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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Spring Family Session at the Historic Heritage Center in New Richmond, WI

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Spring is definitely in the air, the trees in full bloom, the grass sprouting wildly and the air feeling less and less crisp! This little man was definitely on the move this evening! It has been so amazing watching this little man grow over the past year from an adorably expressive baby to the fun and extremely active 18 month old he is today! Family Session Location: The Heritage Center in New Richmond, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Winter Model Shoot Along the Cliffs of the Beautiful St. Croix River

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Oh my gosh… I just LOVE all of these photos sooo much, it was so hard not to post all 500 of them!! These ladies are just stunning! I love when Savannah gets in front of my lens, she never fails to impress me with how in tune she is with her angles, posing and overall beauty! This was the first time meeting and shooting with miss Abby and did she ever rock these shots with her natural beauty and high end fashion look! We had an amazing time in the woods along the river on the snow covered St. Croix River bluffs for these gorgeous winter inspired photos! Don’t forget to check out the blooper photos at the very end for some laughs, I just couldn’t leave them out!! 😀 Winter Model Shoot Location: Wisconsin Interstate Park in Dresser, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©   Now time for the…

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A Pirate Wedding

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Surrounded by close friends and family atop a large pirate shipped nestled in front of Treasure Island these two joined hands, exchanged vows and became man and wife! A couple months after returning home from their Vegas wedding trip they invited all their friends and family to celebrate their love for one another with an equally magnificent pirate themed wedding reception! No detail was left out, with her gorgeous gown and lace pirate coat, or his authentic pirate captains coat, hat and boots! I really enjoyed capturing so many great moments throughout the evening, a personal favorite was when they shared their first dance as man and wife and rocked the dance floor! Wedding Date: November 8th, 2014 Wedding Reception Location: The Orchard in Baldwin, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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A Lifetime of Love \\ Wedding

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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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Vintage Baseball Themed Session \\ Family

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I just love when a fellow photographer and friend asks me to take their family photos because I know together we will come up with amazing ideas and get even better photos!! We photographed at my favorite time of the day, the time us photographers refer to as “the golden hour.” Also known as the small 1-2 hour window before sunset where the sun is low in the sky offering strong shadows and contrast along with a delicious warmth to the everything! We started at the Heritage Center in New Richmond for some really great semi-traditional and lifestyle images with the beautiful white barn, rustic iron bridge and other historic buildings as our backgrounds. We then went to Hatfield for a vintage baseball themed family shoot which was nothing less then AMAZING! Perfect lighting, perfect wardrobe, perfect subjects, and perfect location! What a great concept, it really represent who they…

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A Perfect Moment \\ Family & Children

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I am absolutely in l-o-v-e with every single image from this family portrait session the other day! These two kiddos are seriously adorable overload! I have so much fun capturing their true expressions while they are exploring, playing, rock climbing or just sitting there being adorable! We photographed late in the day at one of my favorite local state parks. As the sun was setting, we headed up to a beautiful spot on the cliffs overlooking the vast Saint Croix River Valley. There we captured my all-time favorite image of this family just being a goofy, laughing, loving family, lit perfectly with the warmth of the evening sun… literally a perfect moment! At the very end of the session as the sun dipped below the cliffs, the kiddos grabbed their favorite Halloween costume and favorite buzz tee and played dress up… photo session style! Family Session Location: Interstate Park in…

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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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Corals and Blue \\ Family

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We photographed at the perfect time of the day utilizing the warm golden light of the setting sun as it descended in the sky. My friend and fellow photographer with her beautiful family of seven… including the puppy, braved the early chill of fall for these golden sunset photos. This is seriously such a photogenic family, getting true expressions from them was effortless… even the puppy!! Family Session Location: D.D. Kennedy Mill in Amery, Wisconsin ©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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A Celebration of Love in Amery, WI

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Love these two! After getting ready in the brides home in New Richmond, the ladies and I headed out of town to the beautiful ceremony location in Amery. These two decided to keep things traditional and wait for her to walk down the aisle before seeing each other for the first time. I just love the intensity of emotions that waiting brings, not to mention capturing that perfect moment when the groom sees his beautiful bride is absolutely priceless! After the ceremony the guests headed for cocktail hour at the reception site while I took the bridal party and explored the outdoor ceremony location, which offered so many gorgeous sites and photo opportunities. Their reception ended as a great celebration of love with many cocktails, tons of dancing and fantastic food catered by the reception venue. Wedding Date: 9-6-14 Ceremony Location: D.D. Kennedy Mill in Amery, WI Reception Location: Gibby’s…

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Along the Riverside \\ Senior Portrait

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What started as a fairly gloomy day threatening rain ended in one of the most powerful sunsets I have ever seen! Unless it’s pouring rain and storming I am always up for going out and doing a session! With what seems like a dreary cloudy day actually is a great opportunity for some subtle diffused light that compliments my style perfectly. Conversely what seems like an overly bright day with no clouds is a perfect opportunity to jump in the shade and get some dramatic slit lighting! This day was definitely one of those times where I am so happy we powered through the less than perfect weather and didn’t reschedule…. after all, you never know what surprises mother nature has in store…like an incredible sunset lasting almost 20 mins! Now a little bit about the shoot….! This girl is a-m-a-z-i-n-g…. so photogenic, full of energy and all smiles all…

