Devin & Joe | Engagement Photography Bismarck, North Dakota

Devin & Joe

 4 weeks ago Devin contacted me looking for a wedding photographer for TODAY! At first I thought she meant 2019, then I thought maybe she didn't like her original photographer, after meeting with her she cleared the air for me.....she knew what she wanted, why wait? So here we are today, photographing what is sure to be a beautiful wedding with a gorgeous couple and an amazing location, all planned in 4 weeks! We took these images just a few weeks ago on a cold fall day, now today is as gorgeous as their wedding will be! I am so excited to photograph their love story :)

4 weeks ago Devin contacted me looking for a wedding photographer for TODAY! At first I thought she meant 2019, then I thought maybe she didn't like her original photographer, after meeting with her she cleared the air for me.....she knew what she wanted, why wait? So here we are today, photographing what is sure to be a beautiful wedding with a gorgeous couple and an amazing location, all planned in 4 weeks! We took these images just a few weeks ago on a cold fall day, now today is as gorgeous as their wedding will be! I am so excited to photograph their love story :)

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Jenna & Dan | Engagement Badlands, North Dakota

Jenna & Dan

 Jenna wanted some place rustic with a real North Dakota feel for their engagement session, so we headed south of Mandan to a new found spot of mine and embraced a gorgeous fall evening. The days prior and after were terribly cold and ugly, but that evening was perfect! Brynlee was dressed so cute and was completely adorable as she looked for foxes and deer with grandma and grandpa. I can’t wait to photograph there wedding next summer at one of my favorite local venues Black Leg Ranch.

Jenna wanted some place rustic with a real North Dakota feel for their engagement session, so we headed south of Mandan to a new found spot of mine and embraced a gorgeous fall evening. The days prior and after were terribly cold and ugly, but that evening was perfect! Brynlee was dressed so cute and was completely adorable as she looked for foxes and deer with grandma and grandpa. I can’t wait to photograph there wedding next summer at one of my favorite local venues Black Leg Ranch.

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Shelby & Josh | Proposal Bismarck, North Dakota

Wait, how should we do this?

 Back in early August Josh contacted me looking to set up a proposal session…..I was over the moon excited to be apart of this experience, my mind was racing with a million ideas. He informed me that his girlfriend Shelby had been a big fan of my work for years and keeps asking to get pictures taken together, which of course like most men he wasn’t a huge fan of the idea. So here is how it went down…..

Back in early August Josh contacted me looking to set up a proposal session…..I was over the moon excited to be apart of this experience, my mind was racing with a million ideas. He informed me that his girlfriend Shelby had been a big fan of my work for years and keeps asking to get pictures taken together, which of course like most men he wasn’t a huge fan of the idea. So here is how it went down…..

 Josh agreed to take pictures together as a couple and had Shelby reach out to me. Shelby and I set a session date in early September. Unfortunately that day did not work out. Shelby & Josh came down to Bismarck for their session and it rained! I was so sad but knew she wanted great pictures that didn’t include rain so we rescheduled. The worst part about this was not only had Josh shared his plan with his friend who was in town to celebrate after the session but also Shelby’s dad who then questioned if Josh had changed his mind! With our baby Rowan scheduled to arrive the following week we had to push the session out 3 weeks :( At least Shelby was completely clueless to the fact that she was getting engaged now since she had a little feeling it might be happening prior to rescheduling.

Josh agreed to take pictures together as a couple and had Shelby reach out to me. Shelby and I set a session date in early September. Unfortunately that day did not work out. Shelby & Josh came down to Bismarck for their session and it rained! I was so sad but knew she wanted great pictures that didn’t include rain so we rescheduled. The worst part about this was not only had Josh shared his plan with his friend who was in town to celebrate after the session but also Shelby’s dad who then questioned if Josh had changed his mind! With our baby Rowan scheduled to arrive the following week we had to push the session out 3 weeks :( At least Shelby was completely clueless to the fact that she was getting engaged now since she had a little feeling it might be happening prior to rescheduling.

 Josh and I met up that afternoon checking out the locations and getting a game plan together. We decided the best way was to act as if they were moving into a sitting pose and then he would pop the question…..a few hours later it was go time!

Josh and I met up that afternoon checking out the locations and getting a game plan together. We decided the best way was to act as if they were moving into a sitting pose and then he would pop the question…..a few hours later it was go time!

 “ok let’s do a sitting pose again, Josh why don’t you sit here and then we can have Shelby sit here.”  My hands were shaking, my heart was racing and yes I was crying a little. This moment was finally happening for them! Two strangers that I had just met that day trusted me to capture one of the biggest moments of their lives and I was honored to do so.

