Brighid’s Mill Ruins Park senior photo session in Minneapolis, MN is super special to me. You probably wouldn’t have guessed it but Brighid is my cousin. “What?! That tall, cool, beautiful model is your cousin?!” Yes, she’s my younger cousin and the second youngest Baker grandchild in my family. So please forgive me because I’m about to get sentimental over here.
Brighid and her dad (my uncle) messaged my parents and I a few months ago and said they were going to fly in and tour some Midwest colleges. They live in CA so the notion that Brighid was considering a Midwest college got me pretty excited. It also provided me the perfect excuse to take her senior photos.
A little backstory to put that comment into context:
Ever since I took my cousin Caroline’s senior photos at the start of my photography journey, I had it in my mind that I’d try to take my younger cousins’ senior photos. The pandemic kept me from taking one cousin’s photos and I was worried I’d miss Brighid’s senior photos, too. My family lives all across the country and only gets together once a summer. We already had our get together this year and unfortunately Brighid wasn’t able to attend. So I thought I was sh@! out of luck.
As it turned out, I wasn’t! Yay!! On a hot summer weekend, after we toured the University of Minnesota, the two of us parted from the group and we drove to Mill Ruins Park to take her senior photos.
Now, I know I’m super biased, but Brighid is the most gorgeous individual in the world! Her physical beauty aside, it’s her humor, spunk, brains, and talent that make up one utterly gorgeous human being. It’s bizarre to think that I was her age when she was born – it makes me feel old, proud, and a little sad. 1) Old because where the hell did 17 years go?! 2) Proud because she has grown into a thoughtful, caring young lady. And 3) a bit nostalgic for the little girl she used to be.
It was fun watching her grow up and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for her. Brig, I love you so much and I’m blessed because you’re my cousin!
Lauren played such a meaningful role in our wedding, capturing the day in photos that we'll look back on for the rest of our lives. She kept Scott and me calm and sane - Lauren is a miracle worker! She put in 100% effort and gave us her very best, and that means so much to me. Seeing our photographs makes me so excited and so happy that Lauren was with us on this journey.
There was a chunk of time in our wedding planning when we thought we'd go without a professional photographer to save on cost (terrible idea!) but once we met with Lauren, we knew we'd be in good hands. She checked in often and asked questions that got us thinking about other parts of the wedding that we probably would've missed. Lauren captured exactly who we are as a couple!
Lauren and her team are so much fun to work with! She made us feel so comfortable on the day of our wedding, providing both silly and helpful cues to help us relax and be ourselves in our photos. Lauren’s background in dance is super helpful in recognizing simple posture changes that make a big difference, too. Oh, and the photos we got are just stunning!
My husband and I looked FOR MONTHS to find the perfect photographer and after meeting Lauren we knew was the best fit for us. She made our day so much fun and easy. She found little opportunities to make the perfect photo all with a calm ease that comes from someone who has an artistic eye along with experience in understanding the flow of a wedding.
I've been in several weddings and have worked with a multitude of photographers and I never felt as confident as I did with Lauren. I love how professional she is. She helped with the timeline way in advance and we stuck to that timeline the day of. She was also able to professionally and firmly keep unruly family members settled and focused and navigated family drama beautifully!