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Sledding With the Cousins

The kids went sledding with their 3 cousins on Saturday, on the “famous Chaska sledding hill” – they had a TON of fun racing down that hill and only ran over a few innocent bystanders….:)

diana simpson - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 3:50 pm

what a super fun day!

Jeanette - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 3:54 pm

Wow, what huge fun!

Margie - Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 6:09 pm

I loooooooove these pictures!! The color is just fabulous!! I down in Louisiana and have had NO ground-covering snow in NINE years!! These are great!!!

Desiree Hayes - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 2:30 pm

How fun! I love these! So real life and full of childhood.

Jessica Lake - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 2:51 pm

WOW! The colors are amazing! Here in Sunny CA I don’t get to see the snow that often but these captures totally make me wanna take a vacation. Love them!

Heather - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:27 pm

This looks like so much fun! The kids look like they were having a blast.

Andrea - Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 10:07 am

How much fun! I LOVE the color here, great captures! ++

LisaS - Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 12:14 pm

Soooo fun! Gotta love MN in winter! :)

Heather - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 10:54 pm

Oh Amy how fun!!! I always love coming to your blog and seeing your posts!!

Donita - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Awesome pics Amy!

Julie - Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 11:41 am

These are SO much fun, love the colors. I do hope no on is outside today though!!!

I tried to commet on these the other day with no luck, myybe I can today.

TaraMc - Friday, January 16, 2009 - 8:31 am

Love these! So fun and full of life.

Carrie Steffe - Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 11:23 pm

oh these are so fun…I can feel how happy they are!

Martha - Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 2:55 pm

These are SO much fun!! Love the colors too — really wonderful!

Michelle Calhoun - Friday, February 13, 2009 - 9:33 am

Your images are all so FUN!!!!!
Great BLOG!

Joyful 1yr old *B*

A little slow to warm up- but once he did, WOW, his smile and laugh just light up a room! Such a pleasure just to play with him and watch his little mind work. Mr *B* has the honor of being my last client of 2008- I love ending the year on such a fun, happy session!

He did lots of “cooking” of my finger puppets:)

This makes me laugh- as their dog kept licking him while he rocked on the horse…sooo cute!

This is my personal fave from the day…..





dsr - Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 2:23 pm

What a great smile he has! I agree that the last one is amazing!

Jana Kunz - Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:21 pm

So cute!! Beautiful images. :)

Desiree Hayes - Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 2:31 am

SOOOOOOOOOO sooooooo cute!!!!!!!

Tara Staton - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 2:32 pm

aww he is so precious! I love the dog licking one!

Nicole Z - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 2:33 pm

What a cutie!! He has some beautiful eyes and an amazing smile!!!

Shannon T. - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 2:45 pm

Awww what a cutie! Love the last image the connection between them priceless!!!

carey - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:36 pm

Love these! Wonderful captures!

jennifer - Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 9:44 am

these are beautiful, I absolutely love the love and connection and true laughs that you captured here, absolutely beautiful!

Dion Seneca - Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 5:04 pm

What a sweet little boy. His smile is amazing! I love the true emotions that you captured in these!

Jan - Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 10:22 pm

I love the personality you captured with all these shots. Really wonderful! ++

lisa m - Monday, January 19, 2009 - 4:06 pm

these are so full of personality! love every one of them!

Robyn Osten - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 4:10 pm

LOVE the moments you caught here! They are so sweet and genuine!!! :) What a smile! I want to squeeze that baby!

Newborn Baby *E* in Minneapolis

This might be my quickest sneak peek ever! This session was this morning- despite the wicked snowstorm. Now part of the reason of course for the early peek is that I knew the photos were going to be great and I wanted to get a peek at them right away, but also, ahem, it’s because it’s the 1st session with my brand new camera. Now, as my super blog followers know- I named my last camera after the 1st session I did with it- so “Addison” has now been retired to back-up duties…..and I’ll have to decide whether the new one gets the nickname, E, of this sweetie, or perhaps her full name, which starts with a G…:)

Okay- back to the super duper cutie-patootie! Only 5days old, but sweet baby E was a super trooper! She is the most alert 5day old I’ve ever met! She didn’t want to miss a minute of what was going on- but was so content and happy, and showing off her gorgeous eyes. We tried our hardest to get her to sleep- but she just didn’t want any part of it! Amazingly- during her brief 5min snooze I worked fast and did get some great keepers:)

1st up….okay this one is definitely in the top 3 of my all-time favorite newborn photos. I LOVE it!

Aren’t her eyes just beautiful!!

This is one makes me miss my own babies….

All curled up and briefly asleep:)

I just love her hands in this one…

S&B thanks for having me over today to photograph your sweet newborn pea- she really is just a perfect little thing! And S’s dad- thanks for assisting with the schlepping of the stuff through the snow! Drive safely back to Michigan!:)






Rachelle H - Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 12:24 pm

Oh man, I love babies! These make me long for my own to be babies again. I cannot believe how alert she is! You got some great pictures here.

jen baltgalvis - Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 4:25 pm

She is so cute. These are great!

