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This beautiful Wedding took place in Barcelo Montelimar Beach , in Nicaragua. The setting was wonderful, it was a perfect sunny day, the days was as perfect as the bride and groom. It was such an honor to photograph Danny and Danielka, we had such an amazing day, congratulations to the both of you. Thank you so very much for letting me part of such a memorable day! Barcelo Montelimar Beach, was truly a perfect Nicaraguan location, loved it. 

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I want to start off by thanking all the wonderful couples I have got to photograph. You are my inspiration to write this blog post and to help all of my future brides and grooms.

We all know know how stressful a wedding day can be, and so I thought I’d shed a little bit insight as to how I can better prepare you for that special day. When I got married, I didn’t know where to start, all I knew was that there was a huge event I had to plan.No lie! We were so stressed and nervous, and felt that we had to make sure everything was perfect, that we practically lost sight of what our wedding day was going to represent.  Needless to say my hubby and I wanted to call off our wedding and take all the money that we would be spending on our wedding day and go off to Puerto Rico and elope. Yup! Just the two of us! We then decided that we couldn’t do that, we wanted to share our union with our loved ones, and I kind of was sucked into the dressing up and all the glamours of a wedding day.

The planning continued, and although everything turned out great boy do we have stories of how the day unfolded. I laugh and I cringe a little every time I remember. And this leads to the next part part of my post. We all have different ways of doing things, and I understand that. But I really wish there was someone to tell me the importance of a timeline. If I would have had a timeline I would have had time for family portraits, I would have had time for more fun photos and more portraits with my hubby. We didn’t have enough photos with our loved ones or with each other. We didn’t make sure that we had everything organized the night before and ended up leaving my sons tux at our house and so my son wasn’t in our wedding as we had originally planned it. We weren’t organized and thank goodness for the internet, there are whole websites for helping you plan your big day. I suggest you take advantage of them all and use their free tools to make sure your day is as stress free as possible by make sure you are well organized. I am your wedding photographer and I will always a have timeline ready for you if you need one, I will also follow up this post by blogging about my tips and tricks for wedding days.

Here is a link to The Knots Website and one to Wedding Wire’s tools. Check them out.

 

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-checklists.html
Wedding Wire

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planner.aspx The Knot

 

 

 

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I am so blessed, to have had the opportunity to photograph Abbey and Jordan. It was such a delight spending the afternoon with them getting to know them. We strolled around St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis, talking and trying to make them laugh as I captured their beautiful smiles and love. The day was pretty cold, but I think we hardly felt it, since we were having so much fun. I had to share my experience with the word wide web, and to no surprise,  their love made it to be published on A Northwoods Wedding.

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Feeling incredibly honored and blessed! Thanks to A Northwoods Wedding for publishing this lovely couples engagement session.

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A beautiful winter wedding at the Nicollet Inn. What a gorgeous couple they are, it was such a great pleasure to photograph them. I love the red and gold themes.

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The day started at Harit’s brother’s house where are her family would wait for her and have a quick gathering before heading to the Gurdwara. Her family was so welcoming, I even had a quick history lesson on India. India has always been a country that I have wanted to visit, someday it will be crossed of my “Places to go List”. Harit and Amul wouldn’t see each other until the ceremony, it was a very laid back wedding, yet it was filled with warmth, joy, and love. The ceremony was very traditional and even though I didn’t understand what was being said, I understood that this was a union that was meant to last forever. Congratulations Harit and Amul! What a beautiful wedding and what a wonderful experience it was for me.

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I started to write this post on Monday and just today I got a chance to finish it. I need to start making more time to finish what I have started. I get side tracked easily…LOL Enough of that let’s get to the point, my blog post.

I love meeting other photographers, and connecting with them on a personal level. I also enjoy helping people who want to be photographers. I don’t know everything there is to know about photography, but I am willing to share everything I know. I think that we all should give back in one way or another, and I think this is one of mine. Lend a hand when it needs to be lent. When I first started, I wish I had someone helping me along the way, someone whom I can talk to about my thoughts and questions about photography. I really didn’t have anyone, everything I learned was through reading books, my camera manual, Google, OH and A LOT of practice.

I don’t believe in “competition”! I believe in building a community in which we all help each other achieve our goals and success. I was recently  at an event and there were other photographers, and I didn’t like how I felt. I felt as if I was the trespasser (does that make sense?) I felt as if I was being viewed as competition, and I hated that feeling…I hate that word. I immediately approached them and started talking to them and showing them I am a person who loves photography as well, another person who shares their passion and love for photography. We aren’t here to compete against each other, there is no competition! Success isn’t contingent upon your competition, it’s contingent upon YOU. You are the only person responsible for your success or lack of. I love making friends especially in the same industry, we can talk cameras, speed lights, lens…etc. Cheers to building a community in which we can all help each other, in one way or another. And if you are thinking about photography and have questions shoot me an email. I will try my best to answer your questions. Have a great weekend!

Bel

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Elise and Derick got married on August 4th of 2012 at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN. The location was absolutely beautiful, to me it was like winning the lotto. The day was beautiful, it wasn’t hot, the sun was out and all that was left to complete that wonderful day was the union of Elise and Derick. Two wonderful people that are so great with each other and such a pleasure to be around. They were the most laid back couple, and truly enjoyed every minute spent with them. I remember my wedding day, I was stressed and I was running around and I was not calm at all. Elise on the other hand, just has the most wonderful attitude and personality that she didn’t have a worry in her mind.

