Shelley Paulson Photography Blog – Minnesota Equine, Wedding and Portrait Photographer
  • April18th

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    Whenever people tell me they aren’t photogenic, I usually protest. I believe every person can be made beautiful in a photograph, and that it’s the job of the photographer to find that beauty and bring it out. But once in awhile, I meet a person or a horse who just naturally shine in front of the camera. In this session, I found both.

    High School Senior Rachel and Diva are lovely friends and this horse could have a modeling career because she simply posed for me and interacted so beautifully with Rachel, almost upstaging her at times! She really was a DIVA. :) With the help of Rachel’s mom and Diva’s owner/trainer, we enjoyed an enjoyable evening of photography together!

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    Isn’t she just lovely? I wanted to take her home with me!

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    I can’t wait for the landscape to be green like this again! I’m so tired of this extended winter we are having!

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    I love Rachel’s face here. :)

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    With high school senior sessions, I almost always photograph the senior with AND without the horse. Variety is the spice of life!

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    I enjoyed Rachel’s quiet beauty. She was a joy to photograph.

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    One of my favorite times of day to photograph is just after the sun has left a landscape and there is still light in the sky. Everything is so soft and gentle. A great match for these two!

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  • March25th

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    You might think I’m being overly dramatic with the title of this blog post, but it’s mostly true, because Brandon once played “Prince Charming” at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. So with this beautiful bride in her amazing ball gown, I have no problem thinking of her as Cinderella (except that her family is one of the most kind, loving families I have ever met – so ignore that part)!

    Cheyenne’s vision for her wedding day was that it would be like a fairy tale, with a simple ceremony under a big tree…

    “My whole dream for the ceremony would be to look like a little quiet open air chapel that you’d stumble upon in the middle of the woods in a fairytale or something – that was decorated for a prince and princess to get married in.”

    I would say she succeeded in making her dream come true. Cheyenne’s dad made a lot of the decor for the ceremony, including a large cross and the wooden doors guests and Cheyenne entered through. I really adore this family!

    This wedding took place in Buffalo, Minnesota, at the Covenant Church. I rarely do weddings in my small town, this is actually only my second! I so enjoyed being a part of this fairy tale. :)

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    Brandon doesn’t play Prince Charming anymore. Any guesses on his current character?

    Jack Sparrow – I see it in this face! ;)

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    I got to have my Niece Laura second shoot this wedding with me and she did a great job! This image is one of hers. :)

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    Cheyenne’s parents had a time of prayer with her before the ceremony. It melted my heart.

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    Cheyenne’s dad restores VW Bugs, so he drove her to the ceremony site in one!

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    Laura’s image above. Love the lens flare!

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    Brandon and Cheyenne did a “unity painting” for their unity ceremony. I love the creativity!

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    Oh this tree! So magnificent!

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    Oops! Cheyenne got a little crazy with the paint and got it on her dress and fingernail! They had a good laugh. I love a bride with a sense of humor!

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    Cheyenne and her family and friends did an amazing job transforming a church gymnasium into a beautiful reception space.

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    Such a daddy’s girl…

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    Brandon’s a great dancer! Cheyenne’s mom got her chance to experience dancing with a prince!

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    After the reception, we went down to Buffalo Lake for some sunset photos. This is where Brandon and Cheyenne had their first date, so it was very meaningful for them.

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    Wait for it…

    …and they lived happily ever after…

    ;)

  • March11th

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    The GOD + LIFE + PHOTOGRAPHY retreat is an opportunity for professional women photographers to get away for a weekend and renew their hearts before God through worship, teaching, discussion, photography, rest and quiet times of reflection.

    Retreat Details
    We will spend three nights and four days at the breathtaking Lake Superior Barn, just 30 minutes east of Duluth, right on Lake Superior. You will eat delicious, healthy food, made for you with love each day. We will spend time each day worshiping together, learning from God’s Word, participating in fun photography activities, and making new friends.

    The GOD Part
    Teaching and discussion topics will include God + Life + Photography Balance, Finding Your True Identity in Christ, and Partnering with God in your Business. Each day will include personal quiet times and group discussions on these topics. Erin, Shelley and Emily will each share about their own journey with God in life and business. Every participant will also receive personal ministry time during the retreat.

    The PHOTOGRAPHY Part 
    The first day, Shelley will cover basics of light, exposure, posing, and composition. This teaching will be followed by a hands-on portrait shoot with some very special subjects! 

    The second day, Erin and Emily will lead a fully styled shoot in the theme of “Rustic Romance.” We will have professionally designed florals, table settings, cake and a bride and groom dressed for the occasion! Erin and Emily are experts in shooting details and portraits and have had many of their weddings and styled shoots featured in magazines and blogs. They will explain their process, and then everyone will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned from behind the camera. See an example of a styled shoot here!

    The LIFE Part
    This retreat is FUN! It’s a chance to get away from daily responsibilities and just be yourself with like-hearted women. We encourage participants to bring comfy, casual clothes, and let us do all the work. You get to simply relax, enjoy, and receive!

    The Investment Part
    $895 per student includes lodging & meals. The retreat is open to 13 participants – limited spots still remain!

    Why Invest in a Retreat?
    It’s more than photography workshop, it’s more than a women’s retreat, it’s the best of both and will give you inspiration and confidence behind the camera as “busy season” is just around the corner. The God + Life + Photography retreat is an investment in YOU. You could spend the money on a new lens, but if your heart needs renewal and a clearer focus on God, and you could use a boost in your photography skills, that new gear isn’t going to give you the growth you could find at this retreat. Our goal is for each person to leave this retreat refreshed, renewed and refocused. 

     

    E-MAIL US TO REGISTER
    shelley@shelleypaulson.com, mail@erinjohnsonphoto.com or emily@emilysteffen.com

    Erin Johnson is a Twin Cities-based wedding and portrait photographer and workshop instructor, who was recently given the Diamond Award for Best Photographer by Mpls St. Paul Weddings Magazine.
    Erin Johnson Photography
    Enjoy Workshop

    Shelley Paulson is a Twin Cities-based equine, wedding and portrait photographer and photography mentor. She has also been involved in various areas of ministry for many years, including youth pastoring and worship leading.
    Shelley Paulson Photography
    growtographer™

    Emily Steffen is a Wisconsin based wedding photographer that has been recognized by WI BRIDE magazine as the top wedding photographer in both 2011 and 2012! She and her husband also just started a church in Hudson, WI called HILLCITY.
    Emily Steffen Photography
    HILLCITY Church

    Here are some photos from last year’s retreat:


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