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Monday, October 30, 2006


We've been working day and night for the past week on our bedroom projects. My husband installed hardwood floors and we got new furniture and bedding. Our life has been turned upside down but it was SOOO worth it!



I would love to have a job designing kids rooms! I had so much fun finding all of the neat little accessories.

Our bedroom before: (for the record, we did NOT choose that purple paint, that is how we bought the house, we just never changed it until now) ;)


We're so happy with how they turned out. Now we can relax and hopefully life will go back to normal again!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

The Nirenstein Family

Dave, Elizabeth, Mollie, 5, and Charlie, 3. I shot the Nirenstein family on Sunday, October 22nd at their home in Minnetonka, then we we ended up at a nearby park. The weather held up
perfect, the lighting was great, and the kids were so well behaved! Elizabeth contacted me a couple of days later and told me that her kids had a blast and they asked if I could babysit! How cute!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Owen's Class Picture

Owen had his Halloween party today at school. Look at his face and hands... about two seconds after I took this picture, he jumped up and said, "I have to go pee!" Everyone laughed...

Monday, October 23, 2006

3 for 3!

I have booked 3 new referrals in the past three days! Wow, when I started up last summer, I never dreamed that I would have this much success. It kind of went from having two appointments in a month to now having two appointments on a given day. How crazy! I am so happy with what I am able to do though and it's so important and I think it shows through my work.

Coming soon- The Nirenstein Family, shot yesterday afternoon

Thank you everyone for your support!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Costumes of the Past

Halloween 2002- Owen's first Halloween (5 months old)

Halloween 2003- Owen, age 1 1/2

Halloween 2004- Owen, age 2 1/2

Halloween 2004- Aidan's first Halloween (8 months old)

Halloween 2005

Archived pic of the day: Even at a very young age, Aidan was nothing but trouble!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Costume Shoot 2006

I started a tradition 2 years ago in which I photograph the boys in their costumes a couple weeks before Halloween. It's always too dark by the time I get home from work when Halloween falls on a weeknight, and there's usually one day that seems nice enough to do this. Yesterday was the day!

Of course I had to bribe them with candy. ;)

I told Aidan to do a chicken dance- so here he is gettin' down!

My favorite pic!

How did the chicken cross the road?

The Gilbertson Family

Grant, Lisa, Kade, 2, and Sydney, 6 months. I shot the Gilbertson's on Thursday evening at their home in Rosemount and at a neighborhood park. It was a bit chilly out but great lighting! Lisa was great, we gabbed it up. Lisa and Grant are 29, and have been together since they were 15! That is almost unheard of these days!

I love this picture! Looking at it makes me want to snuggle my boys.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Charity Event

I am happy to say that I raised $325 for charity today! I donated a family photo session for the live auction and it went to the highest bidder at $325. I am happy with the outcome, but a little disappointed as it was one of the last items auctioned and at that time so many people (including the big spenders) had gone home. It was great to see my fellow co-workers donating such large amounts of money on items and services all donated by other co-workers. Somebody had created an "all things Napoleon Dynamite" gift basket which included a DVD, quote book, talking figurine, etc. and it ended up selling for $625! Another big item was a homemade coconut cream cake which sold for $250! A couple of the big-wigs at the company donated dinners with them at their homes and those went for $400-$500.

It was kind of fun, I had never been to a live auction before.

Friday, October 13, 2006

The Hoffman Family

Ed, Lauren, Max, 4, and Tessa, 2. We had our shoot out at French Regional Park in Plymouth on Tuesday evening, October 10th. Lauren was originally scheduled for today, but as you know, it's about 30 degrees with gale force winds out! I'm glad I was able to squeeze her in because at this time of year, the weather is so unpredictable. We had a great time and they did really well for their first experience with this type of photography.

Love this family shot- very candid and sweet.

I love the sparkle in Max's eyes in this shot. He has such an innocent look on his face.

I like the dock in the background.

Another fun candid family shot. Ed did a great job of telling stories to the kids keeping them occupied.

The Geving Girls

Sarah, Tatum, 3, and Piper, 9 months. We did our shoot out at Como Park on Monday, October 9th. It was probably the last nice day of the week and it was still a bit chilly. These girls were so cute and Tatum was full of energy rearing to go!

A great photo!

I love this picture!

The Foley Family

Devin, Nicole, Jack, 2 3/4, and Cadmun, 1. We had our shoot out at Minnehaha Falls on Sunday, October 8th. They were a great, fun family and I loved the cute Gap outfits that Nicole picked out! It was a treat to be able to photograph little Gap models. ;)

I don't like to give a lot of direction to the families since my style is photojournalistic. After playing in the leaves a bit, Devin replied, "What are we supposed to be doing?" I thought it was so funny. After he got that what they were doing was what I wanted he did great! I love being able to capture the natural interactions of parent and child. When you see a moment that I capture like the one below between Nicole and Jack... that is a true intimate moment that I didn't stage. That's what makes these photos so special.

I love this picture!

I desaturated the next two for an "old-fashioned" look.

Some of my favorite photos are the ones where the child isn't even looking at the camera.