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Dog Day at the Ballpark ~ St. Paul Saints Baseball Pet Photos

Did you know that The St. Paul Saints have an event where you can bring your dog to a game? I mean seriously how fun is that! Minneapolis and Saint Paul really is amazingly pet friendly. There are so many opportunities to bring your canine friend along with you on adventures. During their “dog day” event- I volunteered with Secondhand Hounds to help in their Photo Booth. For a small donation, game attendees could get a sweet photo of their pup! It was So much fun, and it helped raise some nice money for a great rescue! Here’s a peek at a few of the adorable pups I got to meet and photograph.

We’ve fostered a few dogs through SHH, and it’s really been an amazing experience. Summer is typically their BUSIEST season, and they are in need of more foster families! I’m happy to chat if you want more information on what it all entails. They also have great info on their website here. I promise it’s easy, it’s entirely up to you which pets you foster, and it’s an amazing way to help save a dog (or cat’s) life. One thing in the summer they often are in need of, are temporary fosters. Which means, the regular foster has to be gone (vacation/family events) and they need a temp foster to take their pup for just a few days. It’s a great way to help in a known time frame! It’s a nice way to get your toes wet with the fostering program.

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Sweet Baby Boy ~ Newborn Photographer Twin Cities MN

It’s always exciting when I hear clients are expecting again! These girls are so stinking cute, and have always been such a pleasure to have in front of my camera.  The girls newborn sessions we did at their home, but this time the parents wanted to do something different, so they came to the studio for their new baby boy’s session! So of course, big brother dog had to come too! He was a little excited as always (he’s got a lot of energy that one!) but with the help of some treats, he snapped right to attention. I’m pretty sure they could get him to do pretty much anything for the right treat. Labs are often so food motivated, it cracks me up. As you all know, I’m a huge dog lover, so I totally get it when their mom said “he was my first baby….I have to have him in a photograph” So each time we’ve managed to get him at least one image, always with the bribe of treats. He’s a squarely one, but I’m up for the challenge!:)

It’s always fun for me to play “who does the new baby look like” and in this case, he definitely looks like his own little man. His sisters looked very much alike in their newborn sessions, but he definitely stands out. As he should! It’ll be fun to see them grow as the years go by!

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Gorgeous Newborn Gianna ~ Chanhassen Baby Photographer

I’ve had a run of baby girls lately for newborn sessions! Not only newborn sessions I’ve already photographed, but also with my expectant moms. Last year I had a long run of boys, so apparently this year it’s the girls turn!

This sweet little girl was just a dream to photograph. So sweet, so calm, and so stinking adorable!! I always say that one of the best perks of this job is that I get to spend a few hours holding babies. For me, the little sighs of contentment they make, it’s like valium. Seriously- it doesn’t get much better than that. I need to record it sometime for when I’m having a crabby day.

You’ll be seeing more of little baby Gianna, as she’s part of our Watch-Me-Grow club! I can’t wait to watch her grow, and to photograph her at some of those adorable next stages of development!

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Her mom and grandma brought in her baptism gown for a few photographs at the end. O. M. G. Seriously- sooooooo sweet! The little bonnet?! And the long gown- she looks like a little princess!

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More the Merrier ~ Minneapolis Family & Maternity Photography

I’ve been photographing this awesome family since their first handsome little dude was still in his momma’s tummy! It’s been so fun to watch them go from expecting their first baby, to juggling a toddler and new baby, to becoming a fun loving family of hour. And now I get to watch them make the switch from man-to-man to zone defense! As all a parents of more than two children know, it’s an adjustment for sure. But I have no doubt this crew will take it all right in stride.

I always get so excited for our yearly sessions, as every year the kids just get funnier, and more and more relaxed. It’s hard to believe they use to be SHY with me- and now they make me look like the shy one!  What has always amazed me about these dynamic duo, is how much they adore each other. Since she was a teeny tiny baby, he’s just been the sweetest big brother. She looks at him with such love. When I photograph them 1:1, they each are a littler more reserved, but together they are like a pair of puppies- constantly wrestling, playing, and laughing. They bring out a joy in each other that you can feel from across the room. It’s pretty amazing. Soon, VERY soon, they will be adding a new little one into their already amazing family. That little girl is one lucky one. Not only does she get some spectacular siblings, she also will have the coolest, laid back and fun loving parents. As a family their love and laughter is contagious. She’s going to be surrounded by so much positive energy- she’s sure to shine, just like her big brother and sister before her.

