Classy Backyard Wedding in Ramsey, MN

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This classy backyard wedding was SO beautiful! From the gorgeously decorated gazebo, to the tasty hand dipped caramel apples. Everything was definitely on point for this fun and casual picnic inspired wedding! Josh and Jessica met in high school while performing in theatre. According to Jessica she decided to join theatre after seeing him play a role on stage, shirtless… solidifying her decision!!! After a few shows together they eventually started dating until Josh popped the big question! He proposed to her surrounded by both of their families at Thanksgiving dinner!! Then the wedding day!!… I arrived to the familiar chaos of the ladies running around rushing to get ready. The excitement mounting as the bridesmaids helped Jessica into her dress. Then the tears started rolling when her and her mother shared a moment putting on her great grandmothers jewelry. From there we headed outside to a neighboring lake for…

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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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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 Wedding in the Gorgeous Countryside of Stillwater, MN!

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There is nothing short of a true love story here! From a chance meeting at a local pub, where she approached him and simply said, “your cute, I think I like you!” to the moment he dragged her out on his fishing boat one chilly morning to a romantic spot on the lake, where a loon sang just moments into his proposal; to the day they finally walked down the flower covered isle filled with close friends and family to celebrate their love for each other and become man and wife! Their bohemian inspired outdoor wedding was something out of a fairy tale, flowers covered everything from the isle, the centerpieces, the archways, even the very crowns upon the brides and bridesmaids heads! Everything was absolutely stunning! As you can imagine, there was an abundance of love and pure emotions felt between the couple and their family as she walked…

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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 | |…

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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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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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A Lifetime of Love \\ Wedding


So excited to share these beautiful images from this couples incredible day! Our relationship have really bloomed into a great friendship from the very first consult, to the engagement session in downtown Stillwater, MN to their special day! It’s really great when I can be so comfortable with my clients, it allows me to truly capture their personalities and emotions! I am so excited to continue this friendship for life; what started as capturing their first kiss as man and wife can continue to capturing their one year anniversary, their maternity photos, their first child’s newborn photos, their  child’s first birthday and so on! Now back to sharing their perfect day…! We started the day in a quaint little room upstairs at the church; while the girls were getting ready I captured some truly beautiful images of her wedding dress, shoes and her other gorgeous bridal accessories. After everyone was…

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Natural Beauty \\ Senior Portraits

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Surrounded by old buildings, inspiration and gorgeous diffused light; we started photographing this natural beauty on the historical streets of downtown Stillwater, MN. After getting some great shots in town, we packed up and headed to one of my favorite local waterfalls in Osceola, WI for another set of great portraits in a more natural setting! Although it wasn’t the warmest day, this amazing high school senior braved the cold in her prom dress for a few quick shots in front of the elegant falls! Congratulations class of 2014!! Senior Session City Location: Stillwater, MN Senior Session Waterfall Location: Cascade Falls in Osceola, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | | | All Rights Reserved© < p style="text-align: center;">

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Sandstone Beaches \\ Family


We started on the bluffs overlooking downtown Stillwater and the beautiful view of the St. Croix River Valley. After getting some really great family photos there, we put on our Packer gear and headed down to the beaches and sandstone cliffs along the St. Croix River. Family Session Locations: Pioneer Park and The Boomsite in Stillwater, MN ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | | | All Rights Reserved©      

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A Walk in the Park \\ Children & Family


Had a blast following these two adorable blonde ladies around the park. There was tons of laughter, smiling and adorable moments to capture! Family Session Location: Moir Park in Bloomington, MN ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | | | All Rights Reserved©

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Love in the Big City \\ Engagement


 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 – – – All Rights Reserved ©

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