ALEX + ERIN // FARGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

March 26th, 2014

Alex and Erin’s engagement session fell on a beautiful day. It was warm enough to walk around outside without jackets even! Aaah! It seems like spring can’t make up it’s mind this year and I am totally getting anxious to get outside in some warm weather and start shooting. We’re kind of stuck in an ugly phase right now, where everything is dead and dirty. I cannot wait for gorgeous spring colors, we are getting so close!

Alex and Erin’s wedding is bound to be a stunner. After their engagement session I could not help but get excited for their big day. These two were so natural and candid, I truly enjoyed it! And the colors on this day were so lovely. Enjoy! : )

Cheers,

Emily

    BRANT + BRIANNE // FARGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

    March 13th, 2014

    I can’t believe that wedding season is right around the corner. This winter has been so long and dreary, so I am super anxious to get out and start shooting more.  The warmer weather lately has certainly brightened my spirit and fired me up for the 2014 wedding season.

    Brant and Brianne’s session fell on a chilly, but beautiful day. We did most of their engagement session at the Plains Art Museum, which is always one of my favorite indoor spots during the winter months. We finished with just a few shots outside, which were totally worth it. I enjoyed the time I got to spend with this fabulous couple chatting about wedding details and getting to know them more. They were super cute in front of the camera and I was impressed with their awesome outfits choices. Enjoy! : )

    Cheers,

    Emily

      MATT + EMILEE // FARGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

      March 9th, 2014

      I am so thrilled that Matt and Emilee made the journey to Fargo for their engagement session. It was a frigid day, but you could hardly tell because these two were so incredibly fun! We started their session at the Fargo Public Library and finished outside in downtown Fargo. It was so hard to narrow down my favorites, but here are a few from their session. Enjoy! : )

      Cheers,

      Emily

        RUSTIC OAKS STYLIZED SHOOT

        January 15th, 2014

        I have anxiously awaited the moment I could share this stylized shoot with you all. One of my business goals for 2013 was to have my first stylized shoot featuring other creatives and small business owners. This last June I had the opportunity to finally check this goal off my list. I was fortunate enough to come together with some brilliant artists who are so incredibly talented. Seriously you guys are going to be blown away!

        Check out this lovely description from Carrie of Rustic Trunk on what inspired her concepts behind this shoot and how everyone’s ideas came together to create a gorgeous set.

        “The goal for our project was to create a rustic wedding scene with a unique twist! We chose to set our scene at Rustic Oaks, a farmstead-turned-wedding-and-event-venue in Moorhead, MN. The venue’s soft, natural charm is a favorite in the Red River area! We wanted the photos to be bright, colorful, and fun! So rather than using the typical soft pastel color scheme of many rustic weddings, we went with bright yellow, blue, deep red, wooden crate tan, and a silvery metal grey. We blended the soft, natural elements of the location with this more modern color scheme and the yellow chevron pattern. We also incorporated industrial elements like metal, wire, and bare light bulbs.The light bulb vases and bottle cap corsages are great DIYs for brides who love to get crafty, keep budgets low, and add unique personal touches to their weddings!  The best part of this shoot is that it is the result of a collaboration of small local businesses and artists!” – Carrie, Rustic Trunk

        The 2014 wedding season is filling up fast, so I know many of my brides are in the creative planning stages for their wedding. Several aspects of your wedding day can be overwhelming, I once was a bride myself, so I totally get it. This is exactly why fabulous creatives, like the ones listed below, exist! Each one of these talented individuals are passionate about what they do and truly enjoy making your day absolutely spectacular.  Who would have thought you could hire someone to bring your wedding day thoughts, dreams, and hopes to fruition?

        Thank you so much to each incredible vendor who made this goal of mine come to life. I am so honored to have worked along side each and every one of you. Hugs and high fives for all of you. Your hard work and dedication are what make this wedding industry so fabulous!

        We were fortunate enough to be featured on the lovely Dainty Obsession blog! To view the feature please visit here.

        www.daintyobsessions.com/styled-shoot-rustic-oaks

        Photographer:  Emily Koska Photography // Dress Store: Affairs by Brittany // Jewelry: Amy Dwyer // Floral Designer: Sadie’s Couture Floral and Event Styling // Hair Stylist: Whitney Anderson Olivieri’s Salons // Event Designer: Rustic Trunk // Mens Attire: Affairs by Brittany  // Stationary: Lindsay Arneson Creative // Cake Designer: Nichole’s Fine Pastry // Videographer: Philipenko Films // Venue:Rustic Oaks // Models: Eric and Ashlee Rostvedt

        Can I just say, WOW! Ashlee and Eric are absolutely stunning. Thank you two for modeling for us and braving the heat and mosquitos to help make our shoot possible.

        Cheers,

        Emily

         

        To see a little behind the scenes footage, check out this video by the talented Matt Philipenko – Philipenko Films.

         

        And just a few behind the scene shots of some of the fabulous vendors Brittany, Amy, and Matt in action!

