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2013 kate botwinski photography engagements

Kate Botwinski Photography, Minneapolis Engagement Photographers, Minnesota Engagement Photography, Destination Engagement Photographers, Professional Film Photographers, Kate Botwinski, Sam Botwinski, Husband and Wife Wedding Photographers

One of our favorite experiences with our clients is getting to spend an evening together during their engagement session. This past year, we kicked off our engagement sessions in a blizzard, the most beautiful blizzard with Lauren and Evan. We traveled up to Eagle River in Wisconsin for another breathtaking snowfall session, down to Madison where Nadia and Brock had fallen in love with each other, and out to Clear Lake, Iowa to Stu and Kara’s family cottage. We ventured out on canoes with Rachel and Bryan in Minnesota, and cheered as Andrea and Gary took a leap off the docks into Lake DuBay in Central Wisconsin! We photographed our couples in fields, apple orchards, state parks, hidden little alleys in towns we had only ever passed by, on the docks, in homes, and we ended our year of engagement sessions with Bethany and Sean on their family’s land, bursting with Fall color.

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2013 kate botwinski photography weddings

Kate Botwinski Photography, Kate Botwinski, Minneapolis Wedding Photographers, Wisconsin Wedding Photographer, Wisconsin Weddings, Minnesota Weddings, Destination Wedding Photographers, Film Photography, Kodak Film

The past year was packed full with in love couples, vows, travel, beautiful venues, incredible florals, sweet and sappy families (just the way we like them!), a few rooftop parties, backyard ceremonies, art gallery celebrations, and A LOT of film.

From lakeside love in Wisconsin, to mountain kisses in Colorado, to marriage and military commitments in Arkansas, and sunset memories on the shores of Door County, we covered a lot of ground with our couples again in 2013. We love our destination weddings, but we are also lucky to have photographed weddings at a few of our favorite “hometown” venues this year: A’bulae in Saint Paul, Calhoun Beach Club in Minneapolis, and Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.

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this is what following your heart looks like | real life

We’re officially back. In case you missed our wild (but reasonable) announcement, we dropped it all and listened to our hearts. We trusted our guts big time, and in the same day that we felt it, we put our Colorado house on the market. Even in this economy, it sold in THIRTY DAYS. Exactly. Do you think it was fate? Us too. We packed up our house, our business, our pup, and with the help of a best friend, Mom, and Brother, we were on our way to (really) sell our dream home. We didn’t dwell on the fact that we were saying good-bye to our first home, and we definitely didn’t regret our decision for two seconds. We just knew that we had to be where we were going…

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announcement | back to our roots!!

The boxes are almost all packed now. The list of companies we have to change our address with is rapidly growing. The feelings of excitement are starting to set in now. We don’t need a map or a gps. That’s not necessary because we’ve driven this route many times over (and don’t all roads lead you home anyway?). That is right friends, WE ARE MOVING!!!

In this life of busy busy go go, who couldn’t use more in person family time? Like, an easy Wednesday summer night on the boat, or helping with chores out on the Botwinski land, singing “happy birthday” instead of sending a card, or watching the garden grow instead of hearing about it on the phone. Life is about strawberry picking with Grandma, and shopping with Mom, it’s about hunting with Dad, and happy hours with friends, it’s about being there to pass around the silly 3D paper glasses as you “ooo and ahh” over fireworks on the 4th of July. It’s about NOT using FaceTime to watch your family open presents on Christmas Eve if you can help it. Life is about all of the little moments in between, and recognizing who you want to share them with.

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in love with a place | san francisco

“You could blindfold me and drive me into the middle of this city and sit me down. I could tell you exactly where I am. There is just something different about the air here. The sounds. My whole being is happy.”

“Oh Kate, please tell me you’re not wanting us to move out here. I mean, it’s really great to visit, but…. I don’t know…”

Hours later we were running our miles for that day across the Golden Gate Bridge, and I’m almost 100% positive that his mind was changed for good. To say that it was one of the best runs we’ve ever run, well, that’s a complete understatement. Ships and the deep waters fascinate me to no end, when combined with the allure of Alcatraz off in the distance, towering golden beams overhead, and a view of the entire San Fran cityscape… hello dreamy day! I wanted time to freeze.

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the bigger purpose | photographs

Recently, it became clear to us why we do what we do. We always knew… we always knew that we wanted to provide our clients with an experience that they couldn’t get anywhere else. We wanted our clients be able to hang beautiful art pieces of themselves in their home. We really wanted to help couples enjoy that amazing period of their lives- the months of engagement, the celebrations of marriage. It has always been important to us that we would also be a source of joy on what can be a sometimes stressful day.

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colorado happy | from keystone mountain

Today was really something. Today is why we moved to Colorado. Today is why we purchased our first home without ever seeing it, and never looked back. Our hearts are fuller than we ever knew they could be. We are surrounded with such beauty, and that only inspires us to create more, to love harder, and to speak gratitude.

Today, we woke up with a ton of anticipation for an engagement session that we had planned in Keystone. Ohh, the COUPLE. We were wrapped up in who they are together since the minute they walked into our studio. We just knew that this session was going to be one of the best we’ve ever had. The day is over and we couldn’t be happier. It was a full day, all of our steam is used up. We left it all on the mountain with Heather and Jake, and every ounce of us grateful. We cannot wait to dig into the photos from today. If it were possible to blog about them from the gondola ride up the mountain, I think we would have shared their photos already!

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for the new year | from the heart

Ready or not, 2012 is HERE in a few hours! I have always loved this day of the year, New Year’s Eve has always been a big deal to me. I love a reason to celebrate, especially when we’re talking about a worldwide celebration!!! There is nothing like it. As a little girl, my brother and I would stay up and watch the ball drop on TV in New York City. I think my eyes were bulging out of my head. The confetti. The countdown. The cheers. The way people from near and far all pack the streets of the city until you can no longer see the pavement. The millions of people kissing all at once, as if to say, “It’s a new year. It’s a new me. Kiss me now!” The hope of a new year and a chance to start over. Doesn’t it feel amazing? I think I can remember every single New Year’s Eve night since I was four years old. I simply love this night. I get excited over sparkles, sequins, silver and gold. A packed tavern or a cuddly spot on the couch, it’s all so wonderful to me.

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freedom | our life

What does Veteran’s Day mean to you? In this house, we are thankful for our country, our safety, freedom, and more than any of it, the AMAZING people that provide comfort and safety to us. We are personally lucky to call many of these soldiers and pilots friends and family. We hear the stories first hand, and we get the emails with photos from war. Our hearts are broken, but our hearts are stronger for it. We are more more grateful for daily living because of it. We want to hug harder and cheer louder for those that are brave enough to stand up for our country.

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this is living | our life

When people ask, “Why Colorado?” I think it’s really easy to answer, “Why NOT Colorado? Have you ever been?” There are truly probably seventy-five legit answers to that question, but really, what it comes down to, is this: Colorado is where our hearts are. It is a place that makes our souls at peace, a place that seriously inspires us to explore, and probably the only place that makes us WANT to wake up before the sun is high in the sky. {The above photo is taken from our client office. Does it get any better?}

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