Monday, September 27, 2010

a glimpse @ my FUN weekend!

There are so, so many more images to come, but I wanted to get a sneak peek up now for the families and couples from yesterday. It was a beautiful indian summer day and the gorgeous fall foliage made for some awesome photo ops! Thanks so much for everyone coming to meet me yesterday! You are the reason I LOVE what I do!

aren't these two adorable?! i am soo excited for 2011 wedding season! they were such a fun couple!

thats it for now, I have a TON of editing to catch up on! enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

a new beginning

This summer I said many times how I was ready for Tanner to go to school. He and I were knocking heads while he exerted his newly found independence. As a new six year old, he was more than ready to begin this journey and so was I, or so I thought. The summer flew by and before I knew it, I was putting him on the bus for his first day of kindergarten. I didn't think I was going to be that mom, the one that is crying the day her child goes to school. Afterall, we were both counting the days and weeks as the summer went by. It was harder than I thought. When I waved goodbye after snapping this photo, I realized that things were changing in our house. No longer would I have him around to help me play with the other kids or challenge me to a card game. He was a BIG boy now and off to bigger and better things. I did cry a little thinking about all that was over, but I am excited to think of all that is yet to come!
He was so happy to be a BIG kid riding the bus.
Every morning, he anxiously awaits the bus (and so does his little brother, Ty's new favorite word is 'bus'.)
and look who else started school (her second year of preschool) this week...I am so NOT ready for her to start kindergarten next year!
and both of my big kids getting off the bus {sigh} can't believe they are old enough for this, where oh where is the time going?
I can't forget to include the little guy in this post, things are changing for him too. Two afternoons a week, it is just him and I, a glimpse of what is to come next year. I know he misses them, but he is also pretty happy to have me and his daddy to himself!
And he is totally eating up the idea of having all the snacks to himself! He grabbed a pillow, snuck the pretzels down from the shelf and plopped himself on the kitchen floor. I couldn't resist taking a shot of this!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

sweet & cuddly lil' guy + his big brothers

Can I just give say once again how much I love what I do! It is such a dream to get to work with families and capture their true moments in photos. I met this family about a year ago when their twin boys were 1 1/2. They kept us on our toes (all three of us, mom and dad too!) but I had a lot of fun chasing them around! I captured a lot of 'moments' for them that time and was excited when they asked me back to take some more photos of the boys when they turned 2. This time around, they introduced me to their sweet new little brother Nash (love his name!). He was a model baby and slept most of the time, and when he wasn't sleeping, was pretty content to lay back and take it all in.
Thanks so much 'S' family, it was great to see you again!
these two are already some great BIG brothers!
a little brotherly love.
I love this shot, just wish I would have remembered to turn the 'N' around before I snapped.
and with his gorgeous mama, I love to capture mommy/baby shots!

Monday, September 20, 2010

The 'Z' family | MN family photographer

The mom in this family is a good friend of mine from high school and I am always excited when she asks me to take her families photos! This year, they had some amazing color added to their outfits, I loved it!
Little 'B' was a ham and let me take so many fun shots of her, and with her adorable personality it was hard to narrow down to just a few for this post.
Thanks again for asking me to capture your sweet family! I had a blast!
see what I mean?? Isn't she sweet?
and she just had a birthday, happy late birthday Brynn!

look who's turning 1!

This past year has flown by! I am so honored that I have gotten the opportunity to photograph Cora at each milestone this year! I know that her parents are anxiously awaiting her sneak peek as well as an adorable accordian book (can't wait for them to see that!) Happy Birthday sweet girl, so glad to have gotten to know you!
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Friday, September 17, 2010

just believe

Walking in the door tonight was a treat for me! Madi gave me a HUGE hug and loads of kisses and the little guy smiled his infectious grin while their older brother played computer and smiled after he realized I was home. I have been gone for a couple of days and am happy to be back!
As I sit down to write this blog post, my head is spinning with a whirlwind of ideas, information, and pure and total happiness! I had the best time the past three days and I want to write it all down while it is still fresh in my mind.
There have been times on this new and exciting journey of mine, where I have often wondered if I am totally off my rocker?! I turned down a teaching job, spend long nights in front of a computer screen, and suffer from nasty cases of poison oak for this?! Am I crazy? Maybe a little.
But, when I step back and 'get real', I can say with complete honesty that I have never been happier with who I am and where I am going!
I just got home from an amazingly awesome (albeit super quick) trip to Chicago to attend WPPI's roadtrip. I listened and learned from some of the best in the industry and although I am coming away with more knowledge about how to handle my business, the thing that I will remember and take with me the most is this, believing.
I believe. I know that I can do this!
She is for sure one of the reasons I believe this...(if you don't know her, she is Jasmine Star and you can see her beautiful work here .)
I was so excited to meet her, and felt like a giddy little girl meeting a celebrity. I had the whole dropped mouth, huge smile, shaky hand thing on goin on when I met her. Luckily, I wasn't alone!
She is proof, to me, that dreams come true.. if you make them happen. Thanks J for helping me see that! And I am soo ready to fail knowing that for all my failures, I am going to learn and have that many more successes!
Here is a lil' taste of what I experienced this week...
I can't wait to attend the big WPPI convention this winter, this really got me excited and 'itching' to learn more!
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

bright, colorful smiles | MN family photographer

When friends from my past get in touch with me and ask me to take their family photos, I always get excited. Not only is it fun to catch up with them and meet their spouses and kids, it is a humbling experience. I love that they trust me to capture these special bonds.
I graduated from hs with this mom and it was fun to see her again. She has two of the most adorable little girls and her husband was one of the rare guys that are actually 'comfortable' in front of the camera! I am so excited to share their sneak peek, thanks again!
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a lively bunch | MN family photographer

When I was asked to capture this family in photos I was so excited! I knew that they might be tricky (with so many little ones), but I was up for the challenge and excited to get some great moments spent between them. Other than the large family group shots, it wasn't a tough session for me to be happy to just snap away. I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites, so there are a lot of images here! Thanks so much 'M' family for having me! I hope you LOVE your sneak peek (there are so many more!)
I love that this guys shirt says 'little rebel'. He was definetly the trickiest little guy to photograph out of the group, but this shot was so 'cool' i couldn't resist posting it!