Sometimes a walk on the beach is all you need to set your path right! I met Hannah exactly that way. Myself and two friends just took a walk on a sunny day in Cancun. From that moment on a great friend for life was made! We went out to their land near Spicer, MN for this outdoor engagement shoot. We went to the lake, made a fire up on the hill, did some off roading with the four wheeler and watched the sunset fade into the countryside. I love sunsets! Enjoy :)
And then I thought I was a fish... It's a story of a man who goes insane and comes back to real life. The story is a romance for the human mind and takes you far into the awareness of what it’s like to ponder our existence. For some reason, I've always been inspired by those who are a little crazy. And as they say, being a little crazy helps you from going insane. On the surface, there is nothing more normal than Jeremy and Amanda. They are successful, well-liked individuals, with big corporation employment who love their friends and family and Tito's and soda. They are the American dream. It was an unlikely friendship the moment Jeremy and I met. In a sense, we think on the opposite scale of most things. But it's that exact reason that made me know that he'd be a lifetime favorite friend of mine. Everything I think about in life came from this intuitive sense and Jeremy showed me the logical. We are an ideal balance. It’s a perfect bond and one I often reference in my every day life to this day.
Now we introduce Amanda - the yin to his yang. She had all the perfect fun and crazy I was always giving Jeremy but in a much more attractive package. Her crazy involves charcuterie plates that would put Spoon and Stable to shame, dress up days that can involve various mustachery and trucker caps (Yaaasss Queen)! What would a blog post be about best friends if you didn’t have one inside joke! Amanda has an idea, we all love it because it’s always a fun idea! Amanda can suggest anything and I’ll say we should all be in. Sign me up! The bonus being she’ll plan it too and bring snacks! I do crave and seek out the logical often in life. After all, life needs a balance. And as Jeremy says I often talk at 30,000 feet - “can you bring it down to 10,000 feet for me?” I certainly try.
I’ve learned we all crave our unique form of balance and that balance feels a bit crazy to me. I like the insanely logical and intellectual conversation and at the same time want to make fun of myself for taking life so seriously and just let go and joke, goof off, and be ridiculous. Love is crazy. It takes on a multitude of forms. It challenges us far past our tipping point and thus teaching us the perfect balance. I think this is exactly what makes it so sweet, so spectacular, so damn exciting. I embrace the crazy, we all should embrace a little more crazy in life. The crazier we get the more apt we are to find the perfect balance. And if all else fails, maybe some day you’ll think you’re a fish too.
Photography, DJ, LiveBooth: Flow Event Group
Venue: Hewing Hotel
What can I say, I love the people who live life to the fullest the most. I always have. I always will. Claire and Casey have a zest for life that is contagious and we've been thankful to be included on the ride. Their wedding day was no exception as we closed down a rocking dance party at Mill City to continue on with more festivities at the local Irish pub across the street! Here is Claire & Casey's wedding day preview!
Venue: Mill City Museum
Photography: Flow Event Group
Videography: Flow Event Group
Dj: Flow Event Group
We walked around the lakes in uptown on Sunday. I found a bench to take a break and watch the world go by. Watching the world go by is one of my favorite pastimes. I witnessed a little dog in passing lunge out at a much bigger dog, the owners both grabbed their leashes hard and carried on their way. It got me thinking how one of the many characteristics of a dog that avid dog lovers are fond of, is their lack of awareness of their own limits. A tiny Chihuahua will bark and snap at a German Sheppard to no end, unaware that the dog himself could tear him a part in a moment. It's that bravado and unwavering simplicity that makes the dog mans best friend. Their love feels like endless loyalty. I really like dogs for this trait. Many humans are much like dogs, unaware of what they look like, in disbelief of their potential, and insecure in many of their actions with others (hence the little dogs bark). These unanswered questions cause them to continue about their days in a gray malaise rather nonchalantly.
