Minneapolis rustic wedding molly dean nate

You guys. November weddings in Minnesota are magical. Seriously.

This rustic wedding at Theodore Wirth Park & Chalet proves it. I know most Minnesotans are skeptical about the weather in November, fair enough. But let me tell you, from a photographer’s perspective, why November weddings are so great.

First of all, there’s so much…space. Things have fallen and died for the season leaving open empty spaces where the subjects stand out beautifully in photographs.

The colors. Oh my. What colors, you ask? The neutral palette of fall that nature is best at. Soft yellows, muted greens, and rustic browns. Toss in a bouquet of flowers and things just shine.

The light. Holy crap. It’s perfect this time of year. Soft as ever and amazing for photos. It’s like being in a giant photography studio with the best filters and light boxes.

So, that’s a little bit of my love for November and nature. Molly & Nate’s appreciation and love for nature also shows in their wedding details and willingness to snap as many photos as possible outdoors. I hope you enjoy it.

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Music: The Pines “All the While”

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  • Brianna Welle - Oh wow, this is amazing. I found this blog post because I am getting married at Theodore Wirth Chalet this November! I hope my day is as gorgeous as this one. I am obsessed with her veil!!! I would love something similar, do you know where she got it??
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This photo collection comes from Cottage Grove Minnesota on a sunny evening good enough to be the envy of any family photographer.

Little did any of us know that shortly after this family session the news of two more siblings on the way would surface. Whew! If ever there was a surprise ;)

I’d like to note that if you’re interested in booking a photo session for your family this summer or fall, it’s ideal to schedule a sunrise or sunset time slot. Photographers talk about the golden hour and light a lot, I know. But it certainly makes a difference, one you’re sure to appreciate.

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Molly Dean Minneapolis Music Photographer

Filled with all kinds of musical goodies, The Terrarium recording studio in Minneapolis is a wonderful place for any music photographer. For this adventure, the lovely and talented singer & songwriter Molly Dean (also of Moon & Pollution) asked me to join her during the recording of her latests record.

Produced by Trampled by Turtles singer Dave Simonett, the record is due out later this year. It features loads of amazing local artists, including Dave Carroll (TBT), JT Bates, Erik Koskinen, Frankie Lee, Dan Zamzow (Cloud Cult), Shannon Frid-Rubin (Cloud Cult), Paul Jennings (PlayCajon), and Nicholas Gaudette.

Studios have incredible energy. Creativity and coffee fill the air, along with a fair amount of laughter. There’s endless, relaxed goofing off and moments of total, complete concentration. It’s a beautiful mixture and I enjoyed spending time is such company. Click play below. Enjoy.

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Music: Moon & Pollution “I Didn’t Look”

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chaska family photography

I’ve known Skylar’s momma since we were kiddos ourselves. Reconnecting with friendly faces from my past is something I cherish about my job as a wedding and lifestyle photographer. It’s particularly special when I’m able to capture the first years with a couple’s first child.

Meet Skylar. She’s a firecracker with a contagious smile, and I think a little love for the camera.

For this photo shoot we stuck close to home, and even invited the family cat to join in a little.

If you’re curious about lifestyle photography and wondering if it’s a good fit for your family, give me a shout using the contact form above.

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If you’d like to take your photography in a different direction, check out these great film presets from Really Nice Images. They asked me to try it out and this is what I think:

The first thing I’ll say about what RNI offer is that it is extensive. You can choose to process your images in a variety of ways, including slide, vintage, and instant film presets. Each of these categories contains loads of great options to choose from, a few of which I’ll show in side by side comparison below. (Left unedited SOOC, right with RNI preset)

I’m a big fan of film presets since I’m a fan of film. They allow a digital photographer the opportunity to make gorgeous, film-like images with qualities that are otherwise tough to achieve. As a busy photographer, I’m a big fan of anything that fits my brand and saves me time. And RNI certainly fits the bill.

What struck me most about this collection of presets is the sheer variety of options. There’s something to fit everyone interested in achieving this look with their portfolio, for sure.

If you’re interested in other film preset reviews I’ve done, jump to any of these links:

VSCO Film 00: Free Starter Pack

VSCO Film 06: Alternative Process Collection

VSCO Film 05: Archetype Film Collection

 

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