Well, it’s 2013, and I can hardly believe another year has come and gone. I am so very grateful to all my clients who helped make 2012 be an amazing year for me and my business! As I was trying to think of ways to make 2013 be bigger and better, one very important thing stuck out: I need to blog more frequently. Honestly. When I set out with relaunching my photography business in 2010, I did so with great intentions to blog every session and to FREQUENTLY share my work online. And in 2010 and 2011 I did a pretty decent job.

2012 was another story altogether.

Somehow in the midst of all the crazy chaos of working full-time and trying to build a successful photography business on the side, I just did not make enough time to make blogging a priority. Last year, I blogged just ONE of my portrait sessions. Completely unacceptable! I WANT to share my photos and create a bigger and better web presence, and so my big and lofty goal for 2013 is to make a more dedicated effort to making blogging a priority for me and for my business.

I have had a personal blog for nearly 8 years now. (And sadly, 2011 and 2012 were not good years there either.) It was a place I shared my personal photography (including a project 365/photo a day in 2009) and some of my non-photography creative endeavors. But I think that going forward, I will be less concerned about keeping my personal photography separate from my business photography and to make a more deliberate effort into sharing my photography all in a single place.

I tallied this morning all the blog posts I *want* to do (also known as The Blog To Do List) and I came up with nearly 30 separate topics I want to share and NEED to share – and that’s just from 2012! As 2013 continues on, there will be additional topics to add to the list, so I feel it’s important for me to make a commitment to blog more of my stuff more frequently. A New Year’s Resolution, if you will.

And so, the hardest part for me is deciding where to start. I have so many wonderful client sessions I want to post and share, but I decided to kick the year off with a series of photos of my little girl. I may have mommy goggles when it comes to her, but I have so much fun photographing her and trying new things with her. During a family vacation last summer, I finally had the opportunity to try the beach session with her that I had long been thinking about. Honestly, this session took about 10 minutes, start to finish, and it was truthfully all I really needed in order to capture what I wanted with her. I haven’t really shared these before now, so I’m excited to be able to post something new here, something personal but something I am also very proud of.

What I love most about this series of photos is that it’s imperfect and honest. We didn’t do her hair, and her white dress is at least a year old and is worn and stained. And her fingernails and toenails are sporting some week-old (read: chipped) nail polish. And yet, all those things are what makes these photos so real, and it’s what makes them so special to me.

Taken along the shores of Little Bemidji Lake near Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota in August of 2012.

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When little K’s mom contacted me about photographing her little girl, I was excited to learn that I would be photographing a three-year old! I love photographing three-year old children! There’s something about that age I find so magical. They are sweet and cute and funny. Sometimes they listen to me, and sometimes they have their own agenda, but either way, it’s an enjoyable age to photograph!

We took K to a local park for her session. The weather was beautiful and K was adorable. The only downfall were the thousands of hungry mosquitoes! I promised K if she did a good job with the session, there would be a little surprise at the end – a bunch of balloons! Cute girl + pigtails + pink balloons = adorable photos. See for yourself.

 

I am so pleased with how this session turned out, and so very grateful to Miss K’s family for trusting me to capture this adorable little girl at this sweet age. 🙂

When my sister-in-law announced she was expecting twins, a little ripple of excitement washed over me. Twins! How exciting! (And deep down, I’m so happy it happened to her and not me! Twins!) We were so excited that they were a pair of boy/girl twins (though we would have been equally excited for girl/girl and boy/boy twins, too!)

I have big plans in mind for these babies. Big plans. They are opposite in every sense of the word, and are the perfect companions for each other. Boy J is quiet, reserved, and a bit of a chunky monkey. (He’s my nephew; I’m allowed to say that!) Girl N is active, mobile, and a teeny little peanut. She crawls around while he watches. He sleeps while she fights bedtime with every ounce of her being. But they are sooo cute! I just love them. (And my daughter loves having TWINS for cousins!)

