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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!:)

Elf on the Shelf

He’s only been in our house for two days, but it’s been a HOOT so far!! Now he’s not the “official” little guy- I headed to The General Store in Minnetonka (which if you’ve never been to and live in the Twin Cities you really should check it out- esp during the holiday- it’s awesome) intending to buy the offical little guy- but instead found this one- who’s really an ornament, but he was only $7 (compared to the real elf w/book for $30) He’s about 10″ tall and totally poseable- PERFECT! Plus I think he’s much cuter than the other one.

For those not familiar with the story- basically Santa send a scout elf, to hang out in the house and keep on eye on the kids to see if they are being “naughty or nice” and then every night- once they are asleep he returns to the North Pole to give Santa a report. Then the next morning he’s back- BUT in a totally different spot. So it’s a fun little hide-n-seek game. We told the kids that one of the rules from Santa is that they can’t touch the elf:)

It’s been a hoot so far- they randomly  talk to him- tell him things and even fess up to things to him. They also think he’s really cute and want to know what he eats, what his name is, etc…. only grown ups can hear him, so Mark and I can report what he’s saying:)So if you have any good elf names- let me know!


Jeanette - Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 11:57 pm

I’ve never heard that story, but it sounds like loads of fun!

cathleen - Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 10:50 am

your elf is adorable! i forgot to move ours last night. i didn’t when they went to get dressed. …….their reactions were hysterical!

Danna - Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 12:23 pm

ok that is just the BEST thing ever!! I totally want to do this where the heck do I find a little guy?? lol

Shauna - Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 2:01 pm

I’ve been looking all over for the elf! I never even thought of the General Store. Guess I’ll be heading your way!

Anna-Karin - Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 1:55 am

What a great thing to do with the kids at this time of the year. I would need to do something like this to with my kids. Now just to find an elf like that.

Paula - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:53 am

Our elf is named “Jingles,’ but I have a friend who’s son named his “Shelf-A-Lot.” I thought that was adorable!

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