Shelley Paulson Photography Blog – Minnesota Equine, Wedding and Portrait Photographer
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  • April29th

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    I usually like to start with a horizontal photo on my blog, but this vertical really sums up the playful and close relationship that Jarrod and Clarrisa have. Sometimes I include funny moments like this because *I* like them, and it made me so happy when they chose this photo for their collection. :)

    Their session took place on the grounds of the Walker Art Center. It’s such a fun, quirky place to be creative – especially with a couple who are game for anything!

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  • April25th

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    I do love Autumn in Minnesota. I specifically plan NOT to travel out of state in late September and early October because I would be SO SAD to miss it!

    Ashley’s session was during peak fall color and we had a beautiful palette to choose from with each new area we would walk into. Ashley, her mother and I spent a lot of time exploring and laughing. One of my strongest memories from the session was right at the end, the sun had set and a dewy coolness had set in. There was one spot on the path where we were walking that was warmer than the rest of the area. There was no visible explanation for it, but we all felt it at the same time!

    One evening, I was watching the news, and there was Ashley! She was the project leader for a space science experiment at Minnehaha Academy.

    I truly enjoyed getting to know Ashley and her parents, and wish them all the best!

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  • April17th

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    Phil and Christy’s love story spans the atlantic ocean. She is from Wisconsin, and he is from England. They met while they were both involved with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and fell in love with each other as they served God and served others. Christy is an artist, doing pottery, graphic design, photography – you name it! When we first talked about their wedding, I knew we were kindred hearts. Phil is a soft-spoken, kindhearted man, very similar to my husband. I felt right at home with these two and their families.

    As I am reminded even today, as we brace for, yet another winter storm (oh. my. word. can it stop now?), you can’t count on the weather. Phil and Christy’s wedding was on October 6th, it was 30 degrees and windy…the first snowflakes of winter made their appearance as we headed out to do their portraits after the festivities were over. These two and their bridal party were troopers. We would shoot until fingers and toes went numb, then get in cars to warm up, then go back out for more photos. I heart them. :)

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    One of my favorite things about this wedding was Christy’s dress. Simple, yet adorable.

     

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    This image placed 5th in the family category for the ISPWP Winter Contest.

     

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    Phil and Christy wanted to be able to pray together before the ceremony, but also still give Phil the surprise of seeing Christy for the first time at the start of their ceremony. A blindfold was the answer!

     

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    Phil’s mom got us all laughing!

     

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    The guest sang hymns, and I just adored the way they sang with great passion.

     

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    Phil and Christy LOVE to play Farkle, so they had games on each table. It made for a fun post-lunch activity, especially with a fairly competitive group!

     

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