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Sweet as Pie ~ St Paul Family Photos

Those two cuties, are a prime example of how emotionally rewarding this job can be for me. I’ve been photographing him since big brother was a newborn, and first photographed them together when she was a teeny baby and even after all these years and knowing me, he still makes me work for it! But when he lets me in…oooooh it’s the best feeling. I see a lot of outgoing, chatty, extravert kids. Ones that I have to reel in, to photograph. BUT- the ones I find most rewarding, are ones who make me work for it in the opposite way. The ones that I have to carefully and respectfully approach and gently earn their trust. To help them see I’m a safe person, and that we’re going to have fun, and laugh, and play, and it’s all entirely on their own comfort level. They call the shots. For me, when they loosen up, and show me their happy comfortable selves- it’s like a little bit of magic. The magic their parents see all the time, but is hidden away to strangers, and especially hard to capture in photographs. When these parents see the images and cry “oh my gosh, this is SO them!” there is nothing more satisfying to me, as I know I’ve captured their true essence and those are often the little quiet moments that mostly go unnoticed, but are even more beautiful than the loud ones.

These two adorable siblings are SO cute together I can hardly stand it. He is such a great big brother, so gentle with her, and the way he holds her hand, oooooh heart swooning! And when he laughs, oh my it’s seriously the best. Hopefully, when his sister is that age, she’ll find me as funny as he does. Although my goofball antics are often better suited for boys (since 3/4 of my kids are boys I seem more in tune with their humor) but what I’m sure I can count on, is his ability to make her laugh, and that’s even better.

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Fabulous Fall Family ~ Minnetonka Family Photos

These three are quite possibly the happiest, most giggly kids I know. I know that during our session they will crack me up, as they laugh so much I just can’t help but laugh along with them. They are just so joyful and genuinely kind to one another, it’s amazing. Now I’m sure it’s not all peace and happiness at home, as they are really children and not robots, but at least for me- they seem to be pretty much perfection in terms of siblings. And they laugh, SO MUCH- I just love it!!! Not to mention, mom and dad are so adorable together, and so chill and laid back, it makes the session easy peasy!
Mom also gets a gold star for pulling together some really great outfits for their fall photos. I love the layers and different textures and complimentary color tones. They look amazing individually as well as in any combo of people. I know for many, the “what do we wear for photos” is often the most stressful part of the process- but I promise you I have many great examples and tips awaiting you, to help make it as easy as possible! It’s much easier than you think it will be, especially with my helpful guidance. And this family photo session is a great example of how you can look coordinating and cohesive, without being repetitive or too matchy. Keeping your individual style intact, while creating a gorgeous grouping.

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I’ve known this gorgeous mom since….7th grade? We graduated high school together, she looks just as amazing now as she did x years ago! You know how some people seem to look exactly the same at 18 as they do at 40? Yep she’s one of those! Her awesome hubby and kids must be keeping her laughing which as we know is the key to youthfulness!

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Sweet Siblings ~ Minnetonka MN Family Photographer

These cutie pies are the cousins previously mentioned in the blog post below! I think this is the….3rd year I’ve had the pleasure of photographing this duo. Little sister use to be pretty unsure about this whole photo thing, but this year was the year I won her over! Which, is pretty typical, as age 3 is when kids start to feel more comfortable during family sessions. She ADORES her big brother, and watching her look at him to adoringly is pretty awesome. I’m sure they have their unloving moments as well, but he is a pretty great big brother. I hope she realizes someday how lucky she is!
I have to admit, I’m pretty happy that plaid has made another comeback lately- as I seriously adore boys in plaid. Maybe it’s my old age and reminiscing of the grunge flannel look of my hey day of college in the early 90s, but I seriously love it.  Especially the new patterns out, that mix plaid and solids or checks- it’s just awesome esp with slightly rolled up sleeves. So. Cute. As a mom of several boys, it’s hard to get stuck in the solid or stripes dominating world, so plaid is thankfully still cool, or again cool? Whatever it is, I love it. Plus- it makes it easier to do fun coordinating outfits for family photos as then not just the girls get to have the fun patterns.

