{Wedding} Death Valley, California

It’s been awhile since we have posted, but we thought this Leap Day wedding was a great opportunity to share! Lynnae and I recently had the opportunity to photograph an adventurous and unique wedding in Death Valley National Park, California. We weren’t totally sure what we were getting into (no cell reception, a new place, etc.) but we planned well and everything worked out perfectly!

We hiked over a mile from the parking lot to the location of the ceremony. The sun shone down and our moods were high. There were 6 of us: Bride, Groom, Witness 1, Witness 2, Photographer, and Officiant.

Hike in

When we were sure we had found the right side trail, the group ventured a bit more and found “the spot”. There was little time before we would lose our light. The Groom tuned up the guitar. The Bride made sure the men had their boutonnieres. For this wedding, I had a unique opportunity to officiate while Lynnae took the reigns on photography. Everyone had a special role for this intimate wedding.


Lynnae adds, “The Bride and the Groom wrote and prepared a special song. Between the song, the hand-written vows, and Dave’s heartfelt words; there was not a dry eye in the canyon. After the ceremony, many pictures were taken and hugs exchanged. It was a beautiful expression of love and commitment.”
Wedding song!

With such amazing landscape in every direction, we didn’t know which way to face for pictures!

Bride and Groom

We did manage to get one group shot by using the guitar case as a tripod.
Group Shot!!

Congrats to the happy couple! We wish you well in your journey of love!! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!!

Bride and Groom

Stay tuned for more adventures of David and Lynnae…

{Seniors} Calling 2014 Seniors!!

The 2013/2014 school year has started and if you are a senior and have not thought about your senior portraits, now is the time to start.

Senior Portraits at Woodlake Nature Center

 We offer a relaxed outdoor sessions that are often as easy as a walk in the park, literally. One of our favorite places to shoot photos is at Woodlake Nature Center right here in Richfield but we also love the feel that you can get from an urban session in either of the downtowns nearby. You can tell us where you want your session done or we’d be happy to figure that out for you.

Downtown St. Paul Senior Session

You get to decide which image from your session you want for your yearbook photo and we will take care of making sure it meets all the requirements for your school’s yearbook as well as sending it in. Our pricing is reasonable and straightforward. We would LOVE the opportunity to capture your senior pictures!

Senior Session at Woodlake

 Portrait sessions are done within an hour of sunrise or sunset for best possible lighting. Contact us to set up your portrait session today!

{Wedding} Josh and Jenny’s Island Wedding

From start to finish, this wedding was pure perfection.

Dave and I got there a day early so we could scope out the island with Josh and Jenny. Golf cart or foot were the only mode of transportation once we arrived on the island. So we hopped on the cart and did some exploring with the soon to be Mr. and Mrs.

It all happened very quickly after that! Here are some of my highlights from our adventure on North Captiva Island.

  • The rehearsal and dinner on the beach were windy!
  • I had, hands down, the BEST house-mates! Dolphin Den was awesome:)
  • We had a caravan of golf carts when we did the bridal party portraits. That was great fun!
  • There was a moment while I was photographing Jenny, her Mom, and sister and the sun came out. We were all extremely happy to see the sun!!
  • Lots and lots of beautiful people!
  • The Pastor actually added up the years of marriage that were represented by Josh and Jenny’s family. What a great witness of a strong family commitment to marriage.
  • After I put the camera down at the reception, I had a very good time. No further comment.

Thank you Josh and Jenny! We loved being a part of your island adventure.

You can page through the gallery below and click on photos to make them bigger.



{Freebies} Free Beach Desktop Background

Want this for your desktop background? It’s 1280×800, common for most screens. More photos from our first destination wedding to come! Right click to download.

Beach Dune Desktop 1280x800

Beach Dune Desktop 1280×800


{Events} Holiness and the Feminine Spirit

On a recent Saturday I had the opportunity to photograph a moving performance of spoken word, dance, music, and art at Richfield United Methodist Church titled, “Holiness and the Feminine Spirit”.

This performance featured singers Sara Thomsen, Sarah M. Greer and Mary Lou Williams, storyteller-dancer Regina M. LaRoche, and spoken word artist, Marilyn Mayry at Richfield UMC on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012.

Regina M. LaRoche

Regina M. LaRoche performs in the first half of Holiness and the Feminine Spirit on Saturday at RUMC. All images © 2012 Haines Photography

Sarah M. Greer

Sarah M. Greer performing at Richfield United Methodist Church on Saturday 9/22/2012 All images © 2012 Haines Photography

This performance was created as a response to the art of Janet McKenzie, who’s exhibit of stunning paintings were on display throughout the evening.  Attendees were able to meet with Janet before the performance and hear her speak about the art she produces.

In her work, McKenzie creates “a sacred and inherent place within that connects us all beyond race and gender where no judgement exists.”

