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Super Heroes ~ Minneapolis MN Family Photographer

Oh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE this session!! I’ve been photographing this family since little man was still in his momma’s belly- making this our 7th session together! I always look forward to our sessions every year, as not only are the kids sweet as pie, their mom and dad know how to just chill and be themselves at our sessions. People often ask me “how do you get such natural family photos?” well- of course part of it is my skilled direction (ha-ha) and the fact that I make them play games and do fun stuff,  but a big part of it, is I honestly get the BEST families. Who want their real personalities to shine, so all they really have to do is be their natural, loving selves! This family has that down pat. They make my job easy, as they know how to just let go, have fun, trust that I will make them look great.

What a GORGEOUS night we had out at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It’s one of my favorite places to do family sessions, as it gives us so much space to explore and play and relax. I’ve had a photographers permit there for years, and it never lets me down, as it’s just gorgeous year round! With little kids especially, giving them room to stretch their legs helps keep them fresh and cooperative when I reel them back in  for more time in front of the camera. It also gives me amazing backgrounds for both the candid images of them exploring, and the more planned portraits. Plus, with how huge it is, I can come out there year after year, and always find new spots for my repeat clients.

A little Ring-Around-The-Rosie

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Oh how I adore this one….

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Quite possibly one of my favorite father/son images of all time. This was all them- which I think is why I love it so much,

as this is something they do together all the time, and that makes it feel so authentic and genuine.
Sometimes super heroes need some help to fly… 

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The Gorgeous Girl, in a more serious moment. Oh how I love her eyes. And how cute is her braid?

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Over the years he’s really come out of his shell with me, and it makes me feel all warm & happy when he flashes me his amazing smile.

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A tradition- I’ve been photographing them with these bears since they were teeny-tiny babies. It’s been SO much fun to do a photo with them each year, to show how much they are growing in comparison to their favorite teddy bears! And those bears look a little more well loved each year, it’s going to be fun to see what shape they are in for photos when the kids are teenagers!:)

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Thanks S family for another amazing year! <3 ~Amy

Dylan’s 9m Milestone Session ~ Minnetonka MN Baby Photographer

Oh what a difference three months can make! This adorable little man came into the studio for his 9m session,
and WOW has he changed since his 6m studio session.
Click here to see him just a mere 3m ago!

I think it’s mostly the hair don’t you think?
I’m always amazed how much they change just in the few months between their milestone sessions, as you can just see the baby stages ever so slowly slipping away, and can start to see the soon to be toddler-ness starting to appear. It’s sort of bittersweet for sure- but it also what makes it SO fun to look back at photos from all the adorable stages!

I know my kids LOVE to look at their own baby pictures. And this sitting/standing stage is seriously SO cute. My own trio who are now soon to be 6th graders, have already picked out the baby photo they each want as part of their graduation next year from elementary school, and they’ve picked photos from the 6/9 month stage. The thought of they graduating next year and starting middle school is enough to make me start to hyperventilate….and pull out the baby photos and oooooh and ahhhh over how cute they were, and just how crazy fast it all flies. We’ve attended a few high school graduation parties this summer, and I feel like that weird old neighbor lady always sighing with the “oh I remember when you were starting kindergarten!” and their moms look at me and say “oh just wait….it goes to fast” Which again, starts me to slightly panic. SLOW. DOWN. I am one of those parents who’s never in a hurry for the next stage. I’ve so rarely said “Oh I can’t wait until they can _____” I’m the opposite. I’m the mom pushing the baby down when they start to stand so they don’t walk too soon (okay not really…well maybe just once..)  I remember when they started kindergarten and got on that bus excitedly and ready to tackle the world….I did cry (okay sobbed) but it was a mix of missing them, and knowing they are “out there” now- but also, very very excited for them and proud of who they were starting to become.

Okay- now that I’ve unloaded some emotional ramblings….on to the super cute images of Dylan from his 9m session!:D

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Lovely Lily ~ Twin Cities Baby Photographer

Adorable Miss Lily came into the studio, and was by FAR the best newborn I’ve had in a LONG time- and by best,
I mean this little baby girl slept like a champ for her photo session, not so much as a peep out of her!
I think it’s the name, as I have a Lily in my house, and she sleeps like a superstar too… and by superstar,
I mean she likes to stay up late and sleep till noon.:) Sweet newborn baby Lily was just content as could be- I’d like to think it was my baby whisperer ways, but really some babies are just super zen at sessions, and she was one of those babies.
Not to mention she’s seriously the cutest thing, those CHEEKS! How can you not want to smooch them.
I’m sure her parents have laid about 1000000000 on her already.

