Fall Engagement Photo Session in Stillwater, MN

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Autumn is the best time for an engagement session, the warm light, the cozy jackets and of course the cuddling make this time of year perfect! These two met at bible study that took place in her parents home. They quickly became friends and maintained that friendship for about a year before love was in the air! After dating for approximately two years, Zakhary proposed to her. Surrounded by twinkly lights at night, he bent down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage… such a romantic backyard engagement, oh-my-goodness!!! They run a Wholesome Health Gym in North Branch which keeps them pretty busy but in their free time they love riding bicycles and motorcycles in the summer! We got a couple photos of them with their bikes along the riverside to really show what they love to do! After walking around downtown a bit we jumped in…

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Romantic Sunset Engagement on the Bluffs of the St. Croix River

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They cuddled, kissed, romanced and adventured through the woods and bluffs of the picturesque St. Croix River Valley and one of my all time favorite places in Wisconsin!! Having grow up in the same town in Minnesota but never having met until she was visiting her best friend in college. Her friend simply said, “Gillian you know Josh, Josh you know Gillian… You are from the same hometown!” Somehow they had literally spend their whole lives growing up in the same town, but never managed to cross paths until that very moment… “the moment!” The moment they would find each other and start their love story!! Fast forward to his surprise proposal that started with him setting everything up to look like her nephews photo session. He had her helping with it so he could secretly capture her reaction on camera… so cute, right!! Well when she turned around after…

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Camping Inspired Engagement Session in Superior, WI

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Talk about an amazingly, adventurey, “glamping” engagement session!! Who wouldn’t want to cuddle by the fire and roast some marshmallows with their love?! When she emailed me and said that they would really like to have a camping themed e-session I was like, “heck to the YES, when and where!!!??” When planning this session it was obvious that it was going to be epically amazing!! Not only did we shoot in the North Woods in early fall, (my favorite!!) but we had s’mores, flannel, waterfalls and of course a totally and awesomely, crazy in love adventure couple… seriously a-m-a-z-i-n-g!! Can you sense my excitement here?!!… These two met while she was living down in Missouri. She came home to visit a friend (who happened to be this lovely guy’s roommate) and from what I understand, it was a love a first sight situation! It ended up in him and the…

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Romantic Woodsy Engagement in St. Croix Falls, WI

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The stars definitely aligned on this shoot…! The location, fashion, lighting and of course this gorgeous couple all came together in a perfect utopia of awesome to create these stunning images!! The session took place in Wisconsin’s oldest state park, nested along the beautiful bluffs of the St. Croix Scenic River Way, which also happens to be my absolute favorite place to shoot! The trail is just a short loop through the woods bringing you to an opening in the trees where you can take in breathtaking views of the river! I loved watching these two really open up in front of my camera and truly show me their genuine love and affection for each other!! These two really rocked this session, I cannot wait for their wedding next year!! Engagement Session Location: Interstate Park in Dresser, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Why an Engagement Session is so Important….

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I am very passionate about everything engagements, weddings and celebrating love! So naturally I believe an engagement session is an essential piece of your wedding day plan when working with a professional photographer. The engagement session lets us as creatives get to know who you are as a couple, learn how you photograph, what makes you laugh, what doesn’t and everything in-between…not to mention the beautiful images you get to immortalize this time in your lives! Along with simply getting to know you both better, this type of session allows you to express your love for one another, get comfortable in front of the camera and get you used to being in the spotlight! It’s really important to know your photographer and how they work before you plan on spending your entire wedding day from start to finish with that person. If your personalities don’t match it can make your…

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Romantic Couple Adventure Portrait Session in Two Harbors, MN

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Oh-My-Gosh… These two though!! Not only did these two rock this session beyond my wildest dreams, but they had fun, laughed, played, cuddled, loved and explored!! Adventure portraits are easily my favorite type of photography to capture, its fun, exciting, fresh and well… obviously… an a-d-v-e-n-t-u-r-e! It takes the stress, insecurities and formalities out of traditional portraiture, shakes things up and creates real moments and memories to be immortalized by my camera! We started this incredible session along the rocky beaches of Lake Superior. Moving to the chiseled Cliffside just above and finally to the large slabs of smoothed rocks nested along the shore. I instantly knew this session was going to be absolutely amazing when these two gorgeous people expressed their love and passion for each other in front of my lens… I mean, wow!! Romantic Couple Adventure Session Location: Split Rock State Park in Two Harbors, MN ©CiogiArt…

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Fun Couple Portraits at Sunset in Osceola, WI

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We always know when we have met “the one…” our one… our true love… our other half; the person that completes us, makes us feel safe, needed, wanted and most of all LOVED!!! These two have only been dating a couple of months and already they know in their hearts that they are forever! We started in a gorgeously lit field an hour before sunset before working our way into the woods along a very narrow dirt path atop the valley to a small fresh spring fed waterfall. There they walked along the creek, gave some love, cuddled and explored! As sunset approached we headed back out of the woods to another gorgeously lit field where we captured some of my absolute favorite shots of the evening! Adventure Couple Portraits Location: Cedar Bend Drawbridge in Osceola, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Romantic Couple Session on the Bluffs of Wisconsin Interstate Park

