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!

Gabe & Josh | Engagement Bismarck, ND

Gabe & Josh

 I am so excited to photograph their wedding next June at Black Leg Ranch. I know Gabe and I have similar tastes and I can't wait to see how she makes BLR unique to her own wedding. This evening was perfect for their engagement session at one of my favorite locations. Josh was completely smitten with Gabe and I really liked his go-with-the-flow attitude. 

I am so excited to photograph their wedding next June at Black Leg Ranch. I know Gabe and I have similar tastes and I can't wait to see how she makes BLR unique to her own wedding. This evening was perfect for their engagement session at one of my favorite locations. Josh was completely smitten with Gabe and I really liked his go-with-the-flow attitude. 

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Kelsea + Nathan | Engagement Photography Western North Dakota

Their love is like a romance novel I can't stop reading. 

 A few weeks back I traveled to Western North Dakota to meet and photograph Kelsea and Nathan. My husband knew Nathan from his Professional Bull Riding days and their parents are old date night friends but I had never met him and felt like a semi fan-girl from watching him on TV. Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt like you've been best friends for years? That's the feeling I got from hanging out with Kelsea all evening. She was so incredibly kind and obviously good looking! When we arrived we were greeted by the normal ranch dogs and I found myself in complete awe of what they call their "backyard". Our night consisted of many laughs, the boys chatting ranch life, and me being in photographer Heaven. We battled the wind, timed out the lighting, and managed not to roll the ranger as we trekked up and down the hills. Thank you Kelsea and Nathan for inviting us to your home, capturing your love, and gaining new friends. I can't wait to celebrate your wedding day and watch your love story grow for many years to come! 

A few weeks back I traveled to Western North Dakota to meet and photograph Kelsea and Nathan. My husband knew Nathan from his Professional Bull Riding days and their parents are old date night friends but I had never met him and felt like a semi fan-girl from watching him on TV. Have you ever met someone for the first time and felt like you've been best friends for years? That's the feeling I got from hanging out with Kelsea all evening. She was so incredibly kind and obviously good looking! When we arrived we were greeted by the normal ranch dogs and I found myself in complete awe of what they call their "backyard". Our night consisted of many laughs, the boys chatting ranch life, and me being in photographer Heaven. We battled the wind, timed out the lighting, and managed not to roll the ranger as we trekked up and down the hills. Thank you Kelsea and Nathan for inviting us to your home, capturing your love, and gaining new friends. I can't wait to celebrate your wedding day and watch your love story grow for many years to come! 

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Shayla & Jamie | Engagement Photography, Bismarck, ND

"You can't rush something you want to last forever."

 Shayla & Jamie joined me on a VERY cold afternoon out at  Black Leg Ranch  . We trekked  through the deep snow and battled the wind and cold for these pictures. The two will be married this summer and I am over the moon excited to photograph their wedding at my favorite venue this side of the Missouri! 

Shayla & Jamie joined me on a VERY cold afternoon out at Black Leg Ranch. We trekked through the deep snow and battled the wind and cold for these pictures. The two will be married this summer and I am over the moon excited to photograph their wedding at my favorite venue this side of the Missouri! 

Kendra & Dylan | Engagement Photography Bismarck, ND

"It started with a kiss"

 I met Kendra last year at the Bismarck Bridal show where she won a free engagement session. Dylan and Kendra were amazing to work with, their chemistry was impeccable. The session felt less like a photo shoot and more like hanging out with two very in love people. 

I met Kendra last year at the Bismarck Bridal show where she won a free engagement session. Dylan and Kendra were amazing to work with, their chemistry was impeccable. The session felt less like a photo shoot and more like hanging out with two very in love people. 

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Alison & Scott | Mandan, ND | Engagement

"There comes a time when you meet someone and you just want to make them smile for the rest of your life."

 Alison and Scott joined me this fall at my favorite local spot for an evening of engagement photos. It was a bit chilly but they kept it warm with all their love :) These two were a blast to work with! So fun and outgoing. Can't wait for the wedding! 

Alison and Scott joined me this fall at my favorite local spot for an evening of engagement photos. It was a bit chilly but they kept it warm with all their love :) These two were a blast to work with! So fun and outgoing. Can't wait for the wedding! 

Ashley & Reed | Mandan, ND | Engagement

Puppy love.

