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BOOKING LIMITED 2015 FALL SESSIONS

August 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

NOW BOOKING
limited FALL FAMILY + MINI SESSIONS


EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL for any family
who secures a spot BEFORE August 31, 2015!

$75 off a family lifestyle session or
$25 off a family mini session


For more details on what these sessions include, please see INVESTMENT
under our INFO tab above.
To secure your date, click on the photo below to email Pamela personally;
I can't wait to meet you!

(A $50 non-refundable retainer secures your spot and promo price.)


MATT + MANDY :: Puposky MN Farm Wedding

August 22, 2015  •  1 Comment

Mandy can walk into any room and make someone feel like they're the most special person she could spend her time with.  She feels and loves deeply, especially for her family.  She is incredibly sweet.  When she talks about Matt her already bright blue eyes brighten even more.  And she'll tell you again and again that she's the luckiest girl in the world to find a guy as good as him!  Together, they enjoy anything outdoors, especially fishing, projects or four-wheeling.

A year ago, when I met Mandy and Matt at her childhood farm to photograph their engagement session, she showed me around telling me her dreams for their wedding.  This August, the farm was transformed into a stunning ceremony and reception area where family and friends gathered to celebrate their forever love. It was, in Mandy's words, "a dream come true and I have the most amazing husband!" 

Matt and Mandy, I don't have all the right words but I do know one thing to say: THANK YOU.  It was an honor documenting your love. To be surrounded by your amazing friends and family was a perfect way to celebrate such a perfect day!  

With gratitude,
Pamela

Mandy and her dad shared a moment alone before seeing her husband-to-be, Matt. All morning, she just couldn't wait to see him.... The boutonnieres showed Matt's love for hunting. Mandy arrived at the ceremony drawn with horse and carriage by her beloved Uncle Benny.  

A special thank you to TRUE STORY by Jill Hanson in Bemidji, MN for being my incredibly talented second shooter.

Giving Back :: Photography for Haiti

August 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Last winter, my heart silenced as I listened to a woman speak about Honduras...

... and how one simple pair of shoes provides health and education. 
And how a mother risked the safety of her children just to get them each a pair.

How one simple picture means the world.
And how this same mother was blessed when she received a single print of her family.

There was a familiar tug on my heart.  A quiet prayer... could I help? 

A few months ago I received an e-mail asking if I would be interested in going to Haiti with a new non-profit humanitarian organization needing photographs for their new website and other materials. I was honored and of course,  I said yes!  This November, I am excited to be working in Haiti for 10 days creating photographs that are intended to make a positive impact, especially for women and children. I also look forward to looking up into these smiling faces helping fit on new shoes!


(Photograph from ConnecTeams)

And if possible, giving away family pictures (prints) to families just like these

  (Photograph donated by Kathy Gulash)

The "tug" I mentioned earlier happened often when I was a little girl.  Like when I would listen to stories and look at the photographs my Uncle would bring back from his photography trips to Haiti.  Or when reading my bible, God's desire for humanity would jump off the pages: to love the poor, orphan and widow.  Or when I'd look at my beloved National Geographic magazines and head into the woods with my camera pretending they just sent me on a new expedition!  Today, I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love, and for this incredible opportunity to give back in Haiti this November.

I truly believe no matter what work you or I do we are wired to want to create "difference" around us.  And it certainly doesn't need to be on the other side of the world to be meaningful.  Changing diapers, laundry, marketing, teaching, serving food, retail work or creating sustainability in third world countries... all of it matters when done with a heart of love for the stranger, and the familiar, we come into contact with every single day.


"DO ANYTHING
BUT LET IT PRODUCE JOY."

- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass



What's the big deal about shoes? 

"New shoes help provide an extra layer of health care by helping protect children’s feet from cuts, infection and soilborne diseases. And as we have long known, a lack of shoes can be an indicator of a family living in extreme poverty. New shoes can also encourage families to send their children to school. All of which meaningfully attributes in our mission to break the cycle of poverty and disease." - TOM'S website


Summertime Family Reunion :: Shorewood, MN

August 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Along with summer often come family get-togethers.  These rare moments of family reconnecting from around the country are so fleetingly.  To have photographs that say "we were together" is even more rare.  It was an honor to meet and spend the afternoon with this fun-loving family at their beautiful homestead.  Thank you, K family, for allowing me to story that togetherness and love!

Here are a few of my favorites from our casual afternoon...








 


Ben + Eemai :: Rochester MN Engagement

April 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

WE LOVE BECAUSE
IT'S THE ONLY TRUE ADVENTURE.


- Nikki Giovanni
 

After a long winter it felt so good to hike the countryside in the fresh spring air, AND with this couple! 

Ben and Eemai chose to have their engagement session at a park just outside of Rochester where they have many memories enjoying the outdoors together. Naturally, this spot meant a lot to them.  They describe their relationship as adventurous and simple.  It was special to photograph at the peak where Ben and Eemai have often hiked before.  And just in time for sunset, too. 

They are getting married this fall at a farm just outside of Rochester where they will celebrate along with their young daughter, friends and family.  Ben and Eemai, I'm BEYOND excited and honored to be part of documenting your story....

Warmly,
Pamela