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    2017. In the midst of a year that felt exceptionally chaotic, both from a personal and business perspective, I found myself seeking out & savoring the quieter moments of life. The moments where the world goes quiet around you as you walk with your love. The minutes where laughing with your best friends seems to heal something inside of you. The moments where those nearest and dearest see you in a different light and especially those solo moments where you … Read More


    To my unbelievable 2016 couples – and I mean this from the depths of my soul – you changed my entire world. The beauty, love and encouragement you brought to my life put the pieces of my heart back together over and over again in a year that endeavored to smash it to bits. One day I’ll share more but in the in-between, know that you and your love will be a part of me forever. “i carry your heart … Read More

  3. What to do when Monday wins.

    Ooof. You guys. It’s not even 10am on this Monday morning and already I’ve had that morning. You know the one. The one where you feel it the minute your feet hit the bedroom floor. The one where the dog mystery pukes all over the carpet exactly 30 seconds later. The one where you run out of soy milk for your coffee. The one where you can’t clear your email inbox before it starts to fill again. That kind of morning. … Read More

  4. #theCOMN

    Last April, Melissa Oholendt Photography found a new home with 5 additional creatives and friends at The COMN (pronounced, The Common). After years of working in our pjs, and watching our social skills casually slip down the drain, we decided to do something about it and for us? That meant creating a co-working space where we could come, work efficiently, meet clients and have easy access to all the happy hours our businesses (and bar cart) could handle. And do all of those … Read More

  5. Twenty-Fifteen

    “And then you just do it. You just dig in and write it. You use your body … You put your hand on your heart and feel it beating and decide if what you wrote feels true. You do it because the doing of it is the thing.“ –Amy Poehler, “Yes Please” How do you break it to someone that they are turning into an angsty artist type and should just get over themselves and start writing again? Asking for a friend. … Read More

  6. Life in the In-Between

    Last week marked nine (really, truly incredible) years of marriage for Matt Oholendt and myself. Photo 2: Ryan Cummings, Photo 4: Gina Zeidler I don’t say that “really, truly incredible” thing lightly. Our marriage hasn’t been without it’s struggles or it’s weeks of disconnectedness or months (at times, years) of life being just being plain hard to handle. By the grace of God, those real life periods haven’t defined our marriage or made it weaker but, almost certainly, made it infinitely stronger. As … Read More

  7. Bollinger Family | Eagan Lifestyle Photography

    I was thinking the other day how vastly different my life would look had I not pursued photography. I thought about the beauty that would likely be missing from my life. I thought about how my life would lack the freedom & joy that comes from doing something you love every single day, even when it’s hard. But, most of all, I thought about the friendships I may have missed out on. Those late night wine nights while watching the … Read More

  8. Announcing WW + MaeMae!

    When Marlen & I first started the Working Workshop, we both agreed that eventually we wanted to incorporate a list of truly remarkable guest speakers to our line-up to bolster the value & integrity of the work that we do and also to give our attendees a bit of a break from listening to our voices for 8 hours straight. (I mean, I’m fun to listen to but my novelty wears off after a while so really, this was a … Read More

  9. Twenty-Fourteen

    HOLY 2014 BATMAN. Well, it’s officially here. Twenty-fourteen came rushing in like a hurricane and eight days later I’m finally (mostly) ready to talk about it. 2013 was a beautiful year; genuinely the best year of my life thus far. But it wasn’t without hardships, massive failures and really difficult conversations with family and friends (at times, it felt like, on repeat). I think, though, that is why it was so beautiful. The fact that despite the heartache & hurt, … Read More

  10. An Oho Holiday Gift Guide for the Furry Friends | 2013

    It no secret that Gunnar is a snuggly dog. We’re not sure if it’s that he gets cold easily (middle of the night burrowing into the warm space between Matt and I is the dead give-away on that one) or if it’s that my efforts to teach him how to cuddle (aka, force cuddling) when he was a puppy FINALLY PAID OFF (there’s got to be truth to that). What you may not know – and what Matt Oholendt will … Read More