Shelley Paulson Photography Blog – Minnesota Equine, Wedding and Portrait Photographer
  • July1st

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    If you’ve been visiting my blog for awhile, you might have already met the Rold family. This was my third time photographing them, and it’s such a joy to see them grow and do life and horses together!

    Daughters Kenna and Ellis are accomplished eventing riders. They compete all around the country!

    This is the last of my 2013 equine photography sessions and I’ll have 2014 sessions to blog soon. If you are interested in having a session with me this year, please get in touch soon as my calendar is filling up!

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    Sky gets a lot of love from his big sisters!

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    And he is quite a character!

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    Could he be any cuter?

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    These girls love their horses!

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  • June25th

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    The day was cool and rainy, but that didn’t dampen Brandon and Michelle’s spirits! The warmth and love these two share with their family and friends made the day vibrant!

    The story of this crazy colorful sky will be told later in this post. So keep reading!

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    Michelle’s dress is TRULY vintage. It is from the 1970s and she found it online. I LOVED the lace detail! Her cute vintage shoes were just the right accessory!

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    Just before there “first look,” the wind caught Michelle’s veil, so I made her stand there just briefly to capture the moment!

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    One of my favorite photos of the whole day! I love her look of anticipation and his joy. :)

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    The rain chased us inside, but I didn’t mind. The Bigelow Chapel is a venue I have wanted to photograph a wedding at for quite some time. I used to do architectural photography, and one of my clients designed the curved wood in this space.

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    Their invitations and programs featured a custom illustration of the two of them.

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    At the beginning of the ceremony, family members and close friends each took a short turn at the microphone, speaking a blessing over the couple.

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    Their reception was at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, a short carriage ride from the chapel.

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    Brandon and Michelle had an apple press at their reception. It was fun to watch Michelle get into the act!

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    It stopped raining, so we headed outside for a few more portraits.

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    The session was going well, but I couldn’t get my white balance right. Everything was super pink (these are color corrected, but trust me, they were pink in camera!)

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    I finally turned around to see what was going on with the light, and found the problem. And by problem, I mean a crazy amazing sunset sky!

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    Their escort cards were made from a film that Michelle’s dad invented for 3M. They are iridescent and changed colors depending on the angle that the light hit them. These are all the same film, but you can see how they look pink, blue or a little of both.

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    One of my favorite things about this wedding were the florals by Ashley Fox Designs. Ashley designed this beautiful arbor over the head table in addition to all the lovely bouquets and centerpieces.

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  • June21st

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    I’m preparing to photography my first equestrian high school senior of the season this evening, so it seems fitting to blog the last senior from 2013!

    It’s always a special treat for me to photograph young women like Becky, who not only love horses, but love photography. Becky loves to photograph her friends at shows and around the barn. She does a great job too!

    I instantly fell in love with her little appaloosa eventing mare, Phoebe. This horse is well mannered, gentle, and downright beautiful! I grew up around a lot of appaloosas, and one of my favorite horses I rode when I was young was an appaloosa thoroughbred named “Play the Red”. He was a 16 hand, chestnut gelding. His own spots were at the base of his tail. Even this many years later, I miss that big gelding!

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    The property where Becky boards Phoebe was like a dream autumn location. Lots of great color, beautiful light, and of course, a horse and her girl who looked great in every photo!

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    We didn’t stay long at this spot because Phoebe kept acting like she was going to go over this jump. This horse knows her job!!!

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    Autumn was super late last year, and I could only find one tree with fullllllll fall color, so I shot this at 200mm, while lying on the ground. The longer focal length enlarged the background and let me fill it with color.

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