Photogen Inc. Families // The Woods Family

So, for years now, I've always said, "I'm not a family photographer and I don't shoot kids, except...." Truth is, I really do love shooting families, especially for previous wedding clients. It's so fun to continue photographing their lives even after the big day, and to document how they grow, change and evolve into families.During the ELEVATE Workshop, a common theme that we were talking about was the concept of Honest Imagery and truly capturing photos that are both beautiful and real. For me, I've really been getting back to a more documentary style, overall in my work, and it's been so much fun. Moments are also a key word that was mentioned, and after the workshop, I came home and stumbled upon many of the family sessions I have photographed in the last year and I REALLY enjoy them!

When I photograph a family, we simply hang out. Maybe we go on a walk in a park, maybe we play, throw leaves, laugh, cuddle and even come into their homes. I have decided in the past not to show families too much on the blog, because I'm really not marketing towards being a 'family photographer', but I really have a great connection to both these images and the people in them...and I would love to share that with you all!

So, over the next couple weeks, I will be doing a blog series on all of the families of Photogen Inc.! First up on the roster is the Woods family!

Enjoy!

 

LOVEe

Kristina and David: Engaged!

For David and Kristina, Love is all about the little things. In fact, during the booking process, I had the opportunity to get to know David and Kristina, mostly over the phone and e-mail. One of the things I love about this couple, in particular, is the way they communicate. David will always pick up the phone and give a call, and Kristina writes the best e-mails! During a phone conversation, I remember David talking about them as a couple, the engagement and moving onto planning a wedding, and even though this couple is insanely busy with work, they still make sure and make time for each other. David said one thing, that I think is often an overlooked note about love, "It's the little things, you know?"

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A BIG congratulations to David and Kristina on their engagement! Their wedding is going to be absolutely gorgeous and I can't WAIT for the big day!

LOVEe

Whooop! It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday and I am exactly where I want to be. Every year, on my birthday, I wake up, have a little personal reflection and look back at my blog posts from the previous years on this day. This is the day that I evaluate what I've accomplished in the last year and it's also the perfect day to set new goals! I'm a BIG goal person, I believe in writing them down, and sharing your intentions with others (ahem, you lovely blog readers) in order to make them happen!

Myself and my AMAZING team have accomplished SO much in the past year! One of my goals last year was to launch a workshop...we've not only put on one, but TWO amazing ELEVATE events this year! Another one of my goals was to stay in touch more with friends and family! Yes, my life is extremely busy, it's true, but especially this past summer, I've experienced more life with the most amazing people in my life and it's honestly been SO MUCH FUN! Block parties, music festivals, camping trips, climbing mountains, Monday night HH, sailing, biking, pub crawls, ridiculous laugh fests with the best friend...I mean, it has really been SO much fun. I feel like I am getting much better at the whole work-life-balance-thing everyone talks about!

I think the most interesting, and one of the things I'm most proud of at the moment was my first goal on the list last year: Pounding the Pavement. I wrote this:

"Pound the Pavement: I'm always talking about 'taking things to the next level' and everything is perfectly in place! Every time you move up in the world, you start from ground zero again! I'm excited to continue building new relationships and branching out on a national level!"

I have been working my ass off this last year, really trying to connect with the people I want to work with, both on weddings and also on the commercial side of things! It's fitting that I'm currently in NYC right now, in the midst of a solid week of meeting and networking with potential clients. I kind of feel like all of the hustle I've put into the last year is starting to pay off a little bit. The thing about this hustle is that every little, tiny, itty bitty step forward is a GIANT victory. In many ways, this week is defining for me, because I'm officially putting myself out there in a BIG way that will more than likely end with more rejection than I've ever faced in a short amount of time, but I'm also craving that. I want to be pushed in a BIG way, I want to play with the BIG players, and I want to create BIG work and share that with this BIG world. As you all have probably gathered, I'm a bit on the ambitious side and no idea is ever a small one in my brain. I'm all about going big or going home, and that motto has never, ever failed me.

