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5 FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM SUMMER 2019

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Union Station in Chicago on film. Fujifilm Fuji400H 120 with Pentax 645. By Kayla Lee.
I was everywehere this summer–from the southwest corner of the state to this lovely city (Chicago) tothe east coast. It. Was. AWESOME.

Oy, Summer 2019. Where did you go? How is it already Labor Day weekend? What the heck, time?!


Even though it went fast, this past summer was definitely one of my favorites of all time. So much good happened, I loved it. It was hard to narrow down five favorite things from this summer, but here goes nothing: 

1. SHOOTING A RECORD 12 WEDDINGS.

In the fifteen weeks I had for summer vacation, 11 of those weeks had weddings (and one had a double header). I loved every minute I spent with you, celebrating your big day and your future. You were each so incredible and so much fun; it may sound silly to say, but I do feel like I came away with dozens of new friends…and I miss working with you already (so if you are reading this, KLP Wedding Alumni, please be sure you join the Facebook group, as we are going something awesome next year and I want to be sure you are involved)!

2. DEFENDING MY THESIS.

This was by far a highlight of the summer of 2019. School to me has been how training for half and full marathons are for pretty much everyone else. I have always loved stretching my brain and making it work through things that I never thought it (or I) could do. This defense was one of them, and I loved it. I am in the process of considering a doctoral program, so stay tuned (but don’t worry: That won’t change this business. It will still be here no matter what).

3. FIREWORKS IN FRONT OF INDEPENDENCE HALL.

No, I have no pictures of this. I kept this moment to myself.  It was a last-minute decision to wander out into the night from my hotel to see if I could see the big show from the little grassy patch right across the road from the room where it all happened. I could, and it was surreal to think that I was sitting in the exact spot where our founding fathers roamed after they did their deed and declared our freedom from British rule over 240 years prior. 

4. FINALLY SAW “RENT.”

I have wanted to see that musical since it first came to the Cities like twenty years ago. It made its way back to Minnesota, and I was sure to get a ticket. And trust me when I say it was worth the wait. 

5. PHOTOGRAPHED ANOTHER BOUDOIR SESSION.

I have found that I really like shoot boudoir. It’s not as weird as I thought it was going to be; it’s actually pretty empowering to make another person feel good about themselves. I have always felt a strength of mine was reading people, and that is totally needed to be a successful boudoir photographer. 

I am sad that this amazing season is coming to an end, but I am so excited to see what is next! What is waiting for you in the next season of life?

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