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Classy & Stylish Senior Session in Hudson

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The future is full of excitement, wonder and limitless possibilities! Being a high school senior only happens once in your life, so your senior session shouldn’t be anything less than perfect! It’s an opportunity to capture who you are as a person, what drives you, what inspires you and who you want to be. Now on to this beautiful senior girls session….! A Perfect location, beautiful subject and warm morning sun was the perfect recipe for this high school seniors photo session. There is nothing better than shooting in the early morning just after sunrise with the warm morning sun gently lighting your subject. I just love when all the elements of a shoot come together harmoniously: the wardrobe, hair, makeup, subject, location and the lighting, just like in this session! We did more than just walk through a beautiful park taking pretty pictures, together we made it a once…

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Little Newborn Twin Babies

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Look at these two cuties!! As I’m sure you all know, I just LOVE photographing babies, especially newborns… they are still so snoozy and doughy! It was pretty great to spend the afternoon cuddling, snuggling and photographing these little hams! It took pulling out all my tricks to finally get this cuddly pair to sleep, but when they finally did it was all worth it! It’s not only amazing to take a beautiful image of one sleepy baby, but to cuddle up two of them…oh my gosh, p-r-e-c-i-o-u-s! Twin Newborn Session Location: Their Home in Clear Lake, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Beautiful Momma \\ Maternity

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Look at this gorgeous woman…! With the warm glow of the late summer sun, we captured so many stunning images of this g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s momma to be… and YES she is carrying twins!! I must say she did absolutely amazing walking around the park to all the different locations in the extreme heat of summer… even I got a little winded, but she didn’t tire so easily! We ended at one of my favorite places in the park to photograph… the large field which was perfectly lit by the setting sun….  absolutely stunning! Maternity Session Location: D.D. Kennedy Mill in Amery, WI Floral Headpiece: Hand made by my beautiful friend Danielle. ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Classy Lifestyle Family Photos

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So can I just say how much I LOVED this session?!…. Seriously how cute is this family!! We photographed on the families beautiful property with the most gorgeous vine covered barn, cute little white wooden shed and serene fields… can we say perfection?! For what started off as a pretty rainy and dreary morning ended up being the perfect afternoon for photos, there was a quick break in the clouds allowing us just enough time to get all the different family and child portraits! Following the family photos we gathered around the dinner table to enjoy some of the most delicious home made wild rice soup I have ever had… seriously it was THAT good!! Location: Family Home in New Richmond, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Country Girl \\ Senior Portrait

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Beautiful afternoon sun with a gorgeous farm location and a stunning high school senior made for the perfect graduate session of 2014! After posting a casting call in the early months of this year for a couple local high school students to be the face of CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography Graduates and this beautiful girl was recommended and interested, I knew this was going to be an amazing session! Then add her boyfriend’s family farm, gorgeous summer sun and antique props to the equation… let’s just say I was in senior portrait heaven!! I have to say my favorite part of the day was when we setup inside the old barn, extra care had to be taken with every step to ensure we wouldn’t fall through the floor! Walking in I immediately knew these shots would be my favorite, the sun was streaming in through the small slits between the handmade…

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Chic Maternity Session Along the River

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How gorgeous is this mother-to-be… seriously stunning! We captured some beautiful images of this stylish momma to be with our studio in the comforts of her home, before heading outdoors to a local park nested along the scenic St. Croix River. Willow River State Park, Birkmose Park and Lake Front Park in Hudson, WI ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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A Mothers Love \\ Mother & Child Portrait

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With the evening glow of the summers sun at our backs we walked the lower trails of the park towards the quaint waterfall tucked back in the small cliffs. and I must say… I just love these two! We didn’t get just your traditional family photos, we climbed, splashed, explored and played in the dirt! It’s really great when you get to go outside, have fun, laugh and get your picture taken in a natural and relaxing environment. As the sun was going down, the valley really came to life with the sounds of birds, bugs, people and rocks skipping along the river…! Mother & Daughter Session Location: Glen Park in River Falls, Wisconsin ©CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©

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Just For Fun \\ Model

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These are a collection of beautiful images taken in New Richmond, while teaching our newest team member, Emily! We were working on both basic lighting and posing techniques using this very patient and gorgeous model/best friend of mine as our subject! I just had to share these incredible images of this natural beauty! © CiogiArt Lifestyles Photography – www.ciogiart.com –www.facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography – All Rights Reserved ©

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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 | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved© < p style="text-align: center;">

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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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Sandstone Beaches \\ Family

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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 | www.ciogiart.com | facebook.com/ciogiart.lifestyle.photography | All Rights Reserved©      

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