I had been anxiously awaiting this wedding ever since Andy + Amy’s wintery engagement session ended. It was so great to see so many friends and family gather to help celebrate this amazing day. Amy looked stunning and Andy’s tux complete with cane, gloves and top-hat fit his quirky personality perfectly. Joy was the word of the day. May it continue for them from here on. Thanks Andy + Amy! Since our first meeting until now, you have been an absolute dream to work with and I am so thankful to know you both! Bless you guys!
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Nikon D700′s / 135 F2 / 85 1.4D / 50 1.4G / 35 F2 / SB-900′s / edited using VSCO film

Mamiya RZ67 / 110 2.8 / Kodak Portra 400 + Tri-X 400

Remember Jon + Senate’s gorgeous Mill City Museum wedding last summer? Well, this family session was equally as gorgeous and after rescheduling because of weather, we were given an absolutely perfect Minnesota summer evening. This was another all film session (Jon’s jaw kinda dropped when I mentioned I was using film that night and I may have had to reassure him film still “works”). Some thoughts on documentary portrait sessions…I think a lot of families don’t want the hassle of scheduling family photos because…well, they have a family and families are often amazing, but equally challenging and crazy. The thought of spending a bunch of money and risking everything not going “perfect” just seems too stressful. Are we worried that our crazy, wild, imperfect family life isn’t good enough? for a photographer? To show on Facebook? I’m as guilty of it as anyone. We had family photos taken for the first time a month ago! I want to encourage anyone who is on the fence about setting up a session with me or any other photographer to just relax and take a deep breath. For those with little kids…there will be meltdowns. Its O.K. For those with young kids, they may trip and fall. They might cry. It’s O.K. Older kids may hate the idea at first. It’s O.K. They will eventually come out of their shell. In the end, you will have a collection of photographs documenting what your life truly is in this season. Life is never perfect. Your photos may not look perfect. Did I just say, that? Perfection is not my goal. Being authentic is. Don’t hide who you are and you’ll help make the best photographs ever. If you are interested in booking a documentary portrait session, please contact me soon. This year is filling up quickly! Thanks for the support everyone!  -R

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Gear : Mamiya 645 Pro TL w/ 80 1.9 // Nikon F100 w/ 50 1.4D // Mamiya RZ67 w/ 110 2.8 // Kodak Portra 400 + Kodak Tri-X 400

There’s always something that sticks with you after returning home from a wedding. I will always remember the many times Melissa asked…”when do I get to see Devin?” And always with a beaming smile. Hearing her say this gave me that funny feeling in my stomach as I remembered what my heart felt on my own wedding day and how I longed to just see my bride. I’m so thankful for the first meeting I had with Devin and Melissa on our back patio and remember them both agreeing they really wanted a photographer who would document their wedding day and nothing more. Well, here is what I saw and how it felt. Thanks again for everyones support over the last few years. I am so appreciative and blown away. I love this job.
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  • Bert - Sweet shots! This might be my favorite shoot you’ve done… the sweet venue helps too, but just love the story the photos tell.

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