Shelley Paulson Photography Blog – Minnesota Equine, Wedding and Portrait Photographer
  • December16th

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    When Meg first contacted me about doing a session for her with her Off the Track Thoroughbred horse, she included this little story…

    ” I have had this horse since I was 13 or 14, he was off the race track, mean, and highly spirited. My trainer told me I was going to be riding a horse named Lucifer for the summer, and we have been inseperable ever since. His original owners ended up giving him to me on my 18th birthday because they couldnt sell him! I have never bought pictures of him, I just never bought the horse show pictures, and my parents were never able to make it shows, so I really want to capture some memories that I can hold on too forever before I have to move him.”

    Not only was I instantly excited to photograph them, but I offered Meg an extended session because I want to make a short film to tell this story of Meg’s once-in-a-lifetime horse.

    I learned a lot at this session, like that I’m not quite ready to do photos and video in the same timeframe. I ended up returning to the farm a few weeks later to get more footage to tell the story. Megan and Justin’s film is at the end of this blog post. :)

    I loved photographing these two together. They have a bond that can only be forged through many hours spent together both in the saddle and out. I especially enjoyed getting to know Megan and hear her stories. She’s a great storyteller and a just wonderful human being.

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    And now, their film…

  • December10th

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    I triple-dog-dare you not to smile when you look at these photos. :) Kenon and Annie are my friends, but also represent my ideal clients: emotional and expressive, completely trusting of me, and focused more on the love they share with each other, and their family and friends, than any other aspect of their wedding.

    I remember my face hurting from smiling so much while I edited this wedding. I hope yours does the same after viewing them. :)

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    Annie borrowed her sister Elizabeth’s veil. I am a sucker for long veils!

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    Annie is not the only expressive one! This was so fun!

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    Positively radiant…

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    My friend Lydia Steinke of Her Song Photographs was my second photographer for this wedding. I was beyond pleased with the many beautiful, meaningful photos she captured that day (like the ones above and below of Kenon with his mom)! If you are based in Kansas City and looking for a gifted photographer, I highly recommend Lydia!

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    On her way to their first look. Check out her hands, clenched in excitement!

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    So much excitement!

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    Kansas City is know as “The City of Fountains.” They are everywhere and so beautiful!

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    If you didn’t read my previous blog post, Kenon is a classically trained dancer. I couldn’t resist making him do this silly photo with the dancing fountain statue ladies. :)

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    Another of Lydia’s beautiful photos!

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    A sweet moment when Annie’s dear friend Christina kissed her so hard on the cheek, she left a lipstick mark!

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    The ceremony started with 20 children walking down the aisle singing, “His love it never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.” A magical moment!

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    Kenon with Annie’s beloved brother, who they didn’t think would be able to make it, but surprised her the day before by showing up at the rehearsal.

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    Could she smile any more? I don’t think so. :)

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    Everyone enjoyed a beautiful time of corporate worship.

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    Wes gave a great message and had everyone laughing!

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    Sweet communion…

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    Hoorah!

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    Married!

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    Annie and Kenon’s reception was held at the Historic Firestone Building. One of the coolest venues I’ve ever gotten to work in!

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    Gelato for dessert!

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    I stole them away for a few photos on the rooftop, which overlooks downtown. The tricky part was this wall was high!

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    Perfect ending to a wonderful day!

  • December8th

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    It’s been a crazy busy year, starting a new business (filmmaking) while maintaining a full schedule with my photography business. The fallout seems to have landed here on my blog. I have blogged only 4 out of 15 weddings, and only a few of many portrait sessions. So that’s about to change, now that my schedule is easing a bit. :) I love to be able to share about each wedding and each portrait session, so I’ll try and get caught up this winter. :)

    I met Annie in 2008. I think she was 16 at the time, but I thought she was in her 20s because at the time, she was helping run a HUGE event on the Washington DC mall and doing it with so much maturity, I about fell over when someone told me her age. My friendship with Annie has grown through the years and I love her tremendously.

    I have often wondered who Annie would marry. What man would possibly be worthy of this amazing young woman? Well, when Kenon came into her life I had my answer. He is a man of integrity, creativity and he’s fun and brilliant to boot! To see them together, it gave me chills. I was so happy to get a chance to spend a whole afternoon together as we made their engagement photos.

    Their wedding was one of my all-time favorites (as I knew it would be). I will share it this week!

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    Ah, Kansas City in the springtime! These magnolia trees (or Mongolia, as one of my friends put it – you know who you are!) were in full bloom. I wish I could blog the smell!

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    Kenon is a classically trained dancer, so there were some silly dance moments. :)

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    Annie is just pure joy and radiance!

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    Clouds came in as we finished up the session. We made the best of it!

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    I played a little with off camera flash rim lighting them amongst the spooky trees. :)

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    Always playful and fun – Kenon took my light stand and used it as a microphone!