Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ellie's Light: Fundraiser Event Photography

Last week I was honored to photograph the Ellie's Light event that took place in Lakeville.

It was the second event in remembrance of Ellie. This beautiful girl passed away in October 2010 tragically and unexpectedly at the age of 9 months. Her parents started Ellie's Light, a non-profit which raises money to create comfort items and memory packets for families who have a critically ill or dying child in the ICU of children's hospitals . They also do many other things such as donate blankets and stuffed animals, serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House, make huge contributions to Toys for Tots, and more.

Ellie's mom and I briefly worked together back when I first started as a nurse and we reconnected after I began reading her blog. I have since done Ellie's big brother's pictures and Ellie's new little brother and sister's pictures in the last few months. So I was more than honored to be the event photographer for the fundraising event last week.

It was at Brunswick XL in Lakeville which is this huge new bowling alley, laser tag, arcade, and food/drink center. It was awesome and the perfect location for the event. People could bowl, eat pizza, drink, and bid on the large selection of silent auction items as well as enter into some pretty sweet raffle drawings (I even won a silent auction item ; )  ). I was beyond impressed with the turn out. A lot of people obviously loved Ellie or were touched by her story somehow.

While nothing, I imagine, could ever take the pain away of losing a child...this event keeps her happy spirit alive and her light shining. 

I hope you enjoy the photos : )

some awesome items up for bid

Ellie's big brother Max

people checking in and getting their wristbands

the raffle I wanted to win!!

Ellie's little sister Addy

Ellie's little brother Levi

they had so many silent auction items that they had to post things on the wall! that's a good problem to have : )

decor around the bowing alley


I kind of love this picture

tons of people showed up!

some action shots

a happy girl being remembered at this awesome event
Again, it was an honor to take part in this event. If you want to know more about Ellie's Light or if you want to make a here : )

Jessie & Tim's Wedding Photos

A little over a week ago, I was lucky enough to capture the beautiful wedding of Jessie & Tim.

They got married at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove. It was a great setting and certainly suited their personalities. Bright and colorful, yet still laid back.

I hadn't met Tim til the day of the wedding so I had never seen them together as a couple. I have to say, I was blown away. Their love for each other was so evident and pure it even brought me to tears during the ceremony. Luckily, I pulled it together in time to get some great shots that day.

I had a truly great time capturing your wedding Jessie & Tim, I hope you enjoy the pictures : )

It was an awesome day and night. Thanks again for inviting me guys : )