Staring Lake Park ~ Eden Prairie ~ Emily and Reid’s Engagement Photography

Staring Lake Park

 Eden Prairie

 Emily and Reid’s Engagement Photography

I am IN LOVE with this session!  I feel like everytime I post a session I fall in love all over again.  Emily and Reid’s engagement photography session is one for the books. Not only are they adorable, but their dog was AMAZING! He was so loveable and was a great model.  One of the best ways for me to get to know my couples and them also to get to know me is an engagement session.  It allows us to “hangout” for a couple hours and to get some awesome photos that are great for Save the dates, and to display at the wedding.

Location: Staring Lake Park

Photographer: Courtney June Photography

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Wedding Photographer ~ Styled Shoot ~ Let’s Bee Together Published

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Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot

Let’s Bee Together Published

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Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest

Coordinator: Bella Mystique Designs

Photography: Courtney June Photography

Hair and Makeup: Baroque Artistry 

Jewelry: Style by Cia

Wedding Cake: Enticing Icing

Florist: Lake Harriet Florist

Signage: Danika by Design

Invitations: Paper Paragon

Wedding Dress: Inspire Bridal Boutique

Tuxedos: Bridal Aisle

Champagne and Wine: Bronco Wine

Linen + Decor + Details: Apres Party and Tent Rental

Robes: Oh Sugar Studio

Minneapolis Newborn Photographer ~ Baby Olivia ~ 7 weeks

Minneapolis Newborn Photographer

Baby Olivia

7 weeks

One of my absolutely FAVORITE parts of being a photographer is growing with families.  I love being a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer, but I love being able to photograph growing families.  Newborn sessions are always fun because you never know how the baby is going to be, or what they’ll let you do! I always allow more than enough time to photograph and to allow baby to relax.  Whenever I do newborn session, I always photograph in home, and it makes a huge difference, for both mommy and baby!

Photography: Courtney June Photography 

Rachel’s Bridal Shower Photography ~ Forest Lake ~ Private Estate

Rachel’s Bridal Shower Photography

Forest Lake

Private Estate

As a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer, I typically just photograph the wedding, I don’t get to see a whole lot of the events before the big day. Rachel’s Bridal Shower was such a wonderful day to be a part of.  It was a beautiful day on Clear Lake, the clouds were big and fluffy, the sky was blue and there was a slight breeze.  Rachel’s Aunt Karen was gracious enough to host the event, and allow me to photograph in her beautiful home! What a great place for entertaining, and what a view of the lake from the pool area.

Rachel is also a photographer, so it was a blast to be a part of fellow photographers day!

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Location:Clear Lake

Photography:Courtney June Photography

 

 

 

First Birthday Party Portrait Photographer ~ Aurelia’s First Birthday ~ Cake Smash Photography

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First Birthday Party Portrait Photographer

Aurelia’s First Birthday

Cake Smash Photography

As a portrait photographer, I get to photo all sorts of fun events and people, this birthday party was extra special for me, because it is my one and only niece. She is absolutely adorable, although, I am a little biased! My sister had amazing ideas for the party, here is an excerpt from Natalie:

Being a teacher, I have always had a love for Dr. Seuss. My vision for my daughter’s birthday began about 5 months before her first birthday. It was very important to me that I picked a theme for Aurelia’s first birthday that fit with my deepest desires for her in life. I pray that she will be a world changer, and not fear any of the days ahead of her. That she would be confident in who she was created to be and that she is dearly loved.

The details: My friend, Stephanie (Wood + Stain) made the beautiful world map, and Target had a Dr. Seuss theme in their baby’s clothing. I purchased a world map with the verse Joshua 1:9 on it and a little cloud dress. From there, all the details for Oh, The Places She’ll Go fell into place. I gathered maps and other traveling decor including hot air balloons, suitcases, and pastels. A friend made my little girl a pastel and gold birthday crown. I customized hot air balloon invitations, and kids got Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You’ll Go party favors. The gifts were wrapped in maps, and I had an interactive “Where have you been?” bulletin board for the party guests to show where they have been around the world. Party guests were asked to bring a thought or prayer for Aurelia to write in a copy of Oh The Places You’ll Go to give to her when she graduates. It’s a long ways away, but I’m already thinking about that theme, too! 🙂

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Photography: Courtney June Photography

Cake: CakeWalk 

T-shirts: LadyAndLittle  “Kid, You’ll Move Mountains”

Map headband: JLeeJewels

Wooden World Map: Wood + Stain

Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Wedding Photographer ~ Styled Shoot ~ Perfect Wedding Guide Published

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Minneapolis Marriott Southwest Wedding Photographer

Styled Shoot

Perfect Wedding Guide Published

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Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest