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The very first wedding I photographed, the toughest, yet most wonderful wedding. I am so thankful that Tigabi, had faith in me and my work. It wasn’t the easiest experience, but it was indeed a memorable experience. I got the the church at 5:00 am, the ceremony began at 5:30AM and didn’t end until 11:00 am. Yes, a very lengthy ceremony, in a language I didn’t understand. I got there and I didn’t have a clue of what I had to do besides take photos. Where do I stand, where is it ok to stand, can I use my flash, can I move around..some of the many questions going through my mind. As I am walking around and talking photos of the church, I hear a commotion outside, the bride and groom had a arrived. Oh wait, that’s not my bride and groom, OMG am I at the wrong wedding. OH NO! I tried calling my bride, no answer. I then see another photographer, and I run and ask him I am supposed to photograph Tigabi’s wedding, do you know if she is getting married here, he said “yes” there are two weddings today. Wow, for a moment I was feeling horrible, thinking I had mixed up the addresses or something. So I walk back inside the church and walk around and try to see where I should stand to take photos. Then I hear drums and singing and I run out and look for my shoes, (Oh, I forgot to tell you, before you enter the church you have to take off your shoes, so I left my shoes before you enter the temple) and they were GONE. OK, so barefoot it is. I run outside and I rush to take photos of the bride coming out of the car and the guys playing the drums. My photos weren’t that great, the guys were surrounding the bride and groom and wouldn’t let me even take one good shot of her. Well I walked back inside and then there was silence for a long time. I didn’t know what was next. Good thing Biruk was there, this awesome photographer/videographer that helped me out so much, he was hired to do the video for Tigabi’s wedding. What a guy, he really saved me that day. You see even though I had spoke to Tigabi, we had a communication barrier, she hardly spoke English and I didn’t speak Amharic, so we did our best to communicate. So maybe some details were left out along the way, ok maybe a lot of details, but I assure you it was OK. I was so happy to have been given the opportunity to photograph her wedding, such an important event in her life, that I just showed up and figured it out along the way. And the outcome was pretty darn awesome. She was happy with her photos and I was happy that she was happy!

Here are some photos of my very first wedding!

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Last night when I was in bed, I was thinking about how much my life had changed in the past 3.5 years. I went from being a workaholic single mom to a stay at home married mom of 2. This hasn’t been easy for me, for many reasons. One being that I have always had a job ever since I was 15. So to be home and depend on your hubby to bring in the mula, is a tough pill to swallow. I wanted to do something for our family and start a business, a business that is really difficult to start, because let’s face it there is nothing there is nothing easy about starting a cleaning business, or at least that’s what my experience was. To me it was more than just starting a business it was more than that, to me it was going to be a business that would change the way people look at janitors. My respect goes out to all the janitors in world, it’s one of the hardest jobs out there. I began the process, I started it up, I networked, I cold called, I had business cards made, I made a website, I had a tax ID Number, I had insurance, I even got a couple of cleaning jobs. For one whole year I spent  long days, and hours and hours on trying to get it off the ground. I reached a point after many tears that this just wasn’t a part of God’s plan for me. You see, I believe that God has a plan for each and everyone of us, so I had to accept that there was a higher power dictating what I was supposed to do. HE just had a better plan for me. I had to let it go, and there I was feeling like a failure, because I had to give up on something that I had invested so much of my time in, I had given up on something that I felt so passionate about. But I kept telling myself, stop feeling sorry for yourself and this song’s line kept coming to mind “if at first you don’t succeed, get up and try again” (I am sure I could have used better quotes, but hey I happened to like that song.)

Then I saw the light!

That is when I decided after having a couple of different part time jobs that, I needed to be my own boss and do something that I felt really happy doing, something that didn’t feel like ‘work’, so my husband suggested photography. I loved photography, I took photography in high school, why not?! I was like ok, let’s do it, let’s see what happens, started to put together a portfolio of things I had done in the past and put out an ad on Craigslist and BOOM, I booked my first wedding. I was so pumped, that I someone picked me to be their wedding photographer. Thank GOD for that couple who believed in me and my abilities. I was then a nervous wreck, I was scared,  I didn’t want to disappoint them, so with that being said I shot like 2K photos on their wedding day. I know, right!…ALOT… I wanted to make sure I got really good photos. They loved my photos, I gave them about 600 photos, more than what they wanted, more like 500 more than what they wanted. They were so happy, they loved my photos, and I was so proud of myself. That was the best feeling ever, I did something so special for them, something that will las them forever, I captured a truly special moment for them, a special moment that they will be able to look back at and smile. I had found my calling, I have found my calling! I love what I do, how many of you can say them same, if you can than you have found your calling, if you can’t then keep looking, you’ll find it.

God Bless all of you!

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I want to start out by saying that I have lived in Minnesota for 7 years now and I have gone every year since I lived here. I love the fair! It’s fun, it’s full of things to do, it’s full of things to eat and drink, it’s simply amazing. Here a couple of photos I took, because I wanted to share this great experience with you, internet.

Enjoy!

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