Tuesday, August 31, 2010

happy baby | ND baby photograper

Sweet baby 'A' was nearly 5 months old when I met her and her family for their session at their home. She was at that fun age where babies aren't scared, but very curious and smiley. She gave me so many wonderful photo-ops I couldn't help but add a bunch of them to the blog.
Thanks again N family, it was so nice to meet you and your happy little girl!
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sweet, sweet baby | ND newborn photographer

I love the images in this post! I met this new family at their home right after their little guy had his 2 week checkup. It was a perfect session in every way, the baby slept, the parents were easy going and open for ideas. I love my job!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Brenda & Tyler's beautiful day

Friday, August 20, 2010

June 12, 2010

For all of the brides who are inquiring about my work, here are two videos that I created from wedding celebrations this summer.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

spunky girl + fantastic family

Since I have already spent the day working, working, working, I thought I would end it in true fashion...by posting one more sneak peek for the weekend. I will be so busy this weekend that I know I won't get another one up until later next week.
The family in the following photos is near and dear to my own families heart. The dad, Kelly, built our amazing home last winter (check out Kelly Funk Construction if you are in need of any building/remodeling project, he is so so GREAT to work with, I highly recommend him!) and mom, Jamie, is our daycare provider. The kids have a lot of fun at her house and I feel so at ease knowing my three stinkers are in her care! I was excited when they asked me to capture some photos for their family, it is always a treat when I get to take my camera out with a family I am close to. All three kids were so cooperative, it made my job very easy! I know that Jamie thinks I didn't get that many shots of three year old 'S', so I wanted to prove to her just how many I 'didn't' get! Check out all the faces of this spunky little gal....

and all three kids, her big brothers are so good with her!


Thanks again you guys! It was fun!

chased away.

This session had to be my fastest ever! It took place very close to home, which is always nice for me, but we were literally chased away by the thousands of biting 'skeeters' as the kids called them. Luckily for me, the kids were very very good and cooperative so we were able to get done fast. I have a ton of images b/c I snapped away, these are just a few of my favorites. Thanks 'A' family for asking me to capture some moments for you!
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..and a fun little fact that this mom shared with me, she used to babysit my hubbie when he was small. I love that!

lots of personality + real life

I am on a roll with posting today, why not keep it up? My kids are at daycare, which is allowing me a full day to work (almost) uninterrupted. I live on a farm and life is never dull during haying time (right now) so that is why I can only say 'almost' on being uninterrupted!
I met this family for their second photo shoot last week and it was great to catch up with them again. I love seeing families again and again, makes me feel so good that they liked my work the first time and want me to capture some more moments for them again!
These are some of my favorites from our time together, and although 8 year old 'C' wasn't always interested in taking photos, I think we managed to get some fun real life images, which are my favorites anyway. He is a great kid full of lots of personality and also happens to be a budding skateboarder...so glad that his dad suggested taking a few of him on it.

a book. a boy. a smile.

When I was editing these images of a fun family session I had last week, I couldn't help but be super excited about them! They are the type of family that has some great ideas, but hangs back and lets me do my 'thing'. They are very comfortable in front of the camera (or, at the very least, are great at fooling me!). When mom, Kristin, asked me what I thought of meeting them at the library, I couldn't have been more thrilled! Not only was the location gorgeous (with lots of light pouring through the huge windows), but it is a library, full of thousands of books! As a former reading teacher, this couldn't have been a more cool place for me to shoot. The possibilities for shots was endless and the little guy did not disappoint! He grabbed some books and started 'reading' right away..have I mentioned that I love this family?! Mom and dad even sat down and read three year old, 'H', a book about fire engines and it was like I wasn't even there. I was able to capture some fantastic 'real' moments!
We did venture downtown to take a few more 'urban' shots of them together too, but my favorite images came from the library! Thanks 'K' fam for allowing me to catch some fleeting moments for your family!
The many faces of 'H', he was so much more interested in me and my camera this year!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

catching up..

I am in the heart of busy season and can't seem to keep up, thank goodness our daycare is back in session for the school year so I can start to catch up! Thank you to all of my wonderful clients for understanding that being a mom is my first job! Have I mentioned that I love this? I am so at peace with my decision not to teach this year, and even though I know that I will miss it, my kids mean so much more than a job. Pursuing this dream of photography gives me the best of both worlds, I get to meet new people and interact with other adults and kids all while choosing my own hours and staying home with my kids when they need me the most.
So, since I can't seem to keep up and blog every individual session, here are some of my recent favorites...
so excited to do their wedding next month!
at the Fargo Public Library, loved this location!
and last but not least, a beautiful member of the class of 2011, I love seniors! If you are looking for a senior photographer, please contact me!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

love, laughs, small ones | minnesota children's photographer

This trio of siblings met me at the park in my hometown a couple of weekends ago. I had a great time meeting their parents, and then laughing and playing with the kids (while we swatted at the nasty mosiquitoes!). They are about to become a family of 6 and I can't wait to come back in a couple of months and meet their new baby!

Love their expressions in this first one, the little ones still weren't too sure what to think of me and that big black camera staring at them!
The older sister was definetly more into the session, she kept asking me to take her picture at different spots in various poses!
The little guys eyes were gorgeous, so big and full of expression!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wedding Video

I know that most of you have seen this on facebook, but I realized that I haven't posted it on the blog. For those of you interested in booking weddings for 2011, please contact me at photosbymandy@gmail.com for prices and available dates, they are booking fast!

a brand new family of 5

Aren't the sweet?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Eye Candy

Little miss 'A' met me at the park in Pelican for her session. She came with lots of helpers (she has 3 older siblings that were able to get her to smile so easily). I used my brand new 85mm 1.8 lens with the aperture set wide open for those...I love the creamy bokeh in the background! It totally accentuates her gorgeous blue eyes.

and this is what I mean when I say 'eye candy'...love this series of shots, the light was perfect!

She is so pretty!

Pretty sure I am in LOVE with my new lens! This session was shot entirely with it! I am going to have a very hard time deciding between my two loves (50mm 1.4, or this new one)!