So when my sister-in-law asked me to photograph them for their 9 month photos, I couldn’t say no. But this time of year, outdoor photos with kids this age wasn’t in the cards. It was too cold and too snowy, and I don’t think the babies would have liked it. Besides, they’d be all bundled up in their winter coats and boots, and we wouldn’t get to see these cute little outfits! So we did an indoor studio session instead.  I have to say, these kids did GREAT! 9 months is a great age to photograph babies. They are able to sit up and interact, but aren’t quite mobile enough to run away. Sure, sometimes they crawl or scoot around, but it’s nothing compared to a session with an uncooperative 18 month old.

So here they are: Mr J and Miss N. Two of the cutest little babies in town. And they are mine (well, sort of…. they technically belong to my sister-in-law/brother-in-law… but I am sure she’ll let me borrow them whenever I want. 🙂 )

It was a privilege and an honor to get to photograph these two little munchkins. They are so sweet and so much fun, and definitely photogenic. Thanks for a great session!

You know how I can tell I’m growing as a photographer? When I go back and edit each session, and the most recent session becomes my favorite. Meaning, each time I do a session, I like it better than the one before. To me, it shows that my skills are continually getting better, and that’s a good thing. It keeps me from getting bored and my art becoming stale.

When mom Alanna asked me to do her family photos for their Christmas cards, I had just the solution in mind. Seeing as how she’s a fellow photographer, we worked out a little deal… Alanna photographed my family, and I photographed hers. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Plus, she has this ADORABLE little boy who just oozes cuteness… how could I possibly say no?! So she had this image in mind, where we photographed Mr. B next to mom and dad’s feet. Mission accomplished. But we continued to take a few more photographs, including some outdoors. Luckily, they had the perfect setup in their backyard – some hay bales tucked behind some tall pine trees. Of course, we had gotten a few inches of fresh snow just the day before, and big fat snowflakes continued to fall during the session. It was the perfect backdrop. Did I mention how much I love her houndstooth jacket? Seriously, it’s like this session was where everything just fell into place. Well, other than the fact that it was about 5 degrees that day. Oh the things we do for the perfect picture!

Anyway, I love how this session turned out. And as sessions go, it was sooo quick and easy. Mr. B was cooperative as ever, and mom and dad participated enthusiastically. (Sometimes dads can be a bit reluctant, but not this guy!) Plus, the cute fashion… what more could I ask for?

 

Thanks guys for asking me to do your family portraits this year. I had a great time, and I am sooo in love with the photos we got! You are such a photogenic bunch – it was my treat to come and work with you!

I had the opportunity to photograph little C a few weeks ago when her mom and I arranged a play date between our two girls on a Saturday afternoon. This was a quick session, but we got a lot of great images in a short amount of time. I’m also convinced that 3 years old is just about the PERFECT age for child portraits. At 3 they are cute and fun and honest without being cheesy or trying too hard to pose for the camera. I LOVE 3 year olds. And Miss C was no exception. We started out photographing her in a desk that used to belong to her grandma, and it was fun having a prop with a little bit of family history to it.  We did a few more poses on the front porch, and then added the dog, Halle to the mix. It’s obvious that those two are like sisters.

I had a great time photographing these two and am so pleased with how this super quick session turned out! Thanks for having me (us!) over and for letting me capture your love!

It was a gorgeous October Saturday when Misty and Mark and their family gathered for their family photos. This session was a combination session: portraits of the kiddos, an engagement session for Misty and Mark, and a family session for all of them together. It was a great session! We scampered all over the park to get a variety of images. Picking out my favorites to share here was so difficult! It was a wonderful session with a beautiful family. The fall colors were bursting, the sun was warm on the horizon, and it all came together perfectly.

Congrats on your engagement! You have a beautiful family! Thank you for allowing me to capture your love.

Here’s the second sneak peak from my recent September mini session. This little girl was so animated and so much fun to follow around! She’s got a sweet personality, and we had a great time capturing some fun fall images of her. Here are some of my favorites from the session.

We were lucky these dandelions were at the end of the session; Little S loved blowing them so much, I don’t think I would have convinced her to continue walking through the park had she spotted them first! Apparently one dandelion just isn’t enough – she had to have one in each hand!

Thanks for letting me capture these special moments with you S (and S’s mom!) I hope you enjoy your photos!