Now as little Hemingway (my 9 week old ragdoll kitten) currently lies on my lap I'd be remiss not to mention the humans that are more cat like. They tend to be hyper aware of every motion, every shadow, every touch. These people have mastered the movement of their bodies, and memorized every glance, subtlety, and each sparkle they can produce. They like some independence and instinctively hunt for prey. When you have the claws why not use them? And with nine lives they aren't limited to much. The also spend a lot of time chasing their own tale. I mean it's right there and there really wasn't anything else to do at the time. I can relate to this as well.
We strive to capture timeless images and create movies that tell the authentic story of our couples. We want to capture them raw, exposed, happy, sad, and my personal favorite - limitless. I want people to see all the beauty they have in their lives. I want them to feel thankful and humbled by their gratitude for all the love that came to give witness to them. I want their happiness to echo off the walls. I say bark at the big dog if you see fit, dance on the dance floor by yourself if no one will join you, someone will certainly always at least be watching you. And when you look that good all made up in that dress why not hunt for some prey? Carry simplicity with your joy and you'll soon be stretching yourself far beyond your previous limits. Be aware of your motions, of each subtlety throughout the day that may give rise to a new sparkle of laughter and connection. Chase your own tale for a while - it's fun. Hemingway never looks embarrassed for doing it. I applaud her. After all, life only becomes interesting when you become interesting yourself. We all want to be interesting. We all want to be happy and limitless. So let's do it. Let's dance! Let's all get dressed up, eat good food, drink and be merry. I'm 100% in 100% of the time! Be limitless - cats and dogs can do it.
Photographer: Flow Event Group | Videography: Flow Event Group | Event Planning and Styling: MH Event Productions and Styling | Hair: @natashafreitag | Makeup: Soco Jo Artistry | Venue: Minnetonka Orchards | Florist: Wisteria Design | Model: Riley King | Dresses: Bridal Accents Couture | Accessories: Gathered Goods | Food: Lucky's 13
We believe in capturing the personality and essence of every wedding we shoot. And let me tell you, every personality at a wedding is different.
Mark and Michelle got every detail of their wedding right. We started with picturesque lighting in the Hewing with their unique walls and accents. The Guthrie was also a major win as it always brings awe to your guests with the one of a kind lighting inside for their reception and the custom monogram and downtown skyline detailed in lights. Mark and his groomsmen were even decked out in the gaper shades that everyone who has frequented Vail and Aspen knows all to well.
We pulled out all of the stops to make this wedding unique for this amazing couple! We had a private first look atop the Hewing Rooftop, did a drone fly amongst the Mill City ruins and Gold Medal park, multiple shoot locations, and even yielded their request of transforming their amber box ceremony location into a color that isn't amber.
For future bride and grooms, I would not recommend asking your photographer to re-shape reality but with Flow we specialize in creating perfection even if we have to reshape it to a new reality. You've never seen the amber box at the Guthrie Theater look so perfect for a ceremony before!
We had a lot of fun with this collective group, and we think that you'll see their personalities really shining through in their photos and video.
Getting Ready Venue: Hewing Hotel
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Guthrie
Videography: Flow Event Group
Photography: Flow Event Group
Dj: Flow Event Group
I’ve learned every motion in life can be similar to a military mission. My grandpa was a pilot in wars dating back to WWII. His perspective on life was near flawless. It’s a natural result from experiencing life and the even more powerful circumstance sometimes, surviving it. In life with each trial and tribulation you survive, the stronger you become. If you’re reading this today, we are all survivors, and that is something to be celebrated! Having experienced hundreds of weddings, I have begun to perfect my game plan. I want to do much more than survive these days. Now I want to thrive, conquer and perform flawlessly with each mission. I gathered the team together an hour before takeoff. It’s important to get everyone in the right mindset and comfortable with the mission ahead. Wind 15mph from the SW, visibility near 100%, Kaylee & John’s wedding took off on a gorgeous, sunny September Minneapolis day.
