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The Light That Shines – a story about cancer

My wife’s step-mother has survived two bouts of breast cancer. My grandmother passed away from cancer. I know others who have been directly affected by cancer whether they are survivors or are currently dealing with it. I know those who have lost dear loved ones from cancer as well. Cancer affects us all in one way or another. How we I feel the least I can do is share this story. Perhaps it could someone you know who is dealing with or has dealt with cancer.

Australian portrait photographer, Sue Bryce, and videographer, Hailey Bartholomew, recently created a short documentary about a young woman and her story with breast cancer. Here’s Jill’s story:

‘The Light That Shines’ a story for all from on Vimeo.

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Twin Cities wedding photography

Bride-to-be: “Do you ever travel for weddings?

Me: “Yes!”

Bride-to-be: “What about the Twin Cities?”

Me: “Absolutely! Travel to the Twin Cities is included!”

I get asked that a lot by a number of brides & grooms when they search for their wedding photographer. Even though I may shoot a lot of weddings in and around Winona, MN & La Crosse, WI – I do travel to and around Minneapolis/St. Paul to provide my wedding photographer services.

Yes, I know that there is a large number of very talented wedding photographers in the Twin Cities, but just a reminder that I do travel to shoot there too!

Check out this list of past Minneapolis/St. Paul/Twin Cities weddings

Full day wedding coverage begins at $2500 – custom quotes available

June 27th, 2009 wedding date now AVAILABLE!!!

I’ve had a wedding date change and now the June 27th, 2009 date is available! Or if there’s any wedding photographers out there who would like me to second shoot with them – let me know!

Otherwise, I’ll plan to spend the weekend in Minneapolis after my Friday (June 26) wedding or perhaps go out on the river with my beautiful wife and kids…

I don’t get too many Saturdays off in the summertime ; )

First wedding pictures of 2009 today!!!

January 3rd, 2009 – I am so ready for my first wedding of 2009 today! Waking up to a beautiful sunrise this morning and feeling great after having a little post-Christmas bug, I am ready photograph the wedding ceremony of Erica & Dustin in La Crescent, Minnesota at the Church of Crucifixion and then the reception will be at the La Crosse Center Ballroom in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

What’s pretty neat about their wedding is that I first met Erica & Dustin over a year ago when they were the official cake-cutters & I was the wedding photographer for Kasey & Andrew. I could tell they were a fun couple even when they cut cake! Next thing you know, they were getting married and here we are! I shot their engagement portraits in September last year around Riverside Park and downtown La Crosse.

I know it’ll be a great day and I’m excited to be shooting my first wedding of the new year today!

Check back soon for a preview of their wedding pictures!!

Amy Seeley | Eight Belles

Do you love music?

I do.

Now I normally don’t post too many miscellaneous subjects and topics other than my wedding photographer and senior portrait services, but today I want to share & introduce to all of my past, present & future clients, friends, family and other visitors to my site the anticipated release of the “Eight Belles” CD by singer/songwriter/musician, Amy Seeley.

I was first introduced to Amy’s music through Jesh de Rox‘s website, which uses the very popular song (especially amongst photographers) “Gravel Lines”. Just a beautiful song to go along with such stunning & beautiful imagery. If you never seen Jesh’s site, you should. Very soon…

After hearing her music, I needed to hear more. Amy is a talented pianist and has a beautiful voice to go along with her music. Hearing music from a piano reminds me of when I visited my grandparents home in Iowa, when my Grampa used to play every morning, afternoon & evening. He would sing also. Most of you have probably never met nor heard my Grampa sing. He sang bass. Very powerful.

Hearing Amy’s voice was such a stark contrast to my Grampa’s. It was so soft and innocent. Whereas, my Grampa’s voice was so strong & loud. Their voices fit each other. My Grampa is a very strong man – physically & emotionally. Amy is a very down to earth person – soft spoken & perhaps a little on the shy side.

I had to opportunity to meet Amy in Tucson, AZ at the first Upward Spiral retreat – “Exploring Love in the Real World” – put together by Jesh & the wonderful Tamara Lackey. Amy gave us an intimate, private, candlelit concert one evening. Talk about a moving experience. You know it when you hear music that hits your soul, shakes your inner core, triggers certain emotions and makes you recall memories in your life. That’s what I experienced in this private little concert by Amy.

I shed a few tears that night listening to Amy’s music. I know I wasn’t the only one either. There hasn’t been too many things that do that to me. However, there are things in life that can trigger such emotion, it’s nearly impossible not to shed a tear. Like the birth of my children. Like the loss of my sister & my Gramma. Like seeing how my Grampa struggled with walking & talking after suffering from a stroke.

There are many things for us to love in this life of ours. Such as our families & friends and life itself. Love is a beautiful thing. Embrace it. Explore it.

Thank you, Amy, for bringing this beautiful music to my ears.


Amy Seeley | Eight Belles

Check out Amy and her music at her site,

La Crosse, WI wedding today and more photos to come!!

October 18th, 2008 – Getting ready to head out the door on this cool, foggy October morning to travel south to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the wedding of Jane & Kevin, who have traveled from Chicago, Illinois back to Jane’s hometown to exchange their vows at the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman. We are then headed to The Waterfront along the Mississippi River for their wedding reception.

I’m so pumped to photograph their wedding reception! You’ll have to be sure to check back soon to see why!!!

Also, I’m slowly, but surely getting through my last 8 (yes, EIGHT!!) photo sessions from this past week. Three HS senior portrait sessions, three engagement sessions, one family session and one special session.

The last photo session which I’ll be posting about is a surprise session for some of my very closest friends as their daughter gave them a surprise homecoming from the Army. My wife & I were in on the surprise. Wait until you see these photos… true emotion – excitement, joy & best of all…. love.

Plus, I managed to squeeze in an 11th birthday party for my wonderful son. I’ve been SUPER busy!!!

Busy, busy, busy!

I haven’t disappeared, just been VERY busy these last few days. I’ll be posting about:

  1. Thursday – senior portrait | Winona, MN
  2. Friday – engagement session #1 | St. Joseph, MN
  3. Saturday AM – engagement session #2 | Taylors Falls, MN
  4. Saturday PM – 50th Anniversaryfamily photos | Stockton, MN
  5. Sunday – engagement session #3 | La Crosse, WI
  6. and today I have a senior portrait scheduled as long as the rain stays away tonight…