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Maia turns three

The best thing about being a family photographer is the relationship you end up building with each kid. Typically clients hire me one or two times a year which provides little glimpses into the growing lives of these families. I have been photographing the Barbagallo's for the past three years, ever since Maia, their youngest was a baby. It has been such a joy to watch the three girls grow into standing, laughing, and, on occasion, eye-rolling kids. Maia turned 3 at the beginning of the month and I came to their house to spend an hour twirling, biking, and eating M&M's with some of my favorite girls in Minneapolis. here are some photos from our morning

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Allegra & Grant

Grant and Allegra are special people. They are welcoming and kind, hard-working and generous, and they are both extremely talented artists. They care about a lot of people and a lot of people, in turn, care very deeply for them. G and A had an intimate wedding in an unfinished warehouse with a lot of Minneapolis history. Simple, elegant, and casual-- they used the people they loved to furnish the space. I wanted to approach this wedding with care-- I deeply admire the two. There is something inescapable about the feelings the both have for each other--Grant stood in awe whenever he turned to glance at Allegra, and she literally didn't stop smiling the entire day. I decided to let their chemistry speak for itself. This one is delicate, muted, and taken from a mostly observational perspective. The colors are true to the space, the lighting was mostly whatever was available, and the interactions purely candid. 

love you two xx

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CALIFORNIA

When it comes to planning trips, I can get a little ahead of myself. Also, I recently found out about Google Maps's custom map tool. So, when Bob and I decided to make a friends Northern California wedding the beginning of a 10 day long road trip down the coast, I got to work. We ended up crafting a pretty amazing route-- complete with a Big Sur detour through mountain pass after mountain pass that blew both of our minds. At the end of it all we tallied close to 1400 miles on our rental car. 

The path our faithful red Elantra (nicknamed Cilantro) took us. Starting in Fairfax, up to Healdsburg, down Highway 1 to Inverness / Pt. Reyes, back to San Francisco, down to Monterey, then on to our Insane Detour which spit us out just before San Luis Obispo, to Santa Barbara, to Malibu, to LA and then Joshua Tree, our final destination 

The path our faithful red Elantra (nicknamed Cilantro) took us. Starting in Fairfax, up to Healdsburg, down Highway 1 to Inverness / Pt. Reyes, back to San Francisco, down to Monterey, then on to our Insane Detour which spit us out just before San Luis Obispo, to Santa Barbara, to Malibu, to LA and then Joshua Tree, our final destination 

As some of you know, it's really hard to take photographs out the window of a moving vehicle. Especially photographs that encapsulate the bewildering landscapes that we passed by. I trashed a lot of photos from this trip in favor of writing about them but here are some that I like. 

A big thanks to my Favorite #1 Friend and Very Super Model, Bob. Without him, none of this would have happened. Literally. 

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