The team with Jud, Reyna and myself was flying in perfect formation. When I banked left, we all banked left simultaneously, we were reading each other’s mind. We talked of the perfect mission throughout the day. Now perfection in the creative world is everything but objective. Since I’m always seeking perfect flow with each life mission, the goal is to help inspire and create genuine feelings and spontaneous joy! Above all things, joy was certainly experienced for us all! After an epic photo shoot one groomsman hands me a cold Coors Light and then an angel of a bridesmaid, Pauline, hands me some of her trail mix. It was like they were reading our minds now too! A few peanuts and rocky mountain water regained my energy like Popeye and spinach. I’ve always been a firm believer in the fact that the joy inside your own heart will directly translate to all the joy and happiness in others around you. This felt like a wedding of constant thankfulness, gratefulness and joy. I was glad to experience every aspect of it. Here is the preview of Kaylee and John!
To start the day off, Rick was shooting Jon and the groomsmen getting ready at Rachel and Jon's venue, The Golden Valley Country Club. Meanwhile, I was with Rachel, who was in Plymouth getting ready with her girls at the home her and Jon are creating together.
It wasn't hard to see that it was a home filled with love, beautiful photos blown up into large prints and canvas from their engagement session could be found sprinkled throughout their home, and the giddiness from her bridesmaids couldn't be more obvious!
After getting ready, everyone was brought together at the Golden Valley Country Club! Golden Valley isn't known to be a particularly popular place to go for photoshoots, but Rick and I had scouted out some amazing hidden spots the day prior. We found a hidden tennis court at an old apartment building that was overgrown with ivy and various other unknown to us foliage, Rachel was a little bit scared at first, but Jon held her hand and the look of fear on her face from the potential of snakes quickly turned into sultry looks of love.
Being a part of a wedding filled with as much love (and as many speeches that make you ugly cry) as Rachel and Jon's always makes my heart feel a little bit more full at the end of the day. Enjoy their wedding photos and let us know which are your favorites in the comment's below!
Wedding Photography: Flow Event Group
Wedding Venue: Golden Valley Country Club
Back in 2013, Stephen was my intern and now I was just his wedding videographer last July! Rachel and Stephen's wedding was an absolute fairytale (a rage type of fairytale at that).
Recently I have been asking clients if they want to be rockstars for their wedding video or if they'd like me to make them cry (happy tears of course). Having personally worked more than 580 weddings (that is an insane number isn't it?) I'm fairly confident that very few people have seen as much as I've seen or analyzed as much as I have analyzed when it comes to the wedding day and receptions. With all of these weddings under my belt, I have never gotten burnt out or tired of weddings (a very rare trait in the industry).
As people can testify, I'm attempting to bring all the fun, positivity and creativity into each day that I can possibly imagine. I attribute this to the fact that I, myself, never want to be bored. And a wedding is always filled with exciting, passionate, emotional and legendary moments. The key is that you have to be excited about finding each and every one of those moments and then be even more excited about extracting those moments and making them really shine!
When I met with Stephen and Rachel they said they wanted to be rockstars. And there were moments of tears, laughter, smiles and a kid who could out dance any other human ever! And through it all, I kept thinking how do so many other photographers, videographers, or DJ's ever get bored in this industry? I have only come to one conclusion - they just don't love LOVE anymore. I love LOVE and here is a video showing some legendary love!
Location: Bearpath Golf & Country Club
Video: Flow Event Group
Amy & Aaron's St. Paul wedding day started us out at the University of Northwestern. We had the opportunity to shoot throughout their beautiful campus and under one of my favorite windows of all time outside the church. I've shot ceremonies there 3 times in the past year and that window just inspires me every time. I've learned I really like beautiful windows. After the couple sped off in their gorgeous car we sped off behind them for a jaunt through downtown St. Paul. We brought out the video drone for their arrival and got some of my favorite shots in the park just outside their reception hall. They ended their evening dancing the night away with our very own Flow DJ's spinning the party tunes!