 As if these two weren't cute enough, they brought a puppy to their engagement session. Those who know me, know I am obsessed with puppies. So their entire evening consisted of me snapping a few pictures of them and then thinking of ways to kidnap their pup. I'm really hoping they give out puppies to their bridal party for epic wedding day pictures! Guess if they don't I will just settle for their good looks and charming personalities :) 

As if these two weren't cute enough, they brought a puppy to their engagement session. Those who know me, know I am obsessed with puppies. So their entire evening consisted of me snapping a few pictures of them and then thinking of ways to kidnap their pup. I'm really hoping they give out puppies to their bridal party for epic wedding day pictures! Guess if they don't I will just settle for their good looks and charming personalities :) 

Shalee & Jaden | Bismarck, ND | Engagement

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."- Winston Churchill

 Shalee & Jaden invited me to their ranch this past October to photograph their engagement. I was in love with all the different scenery options. We started near their big red barn with the company of a few black kittens. We also surrounded ourselves with their horses near a pond and ended the session on a gravel road with a beautiful sunset. Shalee definitely has her hands full fighting for Jaden's attention from all his beautiful horses :) 

Shalee & Jaden invited me to their ranch this past October to photograph their engagement. I was in love with all the different scenery options. We started near their big red barn with the company of a few black kittens. We also surrounded ourselves with their horses near a pond and ended the session on a gravel road with a beautiful sunset. Shalee definitely has her hands full fighting for Jaden's attention from all his beautiful horses :) 

Shawnee & Andren | Mandan, ND | Engagement

A beautiful fall adventure.

 I met shawnee a few years ago while coaching her younger sister in soccer. Shortly after, she opened her successful nutrition store, Extreme Nutrition in Bismarck. It quickly became a weekly stop for me on my way into the office. I was so happy when she contacted me searching for a wedding photographer. Their engagement session was effortless. Posing and adoring each other came naturally. Andren did an incredible job picking out Shawnee's engagement ring from  Schumacher Diamonds . I can't get over how beautiful the ring, and this couple is!

I met shawnee a few years ago while coaching her younger sister in soccer. Shortly after, she opened her successful nutrition store, Extreme Nutrition in Bismarck. It quickly became a weekly stop for me on my way into the office. I was so happy when she contacted me searching for a wedding photographer. Their engagement session was effortless. Posing and adoring each other came naturally. Andren did an incredible job picking out Shawnee's engagement ring from Schumacher Diamonds. I can't get over how beautiful the ring, and this couple is!

Elisha & Zach | Mandan, ND | Engagement

What do you get when you mix a model, true love, and amazing summer light? The perfect engagement session! 

 In November of 2015, while photographing their friends wedding, I had the opportunity to capture Zach & Elisha's proposal. This past September we met again to spend the evening photographing their love.   It started with a July session, which we had to cancel due to a thunderstorm. We rescheduled a 2nd time in August which we ended up canceling due to Zach having a little mishap with some poison ivy. Thinking a 3rd time is a charm, we booked again, but it just so happened little miss Bristol wanted to hangout 3 weeks early, so yet again we cancelled. Feeling defeated, we booked for a 4th time and boy did we get lucky. God knew the challenges we had faced to get to this point and he did not fail to bless us with a glorious evening to makeup for our previous cancellations. The evening was absolutely perfect! No wind, warm weather, great lighting and a beautiful location, which has since became my favorite local spot!

In November of 2015, while photographing their friends wedding, I had the opportunity to capture Zach & Elisha's proposal. This past September we met again to spend the evening photographing their love.

 It started with a July session, which we had to cancel due to a thunderstorm. We rescheduled a 2nd time in August which we ended up canceling due to Zach having a little mishap with some poison ivy. Thinking a 3rd time is a charm, we booked again, but it just so happened little miss Bristol wanted to hangout 3 weeks early, so yet again we cancelled. Feeling defeated, we booked for a 4th time and boy did we get lucky. God knew the challenges we had faced to get to this point and he did not fail to bless us with a glorious evening to makeup for our previous cancellations. The evening was absolutely perfect! No wind, warm weather, great lighting and a beautiful location, which has since became my favorite local spot!

 These two are so adorable. I can't even handle their love.  I am so excited to photograph your wedding in June of 2017!

These two are so adorable. I can't even handle their love.  I am so excited to photograph your wedding in June of 2017!