Coordinator: Bella Mystique Designs

Photography: Courtney June Photography

Hair and Makeup: Baroque Artistry 

Jewelry: Style by Cia

Wedding Cake: Enticing Icing

Florist: Lake Harriet Florist

Signage: Danika by Design

Invitations: Paper Paragon

Wedding Dress: Inspire Bridal Boutique

Tuxedos: Bridal Aisle

Champagne and Wine: Bronco Wine

Linen + Decor + Details: Apres Party and Tent Rental

Robes: Oh Sugar Studio

Tips for Great Senior Portrait Photography

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Tips for Great Senior Portrait Photography

Senior portraits are a rite of passage to bid farewell to your final year in High School. It’s also fun as you get older to take a look back at them.  Even though we don’t want to admit it at the time; we do, and will change!  As you are preparing to have your portrait session, here are a couple things to think about:

What defines me at this moment, who am I?

a dancer?

an athlete?

a gamer?

a reader?

    Any props that help to define you give a great story in front of the camera. Have you won any medals or ribbons? Bring them along, let’s show them off too!

What clothes should I wear?

In addition to props, your clothing can help to tell your story.  Do you like to run around in a batman costume at night? Great! Let’s show it off!

What is your favorite outfit? I love to buy new outfits, especially for photoshoots, but I also think that your favorite outfit is a must-have. With Courtney June Photography, there is no limit to clothing changes.  I want you to show off who you are- without limits!

Where should I have my photos taken?

This also helps show off your personality.  Are you a city/urban person, country, coffee shop, library, etc? We work together to choose locations that work great photographically, and also to give you the look you want.

For the ladies- Should I get my hair and makeup done?

Absolutely! But within reason, you don’t want to look like someone you aren’t.  Make sure that it’s done naturally and that you still look like you. Doing your hair and makeup yourself is just fine too!  It’s what you do everyday, right?

What to have in your “day of” toolkit:

  • Makeup for touch ups
  • Bug spray!!!
  • Bobby pins
  • Normal head attire – do you wear hats or headbands regularly? Don’t forget to bring them
  • Sunscreen (typically we aren’t out in the heat of day, but if you have fair skin, then this is something to not forget)
  • Outfit changes (unlimited)
  • Shoes (unless you plan on wearing the same pair)
  • Accessories (jewelry- necklaces,earrings, rings, watch, scarves)
  • Fashion tape (if you know what this is, you’ll know to if you need it)

 

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Stillwater Wedding Photographer ~ JX Event Venue ~ Big Fake Wedding ~ Forever Bride Published

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Stillwater Wedding Photographer

 JX Event Venue

 Big Fake Wedding

 Forever Bride Published

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Venue: JX Event Venue

Coordinators: Sixpence Events

Bella Mystique Designs

Elaborate Style Events

Photography: Courtney June Photography

Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi

Jewelry: Style by Cia

Wedding Cake: Enticing Icing

Cupcakes: A Cupcake Social

Invitations: Lion + Lamb

Signage: Lettered and Lovely

Decor: Apres Party and Tent Rental

Catering: BRIE Catering

Marshmallow Bar: North Mallow

Macarons: Nikkolette’s Macarons

Furniture: A Vintage Touch

DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment

 

The Lowell Inn ~ Stillwater ~ Randy & Carol’s Wedding Photography

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Randy & Carol’s Wedding

The Lowell Inn ~ Stillwater

I had only talked to Randy on the phone (and Carol through text) before their wedding. This is not a normal standard for me, but they lived in Indianapolis and it wasn’t an option to meet in person.  I commend anyone that can plan a wedding from a different state, it’s a lot of work when you are in the state you’re getting married in! Randy and Carol did an amazing job! The Lowell Inn was very lush and green, it was a little warm in the sun, but way better than sitting in the cold! Randy and Carol have been together for quite a few years; Carol’s mom actually set them up (and she’s quite proud of the result). Randy was the UPS man, and she knew that he would be just perfect for her daughter. There’s an old saying “Mother knows best” (let’s not tell our mothers it may be true), but in this case it was absolutely right!

One of the things that I love most about being a Minneapolis Wedding Photographer is that I don’t just get to shoot in the metro!  I love being able to travel through the whole state, and even the “east” metro to Stillwater.  On the even brighter side, I get to photograph so many amazing locations!

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Venue: Lowell Inn

Location: Stillwater

Photography: Courtney June Photography

 

The Westin Edina Galleria ~ Lindsay’s Professional Headshot Photography

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Lindsay’s Professional Headshot Photography

The Westin Edina Galleria

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Lindsay over the past year, because she is one of the venue coordinators at Minneapolis Marriott SW.  It’s one of my favorite hidden gem hotels! When Lindsay called me and said she wanted to do a lifestyle headshot session, I was ecstatic!! I absolutely loved the idea. I feel that the common headshots with a white wall sometimes are just so boring.  The Westin Edina Galleria was a great place for this session, they have a beautiful foyer and also some great wall art. I can’t wait to do a session like this again!

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Location: The Westin Edina Galleria

Photography: Courtney June Photography