Kisses and laughter and tears…{Minneapolis Children’s Photographer}

When I entered my office, she was watching the slideshow of their engagement images and crying. Actually, that is a bit of an understatement. It was more between crying and sobbing. “They are just beautiful, Jessie,” Megan said. “Thank you.”

And the images of Megan and Ben’s engagement session were beautiful. 

Of course, as their photographer I will take some of the credit for the beauty of these images. I work hard. However there is the big beauty in these images that comes directly from Megan and Ben. It is in their joy to be with each other. It is in the comfort of their touch. In the sparkle of their eyes.  The clutching of their hands. They have such joyful easy laughter that shines through in their images, and that makes them beautiful. And…their good looks certainly help too!

It was an absolute joy to photograph Megan and Ben. They are so full of kisses and laughter. They are true naturals in every way – with the camera, with me, and most importantly, with each other. 

I am so excited to photograph their big day in August! Does your dress have a pocket for tissues, Megan? 😉


Aren’t they a good-looking couple? They will have some beautiful babies together someday (that one was for you, Ben!)? 😉




No shortage of affection between them…




Megan happens to live next to one of my favorite hang outs. If you have not eaten at Broder’s, then you are really missing out in life. It is one of their favs too so we had to include it…



And of course we also had to hit up the bridge where Ben proposed. How romantic…



My favorite image of the day…


Megan’s daughter, Abigail, joined in on the fun too! To see her excitement for the day and her love for her mom and Benny were touching to say the least…





Abigail loved this worm (and the two others that she found during the shoot)! She was excitedly chatting about taking them home as her new pets. She wasn’t so excited, however, when I suggested she put one on her nose (everyone has their limits I guess). A little patience and persistence and we had success. Of course afterward, this was the shot she was telling people about! 





  • June 11, 2009 - 8:08 am

    Alison - So . . . this is my first blog posting ever! I’m Megan’s big sister and yes Jessie these photos are amazing! She cried while viewing them and I cried while reading your posting . . . I guess it runs in the family! I’m so excited for Megan, Ben and Abigail. I’m so grateful that they have all been blessed with each other. It’s a very wonderful thing and I look forward to celebrating with them on August 1. Thanks again for capturing such wonderful images. I can’t wait to see what you caputre on the big day! Looking forward to meeting you . . . Alison

  • June 11, 2009 - 8:54 am

    Gina Cavanna - Jessie, when Rob (Megan’s Dad) and I viewed the photos we were almost in tears. They were so beautiful and captured the love and happiness they share. Breathtaking in a word. I have viewed them many, many times and love them all. I will order 2 of them, but so undecided which ones to choose. I can’t wait to see your wedding photos.

    Gina and Rob (do we count as 2?) And my friends Rosemary and Roger who are now traveling thought they were poignant and beautiful. (Another 2 blogs?)

    And then there’s my brother in the Netherlands and niece in the Netherlands who agree with my comments.

  • June 11, 2009 - 10:20 am - LOve the whole session! And Abigail with her new pet on her nose is so sweet and fun.
    They must be so happy with your work.

  • June 15, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    Christa S. - I don’t even know these beauties and I was almost in tears! The one under the bridge, in the water…unreal. You are blessed with a gift joyfulgirl!!!!!

  • June 17, 2009 - 7:00 pm

    Cindy Raun - Jessie I love the pictures for Ben and Megan you have captured their love and some great looks also the ones of Abigail and her personality too They are a wonderful example of love. Thanks

  • June 17, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Ben - Thanks to everyone for the comments. Most of all, thanks to Jessie! Megan and I are lucky to have someone so talented in charge of capturing moments that are so incredibly special to us.

    I look at the photos and can’t help but be overwhelmed with joy! I am so happy that you have captured what I feel for Megan and what she feels for me.

    Thank you!!

  • June 22, 2009 - 11:51 am

    Maggie - What a beautiful couple! I don’t even know Meagan and Ben, but had tears… The thing I love most about your pictures is the ability to capture the personalities of people, and the feelings of the moment. Under the bridge with the water was stunning!

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