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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Classy Bohemian Style Bridal Session!

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This boho inspired bridal session was beyond AMAZING!! I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous ladies bohemian inspired wedding this summer… obviously I couldn’t wait to get her in front of my lens a second time! I love getting intimate one on one time with my brides, no stress of the wedding day, no time restrictions… just us, the dress and the woods!! This idea sprung up from her wedding styling paired with the beautiful antique decor found along my other bridal shoot journey! Click here to view it! From auctions, to garage sales, to local antique shops, piece by piece, it all came together PERFECTLY!! Now let’s talk about the flowers… Well, I ran into this quick tutorial online on how to make your own wedding bouquet… sounded easy enough…right?!! So I ran to my local florist in Osceola, Wildwood Flowers, asked the wonderful lady for some “wild…

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Vintage Styled Bridal Session in Hudson, Wisconsin

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This vintage inspired fall styled bridal session is absolutely PERFECT!!… I seriously had way too much fun dreaming up this whole shoot from styling, to the table setting, to the flannel over the tutu dress (everyone who knows me, knows my absolute obsession with anything plaid!!!) Not only is the table setting authentically vintage with the various pewter, silver plated and bronze table decor. As well as, the 1950’s inspired groom fashion paired with the large tutu style dress really ties these eclectic styles together for an overall cohesive fall styling. The florist did an incredible job of really pulling together various greens and bold fall flowers together for the perfect bouquet and matching centerpiece for the head table… she is a serious artist!! The decor was all gathered over a few weeks of going antique shopping and stopping at various garage sales in search of the the best styled…

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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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Maternity Session on the beautiful Lake Superior Shoreline!

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A genuine love story…! Through their embrace, laughter and passion on and off camera it’s so obvious just how much these two love each other! With a little one on the way, to a new home they built together, to a surprise proposal on the shoreline of Stillwater; these two are living and loving every magical moment together! I was beyond excited to photograph their maternity photos on the North Shore with the breathtaking views of Lake Superior… I mean who wouldn’t be right?! During the planning process, I was sent a link to the couples fairytale love story blog (view it here.) I learned of how they met, fell in love and how he completely surprised her with his proposal one chilly Minnesota day! So back to the session!! We played, explored, adventured and loved… a lot! …There was a tiny hiccup in the day of events with a…

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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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Bohemian Inspired Senior Portraits in Hastings, MN

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This girl is absolutely stunning and seriously rocked the boho look on her senior session in the woods and fields of Hastings! Exploring new places is so exciting! Having never shot at this particular location before I was a little nervous for what kind of lighting I would encounter, what the terrain limitations would be, etc. But I am always up for a new adventure, a new location and a new set of challenges! As we hiked down the ravine past some old mill ruins I quickly realize this was going to be one of my new favorite locations to shoot! After capturing some really great images along the way we finally ended up down along the river which was surrounded my cliffs and gorgeous giant rocks… my type of place for sure!! Adventure Senior Session Location: Old Mill Park in Hastings, MN ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography…

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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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Hipster Style Model Session in Hastings, MN

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This is what photographers do on their days off!!! So we kicked off summer with this amazing hipster style model session along the Vermillion river in Hastings! This girl is an extremely talented model that I cannot wait to get in front of my lens and collaborating again soon! Plus she totally rocked the styling by doing her own hair, makeup and wardrobe! We definitely did some serious exploring that evening; neither of us had ever been there before and it was AMAZING! The small root bound path leading down to the river and following up stream to the huge roaring falls nested along the rocks… to the huge old bridge leading to the high cliffsides overlooking the river… to the tall, wispy field where the sun peaked through the clouds to created beautiful backlight to end an already perfect session! Model Session Location: Vermillion Falls in Hastings, MN ©CiogiArt…

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