“ok let’s do a sitting pose again, Josh why don’t you sit here and then we can have Shelby sit here.”

My hands were shaking, my heart was racing and yes I was crying a little. This moment was finally happening for them! Two strangers that I had just met that day trusted me to capture one of the biggest moments of their lives and I was honored to do so.

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 Thank you Josh for including me in your proposal plans and Shelby for following my work for so many years. I know this moment meant a lot to the two of you and having me be apart of it speaks volumes. I also appreciate you bringing Baby Rowan a gift to our session, it was extremely kind and appreciated. I can’t wait to see where your love story goes next and hope to continue being apart of your milestones together!

Thank you Josh for including me in your proposal plans and Shelby for following my work for so many years. I know this moment meant a lot to the two of you and having me be apart of it speaks volumes. I also appreciate you bringing Baby Rowan a gift to our session, it was extremely kind and appreciated. I can’t wait to see where your love story goes next and hope to continue being apart of your milestones together!

Madi & Kolten | Engagement Badlands, North Dakota

Madi & Kolten

 We definitely did a little hiking for this session. With high water levels and lots of mosquitoes we ventured out to one of my favorite spots taking an unusual path but totally worth the work! These two were absolutely adorable and so fun to photograph.

We definitely did a little hiking for this session. With high water levels and lots of mosquitoes we ventured out to one of my favorite spots taking an unusual path but totally worth the work! These two were absolutely adorable and so fun to photograph.

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Jenna & Nate | Engagement Bismarck, North Dakota

Jenna & Nate

 Jenna & Nate made the trek from Grand Forks to Bismarck for their engagement session this August. Jenna was incredibly nice and Nate was head over heels for her. We spent the evening at one of my favorite locations embracing the haze from all of the smoke coming down from the Canadian fires. Next summer I will be traveling to Grand Forks to photograph their wedding, I am super excited to return to the area for 1 of 2 weddings I have out east in 2019.

Jenna & Nate made the trek from Grand Forks to Bismarck for their engagement session this August. Jenna was incredibly nice and Nate was head over heels for her. We spent the evening at one of my favorite locations embracing the haze from all of the smoke coming down from the Canadian fires. Next summer I will be traveling to Grand Forks to photograph their wedding, I am super excited to return to the area for 1 of 2 weddings I have out east in 2019.

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Breuer Family | Family Photography Mandan, North Dakota

“I’ll ride in on a sunny day, sing you a song, steal your heart away, like a cowboy.”

 On a gorgeous August evening I joined the Breuer family for a perfect family session. Cahl has the best blue eyes and his smile was worth the work. This family is basically magazine worthy, they are so adorable and they have personalities to match.

On a gorgeous August evening I joined the Breuer family for a perfect family session. Cahl has the best blue eyes and his smile was worth the work. This family is basically magazine worthy, they are so adorable and they have personalities to match.

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Rowan Rose | Personal Posts Bismarck, North Dakota

And then we became a family of 4.

 September 11th, 2018 39 weeks on the dot. Born at 1:55pm, 7lbs 5.5oz, 20" long.  Bristols original due date was September 11th, 2016 my niece Kendall was also expected on September 11th, 2017 neither of which were born on September 11th, but in 2018 we finally got a baby on that day :)

September 11th, 2018 39 weeks on the dot. Born at 1:55pm, 7lbs 5.5oz, 20" long.

Bristols original due date was September 11th, 2016 my niece Kendall was also expected on September 11th, 2017 neither of which were born on September 11th, but in 2018 we finally got a baby on that day :)

 As I mentioned in my previous  post , I had been having a few issues with my stomach condition this pregnancy and chose to be induced at 39 weeks. So on Tuesday September 11th at 12:15am Tyson and I entered St. Alexius excited and nervous for the arrival of baby #2.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been having a few issues with my stomach condition this pregnancy and chose to be induced at 39 weeks. So on Tuesday September 11th at 12:15am Tyson and I entered St. Alexius excited and nervous for the arrival of baby #2.

 Who can sleep when your excited to have a baby? I was super fortunate to have my favorite coffee shop, Bitty Bean, deliver me a Titanium Coffee, if you haven’t tried them, stop by….they even deliver!

Who can sleep when your excited to have a baby? I was super fortunate to have my favorite coffee shop, Bitty Bean, deliver me a Titanium Coffee, if you haven’t tried them, stop by….they even deliver!

 From the moment I entered the delivery ward of St. Alexius I was impressed with the staff. I might be bias but I love the nurses, PAs and doctors. Nurse Nancy will forever hold a special place in my heart as she was there to help me get threw all the hard stuff and welcome our daughter. You never forget your delivery nurse, with Bristol it was a girl named Trista and her smile still resonates to this day. Thank you Nancy and all of the nurses for everything you do!

