Ben and Tanna’s wedding day was perfect from beginning to end! They really wanted to take advantage of the beautiful country setting they were getting ready at by doing outdoor pictures for their first look and portraits but the forecast was predicting rain. We had a backup plan just in case, but wouldn’t you know it – the rain held out until I pressed the shutter for the very last outdoor group setup and then it DOWN POURED!!! By then we were well on our way to the church for the rest of the day. You couldn’t have asked for better timing.

I am kind of a sap and cry at most weddings I shoot, but I got all teary every time I even worked on editing Ben and Tanna’s pictures. Their love for each other is the real deal. I am so happy for you, Ben and Tanna (and Jolie!). It was such an honor to be a part of your day.

A big thank you to Savannah Hayes of In His Image photography for shooting with me!


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  • Deborah - November 2, 2017 - 5:22 pm

    Absolutely awesome photographs of a stunning bride and groom! Erin Phillips, you are the best!

Cole and Kassandra were married at the gorgeous 1908 House just outside of Hatton, North Dakota on August 19, 2017. Cole and Kassandra are just about the sweetest couple! Their day was beautiful; a full-sun, hot North Dakota summer day. The details and decorations that Cole and Kassandra picked out were perfect – check out their old-fashioned type writer that guests used to sign the guestbook!

As always, thank you to the FABULOUS Savannah Hayes of In His Image Photography for shooting with me. We make a pretty good team! 🙂

Congratulations, Kassandra and Cole! Thank you for asking me to be a part of your day.


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When Amy and Mike mentioned to me they were thinking about doing a vintage 1940’s themed session complete with a gorgeous airplane on a grass landing strip, I was so excited! If you know this family, you know this is SO them. I had a pretty good idea how I wanted to shoot this session before we started, but I never know if the weather will cooperate with my “vision” or not. Mother Nature was kind to us and cooperated beautifully. I wanted low, warm evening light and that is exactly what we got!

The airstrip in Manvel, ND was the perfect location, and the styling Amy and Mike brought with their choice in clothing, props and Amy’s awesome victory roll hairstyle was the icing on the cake!

I am so happy with how this turned out – what an incredibly fun session!

For any aviators out there (or those otherwise curious), this is a 1947 Luscombe 8E Silvaire. I don’t know a lot about airplanes (even though my husband is also a pilot) but do know this was a beautiful plane!

Thank you for such a fun, amazing session Mike, Amy, Theo and Henry!

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I have been trying ACHING just to see the northern lights, let alone photograph them and it FINALLY HAPPENED!!!!  After a very full day of shooting, attending the world’s largest french fry feed, and subsequent fireworks, I grabbed my good friend, Kelly, and headed out of town (after stopping for hot fudge sundaes, of course). We sort of stumbled upon this location, and I think it is my  new favorite!

I have seen the auroras before from my back porch in town, but I have never managed to get out of town on the right night. When we got there you could see the glow, but nothing really happened for a while. Then all of a sudden… there were pillars, and then full blown lights! I have never witnessed ANYTHING like that before. The moon was one day past full, so it was lighting my foreground nicely. I even managed to get a shot of Kelly and I watching the lights using the moon to light us and a remote to trigger my camera!

I am told this wasn’t even a big show, but to me it was spectacular. I have a feeling I’ll be at it again.

This first shot is a University of North Dakota Aerospace plane making its way back to the airport after a night flight with the faint glow of the aurora in the background.

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