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Sweet Amelia – Minnetonka Newborn Photography

This sweet baby girl is the newest addition to the family- my new niece! It’s been almost 10yrs since a GIRL has been born into the family, so we were all very excited when we learned another little girl was going to enter our world. Especially my own daughter, who while of course does adore all her younger boy cousins and her own baby brother, was excited to finally have another new girl cousin. And she’s a sweet one little Amelia, we’re so happy she’s here!

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Amelia has two adoring big brothers- who she has wrapped around her little finger, they are SO sweet with her.

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Fun in the Leaves – MN Family Photography

Now that the mad-crazy-rush of the fall portrait season is behind me, I can finally pay a little attention to my sadly ignored blog!

Two of my favorites from a mini-session in October. I just love this little guy- last seen as just a peanut of a newborn. Oh how he’s grown!!

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Tiffany - Tuesday, December 25, 2012 - 8:06 pm

I love those beautiful autumn leaves! Fun family pic!

Life Stories Project- The Story of … The Perfect Tree

Myself and some fellow fab photographers are continuing another year of our Life Stories Project.
Life Stories Project- what’s that?  See MONTH 1  for the full story.
The gist of the project, is myself along with some fellow photographers are creating a monthly photo project- of our OWN children.
Our goal- to document the little things we want to remember, as childhood is so fleeting.

Now in our house, the only way to have a REAL Christmas tree. None of that fake, tree-from-a-box stuff. I require the real deal. Now normally, we hit up our area tree farm stand. The kind where everyday they haul in fresh cut trees (or more than likely, cut 4wks ago) and stand them up under pretty twinkly lights, where we city folk can meander amongst them and choose one. But this year, we decided it was time to cut our own- you know, like literally cut it from where it grows.

As luck would have it, there is a great tree farm, right by the house I grew up in- so on our way home from visiting for Thanksgiving in Rochester, we stopped to get our tree!

 I remember the house this tree farm is on- from my days as a wee one riding the looooooong bus ride to school (living outside the city limits means a long bus ride) and there was a girl who lived in that house who rode my bus I think named Michelle….long before this was a tree farm and it was just a, well, farm. But I digress….

The tree shop! Where we checked in, and picked up our measuring stick and saw…


Then the search begins for the perfect tree

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Everyone has their idea of which tree we should get- some big, some Charlie Brown size…
We measure them, and the kids complain that *someone* is hogging the measuring stick…. but the ultimate decision is mine. *I* decide, and I try not to let the power go to my head…;)

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Some of the members in our party do NOT take the search very seriously……but he is so darn cute!

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And eventually we find it- THE PERFECT TREE!

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Then comes the dad guy, with his mighty saw, to cut down said tree, and haul it back to the truck…

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At this point a certain person has grown weary, and requires carrying….thank goodness for big brothers!
When we return to the truck, our furry beast awaits.

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WAIT! Before you go- check out the next talented photographer in our chain- Beth of Beth Lofgren Photography! She has some mighty cute kiddos!


Jo - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 9:13 am

Super sweet to see big brother carrying his little brother. All the children are beautiful. And the hairy child is a hoot.

Laura Morita-Yeun - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:16 pm

We cut down our tree too! Such a fun Christmas tradition! Glad you found a good one! Looks like you had a great day!

Rhonda - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Looks like a fun time!

amy - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 1:23 pm

we use to do this and i loved the tradition!!! we have a fake tree now :( anyways love how you captured this!! and you little guy is sooo adorable!

Danielle Frank - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Aww, it looks like a great time! I love the measuring stick! But no hating on the fake tree :)

Dawn - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 4:56 pm

How fun!! I’ve never had a real tree, my mom always said they were too terrible to take care of and made a mess. Great experiences for your kids to remember forever!

Kel Ward - Friday, December 28, 2012 - 8:00 pm

These are fabulous! I just photographed my own family at the tree farm and I have to say…you did a MUCH better job!

Fall Family Fun- Minnetonka MN Family Photographer

I am SO behind in blogging and Facebook peeks it’s sad…..but the good news is that focusing my time otherwise has kept this CRAZY busy fall season moving smoothly and in a timely fashion! See, there’s an upside to everything. But- time willing, I will eventually get more images from the past 3 months posted. Eventually. Someday. I hope.