From the moment I entered the delivery ward of St. Alexius I was impressed with the staff. I might be bias but I love the nurses, PAs and doctors. Nurse Nancy will forever hold a special place in my heart as she was there to help me get threw all the hard stuff and welcome our daughter. You never forget your delivery nurse, with Bristol it was a girl named Trista and her smile still resonates to this day. Thank you Nancy and all of the nurses for everything you do!

 At 1:55pm Rowan Rose entered the world. This delivery was amazing. I told Tyson that it went so well, it was dangerous. I feel like we could have at least 2 more kids….if not like 5 :) The only thing missing from this delivery was a fluffy robe, a facial and some chocolate!  One of my favorite memories of this delivery was having my good friend Sommer in the room. She is one of the PA’s and got to spend the day with me, she even broke my water and held my legs……friend of the year!  Dr. Delvo was of course a rock star. Anyone who knows her is aware of her ability to walk in the room and make you feel calm. She is always smiling and speaks in a way that just makes you feel safe and secure which a woman needs when she is growing/deliving a baby. I recommend her to every single person I know, or don’t know for that matter!

At 1:55pm Rowan Rose entered the world. This delivery was amazing. I told Tyson that it went so well, it was dangerous. I feel like we could have at least 2 more kids….if not like 5 :) The only thing missing from this delivery was a fluffy robe, a facial and some chocolate!

One of my favorite memories of this delivery was having my good friend Sommer in the room. She is one of the PA’s and got to spend the day with me, she even broke my water and held my legs……friend of the year!

Dr. Delvo was of course a rock star. Anyone who knows her is aware of her ability to walk in the room and make you feel calm. She is always smiling and speaks in a way that just makes you feel safe and secure which a woman needs when she is growing/deliving a baby. I recommend her to every single person I know, or don’t know for that matter!

 While St. Alexius has a strict no photo or video while delivering rule, my husband was allowed to photograph before and immediately after the delivery which I am incredibly thankful for. Moments like these are great to look back at, the time goes so fast and you forgot a lot of what is going on. Thank you Tyson for making sure these moments are forever documented, you did a great job.

While St. Alexius has a strict no photo or video while delivering rule, my husband was allowed to photograph before and immediately after the delivery which I am incredibly thankful for. Moments like these are great to look back at, the time goes so fast and you forgot a lot of what is going on. Thank you Tyson for making sure these moments are forever documented, you did a great job.

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 Bristol had been asking to bring her sissy home from the hospital for a few weeks. When we called her to say she was here and she could come meet her you could hear the excitement. Dad met her downstairs with a gift for baby.

Bristol had been asking to bring her sissy home from the hospital for a few weeks. When we called her to say she was here and she could come meet her you could hear the excitement. Dad met her downstairs with a gift for baby.

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 I was so nervous for this moment. I cried leaving Bristol at my parents house as we drove to the hospital, worried she would be sad that she wasn’t getting all the attention. Contemplating how we would structure our time to ensure both children are feeling equally loved. Would she be jealous? Mad? Sad? Hate us?…..Nope. She was happy! She was so proud to be a big sister. So happy to cuddle and kiss on her. She had zero intentions of sharing her with anyone that evening and spends every minute of the day looking after Rowan.

I was so nervous for this moment. I cried leaving Bristol at my parents house as we drove to the hospital, worried she would be sad that she wasn’t getting all the attention. Contemplating how we would structure our time to ensure both children are feeling equally loved. Would she be jealous? Mad? Sad? Hate us?…..Nope. She was happy! She was so proud to be a big sister. So happy to cuddle and kiss on her. She had zero intentions of sharing her with anyone that evening and spends every minute of the day looking after Rowan.

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 Those adorable chubby cheeks have already slimmed down at 4 weeks old and its making miss the baby chubs. Time goes so fast when your happy, make sure your embracing every minute! I’ve always loved Fresh 48 sessions because baby changes so much in the first few weeks. I’m really glad I set aside time to take pictures, even if I was a little tired and super hungry.

Those adorable chubby cheeks have already slimmed down at 4 weeks old and its making miss the baby chubs. Time goes so fast when your happy, make sure your embracing every minute! I’ve always loved Fresh 48 sessions because baby changes so much in the first few weeks. I’m really glad I set aside time to take pictures, even if I was a little tired and super hungry.

