With every wedding we shoot, I pencil in a quick ten minute bridal session as soon as the bride is completely dressed and ready. (I tell the bride before the day of, but if we are running behind on the day of I use my discretion to decide if we can fit this in or not.) I love these sessions so much for so many reasons! The bride is usually very emotional at this stage, ready to see her groom and everything is feeling ‘real’ at this point. She also looks her freshest in terms of hair and make up. I either take the bride to another area or I gently ask everyone to leave the room we are currently in so we can have these precious ten minutes to ourselves. This allows the bride to take a moment to breathe without the hustle and bustle around her, and it allows me to get images like these!

I wish we would have gotten a ‘behind-the-scenes’ shot of this set up because it was not as beautiful as what you see here. This was taken at the end of a church hallway covered in posters, between a doorway and an exit door. It was a tight fit, with not much wiggle room for different angles. We turned the hall lights off, but the florescent light directly above us would not turn off because it was the emergency light. Jake stood on a chair with a large reflector with the black side out blocking the light so we would have only natural light shining on the bride. The shooting time for this was seven minutes total. In just seven minutes we were able to create these timeless images that Courtney will be able to cherish forever. It was quick, simple, and over with plenty of time to prepare for the ceremony.

Have a plan ahead of time as to where you want to take these portraits, and make it happen!


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There is something so special about photographing a maternity session. The mother-to-be really does seem like she is always glowing! Emilee was no exception, she was absolutely stunning! We were so fortunate to photograph their wedding in 2014, so when Emilee emailed me about shooting a maternity session I was beyond excited! The shoot happened here in Manhattan in between tiny rain showers throughout the evening, and clouds created a stunning backdrop. You two are just gorgeous together and we are so excited for your future! Hope you will cherish these images forever!

While things have been on the quite side online, they have certainly been the opposite in reality. At the end of this passed year Jake and I met with two amazing ladies from Sunflower Publishing Company to discuss advertising in the Manhattan Magazine. When we moved to Manhattan all of our friends talked so highly of this publication, so we thought we’d see what it was all about. We chatted over coffee with Joanne & Nadia and immediately became friends within our little meeting. Within a few days we received an email from Nadia sending out an invitation to become a part of their photography team for the Manhattan publication. We said yes of course, and now we’d love to share our current features with you all!


Our very first assignment was to photograph the Mathis’s family who just opened a new treatment center, Katie’s Way, in honor their late daughter. Their story is incredibly powerful and worth the read. This was much different than shooting a wedding, and was definitely a great start for our first magazine shoot. We felt very honored to be a part of that, and couldn’t believe it made the cover! Click below to browse the magazine online.


Our second assignment that was just released this passed week and we made the cover again! Not going to lie, I squealed like a school girl when I found out! Dell Ann Upp of Straight Upp Events was highlighted for her wedding expertise. She set up a beautiful wedding scenery at her farm home just south of town. We had several local vendors donate their beautiful talents for this, including Lauren Heim, 4 Cakes, & Kistner’s Flowers. The best part of it all was that our best friends got to model for us! Photographers, next time you organize a styled shoot let me just tell you that your life will be so much easier if you use a married couple as your models! Their love was so easy to capture, which led me to spending more time photographing and less time directing! Thank you so much Rachel & Ben! You two are so great! Click below to browse the magazine online.



Thank you SO MUCH to all of you amazing Sunflower Publishing employees for transforming our photographs into print. We are so glad that we have found such an amazing group of people to work with, and can’t wait to start on the next issue! Nadia & Joanne, you ladies are seriously incredible and we are so thankful for you both!