So, as I'm putting together my list of goals for next year, a few things have been checked off, a few things have changed, but many of them are staying the same! I feel in SO many ways that I am just beginning and still have so much to do, and I believe that having focus in these goals is key. In the next year, I want to...

Continue to Pound the Pavement: I want to continue to connect with my dream clients to get my dream projects! There are several wedding coordinators, event designers, florists, venues, art directors, editors and publications that I want to work for. Relationship building takes so much time, but it is 100% necessary.

10 &10 Plan: I have this goal that I think will be amazing! It's going to take me a while to get there, but I want to shoot 10 amazing, jaw dropping, destination weddings per year, along with 10 kick-ass-cool editorial gigs.

Book 1&1: I want to book at least one AMAZING wedding with one of the people on my 'dream list' above and also book an editorial/commercial job as well. I need to officially make one step forward to my 10&10 plan.

Get a Back Massage: Seems simple, but I. NEED. ONE. And a glass of champagne.

Travel: I still want to take that 3-4 week trip.

Boss Lady: I have the BEST team in the entire world. Honestly, you all know who you are and you continually amaze me at the work you produce, but also how supportive you are of making Photogen Inc. a success! It's important for me to continue to create a culture and environment that we can all grow in and ultimately give an amazing product and experience to all of our clients! 

Teach More: ELEVATE is well on it's way to being a staple in our calendar and it's been SO amazing to teach and serve photographers! In addition to the big workshops, LOVEe Consults is one of my all-time-favorite things to do besides shoot! I absolutely LOVE that one-on-one teaching and mentoring, it is so great to see the shift in people's minds and then to see how they apply that and grow - seriously, there is nothing better than changing someone's world.

Remember That I am Only One Person: Everything I do is for you. Everything I do is for my team, clients and industry. Everything I do is to inspire. Sometimes I need to remember that I am only one person, but that I am fabulous.

Continue to Inspire: This is what keeps me going. This is the beauty of what I do. Each and every day, I have the opportunity to inspire others. How amazing is that?

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As I sit here, I don't want to get all cheezy on you, but I do want to thank each and every one of you. To my friends, family, crew, and clients, you are all ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I am one girl, with a big dream, but I am also surrounded by THE BEST people, and it is all of you who allow me to do what I love every. single. day. For this, I am forever grateful, so thank you, thank you for supporting me and believing in everything we do!

I am truly #LivingTheDream

LOVEe

Maggie and Patrick: Engaged!

There's something to say about the kind of love that is comfortable, easy and effortless. This is totally how I would describe Maggie and Patrick's relationship! I could literally spend and entire day with these two, laughing over cocktails and sharing stories, but it's also clear when you spend time with them that these are two people who have truly found one another. They are also very much so go-getters, and when they know what they want, they know how to get it! Maggie and Patrick absolutely knew that they had found each other and the rest is history for these two...

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Congratulations to Maggie and Patrick on their engagement!

LOVEe

ELEVATE Workshop // Part 2

It's been a couple of weeks since the Elevate Workshopwrapped up and I'm still on cloud 9 from the amazing week! Not only that, but it's been SO cool to catch up with the attendees and see just how much of a change and immediate impact they are making on their businesses!I thought I'd share some photos with you all from my iphone! Many times, I don't have my big camera on me, and to be perfectly honest - the iphone is an AMAZING tool for an instant camera! My all-time-favorite-app-that-I-am-obsessed-with is Instagram. Seriously, if you are not on instagram - get it. It's highly addicting, and a beautiful, inspiring, easy way to both share images with the world and also see a constant stream of photos that may inspire you just the same!

So, on this gorgeous Monday, just sit back with your cup-of-coffee and enjoy these little snippets from my perspective of ELEVATE!

