I feel like I've been waiting forever to shoot holiday sessions and now they are a thing of the past! Last weekend I photographed several families at WIllow River Tree Farm in Hudson. It had snowed the day before which created a perfectly festive atmosphere for photos! All families did an amazing job of smiling and posing in the cold. I raise my cup of cheer to all of you, well done!
One of my first sessions was for my longtime friend and possibly most regular client, Kristina and her family. This session was extra special because we got to photograph a new baby announcement! I absolutely cannot wait to meet their new addition this summer!
I got to meet Angie, her husband, and four kids last weekend too! I don't get to photograph families of six too often, so I love when the opportunity arises.
I got to photograph my neighbors, the Dumonds. This was so fun and easy. Annnnd I could just eat up that little Isla, she's precious!
These guys can't take a bad picture. I might just frame them and put them on my own wall.
I was lucky to do a couple's session for my friend Sheri and her husband, Jay. Sheri's enthusiasm for photos was absolutely unmatched... She said they hadn't had professional pictures taken of them since their wedding. Challenge accepted, love captured. Jay was such a great sport to go along with all of our ideas and antics. The way he looks at her.... come on! This is couple goals, right here.
So glad they brought the mistle toe... too cute!
The Laine family came out for photos looking fantastically festive. I loved how spirited and energetic Amelia and Eleanor were. It's always a treat to photograph sisters, but getting to meet with twin sisters is definitely extra special and twice the cuteness in every picture.
Lastly, I photographed Jess and her boys. These little fellas love their beautiful mama so much. It was a joy and a privilege to capture their family!
There you have it, holiday minis 2018! There's still time for us to meet at the tree farm this month if you still want Christmas photos! Just let me know, I'll bring the hot chocolate!
It's about to be evergreen as far as the eye can see for the next month! Before I fully transition into holiday mode, I want to share this last lovely session of the fall which was such a great experience. I met with the Ehlenz family, who own two of my favorite restaurants in Stillwater (Pearl and the Thief and Lolo). We strolled the streets of Stillwater and took advantage of the many excellent photo opportunities along the storefronts and the river. I love all the textures and details in that historic town: wood, brick, metal, murals, and more! My brain was on creative overload and I loved every minute of it. We ended our session with some ice cream and some glowy golden hour shots.
Joe and Nicki were such a fun, laid-back couple and they made it so easy to get a big variety of shots, posed and candid, in such a short time. I'm lucky to have met you guys! Thanks again for the fantastic session!
A few weeks ago I got to capture the last of the fall colors in Hudson with my friend Sandra and her kids and grandkids! I've been very fortunate to be asked to photograph several extended family sessions this year. I think it's incredibly special to get grandparents in photos with their kids and grandkids. I hope my calendar keeps filling up with these sessions as they are always a lot of fun and truly fulfilling work for me to do!
Thank you so much, Sandra, asking me to take these photos for your family! It was so nice to meet everyone and hang out for a little bit outside of Zumba!
It's not officially photo season in my book unless I've met up wish Sara and Josh their lovely little ladies, Olivia and Hailey, for pictures. I think this was my fifth session with their family! We opted for Lake Harriet for a location this round. We have previously shot at Mill City Museum, the Guthrie Theater, and Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. I'm so happy to keep documenting their adorable family!
Hailey just turned one so we took a few extra pics of her for the occasion. She's literally the cutuest!
Thanks again for another great session, guys! It's always a pleasure to get together!
On this wintry November day, I'm going to throw it back to one of my favorite shoots from last month. This was one of the only sunny, warm days in November and I spent it with Melissa, Michael, and their sweet little ones, Madison and Ryan. They were another new-to-me family from Hudson whom I am lucky to have met. We got to shoot during that glowy golden hour, pose with pumpkins, and romp around in the crunchy leaves!
Is it strange that I'm already kind of looking forward to next year's October photo rush again? It was definitely been a busy time, but I absolutely enjoyed it!
Last Saturday morning, the weather thankfully cooperated and I photographed 10 families at Willow River State Park. I felt so fortunate to reunite with familiar faces and to also meet several new families. Here are about 4-5 images from each session that day:
Ta da! It's been a whole lot of me staring at a computer screen this week, but I did so with a smile on my face. I truly appreciate everyone's patience as I edited and got these galleries out. (I've definitely learned that I can't do editing all-nighters!)
I really had a wonderful time working with every single family and I definitely hope to see all of you again in the future!
