Minnesota Winter Engagement Session

Just a day before a big snow storm in Minnesota, we were lucky enough to get some 20 degree engagement session weather in Rochester. I absolutely adore this couple, and love Brooke’s big smiles around Mitch and how sweet they are together. And they were up for pushing through the snow to get to some of the most gorgeous of spots! (and thanks to my assistant Greg for making foot paths.) Their wedding is this summer, and i’m SO excited for the big day! Congratulations again Brooke and Mitch!

just a few favorites from our session together!

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Shanna Star

Southern Minnesota Wedding- Josh and Brooke

Two beautiful warm Minnesota summer weekends for this couple. Josh and Brooke  said "I Do" a week before the reception. What i loved most is they had already seen each other, so it was unique that they got dressed and helped one another with cuff links and buttons. Which meant photographing them help one another. it was beautiful to be a part of.  Getting ready in their own home and surrounded by loved ones. 

I still can't get over her shoes and dress, absolutely stunning. here's a few favorites from the day! 

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Headed to the church and then to Red Wing for some fun photos with family and wedding party. then to the bar before the reception for a little time relaxing! 

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I also was able to photograph their engagement session and if you missed that you can still view that here! 

This last week they were able to go on their honeymoon and get out of the cold winter! Congratulations again Josh and Brooke, so happy i could be there to celebrate! 

If you're wanting to see them all, They both have the link to view and purchase prints that will show up right at your door! 


-Shanna Star

Ashley and Ryan -Minnesota Winter engagement

a beautiful Minnesota winter day and although it was freezing, they stuck it out and got some fabulous photos. From the poses of romantic closeness to the wild hockey jerseys, i adore so many of the images from this engagement session. I'm so happy I was able to capture these moments. 

so dear to my heart, i've known Ryan's family for years and to see him with such a beautiful wonderful woman who is going to be a perfect part of the family (and already has been) 

The engagement session took place where Ryan grew up and it couldn't have been more perfect. Lovely locations and a place that means something to them both. i enjoyed spending time with these two love birds. we all laughed so hard together and had fun, and then they'd get close and hold each other so sweetly. Love. 


I'm so beyond excited to be there for their wedding (and it'll be a bit warmer then too ;) and to watch as they say their vows

Congratulations Ryan and Ashley! 

- Shanna Star

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Engagement Photos- Josh & Marla

Marla and Josh were unbelievably cute the entire engagement session. They wanted to have some photographs at the walker art center, sculpture garden and it was so lovely! we also took a few at the Guthrie theater downtown Minneapolis! 

Marla and i were roommates our freshman year of college, so when i started to hear about Josh, i was so excited! she told me they're so similar, and it's true, it's scary ;) we were able to catch up a bit after our session at a little restaurant to hear more about their wedding, their relationship, and life!

I'm so thankful for beautiful Marla. She is always a hard worker, and through my first year helped me grow so much and made me laugh everyday. i'll always remember the silly moments and wonderful conversations. even though life brings us being busy and moving, she's been a huge inspiration! 

Here's a few of my favorites from their session! (if you get a chance to see them all, you'll see lots of silliness!)


one of my absolute favorites from the day were by these purple flowers! 


can you believe this gorgeous ring! 


these trees were another favorite little spot. Josh actually suggested we all head into this area and i thought they turned out so fun! 


Although Marla is always such a sweetheart and always soft-hearted, most the time you can see she's full of constant joy and lots of laughter too. i had to show her big smile as Josh was hugging on her. a couple you can tell have so much fun together no matter what they're doing. their relationship is definitely one that inspires! 


another favorite, and her pants are so adorable! i loved all her outfits! 


When i leave engagement sessions like this, it gives me a refreshed look at love. i usually immediately text loved ones and feel so uplifted! 

Marla & Josh- congratulations you two lovebirds. you're a wonderful couple and so good to one another. i'm honored you chose me to capture your wedding, and am so excited for you both! Also... i'm going to cry. i mean a lot. 


-Shanna Star


Minnesota Farm Senior photos- Mikayla Miller

Senior photos all around farms, creeks, and trails. i was in absolute heaven around Red Wing and Goodhue Minnesota. 

Mikayla is an absolute stunning girl and i'm so blessed to have spent some time with her and her family! they had all the outfits perfectly picked out, locations they thought would be best and it was such an adventure! (great outtake photos were taken too!) but here's more than a few of my favorites. 


the first one was at the last location, but one of my absolute favorites from the day. long grass, blue dress and boots? yup, couldn't go wrong!


our first location was this lovely creek and farm area they had scoped out and it was perfect! we started with family photos, and then Mikayla and her sisters too! what could bring more giggles than a cold creek and us all almost falling over a few times. Mikayla (and her family too!) were such troopers... standing, and kneeling in the cold water until i thought we got some great shots! 


even though these girls have such bubbly happy personalities, they all pulled off this serious look and it's one i'm having printed too! 



 ah! this pink dress was gorgeous on you! we also had a few adventures here too! we walked into the pasture with the cows and pony and they came over by us and watched the entire time. yes i definitely have some photographs of this. 


onto the trails, and green! we don't get this much green down here, so of COURSE i was loving every moment. 


fun-unique-minnesota-photosunique-senior-posesa few more of my absolute favorites for the day.. but i feel like i've said that a lot. i can't help it. You absolutely rocked this photo shoot! serious, laughing, smiling.. you can pull off them all in photos! 
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why not one more adventure? luckily dad was there to help out and get a ladder. I wish i would've recorded this too. mom and dad encouraging this craziness, and getting Mikayla to climb up! what fun photos to cherish! 


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You are absolutely beautiful both inside and out, and i'm so glad we were able to spend the evening together getting some fun and fabulous photographs! Joy and family- you made the entire day so fun! so prepared and planned out, i couldn't have asked for more! i hope you enjoy these photographs and never forget the adventure of the day! congratulations Mikayla!