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If you want to read and see more about the entire ELEVATE Workshop experience, check out Part 1 of this post!

LOVEe

ELEVATE Workshop // Part 1

Oh my goodness! I'm not even sure where to start on this blog post, because there is just SO much that I could say about the ELEVATE Workshop!! This is my second time hosting ELEVATEand it was truly an incredible experience! We had THE best group of people, coming together to learn, explore and push themselves to the next level! The common theme of this workshop was the concept of creating 'Honest Imagery' and how to challenge ourselves to shoot the best images, that will truly live on in time and not simply follow a trend. Personally, it is SO rewarding being able to teach others and organize workshops like this, because you can literally see everyone's mind's shift and make a positive change for their work, their business and their lives! ELEVATE isn't designed with an easy button, it's meant to make a person really dig inside themselves and ask WHY, because everyone has a different answer, goal and plan for their work, lives and businesses!The ELEVATE Workshop took place at Juliane James Place, which is one of the newest venue's for people getting married or hosting retreats in Minnesota! JJP is located in Finlayson, MN and it was absolutely perfect for this event! I wanted to host the workshop in the middle of the woods, with everything that is Minnesota-Fabuous! This meant nothing but flannel, tater tot hot dish and Bonfires! Everything came together absolutely beautifully, but I honestly couldn't have pulled this off on my own! A HUUUGE thank you to our Studio-Manager-Extraordinaire, Liz and JJP Owner, Alyson for being our personal chef's all week! These two ladies slaved away in the kitchen, making us 3 home-cooked-meals a day, that were absolutely phenomenal! I also would love to thank Brandon, Nate, Collin, Daniel and Sara for helping me haul tables, put up tents and set up our technology all week!

Two big highlights of the week were listening to some live music by Jim O'Neill for dinner and having a presentation via-the-internets with Richard Photo Lab! One of the most fabulous parts of the week was sharing this video from Elevate with all of the attendees! Motion Film and actual pictures are an entirely different experience and we are so lucky to have had Capture Studios create this awesome piece for us! So please, without further adieu, I encourage you to watch the video, take a gander thru the photos and hopefully experience a little bit of the beauty that was ELEVATE!

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During the week, we had an on-going shooting challenge for the attendees to document their experience that week, and in the end, everyone had to present one image that represented their time at ELEVATE and gave off the true vibe and feeling of the workshop! The winner was the one-and-only Megan Daas - I absolutely love her image!

elevate2blg0023.jpg Our major shooting challenge of the week was SO much fun! Jonny and Michelle, of Paper Antler, were gracious enough to take the time to head up north and be our real-life-models! The challenge was this: Each photographer had 10 minutes to shoot the couple, and in the end they would have to bring together 3 images in a triptych to tell a story. The wild card was that they had to use one crazy element - smoke bombs, sparklers or confetti poppers! I think it's SO cool to see everyone's images below! Even though we all had the same circumstances to work with, all of our images are SO different! I should also mention that for critique purposes, all of us had to shoot in .jpg and these images have not been touched at all in Photoshop!

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A GIANT thank you to my guest speakers, Daniel Chin, Collin Hughes, Matt Brue and Brian Greenberg for taking the time out of their incredibly busy lives to be a part of this! I would also like to thank all of our sponsors for being so generous with the giveaways for our attendees:

Red Cart Into The Darkroom Richard Photo Lab Kelly Moore Bag H20 Creative Sara Kiesling Actions Slide Sideways Shawn Bielefeldt Motibodo

And last but not least, thank you SO much to all of the attendees! You all taught me more than you will ever know and I feel so incredibly humbled and honored to have been able to share this experience with you! Each and every one of you have SUCH a bright future ahead!

LOVEe

Mr. and Mrs. Dolezal

Kelsey and Steve have a story exactly out of a movie. To set the scene, it's summer, at the lake house that is the perfect retreat for everyone. Family and friends have gathered to soak up some sunshine and of course - host a few bbq's along the way. The story goes that Steve somehow made it over to one of these shindigs and caught the eye of his future wife. (Here's the part where you sigh, wipe the tear from your face and fist-pump for love.)