The gallery below contains some other photos from the evening. Just click on the photos to see larger versions.


{All images ©2012 Haines Photography. Contact david@photosbyhaines.com to inquire about use.}



{Events} Stomp Out Suicide 5K Run/Walk for Awareness

{This post is originally from May 29th, 2012. Links and dates have been changed to reflect new info for 2013.}

Five months ago a precious young life left this world far too soon. This summer we are going to honor her life and raise money so that others can become aware and get the help they need to try to prevent such a tragedy from happening in the future. Please read on for more details and put it on your calendar. It would mean a lot to our entire family if you are there!

Katie, Jake, Alissa, and Sean Haines

Alissa Haines with her little brother, Jake.

Alissa Haines with her little brother, Jake.

This event is being created out of love and hope. The purpose is to raise suicide awareness in memory of Alissa M. Haines of Wyoming, MN and the funds that are raised from this event will be dedicated to the prevention of suicide. This is an event for the entire family and will revolve around a 5k Run/Walk at Goodview Park in Wyoming, MN on Saturday, August 24th, 2013. There will be entertainment for every age group and is meant for the whole family to enjoy. The spirit of the event will be one of fun, music, food, family and friends.  

If you are interested in running, walking, skipping, hopping along, or even if you cannot make it and just want to make a donation to the event please visit the Official Registration Site and register.

Even if you don’t run or cannot walk, it turns out you are still welcome to come and bid on some of the great silent auction items being donated from local businesses and enjoy the food, music, and spirit of the event. Live music, kids area, and good food will go on in Goodview Park until noon.

Alissa M. Haines

The purpose of the event is to raise suicide awareness in memory of Alissa M. Haines of Wyoming, MN

For more info and for businesses interested in donating items for the silent auction please contact Jessica Beamond. We are also looking for a few volunteers willing to help with the logistics of the event. Interested in volunteering? Contact me, David Haines. Anyone can also visit and ‘Like’ the Stomp Out Suicide Facebook page for the latest info and updates.

{Events} Richfield 4th of July Beer Bust & Silent Auction Fundraiser

The Richfield Hometown 4th of July Committee continued its 2012 fundraising season with the 1st Annual Beer Bust and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Poor Richard’s Common House in Bloomington on Saturday evening.

Members of the community gathered to socialize, drink beer for a good cause, and bid on silent auction items that included donations from the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery, Johnston’s Sales and Service (who donated an AWESOME red “Made in the USA” Riccar vacuum), Dairy Queen, Walmart, Q. Cumbers, Old Country Buffet, Panera, Izatys, Lia Sophia, Penn Auto Care and many more! All funds raised will go directly to maintaining and improving the Richfield 4th of July Celebration.

Sarah Dockendorf and Katie Robison

Richfield 4th of July Committee Secretary Sarah Dockendorf and President Katie Robison on Saturday evening at the 1st Annual Beer Bust and Silent Auction Fundraiser.

Since 1980, it has been the mission of the Richfield 4th of July Committee to advance and promote the observance of Independence Day in the city of Richfield, MN. The objective is to provide a celebration which can provide patriotic expression, family participation, amusement, community cohesiveness and homecoming.

Richfield’s 4th of July celebration is a community and family focused event that offers something for everyone. Veteran’s Park is the host site for most of the events. Events include Family Night, the Parade, Carnival, music, Street Dance, Fireworks and the Car Show.

Richfield Ambassadors Michele Heinecke and Eylani Sanchez

2011-2012 Richfield Ambassadors Michele Heinecke and Eylani Sanchez were on hand to distribute wristbands for the event

Josh and Dave

Richfield residents Josh Janes and Dave Buescher do their part to support the Richfield 4th of July Celebration

Attendance was solid and most of the items in the silent auction had bids as of 7pm. More importantly everyone seemed to be having a great time! If you are interested in more information or in helping out with the Richfield Hometown 4th of July contact Katie Robison katier(at)richfield4thofjuly.com

Kendra Dornfeld and Sara Dockendorf

Kendra Dornfeld of Hugo, MN and Sara Dockendorf of the Richfield 4th of July Committee

Beer Bust 2012

Johnston's Sales and Service donated a high quality Riccar "made in the USA" vacuum for the event! Thanks guys!

Shelby and Mindy Bolar

2009-2010 Richfield Jr. Ambassador Mindy Bolar and her younger sister Shelby pose for a picture on Saturday at the fundraiser.

{Events} AFAA’s Food Allergy Awareness Walk at Mall of America

Nona Narvaez & Jeff Schaefer along with children, Robby and Max

AFAA Founders and Board Members Nona Narvaez & Jeff Schaefer along with children, Robby and Max

On Saturday, David got up before the the sun to cover the AFAA’s Food Allergy Awareness Walk 2012 at the Mall of America. We became aware of this organization due to our son, MacKean, having a recently discovered food allergy to tree nuts. Before MacKean, we knew little about food allergies. He and Lynnae were also supposed to be at this fun event but had to stay home with mom due to being sick.
Poor little guy.

