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Brittany in the Studio

Beautiful Brittany, it’s always a pleasure to photograph somebody who likes to be photographed. And you, my dear, rocked the camera.

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This is actually just part one of Brittany’s graduate session. When the weather gets more green, we plan to have a second session outdoors. But, since I love her fierceness so much, I had to share a few studio snaps. Enjoy!

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Jill + Ross’ Engagement Session

It’s so much fun when a couple works together smoothly during a portrait session – all I have to do is offer minimal direction and they take care of the rest! Jill and Ross were really easy to photograph during their engagement session so I know Britta and I are going to have a great time at their wedding this September.

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Masterpiece Masquerade This Saturday!

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“What was that?”

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“Did you hear that?”

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“What the what? I think I just saw a ninja… with a camera. I think it was a photo ninja!”

Okay, okay… so I win the award for dorkiest photographer ever and, yes, this is probably the lamest set up for a blog post on record. But, what can I say? This erratic spring weather is making me pretty loopy. Plus, I’m getting excited for the 2011 Plains Art Museum Spring Gala on Saturday. This year’s theme? Masterpiece Masquerade.

The PAM Spring Gala is the premier social event in Fargo-Moorhead and a wonderful fundraiser for the beloved museum. The event is this Saturday, May 7th from 7 pm to 1am. Tickets are $90 and can be purchased online or at the door. Included is a wine tasting, rockin’ music and super tasty food (two words: sweet bacon). There will also be a silent art auction featuring the work of dozens of area artists including yours truly. Check out my piece up for auction titled “Oats.”

Dave and I, with our trusty cameras, will be documenting the epic event for the second year in a row. Let me warn you, we are taking the masquerade theme seriously. Expect to see us out of the corner of your eye as we dart from one angle to another, stopping to grab some fun group shots (and sweet bacon) every now and again.

Now, through all of that babbling, do I still have your attention? If so, you are one step closer to winning a pair of free gala tickets! All you have to do is let us know what kind of mask you would wear to the masquerade. You can do this one of three ways: by leaving a comment on this blog post, tagging us on facebook (or leaving a message on our wall) or by tagging @milestoners in a tweet. The deadline is today (May 6) at 5 pm sharp. Shortly there after we will draw one of your names and then announce the winner via facebook and twitter.

Ready? Set? Go!

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Kari Arntson - I am hoping to make a mask with feathers and sparkles.

Suzi Hansen - I am planning on making a mask with my sister..she has all the ideas so it could have feathers, glitter, sparkles all of the above.

Morgan Hoyt - If it were possible, I would wear a wool mask made by my friend Kaylyn, who created the lovely wool rabbit head piece in the gala.

Rosa Chavez DeLeon - I would wear a super cool batman mask. I would add some sparkles to it though.

jennysue - I would make a mask out of beer bottle caps…I have a ton that I have collected over the years, but have never quite found the right project for them!

Senior Portraits – Elizabeth

One of the very first technically good photographs I made way back when I was considering it as a career was of a big-eyed infant sitting in someone’s lap outside. I was able to balance the light and use a little flash to fill in some shadows, it had good composition and was a nice moment – I was so happy!

Go forward about 18 years and that same little girl with the big eyes is in the studio for her senior photos. Elizabeth is the baby of the family and I’ve been lucky enough to photo her older sisters too. (Addie’s wedding is this summer!) Elizabeth likes her smiley photos best but I think she pulls off a pretty good serious look too.

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Deb - There isnt a bad one in the whole bunch – Deb

Wedding Wednesday: The Return of Lace

Well, the Royal Wedding is over, but the Royal Influence is just beginning. And thanks to Kate, (Is she a princess now or what? I don’t think so… but I’m confused since Diana got the title after her wedding, but Kate’s just a Duchess now. Maybe it’s because she and Wills are still second in line to the throne?) (Where was I?) Oh yeah, thanks to Kate, lace is back in a big way.

I was so thrilled to see that her gown didn’t have a princess neckline. Don’t get me wrong, princess necklines are beautiful. And who doesn’t want to look like royalty on their wedding day? But the strapless neckline has ruled  American wedding fashion for more than a decade now. And I’m ready for a new look! Bring on the sexy sophistication, ladies.

Everywhere you look designers are promising replicas of Kate’s gown, veil and more. But there are other fun ways to incorporate the Kate Style a little more subtly. Lace can go anywhere.

Check out this intricate lace veil. I love the edging detail because it doesn’t obscure the dress at all, but leaves a beautiful lacy train flowing behind. Lovely.

This mermaid silhouette lace dream comes from Helene Bridal. I LOVE the neckline and all the incredible detailing of the gown.

This stunner is also a mermaid silhouette but is a little more forgiving in the bodice. OMG, I’m dying. Such a modern twist on lace and I LOVE the silver ribbon at the empire waist. LOVE. This dress is sleek and sexy and oh so classy.

And I love this one, despite the strapless top, because of the sassy tea length. Very modern. You’re no doubt wearing some fabulous shoes so let them shine!

How about lace accessories? Edera Jewelry customizes gorgeous lace jewelry at their etsy site. You can also use lace on invitations, decorations, and even on your dessert… be it cake, cupcakes or cheesecake. There are even web sites that let you design your own lace.

Lace is back, baby.

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