Fast forward to September 24th, 2011. Once again, all of their friends and family are together for their wedding and it was one hell of a party! The entire day was absolutely perfect and a true celebration of families coming together. This wedding was one that I was personally looking forward to very much, simply because of the circumstances in which I met the bride. Kelsey was a big fan of our work here for a really long time and I still remember the phone call when she wanted to book! There was an instant connection between us and that is exactly the love you should feel when you book your photographer for your wedding day (seriously - future brides, take note!) Kelsey and Steve are one of our destination couples and so we got to know each other via e-mail and skype, but really didn't meet face-to-face until the day before their wedding. I love traveling for weddings, because we usually take the time to grab a cocktail with the wedding party, their family and friends, which I think, makes all the difference in the world for us on the big day!  Kelsey and Steve came 'back home' to get married, which was in good ole Des Moines, Iowa!

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Congratulations to Kelsey and Steve on their amazing wedding! Thanks so much for inviting us down to be a part of your day!

LOVEe

LOVEe Consults: Kelly McShane!

A little over a month ago, I had the great opportunity to mentor the oh-so-awesome Kelly McShane! This girl traveled all the way from Chicago for her LOVEe Consult and she came so excited and ready to learn! Kelly is a photographer who is literally, just starting out and this was the perfect time for her to do a consultation! I've mentored many photographers at this point, lots of whom have been in the industry for years and others who might be making the switch from part-time to full time artist, but it was SO interesting to really go back to the simple basics with a person who is at step one, phase one. Kelly has so much potential as an artist, but it is her pure drive and energy that is going to really launch her into the world of a professional photographer! This girl just makes you want to smile and jump-up-and-down - she gives off an energy that is simply contagious and her clients will without-a-doubt gravitate towards her! One word that was a common theme through out our day together was the word possibility. Kelly is at the stage in her journey that absolutely everything is new, exciting and absolutely everything is possible! To her - there are no limits. Sometimes I feel that the longer we are in the industry, or the longer that this is our 'job', we tend to lose a little bit of that spark that we had in the beginning. We get caught up in the politics and bullshit of life  or maybe we become so technically correct that are images are too comfortable and we are no longer open to the possibilities of the unknown - and we also don't allow ourselves to make mistakes. Some of the most thrilling images are created accidentally, and it is so necessary to put ourselves in a world of the unknown. So, my challenge to you is to try something new, plan a shoot you've been wanting to do for a long time, try a new technique, try reaching out to vendors and potential clients to create possibility for yourself - and enjoy what happens!

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We are currently booking LOVEe Consults for the winter! If you are interested, check out the LOVEe Consults website!

LOVEe

Jenny & Aashish: Engaged!

Jenny and Aashish laugh. They laugh so hard together that you can't help but smile along with them! It's this kind of simple and genuine love that I find incredibly refreshing in couples. It's the laughter, the fun and the play that keeps us all young at heart and that fresh feeling of love alive! And did I mention these two met while studying in Australia? Um...how romantic is THAT?!?

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Congratulations to Jenny and Aashish on their engagement! Super excited for their wedding this winter!

LOVEe

ELEVATE Workshop // Registration Deadline!

"Only passions, great passions can ELEVATE the soul to great things"

~ Denis Diderot

The deadline to sign up for the ELEVATE Workshop is only 24 hours away!

If you've been wishing, hoping, contemplating, and dreaming of attending this workshop, it's time to make it happen! The deadline is here and it's time to make this dream a reality! We have THE most incredible experience in store for you...

JOIN US and REGISTER TODAY!

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Yellowstone // The iphone Experience!

 I've been on vacation this past week, which was a great adventure in the back country of Yellowstone! (You can read all about the journey in my very personal blog post from yesterday...)