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Thanks S family for yet another awesome session! I am so excited to meet the new little one!

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Love, Joy & Popsicles ~ Medina Family Photographer

I’ve been meaning to blog this family’s at home session from last summer for forever, but honestly I just could not narrow down the images deciding which to show on the blog. As always with this family, there were just so many that made my heart sing. So in my procrastination, I’m going to blog show way more than I normally do. It’s my blog I can do what I want.  I’ve known this family since pretty wayyyyy back when their first was only a one year old and love our sessions every year.
From that first session, I have been a little bit in love with them. Not only are they beautiful on the outside, they are truly the kindest, most beautiful people on the inside as well. But for me, one little reason I adore them so, is that MY favorite images are always THEIR favorite images. AND they hang them on their walls! I get crazy joy from knowing my photographs of a family are seen by them every day. A daily reminder of how awesome they are, and how loved. They get me! And more importantly, I get them. Our sessions are always fun and goofy and filled with lots of hugs and games and running and chasing and…. a little bribery.;)
Mom and Dad know how to just kick back and let the crazy train roll, be in the moments, and trust that even though it seems chaotic, it always results in some magic.

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I’ve always taken it as a serious badge of pride, that so much of my business consists of returning clients. It’s as high as 90% some years. The percentage of clients who are returning ones. Which to me, is the most clear sign that I must be doing something right. It’s validating in way that nothing else can be, that I’m doing something right.  The fact that so many choose to come back to me time after time- that’s something that makes me feel very proud, and honored and humbled at the same time. I love that I get to be a part of their family story- I get to be part of the photographic history of “them” – my images will be something they look back at for years, and then generations. It’s pretty amazing really. That I get to give them a peek back into their every changing lives. In the moment- of course we love the images because they show who we are TODAY. But even moreso- they are keepsakes forever. Moments frozen in time, that show the joy, happiness, and LOVE. As a mother of almost teens, I get it so much more now than ever. I wish I could freeze time. But I can’t. So the photographs will have to do.

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Carin Roxana Ramirez - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 4:25 pm

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Wayzata Girls – BFF Photo Session

There is just something about those first friendships. The kind when they are together they bring out the best
and silliest in each other. They know each others favorite books and secret crushes, as well as how much they love
math or theatre. They cheer for them on the soccer or field hockey field, and watch proudly when they dance or sing on stage. They laugh together in a way that is so honest and pure, it makes my heart sing just to witness it. We’ve all been there- in that stage where you aren’t really kids anymore, but you aren’t quite teens either. It’s a time that can for some be hard on their confidence and their self esteem. It’s also a time, when friends are SO important to your identity. No one “gets you” like your friends. We parents like to think we know our kids- but their friends know them in way we never will. As it should be. I tell my kids all the time, WHO you choose to be your friends, is one of the most consistently important decisions in your life. True good friends support you and cheer for you and help you to be the best version of yourself. It’s what helps you get through these tough teen years with less turbulent waters.
I have to admit- this is the most fun I’ve had at a photo session in a LONG time. There’s something about setting 4 almost teenagers loose in their hometown and letting them just BE themselves- that is liberating to photograph. They had a zillion ideas and trusted me implicitly. My goal was simple: to show them how strong, confident and beautiful they are, both together and alone. They made it easy. I’m SO proud of these images- not just because they are fun and cool, but because I think it’s so important in an age where girls are constantly presented with a fake view of beauty standards- that they see the beauty in themselves and their friends. Celebrate it. The strength, the love and the power of friendship.

When we started our session together, the girls asked “do we have to smile the whole time?” my answer- NO! Of course not! They loved showing their serious side. While they would often crack up and break into smile- they really owned being in the moment and connecting. Not being pretend happy, but just being strong, and confident. For me- the serious expressions of this age are my favorite. As I think it’s when you really start to see the women they are going to become. Smart. Strong. Confident.

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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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