Hi, my name is Tom!
I grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota until I moved to Chicago where I went to college. It was freakin’ sweet, ask me about it sometime. I love rock music in (almost) all its forms. Blues really gets me going though. Something about the gritty unrefined nature of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Jack White, and Stevie Ray Vaughn really resonate with me. I also love amazing coffee and if you haven’t had Dogwood espresso, or Spyhouse Coffee, you don’t know what you’re missing. I love good clean design, will own an Eames lounge chair someday. These are the small things.
Most of all I love the Lord who saved me from myself, and my beautiful, amazing, wonderful, gracious and talented wife Valerie.
As far as your story goes, I love love. I can’t wait to hear your love story; to hear about the way you serve each other, how you met and what keeps you laughing together. There is more to your wedding than meets the eye. It is not just a pretty dress and a bunch of details. It’s your story, and it’s much bigger than the sum of its parts.
While I am documenting the beauty of your day I won’t be asking you to hug your dad before you walk down the aisle or to make your husband hug you afterwards. These things will happen anyways and they will be beautiful without guidance or intrusion. This is what is called “documentary” mindset, and it is how I approach covering the wedding day.
The story of your love is central to everything I do. Every photo is taken with the purpose of telling that story. Secondary to documenting your wedding day, creating portraits that capture your personality and love is my focus. This means posing in a natural way that lets me capture your love. This also means allowing time and space to bring forward all of your love and feelings for your beloved and creating quiet moments to treasure each other on your wedding day while being photographed.
Finally, I believe that the final product of your images are not meant to live on the USB thumb drive you will receive. If you’ve looked around much, you may get the impression that your wedding photos are to help you remember how hot you will look. To put it another way, you may get the impression that the point of wedding photography is to sell your vanity back to you. I disagree. A photo “all grown up” in printed form will do something much more powerful.
I know this because it did and continues to do this for me. In the first few months of marriage my wife and I were adjusting to our new life together. One thing that even premarital counseling didn’t prepare me for was… wait for it… bobby pins. Yes, you read that right. There were bobby pins everywhere and for the first few months it made me feel crazy. They were in the shower, they were sticking to my feet in the kitchen, wedged in the couch cushions. Finally I decided I’d had enough, we had an argument about it. When the argument was over, I was in the dog house, and Val was resting in bed. To unwind I powered up my XBOX to play a game with some friends. As I played, I saw our wedding photos on the wall and I was reminded of the promises I made to her and God that day. Promises to put her first, love her always, and to generally not suck as a human being. That is why I love this job. I get to give reminders like that to people and I believe that everyone should have a reminder like that.
After the wedding I give my clients a curated collection of the best parts of their day in an album or slideshow that is remembered and passed down to their heirs. I also provide a full range of prints to be selected and be hung in your home.
It is my dream to document the beauty of your hearts coming together and celebrating that story together. If you resonate with this, please, click here to tell me part of your story. I would love to make you shine.
I grew up in a very artistic home. My mother is a painter/interior designer turned florist, and my dad loves most kinds of music and was a hobbyist photographer. He always captured our family memories in a beautiful way. As a child I wanted to be many things. It wasn’t until I moved away to college when I discovered my love for photography. About six years ago, every chance I had to pick up a camera, I would and then I wouldn’t be able to put it down. My friends would often be surprised to find many of my pictures on their cameras. (Some of them had my signature silly faces in them.) I started shooting concerts for a magazine, then got a job assisting professional photographers in Minneapolis. I knew I had found something I love and over 100 weddings later I still love it!
Photo Credit: Jacob Menglekoch