Donita - Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 8:45 pm

Oh, newborns and sheepskin…how can you go wrong! Lovely pics!

"J" - Monday, December 22, 2008 - 7:33 pm

Baby “E” is absolutely beautiful!!! Of course, I may be partial because she is my niece! Thank you so much for the lovely pics of our sweet girl. You did a wonderful job capturing the grace and innocence of a newborn.

Anna-Karin - Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 3:00 pm

Oh that first one is so sweet and happy!

Ellen - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 4:46 pm

These are lovely! Great job with variety of eyes open (and love the cross-eyed shots!) and sweet sleeping ones…

rhonda - Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:27 pm

just beautiful amy .. love that 1st one with the cross-eyes .. such a newborn thing to capture!

Melissa - Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 1:15 pm

What a precious little one…I love all the eye contact you got!

Jane Eaton Hamilton - Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 9:42 pm

Awww, such a little cutie pie. How sweet these images are.

JenniferS - Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:28 am

AWWWW! I absolutely LOVE these!

The Garden Gnome & The Busy Bee

These two beautiful boys are cousins- only a few months apart which anyone with kids knows, can be a big difference developmentally. Baby *N* who his parents affectionately refer to as “The Garden Gnome” (how stinking cute/adorable is that???) is 7months old- and pretty much sit/stays wherever you put him. Happily. His older cousin *D* who is 11months old is a mover and a shaker that never stops crawling/standing/moving here and there.

First up- the Gnome. Seriously- how can this not make you smile:

Cute little *D*- The Busy Bee:

Photographing these two together was, well, challenging! And while they were never in the same spot for more than a few seconds- we did manage to get this adorable shot of them together!

and one more of *N* because I think it’s too cute with his little tongue:)


Therese Marie - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 3:48 pm

OMG!! Those are the cutest babies ever. You really captured some amazing shots.

Anna-Karin - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 12:06 am

They are adorable and I bet you had to work hard to capture two active babies. It looks like it paid off though!

gilbert - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 2:46 pm

These guys are SOOOO cute! I love what you’ve captured!

Chrissie - Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 11:56 am

I have the cutest godson ever!!!

DSR - Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 12:20 am

Both of the boys have such great eyes! Wonderful pictures! And the B&W are beautifully done!

The Nephew

I can’t believe he’s already one year old!!! Time sure flies!:)He has the cutest giggle/laugh..I seriously want to bottle it. K & M I really hope you are videotaping him so that you can permanently have it documented!

Seriously- how stinking ADORABLE is he??

I love those toothers!

I can’t explain it- but I just LOVE this capture….

This one makes me laugh…it was right after he tore the wrapping off the present he was sitting on- I think it’s such a “uh-oh I’m busted” look:)

And to see him as a younger chap- see here and here

DSR - Monday, December 8, 2008 - 11:06 pm

What a great smile! Love those teeth!

Stephanie - Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:17 pm

He looks like your boys! Especially B! He’s adorable!

Kris Duffing - Friday, December 12, 2008 - 11:52 am

That last one is too cute. I think they should use it for their Christmas card.

Neighbors :)

This handsome duo are our next door neighbors. Z is officially the oldest “kid” I’ve photographed to date. He’s 15 and newly driving (with a permit of course) and I swear grows a foot a year! His brother M is one of my kids favorite people in the whole world. They adore him. He’s taught them how to skateboard, climb trees, and has truly been a wonderful role model for them….there aren’t many 12yr olds that will give a gaggle of 6yr olds the time of day- much less actually play with them, teach them things and in general be nice to them. His only flaw is that he’s a Packer fan….oh well;)We really do feel so lucky to have such great boys living right next door- we can only hope that our two boys will grow up to be so kind and considerate!


And of course their dog….who reminds our dog daily just how slow and not-agile he is. He runs CIRCLES around our poor doggers…. but our dog still steals all his toys when he can:)

Liana S. - Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:17 pm

I LOVE the snow beard on doggie. :)


I have had the pleasure of knowing this family since 1991- thanks to a random lottery dorm room assignment:)3 of these 5 boys belong to one of my college “roomies” and the other 2 are her younger sister’s. 5 boys all 4 and under. What fun the holidays are for them!:)

The whole crew:

Seriously one of the sweetest kids I’ve ever known…he’s the nicest big brother and SO patient and loving…

Okay- I know it’s not nice…but this one makes me LAUGH!! It’s very much the face I got for most of the photosession and just screams “Hi I’m TWO”

I. Want. To. Squoooooooosh. Him. Hard to believe that a mere 5months ago THIS was him!

Happy Mr. A- isn’t his smile sooooo adorable!!! He has grown SO much SO fast!! THIS was him in July!

and his big brother- who is such a hoot! Mr. Personality!:)

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