I packed all of my equipment for this trip and I ended up taking SO many pictures with...dun, dun, dunnnnn.....my iphone! I have to say, there are SO many cool photo apps out there now, that are incredibly cool creative tools! My all-time-favorite app is Instagram - if you're not on it, get on it! It's like twitter, but image-only and I love how it's a live-feed of photos that you can literally have a look into your 'friend's' lives, from their artistic perspective!

I fell in love with many of my Instagram and iphone photos, so I thought I would share some with you! There is always the debate, whether an image is determined by the photographer or their equipment. Yes, it's a little bit of both, but I like to think that any great image comes from a true artist, no matter what their medium!

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LOVEe

Yellowstone // Life Lessons & Surviving Bear Country!

For any of us who run businesses, it's a lot of work. In fact, it's pretty much all-consuming work, which we are so gosh-darn-passionate about, that we literally love to work. It eventually becomes our lifestyle, and I've always said that, for me, being a photographer, isn't just my job or career, it is my lifestyle. However, there is a fine line between being a work-a-holic and working-harder-and-smarter, which in my book means setting goals, along with limits.

This past summer has been all about finding a balance and a pace that works for me, yet doesn't compromise any of my friendships, relationships or simply the want to do things that I've pushed aside for years! It's been a summer filled with block parties, concerts, bike rides, good food, cabins, friends, and I have honestly had one of the best summers of my life! Yet, there was one thing that was 'on my list' that I've been talking about and it was time for it to happen...I wanted to go camping.

Being gone for a week in September was a little nerve racking for me! It's prime time for everything right now, but I carved out the time, loaded up the car and made the trek to Yellowstone. I had never been to Yellowstone before, but I've always heard nothing but great, fun, adventurous stories from people who have been! My experience was absolutely amazing, but there were two specific things that I did that truly challenged me...

1 - I climbed a mountain. Yep, a straight-up-legit-mountain. To be perfectly honest, it was the most physically demanding thing I've ever done in my life, but also the most mentally challenging, to go along with it! This climb was nothing but vertical, all the way up to 10,000 feet. Just when I thought I had reached the top, there was a whole other ridge to climb and a new terrain to face. The air was thin, and I couldn't look behind me, because I would get so dizzy looking down - we were so high up! All of us have heard those metaphors of 'Life is full of Mountains and Valleys' or 'It takes baby steps to reach your goals', and all I could think of while my heart-was-pounding, I'm trying to control my breathing and I'm literally using ALL of my strength to simply put one-foot-in-front-of-the-other, was "Whatever mother-fucker came up with those phrases was SOOOOOOO right!"

Reaching the top of the mountain was amazing. It was totally worth all of the struggle, physical pain and almost-puking. There was such a sense of accomplishment and pride that I had completed this nearly-impossible task! On the descent, I couldn't help but relate this to business and life, as cheezy as it sounds, all of those metaphors are true. Nothing good has ever come easy, it's always been hard, constant work, but every time another level is reached, it's a small (or big!) victory, and those should be celebrated!

2 - I survived bear country! Now, for those of you who haven't been to Yellowstone, there are signs EVERYWHERE that are pretty much saying "Be prepared to be eaten by a bear at any moment!" Now, of course, I'm exaggerating, but only a little bit! When it came time to hike into the back country, this is all intensified. All of a sudden, there are zero people. All of a sudden, you are surrounded by big trees that - at any moment - a bear could jump out and eat you. Nothing is for certain in the back country, you're risking everything - and you're also a walking target with food strapped to your back! In my mind, there were two possible outcomes on this part of the trip - We make it out alive or accept death-by-bear, these are two very big extremes and clearly, I was pretty nervous!

Yet, I wanted to camp in the back country, this was my choice and I loved the adventure - I was just totally on edge for the entire time! It was very clear that I had entered a big world of unknowns. I felt vulnerable and nervous, I was always checking my back to make sure nothing would sneak up on me - it was uncomfortable! I also felt very small.

