North Shore Engagement

When I met Carrie and Andrew and heard their story of getting engaged, I knew I just had to venture up to the North Shore and capture their love there.

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Carrie and Andrew love the North Shore, and Andrew actually proposed to Carrie on the deck of the Split Rock Lighthouse. When we got to the location, it started raining. So… we checked the forecast and we waited.

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We waited for about a half hour, and are so glad we did!

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After we took some shots down by the shore, we ventured up to the lighthouse, where Andrew proposed.

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When we got up to the deck where Andrew proposed, the sun peeked out from the clouds for the most beautiful sunset. It was a blessing! Andrew was standing at the exact spot where he once knelt down on one knee in the sunset photos. So special.

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Ice Cream in the Park Engagement Session

When I first met Sam and Brandon, I knew we were a great fit. They were fun, easy-going, and we talked like we were friends! (I do consider myself friends with my clients!) As their engagement session was approaching, I knew I wanted to do something different than what I had been doing for other engagement sessions this year (I am ALWAYS up to try something new!). When Sam mentioned ICE CREAM, I was sold. Not only because ice cream is my favorite food, but because it sounded like lots of fun.

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After Ice cream, we ventured around Gold Medal Park, where turns out, Brandon proposed to Sam on a rainy morning. The lighting was great, and they were rockstars in front of the camera.

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I had so much fun with Sam and Brandon’s engagement session. I can’t wait for their wedding this September!

How I got here: my journey to wedding photography

In high school I was an athlete. I played basketball, softball, tennis, cross country, and I even won a weight lifting competition at one point. My friends were my teammates, and my idols were my coaches. I lived and breathed for my teams. So naturally I decided I wanted to take every class that my coaches taught so that I could spend time with them during the day. It started freshman year with my basketball coach, Ms. Allard. She was the most amazing person to me, and I wanted to learn from her and be like her. She worked in the business department, specifically teaching multimedia classes. So, being the impressionable freshman I was, I signed up for multimedia 1 and multimedia 2 in order to take classes from Ms. Allard. Little did I know that it would be the beginning of my career in multimedia. We learned photoshop and final cut and I ate up every moment in that class. So much so that I got my hands on a download of photoshop on my home computer that I could use. I loved it.

Fast forward to college. I attended college at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. I came in studying Physical Education, though it was apparent early on in college that I was losing interest in all things athletics. By my sophomore year in college, I was conflicted with what I wanted to do, and I needed to figure it out. I campus ministries staff member and I met and she presented the organization YWAM to me. I found out that I could receive college credit, receive a full scholarship from UNW, and go live in the mountains in Montana for 2 months and then take a 3 month mission trip, and just like that my bags were packed I was sold. I got to YWAM with a class of around 50 other young adults. It was amazing and the culture was very new to me. We had a giving night where we prayed and asked God with generous hearts if there was anything He wanted us to give to someone. On that night I prayed and felt overwhelmingly thankful for my scholarship for the school from my college; I also felt God lead me to give someone $500 that they could use for their tuition. I contemplated it back and forth. It was a lot of money, but I was obedient. Then, moments later, a classmate came up to me with a bag and a note. The note encouraged me about my unique gift of seeing beauty in the world and how God wanted me to capture that beauty. Inside the bag was a DSLR camera. My first camera. I ended up traveling to Brazil with this group and I brought my camera. I was able to capture beautiful pictures of the people and the things we did there. I fell in love with photography.

Pictured is my group of classmates in the Winter Discipleship Training School that I traveled to Brazil with. We were waiting for a bus when this photo was taken (yes, it took multiple buses to accommodate our group).

Pictured is my group of classmates in the Winter Discipleship Training School that I traveled to Brazil with. We were waiting for a bus when this photo was taken (yes, it took multiple buses to accommodate our group).

Being in Brazil, I gained a heart for missions and one thing I noticed was that they struggled with graphic design there. The billboards consisted of Microsoft word art, and I knew that I had the skills to help teach people graphic design. When I returned back to the University of Northwestern - St. Paul I created my own major in the Interdisciplinary Studies department that consisted of graphic design, film, photography and overseas missions. I took classes in video making as well as photography. I loved it.