Recently I met the Mayer family and we took family photos around Hudson, first starting at Birkmose Park and then ending at their newly purchased land (!!!). It was definitely a cold day, but the kids were so great about still cooperating for photos. (Not to mention, we got some cute shots of them bundled in blankets too!)
No matter if I am doing a mini or full session, if there are two parents who attend, I try to always get several pictures of them together alone. Let's be real. Once you have kids, only one of you is in a photo at all times. Those couple photos suddenly become rare occurrences! Even though these guys have been married for awhile, they still have that newly-engaged glow!
Corbin in suspenders... be still my heart!
We wrapped up our session by capturing some darling mommy and me moments with Chelsea and Ezra. I'm still swooning over these pics as well as their entire gallery. Thank you guys so much for asking me to be your photographer this fall!
A couple weeks ago I got to photograph Jess, her husband Nick, and her two kids Nick and Mia. I met Jess at the gym when we first moved to Hudson and I used to frequent her yoga classes while I was trying to survive my last pregnancy (It helped so much physically and mentally!). I was so excited to meet her family this fall and get some photos done for them on their land. I have to say, it is such a cool experience to photograph big kids! They're at this awesome age where they are excited and cooperative for photos (not to mention very sweet and polite), which meant we got tons of shots!
(I love how this shot kind of has a southwest vibe with the rocks, direct sunlight, and blue sky!)
This was such a fun shoot for me! Thanks again for the opportunity to hang out! Let's get together again, k???
Last fall I had the chance to meet Kimber, James, and their two boys Jase and Cole. Since then, we've had two more sessions, our most recent one being at their home a couple weeks ago. Their adorable boys have stolen my heart during every session we've had! Sure, they have more energy in their pinky fingers than I have in my entire body and photographing them means getting in my cardio for the week, but I seriously love it! It was a delight to photograph them in their element... with their pets, in their fort, and running around their land!
I also have to send a big thank-you and hug over Kimber's way. Not only is she an incredibly sweet soul, she's pretty much been my business ambassador and has referred about half the city of Hudson to me for photos. (Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but seriously not by much!) You are the BEST, girl!
#momgoals #familygoals #relationshipgoals
Thank you, thank you guys for allowing me to add your beautiful family to my portfolio. I truly enjoy every time we get to work together!
A little over a week ago, I held my first round of fall mini sessions. I cannot say enough good things about my families who showed for these! I had eight slots filled with 7 families. These sessions were all back-to-back and the morning went incredibly smoothly! We got lots of fantastic shots during everyone's 20 minutes. Here are just a few pics from each family:
Pearl and Sessahly were my fabulous mother-daughter duo who kicked off the morning. The great thing about having repeat clients is that we are crazy efficient when it comes to mini sessions. I just love these girls (could they be more gorgeous??) I was thrilled when they signed up!
Next I met with the Masse family and ADORABLE 16-month-old Grace. I had taken photos for her last fall when she was four months old and one of the most smiley babies I had ever met. Turns out, she's still just as happy and smiley. (BUT NOW WITH PIGTAILS!) What a darling! Let's hang out again soon!
The Ross family came next with their little cuties. We did a bit of running around and goofing around to keep warm during their shoot. Fortunately, that worked to get some silly and candid shots which definitely captured those fun-loving personalities!
Next I got to shoot for my lovely friend Nora and her boys. I'm always so excited when she signs up for sessions because I love an excuse to see her and her family! It's been so cool watching Henry and Hugh grow!
Next I met with the Potts family who have two-year-old Amelia and another baby on the way. I definitely appreciated the opportunity to document this special time for their family. I remember the excitement and anticipation of adding a second baby to the family and wondering what life would be like with 2 babies... so much fun to come!
Katie and Trevor then brought their crew of 5 kiddos and wisely booked 2 spots so we would have enough time for family shots plus individual pictures of each kid, It was definitely a lot of eyes to get looking in one direction, but we totally did it! I also loved having a variety of a baby, little kids, and teens to photograph. Thank you, thank you guys for signing up!
My last session of the day was with the Ruprechts. Their adorable family was pretty much any photographer's dream, so sweet and smiley! I loved the shots we got and I definitely hope I get to work with this awesome family in the future.
Thank you so much to all who came out to spend their Saturday morning with me! I hope you all love your photos as much as I do! Next round of minis are 10/27 at Willow River. Every slot is booked and I even added two more! All of this business is a tremendous blessing and I can't thank you guys enough for picking me to take your families' pictures.
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