Katie + Nick

Sometimes you never want to stop shooting. The couple is great and the light is great and the weather is great and the dog is great... Katie and Nick's autumn engagement session just south of town by the river was nothing short of perfect. Did we mention they have a dog?!

Alli + Miko

It's entirely possible that joy radiated from Alli from the moment her eyes opened on the wedding day. She was completely at ease the whole day, perhaps because she knew that marrying into a Serbian family would mean a life full of dancing, laughter, and food. Or perhaps it was because Miko has a way of making everyone around him smile. Either way, it was a blast to shoot these two and find ourselves tearing up with laughter multiple times throughout this joy filled day.

Tuesday Misc.

The calendar says it's Tuesday. Here's what has happened since the last one.

Zach:

  • Jodi and I have been busy with a project that we'll be announcing in the next couple days. Exciting and crazy times here!
  • I started reading Dan Brown's new book and so far it's been 80 pages of buildup without much happening, but man he could write about a dirt and make it entertaining.
  • It's been a bit warmer this past week which means we're in the period where everytime Glencoe goes outside he gets covered in mud which, oh boy, makes life fun.
  • Glencoe learned quickly that he likes apple cider doughnuts.
  • We learned quickly that he is able to reach things on our kitchen counter when we're not looking.
  • We'll be getting rid of our studio space at the end of the year which means we're slowly moving things home. We just brought back the water cooler, which you'd be forgiven if it doesn't sound too exciting, but it's awesome having cold and hot water on demand as winter is closing in.

Jodi:

  • The first weekend without a wedding meant a lot of cooking - I made apple cider doughnuts for the first time (they were not pretty mind you, but still delicious) - and a lot of dishes, errands, and winter chores. We also slept in both days! It was pretty rad.
  • I think the best part of last week was getting to work a bit from home on Friday. I got so much done and worked right beside a WINDOW. A window! My current office digs don't include windows, or if they do, they also include never getting anything done, so being productive near a window was the bee's knees.
  • I got to hang out with some badass women on Thursday night and learn about how to support yourself in a creative career. I thought I'd just be teaching some votive making but then voila! Wisdom and camaraderie.
  • Looking for book recommendations! If you have some, let me know! How? Well I have a fancy email over here: jodi@zachdavisphotography.com

Happy Trails Friends!

Summer + Mike

It was brief, both having flown in from separate regions of the country, and it was in a way transportive for us, too. We moved from the busy Minneapolis streets into a world of jungles and bonsai trees, learning about Summer and Mike’s determined, yet relaxed love for one another in the many botanical hideouts of the Como Conservatory.

Jillian + Amanda

If being cozied up in a camper with a 100 pound Bernese Mountain dog named Moose and your best friend on a lake in Minnesota isn’t your idea of a good time, then well, it should be. Jillian and Amanda welcomed us with coffee, and to be honest, if the sun hadn’t set, we’d probably still be out there photographing them. It was such a perfect evening even if it was a bit chilly. After all, that’s what love and coffee, are for - to warm you up from the inside out. 

Teresa + Josh - Sneak Peek

Snow fell in the morning and by the evening we were covered in sweat on the dance floor. You could say it was a good day witnessing Teresa and Josh get married this weekend. 

Monday Misc.

Happy Monday!

Zach:

  • Winter is here. And winter weddings are among my favorite. Some warm gloves and good boots and a couple that doesn't mind being a little chilly all adds up to some awesome photos.
  • It's being super fun watching Glencoe play in the snow for the first time.
  • Some buddies and I played our first beer league hockey game last night and hooo boy, it's been a long time. Super fun to get out there and skate though.
  • Related note: there's a park across the street from our house and board for an outdoor rink went up this past week so now it's just waiting for it to get cold enough for ice.
  • Last related note: I started reading a book about some of the strategy and reasoning behind why NHL coaches make certain choices in big games. Almost certainly only interesting for hockey nerds like me but it's been fun.
  • Jodi and I have a project that has been in the works for about two years that we're finally getting serious about. Should be able to start talking about it in the next week or two so stay tuned!

Jodi:

  • This weekend was spent photographing! We had a wedding at Rustic Oaks and there was snow on the ground and a fun dance so that day was clearly great. And then on Sunday we photographed the Unglued Christmas Card Photobooth and then I photographed headshots for Rethink Dance, a small contemporary dance company in the area.
  • I also got to watch Zach get his butt kicked by intramural hockey! He was better than he said he'd be and the whole game was pretty darn fast. Plus, I met two new dogs and a good friend happened to be there watching a game before his so that was a delight!
  • In other adventures, I've been baking a bit more. Both pumpkin cheesecake bars and pumpkin scones have made it to the fridge so winter can come now!
  • Last week my friend Joleen and I grabbed a beer at Drekker on a miserable night of cold cold rain after a long day at work and it made me all warm and fuzzy inside because my work friends are my real life friends and that makes going to work in the morning a happy thing and not an awful thing. 

Happy Trails!

Kate + Ryan - Sneak Peek

The rain held off until the ceremony ended and everyone could get cozy in the barn Kate and Ryan built with her parents. That was the beautiful thing, though, everyone, including the weather, pitched in to make sure the day couldn't have been better.

Monday Misc.

Happy Monday

Zach:

  • It's officially fall and Jodi and I have finally gotten over a pair of colds that hung around for the past two weeks.
  • Some friends talked me into playing intramural hockey with them this winter. Our first game is in two weeks, which A - seems crazy early with how nice outside it still is, and B - means I'm about to be reminded of how out of hockey shape I am real soon!
  • We have a small break from weddings so it's been great to catch up on a bunch of work and editing.
  • We finally finished Glencoe's dog house. If we're being completely honest here, I have no idea if he'll even use if but it was a super fun project for us to work on. Someday I'd love to design and build our own house/studio so it was a fun first peek into building an actual structure.
  • After watching Chopped last night, we got inspired to make a sponge cake in the microwave. This recipe proved to be surprisingly good for a cake that takes about 4 minutes to make from start to finish.
  • My family will be coming to town this weekend to hang out and relax and I'm pumped.

Jodi:

  • Two weeks ago, my buddy Sarah and I were on the road! We were sleeping in the car and at Airbnb's, hiking in National Forests, and exploring towns along the way. One night, in the middle of a forest, we looked up and the stars were so brilliantly layered, they were multidimensional and brighter than any other stars I've ever seen. Another day, we were sitting in a coffee shop in the middle of Grand Rapids and a man offered a passerby who asked for it, a cigarette, and then returned his coffee cup and everyone replied, "Thanks Gerry!". It was one of those moments where you believe in humanity so fully it literally fills you up.
  • We didn't have a wedding this weekend so I volunteered to PA a ND Tourism shoot in Grand Forks and got to hang out with some talented photographers based in Carbondale, CO. I also got to watch part of the UND score four goals against the MN Gophers, which was a pretty great job perk.
  • On Sunday, after a scare with Glencoe running after another dog who ran off her leash, and raking up leaves that the wind blew immediately all around the yard again, I got to film a piece for a friend's dance project called Rise. Today my hip flexors are nice and sore.
  • I hope there's one more good chance to go camping before it turns into winter but you never know around here what the weather will be like. Crossing my fingers though that we get to put Glen in a tent soon!
  • This coming weekend I'm hoping we get to go to a pumpkin patch, but I hear they don't sell apple cider doughnuts at these things, so I'm just going to have to make my own and bring them with us!

Happy Trails!