         

          JOSH + JENNA // FARGO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

          January 11th, 2014

          Woohoo! Today sure has been a wonderful day around here. Dainty Obsessions featured my first ever stylized shoot on their wedding blog. To view this gorgeous shoot, please go here. I’ll be sharing more from this stylized shoot very soon.

          I am so giddy to share these beautiful images from Josh and Jenna’s winter wedding. I’m not going to lie, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to cold weather. I’m a pretty big baby when it comes to being cold. So the idea of a winter wedding has not been my favorite, UNTIL Josh and Jenna’s wedding. Seriously, it was so breathtakingly beautiful! The light during the winter months is just plain different. It’s so warm and yummy! The images outside ended up being some of my favorites from their day, despite the short amount of time we were out. We were able to take a majority of their images inside at the Plains Art Museum, which provides a beautiful setting for portraits. Their reception was located at The Hub and it was my first time ever attending a wedding event there. If you’ve ever been to the Hub before, you know how huge the event area is. I could not believe how full the room was and the decor was stunning! I absolutely loved their day. Thank you so much Josh and Jenna for allowing me to document your day. Enjoy : )

           

          I just LOVE Josh’s expression in the background while Jenna shows him her dress!

           

          It was freezing outside and these guys were warriors! We braved the cold for a few minutes to get some fun shots outside and boy am I glad we did!

           

          The guys before the ceremony. My first cigar shots! It was fun.

           

          Loved this sparkler send out!! So so awesome!

          Cheers,

          Emily

            LOOKING BACK ON 2013: A YEAR IN REVIEW

            January 8th, 2014

            Now that the new year is here, I can’t help but sit here with a smile on my face as I reflect on last year. 2013 was a fabulous one! At the beginning of the year I sat down and wrote down my goals for my business. Looking back I am so proud of what I accomplished last year. I was able to check off several of my goals and the best part, I got to meet some incredible couples!! I even got to witness and document these couples share some of the biggest moments of their lives together. What an honor! Honestly, I know it probably sounds cliche, but it really is true. I’ve always been a people person and this ‘job’ couldn’t be more perfect for me. The business aspect, which actually takes up about 80% of my time, may not be all that fun but the time that I do get to spend with these amazing people makes it all worth while. I decided to go back through the full year and share some of my favorite images – in no particular order.

            Enjoy! : )

            Wyatt and Mariah – Getting married this June! Such an adorable couple.

            Vikram and Asha – They tied the knot in India this past fall, which I’m sure was a gorgeous affair!

            Travis and Bridget – Seriously a stunning duo.


            Nate and Lindsey- The rain couldn’t dampen their spirits! Just check out their smiles. Such a sweet couple.

            Mike and Kylie – These two are so stinking funny and a beautiful pair. Their 2014 wedding is going to be killer!

            Mike and Carly – Such a fun and down to earth duo. Their wedding was so so beautiful!

            Micah and Kolby- These two are so sweet and kind. These hard core Bison fans are sure to have a gorgeous wedding this summer!

            Matt and Val- Their smiles are so infectious and they have the biggest hearts. Loved their Watertown wedding!

            Matt and Sarah- A breathtaking union for sure! They are an incredibly sweet duo.

            Matt and Molly- What a fun crew they had on their wedding day! Totally obsessed with their wedding and details.

            Mathew and Casey- They know how to throw a spectacular wedding! It was such a refreshing and relaxing day!

            Mason and Kirsten- I cannot wait for their wedding this summer! It’s bound to be epic. These two have such adventurous, fun souls!

            Kyle and Megan- Another Watertown wedding for 2014 that’s bound to be jaw dropping! Can’t wait!

            Kelvin and Brittney- My cousin married this stunning bride last fall and it was such a special day! Cutest couple!

            Justin and Stevi- They were so fun to chill with during their engagement session. I’m totally stoked for their wedding at the Red River Zoo this year! Yep, you read that right the zoo! YAY!!

            John and Megan- Although we only met once, I loved getting to spend the evening with these two!

            Joey and Amy- What a beautiful couple! Amy does event planning, so I can only imagine how spectacular their wedding will be this August!

            Jeremy and Ashley- Their small town wedding was one big success! I loved being able to hang out at Jeremy’s parent’s house for the afternoon. Such a fun and caring group of people!

            Jamison and Julie- The farthest I’ve ever traveled for a wedding and totally worth it. Their wedding was so charming and elegant!

            James and Karen- One of the sweetest couples! The way they smile when they’re around each other just makes me all sorts of happy!

            Jake and Cassie- These two are so natural in front of the camera and incredibly cute! I can only imagine how breathtaking their wedding day will be this June!!

            Ian and Tess- I swear these two photog lovers are secretly models. My camera sure does love them. I’m all sorts of giddy for their Rustic Oaks wedding this May!

            Hari and Bethany- The friendliest and funniest! I know their wedding will be a blast. I’m fortunate enough to document both their Hindu and Christian ceremonies this year!!

            Eric and Erika- There’s just something about Eric’s smile on his wedding day that made me grin from ear to ear! These two love birds had such a amazing day! Erika was just radiating!

