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Must Love Dogs – MN Maternity Photographer

As many of my clients know, I LOVE dogs. Pretty much all dogs, but especially big dogs.
When clients ask if they can include their beloved dog in their session, I pretty much squeal. Yay!
Of course, I also have a very large and furry beast myself, but he’s very uncooperative when it comes to photos,
(i.e. mostly just barks at me over and over again any time he sees the camera)
so I love any opportunity I have to photograph a well behaved and cooperative dog!

Miss Maddy is a GORGEOUS Rhodesian Ridgeback, who is the sweetest thing, and is going
to surely be an amazing protector, and beloved best friend to the soon to be baby joining their family.

I always say, that people who have sweet and well behaved dogs, have a leg up on the parenting thing, as they’ve
already shown that they are good at being patient and kind, yet firm.

Not sure what it says about my parenting that my dog is overly friendly, rule breaking, nosey, and demanding.
Oh wait…I think I see it now….;)

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Frozen Bubbles – MN Photographer Macro Fun

Last week I came across some images on Pinterest of frozen bubbles, and I just knew that once the super cold arctic temps
hit here, I would have to give this a try! So on Monday, when it was a bris -20° here (-40° windchill)
I bundled up in layers and headed outside with some bubbles.It wasn’t QUITE that simple, as my first four attempts
with different bubbles mixtures didn’t work, they would instantly burst.
But the 5th concoction was the winner. Once the bubbles land they freeze in less than a second, so you have to be FAST!
Armed with my macro lens, and a determination to capture the freezing in action, I was obsessed.
It was the most fun I’ve ever had outside in -20°! I just love macro photography,
and this was a fun reminder that I should really get out and play more.

Enjoy! This first one is my personal favorite….

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The winning recipe:

6T Water
2T Dawn dish soap
3/4T corn syrup.

Heat until warm (this was key) and use a straw as your bubble wand.

For my photo geek friends- the technical details:
Macro lens- Canon 100L but I had to manually focus.
ISO 400, f/4, 1/500s

I’d blow the bubbles over the top of our grill cover pick one to watch where it landed and moved quick to get it in focus.
Lots of misses, as they freeze incredibly fast, and the slightest wind would break them open.

Nikki - Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:46 am

These are amazing! I am so glad you braved the cold temps and shared the striking results. Nice job!

Colleen - Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 10:22 am

I was looking up winter activities for my toddler and came across this – great images! Thanks for sharing the bubble recipe. I never would have thought to try corn syrup in it!

Sweet Newborn Edith- MN Baby Photographer

This sweet pea was the very last newborn session I had in 2013. She was a DREAM baby to photograph.
At 1month old she was older than most babies I have in the studio, but she was still
in that curly, snuggly stage, which is what I think makes them so extra cute.

I found this blankets years ago, and it’s always been a favorite of mine as it really compliments little
baby girls with fair skin, and the mohair makes them look extra snuggled in.

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When her mom pulled out this sweater set, my heart pitter pattered a a little faster…perfect for a winter baby!

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One of the advantages to a slightly older newborn, the alert eyes!

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She has the most gorgeous skin! Don’t you just want to smooch her?

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One of my favorites…

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Meggan - Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 9:22 pm

What a gorgeous little thing! Your lighting is just beautiful! Congratulations to her family!

2013 is a Wrap!

As 2013 comes to a close, one last post to say THANK YOU to all my photography clients!
It was a banner year, and leaves me SO excited to see what is in store for us in 2014!

It’s always fun for me to put together this compilation of most of the sessions from the year.
It’s sort of a “where’s waldo” and I just love seeing all these moments from 2013 together!
I really do have the best clients EVER!! Look at all these cute kids!

Happy New Year!:)

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CC&Mays Baby Model Search ~ Minnetonka Baby Photographer

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first ever baby model search with CC&Mays!
It was seriously a blast- seeing so many cutie pies and taking their photos for CC&Mays search.
SO many beautiful babies, I don’t know how they will choose who to be the faces of the spring line!

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Twin Cities MN Baby Photos

[…] two ADORABLE babies were the two winners from the CC&Mays winter baby model search that 3 Peas did for their store back in November. They came into the studio last weekend to model […]

Tiny Theodore – Minnetonka Newborn Photographer

Meet Teddy. This tiny little bundle of love is the smallest newborn I’ve had in the studio all year!
But you know what they say about good things coming in small packages!

I am totally in LOVE with this first image…it just encompasses those early days of having
a toddler and a newborn. Adoring sister who’s still a baby herself in many ways!

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Snuggled up nice and warm…

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I adore when clients bring in blankets that have been lovingly made for the baby…

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[…] the developmental changes that happen in the very first year. For a walk down memory lane- you can see his newborn session here, and his six month session […]

Adorable Baby Axel – Minnetonka Family Photographer

This adorable family had their session at their home. I LOVE doing family sessions,
especially with babies, in clients homes/yards. It doesn’t get any more personal than that
for portraits, plus babies often are happy to be at home in family surroundings!

We started our session outside, it was a pretty chilly day, but the trees in their neighborhood were gorgeous!

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This one totally cracks me up! “How YOU doin’?”

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Then we headed into Axel’s awesome room, where he could stretch out and feel at home…:)

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Thanks for having me over to  document your adorable little man!:)

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