Amber Rae Photography

One Night up North // Laporte, Minnesota

I took a last minute mini road trip with my Mom, nieces Abby and Alaina, and my little guy Oliver last week. Going up to Laporte, Minnesota is like a little escape to my childhood. Though many years have passed and changes have happened, there is still something special about the long car ride, the familiar knick-knacks Grandma has around the house, and the warm hugs to say hello and goodbye. 

Funny thing, looking at the images I took I realize I hardly took any of Oliver. I think it's because I see him every day, and was so excited to be able to spend time with my nieces. Documentary photography is harder than it seems. Things happen, moments pass you by and sometimes, it's best to live in those moments instead of capturing them. 

Here's a little peek into the hours we spent together.

“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.” 

- A.A Milne




Jeff + Lacy // Winter Wedding at Almquist Farm

There are a few reasons why I am SUPER excited to share this day: One; the bride and groom are close friends of mine, Two; I've had the pleasure of meeting/knowing most of the wedding party, and both lovely families prior to the big day, and THREE; this venue... was gorgeous! And newly remodeled might I add. Plus another BIG bonus; I was able to work alongside a dear friend of mine, Krista Esterling as I was 8 months pregnant and needing a little extra help. It went incredibly smooth knowing that she was at my side (thanks girl!!). 

I arrived at Almquist Farm to find everyone buzzing around prepping and getting things ready. The boys were playing pool and watching Grand Tour in the lower area of the granary, while the ladies upstairs were shuffling around gathering boutonnieres, jewelry, touching up makeup and getting into their dresses . . . 

Jeff & Lacy, thank you both for including me in your big day! 

Venue: Almquist Farm, Bride's Gown & Groom's Tux: The Wedding Shoppe, Wedding Bands: Moissanite Co., Hair & Makeup: Abby Bonham, DJ: JPS Entertainment.