Here I come real world!

I can’t believe it’s finally time for me to start working in the real world. I’ve been “busting ass” all summer to find a full-time job doing either graphic design or photography and thankfully I finally found something that’s a great fit. Marketing Ideas For Printers, here in Fargo, is a small company with big ideas, and I’m so honored to become part of their team. I auditioned for the position of graphic designer for around 3 1/2 weeks so you can imagine my excitement when I found out I had the job (For the majority of you that know me, you know how excited I will be to have a job from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday).  

This past summer I’ve also been working for Katie Lewis (Katie Lewis Photography) under her sister company Fate & Love Photography. There, I shoot weddings with my awesome co-worker Zach Davis (who also blogs regularly at The Open Window Exchange). When we aren’t off shooting our own weddings we are second shooting for Katie, which has been an exciting adventure so far and one I know I will continue to grow from. 

Needless to say I haven’t had a lot of time for personal projects this summer, outside of my graduation party (which was awesome) and the trip to the Boundary Waters in mid August. Time flew by this summer, however I did have time last week for one shoot…I think you’ll enjoy it. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


Snow White | Kylie Howe

Here are some images from my Snow White collection featuring the fabulous Kylie Howe! She did a fabulous job portraying Snow in such blistering hot weather!

This was shot the same day as my Little Red Riding Hood shoot with Becca. It was quite the day and I’m so thankful I had Mandy with me!

I have so many more from this adventure, but that’s for a later date!

Happy Thanksgiving! | Ginger Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe!


Lets just start off by saying Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. I’m so blessed to have so many wonderful opportunities, family members (especially those extended family members and extremely close friends!), a boyfriend who is beyond fantastic, health, those who follow my dream of being a photographer and support it, among so many other things (in no particular order)!

I wanted to do something nice for those of you who take the time out of your day to follow and support me as an artist as sort of a Thanksgiving gift! It’s no surprise for most, who know me personally, that over the last month and a half I’ve been a baking machine. I’ve tested out multiple recipes, making Joe give me the final thumbs up or thumbs down for each recipe, and found one that is perfect for Thanksgiving day. I’d love to share this recipe with everyone as my way of saying thank you and giving back!

(This recipe makes more than 24 cupcakes, so you may need to cut it in half)

You’ll need the following items!


Also, preheat your oven to 350ºF!

Line the muffin pan. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a medium bowl and set it aside.

Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Making sure your butter is at room temp is key, or it will not aerate and change color to a lighter brown. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to incorporate fully. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Do only about a cup or two at a time. Place the batter into a gallon ziploc baggie, snipping the edge slightly. Begin squeezing the batter into the muffin pans until they are about 1/2 to 3/4 full!

Bake until golden brown and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack.

There are so many frosting recipes out there, but I seriously recommend something with a cream cheese base! I used Wilton’s 1M star tip along with a decorating bag to decorate the tops of my cupcakes! Then added a nice multi colored sprinkle to finish it off.

Here are some pictures!!




Fairy Tales In Reality: “Red Riding Hood”

Hey guys! Sorry this is late, but I’ve been crazy busy! As you can see this my newest installment for my Fairy Tale project; Little Red Riding Hood! (The image above depicts Little Red Riding Hood running away from the Wolf who is chasing her.) I only have one final image to feature right now because I’ve been focusing so much time on shooting while the weather has been good, but I’ll post more when the project is finished.

Featured here is the beautiful Becca Perry, who I met through my long time friend and very talented assistant Mandy! Becca hadn’t modeled before for such an extensive project, but she sure caught on fast with a little coaching. She really took to the camera well!

Here are some behind the scenes images!


Until Next Time!! I’d love some feedback!

Fairy Tales in The Real World

The time has finally come to start blogging about this big mysterious project I’ve been working on so far this semester! My focus has been on recreating moments from Fairy Tale stories using the medium of photography. I’ve always wanted to explore the concept of fairy tale stories, but I’ve never had the guts to do it because, quite honestly, I was too afraid to fail. It took a lot of self convincing to get over the fear of failing and move forward with my project and I am so happy that I got over it because I’ve pushed myself further than I ever imagined I could go and the results have been so exciting for me. I’ve never produced work quite like the work for this project and my hard work is reflected in these images.

The posts for this project will be full of Behind the Scenes photos, Production Stills, the Final images, and lastly some Bonus Material. Each week I hope to produce a new blog post which will introduce a new character each week. This week’s character comes from the story “The Frog Prince” found in the Grimm’s Fairy Tale book. The main character of the story, the Princess, is portrayed by the amazing Karrah Kobus who was a perfect fit for the part.

We, Mandy and I, met Karrah at a Starbucks a few hours before the shoot and had a great conversation about the passion we all share; photography. I was so honored to have Karrah be a part of my project as she has been a huge source of inspiration for me for the past few years while I’ve been following her work. It was amazing to meet her in person, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing experience.

We then headed over to the park to start shooting and it was a glorious endeavor full of laughter, rock throwing, and a great adventure. 

Above are some Behind the Scenes photos from the shoot!

Above: Before

Above: After ( My favorite)

Above: Before

Above: After

I hope you enjoy the first installment of my project! There will be many more to come!

Campfires & Canoes

What a perfect way to introduce this post full of images from the trip to the Boundary Waters! We (Joe, Justin, Alex, and I) got to take a week long trip to the Boundary Waters back in the beginning of August. It was an incredible journey full of canoe adventures, rapids, fishing, campfires and (most importantly) laughter!

This was the beginning of our trip. We had a 7 hour canoe trip to reach our destination, and it was the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever seen (including some fun from our crew!)!

I’ve got some great memories of canoeing around, sitting by the campfire, fishing and screwing around! Thankfully we had some film cameras with us for traveling! The above images were taken with waterproof film cameras. The images below were taken with my DSLR. =)

I have a ton of photos from our trip, but sorting through them all probably won’t be happening until it’s mid winter and I’m bored out of my brain! Enjoy!