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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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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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How I loved spending time with my family. I am so sad they had to leave, but I had a blast with them. Here are a couple of pictures of our time together, before they had to head back to New Jersey.

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Take a moment today and think of what really matters. I think of this everyday and I thank God every day of my life, for having blessed me with such a great family. I am always aware of how lucky I am to have them in my life, without them I wouldn’t be who I am. They make me whole! When I have a really bad day and I feel like coming home and crying all I have to do is look at them and I am instantly reminded that God brought me into their lives for a reason and that they are my happiness. Nothing else matters as long as I have them. My husband Bryce + my son Aiden +my little princess Junieth = my happiness! So remember take a moment and think about the truly important things in life and enjoy them everyday as if tomorrow will never come. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

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This weekend I met a really great couple, who are very much in love. Their love is noticeable miles away, the way he looks at her and the way she smiles when he looks at her it just make me smile, too. I love what I do, because I get to see beautiful couples who love each other very much and get to captures those smiles, kisses, hugs and laughs.

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