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Can I just say how amazing it was to have the opportunity to photograph this fun, loving, adventure filled couple session on the bluffs of Wisconsin Interstate Park! To see how happy Matt makes my beautiful cousin is beyond amazing! You can really see the amount of joy, happiness and pure love they share! Sharing a passion for teaching, love of the outdoors and of course sports… these two were seriously made for each other! To start we trekked the always popular Ice Age Trail located at the heart of the park that follows along the bluffs of the scenic St. Croix River Valley. We finished the session at one of my all time favorite places in the park to watch the sunset over downtown Taylors Falls, MN. The gorgeous overlook is not only a beautiful view, romantic spot but it’s also the ultimate picnicking spot for me and my…

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Adventure Couple Portrait in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

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Love is a truly amazing emotion… and when you share it with someone it becomes more than anything imaginable… because it becomes everything! I took these two on an adventure into the woods and bluffs of a place that holds my heart. We hiked the trails leading into the lush greens towards an unknown destination, knowing only where our feet landed. There is something truly spectacular about getting out into the fresh air… strapping on your hiking boots and wandering the woods with your love by your side! The spontaneity of this adventure really allowed these two to open up and show their true love and emotions in front of the camera; like I wasn’t even there… just two lovers exploring and loving on each other, being completely encompassed in the moment! Adventure Couple Session Location: Interstate Park in St. Croix Falls, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography…

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Editorial Couple Session in the Woods of Amery, Wisc.

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They laughed, played and loved on each other along the wooded paths of a local park in the outskirts of Amery. I cannot say enough amazing things about this adorable couple, not only have they been dating since they were in high school but I have been lucky enough to photograph their incredible journey in life and love together along the way. Life is a truly spectacular gift thats especially great when you are sharing it with your true love, cherishing every incredible moment! Couple Session Location: D.D. Kennedy Mill Park in Amery, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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A Romantic Engagement Session in Historic Rochester, MN

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Seriously how more perfectly in love can these two be?! Their love story began when they were both set up on a blind date by mutual friends in March of last year. Their date took place in Rochester where Kara was attending beauty school, and they instantly hit it off! Can we just say, “love at first sight?!” When I asked her how the first date went what really stuck out in my mind and made my heart just melt was when she said, “it was cute because he was so nervous because he thought I was pretty and was shaking the whole time…!” …Seriously adorable! We had nothing but fun exploring the beautiful and historical Plummer House location the couple picked for their session. They were both so taken away by their love for each other in front of the camera, that their true love and romance really shines…

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Lifestyle Engagement in Hudson, WI

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Now here is a couple that’s truly meant to be, they are so perfectly in love! The Saint Croix River Valley offers so many breathtaking views from some of my favorite local parks and trails. From the stunning views along the paths of lakefront park to high atop the sandstone bluffs we captured some of the most incredible moments! There was so much energy and excitement that had it not been for sunset we could have continued shooting for hours, feeling like only moments! Engagement Session Location: Lakefront Park, Prospect Park and the streets of Hudson, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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A Bohemian Inspired Fall Engagement in Osceola, WI

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So these two are definitely one of the top most romantic and adorable couples EVER! Not only is the story of the engagement super romantic, but everything they do together is just so in sync! When she surprised me with the news that he had proposed over their extended fishing trip, I was instantly filled with tons of ideas for their engagement session! After a few weeks of planning it was finally time to execute all the ideas we had dreamed up! The session was even better then we could have ever imagined, the sun was bright, the styling was perfect, there was a slight crispness to the air and the fall colors were in full peak… doesn’t get much better than that! I cannot wait to capture and share their beautiful bohemian inspired wedding next summer!! Engagement Session Location: Cedar Bend Drawbridge in Osceola, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography |…

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Highschool Sweethearts \\ Winter Engagement

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What a fun adventure this was, we started by climbing down the snow and ice encased staircase leading down to the beautifully frozen Devils Punch bowl. After some great shots and a few outfit changes, we went topside and followed the light to a colorfully lit patch of trees where this amazing couple managed to not only brave the freezing temperatures but they managed to romantically cover each other in snow! Their love for each other is absolute; they compliment each other perfectly and effortlessly; I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for such incredible people! Engagement Session Location: Devils Punch bowl Park in Menomonie, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Love in the Big City \\ Engagement

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 We started at the Booomsite which is one of my favorite locations along the St. Croix River in Stillwater, MN and ended at the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, MN which provided us with some stunning lit up cityscapes for a background! These two are so in love and in sync; you can see all the energy, love and spontaneity these two brought to each and every photograph! I cannot wait to watch these two say I do this fall! © CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography – www.ciogiart.com –www.facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography – All Rights Reserved ©

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Love is in the Air…

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The love between this amazing couple is eternal! We had an amazing time exploring the great white north while capturing their amazing love for each other in these photos! Never a dull moment, the day was filled with laughter, love and well lots and lots of photos! I cannot wait until we are heading to Chicago for their wedding day, not only do they have a g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s ceremony venue booked just north of the big city of Chicago, but I get to be a crucial part of the beautiful day and capture these two love birds saying, “i do!” Location: Pattison State Park in Superior, WI © CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | www.facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved ©

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