David & Anna – 07.12.14

What a gorgeous day for a gorgeous (inside and out) couple. Anna and David met in college in Duluth, MN. They had their wedding at their church, Rock Hill, and their reception at Countryside Rides. The soft pastels and the rustic charm were a great fit for their personalities.

We got quintessential Duluth skyline and the first look with Lake Superior in the background: the encapsulated North Shore experience. What a place to live! The friends they’ve surrounded themselves with only make it that much richer.

Thank you two for sharing your love for Christ through your ceremony and marriage, and I hope you have many years of happiness ahead!

July 17, 2014 - 1:00 pm

bren j. - Beautiful pictures! And your Anja – she’s so tall!!

July 17, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Ivy Bothum - What a great job you did, Heidi! I love how you captured the special moments and the feelings that went along with them! It was a beautiful wedding!!!

Jaylee – 2 years

My niece turned two last weekend. *sniff* We had a photo session to celebrate, followed by her party with all her family in attendance. Two most memorable parts of the session: having to bust into a very loud “Elmo’s World” theme song in the middle of a public park to get Jaylee to look, and her befriending a pair of rocks and giving them many hugs. What a sweetie.:)

Love you all so much, and thanks for the fun day!

Scents

Scents usually remind me why I love this time of year, the first warming of the earth, the buds unfurling to the sun, the blossoms winning the race with the leaves…
Last night seemed to be “lawn mowing night” on our street. The kids and I biked up and down, and I tried to inhale constantly (doesn’t work), storing the cut grass, the heady magnolia, the damp earth, the grilling meat smells away so that next year I can remember and enjoy all over again.

Pictures of my kids flying kites, chasing a random turtle in our woods, swinging with vigor, they all bring to mind the scents. They say olfactory memories are the strongest, and I find that very true for me. I baked some less-than-tasty muffins a month or so ago, and when my husband came in the house, he said they smelled awful yet familiar. I left the house and returned later that evening and realized he was right. “The beet plant!” I shouted, bursting into the room. “That’s it,” he said. “Ew.” But even the smell of the beet plant conjures up nights chasing trains, early mornings with dew-wet golf shoes at Minakwa, roller blading on newly-paved streets.

This weekend is about memories, remembering those who have served and died for our freedom. Take a walk or visit a grave and let yourself breathe, remember, and thank God for them.

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Restored

My 50mm lens has been at Canon for repairs for a couple of weeks. Boy, did I miss that thing! In fact, I didn’t pick up my “nice cameras” the whole time it was away. So I unwrapped it as soon as my son was down for nap and snapped a few pics of my daughter coloring. (And yes, she is wearing wings made by herself.) This is by far the cleanest I’ve ever seen this lens (bought it used)…it’s so pretty now!

Do you have a piece of equipment you can’t live without? One that’s your go-to? I’m entertaining the idea of getting another prime, so I’d love to hear about your favorite!

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