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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)



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.

Life Stories Project- The Story of … The Reader

A short entry this month. Just two images. But these two images make my heart swoon.
There was a time, when getting this boy to read, was painful.
He’d stall, and pout, and roll his eyes. He just did NOT enjoy reading.
Then, last year, thanks mostly in part to his fabulous 3rd grade teacher, and her classroom book clubs…
along with her total ability to understand him as a student, and a kid…
He became a reader. An “I read for pleasure” reader.

As a boy that is always on the move, constantly talking, jumping, running, bouncing….
who couldn’t be bothered to slow down and focus on reading.
THIS is a a site that makes my heart happy.

And yes, that’s a dog bed. The furry one got it for Christmas this year, but it seems to be used more by the kids.
Especially on Sunday mornings when you find all 3 lounging around the living room reading.

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Life Stories Project- what’s that?  See MONTH 1  for the full story.
The gist of the project, is that last year, myself along with some fellow photographers are creating a monthly photo project- of our OWN children. CLICK HERE to see all my previous LS entries.

Before you go, click on to see the super fabulous Laura Morita-Yeun and her life story. She’s an amazing storyteller and photographer, you’ll be  glad you did!


Kathleen Weibel - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:19 am

Oh, how funny we have very similar stories this month. I totally understand how exciting it is to watch your baby become a reader. So sweet!

Kel Ward - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:46 am

I love that several of us captured photos of our kids reading. Must be winter! Great shots.

Laura Morita-Yeun - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

I especially love that first one, Amy. Beautiful light! My son has recently started reading for pleasure. He wakes up before anyone else, closes his door, turns on the light, and reads. I love it. Except he’s a grump at the end of the day since he didn’t get enough sleep. :)

Audrey - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 10:56 am

I love the gorgeous light in these! I find it amusing he’s laying on the dog bed.

Jen - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Yay for being an “I want to” reader! These gorgeous photos really show how intent he is on his stories!

amy - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 12:52 pm

oh how i wish my boys will be reading for pleasure type of kids! love that they all crash on the dog bed!! haha

Danielle Frank - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 7:30 pm

I love it! Looks like he was so interested in his book that he didn’t even notice you took his picture <3

Dawn Kitley - Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8:11 pm

I love all these posts about reading in the circle this time!!! I’m so glad he’s loving reading now. He must have had a fabulous teacher.

Sweet Siblings Andrew and Avery – Minnetonka Children’s Photographer

These two cutie-patooties came into the studio for a fun indoor session, to document the little man’s 1yr old milestone!
They were pretty much all smiles, just crazy happy kids! Mom and dad must be doing something right,
and their joyful dispositions sure made for a fun session.

Okay seriously- doesn’t that tie just make you want to smooch him?? So stinking cute!!!

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Tré - Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 10:05 am

Too cute!

Sweet Baby Adler – Minnetonka Newborn Photographer

A tiny sneak peek of this ADORABLE little man who was my last session of 2012.
He is one alert and active little dude- he didn’t want to miss a thing!
Eventually my charms worked on him, and he fell into a peaceful sleep, so we could capture some of his squishy newborn goodness.
I always just in awe of how completely adorable and tiny newborn babies are….and how fleeting this stage is, as every day
they are doing something new!

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Thank You & Happy New Year!

2012 was a fabulous year, I saw so many sweet babies, joyful children, and loving families.
I am truly thankful for all those who chose to have their lives and loved ones photographed by me this year.
I am always honored to be a part of documenting a family’s story. Looking back at some of the images from 2012,
brings me so many smiles remembering how much FUN this year was!
Next year is already gearing up to be a great one, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for allowing me to be part of your lives!

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