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My Favorite Redheaded Trio ~ Minneapolis Children’s Photographer

I’ve been photographing this awesome family since 2008, and every year they just get spunkier and more fun! I always know they are going to show me their energy and personalities- and will have me laughing so hard I often tip over. They are goofballs and I love that! I think it’s all the awesome red hair.;) This year we did their session at their home, which is something I just love to do. Photographing kids around their homes and in their neighborhoods is such a great way to personalize the session to truly make it their own. I find it gives kids an instant comfort as well, being in familiar surroundings.

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I just LOVE this whole series of them right on their front lawn….. <3

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Clients often worry about “where should we do the session?” – and of course I have many favorites of mine that I truly love for the scenery and lighting, and I always have suggestions…. but really, in many ways it doesn’t matter. While sometimes the background definitely can add to the photograph for sure, often times especially with kids, it doesn’t matter. The image isn’t about what’s around them- it’s about them. The kids are the focus, that’s what’s most important. Plus, you’d be amazed how a location you might think of as nothing special, can really have some amazing little hidden pockets of awesomeness. As a photographer, my eye is trained to see these things, and I love that challenge in new locations. Neighborhoods are always ripe for lots and lot of options. I’m particularly fond of S Mpls, where this family resides. There’s just something about the light in South Minneapolis. I can’t really explain it, but it just glows differently. Perhaps it’s the trees, or all the cool old homes with great architecture, and tall so they cast shadows in just the right places. But I really love it. Often times when I know a client lives near the lakes, I suggest we go their home/neighborhood for those reasons. Plus- what’s easier for your session than not having to go anywhere and having me just show up at your front door?:)

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Lynn McLean - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 9:16 am

Pictures of these grandchildren are gifts for forever. This time I especially love the one of Ava running out in front as her two brothers follow along. It so captures who they are as individuals and as a family. I smile when I see it or even think about it. Thank you

Lynn Harvey McLean - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 2:12 pm

As their grandmother they’ve been my favorite redheaded trio from the beginning…even before there were three. Love them, love their pictures.

Pretty Munchkin - Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 5:53 am

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Spunky Siblings ~ Plymouth MN Kids Photographer

The snow is once again covering my yard, but someday, soon, it will look like this again…..right?!
These two had a blast at our photo session. They laughed so much, it made me feel like a superstar.
I’d like to think I’m that funny, but really I know it’s just that they are kids who are happy, cheerful and break into giggles easily. So- yeah, they pretty much made my job a cakewalk.

Little brother was as sweet as pie, and had a awesome energy. What is is about little boys, even when they are sitting down, they are still always wiggling or moving in some way. As a mom of three boys myself- it’s amazing to me how they always are in motion. Oh to bottle up that energy….better that coffee. Big sister loved the camera- and loved to run and dance. And her hair? I know, seriously…..I always wanted red hair. One summer after college I died it strawberry blond, but I sadly came to the conclusion I just can’t pull it off, so back to dirty blond it went. Sigh…. I learned recently there’s a difference between Irish red, and Italian Red- I don’t remember the details, but it was pretty interesting. I don’t know where her hair falls in that deal, but it sure is insanely gorgeous…



Doing all this blog catch up is making me so excited for warmer weather to arrive, so we can once again get outside for portraits! While I love my studio, my heart is in outdoor photos. I think kids are just freer and more themselves when they have space and fresh air. Not to mention, the space to do what I call “catch and release” with kids. You have to let them run and play, so that you can get them to sit for a minute.:)


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My TQ Sisters

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw an influx of tropical photos over the weekend.
Often times- people ask about having triplets, and how it was in the beginning. While we were fortunate to have family nearby to call in if we needed them. None could truly relate to the daily, often hourly mental exhaustion of life with triplets/quads.  Thankfully- I found others who did. 20+ fellow triplet/quad moms in the trenches as well. I have known these women/friends, since we were all pregnant, back in early 2002. We live all over the county, and connect via email (remember yahoo groups?) Our emotional support went from pregnancy to cheering when babies left the NICU, crying when they didn’t. We helped each other through challenges of newborns, babies, toddlers and of course potty training. (I think we all deserve a medal for helping them all through THAT stage) We shared photos of their first day of school, and birthday parties, and sought advice about sibling drama and ideas for how to manage homework and activities. Now 13yrs from when we first connected, we talk about puberty and middle school, and worry about whether cell phones are a good thing or evil. While we often talk about the kids, over the years we’ve been there for each other through marriage troubles, deaths of parents, moves, you name it.
Through it all- we’ve had each other to turn to, for tips, advice and support.
The fact that I had 20+ women with triplets/quads at the same stages (all our kids are born within 4months of each other) was something that I don’t think words can ever truly express. A few years into our journey together, someone suggested an actual in-person get together. So now, pretty yearly we have a get together that someone graciously hosts, and those that can make it, attend. The group is a little different each time depending on schedules, but it’s always a blast. I love these women. They are my sisters through experience. It’s hard to put in words. But when we get together, we feel it. It’s a sense of gratitude and love and friendship, and a true appreciation for what we found all those years ago, and continue to foster today.

