Review 2015 – Tellastory Photography


A-Year-In-Review 2015 – Tellastory Photography. The ending of the year also means a new beginning.  This year has been such a huge transition for myself as an artist.  As a mother & a tight rope balancing act of all things in between.  If I could find that scape napkin that held my resolutions for 2015, I’m sure I would have tackled each item with vigor.  Somehow the napkin was misplaced and I set course on a path of my own.  When it comes down to the bare bones of it;  I’m finding my voice and learning to craft stories thru my lens.

As 2015 is near the brink of completion; it certainly doesn’t seem that long ago.  365 days to be exact.  As usual, we pack as much as we can into each day, each week, each minute.  From camping & road trips with my kiddos, to a full wedding season and meeting new families.  I am daring to dream bigger for 2016!

I want to thank each of my clients that have come along with me on this journey in 2015 and entrusted me with telling their story.  You’ve let me cry at your wedding, laugh with you during sessions, and run around with your families.  Watching your life unfold through my lens and archiving your memories has been a sincere privilege.

A huge thank you to my 4 amazing kids!  You make me kinder, more patient and open my eyes to see life with simplicity.  I strive constantly to be the person you see through your eyes.  I want to lead the way to your dreams and show you by example; you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
Thank you to my amazing parents.  Through thick and thin, you have been a huge driving force.  Leading by example, displaying the meaning of unconditional love and your generous support has opened a new world and a life of happiness for myself and the kids.  I couldn’t do this without you.  I know these simple words may seem trivial for all that you’ve done for me.  Thank You. I love you.

And to my future clients.  I simply can not wait to document your stories.

And I finish typing out my final words.  Tears flowing freely and my heart soaring with hope.  We are on the threshold of 2016, I hope you find the simple moments to be the most fulfilling.  Reflect, embrace & enjoy.

Here is a collection of 2015 Stories.  My heart will be forever full with these memories.


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From My Family to yours.  Sending love & Happy New Year.