            Dylan and Debbie- Such loving and caring souls these two have. I’m certainly blessed to have met them!

            Dustin and Kayla- So happy and in love these two are! They’ll be welcoming their first baby soon and I’m so excited for them!!

            Dave and Sara- Their day was an absolute dream and stunning! Watching these two unite as one was so special.

            Dave and Kayla- Their long awaited wedding is bound to be a complete dream. I’m sure it will be perfect!

            In 2013 I even got the opportunity to mentor with the incredibly talented Emily Steffen. It was such an eye opening experience and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to learn from her and build a friendship! My good friends Cory and Lauren were able to model for us, so I could get some practice. Such cuties they are!

            Cody and Jenny- If their wedding is anything like their engagement session, then it’s bound to be gorgeous! These two are so photogenic and natural in front of the camera!

            Chris and Emily- What a pretty day it was, despite the heat and rain!

            Chase and Katie- This duo is seriously one of a kind, so good-hearted and amusing! Their fall wedding was delightful!

            Brian and Krystal- Such a lovely and kindhearted pair.

            Brian and Alli- I adore everything about these two! The have such bubbly and fun personalities.

            Brandon and Haley- These two are such a warm and friendly duo. Their Oxbow Country Club wedding is bound to be stunning this summer.


            Blake and Shea- These high school sweet hearts were a blast to hang out with. I can only imagine how fabulous their long awaited 2014 wedding will be!

            Blake and Melissa- Their engagement session was only 20 minutes long due to the freezing rain, but if my first impressions are right….they are an absolutely adorable and outgoing couple! Their Thumper Pond wedding this year is bound to be amazing!

            Andrew and Veronica- How cute are these two and their pup? Their day is bound to be sweet.

            Anthony and Claire- I did not get an opportunity to do their engagement pictures, but that wasn’t a problem for these two! They were incredibly relaxed and natural in front of the camera on their wedding day. It was stunning!

            Ahron and Stacey- I looooved their wedding day! Their Grand View Lodge wedding was spectacular and these two are so head over heels for each other.

            Aaron and Rachel- This pair is so much fun to be around! I continuously laugh and smile in their presence. Their Thumper Pond wedding was absolutely gorgeous.

            Ryan and Dokia- I have not been able to share their super fun and unique wedding yet (due to a few outstanding submissions) but be on the lookout for their full wedding post soon! Their details were stellar (peacocks and kilts!) and they looked stunning!

            Josh and Jenna- My final wedding of the 2013 season and boy was it an awesome way to complete my year! I fell in love with winter weddings. Seriously, such a gorgeous wedding day and this fabulous duo looked amazing! I cannot wait to share their wedding day with you!!

            Wow! 2013 was a success and such a blessing. I cannot say thank you enough to all of the wonderful couples who believed in me and allowed me to be a part of such a monumental day in their life. I laughed lots, smiled lots, cried lots and had the best time in the process! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Time to chase after 2014 and make this an even better year! Ready. Set. Go!!!

            Cheers to 2014!!

            Emily

             

              WYATT + MARIAH // FARGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

              December 2nd, 2013

              These two are seriously the most adorable couple. Wyatt is one special guy, I tell ya! Before they were even engaged, he contacted me about being their wedding photographer. He lined things up perfectly! So the first time I met Mariah was at their session and finally I could put a face to this gorgeous girl that Wyatt was talking about. I had a blast at their session downtown. We hopped around a few fun spots and even snapped a couple pictures in Babb’s Coffee House. It was incredibly difficult narrowing these down, so please forgive me for the picture overload. They were just so outgoing and giggly, that I couldn’t get rid of any! I’m sure these will put a huge smile on your face. I can’t wait for your big day next summer, it’s going to be fabulous! Enjoy : )

              Cheers,

              Emily

                JUSTIN + STEVI // FARGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

                November 30th, 2013

                As a photographer, I always get just a little nervous before an engagement session. It’s the very first time I get the opportunity to see how the couple will interact in front of my camera, so I get a feeling of pressure to perform well. It almost feels like a test to determine whether or not we will fit well. For me, the most important aspect of my business and my brand is creating an experience for each couple that is both enjoyable and fun. I pride myself in making each couple feel comfortable in front of my camera, so you can see how the pressure can quickly add up. But honestly I feel so blessed to have the couples I do, because they’re each so amazing and continuously make my job enjoyable! The nerves always quickly subside and I always have such a good time. Justin and Stevi’s engagement session was a perfect example. I was slightly anxious and nervous, but they were complete naturals in front of my camera from the first image I took. We had their session at the Plains Art Museum, one of my favorite indoor locations. There are so many areas to utilize and it’s always a bonus to stay inside where it’s nice and warm. At the end of their session we managed to sneak outside for a few fun shots in the freezing cold. Enjoy : )

                One of my favorites below : )

                Cheers,

                Emily

                 

                   

                  All Images Copyright Emily Koska Photography | Blog customized by Jane Reaction