I'm happy to report that I never even saw a bear, after all of that worrying, and once again, there was a giant lesson to be learned from that experience, for me. I was proud of surviving (I know, it's very dramatic sounding, but hang in there with me.) I had put myself in a very uncomfortable situation - yes, it was one that I wanted to be in, but never-the-less, it was incredibly scary! I've said this before, but my whole take on fear is to lean into it. Step right on in and 9 times out of 10, it's really not as rough as I think it's going to be. When it comes to life, love and business (because clearly, those are the only major areas of our lives, right?), it's only us who can move ourselves forward. In the world of photography, there are many things that I'm re-structuring, re-thinking, and re-prioritizing and change is good, but change is also unknown, a little bit scary, but ultimately, a very thrilling and exciting adventure!

This camping trip for me ended up to be greater than I ever imagined! I was challenged, I was pushed, I was enlightened and I grew. I chose to share all of the images below in black and white, for no particular reason except for they inspired me more this way.

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I hope you enjoy!

LOVEe

FYI...tomorrow I'll be sharing some fun images from my iphone, stay tuned!

Mr. and Mrs. Brooks // One Classy Affair!

Lane and Edward are the epitome of class and style. When it came to their wedding, it was absolutely nothing but stunning! The couple's ceremony took place on the Brook's private property and it was absolutely perfect. They finished off the night with their stunning reception at the Lafayette Club! One of the things I loved so much about Lane and Edward's wedding was how timeless everything was! Not only did they look flawless, but Lane wore her mother-in-law's veil, along with a head piece that has been passed down from generations on her mother's side! The couple also wrote their own vows and they were absolutely beautiful!I have so many good things to say about this couple, their day, their family and friends, but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

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Congratulations to Lane and Edward on your amazing wedding! It was such a great honor photographing your day, thank you for that!

LOVEe

ELEVATE Workshop // October 10 - 13, 2011 // Spaces Still Available!

I am SO freaking excited with how the ELEVATE Workshop is shaping up! We have a fantastic group of people already signed up, and we still have a few seats available for all of you to join us! Our friends, and fellow guest speaker, over at Capture Studios, put together this awesome video from our last experience at ELEVATE - and it's just SO fun! I use the word 'experience', because that is truly what I want this workshop to be all about for you. I want you to be challenged, I want you to be WOW'd, I want you to walk away with a new sense of confidence and an understanding about where your business and work are going to go. I want you to come up with new ideas, meet new friends and think outside of the box.

ELEVATE is more than just an educational workshop. It's a community that we are all building to help one another grow!

JOIN US!

October 10-13th, 2011 Juliane James Place, Finlayson, Minnesota

The deadline to sign up for the ELEVATE Workshop is Thursday, September 15th!!!

(And don't forget, this is an all-inclusive price, so the tuition covers all of your lodging, food and workshop experience for the entire week!) If you're on the fence, check out the video below and read this blog post on the TOP 5 Reasons to Attend ELEVATE! (Trust us, it's the best decision you will ever make! :0)

Elevate '11 Interviews from capture studios on Vimeo.

HUUUUGE thank-you to Capture Studios for taking the time to create this video for us!!

As for the rest of you, I can't WAIT to see you at ELEVATE!

LOVEe

Meet the Team // Jonny: Assistant

Jonny Edwin Bennett. With a name like that, how was I not suppose to hire the guy? Seriously though, Jonny is the epitome of style. Long before he even came in for his interview, Brandon, said to me, " I don't care what you think of him, we're hiring that guy." Lucky for all of us, Jonny's personality was just as cool as his style and swagger - yes Jonny, you have swagger!

As an artist, Jonny gives a unique perspectives on weddings! He is a photographer who has a lot of tricks up his sleeve and he busts them out when I least expect it! His fine-art-perspective most definitely has an influence in his work and he is also a person who is growing exponentially! We are SO lucky to have Jonny as a part of our team - and you can never have too much swagger!

