A little light in winter’s dark: Kristina + Derek’s northern Minnesota winter engagement ses

January 16, 2018


“The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen.”
― Shannon L. Alder
So much of life is that balance between light and dark, good and evil. Alder makes a solid point, however, that in order to see the light, one has to be a little in the dark. Sometimes bad things just happen, but if we wait, we can see the good.
It wasn’t a typical meeting with this particular nurse. I see her from time-to-time, but this was more frantic–I was wondering what she knew about my health that I didn’t.
“My daughter…her photographer…accident…no photos for the save-the-dates. Can you help us?”
As a photographer, my greatest fear is something happening where I cannot complete my duties to save your memories and tell your stories. It breaks my heart to hear when a fellow photographer has something happen outside their control and have no other option but to break a date, because they broke their leg.
Kristina and Derek were set to send save-the-dates without their smiling happily-and-newly engaged faces on them when we made it our mission to meet at a lovely local park for just a few moments of their day. Driving was no big deal for either of them–Kristina, a medical student, bops all around Minnesota a she completes her final elements of study; Derek is an elementary teacher, so a different kind of mental drive occurs in his day-to-day life. But on wintry December day, they put down 90 miles to meet, so we were certain to make their 20 minutes count.
And we did. They cuddled. They cooed. They kissed. They chuckled. They were as natural for the camera as any couple comes–no doubt a good sign of the marriage that they will enter this summer. What could have been catastrophe from an accident turned out OK, because even in the darkest times, there will always be a little speck of light.
Let Kristina and Derek be a spot of light in your day…see their romantic winter save-the-date session below….

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After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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