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I'm an artist.  I see the world through my lens.

Most days, you can find me somewhere between coffee and wine, trying to be functional and attempting to funnel the ADHD into productivity.  Somedays, it works...most times, it fails miserably.

I'm always learning.  
Always teaching myself.  
Always growing.

Also, I help curate the #FidoFriday group with, Wes LumSuhaib Ayaz and Lisa Lisa!  
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I don't really suck that bad; and sometimes, people that really matter, get a hold of my work and put it in cool places--places way cooler than the places I could've ever thought of. (Like this one time, when Trey Ratcliff put me in one of his hangouts and the other time, when a nice lady auctioned off my art for a good cause :) )
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Whew.  After surviving the storms on my trek to Nebraska (see the last photo I posted)--I arrived there, just in time, to share a beautiful day, with a wonderful family.  This is one of my favorite shots from the wedding day.  This was right after I shot the bride and groom alone--I asked their daughter to run up to them; when she got there, dad swooped her up to the sky, as mom watched on.  It was a moment that just summed up EXACTLY what it's like to be getting married to someone you already have a family with.  (I did it this way, as well. :) There's a whole other part to your dynamic as a couple and this photo, to me, sums it up beautifully. )

Ya know, I also just have to throw this out there because it was the first time I had experienced this--Bella Terre, the place I was shooting at--I have never had staff more considerate to the photographer.  They communicated lighting changes, gave me a heads-up about how they change the lighting throughout the evening, repeatedly asked me if I needed them to change anything and they made me feel like so much more than 'just' a photographer--they made me feel like one of them.  (Really though--if they want beautiful images of their venue--this is the way to do it.  Also, I should note that I didn't need a thing, their location is so stunning that you could shoot with your eyes closed and probably get beautiful photos.)  

http://bellaterre.com

#wedding   #family   #photography   #nebraska   #bellaterre   #iowa   #vineyard   #minnesota   #photographer   #twincities   #minneapolis   #monochromemonday   #PlacesToSee  
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I could tell you this wasn't from a funeral arrangement at work...but, I'd be lying.

#FloralFriday   #Floral   #Friday   #Pink   #Rose   #Minneapolis   #FloralDesign  #MainFloral
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so cute and peaceful
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Potentially my most boring, AND entertaining, blog post--all at once.  
A normal, everyday, day in my life--in both words, and photos.

https://melissapeifer.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/a-day-at-home-post-210
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'Only' being a stay at home mom.  HAH!  Those are words that should never go together.  I never realized all that went into that job, and how mentally draining it was.  I will ALWAYS be in awe of every parent who chooses that path.  Way to go, Sarra! 
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Ah.  Yes.  Give a man a good shave, a collared shirt and an urban backdrop and watch him go from lookin' like a hipster musician, to looking much more like a corporate ladder climber--just. like. that.

#beard   #minneapolis   #men   #headshots   #photography   #beforeandafter   #happyfriday  
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Is it just me or this looks pretty much like him?  https://teespring.com/chin-full-of-win
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Shooting for spring at work.  The extra light during the day is all that I need to give my work that springy, light and airy feel.  (Which is a great change...the deep, dark, rich, colors of the cooler weather were getting old to me.)

#FloralDesign   #Sunflower   #Rose   #Pink   #Yellow   #Green   #Spring   #Monday   #FloralPhotography   #Flowers   #DaylightSavings  
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That's so very beautiful. Mel very good job to pick this picture to have it on your post. I like u already:)
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In the Spring, Summer, and Fall, Minnehaha Falls roars, loudly, with incredible power--it felt so peaceful, and quiet, to be here though--behind the frozen falls. Nothing really prepares you for just how amazing it is to make the trek up to it, and crawl behind. The beauty, and the glow, is completely breathtaking--you just want to capture every inch of it. You'd think it would be so cold back there, too--but, it's actually quite warm.  In fact, on this day, it was warmer back here than it was out in the sun.

#Minneapolis   #MinnehahaFalls   #Explore   #Adventure   #Discover   #Waterfalls   #waterfallphotography   #Frozen   #Water   #Glow   #Blue   #Winter   #Spring  
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Beautiful shot. Thank you for sharing.
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Here we are...at it again. (Thanks to some other hikers for getting this shot.)

Ya know, it's really cool having Photographer friends.  (You know...like, +Tom Gort, +Max Gort and +Janice Hackney!)

They don't judge you when you've been staring at something strange, and random, for far too long. (In fact, they're sometimes jealous they didn't see it first.)

They don't think you're odd when you move in inch this way, an inch that way, and then back to where you originally were--only to spend five minutes in an awkward position photographing the ground/sky/wall/etc.

They encourage you to see things differently. They set up their shots differently than you, they use different gear, and they edit differently. When later, you see what they did, sometimes it's hard to believe that you were at their side, shooting the same things, at the same time.

They don't get annoyed when you take too long. In fact, they've usually pulled out their camera and found something to shoot if you're a tad hung up on whatever random thing it is that's hanging you up. This makes for better shots all around (if you've ever been the only photographer in a group of non-photographers--you know how rushed, and awkward, it can be--plus, folks tend to get annoyed with you quickly). Sometimes, you just want to watch icicle's drip and not feel rushed. :)

#Photographers   #Winter   #Minnesota   #Minneapolis   #Photography  
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+Janice Hackney - Well that sucks! ☺
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Driving toward Nebraska--I hit this storm in the western portion of Iowa today. Gotta love those Midwest storms that just attack you...wow.

#DestinationWedding   #Midwest   #Storm   #Minnesota   #Iowa   #Nebraska   #Roadtrip   #Wedding   #Photographer  
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So americana ! Thanks for posting this +mel peifer 
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I always know what this look means...I'm on his bed and I need to move.

Happy #fidofriday  !

#Friday #FidoFriday   #HappyFriday   #Beagle   #Dogs   #MoveWomanYoureInMyWay   #samsung   #Galaxy   #vscocam  
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It's a new blog post kinda day. 
Aaron's head shots, and a little more, are fresh today.

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I found myself buying leggings that are FULL of flowers the other day (unfortunately, they clash with my floral boots).  I guess that when, for over a year, 75% of my photography/editing has been centered around flowers...that wearing flowers is just a natural progression?  I DID put down the flower headband I found at Claire's though. (Mainly because the little girl next to me had been eyeing it up as it was in my hands.  It looked way better on her, anyway.) 

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This weather has us craving some warmth and color! Here are a few of the brightest flowers we've had in the shop this past week. We thought it might help spread some color around G+, at least! (Warmth...well, we can't do much about that on here. Sorry!)

#Minnesota   #Anoka   #Spring   #Flowers   #Floral   #Collage   #Winter   #Snow   #Color   #Bright  
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I just love your photography, no matter what your subject is! These flowers are super lovely. :)

And it was so good of you to be nice to that little girl. :)
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I fell off the workout wagon this weekend.  (I injured my hand.  Working out was difficult, and painful.)  So, in true, throws-paper-in-the-air fashion--I'm going all out this weekend.  (I'll be back at the healthy crap on Monday.)  I'm going back to the cupcake shop, opening up the wine and gonna chow down the pasta too.  And, it's gonna be awesome. (Until Monday...when I pass out in the middle kick boxing.)

#TGIF   #Friday   #Cupcake   #polkadot   #Heart   #Yum   #WorkoutFail   #Food   #foodphotography   #Weekend  
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My wife and I joined the gym at the beginning of January, so cupcakes aren't exactly on my current diet either... But this one looks super delicious, so please enjoy one for me too! 😉
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