A few photos from our reunion in Key Biscayne this year. The weather was glorious, but the company even better.

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Cathy Buggy - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:03 pm

So truly happy for all of you! You can never have enough sisters!

Kim Edwards - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:38 pm

“Sisters through experience” love it! Missed you all xoxo

Katie Belko - Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Love you! Summed it up so well

Renee Robichaud Ruggiero - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 2:32 am


Adorable Duo ~ Twin Cities Children’s Photographer

I just love when I see these two every year! They are so spunky, and so sweet, and just LOVE having their portraits taken.
Or maybe it’s just that they love me, either way, I’ll take it! This year we did a combo session of doing some photos inside the studio,
and some outside in the studio side yard. One of my favorite things about my natural light studio, is that that I have amazing lighting
both inside and out. Since it’s literally right outside, it also makes it easy to do a combo of indoor/outdoor at a session, even a mini
session such as this! Studio minis are really a great option for those looking for updated portraits of their children, but don’t need the full
show of a signature session, and don’t want family images. Mini sessions are fun, easy, and great for when you don’t want a ton of photos
to choose from, and also perfect for those on a tighter budget since there’s no minimum purchase requirement.
Since I started offering studio minis 3yrs ago, they’ve become a popular option, especially for wee ones- as they change so often
and you want to document the stages, but don’t always need a full family session each time.

Here’s a peek of a few of the outdoor images from their our mini session last summer. Nope- not twins! Just close in age:)

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Brothers ~ Minnetonka Kids Photographer


These two brothers were a HOOT! Their grandmother brought them in to the studio back in December, for holiday photos.
They were so much fun- just cheerful, goofy, sweet boys. I was their first stop, before heading to see Santa at the mall.
At one point they were thinking of silly words and one said to the other “we better not say potty words,
especially since we’re about to see Santa!” I about died. SO funny.

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Sweet Siblings ~ Minneapolis Baby Photographer

These two adorable kiddos came into the studio for a mini session! Mom had big brothers portraits taken around this same stage when they lived in another state, and wanted to capture some at the same stage for his sweet little sister. In the world being small, I actually know their previous photographer from spending years together on a children’s photography forum. It was so fun when I asked who their photographer was and I ended up knowing her! The studio is such a great space for mini sessions, as it has amazing natural light all day long, and has room to let kids have room to play and feel comfortable. Since I have a huge wall of windows letting in amazing light, I don’t need to contain them to certain spots to use studio lighting. It makes it a super fun experience for them, and a stress free one for mom/dad! Not to mention, gorgeous natural light highlighting their supreme cuteness! These two really shined- and don’t they look gorgeous in blue!? Love it….

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Four Generations ~ Lake Minnetonka Family Photographer

I’ve become quite fond of multi-generation family photo sessions.
So when this family’s contacted me, and said there were FOUR generations I was so very excited.
I was even more thrilled once I met them. They are the most chill, friendly, just awesome family.
There’s an ease to their togetherness. A comfort level so palpable, that you can only feel at home when you are with them.
They made my job easy, as they are just so genuine and kind. Not to mention their home, is truly a photographers dream.
So much natural light and gorgeous decor, I think my heart beat out of my chest when I walked in.
We had intended to do some outdoor photos on the lake, but if you remember last summer we had so much rain that Lake Minnetonka flooded? Yep, their whole backyard was under water! It was crazy. But- in a way I’m really glad we were forced inside, as it brought a cozy, familiar dynamic to the session with I think only made the images so much more meaningful, and beautiful.

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Four generations. It makes my heart so happy. Not to mention, how handsome are these men- and how adorable is little man!
Watching his great grandfather hold him- and baby talk him, made me melt.
All three of these men are obviously wonderful fathers, and what better legacy can you hand down to your son.
And watching her the great grandparents together- how connected they were, and how much in love after all those years.
It was inspiring. What great role models to their family on how to be a loving couple.
How to remain young at heart, and laugh and enjoy your family.

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And these two- could they be any cuter??

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Thank you E family for having me document your amazing family. It was truly a pleasure!

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