Make it right

Friends, the official news broke last night. I got a message first thing in the morning, asking if I had seen the preview on Monday morning. Of course I did. I had been warning about Bella Rose Photography for over 2 years. Unfortunately, too many people were snowed and taken advantage of by this company. Wedding days. Newborn moments. Last days in high school. Family gatherings. It’s horrible. To me, unthinkable. (Not to mention how upset I was that they were the “Official photographers” of my favorite hometown team, the St. Cloud Rox) while balking their contracted duties.

Those are moments you can’t get back.

And they were CHEAP, as far as professional photography goes. $1000 for a whole day wedding, with prints and album. SHIT. I can’t feed my family on that! Think about it, you saw the best of the best they had. They hired out photographers, ones with openings still on their books, at ridiculously low wages. The outsourced photographers are pissed. In forums. In messages. They are enraged that the work that they were hired to do, work they put their hearts into, got gobbled up by greed and no bride or groom saw their images. OR, they were handed RAWs (you should never ask for those, trust me) and the couples were sitting there with a dud, no editing, no culling…nothing to show for their investment.

I couldn’t compete with Bella Rose Photography if I had wanted to. I’m not a networking person. I’m not a sales person. I’m an honest person who just can’t make idle small talk and false promises. I cry when I get sick and can’t deliver on deadline. I don’t submit to all the publishing places, I don’t do bridal shows. I instagram, facebook, meet people over coffee. I carve out space in my heart for every single client I photograph. I keep anniversaries and birthdays on my calendar. And still miss them by 3 days.

But I’ve NEVER not delivered a wedding.

I’ve missed Thanksgiving with my family, Christmas time prepping for feasts, to deliver client packages. I’ve been called horrible, nasty names. I’ve been groped, fallen off docks, climbed on top of rooftops, hiked, and frozen my toes.

But I’ve NEVER held clients’ memories hostage.

My heart aches for all of the special moments, lost now, to so many people. I can’t go back in time and make them happen again. But what I can do is pull together with other vendors in the St. Cloud area and have a styled wedding session for those who want one. FREE OF CHARGE. This is a HUGE undertaking, and I’m hoping some other generous souls out there want to instill some happiness and spread love where there is so much hurt. If you are willing to help, please comment or shoot me an email. Let’s stop the hurt and start the healing.

Our vendor list:
event space TBD
florals TBD
hair/makeup TBD
linens TBD
Formalwear TBD

Late April/early May


Keep on putting love out there folks. You never run out and we all could use more of the good stuff.


Sartell Senior Session Erik

Sartell Senior Session Erik

Senior sessions. You’re thinking, “gah. another varsity-jacket, sports star, hands in pockets lame photography post” right?

NOPE. Not the Emmazing experience. We ask key questions to really get to know our seniors from what they like to do to favorite colors to silliest guilty pleasure. I got to photograph TRIPLETS this year and each one was a completely different experience and a ton of fun. Today, I’m featuring Erik, an Eagle Scout, introverted dude with some serious modeling skills. {Even his sisters said he should look into it as a side job so you know it’s true} We treked in some woods, (ahem, got scolded at for tresspassing by a nosy neighbor) found a huge granite boulder, got dusty in some cornfields and found some good brick. And his mom, Madonna, was the best assistant with hair and lights since the wind was feisty. Thanks Madonna!

Cheers to all your accomplishments and best wishes for your new journey, Erik. You’ll kick ass, I guarantee it.

So, enough words right? Let’s let Erik have his spot in the sun. Leave some love!

To book your senior session, email me via my website or directly:



It’s been over 2 weeks since my last post. I could tell you it was because I was too busy, but that would be a lie. Ok, well, a half-truth. It HAS been crazy around here with bookings and meetings and interviews as well as my side hobby taking off like wildfire (the whole knitting and crocheting thing), but the truth is I’ve been uninspired.

Maybe it’s because it’s the winter doldrums, maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been binge watching Dr. Who on Netflix before it disappears February 1st, but I haven’t done anything to really get my mojo fired up and explode out of my head.

I saw a friend of a friend’s post on Facebook that they’re in “hibernation mode” and maybe the writer part of me is curled up in a den on a pile of moss taking a rest. Let’s go with that one, it sounds smart and inspired. *insert winky emoticon here* More likely it’s that I haven’t nourished that part of my creative being lately and that’s totally on me. I haven’t read a novel in, well, let’s just say awhile, and just resorted to quotes delivered to my inbox from Thoughtful Mind (that I haven’t read) because I haven’t MADE TIME for it.

See, the things that grow, that are important to US, our core being, we make time for. The fact that I loathe the time suck that is a shower means I don’t MAKE TIME for them. And as an entrepreneur, wife, mom, and all the other hats I (we) wear, it becomes easier and easier not to MAKE TIME for those nourishing self-care practices that we desperately need.

I’m talking to you, reader. You who has all those “necessary” meetings, events, social obligations, work projects, dinners to make and diapers to change. You who have goals and dreams that you keep on putting aside to knock off one more thing on that ever-present TO-DO list. STOP.

MAKE TIME for you. Because you deserve to be the beautiful, messy, complicated human that you are. Stop being busy for the sake of being busy. Get inspired. Play in the snow. Paint. Make a noodle necklace. Be silly. Sing out loud to that 90s Alt Rock Google Music station (just me? that’s ok. I’ll be smiling from ear to ear next to you at the stoplight). Grab your big girl(man) panties and say:


And don’t let anyone call you selfish. You deserve it.


Tidwell Family | Remer, MN Family Photographer

The first time we got an email from L, I thought it was a hoax. Someone from Australia wants to hire US to do their family lifestyle session? Yeah, right. We’re good, but not well-known in central MN, let alone on the other side of the world. So, I Googled and no hoax was going around the photographer community. I hit that ‘reply’ button with trepidation, not knowing what to expect. L and her family are so REAL it’s amazing. I got to road trip up to Remer and spend a weekend in Walker. And the best part? I get to see them every year when they come back for their vacation. This year they got relocated to Malaysia which means slowly but surely, our international fame is spreading 🙂

Flash to when it was a warm summer day, perfect for a boat ride on the lake and a jump on the trampoline. See what a Lifestyle session is really like with us. They’re fun and we’re not afraid of anything.

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