 Going from a family of 3 to 4 has been a drastic difference. Mornings are currently our biggest struggle and bath time is a disaster! I count down the days each time tyson leaves for work or hunting but I know these days go fast and soon both girls will be ignoring my phone calls and skipping curfew.  Rowan Rose is the perfect addition to our family. Her big blue eyes, yes you read that right, and her chubby little self just ask for constant cuddles. Bristol practically fights Tyson and I to cuddle Rowan. I’m so excited to see what sort of personality she will have and can’t wait to show her the world.    “Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is.”

Going from a family of 3 to 4 has been a drastic difference. Mornings are currently our biggest struggle and bath time is a disaster! I count down the days each time tyson leaves for work or hunting but I know these days go fast and soon both girls will be ignoring my phone calls and skipping curfew.

Rowan Rose is the perfect addition to our family. Her big blue eyes, yes you read that right, and her chubby little self just ask for constant cuddles. Bristol practically fights Tyson and I to cuddle Rowan. I’m so excited to see what sort of personality she will have and can’t wait to show her the world.

“Just when you think you know love, something little comes along to remind you just how big it really is.”

Courtney & Justin | Engagement Bismarck, ND

Field of Dreams

 A few years ago I reached out to some local vendors playing with the idea of giving away an entire wedding. I might have sounded crazy but it was something I had been wanting to do for awhile and started seeing similar occurrences happening in other parts of the US. It took some researching and a lot of trust from some amazing vendors and here we are, photographing the engagement session of our first ever Midwest Wedding Giveaway couple.  This love story is different. This couple is different. Their entire wedding will be different. So why not do something completely different for their engagement session?!  I was sitting at home watching Dory for the hundredth time with my daughter thinking of unique ways to tell their story when the idea of a celebration sparked. Lets go to a pretty field, since I love fields, and have them celebrate with wine and champagne. The only part I didn't really think threw was that both the decorate, Jaime, and I are currently pregnant so we didn't get to celebrate with them!  Courtney & Justin are so incredibly nice and great to be around. Our session went fast with lot of laughs and I know their wedding day will be even more fun.  Thank you guys for letting me be creative with your session and I know all of us vendors are over the moon excited for your upcoming wedding day! 

A few years ago I reached out to some local vendors playing with the idea of giving away an entire wedding. I might have sounded crazy but it was something I had been wanting to do for awhile and started seeing similar occurrences happening in other parts of the US. It took some researching and a lot of trust from some amazing vendors and here we are, photographing the engagement session of our first ever Midwest Wedding Giveaway couple. 
This love story is different. This couple is different. Their entire wedding will be different. So why not do something completely different for their engagement session?! 
I was sitting at home watching Dory for the hundredth time with my daughter thinking of unique ways to tell their story when the idea of a celebration sparked. Lets go to a pretty field, since I love fields, and have them celebrate with wine and champagne. The only part I didn't really think threw was that both the decorate, Jaime, and I are currently pregnant so we didn't get to celebrate with them! 
Courtney & Justin are so incredibly nice and great to be around. Our session went fast with lot of laughs and I know their wedding day will be even more fun. 
Thank you guys for letting me be creative with your session and I know all of us vendors are over the moon excited for your upcoming wedding day! 

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 More on the Midwest Wedding Giveaway  HERE!   Dress: White Lace Bridal Tux: Black Tie Optional Floral: Crabapple Floral Styling: 701 Design + Events  Others Included in the Midwest Wedding Giveaway: BeLoud Entertainment Black Leg Ranch Chelsea Ktytor Make-up DY Photobooth Reel Love Cinematography  Schumacher Diamonds  Tiffany Geis Hair

More on the Midwest Wedding Giveaway HERE!

Dress: White Lace Bridal
Tux: Black Tie Optional
Floral: Crabapple Floral
Styling: 701 Design + Events

Others Included in the Midwest Wedding Giveaway:
BeLoud Entertainment
Black Leg Ranch
Chelsea Ktytor Make-up
DY Photobooth
Reel Love Cinematography
Schumacher Diamonds
Tiffany Geis Hair

Prestige Homes & Design | Commercial Photography Bismarck, ND

Parade of Homes #38

 Located in Misty Waters Bismarck, this custom home was featured in the Fall 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Parade of Homes tour. I was a big fan of the wooden X accent in the entryway and the tile inside the main floor bathroom. Check out more of there homes  here!

Located in Misty Waters Bismarck, this custom home was featured in the Fall 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Parade of Homes tour. I was a big fan of the wooden X accent in the entryway and the tile inside the main floor bathroom. Check out more of there homes here!

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 Vendors in the build:  Northern Plains Heating Magic-Touch Carpet One Bridgets Room

Vendors in the build:

Northern Plains Heating
Magic-Touch Carpet One
Bridgets Room