university of north dakota

Grand Forks Wedding Photographer: A University Of North Dakota Wedding With Samantha & Trevvor At Hopper Danley And The Gorecki Alumni Center

Grand Forks Wedding Photographer: A University Of North Dakota Wedding With Samantha & Trevvor At Hopper Danley And The Gorecki Alumni Center.

After hearing what Trevvor and Samantha had envisioned for their wedding day way back when I first met with them...I really really wanted to be the one to photograph their big day! They told me their wedding would include elements from Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, Game of Thrones, Video Gaming, etc...

Basically all of my favorite things wrapped into wedding-form! Needless to say, I was super excited when they wanted to work with me and over the next few months we worked together to make sure when summer rolled around, we would have a solid game plan for their wedding day!

When the big day finally arrived...it was soooo hot outside! I believe it was 96 degrees! That didn't really stop anyone from enjoying every second. The fun started at The Gorecki and then over to the Hopper Danley Center as we got tons of fun photos of Samantha and Trevvor! I told them that I could've stayed at the Gorecki all day photographing all of the cool little details they had set up for the upcoming reception!!

As the ceremony began, I think everyone was a bit relieved to finally be in the cool air-conditioning! As the two bathed in the warm natural light let in from the Hopper Danley's many large windows, they exchanged their vows in front of family and friends. Then with help from their awesome ringbearer, Star Wars droid BB-8 (watch video below!), they were able to exchange rings and were pronounced husband and wife! 

Then it was back to the Gorecki to start the celebration! Awesome food, games, music, and laughter began the evening as the new couple shared their first meal and dance with their friends and family. The entire day was so much fun for me and I genuinely enjoyed talking with all the guests throughout the whole experience. As the evening drew to a close for me...I snuck the couple away for a few last photos as the sun was setting. 

I was honored that Samantha and Trevvor chose to trust ME with documenting their awesome wedding day adventure and I hope that I did them justice! They (and all of the wonderful vendors) were amazing to work with and their wedding will definitely be remembered as the most unique one I've worked at so far!

Venues: The Hopper Danley Spiritual Center                      The Gorecki Alumni Center

Florist: Sadie's Couture & Event Styling

Cake: Oh For Heaven's Cakes 'N More

DJ: Backspin Productions

Catering: Hugo's Family Marketplace-Catering

 

 

Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (1).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (2).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (4).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (3).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (10).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (13).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (5).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (8).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (6).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (12).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (19).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (20).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (16).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (18).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (23).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (24).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (30).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (31).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (32).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (33).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (29).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (34).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (36).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (28).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (35).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (37).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (38).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (40).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (42).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (44).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (46).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (47).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (48).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (50).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (51).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (53).JPG
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 145 (55).JPG

Watch Samantha & Trevvor's Video/Photo Fusion slideshow below!

To find out how to get your very own Fusin slideshow for your wedding day or to book me for your special day...click the tab below!

 

 

Grand Forks Engagement Photographer: Engagement Session With Crystal & David-University Park, Downtown Grand Forks, And Sunflower Silo Farms In East Grand Forks

When I first met with Crystal and David, I had so much fun talking with them that I knew they were going to be a blast to work with! Before their engagement session, we met a few times...and each time, it felt like I could've stayed and talked with them for hours. The last time we met, we set a date and a time for their engagement session and looking at the forecast a week ahead of time...it looked like it was gonna be a scorcher! (97 and humid). We were all sort of dreading that, but it was the only date we could schedule.

Luckily...when the day finally came, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect evening! I think it was 82 degrees and not humid at all. So we accepted our perfect evening and began at University Park. The mosquitoes were instantly eating us alive so we worked fast, had some great laughs, got some sweet photos, and packed up to head downtown. 

As we walked all over downtown, we were able to share some life stories in between photos and really enjoy ourselves and before we knew it...we had already been shooting for a couple of hours! But before we called it quits...we had one last stop!

Earlier this summer, I reached out online to small business owners in the local area looking to see if anyone had a unique venue, space, or business property that they would possibly let me showcase in an engagement (or Bridal) session. Ashley, from Sunflower Silo Farm in East Grand Forks, was awesome enough to give us access to their amazing property and we took full advantage! We got to the farm right as the sun was setting for some of my favorite photos ever! Thanks so much to Sunflower Silo Farm for their gracious hospitality!

As we finished up for the evening, I was covered in bug spray, sunscreen, sweat, and my feet were aching from the thousands of steps we took...but it was all worth it because I think we all had such a fun time. It was a pleasure spending time with Crystal & David (again!) and I can't wait for their wedding this fall! Thanks Guys!!

Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 1
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 2
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 3
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 4
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 5
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 6
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 7
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 8
Grand Forks Engagement Photographer 9

Grand Forks Wedding Photographer: Kitty And Scott-A University Of North Dakota Wedding. Hopper Danley Spiritual Center & Gorecki Alumni Center

Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 80

July 1st had finally rolled around! I met Kitty and Scott 9 months ago...and since then, I've had so much fun meeting with them, getting to know them, and having the chance to brave -22 degree temperatures to get some engagement photos! 

The morning of their wedding started out with a downpour of rain, which had me worried because I was hoping for a lot of outdoor photos throughout the day...after all, we would be celebrating their marriage at the Hopper Danley Spiritual Center on UND's campus which is a favorite area of mine to photograph outdoors! 