  

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I think this next one is my favorite…she just looks so cozy and content

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Along with being an amazing sleeper, she was also the SMILIEST baby!

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And last but not least, her adoring parents. I think it’s safe to say they are smitten.
They’ve waited a long time for her to arrive, and she was worth every minute…

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Thank you A&E for choosing me to document your precious little bundle of love’s first year of life. I can’t wait to watch her grow! ~Amy

Ella Enchanted ~ Minnetonka Newborn Photographer

Sweet little Ella came into the studio for some newborn portraits, and was SUCH a little sweetie! I’ve had a run of babies with lots of hair, and having had super bald babies myself, I have to admit I just adore when newborns have a full head of hair! I always wonder if the hair will stay, especially the same color. I know I have nieces who were born with tons of dark hair, only to late become blondes! You just never know! One of my favorite parts of newborn photo sessions, is being able to chat with mom while the session is taking place. The luxury of having a studio, is that the parents can kick back and relax, and let me do all the work while they look on, and ooooh and ahhhh over how adorable their baby is, and of course what an awesome baby whisperer I am;)

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Ella was gorgeous in purple, I love when clients pick out bold accent colors for their images, to off set the soft neutral baby feel.

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I’ve always had a soft spot for baby feet, and baby toes…there’s just something about that tiny baby part that’s so adorable to me…

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Thank you H family for entrusting me to take your family’s newborn portraits of your sweet baby! ~Amy

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Darby is One! ~ MN Family Photographer

I cannot tell you how EXCITED I am that outdoor photography season is finally here!!
After our insane winter/spring, it feels SO great to be back at what I love- which is of course outdoor portrait sessions.
This family session was one of those magical May evenings, where the weather is warm and glow-y,
and it’s early in the season so not to hot, and no bugs to swat away.
Darby is one of my watch-me-grow kiddos, and it’s been SO fun to watch him go from being a cute little
chubby newborn, fresh to the world, to now, a RUNNING like a mad 1yr old. Seriously this kid has SPEED!!
Most 1yr olds are sort of barely toddling around if they are walking around yet, but not Darby.
This little man has some serious gross motor skills! Running, climbing, and general super-busyness.
He’s definitely going to keep his parents on their toes, as he loves to explore!

One of my favorite party tricks- “how big are you?? SO big!” All kids should learn this…:)

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He has the most amazing blue eyes…

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One of my FAVORITES from the session- with his adoring momma

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Look he stopped running long enough for a family photo! LOVE this one…

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I love his little slight sneer- reminds me of Billy Idol (now I’m aging myself…)

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Thanks M family for allowing me to document your little man’s first year!! It’s been SO much fun! ~Amy

Fun on the Farm ~ Wayzata MN Family Photographer

Words can’t really do justice to how amazing this session was…
the location was really, as a photographer, a dream come true.
I think my heart leapt out of my chest at least a dozen times at every little new nook and cranny of awesomeness they showed me.
The most surprising part, this family farm lies right in heart of the west metro. Only a few blocks from the C towers!
How did I not know this ever existed? An amazing little hidden oasis is what it was…
I say was, because the purpose of this family session, was to document them on their beautiful land, one last time.
As the time had come for them to sell it and move onto a new future, and new land to explore. Exciting times.
After 50 years of their family living on this BEAUTIFUL land, it is definitely filled with many many stories, and even more memories.
As we wandered around their acres, they shared a few (some VERY funny) stories of growing up there
and I can tell it’s a little bittersweet for them all. And after spending just one evening there, I don’t blame them.
It’s pretty amazing.

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Thank you L family- for a really wonderful evening, and letting me be a witness to a part of your family story….

Newborn Princess P ~ MN Baby Photographer

I’ve had quite the string of babies in the studio with full heads of hair! LOVE it!
This little one definitely prefers to be held..but as I always say, “babies are for holding!”
Once she gave in to my baby whispering ways, she was a DREAM to photograph…
She just has the sweetest little face, doesn’t she?
I think her smile is going to wrap her parents right around her little finger….

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and a little before from our maternity session….

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Thank you K & J for having me photograph your sweet little love! ~ Amy

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