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Q. What is your role in the Photogen Inc. Crew?

My roll in the Photogen Inc. crew is to pretty much be another set of eyes and a helping hand. I get the opportunity to spend the day being as creative as possible and looking for the best possible shot. I usually try to come up with a game plan ahead of time, but that always doesn't work, so you are forced to really be on your toes at all times, which can make things exciting!

Q. How did you begin working for Photogen Inc.?

I was introduced to Eliesa through Tom, another second shooter. I ended up sending her a link to some of my work and was asked to come in for an interview. Bing Bang Boom - I was officially part of the crew! (Plus, I met my girlfriend by taking this job...BONUS!)

Q. What does it mean to be an assistant?

I get to do the things that need to get done. Some of the behind the scenes work, as well as shooting. While the lead shooter might be out with the wedding party, I'll spend that time shooting details, and candids at the cocktail hour.  I might also be doing to digital tech work. Most of the time, I'm getting different perspectives and scoping out different locations.

Q. How has being a part of this crew helped you as an artist? It has helped me immensely. Being able to shoot with other photographers and see how everybody else works gives you a different perspective on things.

Q. What is your favorite part about shooting?

I love being able to capture a moment that the couple didn't see during the day. I love spending my time shooting things that usually go unseen.

Q. What else do you love in life, besides photography?

When I'm not behind the camera, I spend most of my time on one of my bikes or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen. I have a fascination with documentaries (about absolutely nothing), WWII History, Kung Fu movies from the 70's, anything on the History/Discovery channel, and backpacking.

Q. How did you start out being a photographer?

I definitely got the photo bug from my dad. He always pulled out his older film cameras and showed me how they worked. He let me shoot a concert with one of his old 35mm Nikons and I, of course, had no clue what I was doing. Everything came out over-exposed. I still thought I was pretty awesome, though!

Q. What do you think you bring to this team?

I like to think I bring a different style than everybody else. I am definitely inspired by photographers that hover more on the fine art side of things, than just portrait photographers. Everybody on the crew has a unique style and a different way of looking at things. All of us could shoot the same centerpieces at a wedding, but everyone's images would come out different.

Q. What are you looking forward to the most for the 2011 season?

This year I am looking forward to spending more time developing my own style. It has been a huge blessing to be able to network and learn from like-minded people.

Alexandra and Brian: Engaged!!!

Alex and Brian are an utterly amazing couple! I honestly don't have enough good things to say about these two, but one thing sticks out to me the most! These two are genuinely so excited to be married! At one point during their engagement session, Brian hugged in Alex and said, "You are all mine, I am so lucky." It's that kind of love that I am so thankful to be able to document and I am also so grateful for all of the amazing clients that choose me to be their photographer! For Alex and Brian's engagement session, we went back to the place they got engaged, which is Alex's grandparent's estate on Manitou Island...this place was simply beautiful! Her family has so many roots here, it was the perfect location!And, for the record, could these two BE any more adorable?!?! [blogshow id=4e528f5116b79 player=0 autoplay=0 toolbar=0]

Congratulations to Alexandra and Brian on their engagement! Stay tuned for their amazing wedding in 2012!

LOVEe

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the ELEVATE Workshop!

-1.jpg The ELEVATE Workshop is officially 7 weeks away, as of today!!!! I am SO excited about this and I've been getting many e-mails from all of you, asking to know a little more about what the workshop is about! So, without further adieu, here are the Top 5 Reasons why the ELEVATE Workshop will rock your world...

1// It's all Inclusive

Did you get that? Seriously - everything is included in the workshop fee! (That's unheard of people!) It was SO important for me to create a workshop that harbored everything that I, personally, would want to sign up for! One of my greatest frustrations with workshops, in general, is the fact that you invest so much in the tuition, and by the time your travel, hotel and food are paid for, the price has almost doubled! I'm super proud of the fact that we have included ALL of your meals and ALL of your lodging, as well as your education in the workshop fee! There's nothing hidden - it's simply ALL included!