Registration Table for the AFAA Walk

Registration Table at the AFAA Walk @ Mall of America on March 24th, 2012

But more about the AFAA and the event!

The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and to support those with food allergies.

AFAA membership includes families, doctors, nurses, dieticians, teachers, and food personnel. With over 4,000 associate members, AFAA is the largest state-based food allergy support organization in the U.S.. AFAA encourages and mentors the development of support groups in local communities (Duluth, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Howard Lake, Waconia, Rochester, St. Paul) who meet AFAA’s medical criteria. AFAA is a volunteer-run organization: it has no paid staff members or paid board members.

Walking through the Mall of America with the AFAA Walk!

Walking through the Mall of America with the AFAA Walk!

AFAA’s motto is: Taking the Fear out of Food Allergies. Severe food allergy reactions annually result in about 200,000 emergency room visits and the death of 150-200 people in the U.S. About 8% of children are affected by food allergies, and 1-2% of adults. Approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies. Nearly 55,000 Minnesota school children have food allergies — nearly double in ten years’ time.

Saturday’s event included many tables sharing information about allergy-friendly products as well as entertainment from local favorites, the Teddy Bear Band.

Fox 9’s Kelsey Soby was the Honorary Chair and a special appearance was made by the Saint’s mascot, Madonna! Royalty from many local communities were present for the event as well as Miss Minnesota International 2012, Krista Wanous, and Miss Teen Minnesota International 2012, Gabby Taylor.

Find out more about AFAA and food allergies at http://www.minnesotafoodallergy.org

Two Wonderful Ambassadors to the Event

Miss Minnesota International 2012 Krista Wanous and Miss Teen Minnesota International 2012 Gabby Taylor did a wonderful job as Ambassadors to the AFAA Walk 2012

AFAA is currently looking for volunteers.  Upcoming needs are Food Allergy Conference planning and State Fair booth planning, and next year’s Walk. For more info about helping out this wonderful organization contact Nona by emailing  info@minnesotafoodallergy.org.

A slideshow of  60+ photos from the event should be rotating automatically below. Just click the photos if you get impatient to advance them manually  🙂

{Live Music} Lee’s Liquor Lounge 3/08/2012

Nater @ Lee's Liquor Lounge Minneapolis MN

Nater opened up with a semi-acoustic solo set.

Lee's Liquor Lounge Sign

Lee's Liquor Lounge

Thursday night David had a chance to shoot some great live acts at a historic Minneapolis landmark, Lee’s Liquor Lounge!

Nater made is solo debut and opened up with a semi-accoustic set that utilized looped percussion and building jams made on the fly. Eventually that was topped off by inviting friends and bandmates Scott and Paul for a high energy set-closing cover of The Violent Femmes, “Add it Up”.

Young Lust followed with a well polished and high energy set which included pairs of covers each by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and as you may have presumed by the name of the band, Pink Floyd.  Young Lust even inspired some of the fans in the crowd to take to the dance floor for some dancing.

The night was capped off with Just (A Radiohead Project)! Enjoy the preview of photos and check out these bands if you get a chance!

As a side note, Lee’s Liquor Lounge is for sale if you are in the market for a bar that is full of history and is now standing in the shadow of the new Minnesota Twin’s stadium, Target Field. Not a bad location.

We’ve put a a few of our favorite images from the show below. We will putting the rest of the shots on the Haines Photography Facebook page as soon as they are ready.

Keep supporting local music!




{Events} TreeHouse Fundraiser @ MOA

Hoopin' it up for Hope

Many corporate sponsors fielded teams for the event

Haines Photography was excited to be a part of a fundraiser for a wonderful organization on Sunday. The fundraiser was held in the Mall of America’s rotunda and benefited TreeHouse, a faith based, non-profit organization that brings hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation.

Hoopin’ It Up for Hope was set-up as a series of timed rounds of  free-throws with 18 teams competing in groups of five. Through this exciting event, TreeHouse wanted to shine a light on the issues surrounding at-risk teens, increase awareness of TreeHouse and raise new operating revenues for the communities that they serve.

Below is a slideshow of some highlights from the event; about 30 photos in all are rotating there.

We have posted all of these plus a LOT more photos from the event at the Haines Photography Facebook page. Click over to there to tag yourself in photos (gotta like the page before it will let you), set a profile pic, and don’t forget to Like our page while you are there.

Thanks to everyone who made it to this event! I would also like to thank Berlin and Rosario Gonzalez at Entuespacio.com TV for being able to do video for the event as well!

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