Anyhoo- this family had their family session on an AMAZINGLY warm day in the first week of October. It was unseasonably warm, and truly just an amazing evening, both weather and lighting wise. I was giddy to be outside, and the kids were enjoying it as well. As you can clearly tell in their seriously adorable images! Their gorgeous mom, was a huge part in the smashing success of this year’s Dawn of a Dream Gala for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, where this year the event raised over 1 million dollars. An amazing charity event started by my friend Betsy’s lovely parents, in honor of Betsy’s sister Katie. I donate a few gift certificates each year to the event, and this year their mom won one! So it was a super pleasure to photograph her family, especially after all the hard work she puts into the event.

Onto the super cute kids!! Meet Carter and Davis.

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And the whole beautiful family!

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A personal fave- YES my photo sessions really, truly are so much fun!

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Thanks B family- for a great session!
~ Amy

Newborn Baby Jade

Oh how I love newborn sessions! This time of year I’m up to my eye-balls shooting and editing family outdoor sessions,
so it’s a nice change to head into the studio for a little newborn love!

It was a cold and dreary day, but the light in the studio is so fantastic – and with so many toys, and stuff in the other room for siblings to play with, it really has been such a great space for photographing newborns!

Meet sweet little Jade- all of nine days old.

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Beautiful Fall Family- Minnetonka Family Photographer

I met this gorgeous mom this spring when I spoke at a MN Women’s Lawyers Lunch, presenting about family photography. I think all my tips payed off as they definitely came ready- gorgeous well coordinated outfits,  and super attitudes! We had a lot of fun exploring the Arboretum on a beautiful fall day- and 2yr old Tyler was a fabulous little guy to photograph! I think the images speak for themselves and I’m crazy in love with them all!:)

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Life Stories Project- My 365 Project

Myself and some fellow fab photographers are continuing another year of our Life Stories Project.
Life Stories Project- what’s that?  See MONTH 1  for the full story.

Now part of my goal with this project was to actually photograph my children with my “real camera”- you know, the one I use with my clients but seem to never take out for my own kids. But the reality is, that it takes time to shoot, download, edit, upload, etc. personal photos- and that time is HARD to find, especially this time of year when business is crazy busy.

So I thought instead, I’d show you how I REALLY document my kids’ daily lives.
A few years ago, 2007 to be exact, I did a 365 photo project. I took a photo, every day, for the entire year. It was really an amazing thing- and yes I even used my “real camera.” Now I’ve tried this project a few times over the years since then, but always failed as it was just too much work, to shoot/download/edit/upload every single day.

THEN last year some fellow photographer, posted on Facebook how there was a cool app for your iphone, that was easy-peasy- and you could do the 365 project that way! Well since I always have my iphone handy, it seemed like it would be a good option.
SO January 1st, 2012 of this year, I started a 365 project- using ONLY my iphone (or ipad when my phone was broken) to take the photos. It’s been LIBERATING. Snap, click the app, and DONE. You can even add captions, and easily post it right to your FB profile, in it’s own 365 album. While I’m sure my FB friends don’t necessary need to see them every day, it helps keep me accountable!

SO- here is a screenshot, of this fabulous app, from this month’s photos thus far. As you can see- nothing super stunning or exciting photographically- BUT it’s a 1sec view of our life that day, and what went on in their lives. And I LOVE it.:)


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I will add the disclaimer, that being a photographer I of course have a few “photo editing apps” on my phone, and do sometimes use them. My FAVE is one called CameraBag, and the other I use sometimes is the VSCO app. Fun if you have a few minutes to mess with some preset photo filter options.

To see the next blog in our chain, check out this amazing Connecticut Photographer- Danielle Frank!

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Audrey - Friday, October 26, 2012 - 9:21 am

I may have to try a 365 project next year – I think I could actually do one with my iphone!

Kel Ward - Friday, October 26, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Okay, this app is crazy awesome and I must download it ASAP! Thanks for sharing.

Verity - Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:21 pm

so cool!! We do forget that we need to remember the every day things, too, and this is an awesome way to remember! :)

Laura Morita-Yeun - Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 6:16 pm

Love these! The elephant with the glasses is awesome!

Azure - Friday, November 2, 2012 - 12:59 pm

This is soooo cool! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

Danielle Frank - Friday, November 30, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Oooh, very cool! Now off to check out and see if those apps are available on my tablet :)

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