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

Colorado Springs Engagement- Nicole & Ryan

Just last month, I had the opportunity to to drive up to Colorado Springs for engagement sessions with Ryan and Nicole! That was the first time I’ve ever been able to spend time in that area and in just a few short days, photographed some of the most breathtaking scenery around!  

Nicole had some fabulous locations picked out including Garden of the Gods, a hike up a trail looking down at Seven Falls, Helen Hunt Falls, Bridal Veil with a few of Pike’s Peak, and a few smaller favorites she had picked out. 

A great adventure-packed weekend and time with a couple I haven’t been able to see for 2.5 years! 

There are so many to share but here are a few of my absolute favorites! 

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Not only was I able to photograph these locations, Brandon got a ton of behind the scenes video so check out Colorado Springs engagement sessions with video! 

Congratulations again Ryan and Nicole!- I'm so excited for you both, and happy we could make it work to see you and photograph your engagement photos! see you both soon! :)


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Shanna Star

engagement session giveaway! New Mexico wedding

Congratulations to all the newly engaged over the holidays! so exciting! and as a congrats i’m giving away ONE FREE engagement session.if you know someone getting married tag them in the Facebook pic that looks like the one above. click HERE to go tag them!  or head to instagram shannamagnuson and tag them too! 

RULES to enter: 

couples- comment on the photo here and tell me your proposal story! 
Must be willing to travel to Alamogordo, El Paso, Cloudcroft, las cruces, NEW MEXICO anytime or
vegas NEVADA in early march or
cities/rochester area in MINNESOTA in may, june, or july. 

will pick random winner on january 21st!

tag all your newly engaged friends! i travel for weddings too! 

-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