2// The Fabulous Giveaways Our sponsors are all amazing people who have influenced my business in many ways! For all of the attendees at ELEVATE, we will be giving away many, many discount codes (which = free $$) and we will also be giving away some HUUUUGE prizes, worth THOUSANDS of dollars to some lucky winners in our shooting challenges! When you add up all the giveaways, trust me, it's worth every penny to come!

3// The Experience

My goal with ELEVATE is to create an experience for all of the attendees, unlike any other educational-experience they have ever had! I'm sweating the small stuff and I want to WOW all of you, as the week goes on! I want you to constantly be inspired, so everything from our location, to the content, from the food, to the shooting challenges - absolutely everything is going to be super-fun and absolutely amazing! We are also bringing together SUCH an amazing group of people. The best moments of a workshop is usually seen in the down time, and the conversations that happen while we're digesting everything from the day.

4// The Challenge

ELEVATE is not a workshop for the faint of heart. We are going to get very real during our time together, because that is the place and the space where we push ourselves and change happens! Beyond our actual topics that we will cover during 'class time', the attendees will be having one-on-one, personal critiques with our guest speakers. AND, even better, you will have the opportunity to be critiqued by more than one of us, so you can get a different perspective and different outlook on what you need to do to take your business and images to the next level. We will also be having shooting challenges, which are meant to totally take you out of your comfort zone and get you thinking in an entirely new way!

5// ELEVATE Your Business

I named this workshop ELEVATE for a reason. It's truly meant to push you, in every single way and ultimately, leave you with new ideas, tools and inspirations to take your business to an entirely new level that you KNOW you want to go to! I really believe that getting out of your element, taking the time to focus on yourself, and surrounding yourself with the best-of-the-best is the perfect recipe for success! We have the most inspiring guest speakers who will teach, encourage, influence and motivate you to be the best you can be!

This is a workshop for those photographers who want to be the best. This is a workshop for photographers who know they can be the best. This is a workshop for photographers who are ready to be the best.

To learn more about the details of the ELEVATE Workshop, click here!

If you're ready to reserve your spot at this AMAZING workshop, we would love to have you!

And if you have any questions, I would love to talk to you: eliesa@photogen-inc.com

LOVEe

Mr. and Mrs. Mundahl!!

Betsy and Josh are one super fun couple who walk-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drum! The story was told on their wedding day of how they had courted for 9 years and were engaged for 9 weeks! That's right, these two planned their entire wedding in a couple of short months and it was absolutely perfect! Betsy and Josh were married in the groom's family's back yard and is was absolutely lovely! The bride wore a stunning Oscar de la Renta dress, that was fit for a ballerina - which is exactly Betsy's number one passion in life! And, to bring their reception to life at Spill the Wine, the oh-so-fabulous Kirsten from Fab Event Design came in and worked her magic!

At the end of the day, we had one gorgeous couple, surrounded by their closest family and friends, drinking good wine, eating amazing food and dancing the night away. It was a perfect wedding!

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Congratulations to Betsy and Josh for being one amazing couple!

Cheers to you!

LOVEe

Anne Kristine Lingerie!!

This blog post is specifically for all of you lovely brides-to-be!On the commercial side of things, we just finished photographing a campaign for Anne Kristine Lingerie, which is a new line - specifically made for brides on their wedding night!These pieces are super cute and I just love the idea of purchasing a special-little-something for your wedding night! They are soft, feminine and the fabric feels like heaven - it's the perfect blend to make you feel super sexy! Take a moment to check out the new Anne Kristine Lingerie site!

And to see behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot, click here!

Congratulations to Annie on the launch of her new line!LOVEe