At that time, I also worked at the University of Minnesota when I was not taking classes. At the UMN I was given new duties at work in the realm of communications and graphic design. Though, it was shortly after that my struggle with anxiety and anorexia surfaced. I made the decision to take a leave of absence from the University of Northwestern and I quit my job at the University of Minnesota in order to seek treatment for my mental and physical health struggles. I decided to take a leap and I signed myself into treatment at The Emily Program.

Photo by: Teddi Anderson

Photo by: Teddi Anderson

I sought treatment at The Emily Program for over four years. I went through the levels of care: residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, and then outpatient therapy. I grasped many things about myself during that journey: foremost being that I learned that I am creative, and I learned that I adore people. When I was ready, I decided that I was so passionate about the journey of recovery that I changed my major to counseling and I graduated from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, May of 2016. August of 2016 I started grad school to become a therapist.

After treatment, I met the love of my life in an unexpected way and I was swept off of my feet quickly, and by the grace of God, my eating disorder became part of my past. I have been recovered now for about three years, and though it was difficult, I am so thankful for my journey to where I am today. I will graduate with my Master’s in Counseling in May.

I am healthy! With Aaron Rye, the love of my life, on the day he proposed (right before he did it!)

I am healthy! With Aaron Rye, the love of my life, on the day he proposed (right before he did it!)

I decided, happy and healthy, to pursue a career helping people experience what I did at The Emily Program: getting their lives back from their struggles. I experienced genuine care, empathy, and community. It helped me recover. (Of course, shout out to my amazing therapist, Maureen, and my dietitian at the Emily Program, Anne, for all of their support.) I aspire to be the support that they were to me.

Then, I got married. January 6, 2018, was the best day of my life. I made a lifelong commitment in front of those dearest to me to love Aaron for all of my days. We celebrated and it was wonderful.

Then came January 25, 2018. For my photographer, I hired a friend of a friend. His Instagram was simply incredible, and when he told me his price for wedding photography, I was convinced I found a hidden gem. However, I should have noticed the red flags when I saw my engagement photos: there was only one photo in the entire gallery of Aaron’s face. When I went through my wedding gallery my heart hurt. I was missing those intimate and romantic wedding portraits. There were no candids. The editing was minimal. It devastated me.

On January 26, 2018, Lindsay Rye Photography, LLC., was born. I decided in that moment that just like my experience in becoming a therapist to help those who are where I once was, I wanted to make sure no bride and groom felt how we felt. I knew I had the skillset from Ms. Allard in high school, from my classes in college, and my job at the UMN, and add that to my passion for people, my hard work, and my commitment to excellence, and I had a feeling I was onto something.

I spent 2018 second shooting for many, many, photographers, and I shot 3 weddings of my own as the lead. Read my reviews, they are self-explanatory about my client’s experiences.

So where am I now? I have booked 23 weddings this year. I am also about to graduate with my Master’s degree in counseling in May. I work part time at a day treatment for kids with emotional struggles, and on the weekends and evenings I invest into my photography career shooting weddings. I hope to continue in both careers!

I am happily married, healthy as can be, and so in love with the life that I live. God has blessed me abundantly with a journey and a story of triumph over trouble and I am so excited to use my experiences to help benefit the lives of others. So, that’s how I got here: my journey to wedding photography. Shout out to everyone who helped get me here!

Blessings,

Lindsay Rye

No second shooter? How to make the most of your wedding photography experience

So, you’ve decided not to splurge and hire a second photographer for your big day, and that’s okay. There are things that you can do to make your wedding photography experience special without a second shooter.

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Make a timeline together with your photographer

Something that makes it possible to not have a second shooter and still get all of those candid getting ready shots of both the bride and the groom is coordinating a timeline with your photographer. If you coordinate the timeline right, you can have the lead photographer capturing the bride and bridesmaids, take a break and jump over to the groom and groomsmen, and then back to the bride again, all without missing much.

Consider a first look

Having a first look not only gives you another set of images to look back on, but it takes pressure off of the lead photographer and getting the down the aisle shots. It is vastly difficult to capture the bride coming down the aisle and the groom’s reaction without having a second shooter, so to have already seen each other and capturing that moment - when you are alone - is definitely worth considering.

