Tidbits: A Few of my Favorite Things

December 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

Pottery Barn and Target.  Perhaps you’ve heard of them?

You have?  Good.

Perhaps then you know of this little trick:  Memorize Pottery Barn catalog … race to Target in search of cheaper replications.

Ah, yes.  I know this one well.  This is how I ended up with Target frames that are literally falling apart at the seams, while their Pottery Barn counterparts are still as perfect as the day they arrived.  Talk about having a brilliant plan backfire.  Lesson learned:  Choose quality when it counts. For me, photo frames (or photo anything) strictly falls in that category.  Favorite Numero Uno.

In my searching I’ve also come across other amazing sources for true quality.  The most recent of which is Guillermo Cuellar Pottery located in a quaint little town of Shafer, MN.  Love Love LOVE.  Check out their website at http://www.guillermopottery.com and their featured gallery at http://www.schallergallery.com (the photography is admittedly better on the second site.)  The story behind the man is an interesting tale, and the “old” pottery is made with beautiful style.  One stop at their showroom and I fell in love — I think you will too.

Another long time favorite is a phenomenal artist by the name of Michael Crouser — an incredible photographer that I have been fortunate enough to know, and who has provided me with invaluable advice and inspiration during my photographic journey.  With an impeccable talent for the interplay between light and darkness, his black and white images are timeless and astounding.  Find him and his work, which is available for purchase, at http://www.michaelcrouser.com (fyi …. the series he is working on now is phenomenal — keep an eye out for it in the future!)

Exquisite pottery …. incredible art …. why not follow it up with a party?  Allow me to introduce to you A Fine Fete Event Planning Services.  Based out of Minneapolis, MN this unique business specializes Weddings, Business-type vents, such as Grand Openings, Remodel Reveals, Customer Appreciation Events; and Private Parties like: in-home gourmet/catering, holiday parties … etc.  Owner Nadia Glynn stands out from the crowd with her genuine taste for taking “one graceful step outside of the box” to create a vision that is different, eye-catching, and perhaps never seen before.  Her focus is to take a client’s vision and make them come to life — a testament to her own experiences, and the desire to provide that amazing realization to her clients as well.  See her work at http://www.afinefeteevents.com and let her know that Kelsea sent you — as a recent addition to Nadia’s team, I would be thrilled to be your event photographer!  (Exciting, isn’t it?!)

Finally, I will end with a little shameless self promotion, and a book of the week tacked on at the end for good measure ;o)  I am saying farewell to 2010 with a 10% discount on all sessions booked before the end of the year, and scheduled before the end of February — shoot me an email for further details if you’re interested!  Also, like always, any clients who refer someone to me will receive a complimentary 8×10 print at their next session.  (Thank you!)  Last but not least …. the final piece to this patchwork posting …. a holiday Fun on Friday.  This week I have come across two Christmas books that will warm your heart and your spirits —  The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt and Tim Jonke and The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado and Liz Bonham.

I will be on holiday for the remainder of the week, but have a number of sessions scheduled for next week, which I will be eager to share with you.  Until then, have a wonderful holiday, and a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings!

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She’s Gone Country.

December 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

Rewind your mind back to when there wasn’t snow on the ground.  It might take some serious effort, but those memories of warmth and sunshine are around there somewhere.  Got it?  Good.

Now, remember when I said that we photographed a wedding, and then even threw in a few sneak peek photos for good measure?   Well today I am honored to share the story with you.  It is a story of love, a story of family — a story of staying true to your roots, and to what really matters in this life.  It is a story set in a beautiful field overlooking a breathtaking lake, on the land that a family works and lives on with love, faith, and a strong backbone.  A day that was filled to the brim with love and laughter, and a bride and groom that were filled with joy.

It was a day best told in pictures.

Many thanks Amy + Ben … not only for sharing your day with me, but for making me feel as welcome as any member of the family.  From the bottom of my heart, Congratulations.

I do.

October 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

There recently was a beautiful fall day where a man and woman stood amidst the majesty of rolling hills and evening light, and pledged their life and love to each other.  Overlooking a gorgeous private lake, standing before family and friends, two lives became one.  It was beautiful day, filled with laughter and love.

And we were the ones to photograph it.

It was an honor to be a part of Ben and Amy’s special day.  A part of the Wedding Day Crew, gathered together to make sure that this day of all days went off without a hitch.  It was exhilarating.  It was  inspiring.  And considering it was our first time, it was also slightly terrifying.  To be the one responsible for the final piece of a wedding day — that final piece that will ultimately be the only piece that they are left with after their day is done — it’s kind of an incredibly serious thing.  So I prepared.  I charged my batteries, packed my memory cards, kissed my new lens for luck, and took a deep breath.

And dove in.

In retrospect, I probably needn’t have worried so much, for I soon realized a truth that wedding photographers alone are privileged to witness: that each bride and groom set have their own unique magic about them.  They radiate love, happiness, and amazement at the fact that the day they have prepared for for so long is finally upon them.  Each moment is unique to them and them alone, never to be fully duplicated or repeated, but the details of which will be preserved forever.  All I needed to do was photograph it.

Anticipating these moments so that my camera was already clicking away when they happened is what I loved the most.  Catching the true moments — the silly, the sweet, the laughter …. these are the memories a couple strives to hold on to, and the images that they will treasure the most.

The groom that can’t wait for another kiss from his giggling bride.

The ring bearer who tried the same thing, and the flower girl who would have preferred if he hadn’t.

The shoes that would only be worn once…

….and the bouquet that tied it all together.

The once little girl whose eyes always looked up to her father…..

…. who now has grown and been given in love to another.

Congratulations Ben and Amy, and thank you for having enough faith in us to be our first wedding :)  I hope you enjoyed these Sneak Peek Photos, and I look forward to sharing more of the memories with you soon!

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