By the time we all arrived at the Hopper Danley, the rain had stopped, the sun had come out, and the whole area was pretty much dry. Kitty and Scott both looked amazing and Scott's Mom (Cindy) was such a great assistant helping us trek all around the area as we stopped at location after location to take advantage of the beautiful landscape and warm summer sun! By the time we stopped to get ready for the upcoming ceremony, the bride and I were discussing who's shoes were killing their feet more....her's or mine! 

The ceremony, though brief, was packed full of heartfelt emotions and special moments...and as the couple walked back down the isle and out of the spiritual center, they were greeted outside by family and friends as husband and wife! 

The celebration didn't end there! In fact, it continued over at The Gorecki Alumni Center. The evening ended with some awesome food, delicious cake, Chippers (I ate more than I should have...but they ARE my favorite!), meaningful speeches and toasts, and the Bride and Groom making their very first memories as a new family! 

It was such an awesome day and it's been an absolute pleasure and honor to get to know Kitty and Scott over the last 9 months and to have the privilege to capture their special day! 

Venues:

Hopper Danley Spiritual Center & Gorecki Alumni Center

Contacts: Amy Sansaver   Email: amys@thegorecki.com   Phone: (701) 777-2611

                 Keeley Gregoire  Email: keeleyg@thegorecki.com   Phone: (701) 777-2611

Dress: Kristen's Bridal, 2650 32nd Ave S, Grand Forks, ND 58201   Phone: (701) 775-0567

Cake: O For Heavens Cakes, 1726 S Washington St, #68, Grand Forks, ND 58201  Phone: (701) 757-2253   Email: oforheavenscakes@yahoo.com

Florist: Wy's Floral   3001 S. Columbia Rd, Grand Forks, ND 58203  Phone: (701) 775-4677

Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 56
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 57
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 58
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 60
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 59
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 61
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 62
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 63
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 64
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 68
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 69
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 70
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 65
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 66
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 66
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 67
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 71
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 72
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 73
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 74
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 75
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 76
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 77
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 78
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 78
Grand Forks Wedding Photographer 79

VIDEO SLIDESHOW

(Be sure to click the HD button on the video player!!!)

There are still some 2017 dates available for your Fall wedding. I'm also booking for 2018! Contact me now to see how I can help you with your photography needs!

Grand Forks Engagement Photographer: University Of North Dakota, Downtown Grand Forks, Sertoma Park with Kitty & Scott

When I first met Kitty and Scott in the late Fall of 2016, we had discussed doing a "split" engagement session with some Winter photos AND some Spring photos. Engagement photos are one of my favorite things to shoot, so I was all for it.

The only downside is that getting photos outside in the snow in North Dakota without everyone involved freezing to death is easier said than done. So when the day we scheduled to shoot our outdoor winter engagement photos came...it was the coldest day of the year at -22 degrees (without the wind chill).

Luckily, we set up a "backup plan" and had scheduled to use Merrifield Hall on UND's campus just in case! So we had some fun AND stayed warm! 2 days later it was supposed to be 30 degrees ABOVE zero so we figured we'd try again for some evening outdoor pics.

That worked out much better, but it was still really cold out and we had to work fast! I have to admit that we captured one of my all time favorite photos that night in front of the paddle wheel in town square. 

Fast forward a few months after the snow melted, it warmed up enough, and everything was green...we met once again for our Spring session at Sertoma Park. Though, it was just a modest 64 degrees outside, it was still 85 degrees warmer than our first session together! 

All in all...I enjoyed BOTH sessions and I had such a great time getting to know Kitty and Scott. With their July wedding fast approaching, I am honored to be the one they chose to tell the story of the happiest day of their lives! I can't wait! 

Grand Forks Engagement Photographers
Grand Forks Engagement Photographers 2
Grand Forks Engagement Photographers 3
Grand Forks Engagement Photographers 4
Grand Forks Engagement Photographers 5
Grand Forks Engagement Photographers 6
Grand Forks Engagement Photographers 6

Teaching My Very First Photography Class

Art 280 Photography I Class

Art 280 Photography I Class

There have been a lot of "FIRSTS" for me in 2016! In late 2015, I was approached for a teaching position for the spring semester at Lake Region State College. I had never taught a class before but it's something I've always wanted to do. Though it was frightening to think about and I felt VERY insecure, I didn't let those negative thoughts sway me from accepting this great opportunity.

Luckily (for me), the class size was very small and I felt that if I could just plow through the nervousness and make it to the end of the first class...it would be a breeze from there!

Man...was I wrong! I struggled to find my way most of the first half of the semester. Once Spring Break came I reevaluated  my teaching strategy and made some changes and from then on, things seemed to go A LOT smoother. The students responded better and I felt that I had worked through my "learning curve" and got into a nice stride! 

Now that this semester is over, I can only hope that the students walked away knowing that there is more to photography than just an i-phone and Instagram! Teaching is a very difficult job in today's ADD/ADHD society. I definitely have a new-found respect for those in the education field! 

If just one student walked away feeling inspired and wanting to learn more about photography, I will feel I've done my job. If not...I can only hope to have another chance, make some changes, and try harder to reach that one student next time. After all, if I were amazing at everything the first time I did it...life would be pretty boring, predictable, and I would never know what determination and hard work were!  

Here's to trying new things, continuously improving, and not letting your fears and insecurities keep you from taking new paths in life!

"CHEERS!!"