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Brothers – Minnetonka MN Children’s Photographer

These two crazy cute brothers came into the studio for a fun and busy session!
Anytime a two year old is in the studio, I know it’s going to be a wild time, good thing I love that age!
Where he was a typical busy toddler, his baby brother is in that sweet and scrumptious stage of not quite sitting,
but super focused on everything that’s going on around him.

I ADORE this first image- when mom put that sweater on my heart beat a little faster. It’s just so sweet and the neutral tones
really let his super cuteness shine!

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I LOVE this stage, where they can grab their toes:)

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Last time I saw handsome big brother, he was the same age as his baby!
He looks the same, yet so grown up…

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I adore this one- I love his little fingers and sweet expression

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Same lips when concentrating- SO adorable!

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Thanks for bringing your little men in for a great session!
~Amy

Sweet Newborn Theo – Minnetonka Newborn Photographer

Oh what a beautiful little bub! Little Theo was so sweet and just perfection at his session.
At only 5days old  he was so sleepy and content, he was just a dream!

When mom pulled out this wrap she had brought along I just LOVED the color!
I love when clients bring something meaningful to include in the session.

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One of my personal faves…..

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Mom also brought along some lion hats for both boys to wear- I think Theo is very adorable little lion cub!

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There is no doubt- that this little man is very well loved…

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~Amy

Blog Carousel- Natural Spot Color

This month’s theme was a fun one. The task- to photograph a naturally occurring example of spot color.
While years ago ‘selective color’ was all the rage in photography (imagine a  b+w photo with a teeny part in color)
It, like many trends in photography, was overdone to the point of making photographers want to scream.
However- the idea behind it,  can be found naturally, and beautifully. No photoshop required!

The theory behind spot color, is to create a focal point- for the eye when viewing the image.

Anyhoo- when they came up with the theme, I knew what I wanted to capture.
Right outside our house, we have these….bushes. That many birds like to hang out in, because since our home
faces south, the snow melts off the roof and drips onto these bushes- making a perfect drinking fountain for birds.
For many years, we’ve had this GORGEOUS red cardinal that would often come around.
I waited. And waited. And waited…. all week long. Camera ready by my living room window, hoping he’d appear.

Sadly he did not. HOWEVER- this red capped little birdy did come by today- and I was thrilled!

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What’s a Blog Carousel? It’s a monthly event that some fellow photographers participate in, to get us doing something for ourselves and to push us in a different direction. Stretch our creative minds a bit. It’s only for fun and personal exploration, that’s it! Each month we have a theme, and we will photograph or find images that we feel represents the theme. At the end of my post you’ll find a link to the next photographer in this carousel. Please be sure to  check out her post and leave a little love! Also if you want to play along, I’d love to see! Post your own versions on your blogs and with a little info on what you’re doing and then you can come back and leave your link in the comment section below, so I can be sure to check it out too!

Before you go- click on to see Michigan child photographer, Dena Robles, and her spot color post.

Anna-Karin - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Beautiful capture!
The composition and the color of the birds just draw me to your photograph. Great interpretation of this month theme in our blog carousel!

Holli - Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Amy, this is STUNNING. I love little birds and I have tried to capture them so I know how difficult it can be. Perfect way to highlight how beautiful these tiny creatures are.

Anna Mayer - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

That’s simply beautiful. I used to have a family of Cardinals that lived in a tree just outside my office window. When the snow landed on the evergreen and then the birds, it was breathtaking. Thank you for taking me back. This is beautiful.

lauri - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 11:06 am

Gorgeous photograph! I too have a cardinal that comes by a lot, and so when it snowed, I waited and waited for that cardinal to show and never saw it. Maybe they’re camera shy.

Nikki - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 12:44 pm

This is just beautiful!

Stephanie Saclolo - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:49 pm

I believe he is a house finch, and you have taken a stunning image of him. The texture, composition, color…it is all so beautiful

Julie - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:11 pm

wow! That is just perfect!! what a gorgeous image!