Invite your guests to download The Guest app

The Guest app is a photo sharing app for your guests to use to share photos with you! The lead photographer will be taking many photos focusing on you, but The Guest app allows you to have photos of your friends and family as well. I definitely recommend it, even if you have a second shooter!

Hire your photographer for less time - and add a second shooter

Perhaps you don’t need hours of dance floor coverage. I mean yes it’s great to have a ton of dancing photos, but let’s face it: you probably won’t even look very closely at them when you get your gallery back. Consider hiring two photographers for a shorter amount of time. Even if you just hire a second shooter for the times where the lead photographer can’t be at two places at once, it will be worth it.

Get to Know Your Wedding Photographer

Lindsay Rye

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Hey! I’m Lindsay, and I own and operate Lindsay Rye Photography, LLC. I’m described as creative, intelligent, hard-working, passionate, flexible and fun - but that’s just what people say about me.

What led me to wedding photography?

This is the short story that every bride has nightmares about: I was disappointed in my wedding photos. I hired a friend of a friend, and though he was a great photographer, he specializes in product photography and landscapes, and my photos were less than spectacular. He struggled with posing and my husband and I didn’t even get intimate wedding portraits like I dreamed of my whole life. I had a history in graphic design and photography, so the day after I got my wedding gallery back, I decided, long story short: I don’t want any bride to feel how I felt. I started my business. Check out my post in the coming weeks about the long story.

Is photography my full-time job?

Actually, no! Right now I am a therapist working with college students. I also work with kids in a group setting in a treatment program for kids who struggle emotionally and behaviorally. I absolutely have a heart for helping people become the best version of themselves, and I love what I do.

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What do I do on a typical day off?

So, I have a puppy named Shea and he is my world. He is a mere 6 months old and he is a Cavapoo. I love to go for walks with Shea, take naps, drink coffee, and laugh with my husband. I also love to eat all the crazy recipes that my husband loves to cook!

Is your husband involved?

Great question! Yes, you will see Aaron at every wedding, carrying my gear, helping with posing, and other miscellaneous tasks that I need help with. Aaron also is sharpening his editing skills - so when wedding season gets crazy, he can help me out! We love working together and serving our couples as a team.

Second shooter: Yay or Nay?

Congrats on your engagement! So you’re getting married and you’ve chosen your awesome wedding photographer. You like their shooting style, their editing, and you really connect personally. Great! Now you have to make the decision whether or not you want a second shooter to be added to the package. Is it worth the extra investment? For so many couples, budget is an important factor in making this decision. However, if you ask most people what they wish they spent more money on concerning their wedding, most will say “photography.” I know for me that is the number one regret.

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  1. Will there be a first look?

    There’s a decision to be made when making a wedding timeline whether or not to do a first look privately as a husband and wife or to leave that moment special for walking down the aisle. I have couples that choose to do it both ways, though, logistically, it makes a difference which you choose. For couples that do a first look, perhaps the walking down the aisle moment isn’t as important and having one photographer is do-able. Though, for couples that decide to forgo the first look, I generally recommend a second wedding photographer for the sake of capturing both the bride walking down the aisle and the groom’s expression.

  2. How large is the wedding?

    Here’s the deal: no matter how talented your photographer is, they are only one person. You may have a wedding guest list of 100, and that is totally do-able. Though, if you get larger than 150, there may be moments that are missed. You may not get pictures of every guest. For some brides and grooms, that’s okay, for others, they know how special those people are to their day and they desire them to be captured as well. With that, one photographer can tackle the task of after the ceremony portraits while the other shooter is capturing the cocktail hour. Like I said before, one photographer cannot be in two places at one time.

  3. How important are the “big” moments?

    I want you to think about what moments are super important for you to capture. Think bride and groom expressions walking down the aisle, “the kiss,” exchanging of rings and vows, the processional. Do you want only one angle of these moments? Are you willing to risk not getting a major moment due to logistics such as the simple idea that the one photographer cannot be in two places at one time? When making the decision, you should take into account how significant these photos are to you and the risk it may be to only have one photographer to capture them.

  4. “What about my budget?”

    You’ve probably picked up on my bias towards adding a second photographer onto your wedding package. Though, I understand and validate that it isn’t ideal for every couple to add onto the already-expensive service. Check out my blog post next week about ways to have a great wedding photography experience without a second shooter.