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Fall Photos ~ Edina MN Family Photographer

I first met this family featured here waaaaaay back in 2008. (Click here to see how cute little miss was at age 4!) and each year our sessions get easier and easier! These kids crack me up, as they have grown into total hams for the camera. This year we did back to back sessions with the kids cousins, so we could do some group photos as well for grandma/grandpa. It was so fun!  The cousins will be up next in my blog catch up! I can always count on mom doing a great job in pulling together coordinating clothes each year, that aren’t too matchy, but work for individual images as well as group. Accessories like mom’s scarf, are such a great way to tie things all together cohesively! She gets a gold star for coming up with new color combos each year too. It’s fun to change things up and they have the kind of coloring that can pull off pretty much any color (lucky ducks!) So anyhoo- here’s a peek at our fall mini session last year! More blog catch up, showcasing sessions from this past fall!

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Family Love ~ Minneapolis MN Photographer

I first met this family six years ago, when little man was still in his momma’s tummy! It’s fun to look back at how little he was at his newborn session, and what a handsome little dude he’s grown into! That first maternity image of him in his momma’s belly is still one of my all time favorites. Since then they’ve added a sweet yet shy little girl to their awesome family.
These kids are all just so kind, and sweet. They are really doing an amazing job raising such wonderful kids. The littles one are lucky to have such fine examples in their older siblings.

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I’ve been seeing this family yearly and just love our sessions together. Seeing how much they’ve changed and grown over the past year. It’s been fun to watch their personalities develop as well. While I do get a lot of out going kids in front of my camera, for me, it’s the shy ones that make me appreciate my job. As I know I have to respect the extra space, and time they need to feel comfortable. Parents are usually key to the success of the session, or in this case, older siblings. Especially during mini sessions such as this. Since it’s a shorter time frame, there’s not a lot of time for kids to adjust and feel comfortable being photographed. It’s often why I recommend full sessions if you know your child takes awhile to warm up. Being that I’ve known this family for years, I knew I could count on that familiarity to be in my favor- plus I know that mom/dad/sister/brother would help. She has such a sweet sweet smile, and when it finally comes out, it makes me melt a little. As I know it’s genuine- as she’s not going to give me a fake anything, so when that little smile starts to appear I know it’s a real one, which makes it that much more worth it.

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Fall Photos ~ St Paul MN Family Photographer

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing these beautiful boys for a few years now. Sometimes it’s just them, sometimes their cousins are along too! But this is the first time mom and dad have been in front of my camera. Apparently they needed the boys to do it a few years first to show them how it’s done.:)They came out for one of our days of mini sessions last October. The weather was a tad chilly, but the location was in it’s peak fall awesomeness, so it made it worth the brief cold. Plus, more excuse to cuddle together!

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As those of you who came out of the mini session last fall know, my assistant Sally was along to help. Sally was my intern way back in 2009, and since then has been my “graphic-guru” behind the scenes. She’s who does most of my design work for clients: albums, cards, collages, etc. I adore her! The fall season is crazy busy, and she is an essential part of my sanity that time of year especially. Sally has been living in Chicago for the past few years and working for me remotely, but this fall she returned to MN for a few months which was amazing. I LOVED having her along for mini sessions as it’s always nice to have an extra hand on those busy days, plus, she’s hilarious and great at getting kids to loosen up. Between the two of us, I always know we will be able to get those giggles to come out! Since she’s been seeing all of you via working for me all these years, she also got to finally meet so many of the cute kids who she’s been watching grow up all these years through photos and holiday cards. I’m hoping that she decides to come back again this year, so keep your fingers crossed for me.:D

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Giggles Galore ~ Minneapolis Family Photographer

I’ve been photographing this awesome crew, since they were each teeny tiny! In fact, an image from my very first session with this family back with sister was a little cherub baby, is framed and up on my studio wall. CLICK HERE to see which image I mean, and also to ooooh and ahhhhh over the boys insane cuteness. If they also look familiar to those of you who’ve been to the studio, it’s because I have an album from that session on display as well (have to represent all the kids after all!)

I can always count on this family to bring their joyful personalities- and if the kids need a little extra silliness I know I can always count on their dad to make them laugh. He knows just how to get them to crack up. I think that’s a talent most dad’s have it seems- even my own kids think my hubby is funnier than me. They often find it hard to believe I’m so good at getting kids to laugh during photo sessions, as with them I get more roll-their-eyes-and-groan. See that’s why I need this gig- at least other people’s kids think I’m amusing, even it’s it mostly because I’m pretty dorky, I’ll still take it!

Their session was at a new location for me last year, and one I’m excited to return to again. I did several sessions there last fall, and really loved it, the light was lovely and it’s only 10min from the studio, bonus! Now that most parks require photography permits, I have to pick & choose which ones I want to purchase each year. Some I do every year (like the Arboretum) but others I rotate so I can try new places. This was a new find and I think will turn into a regular!

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