Dena Robles - Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Oh it is beautiful. What a lovely capture. I have a similar tree and bird situation out my dining room window, but the cardinals prefer a different tree. And I never seem to have the camera ready when they visit!

Cutest. Valentine. EVER.

Okay, okay, so I might be slightly biased…..but the 4th pea is so stinking cute these days I could eat him up!!!
On Monday he did this little impromptu photoshoot for me, so I just had to whip up a little card.
Cutest. Thing. EVER.

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And in comparison- I’ve had these hearts forever- I bought them in 2007 for the 3Peas Valentines photos- as seen below:
Awwwww look at how much my babies have grown!! There were 4 here.:)

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I hope you and yours had a fabulous Valentine’s Day! I spent the day volunteering for the 4th grade class party for my trio. Fun times!

So in that vein, adding the girl’s valentine this year- as I just love them too (She did a bookmark)

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Snow Session!

I’m a firm believer that we live in Minnesota and therefore have to embrace all the seasons.
I love shooting out in the snow, there’s just something magically fun that naturally happens when
kids are outdoors in the winter. Not to mention that colorful winter clothes really pop
and add a whole other level of joy to images. These two braved the snow for a few minutes
at the end of our studio session. LOVE these two images!

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Rascally Riley – MN Children’s Photographer

This crazy cute little man belongs to my good friend Kim. While it’s been awhile since I’ve photographed this cutie,
I get to hang out with him and his brother every year on our annual camping trip with our friends.
He and his brother are so much fun, sweet yet just sassy and spunky enough to be a hoot!
She brought Riley into the studio for a mini session to mark his 4th birthday. We had a blast!

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I love a boy who loves blankeys…. (I have a few in my house)

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Blog Carousel- Mystery Macro

I love macro photography. There’s just something so beautiful about it to me,
I love how it can make every day items seem so….cool. When I was a kid,
I had subscriptions to a bunch of kid magazines- one was a science focused one,
and my favorite part in each edition, was a section where they would show super macro photographs,
and you had to try to guess what they were- and then they’d show pullback images in the answer key.

So this month’s Blog Carousel theme is right up my alley!
I spent a few minutes wandering around my home, taking some macro images of things in my living room and kitchen.
Later, I showed them to my kids and they had a blast trying to guess what they were.
Some were pretty easy, others less so. Let’s see how you do! (answers/pull-backs will be at the bottom!)

Now, while I do own a fancy schmancy macro lens for my Dslr, about 1/2 of these were actually shot with my iphone,
and a super duper cool little clip on macro lens, made by olioclip.
FUN gadget, and works awesome! (also comes with a wide angle and fisheye)

 

AND THE ANSWERS!

What’s a Blog Carousel? It’s a monthly event that some fellow photographers participate in, to get us doing something for ourselves and to push us in a different direction. Stretch our creative minds a bit. It’s only for fun and personal exploration, that’s it! Each month we have a theme, and we will photograph or find images that we feel represents the theme! At the end of my post you’ll find a link to the next photographer in this carousel. Please be sure to  check out her post and leave a little love! Also if you want to play along, I’d love to see! Post your own versions on your blogs and with a little info on what you’re doing and then you can come back and leave your link in the comment section below, so I can be sure to check it out too!

Before you go- click on to see Phoenix Photographer Meggan Jacks, and her macro mystery post!

[...] up in the blog carousel of mystery macro loveliness is Amy Duffing of 3 Peas Photography Twin Cities MN Photographer. Check out her entry in the carousel by clicking her business name. Posted in Blog [...]

Anna-Karin - Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Love these!! You did a great job interpreting this months theme and I love the variety you captured. You were very creative and did a great job with both the choices and variety!

Dena Robles - Friday, February 1, 2013 - 8:50 am

Very interesting. You had me stumped on the doggy fur and the glass rooster. I think I can tell which ones were shot with the iphone and which with the standard macro lens and I think I may actually prefer the dreamy quality of the iphone macros for this purpose!

Julie - Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 4:12 pm

these are wonderful! lots of variety! I think I love the noodles and your pups fur best!

Danna - Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 6:29 pm

these are super cool! I totally guessed most of them wrong.

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