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Luke + Molly  |  l+M   |   elanem

WE ARE LUKE AND MOLLY AND WE HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR OVER 12 YEARS. WE CURRENTLY RESIDE IN MANKATO, MN BUT ARE OFTEN FOUND EXPLORING SOMETHING NEW  BEYOND THE REACHES OF OUR HOME.

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Hellloooo!!! We love that you are here! We feel so incredibly lucky and hope you love what you see  ;)

I, Molly,  am a full time photographer based in Mankato, MN. It's nothing special but it's home. I grew up traveling with my family and it makes my heart ache as I dream of traveling again.

It still blows my mind that we get to call what we do a job, because it truly hardly ever feels like work. We love that this career allows us to constantly meet new people and explore new places. We absolutely loev exploring little pockets of light and creating pieces of art that are meant to be treasured and felt. We wholeheartedly believe this is what God created us to do and we are so grateful to be able to bless others while doing what we love!

When I'm not shooting or editing, I can usually be found snuggling our six furry, adorable and fat feline children. I will love you forever if you get me a water with lemon or a strawberry refresher from Starbucks. My favorite thing to do is to sit and chat with someone for hours on end, watch/ listen to thunderstorms and connecting with people on a real and personal level talking about all the things that make our world just a little more beautiful.

Luke has a pretty ridiculous love for mac-n-cheese. He searches hi and low for the best mac-n-cheese around wile trying to find recipes to make it homemade. Luke is a very social person and truly cares deeply about people. He likes to go anywhere that there are people and walk around, people watch and talk to random strangers. He also loves spontaneous adventures and often takes off on his own to go hiking.

this is us.

And no. Not the tv show. If we were a tv show, it would be a chaotic disaster of sorts. It would be a vanilla splash of boring to a spicy mix of heightened emotions with six naughty, fluffy chunks of feline love monsters trying to steal the show. But we are ok with that. It's what makes us US. And we love us.

We have been married for almost 13 years and it has been a wild ride. We are constantly all over each other and each answer to "babe" and/or "love". "Baby cakes, lover buns and babe-a-licious are other weird things we randomly say to each other. It's gross, I know. 

Besides being creatives, we love to play xbox (aka "let's shoot some stuff") and binge watch various tv shows. We are in the "show hole" quite often. Some of our favorites are Game of Thrones, Lost and Westworld just to name a few off the top of our heads. We get easily bored if we aren't busy creating so we enjoy long drives while we dream of the future.

We hate being hot and we hate being cold, which is absolutely ridiculous  because we live in Minnesota. Spring is like a breath of fresh air and it makes our hearts race of all the adventures that lie before us. Fall inspires us the most and we try to soak it all in while it lasts. Maybe it's the sense of gloomy impending frozen air that beckons us just around the corner or maybe it's because we know that we will be hermits all winter long. Regardless, it's nostalgic and our absolute favorite.

molly

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oh hey, it's me.





I’m Molly and I feel crazy 90% of the time. I’m an ENFP who works hard every day at making sure that I’m mentally and emotionally healthy. I feel deeply and I’m very empathetic which can be a good thing and a bad thing. I’m the kind of girl who craves deep connections with my friends and family. I’m obsessive compulsive and a bit of a control freak but I sure as hell can see the beauty and meaning in everything.




*When I'm not shooting or editing, I can usually be found snuggling our six furry, adorable and fat feline children.

*I will love you forever if you get me a water with lemon or a strawberry refresher from Starbucks.

*My favorite thing to do is to sit and chat with someone for hours on end, watch/ listen to thunderstorms and connecting with people on a real and personal level talking about all the things that make our world just a little more beautiful.

*I can't live without Spotify. I have a deep love for music even if I don’t know who the artist is. 

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hey there!





I’m Luke. I’m not really your typical guy. I don’t hunt, fish or watch sports and I know next to nothing about cars. I spend the majority of my time with my wife and our 6 (yes six) cats. I’m a social butterfly and like to be around people. Being alone is literally the worst thing that can happen to me so when Molly is gone, I usually just go somewhere where there is a lot of people.





*I enjoy a good conversation with anyone. I may not always start a conversation but I will definitely stay and chat for as long as needed.

*I like to walk through the woods and listen to nature.

*I’m a pretty big fan of coffee.

*Triscuits with cream cheese is my favorite snack right now.

*I listen to anything with a good beat, usually electronically driven, and I hate country. 

*Most importantly, I love mac & cheese. Don't judge.

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a short film of our trip to Ely, MN.

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We are for those who love the in between moments, who prefer mood over technically correct, who stray from the traditional and like to get a little weird and who aren't afraid to run around or get in water to get a killer shot - just to add a little drama.

We work as hard as we can to create something that evokes emotion. We want the real + the authentic. The raw + the emotion.


I'll be the first to say that we aren't for everyone.

We love exploring pockets of light surrounded by deep shadows. We even like the challenge of exploring low light situations and fully embrace the grain that comes with shooting in low light. 

A photograph that truly draws you in is one that touches the soul. When you look back at a session I've done with your in-home session or senior session, your engagement session or even maternity session.

I want it to bring you right back to that moment. I want it to stir your soul.

It still blows my mind that we get to call what we do a job, because it truly hardly ever feels like work. We love that this career allows us to constantly meet new people and explore new places.

We wholeheartedly believe this is what God created us to do and we are so grateful to be able to bless others while doing what we love!

"Intimacy, as I am using it, is sharing my reality with you."
-Keith Miller

the experience

circa 2008

oregon
coast

circa 2017

joshua
tree

circa 2008

british
colombia

circa 2008

bavarian
alps

circa 2015

brainerd,
mn

circa 2008

smoky
mountains

circa 2015

ely,
mn

circa 2015

nevis,
mn

circa 2013

duluth,
mn

-Michelle

I left this session feeling better than I had about myself in YEARS! Molly made me feel instantly relaxed, comfortable and most of all confident. From time to time, I feel pretty... but this was the first time that I can remember feeling like I was sexy. This session turned into so much more for me personally than just a gift to my husband. XOXO!

"I went into this session a little excited, but mostly scared."

-Amber 

Now, having done it, and having seen the beautiful images, it is something that I believe EVERYONE should do. To see yourself and your body captured as they are, to see that yourself and your body can be BEAUTIFUL, just as they are. Not when you lose 50 pounds, not when you find the magic cure for stretch marks, but just as you are.

"THIS WAS NEVER, EVER SOMETHING I BELIEVED I COULD OR SHOULD DO."

-Rey

My experience with ELANEM was phenomenal!  They made me feel confident during the shoot. Their expertise and professionalism is next to none. I would highly recommend ELANEM to anyone who is serious about their images!

"LUKE AND MOLLY WORKED SO WELL TOGETHER AS A TEAM."

-Heidi

I've worked with Molly twice now and have been astounded each time with their professionalism and techniques. You're guaranteed to have a lot of fun and get stunning images that will make you feel gorgeous inside and out! 

"THEY ARE BOTH VERY COMFORTABLE TO BE AROUND AND EXCEPTIONALLY SKILLED IN THEIR WORK."

-Michelle

Bekah did an incredible job on my makeup and hair and Molly did a great job talking me through her vision of what she was envisioning for me and my photos. The finished product was amazing!  As a girl who has never felt confident in my body image, I can't believe how gorgeous I felt after seeing them. 

MOLLY TOOK THE THINGS I LOVED ABOUT MYSELF AND AMPLIFIED THEM.

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